Always do your homework before you purchase a big ticket item
like an appliance. You can save a lot of money by choosing a product that
has a good reputation for lasting a long time and needing minimal repairs.
Go to the library and check out Consumer Reports or look around
on the Internet and read what people have to say about their purchases.
After you make your decision on which appliance you wish to purchase is the time
to call around and start comparing prices.
Energy Star appliances are usually priced higher. Be sure
the amount of energy saved will justify the higher price.
Here is some more information to help you purchase frugal
over the obsession with stainless steel
appliances. They are too difficult to keep clean. If you like to
cook, or have small children, you will spend an excessive amount of time
keeping them clean and you will come to dislike them.
People are so obsessed with
stainless steel appliances they now get rid of perfectly good white or black
ones just to have them. You can pick up their rejected appliances for
pennies on the dollar.
We thought we were going to
move, so when we replaced some very old appliances, we put in stainless
steel. I knew the problems, but I was concerned about resale value.
Turned out, we didn't move. Speaking as an owner of stainless steel
appliances, and with a background in interior design, I can tell you
that when I watch decorating shows, the only appliances that appeal to me
are the white ones.