Things have been very busy here at the Feeding Big house! MIL is now moved in! Daughter has graduated and gone to Thailand! Those events are passed and now I hope to get back to normal – whatever that means!
I will be back this Friday, but if you ever want to share one of your frugal posts, just let me know. I would be happy to host you!
Here is Naomi!
Appliances on the cheap – thinking outside of the big box store
Hi, I am so excited to be guest posting with Cynthia at Feeding Big. I have a blog at DelightCreativeHome.com, it started with home projects after the hubby and I purchased a foreclosure fixer upper, and now I have added printables, DIY and craft projects, and doing things on the cheap!
I am here as part of a Living Big on Less Money series to share with you my kitchen appliance purchases, on less than $350 – I am talking, a whole kitchen! Our kitchen was a bit of a mess – it had a broken dishwasher, no microwave, no refrigerator, and a green stove that I am convinced was older than I am. Once we were scheduled to close on the house I went to work shopping online and in stores to find exactly what I wanted – brand new white appliances. Yes, I am a white appliances kind of girl, I know stainless is very popular, but it gets so icky quickly with greasy fingerprints. I quickly racked up quite the bill – a brand new stove for $600 something (quite reasonable actually), a modest fridge for $700 something, etc, etc. But quickly, my bill was $1850 + tax and delivery – and I realized that I had much better things to be spending $1850 on!
So… I headed to Craigslist to see what I could do. I kept in mind all of the items I had picked out in the stores as I looked for items online, but knew I might not get exactly what I wanted. (I forgot to mention, I had this thing about the buttons, I wanted all the same brand, so the buttons on them would match… I am a designer, I notice these things). I checked Craigslist daily, and I made sure I had a car or van in place so I could move quickly. In a period of 3 weeks, I found every single piece I needed…
Dishwasher – the first find, this one was in the FREE section on Craigslist! I learned from this find that many people are upgrading to stainless and ditching perfectly decent appliances. It is not a top of the line dishwasher, but it washes my dishes just fine.
Stove – I had picked out a 5 burner somewhat well-known name brand stove. I didn’t think I would be able to find it – but within a week or so it popped up that someone had one, I moved quickly – and even got it to fit in my tiny hatchback! Got it for $175 instead of $600 something.
Microwave – here is where the matching buttons had to come in, it had to be of the same model and product line as the stove… and I found it! For $75, it was BRAND NEW. Someone moved into a house with brand new white appliances, and again, wanted stainless – so I took advantage of their desire to upgrade.
Refrigerator – this is the oldest piece, I will admit, but for $100 – I got a decent white fridge with plenty of space for what we have and it was bigger than I had budgeted for at the store.
I have been an avid Craigslist user for quite a while, especially since we live in a somewhat urban area and have lots of things available to us. If you are NOT in an urban area or want some other options I would suggest using local papers, connections with friends who are remodeling, or even consider watching Craigslist in a more populated area near you and make a drive to pick something up! My MIL drove about 4 hours for the farmhouse sink she wanted when redoing her kitchen. People tend to be willing to hold things when you can tell them when you are coming and for larger items. As long as you are patient, meet in safe places, and make sure you know what you are looking at – you can get some amazing deals second hand.