by April Reinhardt
(last updated February 22, 2016)
Most every weekday at lunch time you can find me standing in the kitchenette at work, imploring the microwave to hurry and heat my soup so that I can get back to my desk and enjoy the rest of my lunch hour. My ancestors would be appalled. It only took three minutes for the microwave to heat my soup. Before the advent of microwave ovens, it took at least thirty minutes for my Grandma to open a can of soup and heat it on the stovetop. I know, because I can remember the days before microwave ovens. And it would have taken my Great-Great-Grandma hours to heat food over a cook stove, since she would have had to kindle a fire in the cook stove before using it.
Before you go fork over more money for another cheap kitchen appliance, here are some tips for finding the best appliances for your money:
While it's not generally a good idea to shop online for cheap kitchen appliances, since you will end up paying a lot of money for shipping, you can do a little comparison-shopping online before actually visiting the store. For instance, if you're in the market for a toaster oven, you can visit all of the stores mentioned above, and compare their prices to department store prices, all from the convenience of your desktop. You can also look up the phone numbers for the stores to see if the merchandise is in stick so that you won't make a wasted trip. If you don't have a computer at home, you can use a public computer at your local library.
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