A testimony from Lizzie who blogs at A Dusty Frame
I’ve wanted a Kitchen Aid mixer for more than 20 years. While I majored in Home Economics in college, I worked in the bakery and used the huge Hobart mixers. When I first saw the Kitchen Aids (Hobarts for home use!), I wanted one.
I could never justify the expense, and since they are not necessary for living, I never purchased one.
Through the years, I kept watching for sales, but we always had other things to purchase. Then we went through a very long personal trial and money was so tight that I often didn’t even have $2 to spend at the thrift store. Purchasing a Kitchen Aid was out of the question!
Recently, our lives have begun to settle back into something resembling our old “normal” and I began to think about a Kitchen Aid again. Last Thanksgiving, the Kitchen Aid sales were very attractive. My husband told me he wanted me to have one. But we truly didn’t have the extra money even though the deals were super.
So earlier this year, I began save up for “my” red Kitchen Aid.
Here’s what I did:
1. Set aside any unspent money from my personal weekly allowance of $25.
2. Avoided all temptations on Amazon and save up my Swagbucks certificates.
3. Watched for sales.
I had $65.00 saved from my weekly spending money and $68.00 in Amazon certificates when I found the Empire Red Kitchen Aid for sale on Amazon for $231.00. My husband and I decided to give each other a little bit of spending money out of the tax return, and I used mine on the rest of the money I needed to buy my mixer. I placed the order and tracked it all the way across the US!
It looks so pretty on my counter and my son and I are having fun using it. And now, if I need to make something, my son says, “If you need to use the Kitchen Aid I’ll make it!” I consider this an extra value — free child labor! 😉
The breakdown of my purchase is:
- Mixer Total: $231.00
- Used $65.00 Cash
- + Used $68.00 Swagbucks/Amazon certificates
- + Used $98.00 from my tax return money
The best part is that right after I placed the order, I saw that the rebate was still active and I chose a refund instead of the free magazine. I’m still waiting for my $42.00 rebate and that money will go on the next item I’m saving up for.
Lizzie blogs at A Dusty Frame which was born during her husband’s incarceration. Lizzie desires to share how God carried her and that His grace truly is sufficient — even when life stinks! She also shares other bits of their life including books, homeschooling, and crafting — when she’s not too busy using her new Kitchen Aid.
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