I was asking my brother the contractor, realtor, house renovator-extraordinaire how they survived LIVING in their home during the complete renovation for the two years it took to complete the work. They have been renovating homes for over 30 years – so is not their first Rodeo – but while their daughters, who are now in college, were growing up they usually did not live in the homes DURING renovation.
My brother’s answers were pure GOLD – and I am working up a post dedicated to the:
TOP TEN WAYS TO SURVIVE A RENOVATION
Today we will start with the KITCHEN and
10 TIPS FOR SAVING MONEY ON APPLIANCES
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.
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.
TIP#3 FOLLOW BLOGS and PODCASTS! – This is not-self promotion, but quite often the blog writers are GREAT sources for deals as they are out there scoping them out. IN FACT – JUST OVER THE WEEKEND – I LEARNED ANOTHER GREAT WAY TO SAVE money while listening to the YOUNG HOUSE LOVE PODCAST
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 is a NO brainer, but the year we renovated our kitchen when I was asked “What do you want 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 SCRATCH AND DENT SECTIONS –PERSONALLY I could care less if my appliance has a ding where no one can see it. I always figure – I MIGHT scratch it myself!
TIP#10 – BE PATIENT You really do need to take some time with this process. It will ALL 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…and if you are in a hurry…you just might.
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-TOGETHER – MY appliances came to $5,900. That is less than some people pay for 1 appliance and I got nice KITCHEN-AID APPLIANCES. It did take time. and Educating myself, asking around, but in the END, worth every penny…I SAVED!!!!
TIP#1 – PRICE SHOP
TIP#2 – GET A CREDIT CARD (ONLY IF YOU PAY IT RIGHT OFF THIS IS NOT A PROBLEM FOR YOU BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW THAT 5% OFF IS NOT WORTH BILL COLLECTORS CALLING YOUR HOME!
TIP#3 FOLLOW BLOGS!
TIP#4 – Fill out Moving cards AND OTHER STORE SPECIFIC PROMOTIONS.
TIP#5 – KEEP TRACK OF PROMOTIONS.
TIP#6 WATCH FOR REBATES
TIP #7 USE the Coupon sites.
TIP # 8 – Use Gift cards
TIP # 9 – CHECK OUT SCRATH AND DENT SECTIONS
TIP#10 – BE PATIENT