To save time and gas, we started with online research of several big box store websites (Home Depot, Lowes, Sears, Best Buy, etc.). We made a list of the best price for the appliances that met our criteria (ie. Energystar rated). Next we visited a local appliance retailer known for having the best prices in town. We walked in to that store ready to wheel-and-deal! Here are some of our savviest shopping tips:
- Pre-shopping, discuss and agree upon appliance finish: stainless, black, white, or bisque (we considered our white cabinets and went for a seamless look with white appliances)
- Come up with a strict budget cap for the total package and agree to stick to it.
- If you plan on keeping your existing cabinetry and layout, shop with kitchen measurements to make sure that oversized fridge will really fit!
- Resist upselling – this is part of a salesperson’s job, but don’t buy more features than you will use. (we didn’t really need an LCD TV screen built into our fridge)
- For deep discounts, ask to see the following: scratch-n-dent, open-box items, floor models and discontinued styles. (this is how we found our dishwasher!).
- Ask stores to honor their expired sale prices (in our case, they honored their own sale price from the last holiday-weekend-sale)
- Ask them to price match against their competitors (we went in with a print-out from big box websites showing a more competitive price on our stove)
- If buying more than one item, ask for an additional discount or incentive (we got free delivery)
- If a salesperson doesn't seem eager to give you a good deal, find one that does...