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Hubby's $70 Laundry Habit

December 12th, 2008 at 09:22 am

I've been working so many hours this week, 4 doubles, plus work training during the day on Sat, and waitressing Saturday night. Can't wait til Sunday, my day off!

DH has been great this week with stuff around the house, dishes, cleaning, etc. He's doing laundry today. I usually budget $20 for this. But sometimes the laundromat can be an expensive outing for him. First, obviously, the laundry itself. Then, his buddies own a floral shop next door. So while he's waiting, he goes visiting. He's come home quite a few times with flowers, and they're just beautiful. I 'assumed' that he was getting the "friend/these were extra" discount. But the other day, he was fixing the ones (he got them before thanksgiving) on our coffee table, and taking out the bad ones. He mentioned something about the cost...it turns out that he spent $50 on them!! You know what we could do with that money? But I know he feels like he's doing something nice for me. I feel like a jerk complaining that my hubby buys me too many flowers! But $50! Please don't make me do laundry on my one day off!
(He wouldn't even let me, he doesn't like the way I fold) :-)

8 Responses to “Hubby's $70 Laundry Habit”

  1. disneysteve Says:

    With what he's spending on flowers in just a few trips, you could buy your own washer and dryer and not need the laundromat anymore. I say stop the flowers and save the cash.

  2. Nika Says:

    Steve, some people don't have washers not because they don't have the money to buy them but because they live in a co-op that does not allow it, or landlord does not allow it, or they are impossible to install and hook up in a tiny apartment in 100 year old building, even if one changes the piping for the hookup.

    In some ways I guess it is a question of money. But not that little money. If I were calling in to the "can I afford it segment" I would be asking:
    "Can I afford a washer/dryer combo for 700K?" (because I'd have to buy a house in order to get one).

    It is a very sore point for me Smile.

  3. Koppur Says:

    Nika, I agree with the washer/dryer frusteration. We have it here, too. We are looking to move and the palce we want the most has a washer and dryer in the unit, and not a coin-op one, either. Maybe your hubby can compromise, $10 on flowers and the other $40 into a vacation fund or something...good luck!

  4. babymakes3 Says:

    Nika and Koppur, our apartment does technically have w/d hookups. But not sure how well they work, or efficient they are. We already have a dryer, but it's crammed into a closet so tight, and the vent is so cramped that a load takes about 3 hours to dry. Not so sure we trust the washer hookup either, although when baby comes, we'll try it out. Sometimes it's just quicker to bang it out all at once at the laundromat. Although we will limit the flower $!

    My (slum) landlord knew that our kitchen ceiling was leaking when it rained-huge 4 foot crack in sheetrock- for a month, and didn't even come look at it. He's an electrician, ha, so that means that our lights flicker when tenants downstairs vacuum, etc. We have to put a towel in front of our kitchen doors(lead to deck) when it rains because the frame around door is rotted. So I don't really think he'd help us out if hookups didn't work so well, then we'd be stuck with w/d we can't use. Ugh. But it's in a great area.

  5. NJDebbie Says:

    I like Koppur's suggestion. If not a vacation put towards your maternity leave fund. Congrats on your expected bundle of joy! ;-)

  6. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Because we do have a place to grow them, our rule of thumb is to buy seeds or flowers for the garden. The money goes much further, I get a little exercise, and more people get to see and enjoy the flowers for a longer time than cut flowers. We always had apartments where we had to go to alaundromat, but did have a place to grow a few things. Around here, that tends to be one of the advantages of city apartments over suburban apartments.

  7. Nika Says:

    Does the regular dryer (not a steam dryer, I know that requires a hook-up to the pipe) need anything other than an electrical outlet to work? I am thinking of putting one in my living room to cut down on time spent in the laundromat.

  8. babymakes3 Says:

    Nika, we have our electrical dryer hooked up to the outlet for power, and we also have the vent pipe to the outside. If you can't vent to the outside, you can buy a dryer box. You do need to vent, or your living room will become a steamy, tropical paradise--hmm, maybe not a bad thing! Just google "indoor dryer box". I can't give you any links, because they're all blocked( I'm at work). I think you can just buy them at Home Depot or someplace similar.

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