Shiny, New, and Feeling Guilty
We bought a new dishwasher on Black Friday, and I feel guilty. Not because I went shopping then (since we usually do, although we rarely buy more than breakfast + an ornament), and not because we spent a good chunk of change (after all, we had the money in our appliance fund.)
No, I feel guilty because we replaced our existing dishwasher (which is probably 20 years old) before it had completely failed.
Use it up
You see, I have this thing about using things up before getting rid of them. I don’t know why, but it just feels so wasteful to me to do otherwise. I guess I just have “reduce, reuse, recycle” ingrained into my brain.
We’d had problems with it back in August of 2009, and ended up just replacing one of the racks then for less than $50. Since then, it’s chugged along just fine until a few weeks ago, when the spring on the door broke.
I’d been toying with getting that fixed too, but hadn’t gotten around to it. Mainly because it still worked — you just had to let the door down gently instead of allowing it to open on its own.
The last straw
The only thing was, it decided to hold our dishes hostage on Thanksgiving Day. Not nice. And that, combined with my (hopefully irrational) fear that it was going short out and start a fire someday, caused me to say, hey, you know, if we’re going to replace our dishwasher anyway, this would probably be a good time to do so.
Even though our dishwasher still washed and dried dishes just fine, once we were able to pry the door open.
So we went off to Lowes, Home Depot, Best Buy, Fry’s Electronics, and Sears, and then checked online for good measure. We ended up getting a KitchenAid model from Lowes, and got a good price on it. We were also able to use a 10% off coupon on top of their sale price, so that helped too.
I sure hope it will give us as good a service as our last dishwasher did.
I had to laugh at the differences in my reaction to the purchase vs. my son’s though. I told him we’d ordered a new dishwasher, and he said “Hallelujah!”. I think he’s got the right point of view in this case; I just need to adopt it.
So I’m looking forward to getting over my guilt and just enjoying the shiny and new.
What about you? Do you have “use it up”-itis like me and a few others? Or are you into shiny & new, or maybe a mix of the two? (Moderation? What’s that?)