It seems to me that the relationships of frugal people have less conflict than those of the general population. However, no healthy relationship is completely without disagreement. Mrs. 1500 and I don’t fight often and when we do, it’s about trivial stuff like the thermostat settings. (Mrs. 1500 note: IMPORTANT stuff like thermostat settings.)
We have another disagreement that we need your help resolving. This one is about laundry:
First, we must see the answers from last week’s question when I asked you about goals:
What Are Your 2018 Goals?
Budget On A Stick has ambitious and worthy goals:
This year is all about pumping more money into savings. We have 2 Roths to max out, continue maxing the HSA, up the 401k % and increase the mortgage overpayment. If we have any $$ left it will be sent to a brokerage account!
We also are planning two trips and a bathroom remodel. Definitely, have a busy 2018 ahead of us.
Now that I think about it the Ms. and I should try to get back into shape. Haven’t been running like we used to.
Reader Miles wants to own three investment properties by 30! Awesome!
My goal is to find creative ways to paying down my Line of Credit (HELOC), instead of taking 30yrs to pay off. After this has been paid off, I can focus on using my LOC to purchase my next income producing rental property. I purchased my first investment property last year (Dec2016) and so far have been doing just fine. I plan on having a total of 3 investment properties before I turn 30 (currently 28 as of Oct 2017). Wish me luck!!!
Gen Y Finance Guy is going to dominate the world:
1) Strengthen my relationship with Mrs. GYFG
2) Dress the part. Since getting promoted to the C-Suite earlier this year, I have been slowly making a transition to level up with my professional appearance.
3) Increase net worth to $825,000 (stretch goal is $1M).
4) Weigh 203 lbs (I currently weigh 233 lbs and need to lose 30 lbs).
5) Negotiate $25,000 to $75,000 pay raise. COMPLETED; ENDED WITH $75K INCREASE
The only other big plan is to try to make a baby GYFG in 2018.
Reader Cheri has an idea I really like:
My resolution is to write down and accomplish my top 3 of the day.
This is a wonderful way to be mindful of goals. I may just adopt it for myself.
And Reader Peter may have had the best one:
Be in the moment.
See and feel what life is.
Our Laundry Disagreement
Hi there, Mrs. 1500 back today with the hard-hitting questions. Let’s talk about dirty laundry.
Mr. 1500 feels that we are doing too much laundry.
Mr. 1500 note: I once had a roommate who would cram everything that needed to be washed into one load. It didn’t matter what needed to be washed; it was all stuffed into the machine Japanese subway-style. Mrs. 1500 is the opposite (“I’m doing a jeans load today”). If left to her own devices, she would have 587 different loads, each with 4 items. (Mrs. 1500 rebuttal: This is completely false. I only wash full, large loads. Yes, I separate the clothing so my white whites aren’t being washed with Mr. 1500’s gross, dirty work jeans and oil-changing shirts that somehow end up with a quart of oil on them… Sorry, not sorry.)
Please note that when he says “we” what he really means is the 1500 household. Mr. 1500 currently does 0% of the laundry, which is fine, I don’t mind doing it.
Mr. 1500 note: Bras? Woman’s panties? That stuff terrifies me! Woe betide you if you incur Mrs. 1500’s wrath for doing the laundry wrong!!! (Mrs. 1500 note: This is 100% accurate.)
But mostly, my lack of laundry help is a relic from the days of when I worked and Mrs. 1500 didn’t. Since the first draft of this post was written, I’ve seen the errors of my ways and started doing more of the laundry. Those bras still scare me though… (Mrs. 1500 note: And I appreciate the help. I never say anything about how you fold everything completely wrong…) (Mr. 1500 rebuttal: How the hell do you even fold the sheet with the elastic on it?!?) (Mrs. 1500 reply: Oh, you can just wad that up in a ball. I don’t know how to fold that, either.)
We have 2 children. They both wear uniforms to school, and they wear 2-3 uniforms throughout the week. I work from home 3 days a week, and we all know that Mr. 1500 is unemployed.
Mr. 1500 note (TMI alert): On some days, I barely get dressed. Is working in your underwear wrong? (Mrs. 1500: Yes.)
So we don’t have a huge bunch of clothes that need to be washed. I find myself doing 3-4 loads of laundry per week, although there are weeks where I do more laundry.
Mr. 1500 note: What?! Huh!?!? Three to four loads a week is insanity!
I don’t think this is too much laundry, but Mr. 1500 feels differently.
Mr. 1500’s (Correct) View
Here are my laundry rules:
- Socks and underwear: Wash after one day of use. I occasionally make an exception for workouts (see below).
- T-shirts, undershirts: I usually wash these after one day of use as well. However, if I just sat around the house all day and the weather was cool, sometimes I’ll push this out to two days.
- Pants. shorts, sweaters, shirts where there is another shirt underneath: If I don’t get them dirty and I’m not sweating, sometimes these items go weeks without a wash. When I’m wearing a button-down shirt or sweater, I always have a shirt on underneath. The underneath shirt takes the brunt of my BO and gets washed. When I have pants on, I’m usually wearing underwear. The underwear gets the nasty exposure, so it gets washed.
- Workouts: I exercise first thing in the morning so sometimes, I wear the underwear and socks from the previous day. Why break out a clean pair of underwear and socks only to wear them for an hour?
- Dryer sheets: What kind of a scam is this? What do they even do? What huckster thought these up? Probably the same dude who came up with hair conditioner, another pointless product. Mrs. 1500 swears by this scam though. To dry clothes without a dryer sheet is a crime against humanity in our household! (Mrs. 1500 note: Thank God you finally see things my way!)
One last point: I am flexible. For example, in the summer when it’s hot, that last bullet point doesn’t apply. I’m frugal, but not to the point of being stinky. The bottom line is I wash clothes when they need to be washed. (One last Mrs. 1500 comment: The children are responsible for picking up their clothes and putting the dirty ones into their hamper. Sometimes I find folded clothes in the hamper. I pick my battles, unlike some…)
If it was just me, I’d probably do a load of clothes every 2-3 weeks in the winter and a little more frequently in the warm weather.
This week’s question is simple. How many people are in your family, and how many loads of laundry do you do every week?
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