It has been well over a year since our old dishwasher died. I remember the day because it happened just as we finished paying off our HELOC and started building our 3 - 6 months emergency fund per Dave Ramsey's babysteps. Initially, we were going to have our LG repaired. But learned NO ONE in our area even serviced LGs! Bummer!
Instead of replacing the dishwasher right away, we decided to wait until we reached our emergency fund goal. While saving to reach our goal, Dave lost his job. A new dishwasher quickly fell to the bottom of our list of priorities! We continued to set money aside even during Dave's unemployment, eventually reaching and exceeding the initial savings goal we had set.
We managed to get through most of Dave's unemployment and some scary moments (Dave's surgery) without touching our emergency fund. That was until our heating unit died last November. Replacing the heating unit pretty much drained our emergency fund. So we've spent the past months rebuilding the fund.
Thankfully Dave found a job back in January (and it's still the job of our prayers!). Our emergency fund is back in place and FINALLY - we got a new Bosch dishwasher! I know we're all yearning for the simple life, but I'm loving the convenience of having a dishwasher again :)