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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.