Diary of a Discount Shopper: Why I’ll Never Use a Dishwasher Again…


Six months ago, as I was standing in the middle of the house we had a contract on, I adamantly declared to my husband “This house has no space for a dishwasher.  You will cut out cabinets BEFORE we move in.”  Under no circumstances was I going to live in a home without a dishwasher. 

Due to structural damage, we did not continue with the purchase of that home.  As we were looking at our current home, my husband said to me, “There’s no room for a dishwasher”  So?  I loved the house.  When I walked in, it didn’t scream ‘THERE’S NO DISHWASHER’ at me like the other house did (and the other one had a bigger kitchen).

“Don’t worry, I’ll be fine with a portable one.  We’ll worry about that later.” I told him. Well, later has come.  Someone approached me with a portable one they had for sale last week.  I politely told them I wasn’t interested.  You should have seen the look I received.  I thought for a second that I had grown tentacles.

Not having a dishwasher has saved me more time than money than having one ever could have.  Here’s why:

It takes less time to wash them.  I do the dishes more frequently, but they can be done in about a minute.  Every dishwasher we ever had required some type of pre-rinse.  I spent many a night handwashing them only to put them in the dishwasher.

It takes less time to put them away.  I can empty the drainer in 2 minutes.  No more getting distracted and forgetting to finish unloading it.

My kitchen is much cleaner.  Because I have to stay on top of things, I don’t have the dishwasher mindset.  You know what I’m talking about- not doing them until you have a full load.  We use a lot of paper plates (much cheaper than the soap to wash them) and we typically only drink water, so it’s an easy cleanup.

I cook healthier meals.  Because I don’t want to dirty up a ton of dishes, I don’t cook as many fattening meals. 

Because I’m cooking healthier, we are buying less ingredients.  A typical dinner at our house used to include homemade bread, mashed potatoes, gravy, fried pork chops, a veggie, and dessert.  Now we might have baked potatoes and pork chops. 

I’m spending less time cooking, more time enjoying my family.  It is so much easier to throw some pork chops and potatoes in the oven than to dredge everything, control grease splatters, drain, chop, mash, etc.  Because we changed our eating habits when we moved, it’s not been a drastic alteration. 

We eat out less. I’ve convinced my family to eat meals that I prepare quickly and simply.  I don’t feel that I have to cook a 5 course meal at 8:00 p.m. after a ballgame.  It’s OKAY to have oatmeal, tuna mac, or spaghetti for dinner.  No more stopping for Steak & Shake or Mazzio’s after every game.

I use only Corelle dishes, which makes clean up a snap.  This is my set: Corelle Livingware 16-Piece Dinnerware Set, Service for 4, Classic Cafe Black



What do you think?  Could you go without a dishwasher? 


  1. says

    i dont have a dishwasher, never had. people give me strange looks all time

    we also dont have a microwave :) although i do miss it in the summer. we only used it for reheating and popcorn so when it went out, it was no big deal.

    regular popcorn is way better :)


  2. Heather says

    I don’t have one in the house I’m renting now and I honestly miss it. I’m single, so I ran my dishwasher maybe once every week or so, sometimes twice a week, but I usually put my dishes in right after I used them instead of letting them pile up to prewash later. I’m in a PhD program right now, and handwashing dishes doesn’t happen everyday. Sometimes it only happens once a week or so, and so for me, I know having one saved me a lot of time. I MISS the dishwasher! :)


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