Last week I began explaining to you how I got a major appliance with some major savings -- using some savings methods I was not even aware of until they presented themselves. Hopefully you will be able to take advantage of some of the same savings the next time you make a major appliance purchase.
I explained that I found a scratch-and-dent fridge, which was reduced by about $571 because of its imperfections. I mentioned that I waited until a Friday afternoon to make the purchase, having been informed that many clearance items are reduced at that particular store on Friday mornings. Saving an additional 10 percent, I headed to the register with a balance of $712 including tax.
I was not going to pay this balance, though. I was armed with other plans for further reducing the price. I debated whether to have my husband come with his trailer to pick up my new unit, but decided we could save the gas money on the 30-mile round trip while towing a trailer. Instead, I scheduled a free delivery with the store. The assistant manager rang up my unit and I presented a 10 percent off coupon that we received from Lowe’s and the US Postal Service when we moved. At that point, my total came to $588. Once tax was added, my out-of-pocket cost appeared to be about $630.
The savings didn’t stop there, though. This summer our family completed a rebate offer when we purchased a lawn mower, receiving a $100 Lowe’s gift card simply for completing some basic paperwork. I applied that gift card to my total and saved another 16 percent off my purchase price.
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My total was now reduced to $530 (tax included). I paid with my Lowe’s credit card in order to save an additional 5 percent. There are two promotional type offers when you use your Lowe’s card -- one is to save 5 percent and one is to receive six months with no interest. I selected the price-reducing 5-percent savings. This brought my total to about $491.
I should point out that last summer I bought a washing machine and paid $400. I saved nearly $300 on it -- but never could I have imagined I would end up with a refrigerator-freezer in the $400 range.
At this point, my savings inside the store was complete. The unit was delivered to my house and the delivery people kindly attached the doors and the handles and showed us how to set the temperatures using the screen on the front of the side-by-side doors.
Then, instead of allowing them to haul away my old refrigerator, I called Georgia Power. After answering a few questions about my oldest refrigerator, which still runs and cools, I scheduled a time for their recyclers to come haul it away. Because of their recycling program, I received a $50 check in the mail for giving them my old fridge. I applied this $50 toward the balance on my Lowe’s card and reduced the out-of-pocket price of the refrigerator to only $441.
While I was talking with Georgia Power, the customer service associate asked where I purchased my refrigerator. I explained, and she said, “Do you know about our Energy Star rebate?” I said, “No, but please tell me about it!” She had no way of knowing she was talking to someone who already had worked a fantastic deal on this appliance. She explained that if I would check the Lowe’s website, I would be able to determine if my appliance qualified for the $25 rebate.
I checked the site and determined that my model appliance did qualify for the Energy Star rebate. I applied this $25 check to the out-of-pocket cost of the unit, bringing my total to just $416.
Through this process I learned several new ways to save -- including waiting until Friday for the best clearance price and looking for rebate offers to defray the purchase price. I combined new ways to save with my time-tested methods and came out with a phenomenal deal.
My smudge-free, stainless steel, side-by-side, 26-cubic-foot refrigerator-freezer will hopefully keep our food fresh for years to come -- without much cost to my family. And the scratches? Completely covered by a magnet!