I found $40 in my dryer, this week! I pulled the load from my dryer and two well-laundered twenty dollar bills fell on my feet. I sure wish it had been mine, but my absent-minded daughter gets to claim this mini-fortune. (Maybe I should charge a finder’s-fee!) We’ve talked about saving money in the laundry room before, but I have a few more ideas to share with you and that brings me to my first suggestion for saving money in your laundry room…
- Be sure to clean out pockets before you start a load of laundry. You may be keeping cash from being destroyed in the machine and you will prevent things like chewing gum, chapstick, lip gloss, crayons, earrings, ink pens, permanent markers (Yes, I have found all of those in my laundry. 🙂 ) from staining and damaging your clothes and/or washer and dryer. This is a simple, but important, first step for saving yourself the cost of replacing ruined clothes or a damaged appliance.
- Does it really need to be washed? Before tossing an item into the hamper, think twice. Are you washing something that isn’t really dirty? Jeans can usually be worn twice before washing, especially for adults. This is the time of year when we all start dressing in layers. A cardigan or button-down worn over the top of another shirt for only a couple hours may be ready to put on a hanger in the closet, instead of the laundry. Unless you dribbled your lemonade or spaghetti sauce on it, or perspired through two layers in the middle of an intense work-out, you can probably save time and money, by getting one more wear out of it before it needs to be washed.
- Use the correct amount of detergent in your washing machine. New high efficiency machines use so much less detergent than before and it can actually damage and wear out your machine’s water pump, to use too much. These machines do NOT like an excess of suds. Plus, why pour extra money down the drain? Save it for something fun, instead.
- Be sure the door on your dryer closes tightly. We just had this problem with our own dryer. The door had become sprung and though it would close tight enough to allow the dryer to come on, it didn’t seal tightly. Heat was escaping and causing clothes not to dry without being run through the cycle twice. Yikes! That’s a huge budget problem. Make the necessary adjustments so the door seals properly and keep all that heat inside your dyer.
- Don’t overload your machines. The washer won’t clean as effectively and your dryer may not be able to thoroughly dry a load that is larger than its normal capacity. Damp clothes can mildew and smell “musty” leading to the need for a re-wash. Plus, overloading your machines stresses the mechanical parts and may shorten the life of your appliances.
- Be sure to clean your dryer’s lint trap after every load. For your dryer to operate properly, moist air needs to be able to freely escape and a plugged lint trap, retards that process. Plugged lint traps can create a fire hazard, as well, so take this simple precaution seriously.
- Use coupons. Every Sunday, your local paper is loaded with money-saving deals and you can almost always find coupons for laundry products.
- Shop for bargains and deals on your detergent and fabric softener. Name brands don’t necessarily do a better job and you can save a lot of money looking for the best buy. But don’t be fooled! The best buy is NOT always the cheapest product. If it requires double the amount of product to do the job, the best buy may well be a product that costs more in total, but will provide more loads of cleaning or softening power. Divide the cost by the number of loads you will be able to do with that product. If you know it takes more than is called for of a particular brand to do the job you expect, it isn’t the best value, even if it is the least expensive. The greatest number of loads for the smallest price per load, without having to use extra is your best buy. Arm and Hammer’s new Essentials Lavender and Linen Dryer Sheets are a good example. They’re priced less than other name brand fabric sheets, do a fabulous job of softening and controlling static cling, and to top it off, I have a great printable coupon available for $1 off 2 boxes. That’s savings that makes a difference! (Remember, it only takes $19.24 a week to save $1000 in one year. Now, you’re one dollar closer to this week’s total.)
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