Its been a week since my last post and I feel like I haven’t slowed down at all. Every minute of every day has been full, yet not much is picture worthy. Kathy came over and helped paint the living room. Tim and Tanner have continued with mudding and taping the areas that still need it and I have been cleaning, and cleaning and cleaning. The dust never ends and I don’t think it will until we are completely done with the mudding and taping. I’ve also spent a good deal of time catching up on office work that I had put off for the last couple of weeks.
I shared in a post last week a little about our appliances. We were debating whether or not to spend the money on them right now or to wait a while. The appliances came with the house and all of them seem to work fine, but they have their limitations when it comes to a family using them and not a bachelor. The fridge was definitely on the small side and the dishwasher seemed to hold 1/2 of what my old one held.
The range and microwave were OK, but the question was should we replace them all at the same time or not. Plus, I was leaning toward a stainless steel look and all the current appliances were white. Since we are going with granite, the range I was hoping for would need a small strip of granite behind it, but the old stove would not. We decided to at least see what was out there and what the prices were on new appliances.
The research began. I spent an entire day going to 4 different stores and then more time on the internet shopping at additional stores. I also took some of the recommendations that seemed to be consistent from sales person to sales person and checked the reviews.
This is what I came up with.
- Samsung makes a decent refrigerator.
- KitchenAid makes a decent dishwasher (so does Bosch, but they are made for the European market and have a smaller capacity.)
- The ranges and microwaves don’t have a really strong company or weak one either. They are fairly consistent quality from brand to brand.
My last stop of the day was Lowe’s and they seemed to be having a fantastic sale the week before Thanksgiving. No one was even close to their prices for the most part. I also checked their clearance appliances and found the exact model of refrigerator I was looking for, reduced $160 off the sale price because of one tiny-and I do mean tiny-dent on a side. You can barely see it in the center of this picture.My son works for Best Buy and can get an employee discount so I asked him to check on pricing for me. I was curious if he could beat the Lowe’s clearance price. I was on pins and needles waiting to hear back from him scared that someone would snatch up my find. He couldn’t even come close to Lowe’s prices.
I also spotted the KitchenAid dishwasher I wanted on clearance because after it had been delivered it did not fit the space-nothing was wrong with it. I questioned the clearance price being higher than the sales price and they came down significantly lower than the sales price.
My last major purchase was going to be the range. Unfortunately, they were not on sale at Lowe’s but I remembered their low price guarantee-that they would beat any competitor plus 10%. I showed them my quotes from another store with a lower price for the same model and they gave me another 10% off that price. The microwaves were already on sale and I couldn’t find a clearance one that would work for us, but I did get one for what I felt was a reasonable price and is a companion to the range.
All in all, we saved about 40% off of retail. I am excited about my appliance finds and feel confident that we got the best value for our money.
Now on to Christmas-it is the end of this week after all and I am so unprepared for it. Normally I have a tree up right after Thanksgiving, but not this year-been just a little busy!