Amy Hoak’s Home Economics: How to save money on kitchen appliances — and why you shouldn’t buy a white fridge

Mark Hug

The best time to shop for home appliances is approaching. And savvy shoppers often can layer on savings for even bigger deals.

If you replace aging appliances before they break down, you probably will have more time to shop around — and get the deal you want. New advertisements by SearsSHLD, +6.42% assert that a large percentage of appliances are bought under duress, and encourage people to shop before the fridge goes kaput.

Real-estate agents also say new kitchen appliances can make a huge impression on prospective buyers. Updating appliances in a kitchen that even a little out of date can freshen it up, and have a big payoff when selling your home, said Jarrod Enright, a real-estate agent with Krain Real Estate, in Chicago.

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