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How We Saved Money on a New Washer and Dryer
Posted By Jessica Fisher On February 12, 2010 @ 2:17 pm In Budget Living,Grocery Geek | 32 Comments
See this? This is HALF the laundry that was generated in my household in the last week since the dryer broke. The washer and dryer were on their last legs and decided to die in my absence. Right on their heels went the radiator and thermostat in our van. And the cam sensor. Whatever THAT is. My poor husband never let on that the supply of clean clothes was dwindling and that he had no way to transport all six children anywhere. I guess that explains the panic he might have felt when I almost missed my connecting flight in Phoenix. What a guy!
Do you know how much dirty laundry is created in five days’ time?!
Thankfully, I did get home at the prescribed time. And we spent Monday picking up the pieces. FishPapa called around town to get quotes on a new radiator for the van and off the van limped for repairs. Meanwhile, I hopped online to find a new laundry combo.
Here’s what I considered in my decision:
Cost of washer and dryer after taxes and delivery fees: $933.89
Delivery rebate from Sears: -65.00
Appliance rebates from Sears: -100.00
Cash back bonus from ShopAtHome : -39.70
Coupon from ShopAtHome : – 5.00
Total Spent on New Washer and Dryer: $724.19
When all was said and done, we saved over $200 purchasing our new set, without even leaving the house. And it turns out that there were a few bells and whistles thrown in for good measure, like “wrinkle shield” and “energy preferred” settings. I spent the better half of Thursday whipping through 10 loads of laundry. I think these new machines work faster than the old ones.
Best of all, we’ve got clean clothes!
Edited to add: There’s been some great discussion in the comments regarding HE machines. Just to clarify, my point #4 above was comparing the energy savings of a basic top loader and the “Energy Star” top loader. I am not questioning the efficiency of the HE machines, but we had already made the decision not to spend 2K on the set.
So, looking at the lower price point machines — the top loaders — that was the conclusion we were making. It didn’t pencil out to pay $150 more to get a fancier top loader. I apologize for any confusion I might have caused.
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