It was inevitable that baking was going to worm it's way back into our household. I searched high and low for a machine that wasn't overpriced or ugly, because it's impossible to cook on something that makes you want to vomit.
I spotted this Whirlpool Gold model at Lowe's when we bought our dishwasher, and it was listed at $1449. Please notice the double oven. It means that you can bake a roast and eight ramekins of creme brulee at the same time, right after fetching your husband's slippers and taking the curlers out of your hair.
The store moved it to the back this week and replaced it with this year's new model which is priced at $1749, which means that the display model was on the chopping block for a ridiculously low $1100 and Andrew was all, "Perfect. Done," and I was all, "Not so fast, Trigger," and he was all, "All right, let's just keep eating canned tuna for a few more weeks," and I was all, "$1100 isn't so bad," and he was all, "Great! Done!" and I was all, "But then again, no, because I'm cheap and $1100 is too much," and he was all, "WHAT. IS. WRONG. WITH. YOU?"
Just then the manager walked up and said, "I'm open to $950 if you'll get out of my store." Not really. She just said the first part, but she was probably thinking, Security! Which is why it makes total sense that Andrew was able to negotiate the price down to $900. And I really hate to admit this, but when a manager agrees to a price in a store, I never take it, until they've called at least two other managers and physically shuddered from the grotesquely low price tag that we've agreed to.
Don't worry, I make sure to buy decent volume so they don't kill me.
When we'd spent fifteen minutes getting them down to $900, we thanked them and walked out the door, and then BOOM an hour later they called and said, "We can do $850! We can do $850! IT'S GO TIME!"
And I might have happily paid that $850 for that $1449 stove, the one that Andrew was two seconds away from shelling out $1100 for, but moments before I'd found it at a high end close out warehouse in Orlando for guess what? $599. $599!