Saturday, June 16, 2012

Paying for Doing Laundry Sucks!!!

I didn't think about this topic for many years as I was an apartment dweller without a washer and dryer in my place but it now becomes a major source of contention for me.  It is 75 cents to wash and 50 cents to dry.  This $1.25 pains me.  Doing 3 loads of laundry for $3.75 seems like such a waste of money.  I hate throwing money away and thats how I feel about it.  It's not really a waste as I'm washing and drying clothes for me and my family.

Please don't tell me to line dry my clothes.  We're in a tiny apartment and have too much stuff in here already. 

Please weigh in on this subject.  Do you happily pay to do your laundry or grumble the entire time about wasting money?  Are you completely removed from this situation and never think about it? 

 

6 comments:

  1. We lived in apartments & a 3 story walk up FOREVER.... The last place we lived in the washer was $1.50, the dryer $1.75, AND it took two times through the dryer to completely dry our clothes!! :( HATED it! Almost $5.00 for one load.. I was never caught up with the laundry cause I couldn't afford to be! I feel for you!

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  2. I haven't had to pay for laundry for several years now and I'm just trying to remember the cost when I did. I believe it was $1.50 for each. I didn't mind SO much, you have to have clean clothes after all, so I just added it into my budget (at least for the most part). I think 50 cents to dry a load of laundry is relatively cheap, compared to what it can cost when you have a dryer at home. I'm certain my electricity bill would be a lot higher if I had a dryer, rather than clothes racks for my clothes. But it is a giant pain to go to the laundromat, regardless...

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  3. I pay $1.75 per load for washing and .25 will get me 6 minutes of drying time (SE MN). I keep it to 3 loads per week and I bring home somewhat damp clothes and finish drying them on a drying rack. I budget $12.50 per week - would love to have your prices.

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  4. Stuck in a hotel room in Dickinson, ND until our house is finished (husband took a job transfer from suburban Minneapolis, MN) and the laundromat is $2.25 to wash and $1.50 for 35 minutes of drying time. These are the "cheap" machines as the bigger ones are more expensive. As I only have clothes to last for about 5-6 days (the rest of our stuff was moved from our house and is in storage in Bismarck until we close on our house), I'll probably be visiting the laundromat weekly. I can make do with doing two loads of wash(whites/light colors and dark stuff) and shoving it all into one load in the dryer since some of my things I air dry by hanging them in the hotel room. I'd love to be only paying $2.00 -$2.50 for laundry.

    I'm cursing MDU at the moment since we were supposed to close on our house on June 1 and take delivery of our possessions on June 5. They are the hold up since we still have not been hooked up for gas and electric. Allegedly June 22 is they day they will come out to hook up the utilities, so then we can have our VA inspection/appraisal and hopefully close relatively shortly afterward.

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  5. We have had our washer and dryer for about 9 years-I used to loathe seeing the money add up to do laundry. Talk about NOT a fun way to spend money! I also hated lugging our stuff to the laundromat. It was the most detestable way to spend an afternoon, as the laundromats in the town I lived then were all small, hot, and miserable places crawling with unsupervised children making a terrible racket. When I went to the laundromat in the town I`d lived in previously, I didn`t mind so much, as it was quiet, and I could read or do schoolwork there. All to say-I feel your pain and it sucks to see the money going out. I think it`s less painful when you look at your bills, because you don`t see how much is for laundry, how much is for running the refrigerator, how much is for having showers, etc. At least it`s only temporary :)

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  6. When DH and I first got married we lived in a 400SF studio apartment. The only thing that sucked worse than the apartment was going to the laundrymat. It was so busy and so hot all the time! I remember they had big fans but all they would do was blow the hot air around. Any money we didn't spend on laundry we spent at the Dairy Queen next door buying ice cream. Any time I made the hour and a half trek to visit my family I would bring all the laundry with me. It was probably the longest 8 months of my life.

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