Many years ago when I bought one of those fill in the blank alon products the lady at Macy's convinced me I needed a special high temp proof spatula that won't scratch my pan. I think I spent about $10 for it (big bucks for me then). Works great and I love it but I needed a smaller one (my dog stole my old one). I saw a knock off just like it at Target for $1.99. I decided to give it a flip. Works just as great just like my $10 model. I know at CH we love to talk about Le Crueset and KitchenAid but let's face it we can't always buy high-end (or even mid-range). So what are some of your frugal finds that are must have, true blue friends for the kitchen?