The most expensive utensil or appliance is not always the best. Learn where it pays to skimp on kitchen items.
Avoid sets of matching cookware -- you'd likely wind up using only two or three of the pieces. Instead, purchase open-stock items. You can choose only what you need, and it's easier to find great deals.
- Best buy: Skillet, Circulon Acclaim (11"), $25 at Circulon.com