What I thought would be one of my biggest budget killers turned out to be easy to avoid – dry cleaning. In Manhattan, dry cleaning can cost more than $5 a shirt or pair of pants. For me and my work clothes, that’s at least $40 a week or $2080 a year. On top of that, I still need to machine wash my non-work clothes.
So instead I stick to laundromats. Luckily, my building has one in the basement.
Washing and drying cost $2.25 each. Using two machines to wash my whites and colors and one machine to dry, I pay $6.75 per week or $351 a year for all of my clothes.
It wasn’t easy at first. Not knowing how to properly wash and dry dress clothes, I sometimes got wrinkly results. Ironing or steaming didn’t help either. So over time, I began using the dryer less and air drying. By drying my dress clothes for just ten minutes in the dryer before hanging them up, I always got fresh and straight results with no mildew smell.
Now if only there was a way to avoid paying rent in Manhattan. . . .