Save or splurge: The kitchen

To get the most for your money, you need to know two things: when the good stuff is worth paying extra for and when the economy choice is plenty good enough.

Emerson MW8992RD<br>0.9-cubic-foot 900W | $60
Microwave
Emerson MW8992RD
0.9-cubic-foot 900W | $60
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Most microwaves on the market are made by a Chinese outfit called Galanz, so the guts and functionality are remarkably similar.

As for looks, Emerson's red stainless model has lots of style.

Refrigerator

Microwave

Pepper Mill

Knives

Cabinets

Disposal

Processor

Pots and pans
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