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New cooker: check!

With us needing a new electric cooker, we had set aside a maximum of £450. With this budget we wanted a 60cm double fan assisted cooker, black finish, ceramic hob, interior light and energy rating A (preferably on both ovens).

After browsing online at Curry’s and Comet, we decided to head down there and check out our faves in the showroom. We were very disappointed at the lack of black freestanding cookers actually out on the showroom floor. Kelly was not impressed by the slightest. We were in Curry’s, where we had bought our washer that time, and the staff were very unwilling to help – they just stood there like they had better things to do! I was quite shocked really, I had been at work all day and had £450 in cash burning a hole in my pocket! (I don’t purchase goods via my bank card anymore, as twice I’ve been double charged for goods well over £100 so cash is my means nowadays – and I have OCD anyways so it’s not like I’ll lose the cash if I’m a ‘constant checker!’).

Anyways, when a member of staff actually realised we weren’t stood around for the good of our health, she sent someone over to help us. He was adamant that ALL gaps between the units where the cooker fits are 600mm (which is 60cm). Kelly had measured our gap before she came to meet me to go to the store. Kelly wasted no time explaining to the guy that our gap was not quite 60cm (it is across the back, just towards the front the gap is approx 2mm too short – nothing Trev’s tools won’t sort!). We actually have some kind of metal edging screwed on either side of the work top, so we’re hoping once these are taken off we will have a big enough gap, front and back, all the way across.

So anyways, with Curry’s staff not bringing any black cookers up online for us and talking down to Kelly (as if her measuring skills were wrong!) we thought we’d just go to Comet. Comet is actually next door to Curry’s where we live, so it wasn’t as if we had to travel far. We wasted no time going straight up to a member of staff and telling them what we wanted.

The guy searched his Comet online system and came across a 60cm Beko oven, in black with a ceramic hob and energy efficiency A – it was £399. Kelly and I decided to purchase it as it was well within our budget, it was the same brand as our old one – which despite the handle dropping off, and the main oven dying on us, it had been an exceptional oven for three years and it was the cheapest of cheap at the time. Kelly and I opted for the 3 years cover on the cooker, it was £65 extra – but it covers if the cooker knobs fall off, if the handle drops off, if any parts break – basically it covers wear and tear as well as the obvious manufacturer’s parts. The cost of the cover can be spread over four months, so it actually didn’t bankrupt our budget in the end.

The thing I like about Comet, is the fact that they listened to what we wanted. They searched for what we wanted. They found what we wanted, and then gave us express delivery free of charge, and took a £5 discount off our 3 year cover plan. The whole shopping experience with Comet was great!

Kelly and I came out the store with enough change to head to KFC for a naughty tea – the perfect way to end a manic/ stressful last thing at night shopping trip for electrical home appliances!

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Cooker has seen better days!

Did I tell you guys about the cooker incident we encountered recently? – I didn’t think so! Well, remember that day the washer caught fire (almost)? All that got sorted however, around four days after the washer incident, Kelly was cooking and she attempted to open the cooker door via the handle – and the handle just fell off! We were both very annoyed about this, as it seemed EVERYTHING electrical that week was breaking (ie: the hair dryer two days prior, which also (almost) caught fire as Kelly was using it – sparks everywhere!).

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Anyways, with regards to the cooker, we Araldite glued the handle back on – as funds were not available for a brand new cooker at the time. The glue was great, and it held well!

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Around a week, or two, later Kelly and I were sat chilling in our front room waiting for our BBQ chicken drumsticks to cook. ‘Do you smell that?’ Kelly said, around 30mins after actually putting them in to cook. ‘No, I can’t smell anything darl!’, I replied – confused as to what she was getting at. ‘Exactly, why can I not smell the chicken drummers cooking?!’ Kelly asked. ‘I’ll go and check. (slight pause) ‘OMG, the cooker has flipping broke!!’ I shouted. There was a slight sigh of relief when we realised the hob still worked, but the main oven was well and truly dead! It was three years old anyways, and considering it wasn’t Hotpoint, Indesit or Zanussi it had served us well.

Kelly had bought the Beko 50cm single oven when she first moved in to the flat, it was the cheapest best oven she could find for her budget at the time. It was time to shop for a new oven, a trip to Currys was a must!

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Home Accessories … and a hamster!

Other than the new washing machine we purchased on Saturday, Kelly and I purchased a new addition to the family – ‘Rolo’ a Roborovski Hamster (we adopted him from Pets at Home, after we bought the washing machine from Curry’s – as you do!). Unfortunately when we returned home with Rolo with his brand new cage and his home accessories, we discovered that the sucky stick on pads which hold his water bottle on we’re missing. As a result of this we had to go back to the other side of town.

Kelly decided to go and purchase that much needed new wash basket, from Argos. Kelly decided on a Seagrass finish wash basket, as this would match our bedroom decor, and wouldn’t look out of place stood on our carpet. I was impressed with Kelly’s choice of wash basket, with it’s woven design and linen lining.

I think it looks gorgeous and it finishes the bedroom off a treat! What do you think?

And here’s a picture of Rolo – he’s sooo cute!

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DO NOT leave the washer unattended!

Saturday was a bizarre experience! I had been rushing around with Kelly in the hope of buying a new wash basket for our bedroom. I love purchasing new things for our home, and a linen basket was a top priority.

We had already been down town for an eye test, and we had forgotten to buy a wash basket and had to come home as Ruebec (Kelly’s mam’s dog) was staying over. I felt it unfair to leave him for any lengthy time.

When we arrived home, we awaited Kelly’s mam returning from her short break. Ruebec was extremely excited, as we had told him his mum would be coming for him soon – god love him! Anyways to pass the time, Kelly and I began cleaning the full flat. We both have OCD, so as you can imagine this was a lengthy task. Kelly had put the washer on, and at this point it was almost on its final spin. I was in the bathroom with a cloth in one hand and bleach in the other. All of a sudden I heard a crash/ clattering sound, and I noticed our two cats scarper out from the kitchen. Kelly investigated and shouted, ‘MAM, the washer is on fire!’. Of course, her mam wasn’t in the flat – she meant to shout for me but was in so much shock and fear that she shouted for her mum (bless her). I dropped my cloth and bleach and ran in to the kitchen. The noise was horrendous! There was sparks inside the drum, and the Hotpoint washer machine had moved significantly out from the wall due to all the vibration. I was shocked and thought, ‘this thing is gonna burst into flames!’. I had no alternative but to switch the washer off at the wall – which luckily solved the problem!

We had to go out and buy a brand new washer, with delivery for Sunday – as the washer was out of warranty and we weren’t willing to be without a washing machine all weekend, plus neither of us could take time off work to await delivery through the week. We browsed Currys and Comet for their deals. In the end we took another trip across town and looked in store. We opted for this black 7kg washing machine. Although it isn’t Hotpoint like our old one, which actually lasted us years and served us well, it was a brand new washing machine which came with a manufacturers warranty. It was also well within our budget, and we both agreed it was the better buy out of any on the shop floor.

Kelly and I were both shook up by the ordeal. Imagine if we’d popped to our local shop? This incident could of been far worse! Has anything like this ever happened to you or anyone you know? We’re they as lucky as us?!

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