How do you feel about dishwashers?
My eldest sister has a dishwasher but won't use it because she thinks it uses too much water and it's just as easy to wash dishes by hand.
My other sister had a dishwasher, but had her husband remove it because she thought it used too much water and because she wanted more cabinet space.
My mom, who has never had a dishwasher, says she'd sure as heck use it if she did!
Our dishwasher hasn't been slowly dying for about a year. Personally, I've been arguing with myself over whether a new dishwasher is a valid need or just a want. It's definitely something I want, but I see the cost as OMG! That's a whole extra payment on the van. Shane wants it, too (or really, he wants it for me), but he sees the cost as No big deal, that's only x number of days of pay. I guess it's all in the perception.
Ultimately, I've decided that Mom knows best, that my sisters are crazy (just kidding), and that I'm sure I'd rather be doing something other than washing dishes by hand.
So, now that the decision has been made, Shane and I will buy a new dishwasher very soon. Next week to be exact. There are lots of reasons to buy between April 19 and 25.
- Our state (Missouri) is having a Tax-Free Holiday on certain appliance purchases.*
- The manufacturer is offering a mail-in rebate for $30.
- The state of Missouri, as part of a federal incentive, is offering potential rebates on dishwashers and other appliances during the same week as the tax holiday. **
- An employee at the store where we'll be making the purchase told me there may be an sale for an additional 10% off during the same week.***
While I know that my friend Janelle was very displeased with Lowe's service contractors, we've had good experiences with installations and warranty work from Lowe's in the past, so we're willing to let them do this installation for us again.
The only negative I see in buying next week is that if a lot of people take advantage of these incentives, it could take a little while for our installation to be scheduled. I've waited a year; what's a few more days? As usual, I'll post a picture or two once it's here and installed.
*Can't buy during the tax-free holiday? By having the retailer install the dishwasher, the taxes on the dishwasher will be waived anyway because the State of Missouri considers it a permanent home improvement and won't collect tax on it. This was something I did not know before yesterday, and it applies to such appliances as built-in dishwashers, built-in microwaves, water heaters, furnaces and air conditioners.
**According to the state's website, $5.6 will be available to Missouri consumers, all on a first come-first serve basis. This is state-wide on all eligible appliances. So, while there is a potential for us to save $75 on this purchase, the rebate is not guaranteed.
***An employee at a different Lowe's store said that he had not heard of this sale yet, but that employees often don't know about such sales ahead of time. It won't keep us from making the purchase, but it sure would be nice to save an additional $45.