Form vs. Function

Alternate title:  “Sometimes I wish I wasn’t so practical”.

A few months ago, we had to buy a new washer. Since getting our old one fixed would cost nearly as much as buying new, we went on the hunt for a good deal. We ended up buying this:

Consumer Reports had good things to say about it as did my Sears-repairman father. And we’ve been very, very happy with it.

Fast forward to last Friday.

Old dryer now making very strange noises. Tom actually propped the front legs up on books so that it wouldn’t be so noisy! Getting it fixed wasn’t an option. So again, we went on the hunt.

How I would’ve LOVED to bring home this guy and set him right next to our washer:

 

Wouldn’t they just be so sweet together?! Swoon.

<evidence of getting older is getting excited over a new dryer>

There was just one problem. He was $809. Actually, he was $909 because we have a gas hookup. Yikes.

So the question then became…do we really have to spend nearly a grand to get something to dry our clothes?

More research, looked at Consumer Reports, more talks with Sears-repairman father’s work buddy who repairs washing machines and dryers on a daily basis. We ended up buying his less good-looking, but ultra-reliable cousin instead:

It is essentially the same capacity and similar features as the more handsome fellow, however this one was $300 less after the special Labor Day pricing.

$300 buys a lot of peanut butter and jelly, if you know what I’m saying.

It all came down to this…do I really want to spend $300 more just so it will look nice next to our washer?

Our answer was no. Call me crazy, call me practical or frugal. I am – and have been – all three.

After everything is said and done, I’m happy with our decision. And I’m even more grateful that we didn’t have to buy it on credit.

He’ll be delivered on Thursday which makes me happy. Needless to say, trying to teach two eight-year olds in a laundromat didn’t sound too appealing!

Sometimes choosing form over function makes sense. But this time function won out.

Sigh.

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