Even though I’m now a bit of city slicker, that wasn’t always the case.
I grew up in a small farm town in southern Indiana called Lanesville.
There were literally no stoplights, no buildings over two stories, and you could run through the entire downtown end to end in about 8 minutes.
My graduating class barely had 40 people.
In this town, there is a massive festival every year where people come to look at old farm equipment, watch tractors pulling ridiculously heavy loads, and of course, drink beer – lots of beer.
I won’t lie. It’s kind of fun, and I’ve attended it on several occasions – but that’s not the point of this back story.
The point of this story is the ridicule I (still) get for electing to… wait for it… NOT cut my own grass.
As I write this I’m 32 years old, and I haven’t cut my own grass in about five years.
Where I’m from, this is pretty much blasphemy. I can almost hear the murmurs, mumbling, and voices of disapproval from where I currently sit 40 miles away.
Oh well. Man card lost I guess.
It’s a decision I would make time and time again, and I’m about to show you exactly why.
People still make fun of me for this. They say things like:
- “You write about time management and you can’t cut your own grass?”
- “What are you doing with all of that time you save?”
- “That’s dumb! I would never pay someone to do something so easy. You can save so much money doing it yourself.”
- “Isn’t that expensive?”
I used to think the same way. I grew up in a pretty frugal family, so I always thought that I should do absolutely everything myself. I still actually fight this tendency.
But after reading a few books, graduating college, and being more and more pressed for time every day, I eventually I started to think a little bit differently. I started to realize how valuable my time could be, and how I could be spending it on better things that weren’t just recurring chores to no real end.
What I’m about to show you proves, without a doubt, that this was the right decision for me.
Below you will see three images.
- The first is an invoice for $185
- The second is a check to me for $637.50
- The third is a check to me for $387.50
The $185 invoice represents two months of my lawn being taken care of by a professional service, plus an extra job of clearing out a huge flowerbed full of old thorny shrubs for me.
If I had done all of that myself, I estimate it would have taken me about 12 hours of my time factoring in everything involved.