Saving money on major appliances and kitchen countertops can take some sleuthing but who doesn’t like discovering a deal? Good timing helps. Watch for major retailers to discount refrigerators, laundry appliances, and more around Memorial Day. Our own digital digging turned up six ways to save.
Appliance rebates and discounts

Before shopping, search the websites of manufacturers and retailers. Maytag is offering rebates of up to $250 on laundry appliances, including a $125 rebate on the Maytag Maxima XL MHW7000A front-loading washer, $1,150, the top-rated model of the 68 we tested. But keep going. Look for Energy Star rebates for energy-efficient appliances at Energy Star, dsireusa.org and even Sears. And if you’re moving or military, look into Lowe’s special discounts.

Online outlet stores. GE and Whirlpool sell discontinued models and shipping may even be free. But these appliances are only a good deal if performance is impressive, especially in ways that matter to you—an oven’s baking or broiling, for example. So do your research and check the results of our appliance tests. Readers of Consumer Reports magazine can check the index to see when a product was last tested.
Price-matching offers. Many major retailers have price-matching offers, claiming they’ll match, or beat by 10 percent, a competitor’s lower price. Sears will match the lower price even after you’ve made your purchase so if you bought a range there and it sells for a lower price somewhere else within 14 days, Sears will refund the difference, if you ask.

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