By Guest Writer
on 2.24.09

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I’ve recently been reminded that no matter how reputable a dry cleaner may be, the people to whom you drop off your shirts simply don’t love your clothes as much as you do. Men, that’s why I’ve decided to fire my dry-cleaners.

Let’s face it, dry cleaners rarely do a great job, and there’s usually something with every shirt that you wish you could fix as soon as you tear the sheet of plastic and the clips off.

Over the last two months or so, I’ve actually been laundering and pressing all of my shirts and I can honestly say that the shirts look every bit as good as the job the cleaners did. Being the frugal-minded person that I am, I immediately started to calculate how much money I’ve saved by doing them myself. I would say, on average, a man spends around $2 per shirt and takes 5 shirts a week to the cleaners. Well, quick math tells me that I’m saving $10 a week or $40 a month… that’s about $500 a year(!)

quick math tells me that I’m saving $10 a week or $40 a month… that’s about $500 a year(!)

Some of you may be saying, “Dude, it’s worth 10+ bucks a week to have someone else to do my shirts for me.” Well, I used to say that too, until my frustration with the annoying expense forced me to try it on my own. Actually, I used to think I would never do my own shirts; ”I don’t have the time to do that,” I would say to myself. Here’s the thing I’ve found: if there is one night of the week when you watch a couple hours of TV (CBS Monday, ABC Wednesday, FOX/NBC Thursday), you can actually pay yourself $10 while watching. One hour to wash and partially dry your shirts and another hour to press them. After two months of doing this, I’ve been able to press my shirts with the right amount of starch, no broken buttons, no erroneous creases, and it only takes around 5 minutes a shirt.

Give it a try. It’s not nearly as difficult or as daunting of a task as you might think. You’ve got full control of how your shirts look, it’s much healthier for your favorite shirts (avoiding the chemicals that tremendously reduce your shirts lifespan), and – best of all – that extra $10 can buy two more pints of your favorite micro-brew or go towards a subscription to the beer of the month club.

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