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Why We Have Mismatched Kitchen Appliances & More People Need to Get On Board

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.

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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.

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Warming leftovers and coffee 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.

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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.

After a while he asked his driver why there were so many.

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?

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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 magazine worthy.

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We have mismatched appliances in the kitchen. This is the full scoop on why we do and why more people are starting this trend in their homes.

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    1. Thanks Marissa. It absolutely makes us appreciate it more. Working and waiting for stuff makes the reward so much sweeter.

  1. AMEN! Look kids, we aren’t the only ones. We aren’t crazy we are smart! My grandmother used to say don’t be penny wise and pound foolish. Being in debt is pound foolish paying off interest and NOT earning interest either financially or investing in memories. We don’t always have to buy more stuff having financial resources to help others, have life experiences like travel or go to a play, or invest in an opportunity that pops up. Those are a few of the reasons I’m not going to be tied down to debt/aka “keeping up with the neighbors”!!

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