A friend called and asked where I had my dry cleaning done - she was spending a small fortune having her clothes done and wanted to know if there was someplace cheaper? I had to laugh. I told her the only thing I own that could possibly need dry cleaning is a beautiful, charcoal, lightweight wool dress coat I got for $5 at a thrift store. It's worn no more than 1 - 3 times a year (usually a funeral). I brush it after I wear it and hang it on a good wooden hanger (not a wire hanger) and button it up so that it doesn't sag on the hanger. I also cover the shoulders with a dust cover for hanging garments. It has serviced me nicely for over a decade and I've never had it dry cleaned. Everything else I own is laundered. So I guess that's just another sign of being frugal.
My friend also has things dry cleaned that she's just too lazy to take care of at home. She just can't get over the fact I don't contribute to the problem of toxic chemicals in the world by using a dry cleaner. I don't purchase clothing that takes special care - even my so-called "nice" stuff.
So I ask all you good and kind frugal folks, what kind of money do you spend/budget for dry cleaning? Have any of you used the "at home" dry cleaning stuff you use in your dryer?