I too spend a bit more on the kitchen stuff and find it's worth it.
I have 2 good spatulas (one slotted) that were $5 or $10 each. Also a good spoon, ladel and hi-temp rubber spatula (the kind for scraping bowls & jars). I also pay a little more for the cleaning brushes, can opener, ice cream scoop and so forth. I drive an 8-year old car and have a cheap vinyl shower curtain, though.
Continuing further offtopic, my pots and pans were gifts plus a supercheap rust-o-matic baking pan set; when I wear out what I need I'll probably replace with better quality piece by piece. Knives were a midline gift, but I bought myself 8 place settings of decent stainless flatware. Dishes are hand-me-downs, but I think a friend is going to give me some very nice china.
Abandoning all pretense of on-topic-ness I'll add that most specialized kitchen gadgets are a waste of money unless you really use it all the time. My iced tea maker? Bah, it's simpler to make it in a pan. My chopper thingy? Cute, but I haven't used it yet and could use a knife instead. Gadgets I do like are my cheese slicer (basically just a stick with a wire on each side), my toaster oven (perfect for baking & reheating single) and my electric grill, although the last one is a mixed blessing because it's cleaner and faster to cook burgers, fries and such but mine is harder to clean than a fry pan. Oh, and I have two ulus
, one for show only and one to use. Sometimes they're just better than a traditional knife and they're the best pizza cutters I've ever used.