Money Saving Gadget #4

I think we all know that using a clothes line saves money. I live in a town home and this is not possible. PlUS, we have environmental allergies. Hanging our clothes outside would not be a healthy move. So, I have started using two drying racks. I bought the one pictured above at Bed, Bath and Beyond. It was $20, but I had a $5 coupon. Therefore, my total cost was $15.

I’ve been using my dryer racks since I saw our first utility bill (we recently moved to NJ). I was shocked. It was approximately $160! Luckily, our bill was only $39 last month. I attribute this drastic drop to many life-habits I’ve changed, including the use of my dryer racks.

Do you know how much it costs to run your dryer every year? According to this site , it costs approximately $130/year depending on the cost of electricity in your area and the number of loads you do. I KNOW that this is not a huge chunk of cash. Yet, it’s the little things that add up, folks! PLUS, if you hang dry your clothes, they will look less worn.

Don’t think I’m a dryer-hater! I will never hang my bath-towels on the rack. I tried it once and did not like the itchy feel. I also don’t air-dry my husband’s work shirts. That would require too much work in the ironing department! When I do use my dryer, I make sure it’s running as efficiently as possible. Here is a great tutorial regarding this topic.

*This blog reflects the opinion of the author. Please understand that all information or opinions gleaned from this blog are done so at your OWN risk*

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4 Comments on “Money Saving Gadget #4”

  1. We are allergy free so I love my clothes line. I have three of these (industrial sized) gadgets and would not trade them for the world. I actually am a dryer-hater. It eats up your clothes (What do you think lint is? …shredded clothes), heats the house at the most inopportune time and costs a fortune.

    Shop around. You can pick these up anywhere that has a good sized laundry department. Small ones will only set you back a tenner.

    Great advice.

    • ihavetriedit says:

      $10? Wow. I guess I shopped the wrong store. I DID choose the metal rack, because it is a lot sturdier. I have had wooden drying racks that broke after a few months of use…maybe I just piled to much on them:)

      • Stop by my post about saving money in the laundry. If you use the wooden ones, use them for clothes and judiciously place jeans. There is a better place for towels 🙂

  2. […] how I suggested hang drying clothes instead of drying them? […]


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