When you enter our kitchen, you won’t be blown away by charm. That’s for sure. In fact, the one thing that will probably stand out the most is our stainless steel microwave amidst white, basic appliances. Yeah, we’re rocking the mismatched kitchen appliances look and I’m totally cool with it. Even after 3 years of living like this. The thing is, I think this is a trend that really needs to catch on, and I am going to break down why.
When our microwave went out, we were smack dab in the middle of debt payoff and a new microwave wasn’t a big concern of ours.
On top of that, all of our current appliances were white. We always knew we would eventually change them to be stainless steel.
So were we supposed to upgrade everything right away?
If we were to update all of our appliances just for the sake of matching, it would easily set us back a few thousand dollars. Since we were determined to become debt-free, we didn’t even consider that as an option.
The smart financial choice
We knew that getting all new appliances was not a financially wise choice.
Considering the fact that we had already spent the last few decades of our lives making terrible financial decisions, we were doing everything we could to break those old habits.
Our top priority was debt payoff. Period.
Plus, warming leftovers, coffee or cocoa in a pot was really not that difficult.
Upgrade when you can
After deciding we should probably put a microwave back in our house we decided we would just upgrade the microwave to a stainless steel one even though it would mismatch all the other appliances.
Sure this goes against everything my husband, Tom’s OCD tells him to do, but hey, we like to live life on the edge.
This is not a new concept
Part of the main reason I didn’t care at all about mismatching appliances and in fact…kind of welcomed this quirky change was because of something I heard from a fellow traveler while we were on vacation in the Dominican Republic.
As we shared a van to make our way toward the airport, this guy was telling us about their recent trip to (I believe) Jamaica.
While they were driving around he had noticed a lot of cement slabs in the ground.
The driver explained that people there built their houses that way. When they could afford to add, they added. Until then, they lived with what they had.
What a wild concept considering how most Americans are living their lives in debt! Who needs to have money for something when you can just charge it?
Different should be the new normal
Well, I hate to break it to you America, but I want off the debt merry-go-round.
Sure, it’s not a cement slab but I’d like to think this mismatched microwave is a constant reminder to only own what I can afford. Even if it means my home is less than