Get several pairs of tongs. Use them to toss salads and pasta, turn steaks, remove baked potatoes—you get the idea. They're also handy for retrieving things in tight spaces. I'm always dropping stuff between the stove and the refrigerator.
It’s a rare occurrence I find myself not using my tongs when cooking and baking, and quality ones make all the difference. I particularly like this brand as they feel good in my hand, have a cushioned handle and lots of leverage to grab heavier items, and you can lock them closed for easier storage.