Thursday, March 24, 2011


Elizabeth asked the back-story on the KitchenAid mixer. It's pretty simple. And just so you all know I am not growing money on trees up here, let me share it!

I received a very generous Williams-Sonoma gift card for Christmas from my mom's boyfriend. He was keeping with the cookware theme for the holiday, I suppose. Having shopped at Williams-Sonoma, I knew I could get a bunch of expensive odds and ends, or something more of an investment like I don't know a KitchenAid mixer?

Catch one: Since January 1, there has been a rebate offer on the mixers that expires this weekend. I knew I wanted that rebate offer ($30 back) so I had to pull the trigger by this weekend.

Catch two: The web site prices are much cheaper than the store prices but they change practically daily color to color. Eventually I called the store and found out they would honor the (current) web site price.

Catch three: Knowing how heavy the darned things are, I was waiting for free shipping. It was offered for maybe the three days after Christmas, but not once since.

So for the past three months, I have been waiting for free shipping (never came back), and for the lowest price on the color I want (chrome, naturally). Finally, the stars aligned. With the gift card, the rebate, and the low web-site price (more than $100 cheaper than in store price), I basically paid for just the tax on this bad boy. Nice work if you can get it.

Now if someone will just teach me to BAKE, I'll be set. Until then, I'll be here staring at my mixer. Is there a "clothes folder" attachment?


  1. I really want a KitchenAide mixer too, but I'm afraid I'm in the same boat you are - it would be counter decoratation until someone taught me to bake.

    I might also have to make you the head of my purchasing committee. Smart shopping!

  2. How special am I feeling right now?!? Also, you should try making pizza dough. My recipe comes from Annie Eats' blog and is super simple.

  3. Candace and Lindsay-

    The beauty of the KitchenAid is that it makes baking so much easier. I never made a pound cake until I got the KitchenAid and now I'm known for them. I also am less nervous about trying a recipe out because the mixer will do most of the work. My suggestion is to try something you know you love, like a pound cake or brownies or cupcakes, and go from there. Man, I need to find a way to get paid to talk about food and cooking.

  4. awesome on your savings!!! sometimes i get too impatient to wait!

  5. Update - just mailed the rebate in, and in doing so I found out I actually can get an additional $14.95 mailed back if I refuse the free magazine subscription that comes with the $30 cash back offer, bringing my grand total out of pocket to.... $4.09.


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