Do you have something in your home that you remember as that ‘one great deal!’ Or maybe there was a time where you were being really frugal and bought something used and have kept it for a really long time?
My proudest frugal moment was three years ago when I purchased our current washer and dryer. My wife and were about to get married and I realized that we needed a washer and dryer. After looking through appliance stores, I realized pretty quickly that we didn’t have the money for the top of the line units, but I really didn’t want to get the cheapest and have to replace them in a few years.
That’s when I went to Craigslist. After a few days of browsing, I saw THE ONE…a Maytag washer and dryer set that looked just like the one my parents had. Hold the phone…you might say. How old is the washer and dryer? A chipper 25 years young. That’s right; it was the exact model washer and dryer that I grew up with.
Here’s the kicker – my parents purchased the same heavy duty, top of the line Maytag units in 1986, washed 2-4 loads of clothes every other day and they’ve lasted over twenty years. I knew these sets were quality, and they were being sold by an older lady for a cool $150. So I swept up the barely used units, plugged them in and have been using them with no problems for the last three years. In fact, I plan on using them for as long as I can!
Every time I look in the laundry room, I just smile because of the great deal we got on the washer and dryer. That was one of the best $150 I’ve spent!
What about you? Have you ever purchased something that you’d consider to be a GREAT deal?