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All the apartments have a space for a washer and dryer. We had to buy an electric dryer because they don't provide the gas connection. And we can't make any modifications to the apartment according to our lease agreement. We purchased a used 3 year old matching Kenmore washer and dryer for $375.00 + $40.00 delivery charge. The used appliance store gave us a 90 day warranty. You sure can't beat the price of $415.00. Now is that being frugal or what?
By MCW from Lewiston, NY
This summer I bought a Maytag 3 yr old pair for $150 at a garage sale of household we knew, mom wanted the NEW style. Afterwards the lady said she liked her old dryer better. My son got this as the house they moved into had a 25 yr old sears set that you could count on NOT too much time left.
2nd son was in need of a dryer, so went to the 2nd hand shops, as we left, a pickup was backed up ready to unload a dryer. Recognizing the guy as the ONE WHO REPAIRS, RENEWS those taken from apts, etc we asked him, He said if we wanted what he was going to unload, we could come get it. The price difference? $75 more to move it into the shop--we paid $125. We had gotten a washer from him 2 years prior the same way. $125 for a refurbished washer, a couple years old. So last week when this washer started acting up again, my husband called him and the repair man said SURE I stand behind my work. So we got another washer refurbished, paid $50 and the guy took the other one back to work on. So for a 2 year use, it was a good rate.
We had gotten an electric kitchen stove, Kenmore, back in 2001 for son # 3 from same guy. They still have the same stove, looked new when gotten. He had a sears 20cf fridge too, they still have that. $150 can still buy alot, when you know the right people.
My own fridge? bought 1986, was 6 mo old. An older lady bought it from the sears store, but was heading for the apts due to health and wanted to sell as much of her household as possible. Put on local radio station trading post, I followed up, the sears people gave me the papers of delivery date. Paid $300 back then for the 20 cf. Still nice and running like new!
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You can save a lot of money by purchasing second hand appliances from used appliance stores. My DH and I purchased a stove, refrigerator, washer, and dryer at a fraction of the price of what they would cost brand new.
One day we went appliance shopping and learned that the older model appliances were made better than the new ones coming off the assembly lines. We've been very fortunate because our four appliances have not needed any service repairs.
By Marge W. from Sanborn, NY
Editor's Note: Older appliances may be built better but may also be less energy efficient. Find out the energy rating of any appliance before you buy.
Last spring when I was shopping for a new washer and dryer, I stopped at a shop owned by a man who had sold me my refrigerator years earlier. His parents owned an appliance store and he sold all his life. I figured that my refrigerator would go out soon, so I might as well look at those too. After telling him the model I had bought off of him years earlier, he told me that the most foolish thing I could do was replace it at this time. He said that it was built to last at least 24-30 years, and a comparable one would cost so much that the money saved on utilities wouldn't come close to the money spent on a new purchase. He went on to explain that if he was me, he'd keep using the one I had for another 10 years and reconsider at that time. While the new ones looked nice, they weren't made nearly as well. The model I had was extremely energy efficient, and even though I might save utility money on a newer model, they are now built to last a specific number of years, which: 1)does not always make them cost effective, 2)adds to landfills, and 3)uses more resources during the construction process. Even though he talked himself out of a sale, I appreciated his honesty, and it gave me some info to think about.
He also talked me out of the top of the line washer that I'd been looking at. His wife told me that they were considering it too, and gave me the reasons they decided against it. Apparently, the second in line was just as energy efficient and cost lots less. So much less, that it would have to last me 25-30 years to make up the difference in cost. The top of the line had some added features, but they were ones I doubted that I'd ever use.
He also gave me lots of valuable information about the different makes and models, people I knew who had them so I could call and get opinions, and let me go home and make up my mind on what I wanted, no pressure. His info gave me decisive questions to ask sales people while shopping at other places too. After I made up my mind on what I wanted and got the best price, I went back to him and he beat the best offer made elsewhere to get my business. I almost didn't go to his store, since I didn't believe he could beat larger chain's prices. He explained that several small stores now buy together to get the same or better prices as the larger chains--that's how they stay in business and stay competitive. I almost lost big time by not stopping there! (09/22/2007)
I applaud you for your thriftiness. You've done a good thing and recycled a major appliance. You've saved a large appliance from ending up in a landfill.
We always bought used washing machines when our children were little. I had good experiences with doing that. It is a good savings over renting appliances like people do in our area of the country. Also, I think it's better than going to the laundromat!
Right now I have appliances that I bought new. I've replaced everything except for my stove. Because I bought the cheapest Lowe's sold, they don't have all the bells and whistles my used appliances had, but I think they are more saving on energy.
I must tell you my daughter bought a top of the line washing machine from Sears, who is known for their good appliances. She uses hers a little more than I use mine, but she is having trouble with her machine. She got the extended warranty (which I've been told one never should do), and it's good because she has needed it.
I wanted to let you know I think you did the right thing for yourself. I saw the editors note and worried you may be discouraged about that. I understand. You did the right thing for your circumstances. Don't feel badly about it in any way. (smile)
Best of luck! (09/23/2007)
By Carol in PA