Okay, I know what you’re thinking: The best thing about buying a house is not having to save quarters? Really? Now before you start rolling your eyes, hear me out… Over the last decade, I’ve lived in five different apartments—great apartments that were blessed with washers and dryers in the building. So I’ve been lucky enough to not have to deal with laundromats out in the wild.
However, having to schlep an overflowing basket down a narrow flight of stairs in my old but charming San Francisco apartment—unable to see if anyone was coming up or down—was pretty annoying. And having to walk to the laundry room at the back of my L.A. complex to use unreliable machines that constantly ate my quarters felt unfair too. I’m telling you, those things were old, rickety, and almost always full.
But the most annoying part about having to do laundry in a communal space is the fact that you have to save quarters. Lots of quarters. I’ll admit that I rarely have cash on me, meaning it’s really hard to acquire the $3.50 needed to do one load. And I have lots of clothes! It became such a thing that even my dad (bless his heart) would save quarters for me, even though we lived over 300 miles apart. Each visit felt like winning the lottery.
All joking aside, it was hard to avoid thinking about all the money I was throwing away on laundry. If I spent roughly $7 a week on laundry, that means I spent $28 a month, which meant $336 a year, and $3360 over the last decade. In fact, I recently realized the amount I’ve paid over the years could have bought me a top-of-the-line washer and dryer from LG! (Psst—aside from being able to accommodate large loads, this particular machine has deep-clean steam technology and can connect to Wi-Fi to start your loads remotely. Heavenly!)
Last year, my fiancé and I bought our first home together, and do you know what our first major investment was? Drumroll, please… our very own washer and dryer. No more stairs, no more quarters, no more dodging chatty neighbors monopolizing the machines—we just walk into our kitchen and throw whatever we want in, whenever we want (without paying a dime!), and it feels so good. It’s easily the best purchase we’ve made for our new home.