One way to save a few bucks though is to thoroughly price shop your appliances and also analyze what is the best option for your needs. Here is a great site to do this: a Kitchen and Dining Products Buying Guide. You can choose an array of kitchen appliances and see what are the pros and cons of each.
Lets take a look at a example: lets look up the Pots and Pans Buying Guide. If you click the link you will see a list of feature to consider: size, style, material, handles, and optional features. Below you have pictures of the most popular styles. Next there is a list of specialized equipment. Finally you see any related items that can be purchased as well.
OK so you know what you want. Click on your item. Lets say you looked at blenders and chose a counter top model . If you click a model it will then give you a list of the best prices and link you to the shops where they are sold. It is truly a great site for the shopping savvy looking to educate themselves and find the best price.