Melissa and I love to buck inflation.
We don't assume electricity, food, fuel, water, and clothing costs must rise with time.
We gladly pay one fixed, current cost to lower continuous, future costs.
One trick we employ to lower costs is to upgrade our appliances ( when they die) with energy efficient models.
Case in point: our 14 year old Maytag was new to us in 2008. We paid $200 and over seven years we washed close to 1,000 loads of laundry.
When it recently died (and the repair was too pricy and time consuming), we bought a very efficient newer washer.
Our LG uses 1/6 as much water as our old Maytag and will cut electricity consumption from 180 minutes to 150 per week.
Our LG is the highest rated manufacturer (for front-loader washers according to Consumer Reports) with nearly 50% more space for clothes, no agitator to hurt clothes and great looks.