Welcome to the 10 day money saving challenge! Over the next 10 days, we will focus on one new way to save money. The savings will be recurring each month, so take the time to put in the work and you will continue to see your savings increase!
Be sure to track your savings in the printable tracker. If you don’t have the tracker yet, get it here.
I encourage you to open up a new bank account to put your saved money into. It is a wonderful feeling to watch it grow! Then at the end of the month, quarter, or year, you can do something specific with the money. Give you finances the best benefit from this challenge that you can!
Day 9 – Mowing/yard care
We live in a busy world. People are always rushing around from one event or job to the next. There has never been a time where we pay more for conveniences than we do today.
This is especially true if you are an entrepreneur. How much time do you have to do some of the housework and yard work that needs to be done? Likely the answer is not a lot of time.
We are seeing an increasing number of people pay for services such as yard care. Mowing, fertilizing, and landscaping. If this is a non-negotiable for you, that’s ok! Some people have a strong distaste for yard work.
If you do pay to have your yard work done, at least get it done with the lowest cost. That is what we are going to discuss today.
This one is tricky. You can’t let your lawn get out of control, however every time you mow it costs you. So how can you lower the frequency of mowing without looking like your house is a vacant squatters house?
I learned this when I had lawn care for a summer. My husband was in school and working nights, and I was pregnant. Not the best combination for getting yard work done. We didn’t have a huge budget, but this was one of those things that we made the money for.
What I noticed was that when I would go outside after the mowers left, the lawn was still long! It was like they had mowed it on the highest notch, and then insisted they come back the next week because it was getting too long. To be fair, it was very long by then, but that was because they never cut it very short!
I had a friendly call with the company and requested that they cut it at a lower setting, as I liked my lawn cut shorter. I had to do this twice! The first time it was shorter, but not by much!
After that, we were able to get by 10 days between yard care.
Get Several Quotes
I am always surprised when people say they hired someone but didn’t check around for different rates. How can you know if the company is giving you a market rate if you have nothing to compare it to?
Always call 2-3 different companies and get quotes from them. Then you can compare the company prices and reputation to pick the one that works best for you.
Getting a quote should never cost you. Companies compete for your business, and as such they offer you free quotes to entice you to sign with their company. If someone asks you to pay for a quote, run!
The price is not always the price.
Think about when you are offered a sale or promotion. Some people pay the regular price, and then you get a different price due to the time you signed up. When looking for yard care, why not ask what kind of specials they have ran recently or will run in the future.
Do you have a flier that is a little outdated? They might still honor the price. They ran that special to find new customers. They don’t want to chase you off by being set on the expiration date.
The only time when negotiations can be a little bit harder are for large companies. Sometimes their sales people only have so much leeway on price. If that is the case, you will need to decide if it’s worth paying, or if you should go with a different company.
Hire the Neighbor
You don’t need to hire a professional company to do your yard care! There likely is someone in your neighborhood that is looking to pick up some extra work or wants a side hustle. If you find someone like this, you can get the best deal.
You can try a neighborhood website, Nextdoor.com, Facebook, or asking around. If you are a smaller tight knit community, chances are that word will spread that you are looking for someone, and that someone will end up coming to you!
Just remember that as with all side hustles and money saving plans, be sure to think outside the box a little. It can get you the best results.
Do you now or have you ever had yard care? Try the things listed above and let us know what kind of results you get!