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Just like in buying a car or home, shopping for kitchen appliances is something you need to plan and prepare for.

However, kitchen appliances and appliances in general don’t come cheap. Still, this doesn’t mean you have to empty your savings jar to get the best for your kitchen.

Before you buy the best programmable drip coffee maker, here are some things you should remember in shopping for appliances while saving extra cash.

1) Look for discontinued appliances

Discontinued models, brands, and appliance lines can be cheaper.

Check appliance stores for clearance sales on discontinued appliances to save you more.

Just make sure warranties and after-service options are available when you purchase to avoid stress in case the appliance breaks down.

2) Negotiate free shipping or delivery

A delivery charge could add a lot to the cost of your appliance. Just imagine how many extra dollars you need to add on top of the appliance price just to get it delivered on your doorstep. Many retailers offer free shipping and even offer free delivery especially for large appliances. You can use the extra cash you saved from free shipping to pay off other bills.

3) Avoid expensive maintenance costs

Maintaining a kitchen appliance is not the same as maintaining a car. Your coffee maker or microwave may fail you at one point but if they require repair and replacement every month, then you need to reconsider your options.

4) Scratch and dent appliances can save you money

If you don’t mind minor dents, and scratches that are not too obvious, then you’re in for a treat. Scratch and dent appliances usually give you 30 to 60 percent off the original price. These sell like hot pancakes so make sure you buy on the spot. Don’t forget to call appliance stores and ask if they are offering these types of appliances. It usually happens every Saturday and holiday season.

5) Watch and wait for appliance sales

Sales are the perfect opportunity to score the best kitchen appliances while saving money. Holiday sales and big sales events are around the corner so hold on to your money before buying anything. In the meantime, check out the appliances you need to avoid compulsive buying.

6) Outdated appliances vs upgrades

There will always be newer and more advanced technology in the world of appliances. This means those with newer upgrades could be more expensive too. Before you buy, check out the older version and compare it with the new ones to see the differences.

If it’s a matter of design or an additional switch, you might want to consider the outdated ones. They are cheaper too since they are marked down to clear inventories.

7) Combine function – go for multi-function appliances

Technology usually makes lives easier. There are multi-function units that could do various tasks equivalent to two to three appliances. The good news is you can save money on the number of appliances you need to purchase while minimising clutter in the kitchen. Just make sure you need and will use all those functions. Otherwise, go for the traditional appliances.

8) Choose energy-efficient appliances

Your appliance must be energy-efficient to keep your operating costs low. Look for Energy Star appliances, appliances included in energy certification programs, or a unit that is the most energy-efficient. You may have to pay slightly more, however, choosing energy-efficient appliances will make a substantial difference in your budget.

At the end of the day, it’s all about getting more of what you paid for. Are you ready to shop for your kitchen appliances?

Do you have any tips to add to the list? Please share in the comments below.

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  • I am really good at saving money in this department. I do a ton of research beforehand

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  • I love price matching. If I have gift cards for one store but the price is too high I look around and if I find a cheaper price elsewhere I always ask if they price match which most stores are happy to do. I’ve had many a good bargain when I was able to do this.
    I pride myself on never paying full price for electrical items. With white goods and appliances you should always negotiate on a better price.

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  • You may even find businesses that specialise in the sale of damaged items – usually just a small scratch or perhaps a small section not painted or coated perfectly. The mark may be on the back of the product and won’t be visible at home at all. I have never bought anything that didn’t have a full warranty.

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  • I have friends who on occasions have checked items on auction sites on-line. Make sure you know the RRP. What they sometimes do is have a look at one in a retailer’s to make sure it is what they want, then go to the auction place and put a price they are prepared on the one at the auction place. They are notified if they have bid the highest price, then have to go to pay for it and pick it up. Sometimes the products are still in the cartons – brand new, the warranty card etc. still in it. You get a proper invoice etc. with your purchase. Occasionally they actually go to an auction and buy stuff in carton lots (different items and they want some that are in it). They keep what they want, and at some point may send the remainder back to auction. e.g. friends of ours had been looking for some special books and got them that way. They hadn’t been able to find them even in bookshops.

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  • There are some really good tips in here and anyway to save money on electronic goods is great in my opinion as they add up to be pricey.

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  • Already in the list, but I was going to suggest factory seconds and waiting for sales.

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  • We just bought things on sale one by one and said to family anything kitchen appliance for xmas gifts would be great

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  • My tip would be to shop around and see if the stores will beat prices.

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  • My sister in law buy kitchen appliances such as coffee machine, blenders etc and they are not cheap. I would assess your situation and see how often you will actually use it . I bought a hand mixer which is a home brand and lasted me so many years and I only use it if needed . It is not worth spending on a big brand if you are not going to use it often .

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  • Display models are also a good option. I’m not sure on the discontinued items as often parts are really hard to find. Happy shopping either way ☺☺

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  • yeah definately check the energy rating. many cheaper products use a tonne of energy so after a month, 3 months,, a year, you have spent a small fortune

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  • Very handy to know these tips. Thank you for sharing them.

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  • Thanks for the advice, a new washing machine at my place isn’t far away i think.

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  • Make sure your appliance will actually be used! So many kitchen appliances are quickly relegated to the back of a cupboard or bottom of a drawer. Even those that are bought because it was though they would get a bit of use

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  • I definetly agree with checking scratch and dent. We bought out LG fridge from one of these shops and saved $1000 off RRP and you could hardly see small scratch on door.

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