Broke-Ass Category: Registry


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Five for Friday Kitchen Essentials for Your RegistryWhether you’re a foodie or not, there are some definite kitchen staples you need. And if you’re swingin’ solo until your I Dos and don’t entertain much as is, you might be uber surprised by how much you’re gonna want to entertain once you’re all hitched and shacked up together (plus, as broke-asses, it’s cheaper to holler at some peeps to come over than have a lavish night out. Also: Cards Against Humanity is way better after a bottle or so of wine). Even if gatherings aren’t a thing, there’s something about newlywed life that makes you really want to just hang with each other … plus, you might want to start saving some scratch again after spending it on the wedding and honeymoon. So, go ahead and pull up that registry and get to addin’ because these are things you’re definitely gonna want:

A Great Set of Pots and Pans

360 Cookware Four-Piece Boxed Set from Amazon

360 Cookware Premium Waterless Stainless Steel Essential 4pc Box Set from Amazon

I was recently sent one of these pans to take for a little test run, and I’m fully in love. They are a little spendy, but if used right they’re the kind that will last for eons. Using “vapor cooking” technology, 360 Cookware’s heavy clad pans don’t require water or fats (read: butter, oil) to cook, which helps create a healthier meal. They run a little on the spendy side, but they’re totally worth it.

A Slow Cooker

CrockPot Cook 'n' Carry Digital Slow Cooker from Target

CrockPot Cook ‘n’ Carry Digital Slow Cooker from Target

A slow cooker is one of those kitchen things I didn’t know I needed until I had one … and then my whole life was changed forever. I have a cast iron dutch oven that I use, too, but my digital crock pot is my everything. If this is one of those gifts that arrives before the wedding, get stoked: That super busy final month or so can get crazy, and this will at least save your diner. Set it and forget it, yo! Though, totally truthfully, my favorite thing to make in my slow cooker is beans — get dried beans, fill the crock pot up with some stock (veggie or chicken) and let ’em cook overnight and they’re way better than anything you’d get in a can.

A Solid Knife Set

Cuisinart Knife Set from Amazon

Cuisinart 12 Piece Color Knife Set with Blade Guards from Amazon

If there’s one thing any kitchen needs, it’s a good chef’s knife. But a whole set of knives is even better. They don’t have to be the boring ol’ silver and black ones by any means, but make sure they’re good quality and they’re taken care of (invest in a whet stone or steel and sharpen the blade after every couple of uses, don’t put them in the dishwasher, etc.). When choosing a knife or knife set, check to ensure the steel runs all the way through the handle — otherwise the blade could break off and that could be super dangerous and sucky.

A Durable Wood Cutting Board

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Laser Engraved Butcher Block Cutting Board available from Etsy seller MRCWoodProducts

Sure, cutting boards are a dime a dozen, but getting a solid, heavy butcher block-style board is never regrettable. Wood boards do less damage to your good knives, and they often stay in place better than any flimsy glass or plastic number you’ll find. Plus, they’ll last a lifetime which makes getting one with your married monogram on it a totally worthwhile (and beautiful to look at) solution.

A Food Processor

Sur la Table Cuisinart 8 cup food processor

Cuisinart 8 Cup Food Processor available at Sur la Table

I debated whether to include the ubiquitous mixer in this post, and while I do believe that a mixer is a great appliance, it just doesn’t warrant a spot on the list of essentials. A food processor, however, does. Especially in this age of Food Network-Pinterest-foodieness, where seemingly every other recipe calls for this small countertop appliance to be used. I happen to have two small (3 cup) food processors and long for the day when I can get my mitts on a bigger one. Whether you’re whirring up a killer pesto, crumbling crumbs for breading or just going the lazy route to get a small dice out of some veggies, a food processor is a great appliance for novice cooks and culinary ninjas alike.

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    Registering for your wedding is hard when you’re trying to be budget-conscious in other areas. You have to get yourself out of the broke-ass mindset, and allow yourself the idea of some luxuries and splurges. We already own  a home and have lived together for a few years, so we’ve accumulated quite a few gadgets and gizmos, but the whole idea of a registry is to get some things that you may not otherwise buy for yourself.  My future husband is having a hard time with the concept of asking people for things, saying things like “Do we really NEED that?” and “No one is going to want to buy that for us.” Well, I’m being optimistic and trying to have fun with it. Here are some of the things I’ve added so far:


    This Wusthof Gourmet 12-Piece Knife Set with Block available from is supposed to be the best set of knives, according to lots of internet research.


    The Poplite Hot Air Popper, also from, would be great for our hot popcorn so we can avoid that microwave stuff.  Yay for family movie nights!


    We drink a lot of seltzer in our house, so a Soda Stream would be great!


    I’ll probably use the Veggetti vegetable spiralizer more for curly fries or apples for pies, but it would still be fun.


    A dutch oven may be one of those things I rarely use, but it seems like I should have one. {Eds. note: Dutch ovens are amazing for many, many things, from soups to sauces to pot roasts to cakes!}

    Registries have come a long way from the scanning spree they used to be. There are many more options for online registering as well, and even sites that combine all of your registries into one. I explored this option, but found that there was a fee added to items purchased through the site, so I opted to do separate registries, the old fashioned way. And it’s not all toasters and spatulas — you can register for a down-payment on a home, appliances, home improvements, or massages on your honeymoon.

    Whatever you register for, here are some things to keep in mind:

    • Make sure there are a variety of things on your registry. There’s nothing worse then going to buy something and there’s only a $400 Kitchenaid mixer and some $4 wooden spoons left. Make sure there are plenty of items at all price ranges.
    • Don’t be afraid to add some big ticket items. Some people will be looking for those things! Big gifts are also great for groups to split.
    • Be practical. Are you really ever going to have a meal for 16 people? Are you going to use that gold leaf china set? Are you an avid baker, or just hoping that cupcake caddy will encourage you to bake more? Although it’s a great opportunity to get some things you might not otherwise buy, be realistic about what you’ll use. A great gift you use and enjoy all the time is much better than a fancy gift that will rarely or never leave the box.
    • Register online and in store, and in a variety of stores. People have their shopping preferences.
    • Keep in mind that your decor, or home, may change, so pick neutral palettes and designs.
    • Keep an eye on your registry, and add or remove items as needed. Inventories change, so items may become unavailable. My beloved Target is notorious for this.
    • Have fun and be yourself!  Don’t feel like you have to get a mixer and wine glasses. Add some board games or an XBox! Camping gear or beach chairs! Go for it!

    So what’s on your registry? Did you decide to go for the classic registry, alternative options or a mix of both?

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    Macy's Wedding Registry

    Amidst all the hustle, bustle and must-dos on your list now that you're in the throes of wedding planning sits one single little nugget of awesome -- your registry! Now, of course it's not "proper etiquette" to discuss gifts, but you're "supposed" to inconspicuously set one of these bad boys up then let it be discovered by your guests through word of mouth. Everyone knows…

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    There are a ton ... nay, a fuckload of registry options out there. And let's be real: Registering for gifts can be a little awkward. Maybz you and your partner have been together forevz and have all the ish you need, so the cash-money could come in SUPER handy. Maybe you need a few smaller-dollar thangalangs for the abode, but are all about stashing some…

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    With our wedding day fast approaching, we've started to pay more serious attention to our registries. As a second time bride, I can't emphasize the following enough: REGISTER FOR THE WAY YOU LIVE. From bridal websites and magazines to the consultants in the stores who take advantage of your excitement over holding a scanner gun,  there is a lot of pressure to register for a…

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    Yes, "Ask Liz" is back for the rest of the summer. If you have a burning wedding question, send it to The team knows where to find me. Photo: Lucky Photographer Dear Liz: We had a small ceremony a few weeks ago, and we're sending out our wedding announcements now. We don't want anyone to send us gifts, how do we word that on the…

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    Have you figured out what you're doing for your registry? More and more couples are going the cash registry route for their wedding wishlist -- whether they're saving up for a house down payment, are whittling away at starting their marriage debt-free or are looking to go on an adventure of a lifetime with their honeymoon. And, y'all, there are a TON of cash registry options…

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    Big Ticket vs. The Little Guys Registry Showdown Target Edition

    One of the super fun parts of planning your wedding is getting to set up your registry ... because let's be real: Gifts, y'all. I was at a specialty store this weekend making an exchange (though, it's not like I really ever need a reason to step into said store) and my newly-engaged spidey sense was kicking into high gear as I realized that at…

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    Wine Glasses

    Dear Heather, I have an etiquette question for you. Someone sent me a gift in the mail, and it was off registry. It is a kitchen item I already own. It didn't have a receipt, so I don't know how or where to return it. What do I do? Ansley Dear Ansley, Hopefully there was a card with the gift, so you at least know…

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