Thursday, June 03, 2010

Forget Frugal Friday

Our washer died last week.  It was a sad, sad day.  I ♥ my front-loader washer.  I cannot get through a single day without it. 

 After finally swallowing the painful truth of an extended one-year warranty $319.95, we scheduled the repairman to come out. 

He came out today and declared it dead.

They're going to completely overhaul our washer for nearly $900.  And it's all covered under our warranty we bought last week.  SO glad we paid the $319.95.

But now I'm stuck taking loads of laundry to the laundromat at $1.50 a load (just to wash) until June 15, when he's scheduled to return with the ordered parts and the extra helping hands. 

Tonight, two hours after bedtime (hey, it's the last day of school) I took the three oldest kids on a pajama bedtime ride to the laundromat.

  1. They learned what a top-loader washer is,
  2. how to put quarters in the machine,
  3. how much detergent to add,
  4. and how to loosely add the clothes. 
I learned that three days of laundry cost our family $9 just to wash. 

Right now my dryer is tumbling and there are four more loads lined up to dry.


Julie V. said...

You are certainly lucky to have had the foresight and courage to pay the extended warranty...especially one so large! I remember one year when we still had all nine kids at home and our washer caught fire! One Truly dead washer meant boat loads of laundry and the nearest laundry was about 45 miles from home...not fun. Hope you get yours fixed soon!

Momza said...

Bless your mama heart. That's all I got. Been there, done that. There were no casualties and it's just a distant memory now. Hang in there!

Lisa said...

uck! I'm going to go say thank-you to my washing machine right now. When my mom-in-law had all eight of her children living at home, she said she would sometimes go to the laundromat just so she could catch up, because she was doing at least six loads a day. one day missed, there was no way she could make it up, so she would load her entire van full of dirty clothes and fill fifteen to twenty washers. I hope it doesn't come to that for you!

Laurie/Mom/Grandma said...

Sometimes those extended warrantees are good. In the case of our dishwasher, it cost us $45 for a new one, but we had been having trouble through the whole first year so I bought the warrantee just before the year ended. They weren't really helpful though, we had to drive 90 miles to get our new machine, and then install it ourselves.

Jerusha said...

Hay $1.50 is cheap for a load. The ones in Minot are like 2.50-4.00 I always use the huge ones to get more done at once. They cost $4.50. So your price is not bad.


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