Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Save big bucks on your dry cleaning bill!

My husband is a big man which means he wears big clothes. These things take forever to iron. For some it may be a splurge to have clothing laundered or dry cleaned, but for me it is a must. If you are going to use this service don’t pay more than you have to.

There are two ways here to watch how much you pay.

First, find the least expensive dry cleaner in your area. We have one that charges $2.25 to dry clean any clothing item. It is called the $2.25 Cleaners. I called the cleaners around the corner and they charge $5.45 to dry clean any clothing item.

Second, drycleaners charge different prices for laundry versus actual dry cleaning? At the “$2.25 Cleaners” they charge $2.45 to launder pants and $2.25 to dry clean. Choose dryclean. They charge $2.25 to dry clean a shirt but only $1.45 to launder it. Choose launder.

I estimate that in a month my husband will need 20 shirts and 10 pair of pants cleaned. The difference in the dry cleaning bill between the two cleaners would be $96.00.

The difference in dry cleaning and laundering the shirts and pants at the $2.25 cleaners is $16 per month.

1 comment:

  1. One thing to consider, aside from price, is that the chemicals used to dry clean include numerous carcinogens. So while it might be a little cheaper in some cases to have things dry cleaned, I'd choose laundry just for the health benefit. And if you do get things dry cleaned, you should always take them out of the plastic bag and air them out. (I learned this from someone who had non-Hodgkins lymphoma and spent several years being treated at Johns Hopkins....)