Our new house doesn’t have a washer and dryer. Well, it does now, but they aren’t included with the house. I knew that I wanted to get a front loading washing machine once we moved. I love that they use far less water, and the ones I’ve used (at friends’ houses) seem to spin things out much better than my top loader, so that clothes don’t take as long to dry.
I had been checking out Craigs List, but the few front loaders that I found were usually at least $500. New, they typically start at $800, although I sometimes see sales where they get down around $600. Still a lot to pay, but I was considering it.
A couple days ago, my parents were in their local Habitat for Humanity thrift store, and called me to say that they had found a front loading washing machine for $250. The manufacture date on it was September 2003, and it came with a pedestal that raises it up off the floor. The washer is now in my parents’ garage, and they have tested it to make sure that it works.
Just on a whim, I went to the appliance section at Home Depot yesterday to see what the pedestals that go under washing machines cost. $219. I couldn’t believe it – I actually went and asked an associate if I was understanding the sign correctly, and he assured me that I was. That makes our $250 washer even more of a steal, since it came with the pedestal.
There was a matching dryer at the thrift store, also for $250. But we’re going to try not having a dryer, and see how it goes. I can’t remember the last time I used our dryer, and I think that we’ll be just fine without one. We’ll be installing a clothesline right away, and we have our drying racks to use indoors if the weather is bad. I stopped using our dryer about two years ago, and have made it through two winters without using it (summers are easy). And that’s in a 1300 square food home where I have to set the drying racks in the dining room and bedrooms. In our new house, I can set them in the basement where they’re out of the way. So overall, I’m thinking we can get by just fine without a dryer.
Have any of you given up your dryer to the point of not having one?