Tony: I am sick of ironing my shirts but there's no way I can pay $3.00 per shirt. There must be a cheaper place.
Megan: Do you realize all of the toxic chemicals they use when they dry clean clothes? And then you put those clothes on your body?!?
I like my shirts to be pressed. Usually that means setting up the ironing board in front of the TV for a few days. Megan, for some reason, doesn't like our living room to look like a laundry room. I'm willing to take them to a dry cleaner, but only if it is dirt cheap.
Before the "new economy," I simply took shirts to the nearest dry cleaner that I could. This time around, I decided to call every dry cleaner in the county to see where I could get it done cheaply. Here's a Google Map of what I found (Green is cheapest, red is most expensive. Click on it for store names and prices):
View Cleaners in Burlington, NC in a larger map
I took all of my shirts to the $0.99 location first, but since I never go to that shopping plaza unless I am re-titling a car, it was about two weeks before I picked them up. I think next time I'll stop at Lydia's since it is only $0.25 more and is right next to the grocery store I go to all the time. Sure, it isn't free, but it is still much less than the $1.95 I was paying before.
We'll score this as a win for pocket, a definite loss for planet.
The score so far...
Pocket: 2, Planet: 1, Win-Win: 2