Tuesday, September 10, 2013

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Sunday, September 1, 2013

Frugal happiness find: olive oil dispenser

Last Saturday, my husband had to work, and I wanted to do something fun in the kitchen with my son.  We decided to bake a batch of cookies, which require a combination of light olive oil and applesauce to replace butter in the recipe.  I remembered that I had recently used up the last of a smaller bottle of light olive oil, and it was now time to open the HUGE jug from my recent Sam's haul.  This would not be as easy to pour from as a smaller, handheld bottle.   I had been wanting an olive oil dispenser for some time, and now I had the perfect excuse for this to be the day to find one!

I looked at kitchen stores online, and was a bit dismayed by the prices, so I switched to Googling DIY projects.  Some were interesting, even pretty, but assumed I already had in my possession an empty wine bottle, or something similar.  The necessary dispenser piece to fit on top was about $7.99 at a "big box" store, which cost less than olive oil dispensers sold at the kitchen stores.  Hmmmmm......

Suddenly, I remembered a recent email, stating that I had $4 in Rewards to spend at Kmart.  I immediately searched the Kmart website, and discovered that an olive oil dispenser for $4.99 was available in the store near my house! I excitedly ordered my son to put on his shoes, and off we went to Kmart.  To my delight, there were several olive oil dispensers on the shelf! I grabbed one, went to the register, and paid $1.06, including tax, thanks to the $4 credit on my Rewards card. 

As soon as I arrived home, I took a picture of my frugal find, along with the reason for its purchase.

Not only is the bottle filled with olive oil aesthetically pleasing, but it also does a superb job of dispensing without making a mess!  Perhaps the greatest reason for my love affair with my newly acquired kitchen gadget is due to the price.  There is a such a great sense of satisfaction in knowing that something works correctly and it didn't cost an arm and a leg.  Ahhhhh, the bliss of a frugal happiness moment!  Thankfully, I have been able to enjoy the euphoria throughout this past week, as I see the bottle out of the corner of my eye on the kitchen counter, and neatly pour its contents for other recipes.