Is it possible to save € 1,410 per year while watching television without missing out on your favorite shows, without missing out on the newest Netflix or HBO documentary? Money that you can easily save, or earn, depending on your vantage point, while indulging in the newest episode of Game of Thrones or Luke Cage. In fact, not only can you watch your favorite show and make money, you simultaneously save time and help the environment. Free money. No investment, no risk required. While you are earning thousands you can also do something for that waistline. The only condition: wear button shirts.
Whether these shirts were worn on a night out, in the office, while waiting on tables, or to the opera, saving thousands is child's play.
Anyone wearing button shirts is qualifies for this magnificent money making scheme.
Anyone who needs or chooses to wear a button shirt a number of times per week is eligible for this awesome money saving scheme. The only thing you will need to do is ask yourself one simple question:
“Do I mind standing up while watching a film, my favorite show, or a mind-blowing documentary?”
Thus, watch your favorite show, save money, be physically and lose those extra calories consumed while being glued to your chair in the office. Better still, in order to make all of this work, you'll only have to deal with your button shirts once a week. If saving money while watching your favorite show sounds intriguing, then this is certainly for you: Ironing.
Save time and iron away
Yes, that is right, ironing can aid in keeping you fit. More importantly, though, it can save you a few thousand each year. Money that you can put towards your journey to the golden shores or that can finance a nice luxury holiday. Ever thought about the type of holiday you'd be able to afford if you had an additional € 6,800 … per year.
Let’s start with the first advantage: Saving time.
Your initial thought might be: Ironing means taking up some of my time. Well, that depends on what you do with your time. In fact, contrary to popular belief, ironing can save you a ton of time. Hours and days that you will never get back if you opt for a laundry service.
‘Hold on,’ you might say, ‘laundry services save me time, not ironing.’ But do they? Think about waiting in line, getting to and from the laundry service, the stress involved being stuck in a traffic jam, the lost lunch break, because you had to head across the street to your dry cleaner. If you happen to have a laundry service in your office building, the time factor might not be as significant; but still even just 15 minutes each way add up to a few thousand bucks per year. More importantly, however, it will definitely eat away your recreational or networking time (you know the lost business lunch, the “gotta rush back to pick up my clothes” shortened lunch).
The time it takes to drop off and pick up your shirts adds up to a substantial loss of your valuable life time. It took me a many trials, once even losing my beloved coat, before finding a laundry service that used environmentally friendly products and that did not damage the material of my suits and coat. Oh yes, and that was also reasonably priced.
And while I prefer to have my trusted dry cleaners deal with my suits and coats - they are simply better at dealing with the materials - my shirts are a different story. My suits and coats are made of high quality wool, whereas my shirts are all made of 100% cotton. Furthermore, whereas my suits and coats are occassionally cleaned, but my shirts neeed cleaning regularly. While suits and coats should be hung up after a wear to air them and to give the material a rest, I, for one, wash my shirts after every wear.
After a long day in the office or a night out in a bar or club they need caring for. Their simple and durable make - particularly when when comparing them to a quality suit or coat - it is the simplest task to launder them in the comfort of your own home. Our washing machines are right there in the kitchen, bathroom, basement, or wherever they were installed. This is where you first save time. No need to make your way to a laundry service. No need to put on your coat, no diversion on your way home from work, no rush in the morning to pick them up. You can even do it in your pyjamas.
Ironing will save you money
Let’s assume that your hourly rate, whether this is your salary, wage, or fees for your services, is € 30.
Getting to the laundry service only twice per week (once to drop off and once to pick up your shirts and drop off new ones). Even in the best of circumstances, it will probably take you about 15 minutes to get to and from the laundry service, stand in line, and drop off your shirts. That translates into a loss of 30 minutes just for one stop alone. In a month that is 1 hour of your life lost. Or in financial terms: € 30 lost.
Any minute longer or the need to go more frequently will increase the costs to both your wallet and your wasted life time. The table below shows you some scenarios at an hourly rate of € 30 per hour. You can easily adapt the calculation to your own experience and see how much time and money you could be saving by abstaining from making the trip to have your shirts cleaned.
The columns from left to right:
Cost per shirt = low to average price to have your shirt washed and ironed
Cost per week = price per shirt * 5 (a regular work week)
47 weeks = the most common number of work weeks in many industrialized nations
52 weeks = the number of weeks in a year (for those having fewer holidays or wearing shirts during their leisure times)
Time wasted per journey 2 x month = making the journey to the laundry service 2 times per month with each trip costing 15 or 30 minutes
Time wasted per journey 4 x month = making the journey every week with each trip costing 15 or 30 minutes
€ 2.50 per shirt translate into €12.5 per week; which still does not sound like much. However, adding the lost time and the € 30 per hour you could earn or the time you could use to recover, spend with friends or family, do sports, or watch your favorite show, these low figures become much more higher amounts of financial capital and life time wasted.
Therefore even going a mere two times per month to have your shirts laundered around the corner, you'd lose out on a nice luxury holiday in a 5* hotel and on someone pampering you in the sun or an exotic beach. € 1,997.5 saved through something as simple as ironing your shirt while watching a great show on TV.
Those who need to have their shirts cleaned even more frequently will miss out on € 6,827.50. That is the equivalent of almost one brand new small car per year. And only to have your shirts cleaned and ironed. Wouldn’t you rather save that money to reach the golden shores faster? Or to buy yourself a new car? Even though the financial sailor would not fall into the ‘get a new car every few years marketing trap’ and rather save and invest the money than spend it.
Making ironing fun:
Ironing is relaxing, conversational, educational, therapeutic, and saves piles of money and time.
The five shirts piled up until the weekend take no longer than one awesome documentary to iron. Watching something I am interested in takes my mind of the chore of ironing and the ironing is done without me even noticing. I also stand up, thus burning calories I would otherwise, lying on the coach, not burn.
I also find ironing therapeutic. Everything else is pushed aside for I focus on nothing but the documentary and turning the wrinkled shirts into crisp white shirts.
If you fancy running a quick calculation on how much you can save by refraining from dry cleaning your shirts and doing it while watching a good show, here a handy calculator.