Wednesday, September 3, 2014

We haven't moved yet and I feel broke -


    I am not sure if it was exactly wise to sit down with my husband and write down the list of things we needed for the house. We started off listing so many things I ended up getting a notebook and making 3 different lists. I love lists so secretly this was more fun than I let on at the beginning. 

 We split the list into 3 sections so that we could better see what we were looking at and how to break down the money we would need to spend. 

When building a house you have a couple of months before you start paying your new mortgage amount and that for us has been our biggest worry. Our LO at NVR is aware of this and has been watching the rates so that we can save monthly. This reason would be why I wrote the previous post titled Ode to NVR mortgage.

                                  Priority list #1 - in no particular order

1. Big Girl bed for our 3 year old - Its time to get out of the crib for her and move our 1 year old into the crib. This is essential as our 1 year old is still sharing a room with us and we are very excited for her to have her own space (READ-MY OWN SPACE). I can't wait to walk into our master bedroom and not worry that my footsteps will wake up the baby..Dream a little dream in the Florence for me. 

This is the big girl bed we purchased for my daughter and we can't wait for the transition!

Cottage Retreat Twin Poster Bed in Cream 

2. Washer and Dryer - After extensive research from my friends and friends of friends and good 'OL word on the street has led me away from the fancy looking front loaders that apparently stink and our noisy back to the top loader.  I will admit, I was being wooed by the look of those front loaders but when each of my inquiries and my online research came back with a resounding NO I knew I needed to look past the outer beauty into what would really work. 
Also, I don't want to leave my dryer open to dry because it might smell. I love our laundry room in the Florence but it is not huge and would look tacky leaving the door open. 

Here is what I am currently looking at, nothing flashy but good price and good reviews and high efficiency so all those are good. The set would be $1200 and that is an okay price for me.

Samsung 7.4 cu. ft. Electric Dryer - WhiteSamsung 7.4 cu. ft. Gas Dryer - White

3. Refrigerator- This will be our biggest cost/purchase. We have an old school top freezer and bottom fridge appliance and I love to cook and am often making stuff to take to a get-together so I have decided that I will be venturing into the land of the French Door Refrigerator- We are lucky enough to live close to a Sears Appliance store and they have great prices. We are debating between two brands.

           Kenmore 27.0 cubic feet Elite at $1899 (Great price and smudge free)

          Kenmore 27 cu. ft. French Door Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator w/ Air Filter

Samsung  - 28.0 cubic feet - $1988 but will smudge easy.

          Samsung 28 cu.ft. French Door Refrigerator - Stainless Steel

Both are great options for a fridge and similar prices and configuration, I guess it is all up to the brand. I hear that Samsung has a not great customer service and Kenmore may have the win in this department. 

4. Blinds for the windows- This will be hard because we have 16 windows to cover and I have no clue what I would use yet. Michelle and Kandra are my favorite sales reps and they were awesome with telling me a great place to go and when there was a sale at Home depot..

So with all these costs weighing on my mind I wanted to do what I can to buy the small things secondary list was stuff I didn't even realize I would need...

Shower curtains for the 2 bathrooms, trash cans for those bathrooms -

I also forgot that I have a kitchen table but no slipped my mind. We haven't been able to eat at a table in so long that I forgot about chairs.

I think it might be time for a trip to Ikea..I LOVE IKEA


  1. This is such a great post! I will be posting a similar post very soon! I love that you love lists!!! I love my electronics, but I have pads for me old school I guess! I think by you all writing down all the big must haves gives you such a great outlook on upcoming purchases. Especially since the holiday sales are approaching (seems like they are starting earlier and earlier now days). I love the big girl bed! It's sooo adorable!

    It's amazing how quickly your list add up when you think of all the smaller items like shower curtains and trash cans, wall decor and decorative objects. IKEA and Home Goods will be become the most frequently visited stores eh'? LOL

    We recently visited a custom blinds vendor and surprisingly they were not much more than blinds at Home Depot or Lowes. We were looking at faux wood (not sure what your wants are). Our broker also mentioned they usually go on sale in the fall months. So catching a sale would be best.

    Good luck on everything and I will keep a look out for your selections.

  2. I feel your pain! We bought the fridge and washer/dryer this weekend and still need to get a couch and media center. And fans. And blinds. And curtains. And the list goes on! We got the same washer/dryer that you have listed - can't wait to do some laundry :)

  3. I definitely can relate to this post! I been gradually picking up stuff. We picked a ceiling fan each month until we had all of them. This helped alleviate the stress of buying all of them at the same time! We also have to look at fridges and washer/dryers! The small things are what catch up to you though! Shower Curtains, Shower Curtain liners, hand towels for all bathrooms, rugs, chairs, curtains, curtain rods, blinds, etc, etc.

    BTW I love lists too! I've already started my list in two categories - "Needs" and "Wants" - I love making lists and planning out prices!