1997: MH purchased a used washer and dryer. He was a young, single dad and needed something to fit both his budget and his space. They worked well for his needs, but they began showing their age and often needed to spend lots of extra time with our towels to get them dry.
2004: We moved into a new home with a glass-top, electric range. We planned the kitchen with gas and electric range capabilities thinking the gas option would be a selling point down the line. With an increase in my cooking skills and confidence, I really just wanted a gas range. There was nothing wrong with the electric stove except that it was not a gas stove.
2009: Even though they weren't the most energy efficient, largest, preferred varieties, MH and I made a decision in early 2009 not to put ourselves in further debt to purchase these items (or any other ones), especially since they all still functioned enough to keep our household functioning.
2012: Our hard work to finally become debt free last year allowed us to save toward making these purchases. While saving, we researched to find exactly what we wanted and the best prices on those items to make the most of our money. Thankfully, we weren't rushed into a decision and/or debt by emergency replacement of our somewhat aged appliances.
2013: With the combination of a huge sale, free delivery, and a subscription to Consumer Reports: we welcomed a new refrigerator, gas range, washer and dryer into our house in August. Our previous washer, dryer and refrigerator all have a new home with our niece who is getting married next spring. We were happy to pass on these appliances to her to help her get a good, if used, start without having to purchase those things. They are far from perfect, but they do work, so hopefully, she has the benefit of being able to replace them when she wants to - like we did. Our electric stove is now hanging out at Dad's house - both waiting to be sold.
Seriously though? The stove makes me giddy.
Edited 10/1/13 to turn 2009 and 2012 into time bullets instead of parts of 2013 story.