The average kitchen appliance lasts between 10-15 years, depending on type and quality. Walk down any appliance aisle and you know these are a big investment. Don’t worry–there are ways to save!
Are you in the market for some new kitchen appliances? If so, read on to learn how to buy kitchen appliances.
Don’t Make an Impulse Buy
Appliances are a big investment, so you want to buy what you really want. Before you go shopping, make a list of features you want. Stay true to your list, so you don’t have any regrets.
Before you head to the store, read online reviews. Just like buying a car, you should do some research ahead of time.
You can save money by bundling your appliances. If you bought all your appliances together before, chances are other appliances may be on their way out as well. Another benefit of bundling is that all your appliances will match to make your kitchen look more complete.
Ask Store About Price Matching
When you find the appliance you want, search online to see if there is a better price. Ask each retailer if they will match that price to save money. Most stores will honor a price match if you bring an ad.
Best Time to Buy Appliances
Try shopping in off months like September, October, or January. This is when manufacturers roll out new models.
You can also try buying the last few days of the month. Stores may be more willing to bargain to meet quotas. Of course, major holidays like Labor Day, President’s Day, Black Friday, and Memorial Day are notorious for good sales.
Check for Utility Rebates
Most people don’t know that there are rebates available with Energy Star. You can check out Energy Star’s web site to search for rebates or your local utility company.
Resist Store Warranties
These warranties are more profitable for the company. Look at your credit card company because some automatically double a manufacturer’s warranty without any additional cost to you.
Most likely, you won’t have an issue during this warranty period.
Do Some Measuring
Before you go to the store, know exactly what size appliance would fit. That includes refrigerator doors when they open. You also want to make sure you can get the appliance into your home safely.
Buy Second Hand
If you are on a really tight budget and an appliance breaks, you can always buy second hand or search online pawn shops. Check out local buy/sell trade sites or Habitat for Humanity’s Restore. Some stores even sell refurbished appliances with warranties.
Never Pay Sticker Price
You don’t get what you don’t ask for; you should always haggle the prices. You can ask to purchase a floor model to save money. They may have a few dents but should work just fine.