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Expensive Weekend (Partially by Choice)

February 24th, 2014 at 02:37 pm

This post isn't the most frugal post, something that I was hoping to put off for a bit longer, but was eventually going to do in the near future.

Our kitchen appliances, I've blogged slightly regarding these aging relics (a couple of them anyway) in the past, are being replaced.

Stove (Electric): Circa 1985, has been giving us issues since we purchased the home in 2010. We put some money in it to keep it going (replaced a few of the exposed burners), but when you are down to 3 out of 4 burners, things can get annoying. When you use the oven and the smoke detector goes off, things get annoying. I did a massive cleaning on it last year, but no avail to mitigate the issues. We are going to have delivery haul away.

Fridge: Circa 1998, has been making a funny loud noise at times for the past 3 years, cools and freezes well, not the most energy efficient, does not maximize and utilize the space well. We are going to attempt to sell on craigslist for around $150. If no go, our electric company will recycle and pay us $50 for it, as well as haul it away.

Dishwaher: Circa 1998, not the quietest model, cleans satisfactory if you rinse most food off dishes before placing them in. Will attempt to sell for $50 on craigslist.

Microwave (Over-the-Range): Circa 2008, not really anything wrong with it, obviously the newest appliance in the kitchen, but we will attempt to sell to family (a couple people interested) for $100.

Well that's the back story, the new story is expensive, and we only got mid-grade items.

Fridge: Samsung, Stainless Steel, we only had two options for the style we wanted for the space requirements. We ended up with a french door, bottom freezer model. Cost: $1,619.00!! Oh my!! Really!? Get this, it was the same cost as the next size up, only in America.

Stove (Electric): Samsung, Stainless Steel, nice 5 burner, flat top, convection. Lets see how the "steam clean" feature actually works, pretty skeptical. Cost: $967. Eh, not bad, but still pricey.

Dishwasher: Samsung, Stainless Steel, 6 cycles, hard food disposer (no filter to clean!), quiet 47dBs, stainless steel tub. Cost: $599.

Microwave: Samsung, typical over-the-range style, controls low on door for easier access, ceramic interior (same inside material as oven). Cost $319.

Total after before discounts and tax: $4,607.84
Total after tax and discounts: $3,857.84
- $220 Chase rewards
- $385 Reimbursement from work
- $300 C.U. Rewards
- $250 NYS Tax Refund
- $532 FED Tax Refund

= out-of-pocket $2,170.84

Not horrible considering, but $329.16 under budget ($2,500 budget) that we wanted to spend on them.

3 Responses to “Expensive Weekend (Partially by Choice)”

  1. ThriftoRama Says:

    Is replacing the microwave a priority? If it's working fine?

    Also, consider buying from scatch and dent. We have a place here that sells name brand new appliances that have cosmetic problems. We bought a new gas range there, and the only think 'wrong' with it is that the Frigidaire name label on the front is slightly crooked. We saved $300 because of that!

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    Appliances are expensive...especially now with stainless steel. All matching, all dated the same time, seems like a good idea. I'm sure they will last you many, many years!

    We moved into a new home thus all new micro, dishwasher, and stove. Our fridge is almond...blends with the wall color and doesn't really match the kitchen. I'm just not sure I can bring myself to upgrade the fridge. I think I will be looking for a really good sale. Smile

  3. Xtreme Thunder Says:

    @ThriftoRama: We did search for lightly used, open box items and floor models. Lightly used, which is what we were hoping to get the fridge doing, but all were too large for the space. When you are so constrained to a certain space requirement, apparently you pay the price. The floor models, they only sell those if they can't get the specific model any longer, none were available for such. There was our exact open box item for the Dishwasher and Microwave. Both were missing pieces, no dents or scratches, but after going directly to manufacturer for the missing parts, paying shipping costs, it was right back up to within $10-20 of price new. We didn't feel it was worth our time and aggravation, personally. Bigger savings, yes, than we would have jumped on them!

    @CCF: We could have saved almost $400 easily for not going SS, but aesthetically, the SS will make the small galley kitchen appear larger (white could have done the same thing, but eh!). We also could have purchased a top freezer fridge (much, much cheaper), but DW wasn't having any of that as she hates our current one! All existing appliances are off-white/ almond (some "wood grain" handles), but the microwave is black. I hope they last many years too!

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