It is a telling situation when one of the most exciting aspects of your life is a new appliance.
This phenomenon of getting excited about appliances affects parents, families, and couples in their mid to upper 30s and beyond. Anyone under 30 could probably care less about a new appliance. It is just not that exciting compared to the new electronics, tropical vacations, and weekend partying that you may enjoy. Which is fine, it should be that way. You will have plenty of time later one to get excited about new appliances.
The idea of a brand new appliance in the home is exciting. Laugh if you will, unless you understand the feeling.
When you have a family and other expenses, new appliances are not an everyday purchase. When you do have extra money, like from a tax return, it is not spent frivolously or on a luxury item. When you are a practical 30–something year old with a family, the money will go to something practical, that will benefit everyone in the family, and the benefits are long-lasting.
A vacation is nice, but a new refrigerator, now that has lasting benefits.
It’s not just me that gets excited about new appliances, and it’s not just women. A couple with whom I am acquainted recently purchased a brand new heavy duty, energy-efficient washer and dryer set. It’s all they could talk about for days. They could not wait to get home and do laundry.
So what is it exactly, that makes new appliances so exciting?
New appliances are exciting because…
New appliances are exciting because…1. They are new.
After buying a house or a car, an appliance is one of the next big purchases you can make. If you went and bought the big flat screen TV before the fridge, chances are you are single!
Older appliances have missing pieces, broken parts, and may not match your house. They may be showing wear and tear. New appliances, even those purchased at a scratch & dent center still look better than the old appliances.
New appliances are exciting because…2. They save money.
In theory anyway, newer appliances are supposed to be more energy efficient. New refrigerators, washers, dryers, dishwashers, and stoves are supposed to be more energy-efficient than older models.
If they are more energy-efficient they could save you money on your electric, gas, and water bills. Using less energy and resources also makes newer appliances more environmentally-friendly.
New appliances are exciting because…3. The are yours.
The other appliances you have may be owned by a landlord, or borrowed, or bought second hand. These are yours.
New appliances are exciting because…4. They make life easier
Bigger, better, newer appliances offer more features and require less maintenance. The
New appliances are exciting because…5. They save time.
When you can do two loads of laundry instead of four, you have just cut your housework in half. When there is more room in the newer, bigger refrigerator you spend less time trying to find things, or find room to put away groceries.
Don’t be embarrassed if you too get excited about new appliances. It’s part of being a practical, and responsible parent. It’s part of finally growing up!