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RobbieB 12-29-2019 03:05 PM

I replaced 2 perfectly good kitchen appliances (stove & fridge) when I did the remodel. Bigger fridge and stove with induction cooktop.

Hey when you spend 12 grand for new counters and cabs, what's and extra three for spiffy appliances to match?

tmm99 12-29-2019 06:13 PM

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Originally Posted by RobbieB (Post 2345539)
I replaced 2 perfectly good kitchen appliances (stove & fridge) when I did the remodel. Bigger fridge and stove with induction cooktop.

Hey when you spend 12 grand for new counters and cabs, what's and extra three for spiffy appliances to match?

I just can't justify it in my head... Chucking a perfectly functioning appliance just to get the matched look... That is just wasteful to me and I just can't do it. If I get a lot of pleasure out of looking at matched appliances, and if that pleasure overweighs the guilty feeling of wasteful spending, I guess I'll do it then. If something looks gross (dirty) or worn out, I have no problem replacing it, but my white fridge looks quite new and functions perfectly, so it'll just stay in my kitchen along with my stainless steel stove/oven and dishwasher.

NW-Bound 12-29-2019 06:39 PM

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Originally Posted by RunningBum (Post 2345482)
I don't either, but I suppose if the dryer dies and you've been wanting to replace the old agitator washer for a new one, you might. Or...to blow that dough?

I guess I'll find out how critical it is when I sell the townhouse my son was living in. The previous owner left a washer that was working. I bought a new dryer. Same color but not a match. It's in a laundry closet in an unfinished basement room.

In my house, it happens that both of mine died at the same time, but it was a related incident. I made the mistake of washing a cheap rug with backing that was falling apart. It jammed up a filter, and then some. I tried to clean it out but it was repeatedly getting clogged. It was a cheap washer anyway, about 10-15 yrs old, not worth a repair call. Then I tossed the load in the dryer, but it hadn't been through the spin cycle so it was very wet and heavy. It got way out of balance and I think beyond repair. I can remember exactly, but I think I was ready to punt pretty quickly and found a nice W/D pair for right about a grand, delivered.

How convenient is it that a single load killed both the washer and dryer? One stone two birds. Brilliant! :laugh:

ugeauxgirl 12-29-2019 06:55 PM

I wish I could have borrowed that rug. My DH kept fixing our washer. It worked just well enough after his repair to complete the wash but didn't spin enough water out of the clothes. I was having to run them through 3 dryer cycles to get them dry. I finally demanded a new pair. Wish I'd gotten only the washer though. The new dryer is terrible.

MarieIG 12-29-2019 06:57 PM

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Originally Posted by ugeauxgirl (Post 2345635)
I wish I could have borrowed that rug. My DH kept fixing our washer. It worked just well enough after his repair to complete the wash but didn't spin enough water out of the clothes. I was having to run them through 3 dryer cycles to get them dry. I finally demanded a new pair. Wish I'd gotten only the washer though. The new dryer is terrible.

:laugh:

RobbieB 12-29-2019 07:08 PM

The old range was from my "frugal years" an open coil GE cheapie, $400 new. It replaced the builder range when my wife declared that one too ugly and it worked too. Women, go figure...

Anyway, the current stuff looks great and works great and is more efficient too. Not to mention we are talking GE and Whirlpool here, not Wolfe and Sub Zero.

NW-Bound 12-29-2019 08:31 PM

Induction burners are fast and efficient. Wonderful. That's what people in foreign countries are using, because their electricity is expensive.

However, my range with the glass cooktop and double ovens is still in good shape, and I cannot see replacing it.

Teacher Terry 12-29-2019 09:35 PM

As my kitchen appliances have died we replaced them. So refrigerator and dishwasher are stainless steel and stove and microwave are still white.

FlaGator 12-29-2019 09:36 PM

After opening this year's BTD thread with a purchase of an engagement ring for the Beautiful Princess, it's time to report back....

The Beautiful Princess has taken up residence in the FlaGator abode, along with surviving possessions. All is well, she's spoiling my kids, and great to hear her talk about "just wandering through Target, after years of having to quickly get in and out when I was working". Best decision I've made in many years :)

Now for the accounting:

-Multiple trips west to keep the flame burning until she got here
-Relocating her
-Replacing a 2 year old car totaled in an accident with a loaded new Honda Passport
-Buying kid #1 a new Kia Soul, because.....;)
-Paying sorority costs for kid#1, because mom and I were Greeks ;)
-Paying for the Beautiful Princess to start hunter/jumper lessons after an 8 year hiatus
-Sending the kids on a separate trip to Disney World because I felt guilty the Beautiful Princess and I went without them;)
-upgrading the household furnishings so the Beautiful Princess doesn't think she's living in a frat house ;)
-a new Rolex SS Submariner for me (traded the old one, so less painful)
-Sending the Beautiful Princess out west over Christmas to see her family

The $ increase in spending this year is too embarrassing to share in a forum of LBYM types. As a percentage, it was 70% above my comfortable annual run rate, but well worth it :)

Hoping things normalize after the March wedding and May satellite reception out west :facepalm:

RobbieB 12-29-2019 09:40 PM

Yeah.

I had to send my wife and step daughter out east to see my step son just because.

W2R 12-29-2019 09:44 PM

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Originally Posted by ugeauxgirl (Post 2345635)
I wish I could have borrowed that rug.

Me too! In my case, I took care of the situation by moving. :laugh: I *could* have moved the washer and dryer, but instead persuaded myself that leaving them in the old house would help it to sell faster. :rolleyes: Luckily the only person I had to persuade with that flimsy argument was me.

I love my expensive new LG He oversized top loader washer, and matching dryer. The old ones (that I left behind when I moved) were very cheap and pretty awful.

corn18 01-01-2020 11:53 AM

Well, I tallied up the final numbers for 2019 and I think we have a problem. We met our goal of $1M in retirement savings with a paid off house, but we need to reign in the spending if I want want to retire before age 100.

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davebarnes 02-10-2020 07:31 AM

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Originally Posted by Music Lover (Post 2326743)
More likely it washes and blows dry

It does and it is amazing.
It finally got delivered in February and my neighbor and I spent 5.5 hours installing it on 09FEB2020.
Sitting on it right now.
Well worth the money.


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