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Many families today are finding that the dry cleaning bill is one of the heaviest and most frustrating in the budget, and they would like to find ways to cut down in this area, if at all possible.  Recognizing that dry cleaners need to stay in business and make a profit for their own families, we want to support the good ones and yet be wise with our own funds.  

Something to consider is: Don't fall for French.  Legend has it that the credit for the invention of dry cleaning goes to a Parisian tailor named Jolie Belin, who in the year 1840 supposedly knocked over a kerosene lamp, spilling the liquid on his stained tablecloth.  When the fabric dried, you guessed it, the birth of dry cleaning!

Many cleaners still use the term "French", giving the feeling of better.  Actually, the only difference between French and regular dry cleaning is the price (about fifty cents more), said executive director of the Neighborhood Cleaners Association in New York City, William Seitz.  

Another thing to be aware of is:  Shop for unisex pricing.  Beware if there is a higher cost for women's blouses than for men's shirts or any similar items.  In 1989 the Office of Human Rights and Minority Business Development determined that such pricing is illegal and two major trade groups, the Metropolitan Dry Cleaners Association and the Korean Dry Cleaners Association began requesting that their members charge women and men uniformly for similar items.  So, if you discover any discriminatory pricing at your local cleaner, you might want to talk with the manager.  Also, it would help enforce the law by reporting any instances to your State Attorney General's office or to your city's consumer-affairs division.  

Don't get hot under the collar over your dry cleaning.  Speak up and make your concerns known in a spirit of goodwill that will not mar your Christian witness.  Most dry cleaners are run by good reputable fellow citizens and they are there to serve your special cleaning needs with quality and friendliness.

posted on: 3/27/2012 12:00:00 PM by Judy Warmington
category: The Mental Side

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