Last Thursday we had to say goodbye to our clothes washing machine. It was actually in our house when we purchased it back in February 2017, and come to find out, it had actually out-lasted a normal life expectancy of clothes washing machines by a few years.
So for the first time in... two decades, I had to go appliance shopping for a new one.
The last time I bought a clothes washing machine was back in 1998, when I was getting divorced and needed one in my new to me old farmhouse.
And let me tell you... things have certainly changed in the clothes washing area of life!
Machines are now so advanced with their we figure out the amount of water to add to the machine so you don't have to select the proper water level and the front load machines (which sadly remind me too much of the late Saturday nights spent in a semi-local laundromat because I didn't have a machine at home). Not a great memory, so I said no to those.
I mean, I just wanted a washing machine with a few buttons, selections and preferences.
Mr Golden D tried to talk me into a few machines with the bells and whistles and I just couldn't. Each feature costs you and have you seen the prices of washing machines lately?!
WHOLLY TOLEDO Batman! You almost need a loan or second mortgage to buy one.
One of the machines Mr Golden D tried to talk me into was over $2500/USD!
Get outta town!
And speaking of buying one...
We are fortunate because when we bought our house, I checked into a home appliance warranty. We pay $30.00 a month for ALL of our appliances (including the microwave, dishwasher and deep freezer and furnace/AC unit) which allows us to have a repairman to come out (no charge) to fix whatever is broken or repairable.
If an appliance covered on the warranty plan is not repairable, then the Green Backs comes into play.
This means the warranty company allows a certain amount towards the purchase of a new appliance replacement.
So far (in almost three years of living here) we have had to replace our furnace and central air unit; to which they allowed us a total of $1750/USD towards the purchase of new systems.
We've had repair people out here for the washer once before, the clothes dryer once and the furnace (before we had to eventually replace it).
For the clothes washing machine, they allowed us $300.
This particular appliance was $459/USD plus tax (right around $500/USD. SO out of pocket for us was only $200/USD.
Each time a repair person came out we never pay a penny. And we all know how much a service call can cost. Let alone the labor and parts.
To date we have paid $990/USD into this warranty plan, have received $2050/USD towards purchasing appliances and never had to pay $60-100 service calls each time or for parts and labor.
When I first told Mr Golden D I was going to get this warranty plan, he called it a waste of money. But now he loves that I did it. Saves him even more of his hard-earned money.