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Washer and Dryer Blues

March 16th, 2006 at 06:48 pm

My washer and dryer are probably as old as my house (29 years), and are on the way out. Only one cycle works on the washer and the dryer is a bit of a clunker and is likely near death too.

I'm wondering what others' ideas about buying a new machine should be. Here's what I'm trying to decide:

1. Do I look for great deals on a set (since I can get those cheaper) in the next little while?

2. Do I let it go until the washer dies and then buy? (Not a good decision maybe if I can't get a replacement that is reasonably priced, but my washer could last another year or so...who knows?) I've been watching the ads though and chances are some place will have a decent sale when I need one.

3. Do I buy a front loading washer? It's way more money, but it should save me in the long run.

Since I don't have a car, using a laundromat until I see a really good deal is not really an option. And (this might sound wimpy) I am really reluctant to buy something used out of the newspaper since I've had friends get the run around this way.

I also rarely use my dryer.

Perhaps I could wait until I've got more money in my emergency fund first. Hmmmm.

5 Responses to “Washer and Dryer Blues”

  1. baselle Says:

    I'd wait a bit.

    I would first assess how you use the washer/dryer. How many loads do you do/ week? Do you want special cycles or just the basic one?
    I would then shop around & price washer dryers in a number of places - Sears, Best Buy, Frys, anywhere that you can buy a washer. Get a sense for if/when washers are seasonal. Remember that when the new models come in the old models have to go, which means that the real deals come out.

  2. contrary1 Says:

    Don't forget to check out new, but damaged somehow. I've made some really great deals by asking if they happen to have something in the scratch & dent area. My piano was probably my first big thing with an owie....there is a mark in the finish on one side of it. I can't even find it anymore. My soaking tub I put in my last house had a huge gouge in the edge of it, but that faced my wall..........nice! I always ask now, because you just know there are things that get bumped, sent back, etc.

  3. Single Mom Extraordinaire Says:

    Thanks for the tips. I hadn't thought of them before. Smile

  4. kristina moffitt Says:

    Do you have a may tag warehouse or other thing close to you? In Sacramento we have a warehouse that twice a year sells the floor models, discontinued models and things that they removed from someone's home do to manufacture problems (fix and reesell, same warranty) for only about 40% of new and most thing are new.

    my friend just bought some front load washer dryer set through them today (!) for only 500 for the pair. they were floor models and since the new ones are coming out and they have to replace all the models in any store that sells them, maytag just takes them all back and you can buy from the warehouse. try that too.

  5. Bosch Washer Dryer Says:

    If I were you, I would try to look for a good deal on a set washer and dryer...and there is such a wide array to choose from today such as steam washers dryers, front load washers dryers, stylish, energy efficient....good luck!

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