NaBloPoMo: Day 3
Damn. House is expensive.
The Hubs and I have lived in apartments for the last 10 years, all of which did not have washer and dryer hookups so we never had to buy one. It’s actually one of the things that I am looking forward to with our new house. Being able to wash and dry my clothes in my own house instead of walking down the hall, down a flight of stairs, all trying to remember to bring my laundry card. You have no idea how many times I’ve forgotten my laundry card AND locked myself out of my apartment.
Now you’ll have to visualize that if I’m doing laundry, all my new-ish clothes are probably being washed so hunting down a maintenance guy to get me back into my apartment while wearing my sweats that have a hole in the crotch and stained tshirt isn’t a good first impression. Unfortunately my maintenance guy has seen my crotch. More than once. That’s apartment living for ya.
Ahem. Moving right along.
I’ve been eye-ing the Samsung HE gas front load washer and dryer for weeks… maybe even months now. But I got sticker shock looking at the prices. Two thousand dollars for a washer and dryer? Does it clean your clothes and print money too?
Thank goodness for friends who know how it’s really done.
A few weeks ago I was telling my friend about my W/D woes. She looked at me, patted my head and this is how it played out.
M: “First time home buyers are so cute. But they’re so naive and stupid.”
CB: “Geez, thanks for vote of confidence!”
M: “Ok here’s what you do. Go to the Sears outlet off of Bristol and Warner. I bet you’ll find the W/D you want for 40-60% off. As long as you are ok with some minor cosmetic damage and you don’t care about certain color or style.”
CB: Well… I kinda wanted the red one.
M: (exasperated) “Clara, red, white, black, gray. Who cares!! You wanna pay $1000 more for red?”
CB: Um… HEY! Stop hitting me!
The thing about Sears outlet is that you have to be conscience of the product availability and range of damage. Some damage is so minor that I didn’t even notice it until salesperson pointed it out whereas others are huge dents and that’s why the price is reduced SO low. But I can get over some minor scratches and dents on the side where they won’t show especially if it saves me thousands of dollars. Also you might find the washer you want (I found my red one!) but then they don’t have the matching dryer (poopy!) or vice versa. Sorry my OCDness would not accept an unmatched pair. But
stalking the store everyday patience eventually won out and a week later I found a matching set (white one) for 50% less than the retail price. There was absolutely nothing wrong with the set (no dents or scratches) accept that it was an overstocked item and Sears Outlet guarantees it for a year. Win-win!
Anyone in the market for a new appliance, definitely check if there’s a Sears Outlet near you!
Next up: Stainless Steel Refrigerator!