Sunday, January 8, 2012

On The Home Front: Christmas Appliance Disaster!

I had a fantastic holiday and I hope you did too.  The hustle and bustle of Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year is something that I look forward to every year.  We usually have a house full during the entire 2 weeks of celebrations, which is why this WAS NOT the perfect time for our refrigerator AND our washing machine to go on the fritz! We lost our fridge due to compressor issues that the repairman said would be $700 to fix.  With a house full of kids and 5 days left till Christmas Dinner we had to think fast. Craig's List to the rescue! After a thorough search of Craig's List, we were fortunate to find a young lady that was desperate to get rid of a nearly new (a year old) and barely used Whirlpool Black 25 cu ft side by side refrigerator w/ice maker and water dispenser.  Once we saw it, we offered $375.00 and she accepted.

 Once we got that squared away our washing machine's transmission decided to put on a show to the tune of $300 in repair.  Keep in mind please that is Christmas time!! We'd had this washer & dryer set for a long time and just weren't willing to put any money into it.  Once again we went to Craig's List.  Seems as though a lot of you are going for those new fangled front loaders and are in a big hurry to get rid of your top loaders.  Again we found a great couple with a baby on the way, a cool dog and new front loaders who were eager to get rid of a set that included a Kenmore Heavy Duty Super Capacity Plus Washer and Dryer for $200.00. The set was a few years old yes, but in great shape and newer than the set we had.

All in all I think we got some fantastic deals and came out ahead.  Of course you have to be careful with ANY purchases that you are making online and use common sense.  Things that you buy on Craig's List are NEVER guaranteed.  Lucky for us we ended up meeting 2 really great families during our hunt!

Stay tuned for more "On The Home Front..."  posts that will deal more personal aspects of my day to day life as a working mother and wife!

Thanks for Reading!

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