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3 Strategies to Remodel Your Kitchen for Less

What to do about everything from buying cabinets and appliances to scoring discounts.

Ready to pull the trigger on a new kitchen? Use these strategies to get more for your money.

Cut the cost of cabinets. For high-quality cabinets in a variety of styles at a moderate price, it’s hard to beat Costco. Ready-to-assemble cabinets by Euro-RTA (delivered flat) run $1,785 to $2,665 for a 10-foot-by-10-foot kitchen; semi-custom cabinets by All Wood Cabinetry (delivered assembled) run $3,035 to $4,648.

Buy a suite of appliances. If you buy at least three appliances (refrigerator, stove and dishwasher) from the same manufacturer and product line, you’ll earn a significant discount or rebate and achieve a coordinated look.

For example, in late March Sears advertised the Kenmore Pro Stainless Steel Kitchen Suite (four pieces, including a microwave oven) for $5,830—a discount of 37.5% from the suggested retail prices of the items.

Hunt for discounts. Search retailers’ websites or call to ask about special buys or offers, rebates, or backroom deals. You might find overstock, clearance, store display models, and dinged and dented items.

Check Habitat for Humanity ReStore, where you may find new or like-new components donated by builders and homeowners.

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