Becoming Debt Free in 2009

February 9, 2009

Weekly Budget Cut #3

Filed under: Budget,Journey to Debt Freedom,Weekly Budget Cuts — ambercouric @ 10:34 am

This has been a great week for weekly budget cut ideas.  We have come up with three that are easily implemented.  I am only going to give one today because I need to get the calculations right for the others.  One will be for next week because that is when the actual cut will take place.

So the budget cut for this week is to reduce the use of the clothes dryer.  We will hang out at least 5 loads of laundry each week or at least average a total of 20 loads per month.  One thing that is important for us is that the clothes don’t feel stiff.  So, I have found that if I dry the clothes for 10 minutes I don’t have this problem.

Using this great calculator I estimate I will save about $9 per month.

Total monthly savings to date – $46.  Only $354 to go.



  1. You are correct; just a few minutes in the dryer will make line-dried clothes soft enough.

    I particularly dislike drying towels. Think about it: You use them, getting them wet, then wash them, then dry them in the dryer, using energy, so that you can get them wet again.

    ?!?!?!?! (But I dry them anyway. When they are 90% dry, I sometimes remove them and hang them in the bathroom because they will be dry by the time they are needed.)

    Comment by 444 — February 9, 2009 @ 11:04 am

  2. Hi there-you’ve got into a really good routine with these budget cuts, well done and keep up the good work!

    Comment by sharon rose — February 9, 2009 @ 11:18 am

  3. Oh thanks for reminding me! I MUST get back to using my clothesline again this spring. I also enjoy throwing certain items back in the dryer to soften them up, but since I use the no heat setting, it shouldn’t cost too much extra.

    Comment by MakingUpForPastMistakes — February 9, 2009 @ 3:00 pm

  4. We also do this maily in the summer and spring.

    Maybe it is why we have had such a spike in the gas bill.

    Comment by Converting A Spendthrift — February 9, 2009 @ 10:45 pm

  5. Eventually you will start to associate pleasantly stiff clothes with them being nice and freshly laundered and enjoy it!

    I actually hang all my clothes all year round. There is enough room in the house to put up an inside line in one of the rooms for the winter. They dry inside within 24 hours or at the most 36 hours in the winter.

    Comment by Steve in W MA — September 19, 2009 @ 11:12 pm

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