I hate big purchases

We are getting to the point in our marriage and family that we have to start replacing things.  We’ve had about five couches since we’ve been together.  Our current couch needs to be replaced.  We bought it for our old house, which had a much bigger family room.  I don’t know what we were thinking when we bought a down-stuffed chenille couch? You can only imagine how it looks after five years with a kid who had reflux as an infant, two dogs, and a husband with male friends who come over often.  We need a new couch, but I just haven’t found “the one”.  I’m not settling with our next couch.

I’ve had a love/hate relationship with our washer and dryer set since it was about two months old.  Well, mostly, I love to hate it.  I think we’ve had both of them serviced about two to three times each.  When our warranty finally expired last year, we decided to not renew it.  We were done and said that when they broke again, we would buy new ones.

I think that it was a foreshadowing in April, when I posted about “Airing my Dirty Laundry” and going to Arizona.  I attended a Blogger Retreat hosted by Bosch Appliances.  They provided us with “laundry training” and also educated us about their products.  Before attending this event, we started having major problems with our current LG washer and dryer.  Angry Husband and I had been discussing buying a conventional top loading washing machine instead of a front loader.  I was intrigued to see what Bosch had to say.

Laundry Area in the Garage

You would think that a family of three would not have a ton of laundry, right? This is what our laundry area looked like before I went on that trip to Arizona.  Angry Husband and I both wear uniforms for work.  Angry Kid has a habit of changing his clothes at least 2-3 times a day.  This makes for a very large laundry pile.  We also have an issue of our towels having a mold smell.  No matter how few towels, or how fast I put them into the dryer, they smell.

For about two weeks now, our washing machine has been making these crazy noise.  It sounds like it is ready to take off and fly away.  Angry Husband gave me “that look” about a week ago.  He said, “we probably need to look into buying a new washer and dryer soon”.  I was in total denial.  Even though I hated our current washer and dryer, I didn’t want to justify spending that much money.  Have you looked at appliances recently? They are not cheap, plus you always need some kind of accessory/cord/etc. to go with it.

Angry Husband and I were both off today.  We were organizing the house and cleaning the garage.  This is what people do when their son is at camp for the day.  I was doing laundry and the washing machine was even more obnoxious.  Angry Husband stated again, “We need to go look at washers and dryers.  One day, you are going to NEED to do laundry and it isn’t going to work.”  I think he made his point.  After we picked up Angry Kid from camp, we headed towards Best Buy.

Bosch Vision Laundry - 4

Really, it was an easy decision for me.  I glanced at all of the other brands, but my heart led me to Bosch.  I’m a researcher and I felt that I HAD DONE the research.  We went with the Bosch Vision Washer and Dryer, 500-Series.  We did not get the stands.  We have stands with our current washer and dryer.  We have NEVER used them.  I think we are going to get some type of countertop to put across the top of the washer and dryer for storing the laundry products, etc.

My hand shook a little when sliding that credit card for payment.  But then we came home and saw green goo dripping from the soap dispenser on our washing machine.  We just sighed with relief.

The new Bosch Babies are coming home on Wednesday.  Angry Husband is going to prep for their arrival tomorrow.

Disclosure: I didn’t receive anything from Bosch to post this.  They sent me to a Blogger Retreat in April, where I became obsessed with their products.  Knowledge is power!  Plus, there are ton of rebates for Bosch products.  My new washer and dryer is sponsored by my new diet of eating Ramen and having really clean clothes. Ramen = poor, but happy Julie.

16 comments
Brendan Haage
Brendan Haage

Hi i just thought I should leave a bit of feedback as i very much likeyour website its so interesting, keep it up!

Crystal
Crystal

My husband and I are in the process of buying our first condo and need to buy a washer and dryer. I poked at the Bosch ones at Pacific Sales... are you loving yours? Are they everything you wanted them to be??

Sherry
Sherry

I, too, had the musty smelling towel issue. Even after getting a new washer & dryer, it didn't go away. A friend told me it was because I was using liquid Tide. She said that if I switched to powder, I wouldn't have that problem. I tried it, and after just one wash, my towels smelled wonderful!!! I couldn't believe it was that simple, but it was!

Mama Kat
Mama Kat

If my washer and dryer were that nice I would totally do laundry all the time...err...my husband would for sure.

jodifur
jodifur

I covet that washer and dryer. My washer and dryer in the house are the first set ever made. Like from 1930. I so need a new one. Also, I bought brain new leather couches when we moved into the house a year ago. The dog has town them to shreds. They look like crap. I'm so bitter.

Amanda
Amanda

I've been telling my husband we need a new set. It takes over an hour for our current dryer to dry a load of anything. Yes we live in old (OLD) military housing now where we're not metered, but in the real world (where we may be come next summer), electric is now deregulated in our state, and it wasn't cheap 2 years ago before we lived on post. We can't be paying for the dryer to run an hour at a time (I can't hang laundry due to allergies). I figure he'll see the light when we get that first electric bill. Four people make a lot of laundry, plus his uniforms.

Jules
Jules

I don't like big purchases either. I guess that's why our flooring all needs to be replaced and I can't quite take the leap. Great choice on the washer and dryer. You will love them.

Shelley
Shelley

I had to bite the bullet and buy a new microwave last month and that is nothing compared to buying a new washer and dryer! Ouch!

Becca - Our Crazy Boys
Becca - Our Crazy Boys

So... the mold smell? We had that problem, too. And we bought a new washer and dryer and still had it. Then we figured it out. And have talked to some friends who had the same problem, and our answer worked for them, as well. The reason for the moldy smell? Well, you're going to think I'm crazy. And maybe a little creepy. But I'm not. I SWEAR!! I just can't post it here. E-mail me if you want the inside scoop. The answer to the moldy smell? Keep wet towels and dry towels separate. If a towel gets wet (not just damp from the shower), keep it in a different laundry basket and wash it separately with the other wet towels. :)

Making It Work Mom
Making It Work Mom

We are totally at the same point in our marriage! Ugh! It stinks. Good luck with your new laundry facilities. Sooo jealous!

Megan
Megan

ooooh! Im jealous! Even though I got awesome new maytags last year... and big purchases make my stomach hurt. ugh. We also are in need of a new couch. Im not looking forward to buying it. Although I will enjoy sitting on it, once it lives in my living room.

Janeen
Janeen

I love this line... "My new washer and dryer is sponsored by my new diet of eating Ramen and having really clean clothes." We need to buy a new dryer - ours is 12 years old and either going to catch the house on fire or dry our clothes some time next week - there is no middle ground. I have been totally resistant to making that purchase since it still "works". I'll have to look into the Bosch. Hope you love them!

Tractor Mom
Tractor Mom

I hate making big purchases too!! It's the idea of spending that much money! We're going to have to purchase a new couch soon. I hate to have to think about shopping for one! Come by when you can... www.frugaltractormom.blogspot.com

Rachel
Rachel

Good for you, Angry Family! :) I too, am terrified of big purchases, and we never have enough money for them, so I guess that fear is justified. I'm still holding out for bedroom furniture. *sigh* Someday I'll have a dresser to actually put clothes in instead of a series of laundry baskets I have to sift through every morning to get what I need. I can't wait to hear what you think of your new washer/dryer!