The Frugal Laundry Battle: Laundromat vs. Home
Depending on where you live, it can be cheaper to do your laundry at the laundromat than it is to run the washer and dryer in your own home. However, there are some factors that will make one option better than the other in your specific situation. Here’s how to decide which is frugal—the laundromat or laundry at home—in your particular situation.
Everything you need to know about washing machines
When it comes to laundry, there are two main options: the laundromat or washing your clothes at home. Both have their pros and cons, but which is more frugal? Let’s take a look. Laundromats generally use much less water than most people’s washers at home – they usually only need about 25 gallons of water per load as opposed to 100 gallons for many people’s washers. Another pro for laundromats is that they often offer lower prices on detergent than what you can find in stores, as well as coin-operated machines for drying your clothes after you’re done washing them.
Finally, some people find laundromats more convenient because you don’t have to worry about taking care of all the supplies like soap and fabric softener yourself. On the other hand, if you wash your clothes at home instead, you’ll save on transportation costs and time spent running back and forth from work. You’ll also be able to use any kind of soap or fabric softener that you want without worrying about running out of quarters or change! What do you think? Which option do you prefer?
Everything you need to know about dryers
Dryers are an essential part of any laundry routine, but they can also be one of the most expensive appliances to operate. If you’re trying to save money, you may be wondering if it’s more frugal to use a laundromat or do your laundry at home. Let’s break down the costs for both so you can decide what’s best for your budget. -Detergent and fabric softener can cost around $4-$5 for two pounds of detergent, which is enough to wash about 100 loads in a standard machine with a load capacity of 8-10 lbs. Using liquid soap will last longer than powder soap and isn’t as messy as bar soap. Detergent will cost between $0.50-$1 per load when using liquid detergent and approximately $0.75-$1 per load when using powder detergent.
Comparing prices between laundromats and home washers
On average, a single load of laundry costs about $2.50 to wash and dry at a laundromat. If you do two loads per week, that’s $5.00 per week, or $20 per month. Doing your laundry at home, the cost of detergent, water, and electricity comes to about $0.50 per load. That means that in one year, doing your laundry at home is cheaper than using a laundromat. That’s $1,200 less over 12 months! You can take that money to pay off debt, travel for fun, save for retirement, etc. The extra time involved may not be worth it if there are other time-consuming things on your plate as well (e.g., being a full-time student).
The big thing to keep in mind is this: Do what works best for you!
Making the laundry choice
So, you’re trying to be more frugal and save some money. Good for you! One area you might be looking at is your laundry routine. Should you wash your clothes at home or take them to the laundromat? Let’s break it down and see which is more frugal. For a quick refresher on what we’ll be talking about, here are the basic pros and cons of each.
Right now, my favorite place to do my laundry is at a laundromat because it saves me time and energy that I would otherwise spend doing laundry in my own home.