Update and Upgrade Your Kitchen with KitchenAid

Disclosure – This is a sponsored post and I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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My favorite kitchen appliance is my KitchenAid stand mixer that I got for Christmas last year, but the rest of my kitchen is in serious need of updating.  The house was built in the 70s and although it actually had many upgrades before I bought it, including granite counters and updated tile and wood flooring, the appliances could seriously use an update and upgrade and I’ve been eyeballing these KitchenAid appliances at Best Buy.

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I currently have a solid surface range but it was already well used and a little scratched when I bought the house so I’ve been looking for a replacement. The former owners upgraded pretty much everything except for the appliances, but I think they left me the fun part! I really like this KitchenAid Slide-In Convection Range, it’s self cleaning, it has five independent burners and a steam rack.

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I brought the refrigerator over from the old house when it sold and it’s really time for a new one so I’d love to match the range above with this KitchenAid French Door Refrigerator.  It’s got five doors, including two drawers and the adjustable shelves plus three tier freezer drawer help keep things organized.

I’ve been happily measuring the spaces in my kitchen so I can plan my update and upgrade, and these current offers on KitchenAid appliances from Best Buy have got my wheels turning!

  • Free 10-pc Painted Stainless-Steel KitchenAid Cookware Set w/ the Purchase of Any KitchenAid Range/OTR Pair. Runs through 10/31)
  • Save an additional 5% with the purchase of 3 or more Kitchen Aid Major Kitchen Appliances (Runs through 10/31)
  • 18 month financing on Major Appliance purchases $599 and up or 10% Back in Rewards
  • Free delivery, haul-away & recycling on Major Appliance purchases $399 and up.
 

6 Simple Ways to Make Your Refrigerator More Efficient

6 Simple Ways to Make Your Refrigerator More EfficientThe refrigerator is one of the most energy-intensive appliances in the typical home, and having an efficient fridge in the kitchen can really make a positive difference both financially and environmentally. Thankfully, today’s newer refrigerator models are a lot more efficient compared to previous models.

Unfortunately, not all homeowners can afford to buy a new refrigerator, and some people are simply stuck with the appliances the landlord may have left behind. Here are a number of things you can to do save on energy and make your refrigerator more efficient:

1) Keep it full.

Cool air rushes out of the fridge each time the door opens, and the appliance works hard to replace this air. Not many homeowners know this, but a full refrigerator is a more efficient one. Try filling the empty space with bottles and jugs of water to help keep things cold.

If your refrigerator just contains a bottle of ketchup and a few cans of soda or beer, you’re much better off keeping your fridge unplugged or buying a smaller unit.

2) Keep the cold air in.

Make a conscious effort to open the refrigerator door as briefly and infrequently as possible. Avoid staring at the fridge’s contents blankly, and know what you’re looking for instead. Label leftovers and various contents to make items simpler to find.

3) Keep your food covered.

Uncovered foods emit moisture, and the refrigerator’s compressor works harder to remove this dampness. Always keep liquids and food covered or wrapped in plastic wrap. You may also want to invest in reusable plastic containers.

4) Regularly dust around your fridge.

It may seem taxing to move your fridge when sweeping or dusting, but make it a point to sweep or dust underneath, behind, and around the appliance every two months or so, especially if you have pets. Debris and dust that collects along the fridge’s coils and condenser tubes may make it less efficient.

5) Check the door gasket.

The gasket is the plastic portion that keeps the fridge door sealed shut. Check if the gasket needs replacing by closing the door on a piece of paper. If you can pull the paper with the door closed, it’s time to replace the gasket.

6) Make your own ice.

If you’ve got one of those refrigerator models with an automatic icemaker, you may want to consider giving it a rest. It’s a lot more efficient to make your own ice in ice trays.

Practice the abovementioned tips until they become habits, and you’ll be rewarded with many years of (extended) service, as well as extra savings in your pocket. You’ll also be doing the environment a favor!

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How to Save Money When Shopping for Appliances

Are you planning to move into a new home or replace an old appliance in dire need of an upgrade? It doesn’t matter if you are buying a cheap model or the top of the line—appliances are very expensive. When it comes to buying new ones, frugal homeowners should make it a point to save whatever amount of money they can.

Here are some great tips to keep in mind when shopping for appliances for your home:

1. Buy an older model.

New models of appliances are released frequently, resulting in older models being considered as outdated. Older models are significantly marked down in order to make room for the new arrivals. If you aren’t picky, then buy last year’s model and you can save hundreds of dollars in the process.

2. Embrace the scratches and dents.

Major retailers are likely to have an assortment of appliances that have sustained a few dents and scratches while in transit or by just sitting in the showroom. You’ll be able to get very good bargains on these items, so browse through the damaged models to see what you can live with. Be sure that the damage on the appliance is merely superficial and that it won’t affect its performance whatsoever.

3. Buy energy efficient appliances.

Take a look at an appliance’s Energy Guide label before making a purchase, and always consider buying Energy Star and other energy efficient appliances. Buying an energy efficient appliance will make a substantial difference in your operating expenses.

4. Stick to one store.

If you are buying several appliances at a time, see if you can purchase everything from just one store. You’re likely to get a better deal by buying several items from one retailer compared to buying an item or two from different stores.

5. Take a look at multifunction models.

Keep an eye out for one appliance that can do the tasks of two, three or even four appliances like a steamer/pressure cooker/roaster/slow cooker. This way, you’ll be able to save money as well as precious kitchen space. Of course, it’s important to note that purchasing a multifunction model is not always the best choice. There’s no need to pay for extra functions if you are likely to just use the primary feature.

6. Purchase a floor model.

If the appliance’s box doesn’t matter much to you, see if you can get a better deal on an appliance if you buy the floor model. You’re likely to get a good price on an item if the floor model is the last piece. Remember to inspect the item for damage and make sure that it works before buying it!

7. Ask for free shipping or delivery.

In order to save a few extra dollars, ask your retailer if they offer free delivery or shipping. Many dealers offer free delivery for large appliances.

These are some practical guidelines to keep in mind when shopping for appliances. Follow these seven tips and you’ll soon find out that it’s possible to buy appliances without breaking the bank.

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