The KitchenAid stand mixer is probably one of the most coveted of all kitchen appliances. They are real kitchen workhorses and every baker's dream—but with baseline models starting at almost $300, they can also be cost prohibitive. Fortunately, with research, knowledge and a little patience, it is possible to find significant discounts. Here’s how:

1. Rebates & promotions

One of the easiest ways to save on a mixer is to use a mail-in rebate, and fortunately KitchenAid runs lots of promotions. The best part of mail-in rebates is the fact that they can be combined with in-store sales. Past rebate promotions regularly include up to $50 back or free attachments with purchase. For a list of current manufacturer promotions and rebate forms, check out KitchenAid's website.

2. Factory refurbished & discontinued

KitchenAid sells factory-refurbished products and discontinued models at greatly reduced prices on their website. Models generally start at around $170 and are typically discounted by $100 or more off retail—but just because you are saving big does not mean you are getting a second-rate product. Refurbished and closeout models receive excellent customer reviews and come with a one-year limited warranty.

3. QVC

If you are in the market for a stand mixer you may want to check out the promotions at QVC. QVC negotiates special arrangements with many manufacturers that allows them to include bonus items with your purchase. Since extra attachments can get expensive, these promotions can be a great way to go if you want all the bells and whistles. QVC tends to have more deals and promotions when an item is on air, including discounts and Easy Pay plans, so make sure to check their schedule to see if there is an upcoming feature. The deluxe tilt-head model has been listed as low as $249 (which is almost $120 below retail) when it was included in a Today’s Special Value, but when these deals come up, act fast—they are only valid for 24 hours.

4. Department store sales & promo codes

Although stand mixers are expensive, they often go on sale. By combining a department store sale with an online promo code from RetailMeNot you can start stacking up some serious savings. When you find a good sale, don’t forget to see if there’s a mail-in rebate you can use to get even more money back.

5. Kohl's

Kohl's is one of your best bets if you are in the market for a stand mixer. The scenarios to save big can get a little complicated, but they are worth it! Like most other retailers, Kohl's often puts appliances on sale, and you can search for additional discounts from promo codes. If you have a Kohl's charge card you can typically get larger discounts using promo codes than if you don't—sometimes up to 30 percent. Kohl's also runs Kohl's Cash promotions where you can get money towards a future purchase. During Kohl's Cash promotions it is typical to get $10 for every $50 spent. If you consider that after all this you can still use mail-in rebates from the manufacturer, it is easy to see how the savings can really add up when all the stars align. For more info on how to save at Kohl’s, click here.

6. Buy used

I would not usually consider buying an expensive small appliance used, since you don’t know how much wear and tear is on the motor, but KitchenAid mixers are famous for their durability and often last decades. Looking on Craigslist or at estate sales could be a way to score an amazing deal, and because the attachments that connect to the hub are universal, you will still be able to get all the latest gadgets for an older model.

7. Consider an alternative

KitchenAid mixers are amazing because they do so many things, from mixing up some cookies to kneading dough for bread. The available attachments go way beyond mixing; you can shred and slice as well as make everything from ice cream to pasta and sausage. If you really only intend on using a stand mixer for mixing cookie dough and other light baking jobs, you may not need a KitchenAid, since the power and versatility really ups the cost. There are plenty of quality mixers that can do light jobs and cost much less. On Walmart.com you can get a Hamilton Beach Power Deluxe 4-Quart Stand Mixer for only $35 that is well reviewed and can handle a variety of mixing jobs, from cake batter to bread dough. For small mixing jobs you might be able to get away with a hand mixer. Target sells a KitchenAid model for under $40 that is surprisingly lightweight and powerful. Although handheld models are not as convenient as stand mixers, if your budget is tight, they sure beat using a spoon!

This is a guest post by April from Grand Blanc, MI
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