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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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saving money on appliances

So, you saved up enough to by that new fridge you wanted (or, more likely, your old trusty one died and you need a new one ASAP). Most appliance purchases end up being quick emergency purchases, which doesn’t always leave a lot of time for shopping around.

There are still some great ways to save and these tips can save you hundreds of dollars on your big purchase. If you need hard proof, check out my example at the bottom where we saved almost 60% on the fridge above!

Tips for Saving on Appliances

  1. Narrow down what you are looking for. Is it a side by side fridge, a top loader or front loading washing machine, what color, what features do you have to have? Choose a few models that are in a reasonable price point for your budget to compare. Getting a good price is easier to see when you have less options to think about.
  2. Check the reviews. This is really important. You are investing in something that should last 10+ years and you don’t want to get a “deal” on something with unexpectedly high maintenance costs.
  3. Research prices online. Make a list of every nearby retailer you can think and start checking their prices online. Note the price and any promotions that are going on and when they end.
    HHGregg, BestBuy, Fry’s (GA), Sears, Lowe’s, and Home Depot are all good places to start.
  4. Know your price match policies. If you find that one particular store has a great deal, realize that almost all appliance retailers will price match. You can take that print out and get that price at the store of your choosing. Some stores will even offer to beat the price by 5-10%!
  5. Don’t be afraid to negotiate. Many times you can get an additional discount by asking. Sometimes employees know about coupons or upcoming promotions that you’ll only be aware of if you ask. For example, at Sears if you have them email you specs on large appliances, sometimes it comes with a $100 off coupon!
  6. Look for free delivery. Delivery can be upwards of $75, or many times retailers offer free delivery. If they don’t – ask if they can waive the delivery charge and certainly take free delivery into account if you are price matching!
  7. Consider the benefits of rewards programs. Some examples are Best Buy’s Reward Zone or the 5% off you’d get from using a Lowe’s Card. These give you a percentage of your purchase back which can really add up on expensive items.
  8. Apply for new mover’s discounts. If you have just moved or plan to, be aware that submitting an address change to USPS qualifies you for all sorts of goodies. You can get a 10% off coupon for Lowe’s, discounts for Best Buy and more! Most of the time, these can be stacked on top of sales for extra savings.
  9. Buy with gift cards.  Look for incentives to buy gift cards. Maybe it’s fuel discounts from your grocery store, rewards back at a drugstore or discounts off your groceries with a gift card purchase. Pay for your appliances with these gift cards and layer on savings!
  10. Time your purchase. If there is a holiday coming up you may want to wait to shop. Often times retailers offer extra discounts on long weekends.
  11. Order online for additional cash back. If you find a great deal, think about ordering online through a cash back site like eBates. 5% back on your purchase may not sound like a lot but on a $1,000 fridge you just put $50 back in your pocket. That’s the first batch of groceries to fill it up for most families. You can still apply coupons and sometimes even price match over chat support online too!
  12. Be ready to act when you find the right deal. With all this research under your belt, you have to be ready to purchase with the time strikes. Often times amazing deals don’t last and stock on well-priced items can be limited. Get a move on once you find the deal you want. Most places offer delivery out in the future, so even if you won’t be ready for the new dishwasher for a month, you can still get the deal at an awesome price today.
  13. Check for local rebates from your electric/gas company. This is easy money for the cost of a stamp on a purchase you are making anyway.
  14. Opt to sell your old appliance instead of the free haul away option. Free haul away is great if you’d have to pay to dispose of your old appliance, but if you can get $50 for it on Craigslist, that goes back into your pocket for the next purchase.
  15. Be wary of extra charges and warranties. Most places will try to sell you an extra warranty or bonus parts. Decline anything that’s optional. Your new appliance already comes with a manufacturer’s warranty.
  16. Look for scratch & dent models. This is a huge way to save, especially if you just NEED an appliance today and don’t have time for the steps above. Many stores have an area set aside for appliances that are scratched on the side, were floor models or otherwise have an imperfection. Often, these are minor and if it’s a flaw you can live with, you just saved a bunch of money for the same functionality.

A Real Example

I know this is a lot to take in, so I’m going to give you a real world example. We just moved and put many of these tips to good use to save around 60% on a new refrigerator.

After checking Consumer Reports, I liked the Whirlpool Gold line. The Stainless Steel fridge I was looking was a retail price of $2199.99. Ouch!  I was determined to see what I could do to get a discount. After all, I regularly save 50% on groceries, why not on a refrigerator to put them in!

After checking prices everywhere, I found a great deal with free delivery (normally $69.99) at Sears. It was on sale during a holiday weekend for $1499. Yep, $700 off! After doing some digging, I was also able to stack several coupon codes through my Shop Your Way Rewards account for an additional $235 off! This brought the price down to $1264.99 before tax. Progress!

That’s not the whole story though. Kroger was also offering 4x Fuel Points on Gift card purchases (instead of the normal 2x), so I bought $1350 worth for a total of 5,400 fuel points! Tip: Go for larger denomination cards, many stores have a limit to the number of cards they will take online (for Sears it’s 15 gift cards). In Kroger’s program, a thousand points gets you $1 off per gallon of gas on 1 fill up (up to $35), so this is worth approximately $189 off gas over 6 fill-ups.

Final key steps: I shopped through eBates for 5% cash back ($63.25) on my purchase and used by Shop Your Way Rewards number at checkout, for an additional 1% back ($12.64) in rewards to spend at Sears. Once my purchase was complete, I mailed off for a $75 rebate on energy efficient fridges from my local utility.

After taking into account all the rewards and bonuses my $2199.99 fridge actually cost………..

-$700.00 (sale price)
-$235.00 (coupons applied)
-$63.25 (cashback from ebates)
-$12.64 (rewards back to spend at Sears)
-$189.00 (off of gas at Kroger Stations)
-$75.00 (rebate from utility company)
$925.10  (58% savings!!)

This was still a huge budget decision for us, but I am happy knowing that I saved as many of our hard earned pennies as possible. This is a highly rated, functional appliance for our family and we saved almost 60% on the purchase! We could have gotten a $1000 fridge for our $1000 budget, but with a little time effort and planning we got a $2000 one for the same price.

Do you have any other tried and true methods for saving on appliances? Have you used any of the tips above to save big?

    • Jgw

      Ditto the shopping online to price compare. We found a Maytag washer/dryer set (closeout model) online (homedepot.com)for more than 50 percent off retail. We were able to go to our local Home Depot to order it, and they ad it delivered for free within just a few days. I never would have found that deal by just shopping in the store, because they didn’t carry that particular model in our store.

    • Katie

      We recently bought a fridge, range and dishwasher. We wanted stainless steel and I was picky about the kind of fridge I wanted (bottom freezer style). Here are the tips we used to get a good deal:

      -Sold old appliances on Craigslist instead of free haul away (even our old stove sold even though the oven didn’t work…a man emailed me immediately and said it was perfect for him because he just wanted the stovetop anyways)
      -Shopped around online and narrowed down the choices into our budget range so I wasn’t distracted by other stuff that had bad reviews or was WAY out of the budget
      -Printed off store ads and coupons
      -Went to a local retailer (East Coast Appliances)
      -Visited their “scratch and dent” section
      -Told the salesperson about the deals going on at other stores so he knew what the competitors were offering for the same items
      -Picked out a fridge and stove that were discontinued models but had the SAME warranty as the new models and looked almost exactly the same (we looked at the new models in the store)
      -Picked out a dishwasher that had the tiniest dent on the INSIDE of the door but didn’t effect the machine at all
      -Haggled price down even further then the “lowest clearance price” on the tag because of competitor deals
      -Saved on installation of dishwasher cuz my husband’s handy
      -Got $4900 worth of appliances (MSRP) for about $2600

      • Nancy

        Katie, what websites did you start your online search with?

        • Katie

          AJ Madison, HHGregg, Home Depot, Best Buy

    • Cindy

      Thanks for posting this info Jenny. I am not looking to purchase appliances right now but I copy the info you post and then keep it handy when the time comes to buy!

    • H Taylor

      I just love reading this and how smart you were with your big purchase like that!

    • Amy

      We knew we were going to have to purchase a new washer, dryer, and fridge for our new house. So we started saving our credit card reward points for gift cards. We also made sure we paid it off monthly, but just in a years time frame we have a good chunk of it paid for in gift cards. Thank you 5% cash back at grocery stores and gas! This does limit you to what store you can shop at, but if its a big company, there shouldn’t be an issue, most price match! I’m also going to combine a rebate they have right now for a certain brand! Great tips!!

    • closebutnotquite

      I would disagree with your #15 about decline anything that’s optional. I got a pretty good deal on a newly released model fridge and clothes washer with price match, store card, etc. But I chose to buy it at Lowes specifically because their extended warranty warranty was cheaper than anywhere else. The bottom line at Lowe’s was lower than elsewhere so I used the savings over the competitor to make it a no additional cost purchase for 5 years.

      Simply put the manufacturer’s warranty is about a year on everything. Then it kind of depends on what part breaks and when that determines if they will cover it (but almost never covers labor at that time). Lowe’s extended warranty starts when the manufacturer’s warranty stops. One service call for anything on these appliances is easily $50 to $150, maybe more (YMMV). Add that back to your example and the savings isn’t so great 2 yrs from now if you happen to get the bad apple. It’s not so easy to apply your grocery savings methodology to a service call bill when the appliance breaks. Also your $50+ dollars in groceries could spoil while you are away for the weekend or someone might need a certain item of clothing clean for a job interview or school pictures/performance/sports game.

      **You should shop the extended warranty in tandem with the appliance and consider the whole picture.**

    • me

      I replaced a 35 year old combination oven and microwave oven. Instead of having the installation people take it away, I told it and sold it for scrap metal—about $25.00. So easy

    • Nancy

      This is wonderful!
      Are there any savvy souls out there who know how to get big discounts on airline tickets? I want to travel to Fairbanks Alaska, (from North Carolina) to see a new grandson this summer. I do have a fair amount of Delta Skymiles points; I’ve heard there are ways to redeem the points to get a better deal.

    • tori729

      I feel like a huge tip was missed – buying USED! We never buy brand new appliances ever ever and there are TONS of used ones that are just as good! I don’t think there is a better way to save money AND the environment as well by buying used.
      We bought our Whirlpool washer/dryer set for about $300. They are older but they work great! We also got a Frigidaire chest freezer for $100. I just make sure and research brands and get a good reliable brand, not some off brand, so I know it will last.

      I guess one downside to buying used is you may not get an energy star appliance because they aren’t as common in older appliances but I really think it’s worth it anyway.

    • couponbug

      Thanks for all these tips. My Maytag washer has been a good one, but it is getting VERY old, and starting to give a little problem. I’m afraid that I will never find one that will give the kind of service it has, not even another Maytag! I will use your tips when the time comes. Thanks, again!!

    • Susie Watkins

      Hi Jenny! Do you still like your refrigerator over a year later? Have you had any problems with it? I am looking at the same one and trying to get a review I trust :) Thanks!

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