Scrimp on this, Splurge on that....
So lets face it, even us TKOers have to face the reality of our budgets. Part of making the budget work is deciding what to splurge on, and what to scrimp on to make those splurges possible. So what were your scrimps and splurges?
I'll go first.
*Cabinets- We went with a good midpriced brand and chose the least expensive door and a standard no-upcharge finish. We also chose to put Blumotion on the select drawers that needed it most rather than all drawers.
*Sinks- Went with Ticor SS sinks instead of the Rohl apron front I dreamed about, or the pricy big-name SS sinks. (The Ticor sinks are such good quality that I'm hesitant to really classify this as a scrimp...but the low price was definitely scrimp-worthy!)
*Backsplash- Got a $7/sqft closeout tile instead of the $30/sqft ming green marble with Tantrum accents that was tempting
*Flooring- Kids are in the future so we chose inexpensive laminate that we plan to switch out for hardwood in 10 yrs or so
*Kept our old fridge- It was only a few years old and working perfectly, so we couldn't justify replacing it.
*Hardware- Yup that's $1.29 pulls on all our cabinetry. They look great and have standard 3" holes so if we ever want to switch them out we'll be able to.
*Choosing to do the bumpout addition so that we'd have the large kitchen with the awesome layout that we got
*Granite- I know for many granite prices have become much more affordable, but for us, it was definitely a splurge. We chose an average priced stone and our granite bill was still ginormous.
*Appliances- all really nice appliances well suited to our cooking and cleaning styles, including a beverage center which is by anyone's standards a splurge.
*Faucets- Those pull down faucets sure are pricy, but so nice to use.