Maintain your sanity for a few bucks a pop

24 Jul

Ever heard the phrase, “Throw some money at the problem”?

When I first moved to NYC, I was anti. Anti-cab, anti-dry cleaning, anti-brand name soap, anti-takeout. Determined not to pay for anything I could possibly find cheaper a-ny-where, no matter the cost to my contentment. A martyr for the cause of Manhattan! My first week, I got on the subway with all my luggage and changed lines twice, just to avoid spending 8 dollars on a cab.

Needless to say, I arrived at my destination winded and crying. And I was making myself miserable walking home in the cold and spending hours on laundry on a beautiful Sunday.

Eventually I learned that sometimes, money can buy happiness in NYC. This is a city of trade-offs. BUDGET so you can make them.

One of my trade-offs is wash and fold (I don’t have laundry in my building). They pack it in this creepy airtight cube afterward, all ready to be put away. It saves hours and costs about $1/lb. Here’s what to know:

• Don’t give them anything you don’t want dried.
• Ask if they separate whites and darks.
• Ask other people picking up if they trust the place.
• Spray stains yourself right before you drop off.

Budget for a few of these incidentals. A place like NYC can delight you or defeat you, and your choices have a lot to do with that. If it’s 12 degrees, by all means, take the cab if you can afford it. Class dismissed.

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One Response to “Maintain your sanity for a few bucks a pop”

  1. katharine 09/15 at 11:34 am #

    I’m still waiting for the day when dropping off my laundry is worth it me. sigh. the idea sounds so nice…but ..i..still…CAN’T!!!

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