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Our friends Gerilyn and Mark have just started a down-to-the-studs kitchen remodel at their rancher in San Leandro, Calif. For a couple of months they've been running around to various stores and clicking through the Web, looking at appliances, cabinets, countertops and flooring. They are careful shoppers, blessed with good taste. They want their new kitchen to be functional, simple and elegant. But they don't want to refinance the national debt. The last time Bill visited them, the staging area formerly known as Gerilyn and Mark's garage was filling up with mid- to high-end kitchen stuff, all bought for less than retail, including a screaming deal on a huge refrigerator, found at the Sears outlet. "Just a little ding on the side and that will be covered up by the cabinets," Gerilyn sa...