Replacing Appliances is NOT Frugal!
I think my dishwasher has bit the dust. This morning when Mr. Money woke up it was washing dishes. I had turned it on last night at 7 P.M. There is no reason it should have still been going at 6 A.M. When he opened it to turn it off, he saw the casualty. My beautiful stainless steel blender’s plastic bottom had warped beyond repair.
When he came into the bedroom to inform me, I almost cried. I use this blender pretty much every day to make smoothies. I was really looking forward to my breakfast this morning too! Luckily he went onto the blender manufacturer’s website and ordered replacement parts, and I think the total with shipping was under $20. I am still peeved, for two reasons.
One, I am now not going to be able to use my blender. I can’t make smoothies and eat them for breakfast like I normally do. I’ll have to get up earlier and make oatmeal or something else. It also cost me $20! That is not a nice surprise.
Two, now I am probably going to have to buy a new dishwasher. I’m debating on whether or not I actually want to do this. You see, I am totally fine with washing dishes by hand (I hate drying and putting away though!) so the fact we’d be without a dishwasher doesn’t really pain me that badly. Also, I think it’s better for the environment if we use the dishwasher less. Less water and energy used! Obviously it used a lot of water and energy last night.
I’m thinking I’m going to wait a little while and see if we can’t live without it. If we really feel that we need to replace it, I’ll look for a good deal on craigslist. We also have a Home Depot credit card that would have no interest for 6 months I believe, and we could do that as well. This is my least favorite option, but if it came down to it we could swing it.
Could you live without your dishwasher? Is there another option I’m forgetting?