We had an expense I had not accounted for when moving back: New washer and dryer. Granted, we came in low on the move and furniture, so I suppose it's not the end of the world. We also got a good deal, spending only a grand for an LG stack, which feels like a good deal only because I've seen pairs for three times that.
I think Stephanie and I bought the old ones something like 14 years ago. I don't know if that makes them ancient, but I feel like we got a good run out of them. I don't know if they even cost $500 back in the day. They're pretty simple, and just kind of worked. However, before we moved, it seemed more and more common that the washer wouldn't always drain and spin adequately, and the dryer was notorious for depositing little furballs on stuff.
Spending a week with friends before our stuff got here, we had our first exposure to these fancy new electronic clothes washing devices, and we were impressed. Somehow they could wash clothes and still front load! They did magic like sense how much water to use and whether or not your stuff was actually dry. It was like living in the future.
So I decided we should suck it up and get new ones. I think 14 years is a pretty reasonable expectation for the old ones. One of the wins is that the stacking thing, because it frees up some space in our laundry room for our shoe bench. I still don't understand why anyone would design a house with laundry hookups anywhere not near the bedrooms, but at least we've gained some usefulness to the room.
Here's to the future of clothes washing technology!