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Old 05-23-2017, 06:13 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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I love the satisfaction of a job well done when I do the lawn myself, but it's also nice to come home from work to see the lawn mowed and trimmed by the landscaper who lives down the street!

It's well worth $100 a month for me, no question. Just the freedom from cussing at a lawnmower that won't start one out of those four weeks each month is enough of an incentive, LOL. Plus, my yard is small but not level, so it's not as easy as lowering my head and pushing the mower through the grass.
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Old 06-07-2017, 06:34 AM
 
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I've been mowing my own lawn with a riding mower for about 2 years now. I usually enjoy it, but I've been so busy lately its getting tricky to do regularly so I'm thinking about hiring a crew. I live on about an acre and with all the cutting, edging and trimming it takes me almost 3 hours. and 3 gals of gas probably. So every month I'm spending almost 10 hours plus 10 gals of gas ($22).

I can have a crew do my property for about $100 a month. Since I'm saving $22 on gas its really costing me $78. Which is like $7.80hr were I to do it myself.. PLUS I'm not beating up my mower anymore and can sell it for top dollar before it breaks, needs oil change, blades, tires, etc.

I'm a frugal guys, but I'm sure if I had an extra 10 hours a month to myself I could use that time to make much more than $78 by selling on ebay or maybe starting my own side business or something.

Is anyone else being frugal by spending money so they can use the time to make more money?
How big is your yard? Post a picture.

My backyard anyway that nobody see's...I cut some every other day.
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Old 06-07-2017, 06:51 AM
 
Location: Des Moines Metro
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Ugh. Here they want $65 per trip, and I have an average size lot. It can take me several hours due to my back problems, so I often spread out the chores over several days. If I lived rural, I'd put in some areas that only required a once per year weed-whacking.
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Old 06-07-2017, 06:57 AM
 
Location: Nebraska
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I have a one acre front yard and a one acre back yard with a side yard of about a half acre. The total mowing time is only 40 mins. We have been mowing our own yard for 40 years. We hire a all the fertilizing and tree care. For what they are charging I couldn't do it cheaper myself so it was a no brainer, however mowing is a different mater.

Since our yard needs mowing twice a week in the spring and early summer and then once a week till November, it makes more sense for us to do it. What we did do to make this a fast a painless job was to buy the right mower. We use a 48" ZTR that can mow at 10MPH, it also has a shocked suspension to make the ride soft. Mowing has actually become fun and an activity to look forward to. IF anyone was curious we paid $7000 for the mower.
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Old 06-07-2017, 09:05 AM
 
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1) I always pay others to do thing I don't want to do. So this isn't even a debate for me.

2) My yard guy charged 35 dollars a mow...AND he and his helper together -- him with his riding mower and the helper with the trimer....got the job done in literally, I think, 12 minutes.

By the time I'd wake up, get dressed, and try to get downstairs to talk with him. They were gone! Or I'd see the packing up the trailer or pulling off.

3) Most of all, I could make more in one hour of overtime at work to pay him.
So how does it possibly make sense for me to take more than one hour of my time doing a chore I don't WANT to do, when I could spend LESS time than that getting the money to pay someone else to do it?
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Old 06-08-2017, 07:40 AM
 
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I've been mowing my own lawn with a riding mower for about 2 years now. I usually enjoy it, but I've been so busy lately its getting tricky to do regularly so I'm thinking about hiring a crew. I live on about an acre and with all the cutting, edging and trimming it takes me almost 3 hours. and 3 gals of gas probably. So every month I'm spending almost 10 hours plus 10 gals of gas ($22).

I can have a crew do my property for about $100 a month. Since I'm saving $22 on gas its really costing me $78. Which is like $7.80hr were I to do it myself.. PLUS I'm not beating up my mower anymore and can sell it for top dollar before it breaks, needs oil change, blades, tires, etc.

I'm a frugal guys, but I'm sure if I had an extra 10 hours a month to myself I could use that time to make much more than $78 by selling on ebay or maybe starting my own side business or something.

Is anyone else being frugal by spending money so they can use the time to make more money?
10 hours a month is about 20 minutes a day if my math is right. You can cut out a half hour of TV or computer time to achieve that per day.

600 minutes/30 days

If you can afford it, and it will save money on gas and future equipment and you think you can make up that money with the extra time go for it.
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