Now that Mr. Marvelous and I are officially new homeowners, we’re discovering a new frontier of opportunities to save (and spend!) money. While there are some necessities that come along with buying a new home (closing costs, a trash can, and a washer and a dryer, for example), there is a whole slew of things to spend money on that might make life better in this moment, but will do nothing for our long-term goals.
some most instances, the opportunity to spend money presents itself as a quick fix because I’m not patient enough to take the time to do it or wait for the item to go on sale (or find it used). And we both know there’s a high price to pay for a quick fix (that’s how we got such high credit card debt in the first place).
This month has already seen a higher rate of spending than most. We’ve purchased a few smaller things for our home – a trash can, a silverware tray for our silverware drawer, landscaping mulch – and a few bigger things, too.
Like a washer and dryer.
The Hunt for a Clothes Cleaning Device
Our search to find the best washer and dryer started out on somewhat of a sour note.
Because, you see, we just bought one – just over a year ago. And I wasn’t looking forward to spending $1,000+ on another set.
Why are we shopping for a new washer and dryer when we just bought one, you ask? Great question. The set we bought just over a year ago was for our old house. You know, the one we sold in January when we expected to move into a new house that already had a washer and dryer in it.
That real estate deal fell through at the last minute and we ended up homeless. (Okay, not exactly homeless – we’ve been living with my parents for the past two months – thank you, mom and John, for giving us a place to stay!)
And the house we bought and moved into last weekend – our perfect house that we are absolutely in love with – didn’t come with a washer and dryer.
So we set out to find the best deal on a new one. While we could have bought a used set pretty easily, laundry is one of those things I’m weird about. I don’t want to wash my clothes where someone else washed theirs. (I’m also weird about bedding – I don’t like used mattresses, blankets or sheets.)
The set we had before was a front-loading machine. Our space was limited in our old house (I’m talking 780 square feet, people!) and we needed the front-loading stackable set because that’s all that would fit in the space we had.
But our new house is more than twice the size! So space isn’t (as much of) an issue.
Even so, saving money and getting a good washer and dryer for a good price was our top priority.
How We Saved Over $600 on a Washer and Dryer
And we found it. Bonus: it was on sale and we had a coupon!
The original price for the washer we wanted was $699 and the dryer was $799. But we bought them on a super-sale and ended up paying $499 for the washer and $599 for the dryer. When you add our 10% off our total purchase coupon, that adds up to a savings of $509.80.
But we saved even more by doing the installation ourselves. Can you believe they wanted $145 to install the set!
Having never hooked up a gas dryer before, we didn’t have any idea what we were getting ourselves into. But I figured people hook up new washers and dryers all the time so it couldn’t be that hard, right?
And in the end, we’re glad we did it ourselves.
Sometimes being frugal and tackling a DIY project really pays off! And this is one of those times.
And I’m so proud of us!
Are we the only couple that has never hooked up a gas dryer before? Or installed a new dryer vent line?
Surely, we can’t be. There has got to be other people out there who have always defaulted to paying someone else to do the dirty work because they (1) lacked the knowledge to do it themselves, (2) had no idea where to being and (3) are pretty sure they’d mess it up and something terrible would happen as a result of doing it wrong.
As we endeavor to maximize our money, I’m introducing a new series – I’ll call it DIY Bootcamp.
“DIY” because we’re on a mission to learn to do it ourselves to save as much money as possible to end the cycle of living paycheck to paycheck, and “Bootcamp” because it’s essentially a vigorous training camp for new
recruits homeowners as we try to figure out how to do things ourselves (instead of defaulting to paying someone else to do it for us).
And I invite you to come along because Mr. Marvelous and I will need the moral support. Plus, we hope our experiences can help someone else in a similar situation.
Our endeavor to install our own washer and dryer was the very first lesson in our DIY Bootcamp series.
Because I must give credit where credit is due, our DIY Bootcamp of installing a new vent line for the dryer and hooking up the gas line to it, too, wouldn’t have been possible without the help of my good friend Google.
Google is quite possibly the smartest
person resource I know. (The internet is a marvelous thing, isn’t it?)
I’m quite pleased to report than our snap-together dryer vent pipe went together fairly easily. Though the project did require that we purchase tin snips to trim the pipe to the proper length, it was a minimal cost considering the alternative of paying $145 for someone else to do it for us.
Plus, the knowledge and insight we gained (not to mention the confidence!) is worth way more than that.
Finally… the Cookies!
Once the washer and dryer were hooked up and working (and we did all our laundry in record time, thanks to how awesome our new washer and dryer are), it was time for a sweet treat.
I made my favorite peanut butter cookie recipe. It’s quick and easy and only three ingredients.
And because I know you like quick and easy, too, I’m going to share it with you.
- 1 cup peanut butter, creamy
- 1 egg
- 1 cup sugar
- Mix together peanut butter, egg, and sugar until well blended.
- Make rounded balls and place on a cookie sheet.
- Dip a fork in sugar and press down on the cookie to flatten.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 6 to 8 minutes.
Of course, in true money-saving fashion, I packaged the cookies in easy grab-bags for Mr. Marvelous to take in his lunch this week. So not only did we have a delicious sweet treat after the stress of installing our new washer and dryer, we also celebrate saving money by not buying pre-packaged lunch snacks this week.