Can you imagine what life would be like without your appliances? It would be hard to keep your food fresh. It would take longer to wash your dishes and clothes. And the summer season would be absolutely excruciating without an air conditioner. And while most of us don’t stop to think about just how much we rely on our refrigerator, dishwasher, washer and dryer and air conditioning unit, when they break down, suddenly it’s all that we can think about.
If one or more of your appliances has seen better days and it’s time to purchase another, in order for you to get one that is high quality and affordable too, we’ve provided you with a list of five appliance and houseware shopping tips to make your quest easier below:
Do your research. Thanks to the internet, there are all kinds of information that you can get on just about any appliance long before you head out to the store to pick one up. That’s why we recommend that before you do anything else, you should go online to websites like ConsumerReports.org or the websites of a couple of popular appliance manufacturers, just so that you can see what’s available to suit your personal needs.
Look for energy efficiency. One of the best things about technology is that it’s always improving upon itself. And when it comes to appliances, an ever-growing trend are ones that are energy efficient because they help to save you money on annual energy costs. When it comes to the ones that we’ve found to be the most efficient, we are big fans of appliances that come with the Energy Star label on them. If you’d like to read why, you can find out a lot of information by going to the EnergyStar.gov and putting “appliances” in the search field.
Compare prices. Even once you’ve found an appliance that you like, there’s a pretty good chance that there is more than one store in your area that carries it. For this reason, take out the time to do a bit of comparison shopping. Also, don’t forget to go on websites like Coupons and Retail Me Not to see if there are any coupons or promo codes (if you’d prefer to have the appliance shipped to you) that will offer you a substantial discount.
Inquire about product safety. Say that you’ve had a couple of your appliances repaired at a store like 1-877-Appliance and you’ve developed a certain level of trust with the employees. If after looking at your broken dishwasher for the third time, they told you that you should go appliance shopping for a new one and you asked them for a bit of advice, one of the things that they would probably tell you is to inquire about product safety. After all, a good appliance shouldn’t just be state-of-the-art but something that everyone in the family can safely use.
Wait for sales. Finally, when it comes to housewares, there’s another shopping tip that we have for you: wait for the sales. Whether its glassware, utensils or some other kind of houseware, most stores that sell them advertise sales on a pretty regular basis. Also, don’t forget that Walmart and Target have some really nice pieces that come at an affordable price all year round. For more information on houseware that’s available at both stores, visit the sites and put “houseware” in the search field.