Top 10 Budget-Friendly Places to Shop for Kitchen Supplies
August 7, 2015 | by

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Growing up, moving out and going to college means it’s time to summon the ‘r’ word – responsibility! Just thinking about it is stressful. Now you have to shop for home products, but where?

You want to spend the least amount of money while getting quality products to last through school. College Lifestyles has decided to take the edge off being a responsible young-adult and do the initial research for you.

1. Target

Everything in the store is chic and reasonably priced. What’s not to love? If you can’t find the kitchen supplies you’re looking for in store, they have a huge online inventory. Take advantage of great buys like the Good Cook bamboo tool set, which comes with five different spatulas for $5.49. It may be hand wash only, but they’ll last for years.

2. Walmart

Walmart might take the cake for budget-friendly. One item we noticed was their Mainstays 18-piece nonstick cookware set for $39.97, which has surprisingly great reviews. One buyer, elfenmagic, offers some wisdom, “Since [the pans] are so lightweight, [they don’t] take as long to boil water or heat up, which can save a little time and maybe even energy in the long run. Great set of cookware for the price!”

3. Dollar General

This thrifty website has everything you’ll need for your new home. According to U.S. News, online outlet stores offer a fantastic way to get the best brands for prices well below retail. Order a five-quart Chef’s Selection slow cooker for $25 or an 18-piece Rubbermaid food container set for $10. They always offer free shipping on orders over $40 and you can save even more when you use their digital coupons.

CL measuring cups4. Deal Extreme

This secret online gem has free shipping on almost every item. Need a decent set of knives? Their stock of 750 ceramic knife sets is enough to surprise anyone, but wait until you see the price tags. Go to and search for the NEJE black blade ceramic knife set for $16.53. You can’t beat that price or their one hundred percent satisfaction guarantee.

5. Big Lots

If you live near a Big Lots, take advantage of your fortunate location and stock up on the basics. Only $10 for a 12-pack of wide mouth pint Mason jars, $10 for a two-quart stainless steel teakettle and $4 for a Farberware portable can opener. If you’re unsure if you live close by, use their online store locator.

6. Amazon

Amazon is great for literally anything. An awesome blender option is the Magic Bullet – perfect for college due to its small size, easy assembly and simple clean up. Drop $50 for a 26-piece set and you will be ready to mix, store and blend everything. Not to mention, you can usually manage to score free, two-day shipping.


This mega store is a home goods Disneyland for adults. Make a move on their cute baking supplies. Grab a set of four measuring cups made of polypropylene and stainless steel for $3.99, a heart shaped light blue silicon cake mold for $8.99 and a stainless steel flour sifter for $4.99.

Scientific American explains that, “Silicon can go from freezer to oven (up to 428°F), is non-stick and stain-resistant, and unlike conventional cookware, comes in a range of bright and cheery colors.” Find a store near you or order online.

CL pots and pans8. Overstock

This virtual outlet can seem overwhelming. If you know what you’re looking for however, it’s a lifesaver. Let’s say you love fried foods but are trying to be healthy –order the Big Boss 16-quart oil-less fryer. Retail they cost $111.00, but you can snag one from Overstock for $77.45. With everyday free shipping on orders over $50, your wallet and your body will end up winning.

9. Stein Mart

Stein Mart has a nice selection of timeless items to make your living space cozy. Their dinnerware selection is full of simple, modern sets containing mugs, bowls, dinner plates and salad plates.

The porcelain 10 Strawberry Street 16-piece dinnerware set will cost you just over $20. Jazz it up with porcelain paint or a sharpie. Make your dishes unique by writing out your favorite quote or drawing a fun design!

10. Wayfair

If you’re looking to make more of an investment, Wayfair is your best choice. With over 1,400 results for cooking utensils alone, you’ll be sure to find what you’re looking for. They have trusted name brand products for your food connoisseur needs. Scroll through the clearance section to find unbeatable deals.

CL hopes you feel confident and ready to tackle your kitchen goods shopping list. Making purchases on a budget doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Now that you know where to search, the rest is up to you. Happy hunting!

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Images courtesy of Natalie Wallace.

About Author

Natalie recently graduated with her Bachelor of Science in nutrition from Cal Poly. Follow her on Twitter @nwalla_ and on Instagram @real.foods.foodie for recipes and tips! To stay tuned to more articles for classy co-eds be sure to follow College Lifestyles™ on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter @collegelifestyl.

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