A dear friend of mine had her washing machine die on her. She needs a new one.
Her husband wants to buy a stacking front loader set like the one I talked about here.
This does make some financial sense. It uses about 1/3 of the water of a normal washer, and they use a well which is in an area where it may run dry this summer. It uses a lot less detergent, and a lot less electricity. Because the clothes are spun so well, they don't need to be dried as long, an important factor for us Canadians who can only use a clothesline for a few short months.
But, and here's the big but, they may need to purchase a new vehicle soon. So what should they do?
We talked about this for a while, and here's what I came up with. Don't buy a cheap washer (which is what my friend was at first inclined to do). The front loader does make financial sense. But maybe not right now. Instead, for $150 go buy a second hand washer that may only last two years. In two years, when the vehicle question is settled and they're in a better financial position, then you can buy the good appliances.
I tend to support spending money on quality appliances because they can work so hard for you, and the right ones can be cost effective. But it is a big price tag at the beginning.
So what do the rest of you think? How would you resolve this issue? And laundromats aren't a possibility, even short term, because they live out of town and it just isn't feasible.
Labels: appliances, saving, spending