A testimony from Leah from Simple.Home.Blessings
A while back we decided to say goodbye to credit cards for big purchases, and since then, we have been saving up and paying cash for everything (including big ticket items).
I have found it is actually more FUN for me to save up and dream for a while before purchasing big things for our home!
Just recently, it was finally time for us to make our next big purchase: a steam washer and steam dryer!
A little background information.
We previously purchased our front-loader washer and dryer over nine years ago and I have been using them in spite of their quirks (developed over nine years of use). I even figured out how to give my dryer a tune-up last year and did it myself to save money on a repair man! However, they were really showing their age.
Then I got a serious case of “I want it” fever when we were staying at my in-laws house and using their new steam units. We needed to save up for it because they are not cheap!
Here’s how we saved up and paid cash for our new steam washer and dryer:
1. We set a goal.
We decided we would like to purchase our appliances and hoped to purchase them by the end of the year. Meanwhile, we were on the lookout for a great price all year long.
2. We saved our $5 bills.
This is harder than it seems! But we tucked away each and every $5 bill that we saw and put it aside for our dream washer and dryer. When we finally had enough to pay for our purchase, we went to the bank and cashed them in for larger bills.
3. We shopped around – A LOT!
We are notorious long-lookers before purchasing. We like to do our research and really know when we are getting the best price on the item we want.
In fact, we went to look at washers and dryers once again on November 30, and found the ones we wanted at the price we wanted. We talked with the salesperson and he said this would be the best price on the pair until July of next year! The only problem was, we didn’t have our cash with us.
We planned on going back the next day, but a mere hour later, my water broke and our third baby was born that night. So we had to shop another day.
4. We remained patient.
I was kind of bummed thinking that we had missed out on our window to purchase our dream washer and dryer at the price we wanted… but, I told my husband to keep watching the prices.
Then a couple of weeks ago, he texted me a picture from another local big box store with the exact price we were looking at back in November, but it was for an upgraded set of washer and dryer! Our patience had paid off and we were rewarded with better appliances for the same price!
Today, we are really enjoying the laundry appliances we purchased. We run at least two loads of laundry a day, and I am so happy that we were able to save up and purchase them at just the right time!
Leah is a wife of almost 12 years and mama to three precious little ones. She loves to wake up early to a cup of coffee and a quiet house. In her spare time, she leads a local Bible study and writes about the joys of homemaking at Simple.Home.Blessings.
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