I'm a big fan of some of my kitchen appliances. I have a food processor, a bread maker, a stick blender, an electric mix master and an extra freezer. These motorised deities are my personal time warriors in assisting me to whip up pastry, pizza dough, breads and cakes. Everything tastes better when it is made from scratch (and it's cheaper when you're feeding a horde of hungry boys).
Buying a bread maker was a great investment for me and they have come down in price substantially since then. If you cook a lot, or if you have teenage boys I highly recommend the purchase. I make pizza bases aplenty in mine. I cook and freeze them so I always had them ready for an 'easy' night's meal. Pizza is always a great filler at our place and I serve it up with a fresh green salad and garlic bread.