So, the green light on the Whirlpool refrigerator just turned orangeish the other day (on it's way to full-blown red) and you know what that means? Time for a new water filter.
Now, you might still own one of those old school refrigerators OR a newer one that doesn't dispense water. But, if you do have one with a filter – you'll know that these things aren't cheap! We have to replace ours about 2 to 3 times a year at a cost of about $50/each. It's pretty smart deal for the refrigeration companies because they basically have you hooked into a “subscription” with their products.
I got to thinking: “there's got to be some ways to save money on these bad boys, right?” So, I went researching and the following are some things you can do to save on your next filter purchases. I hope they help.
- Sign-up for a filter subscription service. I know that Whirlpool does this (and other manufacturers probably do too) – but if you know that your filter will “expire” in about 6 months or so, might as well set-up a plan where you get it mailed to you directly. Whirlpool offers $10 off + free shipping on your first subscription order (and then $5 off thereafter). Use coupon code REPEAT10 to take advantage of this offer at Whirlpool.com. At GE, the offer is free shipping for signing up for their “SmartOrder” delivery option.
- Use coupon codes. If you've decided to buy a refrigerator water filter online (which I think you'll find is a cheaper way to go most of the time), search some of the bigger coupon code sites to find one you can use with your filter purchase. I like RetailMeNot.com and Rather-be-Shopping.com personally. RetailMeNot.com probably has the widest selection of coupons out there.
- Buy 'em in bulk. Whirlpool sells a 2-pack of filters for $10 less than what you'd pay if you bought two separately. Sometimes bulk is the way to go.
- Local store discounts. If you need a water filter in a pinch and can't wait for one to arrive via snail mail – you may want to visit the local home improvement store. A lot of times I will take this route and visit a nearby Home Depot or other hardware store. Filters don't typically go on sale though – but if your store has any “percentage” off your purchase coupons – take advantage of these. Also, some appliance manufacturers provide rebates for certain purchases (like GE).
Is there a way that you manage to save money on your refrigerator filters? I'd love to know!
Updated 1/11/14: I've actually been saving quite a bit on these since I last published this piece by using Amazon's “Subscribe and Save” service. I can get them about $20 less than I would if I got them individually at Home Depot or another hardware store.