Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Cold Front

So... you know how it's like "Murphy's Law" that when you're trying to save money, inevitably something will happen suddenly that causes you to need to spend an unplanned for large sum of money?

Do you see where I'm going with this?

Last week while I was out of town at my conference for work, the electrical company decided that they were going to do some work in our neighborhood - ok, no big deal. They came to the door and warned Bryan that they would be shutting off our power for about an hour, we went on with our lives.

Well... apparently when they flipped the power back on, it caused a significant surge and blew one of our circuit breakers. Usually no big deal, after all that's what circuit breakers are for - right? Apparently not when they're "protecting" your 10 year old refrigerator.

I am sad to report that our fridge bit the big one last week - it still runs, but the cooling system is shot.

Luckily we have an extra older fridge in the basement, which is currently acting as our primary food cooling unit. But it is becoming a pain to walk up and down the stairs for every little thing, especially when you're used to just being able to walk to the kitchen for it.

We got really lucky with our home and the people that we purchased it from left all of their appliances for us. Most of them were new or new enough and all were in really good shape, so we really lucked out in that aspect. So really this is our first official new appliance purchased, even though we've been in our house for over a year new. All-in-all, I guess I really can't complain too much because of that.

However, when you're planning for a baby and trying to save $$$ there is never a good time to need to make an unexpected large purchase. And yes, it could have been worse - a fridge is on a lighter side of the "big purchase" scale, so again I'm not complaining.

But we did go out this weekend, in search of a replacement fridge.

Somehow, we got really lucky again and were able to find a new fridge that is almost the exact same as the one that we lost AND it was among the cheapest that we saw - ScOrE!!!!

Our Maytag 22 cu. ft. side-by-side refrigerator, with in-door ice and water dispenser... will be delivered on Monday. We ordered it in white, to match the rest of the appliances - so s/he should fit right in with the gang.

It's actually kind of nice - our old fridge also had an in-door ice and water dispenser, but it didn't work for some unknown reason. Bryan and my father tried for hours to fix the damn thing, but they were never able to get it working. So now we will have one that finally works, which will be very nice to have.

It's obviously not my dream appliance, but it's perfect for our home and we're glad that we got so lucky as to find such a great deal on what we needed. Thank you Home Depot lol

1 comment:

dave and jenn said...

Love the new blog header!

Nice fridge too! Our air conditioning goes out every summer when the power company is messing with the lines in our area... and every year we have to buy a new part for it. :/ My husband said we're just going to go ahead and buy the part this year before it goes out so we have one on hand. He doesn't want to be stuck in a hot house with a pregnant wife! lol