How much do you spend on dry cleaning?

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How much do you spend on dry cleaning?

Post by nonfacebookuser365 » Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:06 am

Haven’t had any dry cleaning done in years. Anyone else?

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Post by Mr. Rumples » Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:10 am

I had a suede jacket and a leather jacket cleaned; I took it to the most reputable cleaners in the area. The cost for each was $65. It was worth it to have it done right. I also had a wool blend winter coat/jacket cleaned. I took a gamble and then went to the least expensive cleaners and paid $1.99. It came out fine, but I am familiar with what goes into cleaning leather and suede and wanted to reduce the chance of damage so I paid more; besides, they are not cleaned every year.

Other than that, I'm retired and everything is wash and wear...I tend to wear the same things week in and week out. My brother says I dress like a farmer. Blue jeans, a tee shirt or oxford shirt and in the winter my leather coat and Scottish tam and I'm set.
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Re: How much do you spend on dry cleaning?

Post by kevin99 » Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:12 am

I spend $2 per shirt and $6 for slacks and jackets. Ends up costing me about $14 a month on average. I rarely have to dry clean my slacks or jackets though as my client meetings are becoming less and less formal. This isn't the cheapest option in my area but it's the most convenient. I used to just wash my shirts at home but they last a lot longer and don't fade at all if I have them dry cleaned. That means I save a lot more time because I don't have to iron anything and I don't have to ever go to the store to replace my faded looking dress shirts.
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Re: How much do you spend on dry cleaning?

Post by AerialWombat » Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:13 am

I refuse to own clothing I can’t machine wash.
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Re: How much do you spend on dry cleaning?

Post by 123 » Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:16 am

I rarely wear a suit for business purposes anymore so yeah our dry cleaning use is way down. There are some household items, like wool blankets and some silks, that still go to dry cleaning occasionally.
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Post by scottgekko » Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:42 am

I spend probably about $15-20 every 2 weeks. I get my button down shirts laundered and pressed. I don't 'dress up' for work, but do wear button downs with jeans and nicer shoes. There is nothing at home that can get me close to how crisp a professionally pressed shirt looks.

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Re: How much do you spend on dry cleaning?

Post by student » Mon Oct 14, 2019 12:13 pm

On average, $20 a year, since I do not wear suits anymore.

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Post by stoptothink » Mon Oct 14, 2019 2:48 pm

I think I had something dry cleaned circa 2010.

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Post by lthenderson » Mon Oct 14, 2019 3:05 pm

I have a uniform that I have to wear about a half dozen times a year dry cleaned about once a year. I think it costs around $15 for the entire uniform. Other than that, I only buy clothes that I can clean at home.

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Re: How much do you spend on dry cleaning?

Post by retiredjg » Mon Oct 14, 2019 3:08 pm

I don't/won't own anything that cannot be put in the washer.

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Re: How much do you spend on dry cleaning?

Post by mak1277 » Mon Oct 14, 2019 3:15 pm

$2.99 per garment for normal stuff (dress pants, suits, sport coats, etc.).

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Post by JoeRetire » Mon Oct 14, 2019 3:32 pm

nonfacebookuser365 wrote:
Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:06 am
Haven’t had any dry cleaning done in years. Anyone else?
I just had a suit cleaned in preparation for an upcoming funeral. The cleaning cost $17.50. I thought that was high, but I honestly cannot remember the last time I had anything dry cleaned. More than a few years, I suspect.

I used to have my work shirts cleaned, back when I used to work.
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Re: How much do you spend on dry cleaning?

Post by leeks » Mon Oct 14, 2019 3:33 pm

$20-$40 once every 2-5 years

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Post by Jack FFR1846 » Mon Oct 14, 2019 3:43 pm

The last time I had something dry cleaned was sometime in the 1990's.
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Re: How much do you spend on dry cleaning?

Post by jebmke » Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:50 pm

I take wool stuff in at the end of the winter to get cleaned so I can store until next season. Not many items.
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Re: How much do you spend on dry cleaning?

Post by RudyS » Mon Oct 14, 2019 5:56 pm

AerialWombat wrote:
Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:13 am
I refuse to own clothing I can’t machine wash.
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Re: How much do you spend on dry cleaning?

Post by MathWizard » Mon Oct 14, 2019 5:59 pm

Leather coat and suit coats for me.

My wife has some more formal clothes that require dry cleaning.

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Post by renue74 » Mon Oct 14, 2019 6:00 pm

I usually get my t-shirts and shorts at Goodwill. I don't think any of them require dry cleaning.

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Re: How much do you spend on dry cleaning?

Post by Trader Joe » Mon Oct 14, 2019 6:37 pm

nonfacebookuser365 wrote:
Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:06 am
Haven’t had any dry cleaning done in years. Anyone else?
I spend $16.00 per month on dry cleaning (Sports Coats and Ties).

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Re: How much do you spend on dry cleaning?

Post by Dottie57 » Mon Oct 14, 2019 6:43 pm

May be 75-100 for wool coats. And wool sweaters. Otherwise All of my clothes are washable.

OP, I live in Minnesota so I expect climate may dictate some use of dry cleaning.

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Re: How much do you spend on dry cleaning?

Post by mmmodem » Mon Oct 14, 2019 6:59 pm

We use Dryel in our own clothes dryer.
https://smile.amazon.com/Dryel-At-Home- ... 394&sr=8-5

About $2 each garment.

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Re: How much do you spend on dry cleaning?

Post by retiredjg » Mon Oct 14, 2019 7:00 pm

Is it possible to clean a man's suit without dry cleaning?

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Post by TallBoy29er » Mon Oct 14, 2019 7:05 pm

Until about 5 years ago, had to wear dress pants and pressed shirt to work every day (w/ tie, jacket optional). Probably spent $35-$45/month on dry cleaning (I think shirts were maybe $1.50 per???).

Now...I'm in the happy land of polo's and khakis. Sweet blessings!!

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Re: How much do you spend on dry cleaning?

Post by Ron Ronnerson » Mon Oct 14, 2019 7:07 pm

I spend about $10/year. I wear dress pants a couple of times a year for special events and I get those dry cleaned. Other than that, my clothes can be machine washed. I often wear dress shirts and khakis to work. Most of these items were purchased for free or close to it from JCPenney a number of years ago. We used to get a coupon in the mail that was $10 off if you spent at least $10. I stopped by their store regularly and picked up one dress shirt for $10. With tax, it was maybe a $1 more. Then I'd use the coupon and get the shirt for practically free. I bought these clothes, one shirt at a time (using coupons), about 15 years ago and they've held up remarkably well. They cost practically nothing, don't wrinkle, and are, apparently, indestructible. I honestly don't work for JCPenney - just a fan of their Stafford line.

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Re: How much do you spend on dry cleaning?

Post by DaftInvestor » Mon Oct 14, 2019 7:47 pm

retiredjg wrote:
Mon Oct 14, 2019 7:00 pm
Is it possible to clean a man's suit without dry cleaning?
Not that I am aware of - not a real suit anyway. I am guessing everyone responding with $0 simply don't wear suits.

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Re: How much do you spend on dry cleaning?

Post by tim1999 » Mon Oct 14, 2019 8:06 pm

I have a decade-old wool winter jacket that I get dry cleaned once per year. That's it anymore. Costs me $8 maybe.

My current suit is 5 years old and I think was only ever dry cleaned once, after I wore it in a smoky casino maybe 2 years ago. I also think that's the last time I wore it, it's still hanging in the closet in the cleaner's plastic.

I got rid of the last of my button-down shirts for work that weren't iron-free probably 4-5 years ago. I used to have those dry cleaned after each wearing.

I also got rid of the last of my pants for work that weren't iron-free probably 10 years ago.

In the 2000s I was probably spending $20/week at the cleaners in the colder 6 months of the year and $10/week in the warmer months.
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Re: How much do you spend on dry cleaning?

Post by Pigeon » Mon Oct 14, 2019 8:08 pm

Maybe $20 to $30 a year to get a winter coat and the occasional blazer cleaned.

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Re: How much do you spend on dry cleaning?

Post by Shackleton » Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:01 pm

The nearest dry cleaners is 70 miles away, so my dry cleaning annual expense is $0. And would be even if there was one closer.
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