The saucepan dilemma

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Motivation / PostaDay 2011 / recipes
A stainless steel frying pan.

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When I start something, there is no telling where it will lead to! Just before Christmas I reorganised my kitchen cupboards to make them more practical – less bending down etc. Some of my electrical goods that I don’t use much, went into the big drawer under the gas stove. It is really deep and that limits its use.

Next I found a better place for my cooking implements – saucepans, fry pans, cake tins etc. While I was doing this I realised that my saucepans (fairly cheap ones when I bought them years ago) were showing some wear and tear. In my mind I could see a lovely new set of stainless steel pans gleaming in my cupboard. Next thing, I was off to the shops with a mission to buy some new ones – good quality stainless steel.

I couldn’t decide which ones to buy as there was too much choice and some reluctance on my part, at spending that much money. All was not lost as I bought a new outfit to wear on Christmas Day – top, skirt and shoes.

I thought I had the saucepan obsession licked until I started reading ads for Boxing Day sales – saucepans up to 70% off the normal price. I rang up to see what the postage would be but there was no-one there to answer my questions (thankfully?)

You see, when I was first married we were on a very low-income and I always bought the cheapest of everything or sometimes went without. When my marriage broke up I had less income than before and often shopped at second-hand stores for most things. Later I got a good job which enabled me to take on a good mortgage. I had to watch my spending closely or I would get into debt. Now I am in a better financial position but I still find it hard to spend money. One voice is saying “treat myself, if I can’t afford it now I never will”. Another voice is saying “there is nothing wrong with the saucepans I have – they do the job”.

I wonder if I’m I trying to get a “buzz” through some nice shiny pots (retail therapy)? Probably, but I argue that I could give my existing pots to someone who needs them more than me!

Aren’t I a lucky girl, if this is all I have to concern myself with in this world on this lovely sunny day?



PS What would you do, if you were me?


  1. Being a thrifty chic, I would use what I had if in working condition but…if you lacked a certain type of pot or pan, perhaps you could add one good quality item to your collection. We have a great thrift shop here and I found the loveliest set of dinner dishes with a country theme pattern and the set of 12 dishes cost only $3.00!
    Good luck deciding Lorraine!

  2. I am a bad one to ask. I love a solid pan and to have them in different sizes for different jobs is a dream I hang pans on the wall beside my stove so I can just grab them off the hook to cook. I love a new kitchen item. I find it motivational!

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