YESTERDAY I broke down the
BUDGET KITCHEN MAKEOVER into all of the different ingredients
1. Cabinet Doors and Drawer Fronts,
and today we will CONTINUE up with:
4. Sink, Faucet and Strainer,
4. FAUCET, SINK AND DRAIN
The kind of good news with the sink was that my choices were limited. Formica counter tops require a top mount sink, and since I knew I wanted at least 18G stainless and I knew I wanted ONE big opening, and needed the sink to measure 33″…my choices were limited. I liked the sleek appearance of the Kohler Vaulted Sink and was able to save over 20% off an already discounted price at Lowes. I will tell you how below…
I got my beautiful ROHL faucet from a GREAT site called VINTAGETUB.com. Don’t let the name fool you, they carry lots more than tubs and their inventory is far from Vintage. And in my experience, their prices cannot be beat. I LOVE my ROHL faucet. YES, It was a splurge BUT well worth every penny. It elevates the look of the top mount sink and the formica countertops.
…and don’t forget the strainer/ drain. I did not realize that sinks often do not come with drains. I found a polished nickel one by KOHLER 4-1/2-in dia Polished Nickel Strainer Basket Only Sink Strainer on Lowes.com and used a coupon, saving saving saving!!!
5. APPLIANCES (reprinted from an earlier post)
Today I am going to tell you how I saved THOUSANDS on my appliances.
I knew I wanted to get high-end appliances. I have nothing against budget appliances, in fact we had a kitchen full of them, but I was ready to INVEST in higher end appliances, on the off-chance that one day my dream of knocking out the wall between the dining room and kitchen comes true and we can build our DREAM kitchen. I do LOVE my kitchen, but it is what it is, a room with 4 walls, and it gets a bit “cozy” in there. Plus, it is not an eat in kitchen, we eat every meal in the dining room…which has its perks as well. anyway. I wanted KITCHENAID appliances and they cost more than some of the others.
so..how did I save?
TIP#1 – PRICE SHOP – ALWAYS check out more than one site or store for prices. You would be amazed at the range of prices some things can go for. Enter the name of your item into a search engine and just check out all the websites. AND NOWADAYS most stores will price match any brick and mortar company.
TIP#2 – GET A CREDIT CARD – NOW, I HATE CREDIT CARDS. They have not always been my friend. But I am not talking about getting a card and buying more than you can afford. I am talking about getting a card, GETTING the Immediate 5% discount and the 0% interest for 18 months it entitles you to at checkout, and then immediately or within the subscribed time frame if you are doing a 0% interest deal…PAY IT ALL OFF. 5% is a chunk of change when you are buying appliances.
Kitchenaid Counter Depth Fridge
TIP#3 FOLLOW BLOGS! – This is not-self promotion, but quite often the blog writers are GREAT sources for deals as they are out there scoping them out.
TIP#4 – Fill out Moving cards AND OTHER STORE SPECIFIC PROMOTIONS. At Lowes and Home Depot , if you are moving, or in my case, might move, someday, you will be sent a one time use 10% off coupon. My sister-in-law clued me in on this one and I saved tons on my Appliances.
TIP#5 – Keep track of promotions. I knew that Lowes does a few promotions throughout the year and so I waited until they did their appliance one and jumped right on it. Combine that with your 10% off moving coupon…that is 20% off!!! then add your 5% off for using your Credit Card that is 25% off!!!
TIP#6 WATCH FOR REBATES – IF you go onto the Lowes or Home Depot or the other appliance websites, and you look for their REBATE section, there are always running Rebates with appliances. I missed a few of the dates by ONE DAY…which really frosted me, but I saved a ton in other ways…so I can sleep at night. Still, nothing drives me more crazy than knowing “I could have saved MORE!!!”.
TIP #7 USE the Coupon sites. I like retailmenot.com the best. At Christmas I found a 10% off coupon for Lowes, which I used in conjunction with my 10% off all appliances promotion and the 5% credit card deal and on an online purchase saved 25% on my range hood, cooktop and our dryer.
TIP # 8 – Use Gift cards, Yes this isa NO brainer, but this year when I was asked “What do you wnat for Christmas” I said “LOWES and HOME DEPOT GIFT CARDS!!!” and I used those cards and saved a bunch of money and my loved ones helped me create a kitchen!
TIP # 9 – CHECK OUT SCRATH AND DENT SECTIONS –PERSONALLY I could care less if my applaince has a ding where no one can see it.
TIP#10 – BE PATIENT You really do need to take some time with this process. It will be worth it in the end. I lived with an avocado double oven for 9 years and while I wish we had moved a little faster…Nothing is worse than spending money you don’t need to…but if you are in a hurry…you just might.
19.7 cu. ft KitchenAid Architect Series II KBFS20EVMS
Let me tell you the story of my refrigerator. I knew I wanted a counter depth refrigerator to maximize the space in our smallish kitchen. As I knew we would be keeping our other HUGE Refrigerator on the back porch, I only needed the new one to give room for day-to-day stuff. So the 19.7 cu. ft KitchenAid Architect Series II was the one I chose. It was $1,999. at Lowes but they had an Appliance rebate running, which would save me around $125. I found the Fridge on a Discount appliance website for $1549. I took the print out to Lowes, they price matched, I added the 10% off coupon I had and the 5% off for using the card PLUS I had another 10% off coupon and the total cost came to around $1100.
NOW THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT!!!
ALL OF MY appliances together came to $5,500. That is less than some people pay for 1 appliance and I got nice stuff. It did take time. and Educating myself, asking around, but in the END, worth every penny…I SAVED!!!!
STAY TUNED TOMORROW WE WILL FINISH UP OUR DECONSTRUCTED BUDGET KITCHEN MAKEOVER WITH
COUNTER TOPS, FLOOR AND ODDS AND ENDS!
AND OCTOBER GIVEAWAY #3….