Tuesday, March 10, 2020

5 Tips To Save On Kitchen Gadgets And Appliances

5 Tips To Save On Kitchen Gadgets And Appliances

Who doesn’t love a gourmet kitchen with the latest gadgets and appliances in it? Even if you aren't someone who likes to cook, we can all appreciate a beautiful kitchen! Retro stand mixers and gleaming chrome coffee machines are all the rage but often come with price tag that can be hard to swallow. It doesn’t mean you have to go without. Here are five top tips to save money on kitchen gadgets and appliances to make your life easier (but your wallet happier).

1. Don’t discount used goods
Online marketplaces, thrift stores, and advertisements in local newspapers are a great way to source incredible quality brand goods that may have been used but are still in perfect working order. Recycling, rather than buying new saves money and the environment and stops otherwise great machines going to landfill. When buying second hand you might not have a warranty, but that’s the only thing you’ll lose out on. 

2. Buy branded, buy new, but buy basic
A lot of very well-known brands now make basic ranges that offer the user build quality and reliability without a hefty price tag. Many times we don't need or use all the bells and whistles that come with more extravagant models. If you’re on a budget, this can be very handy as a way of spending less and ultimately saving your appliances from needing to be replaced every year or two. It means you can buy well, for less and still know you’re getting an incredibly reliable bit of kit. Shop around and buy savvy. 

3. Utilize the outlet chain stores for your big buys
Outlet chain stores often offer big brands at low prices. They might be top of the range, or even manufacturer refurbished, but they’ll all have been tested and will cost you a lot less. Often appliances have only been taken out of their boxes and not even used, but can’t be sold at a premium price. Therefore, these chains will sell them on at a reduced price. It’s a win-win for the savvy consumer. 

4. Don’t opt for an extended warranty, but make sure you’re covered with insurance
Big kitchen appliances should always be covered with some form of insurance. By doing so, you are inevitably saving your home appliances, so this should give you peace of mind. You may want to rethink opting for extended warranties from manufacturers at the point of purchase as these can be very costly and may not be worth it in the long run. Look instead to take the standard twelve-month warranty so that when appliances break and need replacing or fixed, you include the appliance under your household goods insurance or buy a separate household warranty policy to make sure it’s covered properly. These can work out cheaper than taking out a more expensive extended warranty service for each appliance, and you’ll still be covered. Should the appliance then break down, you’ll be able to have it repaired or replaced very quickly. 

5. Shop during holiday sales and online
We’re all familiar with Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and for our overseas friends the Boxing Day sale offers to be had in-store and online. Shopping during holidays such as these are a great way to take advantage of brand name kitchen goods being sold at a lower price. You can pick up some very good quality items at massive reductions if you wait until a holiday to do it. I even purchased something for my mother-in-law during Black Friday for her birthday in July! 

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