"Essentials" will be the place where I'll talk about essential tools for my (and maybe your!) frugal life. We're going to start with an item that's now an essential in our kitchen.
Tongs - I've only owned a good pair of these for about a year. Now, I use them almost every day! Sauteeing, turning, picking things up big and small -- lots of uses for these! Make sure to get a pair that has the coating on the tips and also in the handle area. This protects your cookware from scratching, and makes them comfortable to hold, even while you're working in a hot pan. These are an inexpensive yet essential addition to your kitchen tools.