Dry Cleaning for a Cheapskate
True story. This conversation with a friend happened after he sat down next to me in a diner.
"Sheesh!" he said. "The dry cleaner wants $40-50 to clean my suede jacket!"
"Leather cleaning is expensive," I agreed.
"I bought the thing maybe 8 years ago, but it's not stained. Just smelly."
"I noticed," I said.
"OK, here's the plan," he said, ignoring my lean away from him.
Uh oh, I thought.
"I'm better off donating it to Goodwill," he continued.
"Oh?" I asked, knowing better than to encourage him.
"They'll clean it and put it on sale at their thrift shop for about $30," he said. "Then I buy it back and take the donation tax write-off."
Yep, he was serious.
Knowing him, if he does it, he'll be mad at the charity if they "cheap out" and don't send it to a leather cleaning specialist.
Posted May 24, 2010