Cheapskate Black Friday Deals

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I want your kitchen experience to be efficient and awesome. Saving money and eating healthy requires you to be intentional – intentional with what you buy, where you buy it, and how you prepare it.

So awhile back, I created 2 lists for you: Everything You Need, and A Few Things You Want.

The idea is that you don’t need much to make great food. All it takes are a few good tools. Unfortunately, most of us move into our first kitchen without a clue about what that means. And if you are trying to cook healthy, it requires a different set of tools.

Everything You Need gives you the minimalist essentials to make your kitchen exactly what it takes to cook good, real food.

A Few Things Want makes your kitchen even more efficient and helps you get real food on the table quicker.

The great news is, a bunch of my favorite tools from those lists is part of Amazon’s Black Friday Deals!

If you are trying to build an efficient, frugal, real food-friendly kitchen, here are some deals to supercharge your process!


Get the Deals:


reusable straws and cleaner

Stainless Steel Straws, With Cleaner

I bought reusable straws awhile back. I’m a convert! People swear by stainless steel, and this set comes with a cleaner.

The cleaner is obviously necessary if we’re drinking smoothies through reusable straws. I didn’t think we would use this tool for anything else, but we actually use it all the time – cleaning bottles, lids, and nooks and crannies in random dishes (that apparently never got clean before I bought this. Gross.), etc.


NutriBullet 12-Piece High-Speed Blender

My goals was always a  Vitamix or a Blendtec. But a Nutribullet is the next best thing and costs a fraction of the price. It’s extremely powerful (normal cheap blenders don’t even compare), and I love the individual cups for blending. Since we all like different things in our smoothies, no one has to compromise. Exactly the way a family of millennials likes it.

BONUS TIP: I use the dry blade to blend spices or grind small amounts of oats and rice into flour.



instant pot


Instant Pot 8 Qt 7-in-1

Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer

The real game changer is the Instant Pot. Someone sent one to me as a gift (see the unboxing here), and I experimented with it for several months. it lives up to all the hype. It also has a slow cooker option! We put this machine to work multiple times a week – sometimes multiple times a day.

Can the Instant Pot Help You Save Money?



pyrex baking dishes with lids


Pyrex Glass Bakeware and Food Storage Set

Black Carrier, 9-Piece Double Decker, BPA-Free

I love glass here, specifically the Pyrex pans with lids. Saves me from using plastic wrap (not good for the environment or budget) when I bring a dish to friend’s house or when I’m covering leftovers at night. Pyrex glass is also extremely durable and lasts forever – or for at least 8 years if I’m only speaking from experience.

kitchen shears

MAIRICO Ultra Sharp Heavy Duty Kitchen Shears

One of the first kitchen tools I purchased was a pair of kitchen scissors. I still use them 10 years later. They’re handy for 8 million jobs, but they are particularly helpful while making Spatchcocked Chicken (cook a whole chicken in less than 1 hour!) and slicing pizza (don’t tell my Italian relatives!).

Get yours here!

stick blender


Immersion Blender 

This blending tool is far more convenient for blending soups and marinara than dirtying a whole blender. I use it far more than I thought I would.

stick blender features



glass food storage containers

Glass Meal Prep Food Storage Container

With Snap Locking Lids, Glass Meal Prep Containers BPA-Free, Microwave, Oven, Freezer, Dishwasher Safe (62 Oz, 28 Oz, 19 Oz, 11 Oz.)

We are working on converting our plastic storage containers to glass. Not only do they last longer, but I don’t have to worry about staining or temperature!


small glass meal prep containers


Smaller Glass Meal Prep Containers

For Food Storage and Prep w/Snap Locking Lids Airtight & Leak Proof – BPA Free – Oven, Dishwasher, Microwave, Freezer Safe – Odor and Stain Resistant

If you prefer smaller containers, you can get those here for the next couple hours!



ninja blender



Ninja Smart Screen Blender

with 1000-Watt Base, 4-Auto-iQ Programs, Touchscreen Display, Total Crushing Pitcher, (CT650), Black

My friends and family swear by their Ninja blenders. I’m so excited that it’s on sale! If you’ve had your eye on one, now’s the time to jump on it!


cutting mats


Extra Thick Flexible Plastic Cutting Board Mats

With Food Icons &”EZ-Grip” Waffle Back, 4 packs

I just used cutting boards like this yesterday at my in-law’s house. I never realize how ingenious they were until then – when I was done chopping apples for apple crisp, I could just pick up the board, bend it, and dump everything into the pan – no spilling, no mess.

And they take up minimal space! Ideal for the tiny kitchens my family tends to live in. Brilliant.



Vitamix 5200 Blender

Professional-Grade, 64 oz. Container, Black

I finally saved up and bought my dream blender last Summer. The Vitamix is everything it promises. We use it nearly every day!


vitamix features



Pyrex Smart Essentials Mixing Bowl Set

Including Locking Lids, 8 piece

A bowl is a bowl. BUT I swear by the glass Pyrex mixing bowls with lids. Glass bowls mean they are easy to clean and always pretty. Pyrex means they are durable even though they are glass. Lids mean you can bring them places easily, store them in the fridge, and virtually eliminate your need to ever buy plastic wrap. WIN.

Note: These aren’t on sale – I just think they are amazing.

BONUS TIP: If you make sourdough or kombucha, glass bowls are perfect because they are non-reactive.


pyrex bowls with lids



May your kitchen be efficient, fun, and ultimately help you save money and eat healthy!


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