A paragraph struck me in the 'everyday cooks notes' section:
Considering a new kitchen appliance? Before you hand over the credit card, ask three key questions; where will I put it, how often will I use it, and this time next year, will I be finding a new home for it? Then, to keep things interesting, allow yourself one irrational purchase per year.And that one purchase, does it matter where you'll put it, how often you'll use it or whether you'll still be using it next year? But, magazines make their money from advertising, and if people were always rational with their purchases, then the magazine industry would probably collapse. What a shame. Okay, end sarcasm.
I think the thing that most struck me was that this snippet struck me at all! How much has my thinking changed. I'm not going to buy a Cuisinart ice-cream maker ($119) or a Redecker vegetable scrubber ($8.95), both advertised on the same page, because I don't need them. Okay, I want the ice cream maker, but the three or four times a year I would use it doesn't really warrant the purchase, or the space in my kitchen.