The thing that always irks me about appliances is that they all always break at the same time. It’s as if they’ve decided jointly that they’ve had enough and they’re out of here. My dishwasher, washing machine and stove all gave up the ghost in a space of a couple of weeks, so looking to save money on appliances is something very much on my mind. Here are a couple of ways to keep your costs down.
It may not be as shiny and new, but buying last year’s model is a great way to save a couple of hundred dollars of an appliance without losing anything when it comes to quality. Once you’ve ensured that it’s energy usage is within an acceptable range (older models of white goods are energy guzzlers, which is a disaster for your budget), you are set to make good savings on your purchase.
The Ugly Duckling
Ask the shop assistant if they have any damaged goods for sale. Believe it or not, lots of people don’t want to buy an item if it’s has a dent or a scratch. Personally, I’d prefer to save money on my purchasing. It’s worthwhile checking the item carefully to ensure it’s damage you can abide with, and then ask about what discounts can be offered.
I fall for the bells and whistles, just like everyone else. An article online suggests heading to the store with a list of things you need, and then buying the cheapest version that fulfils all those requirements. Basically, you want the appliance to do its job. If it can do that properly, what does it matter if it doesn’t shoot fireworks at the end?
Trade It In
Another great suggestion from the about.com article is to look at whether the retailer does trade-ins. If, unlike me, you haven’t worn everything you own into the ground, why not look at trading in your appliances and saving some money off the sticker price? You can make significant savings, and will be recycling your old items with ease.
What use a box when compared to a couple of hundred dollars? Buying the floor model can save you huge amounts of money and comes with the equivalent warranty, so it makes sense to forego the box and roll with the floor model instead.
As we know, appliances break in packs. So take advantage of their mass exit, and buy bundle deals. Need a dishwasher and a microwave? Maybe there is a deal at your local retailer that can provide that. Certainly, if you’re buying more than one item, you have leverage to lower the price of the items. It’s an exhausting process, but it does save money to visit a couple of stores with equivalent products and see if you can lower the price somewhat. Retailers of large stores have big margins to work within, and as a consumer, you should be able to take advantage of that.
A energy-efficient model might be more expensive, but will the running costs actually end up saving you money on a less efficient product? Last year, I spent what seemed like a huge amount on a heater for my house. At the time, I really wasn’t sure if it would provide the the savings I had been promised. It did. The initial capital was well and truly recouped by its low running costs, as well as doing a bit to lessen the strain on our energy usage as well.