Doing load after load of laundry can be a drag -- and cost quite a bit of money if you're not careful.

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Love doing laundry, right? Like making lunches and washing dishes, laundry is one of those never-ending chores you never really get a break from. And that's not even the worst of it. Doing laundry, like all those other thankless tasks that continually clutter up life, can also cost quite a bit of money if you're not careful. That just adds an additional bummer aspect: You're paying to do something you probably don't take any real pleasure in, and it's simultaneously taking funds away from more exciting expenditures you and your family could be enjoying.

Luckily, there are several measures you can take to cut down on the cost of laundering a lifetime's worth of dirty clothes. We'll go over them on the next couple of pages.