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6) Outdated appliances vs upgrades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.