I know that I could save myself a lot of money each year if I simply purchased a lawn mower rather than paying someone to care for my lawn for me.
A little history: Growing up, my father made my brother, cousin and I take care of all of our yard duties. That included cutting a rather sizable yard, raking up all of the grass and bagging the raked material. I hated it, and vowed that once I became of age, I would never do it again.
So far, so good.
Except now, it’s costing me money. Here’s my true dilemma, though. I’ve had the same person cutting my grass now for several years. He’s a fantastic guy and does a nice job. He’s also dependable and even when I don’t have the money on hand, he’ll cut the grass and come back later in the day to collect.
But, he charges me $40 a pop. In the height of summer, that’s $80 a month. I’m expecting this week to be my final cut until next spring (at least I’m hoping so).
One of my neighbor’s sons came by recently and offered to cut the grass — for only $7! It’s very tempting, and would be an easy decision if I didn’t feel a bit of loyalty to the man who has been doing it for years. Plus, my steady guy has a family to feed.
However, with a chance to save $33, I’m a bit torn. Is this a no-brainer? Should I cut my regular lawn guy and take the cheaper deal? Is a job well done over several years worth the difference in pay?
What do you think I should do?