I know, I know! I write about these things and I make decisions about them then take F-O-R-E-V-E-R to actually carry them through! I just wanted to give you all a little update on the refrigerator/ appliance shopping because I AM still working on it (ps feel free to ask me about my progress here anytime)! Currently, there are a couple of things that are holding me back from pulling the trigger on a new refrigerator:
1. I'm being picky. I know what I want and I'm not going to settle for less. My requirements include: bottom freezer, freezer pullout without bare wire baskets, stainless without black handle, ice maker, Energy Star, fits in my space (under 68 in. height) and under $1,000. The toughest part is that I want/ need a bottom freezer when, at the moment, they aren't the most popular choice and lower supply means fewer sales.
2. I'm spending all of my shopping time doing things like this. The more I look, the better chance I'll have at finding a deal and I just want to know that I'm making the right choice.
The most popular suggestions for helping along my refrigerator search were:
1. Buy used off of Craigslist
Craigslist purchases carry great rewards (we're talking mega savings!), but also great risks (what if it breaks the next week?!). Even if I wanted to go this route, I'm having absolutely no luck finding the fridge that fits my requirements! Most of them end up being the wrong style, too large for my space, or old and gross:
What I've found is that these places are trickier than they seem. While there are plenty of great deals to be found, there are also scammers around every corner. Before purchasing an "amazing deal" from one of the salespeople ask a few important questions:
What is included in the price? Is there a charge for an ice maker, delivery, installation, etc? All of these hidden fees could end up adding up to the price of a newer version in a big box store!
How long is the warrenty for? You might be buying a slightly damaged appliance, but it should still come with a warrenty.
How much is this model selling for at the chain stores? It's not uncommon for a "discount" warehouse to have the same prices as Best Buy and Sears.
Is this the appliance I actually wanted? It's easy to buy something just because it's on clearance... with such a big purchase, it's important to be happy with what you bought later on!
3. Just go for it at a big box store!
My dream refrigerator is out there... I actually look at
Thanks Sarah!! I took a look at her link then did a little more research on my own. From what I understand, (in the state of Texas) I can reserve a rebate form through the Cash for Appliances program on April 5th then potentially buy my brand new refrigerator on April 16th knowing that I'll be eligible for $315 in rebates ($75 of it for recycling my old one). What a great way to get rid of a older (ugly) energy-sucker and bring back a shiny new one for less!
Anyone have any luck scoring a great deal on appliances lately?? Do you think you'll participate in the Cash for Appliances Rebate Program?