I could save more money if I:
– Mowed my own lawn. Every two weeks, I pay someone to cut what is a fairly small yard. I’ll admit I’m a bit stubborn in this area. Growing up, I earned extra money by cutting grass during the summer. At home, my brother and I shard the yard duties, which were fairly significant since we had a huge yard. I vowed I wouldn’t do it once I became an adult, and I haven’t. But now, I’m rethinking that. I know it’s a big waste of money to shell that out on a regular basis.
– Washed my own car. Sure, I’d use more water washing my car at home, but I wouldn’t have to pay a car wash to clean and detail the car if I took a Saturday afternoon to do it myself.
– Did my own hair. Maintaining regular hair appointments is one of my most substantial monthly expenses. Eliminating just one appointment a month would reap a handsome savings.
– Used public transportation daily. I am a fan of the convenience of MARTA. I use it at least once a week, but would save more on gas and wear on my vehicle if I used public transportation a few more days a week. That would take some juggling since I often have obligations that take me out of the office during the day and after hours.
– Stuck to my list. I always write a grocery list before going shopping. While I come back with everything I need, I too often stray off course and spend an additional $20 or so on extras — trying a new product, remembering some meal I’ve been dying to cook or remembering an old favorite and picking it up.
Question: How could you find extra money in your budget? What could you do yourself that you spend money on?