As it happened, right about that time my Mom decided to buy all new appliances and gave me her old ones, which were still in *fair* condition. (They lasted us several more years, until we were able to have the money to buy new stuff.) As near as I can figure, the Kitchen Aid dishwasher I'm using is right around 34 years old. Yes, I said *thirty*four* years old.
It still works, but some things like the detergent door won't pop open on it's own so I just toss the Powerball thing in, and some of the screws have come out of the top rack slider so I have wrestle it in and out.
Anyway, I told the hubby, when we get our tax refund this year, I *am* buying me a new dishwasher.
And, it's *not* going to be cheap. I am so tired of disposable appliances. I didn't get the most expensive, because really I don't need all the extra fancy features some of them include. I found a Bosch 300 Series that I think will suit our needs.
I have been downloading e-books (over 2,000 so far) and reading them on my computer, but I want to be able to lay in bed or sit out by the pool or take it with me on trips. So awhile back when I had alot of +UPs I needed to spend, I cashed them in on Sears Gift Cards (YMMV) to buy myself one.
While searching around on Sears.com, I found out about Multi-media tablets, which I believe are cheap, knock-offs of Ipad type tablets. You can read books on them, but also surf the 'net with wi-fi, and download Android apps, and this one has a camera built in. There wasn't alot of great reviews about it, but it seemed alot of the reviewers were comparing it to the Ipad. I don't really need it to do anything but play my books and maybe let me check my Facebook, email, and my blogs maybe.
After my gift cards, this cost me about $25.00.
For one, we always buy our appliances at Sears. Always have. When I was a kid, my Mom got a Sears discount through her job so most all of our shopping was done at Sears.
They also offer 6- or 12-months interest free financing on appliances (and our lawn tractor) so we've never paid any interest on anything we've bought there.
They aren't currently having a no interest deal, but they did have an extra 5% off Appliances when you use your Sears card deal, so I used the card, and will just use the tax money to pay off the amount before the bill is due, so no interest.
They were having a Free Delivery deal on items $399.00 or more, but I would have gone and picked it up anyway, so I don't know that that's much of a savings consideration for me.
And, for two, I had $125 in gift cards to spend there.
When I shop online, I go through Ebates, which pays me money back for shopping.
Ebates also sometimes gives a list of Coupon Codes, and I found one to enter to save $5.00 off a $50.00 purchase. SEARS2011 (valid thru 12/11)
No coupon code was required, but it told me about the 5% off appliances when you use your Sears card, so I knew to use it rather than my bank card, and that there was a sale on Lawn/Garden stuff, so I got an extra $15.00 off my Mower Lift/jack.
If I figured it right, I should get about $45.00 back from Ebates.
I also earned 11,447 Shop Your Way reward points. That's a value of about $11.44 I'll be able to spend next time I shop at Sears or Kmart.
After all the coupon/discounts/cash back/and reward points value, I saved $199.48.
Which pretty much made the Mower Lift/jack free.
I was going to buy the stuff anyway, so it's great to be able to save so much.