I consider myself to generally be a wise spender and frugal with my money. As a father of two young children and the sole provider of income for our family, I’ve learned we have to make the best use of the money I earn. Recently, I decided to pay a lawn mowing service to cut the grass for the summer. I suppose the idea behind me getting the service was to save time and well, to also take a break from handling it myself. I’m willing to share that the lawn mowing service cost around $25 to mow my yard, which I consider much smaller than average. It often takes me 45 minutes to an hour to mow, trim around the landscaping and blow the grass off the sidewalks and driveway. The cost and the fact I wasn’t taking the time do this work myself began to eat away at me. I cancelled my service and after mowing today in about 98 degree weather in Dallas, I’ll share with you why I’m happy to keep mowing my grass this summer. 1. Saves Money Saving money is obviously the first reason. While $50 a month isn’t a fortune, it can make a difference for many people who are trying to save money and get out of debt . $50 per month would establish more than half of a $1000 emergency savings account . Personally, this $50 will come in handy for the many family and children related expenses we have each month. Now for some of the fun reasons… 2. Fresh Air Yes, I mowed in 98 degree weather today, but I appreciated the fresh air. My job keeps me in an office in meetings and behind a computer much of the day. I long for summertime and the fun of being outside like a kid again. Simply put, I was able to enjoy summertime outside today! 3. Good Exercise There is no denying that mowing is great exercise, especially for those who have a large yard. Even with my small yard I spent an extra 45 minutes to an hour walking around and pushing the mower. I’ll do that at least 15 – 20 more times this summer, so that’s not a bad way to burn some calories! 4. Enjoy Your Home More I’m a proud and grateful homeowner and being outside working in the yard just makes me appreciate my home that much more. I suppose you could say its good stewardship to take care of your home and yard. It’s managing yet another resource which God has placed into my care. 5. Spot Fix Ups You notice things when you’re mowing and walking around your home and yard. Often I’m looking at the house, the landscaping, etc. so it’s easy to spot things that need to be fixed or improved. Perhaps some landscaping needs to be trimmed back. Or, you see you need to do some painting. Whatever it is, mowing can be your time to assess other outside work. 6. Teaches Young Ones I started mowing my yard growing up because I saw my dad doing it. He didn’t pay anyone to mow and somewhere along the way I accepted that as my responsibility. I don’t think I challenged that at all and believe I learned something from my dad in that he worked hard to take care of what he had. Without going on a rant, we live in a convenience society and it’s making us lazy. I like that I can work in the yard and hope that my young ones will one day appreciate that too. I must say, it’s a nice feeling to finish mowing the lawn, step back, and appreciate your hard work. If you’re physically able, enjoy your yard this summer and all the benefits of mowing it will bring you. Do you mow your own yard? If so, why do you mow it versus paying someone else to do it? Photo by hummyhummy Related Articles: Save Money with Do-It-Yourself Jobs 7 Side Jobs I’ve Done to Increase My Income Summer Jobs For Teens: Finding The Perfect One How to Raise a Child on Less Than $266,698 How much does it cost to raise a child & 10 ways to cut the cost! Pros And Cons Of Starting A Small Business Read more from Jason Price at OneMoneyDesign.com, a personal finance blog based on Christian stewardship and biblical principles for managing money. You can also find Jason on Twitter , Facebook and sharing social media and blogging tips at SocialTechTips.com The articles on this site are for entertainment purposes and should not be taken as financial advice. Please contact a financial professional for specific advice regarding your situation. Also, many of the CPF articles help us pay the bills by using affiliate relationships with Amazon, Google, eBay and others. Find out more here .
6 Reasons to Mow Your Own Lawn this Summer