I went to heat a cup of water in the microwave last night and when I hit the start button, the microwave shut off or maybe blew a fuse, who knows what, but it no longer worked. Using another outlet proved it was the microwave unit and not the outlet.
I boiled water on the stovetop instead.
In the morning, I went to the apartment office to let them know about the microwave. I live in Mexico and I have not learned enough Spanish yet to say:
The technicians came in 30 minutes and replaced the microwave.
But, there was one special instruction they gave me in Spanish.
Push this red button (Inicio/Mas Tiempo) to use the microwave and push this red button to stop the microwave (Pausa/Cancelar).
I could not use any of the other panel functions. We spoke in SpanEnglish and sign language.
So, when I push the red ON button, I get 1 minute of power. If I want more minutes, I keep pressing the red ON button. To stop the process or clear the minutes, press the red OFF button.
As a non-cook, this is not a major inconvenience, yet. I had hoped to make a tuna casserole, so we shall see how I will use the red ON button when I try to cook the casserole.
All this happened while I was trying to plan my grocery shopping list. This is not as easy as it sounds.
If I buy lunchmeat, I have to freeze half of it and then have lots of lunchmeat sandwiches so I eat it the rest before the lunchmeat goes bad.
That is why much of what I buy is canned or packaged. The items keep longer.
If I buy fruits or vegetables, I have to plan dishes where I will use them within a week or two, before they go bad.
With some of the vegetables like onions, celery, or bell peppers, I can slice or dice and freeze some for use in crock pot recipes.
When I was in the states, I had achieved my goal of making my meals for less than $1. I have yet to achieve this in Mexico. Things are a bit different here.