It was an hour till dinner time when I tried turning on the stove. POOF! The oven turned off, then on and it wouldn’t shut off.
“Has it been on all day? It’s warm. What are we supposed to do?” I asked my handy father.
“Turn off the gas.”
Thirty minutes later we were still dealing with the stove.
“How long ago did you guys buy the stove?”
“I can’t even remember,” he responded.
A few minutes later, we began discussing possible solutions. Do we get it fixed? Do we buy a new one? Can we afford a new one?
All this ran through my mind and it gave me a headache. The stench of gas didn’t help either.
Repairing the stove was not an option as it was too old and way too costly.
Since I cook and bake at home a lot, I wanted a high quality stand alone range. I did a bunch of research online before settling on an $800 budget and specific qualifications. I spent an entire day going to five different stores to negotiate prices and compare models.
I did not consider buying from an outlet, but here are Bargain Babe’s tips to shopping at an appliance outlet.
I settled on Home Depot. They have free delivery and haul away. Sears was trying to charge me $65 for delivery. HA!
The General Electric range I picked has everything I need. Five burners including a grill and oven. It’s also stainless steel — a plus, but not a requirement.
I paid $732.11. The original price was $848, but it was on sale for $748. A 10% discount I managed to snag brought down the price to $673. I saved a whooping $174.80!
My new stove will be delivered tomorrow. In the mean time, Bobbi’s post about alternative cooking methods has been handy.
What appliance has given you a tough time?
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