What you could do is cabinets now and countertops later. We went pretty neutral as far as cabinets so it would go with more tastes. The other thing that can be a budget breaker/cost savings are fixtures (cabinet knobs/drawer pulls/lights). I was amazed at the cost spread of cabinet pulls. The kitchen we put in 8 years ago is still very much "in style" today so to speak. I probably wouldn't spend a ton on appliances now and would think about purchasing better appliances before resale in 10 years. It's up to you though. If you have the money, go for it. I haven't regretted my kitchen upgrade at all and I'm glad my DH talked me into the Silestone and cabinets that he did.