Your days of dropping loose change into a piggy bank, waiting patiently for it to reach capacity, violently cracking it open, and spending it all on something totally frivolous may be over — but don't get too nostalgic over the loss of your childhood just yet. As you've probably come to realize, that very same lesson on fiscal responsibility applies to the frivolous expenditures of adulthood too!
To prove my point, I recently asked my very financially responsible coworkers what they've been saving up their hard-earned cash for.
Here are all the things we've been eyeing.
"I was gifted Laguiole steak knives for our wedding and am just in love. They make dinner feel extra special. These cheese knives would make even a plate of standard grocery store cheese seem classy. Plus they are timeless." — Sheela Fiorenzo, Associate Food Editor
"I recently moved into my first apartment and when I was stocking my kitchen I made sure to have all the necessary basic pots, pans, and utensils. A blender, unfortunately, did not make the cut, despite my current smoothie kick. I'm saving up for this blender because it's high-quality enough to blend frozen fruit, but compact enough to fit in my tiny kitchen. Plus, it has thousands of positive reviews. I know that it'll be worth it in the long run — especially since I'll stop buying overpriced smoothies." — Emma Glubiak, Audience Development Associate
3. Mauviel Copper 8-Inch Fry Pan, $210 at Williams Sonoma
"I've been dying to install a pegboard in my kitchen and, just in case that ever happens, I've been saving up for this beautiful copper pan. Not only will it look great hanging from the wall, but it'll also match my KitchenAid stand mixer. Oh, and it heats incredibly evenly, making it pretty and functional." — Lisa Freedman, Lifestyle Director
4. NOVIS Vita 4-in-1 Juicer, $500
"I'm moving from NYC to LA so I decided that I need a really fancy juicer to fit in. (Kind of kidding, but also not.) Bring on the green juice!" — Ariel Knutson, News & Culture Editor
5. Instant Pot 6-Quart DUO, $90
"Confession time: I'm a member of a secret Instant Pot Community Facebook group but I still don't have one! I've used one at work a bunch, though, and have been saving up to get one for my home kitchen. I am endlessly fascinated by all the creative ways people are using their IPs to get breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert on the table in record time, which is why I need one, pronto." — Lauren Masur, Staff Writer
"It's a hard purchase to justify because I know I don't need it, but finishing a dish with a kitchen torch is one of the easiest (and most fun) ways to add a little sparkle and pizzazz. I'd use it to get that gorgeous golden color on meringues and to caramelize sugar on a crème brûlée, but also to melt cinnamon-sugar on a halved grapefruit or make indoor s'mores." — Grace Elkus, Senior Food Editor
"My husband and I have been talking about adding a cordless Dyson to our family. With two kids and a dog in our tiny kitchen, sweeping is a daily chore. Until we can afford a big kitchen renovation, having clean floors might make me feel a little better about the current kitchen floors that I do not appreciate." — Meghan Splawn, Associate Food Editor
8. Staub Cast Iron 10" Fry Pan, $100
"My husband and I received a Staub Cocotte in Graphite for our wedding, and it's one of my favorite pieces of cookware ever. I want to slowly build a small collection of Staub pieces, and I've got my sights set on this skillet next. I love that it can go from stovetop to oven for easy skillet meals!" — Lauren Kodiak, Managing Editor
What are you saving up for? Are there any kitchen items on your wish list?