The cost of not doing yard work

by Penny Saved on May 28, 2007

If you’re like me and just about every other home owning person I know, spring means it’s time for yard work.  And with that usually comes the enemy of you and me, procrastination.  It’s easier to put off doing the yardwork until another day.  The lawn isn’t that tall.

But this isn’t a post about procrastination is it?  Well, not really.  What it is about is how not doing the yard work yourself can cost your pocketbook.  So lets take a look.

First, if you’re not going to do your yardwork, you’ve got to hire someone to do it for you.  If you’re lucky, you’ve got a small lawn and it only costs you about $50 a month for all the necessary care.  Of course, it’s exponentially more expensive when you start talking about having someone do more than mowing your lawn.  Gardening, planting, fertilizing, and watering are all things that really could be done and for the right price can be done.

Let’s look a little deeper.  You’re not getting any exercise by not doing your own yard work.  So, either you get no exercise, or you pay for a membership to a gym.  That can start at about $25 a month and go up from there.  Now, you’re putting out $75 a month.  And if you’re not going to a gym?  Well, we won’t try and break down the cost of the heart attack in 30 years.  Or the myriad of other illnesses and sicknesses that you might come along  if you don’t get your exercise.

Even at $75 a month, it’s enough to put a pretty good dent into a bill.  How much faster would you pay off your credit card(s) if you put an extra $75 on it each month?

So, why don’t you go on now and mow your lawn.  It’s a smart money choice.

[tags]money,savings,lawn,mowing,yardwork,yard work[/tags]

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{ 3 comments }

Stefanie June 5, 2007 at 11:22 am

I’m a single mom of a toddler. I’m not willing to mow my lawn with him in it, and I’m not willing to leave him in the house by himself while I take care of it. So I either hire a babysitter, or I hire someone else mow my lawn while I study for my masters so I can get a better paying job.
I’ll take B.

thatedeguy June 5, 2007 at 11:42 am

Stefanie,

As a father of a 1 year old, I couldn’t agree more. Perhaps you can find a friend that would be willing to watch your toddler for an afternoon. Not only would that eliminate your having to pay someone to mow your lawn, but it would give you a well deserved afternoon off to relax or complete other projects.
If you can’t find someone to watch your toddler, you may just be right and have to pay someone to mow the lawn. Some situations are different and some expenses are unavoidable.

Thanks for stopping by!

Plus6 June 11, 2007 at 8:07 pm

I really enjoy mowing my own yard and take pride in doing a great job. Unless I become insanely busy, I hope to have the time to keep mowing it myself. My biggest recommendation to mowing your own yard is to buy quality lawn equipment. You do not want to get into a scenario where you are paying more to maintain the lawn equipment than it would cost to pay someone to mow your yard. I had a friend that bought a used riding mower from a classified ad. He could have had a top of the line mower with all the repair costs he paid for it. Good post…

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