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If you can believe it, in my 20s I scorned, yes I scorned, discount stores. < shakes head >

Now I <3 the thrill of obtaining quality at below-below-below regular prices.

I do believe I made my frugal steal of the year today. Ever heard of T K Max? It seems to be the UK answer to Winners.

And there, quietly piled amongst the clutter of so-so stuff were some gleaming Le Crueset items. I nearly quivered with excitement. Le Crueset has been on my wish list for quite some time as I’m seriously undersupplied in the kitchen front but I hadn’t been able to justify the price.

See the items above? I went home with them! I could tell I was getting a good deal on them but I wanted to know how good of a deal. So when I returned home I sussed out Amazon’s best prices, itself a serious discount. Here’s the best Amazon could do for me:

  • 1 pie plate (kiwi colour matches my kitchen!) $34.95
  • 2 ramekins $24.00
  • 1 medium rectangular baking dish $24.95
  • 1 cute oval au gratin dish $10.00
  • 1 petite round covered casserole $20.00

Total Amazon’s best: $112.95

My price? £36, which converts to — wait for it — $55.15

My savings: $57.80 More than 1/2 the Amazon price (just in case that wasn’t apparent).

See what I mean? Squeeee! And are these pieces gorgeous, or are they gorgeous?

About the Author

Imagine if Canadians were known for being all over their money. Engaged. Proactive. Getting out of debt. Savvy. Saving. Generous. Nancy wants to help. Nancy started her own journey with money over 15 years ago, and formed her company “Your Money by Design” in 2004 to help others along the same path. It’s not the usual financial advising/investment stuff. It’s about taking control of day-to-day finances –managing monthly cashflow effectively, spending appropriately, getting out of debt, saving. If you're ready to take control over your finances, pop by her business site, YourMoneybyDesign.com


  1. Well done. I wonder what that will sot you in excess baggage weight to get home? One word of warning, from bitter experience. If you put the cast iron enamelled pans on direct heat, do not forget about them. The enamel will come off if the pan overheats. The pan is still usable afterwards but looks very shabby.


    Nancy (aka Moneycoach) Reply:

    Thanks for the tip, Stephen. I travelled here very light so I’m reasonably optimistic about the luggage but indeed, I may be a bit more subdued if I am wrong on that!


    Jul 08, 2011
  2. ET

    In a minimalist/frugal kitchen couldn’t the rectangular baking dish, oval au gratin & pie pan all be replaced by one item – the baking dish maybe?


    Nancy (aka Moneycoach) Reply:

    possibly, but I’m not particularly setting up a minimalist kitchen.


    Jul 09, 2011

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