Save Over $1,500 Using These Tips!
Ready to make some large appliance purchases? Scared to take that plunge? If you feel you are sinking before you even start to swim, these helpful tips are the life saver you've been looking for that will give you the know how to save and make a deal that will work for you.
My husband and I bought a whole new house full of large major appliances for under $3,800 dollars at Sears! For any of you who have or had a family member or a friend that has bought large appliances for a new home, you can understand what a great feat that was. Originally, we had estimated that appliances would cost anywhere from five to six thousand dollars! At the realization of our great success, I felt the urgent need to share how to get great savings at Sears to others, so they may also feel a little more at ease about making such important purchases.
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What You Want for the Price You Want
Selection and Budget
Look at each appliance online, in various stores, or even in friend's homes and get familiar with the different options, brands, color, and functions that you can choose from. Then, decide what would fit your specific needs and wants the most. Once you know what you are looking for, start searching for prices for that item, so you can get a realistic idea of what the cost might be. Also, take into consideration how much you can or are willing to spend and what most people usually do spend on large appliances. At this point, decide what are some features that you might be able to give up, so you can use those during negotiation.
Coupons and Savings Programs
There are so many ways to get coupons and coupon codes now that you should almost always be able to have one handy. At your local post office look for new residence coupon packages, if you have a Sears store near you more than likely there will be a coupon included to use towards purchase you are looking at making. You can also always do it the old fashioned way; find out when your local Sears ads come out and cut out all coupons for large appliances. If you prefer to find deals from the comfort your own home on the Internet, then sign up for free email notifications and/or the Sears Shop Your Way membership.
Should you decide to become a Shop Your Way member it is completely free, they even have a free app for smartphone users, and you will have the in on some great deals as well as the ability to earn in store cash from your purchases. This cash can be used on future purchases in store or online. There are also various sites where you can find online codes to use at check out if you have decided to purchase your appliances online. Often times, customers can save an additional percentage by starting a Sears credit card; my only suggestion there would be to try to pay off the card as soon as possible, so as not to accrue too much interest.
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Find the Great Events
The best times to look at purchasing large appliances are during or before Thanksgiving and Christmas, as stores are getting ready to switch out old inventory at the New Year, in addition to Labor Day and the renowned Memorial Day & 4th of July sales. Make sure to check out the preview and early bird specials for these holidays because you might just strike a better deal than you would have on the actual holiday.
If you live somewhere that there is sales tax be on the look out for tax free events, this can be one of the biggest ways to save money, but make sure to ask if there are only specific items that are tax free or if it applies to cash only purchases. Depending on the sales tax for your state, as long as there is one, you can save anywhere from 4% to 10% of the sale. Sometimes tax-free events even happen during holiday sales, which is a double bonus of savings.
Sears also has a buy more, save more sale a few times out of the year in which the discount will increase based upon the number of appliances you buy. It is important to make sure to read the exclusions to each and every sale you may be looking to buy at, as the appliance brands or prices you are looking at may not be included. However, if your selected appliances are included in a buy more save more sales event you can save up to 25% just for buying more.
Let's not forget the great online only deals where you might find better discounts than in the store. Some people already enjoy the ease of picking exactly what they want without having to speak with a sales representative by shopping online. Grouped with free shipping, delivery, installation or additional discounts, this is another option that you will not want to overlook.
Is Kenmore the Best Deal?
To be honest, it is kind of hit or miss. Sears tends to have a lot of sales on Kenmore, it is their brand after all, but it might not always be the most cost efficient. Take a look at the reviews not only on the Sears site, but other sites as well and find out if the specific Kenmore item you are looking at has a good or bad history. If it is an item that is the best deal out there and has all that you are looking for, but it seems most people have put more money into it than the original cost, it may be too good to be true. Also look for similar products that are different brands, it may surprise you to find that they might be better quality and still cost less than the Kenmore, depending on the sale and item. That being said, it is still worth it to take a look at Kenmore appliances because you may find exactly what you've been looking for at a great price, it all depends on the deal.
You can use price matching up to two weeks after buying your items, which means it might be a good idea to continue keeping an eye out for price cuts available on your selected appliances even after purchase. Of course, there are exclusions to this policy, so make sure to go over the details carefully before choosing this method of saving.
Buying Items From the Sales Floor
If you find that the item you are looking for is actually on the sales floor, looking it over carefully and point out every nick, scratch, mark, and any other defects on the appliance. You may be surprised at how much you can save in just buying an appliance off the floor, as most of these imperfections just affect the look of the appliance. What some people also do not know is that the items that are on the floor are usually the appliances they will want to get out of the store, especially if you are shopping a few months before the new year, as they probably have been on display for a long time and soon will be replaced with newer models. In order to use this to your advantage ask if the sales person can get you a better deal on an appliance that is on display or, if you want to take a bolder approach, tell the sales person you would like an additional percentage taken off for buying an item directly from the sales floor. This is a key time to also review all the imperfections you pointed out earlier.
Keep in mind, not all stores will allow you to purchase floor models, but it is worth a shot in making an offer or to find out what they might offer you to buy it. The pay off could be great!
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Sales Associate, Negotiation, Managers
Although most people believe it is common courtesy to go with the first sales person that approaches you, it is my opinion that it is better to work with someone that will work well with you. One of the ways you can do this is by making it a point to visit the store at different times, on different days, a couple weeks before making your purchase and ask a different sales associate questions each time you visit. Do not have them put your personal information into their system until the day you come to make your purchase and are working with the sales associate you have picked otherwise you could be assigned to the associate that entered your information.
During the selection process, when you are ready to buy your items, try to keep a "poker face" and do not share your list of "must haves" and "can live without". When you are ready to negotiate the price, start bringing up some of the features that this item does not have that it could have, which you know really aren't important features to you, but it does not mean they do not take away value from the appliance. If you come to a point where you are being denied something you think is reasonable or if your sales person is just not working well with you, it may be time to speak with a manager. Sometimes you can get a better sale that way either because there is a better understanding, they have more experience, or they can just pull strings a little better. Whatever the case may be, remaining respectful is essential; you never know what type of great deal you might get just from being kind and considerate.
Learn more about negotiations and how to get the price you want.
Your Favorite Savings Method
Additional Tips and Info
Something I wish someone would have informed my husband and I of is that there are various installation, parts, and other costs that come up when buying large appliances. If you can, try to find out what these costs may be before hand, so you are not shocked when your purchase has increased by a hundred dollars. If you want to save on those you might want to look into installing the item yourself, by having a friend help install who has done it before, and/or possibly shopping around for the needed parts and installation separately. Although, if you are planning on doing the installation yourself make sure the appliance will still be covered under warranty.
One of the other ways we saved was by buying different brands instead of selecting one brand for all of our appliances, which a lot of people tend to get stuck on. Instead, we chose a color theme for the kitchen and laundry room and used that as a starting point for our selection. Once again, it all depends on preference and what you are most comfortable with, but I know it also saved us a lot of time not having to make sure every appliance was the same brand name.
If you are willing to gamble, you might want to rethink the protection plans that Sears offers. They might come in handy, but instead you might find that in the end it is a costly waist of money because the warranty on the appliance may be enough coverage. If a protection plan sounds good to you another option could be to select certain items you would like to get the protection plan on, to at least give you a peace of mind, instead of spending that extra cost on every appliance. Also, ask about bundle coverage plans for all your large appliances to save a little on the protection plans.
Average Cost of Major Appliances
Our Complete Appliance Purchases - Total Cost and Products
Our total purchase was $3,768.58 including tax (0.825 where we lived), delivery, and installation! According the information above, the average median cost of a refrigerator alone can be over $4,000.
The following refrigerator, dishwasher, and microwave are the exact models we purchased. Click on the model to compare online price. The other appliances we bought are Kenmore brand, click here to view them: Range, and Washer & Dryer.
A Closer View
Get Those Savings!
I sincerely hope that these tips help you and others to get the best price they can at Sears on their large appliance purchases. Doing a little extra work while making your purchase can be a huge pay off. Above all things try to stay positive and look for the good points throughout the buying process, even if you have a mishap. Getting new appliances can be hard, but now that you have more resources hopefully you too can save big.
Use these links to find additional info, savings, and more...
- Price Match Plus Policy
Direct link to Sears Price Match Policy
- Negotiating Discounts on Home Appliances
More information on how to get a great deal during negotiation.
- Shop Your Way Rewards
Not to be confused with Shop Your Way Max, which does cost money to join.
- Sears Deals
Official site deals and coupons.
Which tips have been the most helpful? Share your comments, experiences, and any additional tips...
© 2014 Rymom28
Your Savings Experience - Have you tried any of these savings methods?
Mary on April 18, 2015:
Looking at your purchases, your total price is very reasonable for the type of appliances that you got. It's a very good deal, but certainly not an eye poppingly fantastic deal. I am not sure about your points regarding negotiating or getting sales people to pull strings. That may work in a mom and pop shop when you are negotiating with the owner directly, but it doesn't really work in a company owned store like Sears or Best Buy. The best thing you can do is ask whether there is a coupon or offer available that could be used. Most of the time sales people are more than willing to volunteer that information even if you don't ask because they want to provide an incentive for you to make that purchase. You can also negotiate a little when you are buying damaged merchandise. You can't even really negotiate the price on floor models, because the price is already listed. So, in that sense the manager or sales person has very little say in the pricing of the item.
Krzysztof Willman from Parlin, New Jersey on April 07, 2015:
Still plenty of good tips to use on saving although my experience with Sears in general has been horrid. I also like Kenmore, but there are cheaper options that are worth looking at. Like you said it's hit or miss with any of those brands and their related products. Very informative hub and relevant.
Rymom28 (author) on November 11, 2014:
Thank you, I hope that people that are reading this article and using the tips are scoring just as good, if not better, of a deal as we did.
Ana Maria Orantes from Miami Florida on November 11, 2014:
Thank you for sharing your expertise on how to buy items at Sears. It is wonderful that you wrote this article . Many people are going to benefit from the Sears coupons or any other deal that the store offer to the customers. I always have Sears Coupons ready to use when I need a big item, or I give it to my family or friends. I like your article.
Thrifty-fee on November 11, 2014:
Awesome article with some brilliant money-savvy advice on saving when buying electricals. I will be reading over this article again next time I go appliance shopping.
searchmedeal on April 10, 2013:
Also try searsoutlet stores they have good deals on open box and floor models.
Treasures By Brenda from Canada on January 07, 2013:
We love Sears and try to purchase our appliances when they are on sale, which means big savings.
Rymom28 (author) on November 15, 2012:
@Cari Kay 11: Glad to help, hope all goes well!
Kay on November 15, 2012:
We'll be buying a new fridge soon and this is helpful. Thank you!
Rymom28 (author) on November 01, 2012:
@TamarWrites: How exciting, it feels so good when you can save like that!
Rymom28 (author) on November 01, 2012:
@shawnhi77 lm: Glad to have helped, hoping you get a great deal!
shawnhi77 lm on November 01, 2012:
Wonderful list and thank you for sharing them.
TamarWrites on July 31, 2012:
My husband and I just had to replace our 23 year old Kenmore refrigerator. We went to Sears, and they price matched Best Buy's incredible sale! When there was a delivery snafu, we got free delivery, too. Very useful lens!