I agree with some previous posters on a few things. We eat in for most meals, so I don't mind spending money on good kitchen tools. I will never again be without a good vacuum sealer, good kitchen knives, a steel, and sharpener, and a nice butcher block. And I've advanced from a slow cooker to a Sous Vide Supreme.
http://www.amazon.com/Sous-Vide-Supreme ... de+supreme
I love that thing, and use it 3-4 times a week. But I can understand why it's not for everyone.
More generally, we just LOVE these little things.
http://www.amazon.com/Beams-Battery-Pow ... s=mr+beams
They're LED motion detector lights that light up the floors inside your house. We currently have 8 of them strategically located throughout the house. I'm even thinking of buying a few more.
When they're located properly, you can walk from one room to the next, in total darkness, and never miss a beat! They only come on when it's dark, and turn themselves off after a few seconds without motion. I like the security aspects too. We much prefer these to ceiling mount auto-lights, although we do have some of them in closets and cupboards.
I also bought 50-60 eneloop AA's (and more recently, some amazon equivalents), and a decent charger for them. It's been a great system, and going strong for over 5 years now.
"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace." Samuel Adams