Okay, so this is kind of a random post for a personal finance blog, but one way to save money is to cook for yourself. To do that, you need some good kitchen knives. 90-100% of those knife needs can be handled by 2 implements: A Chef’s knife and a paring knife. I recently came across a good deal for 2 high-quality versions of each (both of which I’ve purchased; they work great!)
Here’s a useful site that discusses how to pick good kitchen knives. He goes over the various types of steel, but I haven’t figured out how to know which knives contain which steel!