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1 item down, many more to go but not right now

October 27th, 2008 at 12:43 pm

I have 2 appliances that I will want/need for the house we are buying, a washer(need) and a refrigerator (want). We decide that since we need to try and keep prices down, we need to see who sells what at what prices.

We went to Sears on Saturday to see what kind of deals they had. We discovered a lovely little section that is clearance because items are floor models that they don't want to have out anymore. Oh boy. The deals look decent and we decide that when its time to buy we need to come back. Then I see my frig, the one that on sale with rebates costs about $1500, the one I am never going to pay that much for so I probably will never own it. They had a model in black for $734. Needless to say my jaw dropped.

I think about it for 10 minutes. Discuss it with the hubby and I basically decide we can't afford to pass it up. Go back, grab the salesman and tell him we want to buy the frig. He walks over and actually flinches a little when he sees the price drop on it (glad to know that I wasn't the only one surprised by the price decrease).

No installed icemaker or water dispenser which is the only reason I can think of for the lower price (normally factory installed which drives me batty because I don't like those features, I consider them a waste of space). So he calls the manager over to discuss a warranty. I listen to the speel, I like what he is saying but in the back of my mind I am not willing to pay a fortune for a warranty.

He offers the 5 year warranty for $150 (free maintenance, parts, repair and replacement if repaired more than 4 times). Personally I consider that a steal because I have seen the repair bills for refrigerators and all it takes is once. I figured if I buy the warranty I will never need it which is better than not buying it and having it break in less than a year Big Grin

So warranty, delivery, and frig for $1000. Very happy about that. Hopefully they will have a similar deal on a HE washer when I go back. And I am not going back till I have the house because I don't want the apartment that full of boxes, lol.

Only reason I got the frig is the deal and knowing that in my price bracket, none of the homes have a decent frig. So no matter what, I will be able to use my new frig and donate whatever one comes with the house to a local charity (they work but we always run out of space in our current frig, not to mention some of the awkward spacing issues).

This was a definite splurge. Not even remotely a necessity. And I must admit, I have no buyer's remorse. We have the cash for it and this was planned in our budget. I am still bouncy and thrilled with the purchase.

Oh and we also discovered that the kitchen does have a vent so we won't have to do anything to the kitchen immediately.

Which is good, because I plan on the washer and an electricity update for when we move in and the rest I want to hold off on until we have a nice large nest egg to cover any emergencies.

5 Responses to “1 item down, many more to go but not right now”

  1. cylenchar Says:

    a plus side we found out at sears as well is that the city gives a $150 rebate if you buy HE washers.

  2. Ima saver Says:

    I am getting a new refrig this week too. Congrats on your good deal!

  3. wyozozo Says:

    Aren't new appliances fun? I recently got a "steal" on a set of Whirlpool Duet w/d...used less than one year and sold to me for $900!!! I love it when friends remodel.

    Congrats on the new refrigerator.

  4. campfrugal Says:

    Even though my appliances are only 9 years old, look good and work just fine, I would love to get a new refrigerator, stove, washer and dryer. Someday, down the line.

  5. MileHighGirl Says:

    Kitchens sell homes and a nice fridge is a huge part of the kitchen. You'll love having and using it and it's good for the home value, so it's a win-win either way.

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