Easy Savings: Sept 2011

Here is another tip I use to save money by actually doing less work. 

People do laundry because our clothes get dirty. And the only reason they get dirty or sweaty is because we wear them. So the less they are worn the less they have to be washed. If you are like me and only spend about 10 hrs a day outside your home, and 7 hrs in bed, then consider spending the remaining 7 hrs you’re at home, in your undergarments only. 

By limiting the time you are dressed to only the necessary 10 hrs a day where society can see you, you can cut your clothing exposure by 7 hrs a day, and limit the opportunity (10 hrs instead of 17) for your clothes to get dirty/smelly/oily. Therefore, you can reduce the frequency of doing your laundry by more than 40%

Criteria: You must either live by yourself, like me, or live with people who don’t mind you walking around in your underpants (parents, boyfriend, etc.) In Vancouver, even though it’s almost October my room temperature is still in the mid 20s, and I don’t yet have the heat turned on. If you don’t live in an apartment or otherwise warm surrounding, consider doing this for the summer months only, if temperature permits.

Estimated annual time saved on doing laundry? 6 Hours

Estimated annual savings? $36

*Additional benefits: Making our world a greener place. Your clothes won’t wear or fade as quickly. And if you like to hang your clothes up to dry, this is a huge time saver.

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09/28/2011 11:26 am

That's pretty awesome.. you'll impress your significant other too!

Liquid Independence
09/28/2011 11:34 pm

Yeah, for sure. Also motivates you to get in shape.

01/27/2012 12:33 pm

I'm sure my husband wouldn't mind if we all just walked around in our underwear. I guess like Liquid pointed out it would definately motivate me to get in shape! A little tip to cut down on drying costs when you do have to wash is tennis balls. Toss a few into the dryer and it cuts drying time down by about 25% while fluffing bulky items at the same time.

Liquid Independence
01/27/2012 7:31 pm

Thanks for the tip Amanda, I'll have to try that some time.