A couple months ago my dishwasher started giving me trouble. It’s an old model with at least 10+ years of use in it. It started with the door not shutting all the way. Then, I’d get the door shut and wouldn’t be able to reopen it after the dishes were clean without struggling for thirty minutes.
One day it magically started working fine again. A week later – nope, problems once again. I decided it was time to bite the bullet and find a replacement. The problem though is that all of my kitchen appliances are old and will probably need replacing in the next couple of years.
With these facts in mind I started researching on how to save money on appliances. Here’s what I found.
Know What You Want
Before you even start shopping you need to know what you want. The first time I entered Lowes thinking I knew what I want I changed my mind.
While I had figured that I was going to go for a name brand stainless steel model I quickly realized that the stainless steel were far from my favorite. It had been a long time since I had looked at new appliances and I was impressed by the quality and appearance of the white appliances. (Which I never would’ve thought!!)
I almost immediately ruled out my initial decision and replaced it with a new one. I determined that I wanted the sleek and shiny white appliances that were energy efficient.
If you haven’t looked at appliances in a while I highly recommend that you take a stroll through a local home improvement store just to get an idea of today’s options and prices. Once you narrow down your choices price comparing will be easy!
Hold Off For Sales
I still haven’t replaced my dishwasher because I know that now is not the best time to buy appliances. In fact, September and October are two of the best months to buy appliances as home improvement stores will be bringing in new inventory and liquidating the old.
Also holidays like Memorial Day and Labor Day are great times to buy! If you can it’s best to hold out until there are major sales going on. You may be able to pair a sale with one of these other tips to get an amazing price.
See If There’s a Discount for Sets
If you’re in the market for a set of appliances like a washer and drier or a set for your kitchen, you might be able to get a discount. Especially if the salesman has quota to make!
Be sure to ask the salesman and see how much of a discount you can get for buying everything instead of only one appliance.
Check Scratch and Dent Models
One place I’ve yet to check out is the scratch and dent store at the flea market. The closest flea market to me has a very big section of appliances with scratches and dents. Some of the defects are minor while others are not. However, these appliances do come with pretty good discounts.
While I do want to buy new appliances for my kitchen (yes, purely for vanity’s sake) there are other appliances that I am 100% good with buying used.
My washer and dryer’s for instance have always been used. When it comes to these type of appliances all I care about is if they work and work well. I’ve had my current washer and drier set for several years now and paid only a few hundred dollars for it used and refurbished.
You can find used appliances at local stores and also on Facebook yard sale pages.
And last but not least, if you can help it, don’t finance your appliances. Do your homework ahead of time so that you can save up enough cash to make the purchase. While this will take longer it can give you bargaining power and also save you from paying unnecessary interest.
Do you have any tips for saving on appliances?