Remember when I went to Austin to speak at BlogHer Food (and my husband came with me and had himself a vacation?)? Well, I won a prize from one of the vendors who helped sponsor the event. As it turns out, it wasn’t a prize but rather several prizes!
The National Pork Board had a contest during the conference that involved getting stamps in a “Pork Passport” (#PorkPassport) and choosing one of three prizes you’d like to win. Naturally, I chose the $2,000 worth of kitchenware because I thought, “Well, I need a dishwasher and dishwashers count as kitchenware, right?” Wrong.
As it turns out, dishwashers aren’t kitchenware but after I sent an email pleading (honestly, they were pushovers because they knew I was already on board with cooking pork!) my case that I didn’t need kitchenware but rather needed a dishwasher, mostly needed a new stove, needed a replacement Weber charcoal grill for my husband, and a new gas grill for myself, the National Pork Board folks graciously agreed. (YAY!!!)
Here’s what I picked out. I did not do a lot of research and actually didn’t even go to the store. I knew what I didn’t want – (what I had in my kitchen) and no brand names will be mentioned. I knew that I had to work within the $2,000 limit. These appliances received the highest rankings in Consumer Report’s most recent issue (July 2013) and were the best price at a big-box retailer near my home.
- GE smooth-top single oven range $899.00
- Bosch dishwasher $649.00
- Weber One-Touch 22″charcoal grill $149.00
- Master Forge 2 burner gas grill $199.00
Grand total: $1,896.00 – there are no sales taxes in Oregon.
The Pork Board covered the cost of the dishwasher installation and my prizes are making themselves right at home. One of my neighbors took our falling apart charcoal grill home with him and I sold the stove on Craig’s List. The old dishwasher? The install guy took that. The door on our old dishwasher had been fixed 3 times in the last 6-months and I will not miss opening it and catching it with my foot.
All in all, I’m thrilled. My husband is thrilled, too. I’ve grilled 4-times on my new gas grill. He hasn’t grilled once. He’s almost giddy with me doing the grilling! (I don’t “do” charcoal. Sorry, but in my book, that’s “man-work” and I leave it to the “grill masters” in my life!)
In case you’re wondering, I grilled pork burgers on my gas grill the first night to celebrate. They’re just like hamburgers only made with pork. Which, by the way, why do we call them “hamburgers” when they’re made with beef?
Disclosure: Thank you to The National Pork Board for having this contest and to BlogHer Food for providing the venue for me to meet with representatives from companies in person. Yes, I’m paying the taxes on my prizes.
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Grocery shopping from the bulk bins and food storage containers
Reusing glass jars and how to get them ready for re-use
Frugal grocery shopping – without coupons!
Fruit flies be gone – with lids from glass jars
How our freezer gets used – ways to organize and optimize