so, here I am at the laundromat, hoping to hell my washer can be fixed tomorrow. I haven't been to a laundromat since my BIL gifted us his old washer and dryer when he moved to NJ, so 4 years or so.
One load of wash in a small capacity washer is $2.25. One load! In a washer I couldn't fit 5 towels into. The "high capacity" washer is $3.25. Mind you, "high capacity" is what I would call "normal washer size".
5 minutes of dryer time is $0.25. I had 4 quarters left, so . . . here's hoping!
For the average family, how many months of visits to the laundromat would it take to surpass the cost of a washer? 3? 6? 1 year, maybe, to go over a washer and dryer?
Of course, you can't buy a washer $2.25 at a time, and you can't not do laundry- well, not and keep your job and your kids- so what are going do? Other than pay through the nose, I mean.
They sell detergent and fabric softener here- $0.75 per load. Wow. Stamps are $0.60 for a $0.44 stamp. Copies are $0.25 a page, faxes $1 per page.
Of course, were I rich, I'd get complimentary hotel stays and swag bags full of designer everything- everything I could afford to buy anyway. People would take me out to dinner and feel lucky for the privilege. And all that money going to rich me? It's not like there's soup kitchens and shelters turning people away or anything. It's all good.
hey, I'm lucky. I had $10 to do laundry. I'll be able to fix my washer with my tax refund. I have clothes to wash. I'm getting screwed, but at least I'm not totally fucked.
America: where you can count yourself lucky to only get screwed, and rich people get free stuff and poor people pay more.