Featured as a Carnival of Money Story.
We don’t own many clothes. While this may be clear to others upon first entering our sparse walk-in closets, I only recently realized this while packing for our 12 day trip abroad. Turns out that I don’t just enjoy doing laundry like clockwork on Friday mornings, but I actually need to do laundry on the same day weekly, lest we be without clean clothes! We are not dire when it comes to clothes, but this issue was certainly exacerbated by the fact that we live in Houston and so we don’t have vast winter wardrobes; if it had been a trip to the Caribbean, we could have probably gotten through a week and a half without laundry machines.
By Thursday of the first week in Vienna, just six days into our trip, it became painfully obvious that we would need to do some laundry. Fortune had it that our hotel offered a laundry service which was perfectly convenient as we were getting ready to go onto the second leg of our trip for a five-night stay in Salzburg and we wanted to have everything sorted out beforehand. I figured we’d pay $20-$30 for the service, and had mentally made peace with that amount. When Paul came back with the cost sheet broken down by piece of clothing, I was shocked. I was so shocked, in fact, that I decided to go through our mound of laundry to tag and categorize each piece and figure out how much our tab would be if we had been stupid enough to take advantage of this service. And let me tell you, it was staggering enough to bring even the most exquisite Vienna Christmas Market to a screeching halt.
To give you some perspective on how terribly off my estimate was—and how crazy our hotel was—my bras alone would have cost us €18 ($23.73).
The total for everything? €229.80, or approximately $303.03 U.S. Dollars. Even on our honeymoon, we simply could not justify this cost (we could purchase our own washer and a rope for drying for that amount).
Instead, Paul shoved our dirty clothes into his suitcase and walked about three blocks away where he paid (and this is still shocking) €19 or $25.05 for two loads of laundry.