When the refrigerator has stopped working and you are about to lose all the food you have in the house, what’s the next step? Do you run out to the nearest appliance store and pay top dollar? In the new economy things can be handled a lot of different, better ways. Here are a few suggestions to escape from overpaying on appliances.
Do Not Rent Appliances
If you are looking to save some serious money do not rent or lease home appliances. The advertisements are enticing, but you will end up paying at least double the cost. The problem with renting or leasing appliances is that many make the mistake of looking at what they will pay weekly or monthly but not looking at the overall cost. The “rent-to-own” business would not even be possible if more consumers looked at the overall cost of the appliances and furniture that they end up paying.
Scratch and Dent Appliances
Because you decide to shop in the scratch and dent aisle does not mean that the appliance is not new. There are times where the appliances will get a small ding just being moved in the truck when it’s delivered to the store. Often, when the appliances get moved around on the showroom floor they get small scratches.
Can you handle an appliance that has a small scratch or dent and works fine otherwise? If your answer is yes, then you can get a brand new appliance and save hundreds of dollars.
Buying Top of the Line
New models of appliances are always coming to the market to entice consumers to buy. The problem is when these “new and improved” models are released you will be paying top dollar. There are other models that are older and still work perfectly.
Unless you must have the newly released models you could save a big amount of cash. The refrigerators, washers and dryers, and stoves that are a year or even a few years old still work and get the job done just as well. Overpaying for appliances is not hard to avoid when you do your research.
There are also online appliance websites where you can save a bundle of cash. Compare prices and sites before you make a purchase, and read all the information on the site’s return policies.
When you are trying to save money and you must replace appliances, it hurts both the wallet and the bank account. If you are really strapped for cash there is always the option to buy used appliances from a private party.
There are many websites online where you can look for what is needed and pay a lot less. These websites include Craigslist, Ebay and OfferUp. Browse through them and you may find something you are looking for right in your own neighborhood.