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Laundromat vs. washer & dryer included in rent

May 30th, 2011 at 11:58 am

I am looking for a new apartment. Most inexpensive apartments don't have a washer and dryer. The ones that do, are higher. Doesn't it all even out at the end of the day? I read online about how owning your own set can cost (these are guesstimates) 10 cents to 50 cents per load. I spend between 30 and 60 each month. Some places will rent a stackable to you for 30 a month. Any thoughts on how to get the best deal? I have my son and me, I wear my clothes more than once but his usually need washed after one wear.

2 Responses to “Laundromat vs. washer & dryer included in rent”

  1. Looking Forward Says:

    I'd figure the number of loads per month. Multiply that by the cost to wash/dry at the laundromat. Compare that with the cost to rent a unit with washer/dryer. It would also matter to me how far I would have to go to wash my clothes. Does the apartment have it's own laundry room or would you have to drive to get to the laundromat?
    I think $30/month might be worth it to have in your own place.

  2. debtfreeme Says:

    When I was searching for a pace closer to work I also factored the time to be able to do laundry into my decision.

    I chose a place with a washer/dryer in the unit because I wanted to be able to do laundry whenever I wanted without having to rely on laundry room hours or drive someplace (also using gas and multiple hours in a week.) The place was $65 more a month but the comfort and conveniencec far out weigh the extra cost.

    And I line dry almost everything in the summer and most things in the winter.

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