My “Free” KitchenAid Blender

My previous roommates had a Magic Bullet, so I could kind of experiment with making shakes like the one in Jorge Cruise’s “Belly Fat Cure” book, but the Magic Bullet has a small capacity and really not a lot of power for some serious blending. Now that I’ve moved and got my own kitchen, I didn’t have a blender of any kind. And I really didn’t want to spend any money on one either.

At work, when we meet our customer service goals, they award us a bonus. The bonus used to be a quarterly cash bonus that maxed out at $200 but once taxed at the rate the government taxes bonuses, it was barely more than half the value. As part of a cost cutting measure last year due to the economy, the quarterly bonus opportunity was transitioned into a point program where the points could be saved and redeemed through an awards catalog online. The points can be redeemed for a wide variety of products and if that’s not quite enough for you, they even have a partnership with for supplying Music and DVD options to be redeemed for points.

When I logged in to look at what was available, I really wasn’t looking to purchase yet with the point I had available. But I just happened to look and not only did they have a variety of blenders available, they also had KitchenAid Blenders. I’m already familiar with KitchenAid quality thanks to my grandmother’s mixer being passed down to me. And I love a great deal, the mixers are normally 7,176 points, and they were on special for 3,915 points, essentially 45% off the usual “price” only thing was there’s only one choice of color, the “Willow Blue” model. Fortunately, it’s a nice color and since buying the blender for real money would be about $100, I felt it was a great deal and placed the order. Within in a couple days the blender arrived.

The blender was a lot bigger than I was expecting and weighs a ton, so I’m sure it’ll outlast just about anything I could put it through as opposed to the cheap blenders you find at stores like Wal-Mart that can’t seem to hold up to one ice cube let alone a lifetime of use. So far this blender has been great and I’ve had it a couple of months and it’s made easy work out of any of the shakes I’ve made and I even used it as a food processor for the base layer of my sugar-free Nanaimo Bars and it had no trouble turning xylitol into a powdered sugar equivalent and griding the crackers, walnuts, and coconut for the base layer. I’m very pleased with this blender and look forward to using it for years to come and it didn’t cost me any money out of pocket to get it.



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