Back at the start of July our microwave died and I confidently told Mr Frugal that we could quite easily manage without replacing it, he was equally as confident that I would change my mind and we’d be microwave shopping within the month.
It wasn’t really a cost issue that made me decide I didn’t want to replace the microwave as you can get a nice one for under £50 and the running costs are minimal (on average £8.00 a year). It was actually more of a space thing because although my kitchen isn’t small, there never seems to be enough worktop space and our old microwave took up valuable space on our counter.
We still haven’t got one three months later so I think I won the argument and as well as getting to say I told you so to my husband who would have been very smug if we’d ended up replacing the old one, there’s been some other benefits too.
My counters seem a lot less cluttered as seeing the space that the microwave left inspired me to have a bit of a kitchen de-clutter. I’m still part way through it (I like to take things slowly ;-)) but already lots of gadgets and accumulated clutter have been re-housed which makes the kitchen look a lot more spacious already. In fact de-cluttering this shelving unit is on my to-do list for today:
Also, food that I would have cooked in the microwave before – beans, soup and scrambled eggs for example taste so much better when they’re cooked in a pan. I would have never thought to cook them on the hob when we had a microwave because it’s just the easiest thing in the world to just ping them in the microwave but they genuinely taste so much better when cooked on the hob that it’s worth the extra hassle and dirty pans!
So if your microwave is on it’s last legs, my advice would be not to replace it.
Reclaim your counter and start using your hob to cook!