Friday, October 28, 2011
Small Kitchen Appliances for Less | Family Economics
Do you keep seeing bread machine recipes everywhere you look on the Internet and want to test them out? Are your ready to upgrade your current blender so you can make better smoothies with more fresh fruit and veggies?
Whatever reason you may have for updating your kitchen appliances, please do not pay full price for your next purchase! Here are a few ways to help you spend less on the item that’s next on your kitchen wish list:
• Do your research and read the reviews. Take the time to browse the Internet to figure out which brands, models and sizes you want. A small family will not likely need the largest size mixer and it’s probably not a good idea to purchase small bread loaf pans if you have a large family. Narrow down what size product and which brand you would prefer to purchase by reading reviews and comments from purchasers online.
• Ask for recommendations on Facebook or other social networks. Request reviews and retailers with great deals from your immediate circle first. You might be surprised just how a simple request via a status update will help you find what you need for free or for a trade.
• Shop garage sales. Search your local newspapers and online garage sale ads for those selling the product you are looking for. If there’s one nearby, go test out the product and ask if the owner’s manual is available. If it’s readily available, that’s usually an indication that the product was well cared for.
• Search online listings. Search online communities and listings like Craigslist for the products you want and only pursue leads that are local and have good photos and email exchange options. As with the garage sales, always test the products functionality before agreeing to purchase it. Use common sense and meet potential sellers in a public place during the day.
• Pay attention to retail store sales. Keep an eye out for small appliance sales at local retailers. These sales often happen around holiday weekends. Also be on the lookout for coupons that you can use when purchasing your new small appliance. Check websites like RetailMeNot.com and Savings.com before you visit the store and print the latest coupon codes and/or coupons.
What are some of the ways you’ve found great deals on small kitchen appliances? I would love to hear your ideas!