Save Money on Dry Cleaning
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Save Money on Dry Cleaning

Posted on Wednesday, February 15th, 2012 at 4:55 pm
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Dry cleaning can be expensive.  Unfortunately, there will be times when you need to take your clothing to a dry cleaner.  You might be someone who need to take clothing to the dry cleaners every week.  Or, perhaps you just need one thing, like a bridesmaid dress, to be cleaned before you store it in your closet.  In either case, there are ways to save money on dry cleaning.

Check the fabric of the clothing you are considering having dry cleaned.  Is it something that you can safely throw in the wash with the rest of your clothing?  You might consider doing that instead of taking it to a dry cleaner.

For example, people often take cotton, button down, shirts to the dry cleaners.  The shirts come back clean and pressed.  It is possible to wash and iron those shirts yourself, at home, if you want to save some money on dry cleaning.

Shop around.  Take the time to call up the dry cleaners that are located near you.  Ask them what they will charge to clean the clothing that you want to take to them.  Pick the dry cleaner that gives you the lowest price.  You may discover that the dry cleaner you are currently using is more expensive than the others are.

Don’t forget to see if your local grocery store has a dry cleaning service inside it!  Many grocery stores are expanding what they can offer to customers.  Your grocery store might have a pharmacy, a deli, or even a Starbucks inside it.  Recently, some of them have added a dry cleaning service.  Ask if you can get a discount on the cost of your dry cleaning by using the store’s savings card.

Ask for details on their sales.  Most of the time, dry cleaning businesses will run some specials.  Maybe they will give you a discount if you bring in three or more shirts to be cleaned at the same time.  Perhaps they lower the cost of dry cleaning a dress if you bring it to them on a Wednesday.  You can save some money if you match what you need cleaned to the most useful special.

Can you wear it again?  Just how badly does that pair of pants need to be cleaned, right at this moment?  It isn’t unheard of for a person to wear a pair of pants more than once before having it cleaned.  Let’s say you wore those pants to work.

If your job consists of sedentary activities, and you didn’t spill your coffee on them, you might be able to get away with wearing those pants twice before taking them to the dry cleaner.  Cutting down on how often you need to take things to the dry cleaner will save you a little money.



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