You know you’re a grown up when you get excited about a new washer and dryer! In the past two weeks, we’ve replaced 3 major appliances – water heater, washer and dryer. Our water heater failed and it was finally time for our family of 6 to upgrade our outdated laundry system. Merry Christmas to me!
As always, I wanted to get the best deal on these appliances so I pulled out my best money saving tips. And I ended up saving hundreds of dollars!
Money saving tips I used to get the best price on these appliances.
Although there are several steps to this process, once you’re signed up at the various sites I mention, it only takes a few minutes to do each step. As you’ll see the savings are significant and well worth an extra 15 minutes or so when you’re buying a new appliance.
1. I shopped around (online of course).
I browsed several websites (Home Depot, Lowes, Amazon, Sears, etc.) to decide on exactly which models I wanted. I made a short list of model names and numbers, features, and price at each store. Home Depot had the best prices on the models I wanted. If you’re in the market for a new washer, here are 5 things to consider first.
Home Depot was having a huge sale for $500 off of the washer / dryer pair ($200 less than the other stores for the same models!) + $50 rebate from Home Depot for buying 2 appliances.
If they hadn’t already been offering free delivery I would have called up and asked for it. It never hurts to ask! (One of my tips to negotiate a better price.)
2. Next I went looking for extra discounts.
I checked a few cashback sites for extra discounts. These sites give you a percentage of your purchase back when you start out at their site before you buy. Cashback amounts change frequently so it pays to check a few sites.
My favorite cashback site is Ebates. Get a $10 bonus when you signup here
Savings: $61.82 (5.5% cashback)
3. Next I looked for a high value gift card at Raise.com.
Raise is a website where you can buy and sell discounted gift cards. If someone has a gift card they don’t want, they can sell it to Raise and then you can buy it at a discount. Sweet!
I always, always check Raise for discounted gift cards before shopping for clothes, appliances and other larger purchases. I signed up for email alerts for the stores I was considering. Raise emailed me every time a gift card was posted with a discount over 10%.
After stalking Raise for a few days, I determined they usually have Home Depot cards available at a 4-5% discount, but occasionally you may find one for 15-25% off. Sadly, I didn’t manage to snag one of those (they sell out very fast) but imagine if I had!
Savings: $0 this time around
4. Then I looked for credit card offers.
I checked with my credit card to see if they offer any extra cashback at any of the stores I was considering. (If I had found discounted gift cards through Raise, I wouldn’t have been able to use my credit card at the store’s website.)
My credit card was offering 1% cashback at Home Depot (3% at Lowe’s, but Lowe’s didn’t have as good a price as Home Depot did). If your credit card doesn’t offer cashback, you might want to research credit cards to see if there’s a better offer available. I earn hundreds and hundreds in credit card cashback each year.
5. Finally I did a little math.
Once I had all my data, I crunched the numbers. In addition to the cashback and discounts, I expect a $50 rebate from the state of Pennsylvania that they’re offering on Energy Star appliances.
Total savings: $673.05
Here are the units we purchased from Home Depot. Aren’t they gorgeous? We’re still waiting for them to arrive. Can’t wait until they’re here!
The water heater has been doing it’s job beautifully. In fact, we saved another $100 on the water heater installation by using a local plumber!