When my fridge, dishwasher, or washing machine is at the end of its life cycle, I’m usually crossing my fingers it goes out so I “have” to buy a new appliance.
But then I go shopping and I remember why I don’t like buying appliances. The price tags make it feel like a major life commitment.
So I use these little tricks to always avoid paying full price and usually save at least 50%:
1. Buy an “Open-Box” appliance from the Best Buy Outlet online and save up to 60%.
Open-Box items items are guaranteed to work properly, covered under warranty, and can be returned or exchanged.
There are five physical outlet locations where you can shop, but the best selection is online.
2. Buy returned or (very) slightly damaged appliances at Lowe’s and save up to 55%.
Sure there are washing machines that are quite damaged, but it’s easy to avoid those.
Instead look for high-quality appliances with minimal or easily repaired damage. Or find one that’s been returned simply because it doesn’t fit in the buyer’s home.
3. Shop the Rebate Center online at Lowe’s or Home Depot and get up to $1,500 in rebates.
You can save hundreds of dollars when you buy brand-new, large-ticket items that qualify for a rebate. Your rebate comes in the form of a prepaid Visa card, and deals look like “Get $500 when you buy two LG laundry (or kitchen) appliances.”
Submit the rebate form within 30 days of your purchase to get your Visa cards. The process is the same at both Lowe’s and Home Depot.
The only downside is rebates tend to be for groups of appliances, meaning you only get the rebate if you’re buying 2-4 appliances at a time.
4. Get up to $150 cash back in rebates on a single appliance at JCPenney.
The benefit of JCPenney’s rebate program is you can get cash back on a single dishwasher instead of needing to buy an entire kitchen’s worth of appliances in order to qualify.
5. Trade in your old appliances for cash through the Cash for Appliances program.
The U.S. government wants to give you a few bucks in the form of a rebate when you trade in your old large appliances at an Energy Star partner (like Lowe’s or Sears).
Most stores offer an instant rebate if you’re buying an Energy Star appliance. In this case, they’ll apply for the rebate on your behalf and give you the discount right there at the register.
Enter your zip code to see what sort of appliances qualify for rebates in your state. In California, for example, you can get $50-$85 for washers or dryers.
6. Create your own sale by triple-stacking discounts to save up to 35% online at Sears.com.
This works because two out of the three discounts are hidden from Sears (still legit, don’t worry!).
Step 1: Shop Sears.com through RetailMeNot for 20% cash back.
- $10 back when you spend $50
- $20 back when you spend $200
- $75 back when you spend $350
Step 2: Enter your email address at Sears.com and get a 10% off coupon to use online.
You can get a coupon for $5 off a $50 or more purchase or a $35 off a $300 or more purchase when you enter your email address as you’re browsing the “Appliances” section.
Step 3: Pay with a discounted gift card from Raise to save over 5%.
You could probably save even more than 35% if you shop during large appliance sales like during Memorial Day and Labor Day. Use this option when you need an appliance and there’s no sale in sight.
You should be able to triple-stack with any of the deals you find on Sears.com. If you do, you stand to save up to 75% on a large appliance.
8. Ask Sears to match Amazon’s price on Kenmore appliances if Amazon is lower.
Amazon sells Kenmore appliances and sometimes even beats Sears. Take advantage of Sears’ price matching policy to get a better price than you see in the store.
This goes both ways, though — you may want to just purchase from Amazon, because they often include delivery and hookup. But if you’d rather shop in person and actually open and close refrigerator doors, for example, this is a good way to go.
TIP: Use price matching to get a lower price at any of the main, large-appliance retailers. This includes Lowe’s, Sears, JCPenney, and Best Buy. Usually you can just show an employee the competitor’s price from your smartphone. But bear in mind many stores won’t let you combine a coupon with a price match. Choose the one that’ll give you the most savings.
9. Sign up for ABT Electronics‘ newsletter and get a coupon for $25 off a $250 purchase.
ABT Electronics is based out of Indiana and ships nationwide. You can get free shipping and even avoid paying sales tax (if your state allows it). They offer price matching with competitors and rebates as well.