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Where to Find Refrigerator Deals

A refrigerator is a major purchase and not something you'd run out to buy on a whim. In order to find good refrigerator deals, you need to do your homework.

Be sure you're getting a discount or cut-rate price, and unless you plan to pick up the refrigerator yourself, be on the lookout for relatively cheap delivery/shipping costs.

(Some sellers will remove your old refrigerator when dropping off the new one, so ask if this service is available.)

Bargain-hunters usually begin searching for a new refrigerator well before the old one bites the dust. Often they begin by scouring ads and price listings from vendors like AJMadison and US Appliance, which offer deep discounts and low-cost or free shipping on large orders. SearsOutlet and ApplianceSmart are also good sources for refrigerator deals. Both retailers offer extremely low prices on models that are new but may have a scratch or dent somewhere (most of the time not even noticeable), as well as on last year's models and those that have been used as floor models. (Note: Although you can search ApplianceSmart's inventory online, you must make the purchase in an actual store; stores are located in Ohio, Georgia, Minnesota, and Texas). Amazon is also a good online source for refrigerator deals. In the appliance section you can search refrigerators by price, configuration, discount, features, and brand. You can read user reviews on models that catch your eye, and several may qualify for Amazon Prime free shipping (you must be a member) or the free Super Saver shipping program.

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When looking for refrigerator deals, don't overlook the big-name home improvement stores that regularly offer sales and promotional pricing. Lowe's hosts a special "Savings" section on its website that's dedicated to showcasing current promotions, while Home Depot features a "Savings Center" section that works the same way. On the Sears website, look in the "Deals" section and then search the appliance deals to find a refrigerator deal. If you have an hhgregg located near you, the site has a weekly ad worth checking out because it usually features at least one refrigerator deal. Finally, while Best Buy is known mostly for electronics, this vendor often offers money-saving refrigerator deals. A simple search of the site using the word "refrigerator" will bring up the week's top refrigerator deals and also let you search by price, brand, size, feature, and more.

Deal sites can be helpful in finding refrigerator deals. When searching these sites it's best to search in the "Appliances" or "Home and Garden" categories and use the search word "refrigerator." We searched the following sites for you and here are some links to try out: DealTime, PriceGrabber, DealCatcher, and DealNews. At CheapUncle you will need to run a refrigerator search and then enter your zip code to identify the best deals in your area, while on SlickDeals you can do a refrigerator search in the forum and find other consumers posting discounts and deals that they've found.

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There are numerous coupon sites worth checking out, too, some being Deals.com, FatWallet, and MyCoupons. Your best bet on sites such as these is to run a refrigerator search. When we checked out MyCoupons, we saw coupons for 40% off French-door and bottom-freezer refrigerators at SearsOutlet, 48% off an Energy Star Whirlpool stainless steel French-door refrigerator at Lowe's, and a $100 mail-in rebate for GE products at AJMadison, among other enticing deals. More dedicated appliance coupon sites include HomeAppliancesOnSale, which has a refrigeration category and DealPlumber, which pulls up many coupons when you search the word "refrigerator."

One final tip: Don't forget to check price-matching policies. US Appliance, for example, doesn't just match competitors' prices, it matches 110% of the difference. SearsOutlet also price matches and pays you 50% of the difference. However, every store has its own price-matching policy, but in general, the match only applies for the exact same brand and feature set, and you must present the competitor's ad within a short period after making your purchase -- usually 14 days.

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