Personally? I am buying a fuzzy logic rice cooker the minute there's room in my budget for it. Leftovers over rice is a perfect box-lunch to take to work, but I'm bad at cooking rice, and I don't want to tie up my single saucepan for three days with a batch of rice; I bought a cheapie rice cooker that broke after two weeks of use, so next time I'm buying something a little better.
I second this, we bought a cheap rice cooker when we were very poor, because rice was like $2 for 10 lbs. and I like rice. We've since discovered brown rice and almost never use white rice at all. When the cheap rice cooker died, we had a credit at amazon (cashed in our spare change at a CoinStar machine) so we used that to buy a really nice one. It was a fantastic idea. It has a timer, so we can set it before we leave for work and the rice is ready when we get home. It keeps the rice in a ready to eat stage for several days, and it (apparently) can do some soups and such. We haven't tried that feature.
Right now I'm looking for a local source of brown Jasmine rice. Yum.
The kitchen has been our "splurge" area. The obvious solution to this, was that my wife got a part-time job at Sur La Table, so she gets the employee discount! We have lots of fun toys. And we use them pretty regularly. I'm at the point that if I'm more dissapointed if I don't bring lunch. Most of the restraunts aren't that good, and the ones that are, I mostly just think "We could've made this for 1/3 the cost."