How To Upgrade All Your Kitchen Appliances for Free

Our snazzy new dishwasher.
Our snazzy new (free) dishwasher.

Since I can remember, I’ve hated our appliances.  We have a nice, new, energy efficient refrigerator in black, but everything else is slightly-yellowing-white, bottom-of-the-line stuff that’s been in here since the house was built.

I’ve wanted to replace them with stainless w/ black trim since I moved in, but since they all worked just fine that seemed like an unnecessary luxury. But a few weeks ago, when the hubby decided to pull out the dishwasher in order to mess with some electric wiring, I decided enough was enought.  So I jumped on Craigslist, maneuvered over to the “For Sale – Appliances – By Owner” section and started looking for deals.

And on that day…I didn’t find any. The old white dishwasher got reinstalled.  Boooo.

But the next day, I looked again.  And whatdya know, a woman had a GE stainless-steel and black gas stove, only three years old, that she was getting rid of for $250 because she wanted the newest “slate” style. Done. So we went and picked up the perfectly – new looking gas range, and it was good.

And then the next weekend, it happened again.  A dishwasher, only a year old, stainless steel and black, and even the same GE brand as the range – someone in the suburbs wanted to replace it with one that had a stainless steel tub.  The cost to me? $50.  Done.

Finally, the next day came my piece de resistance: a stainless vent hood microwave combo that was selling for $150. Completely new, still in box, never been used.  The guy bought it and then decided he wanted just a vent instead. Done.

So if you’re keeping track, at this point, we’d spent $450 on new-to-us appliances, and in the process got ones that all happened to be under three years old, were in good working condition, and matched. Amazing.

But I wasn’t done. We went to work installing our new appliances, and then put our old ones on Craigslist as well: $100 for the dishwasher, $200 for the stove, $50 for the vent hood, and $100 for the microwave.

And we got what we asked for them.  So today, I’m enjoying how lovely my fully upgraded kitchen is looking.  And I got it all to be that way totally, 100% free.

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Author: Mrs. Millennial

I'm Whitney, writer of Mrs. Millennial. While I've got an advanced degree and a job in the tech industry, I'm usually happiest in my kitchen, garden, and home, or else on a crazy travel adventure. I hope you enjoy my recipes, home improvement tips, travel stories, musings, and more. You can also see what I'm up to in my professional life at whitneymagnuson.com Need to reach me? Shoot an email to whitney (dot) magnuson (at) gmail (dot) com.

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