Saving Money by Cutting my Own Grass?

As the summer comes to a close, I am reminiscing on cutting grass…because I am bored?

Anyways, I have cut my own grass since I was a wee tot cutting my parent’s grass with a push mower (it wasn’t even a self-propelled mower, and conveniently after I moved out they bought a riding lawnmower…interesting). I began wondering how much money I have saved over the past 7 years that I have been cutting my own grass?

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My yard is around a 1/2 acre, and it involves edging, “weed eating” and of course cutting the grass. If I paid someone to cut my grass for me, I estimate it would be roughly $75 per cutting (based on what I know local services charge). Assuming that it has to be cut 30 weeks out of the year (because yes, it grows that quickly), I would be looking at ~$2250 a year for yard care services; meaning over 7 years I would pay $15,750 for someone to cut my grass.

But it isn’t all “sunshine and rainbows”. I have had to initally purchase and then maintain my own equipment (edger, mower, “weed eater”, blower). By my calculations though, all of that comes in at under $800 (because I use a push mower). I have to pay for fuel (maybe 2 gallons a year at $3 a gallon comes to $42). And I have to consider how much my time is worth to me. But, all things considered, I am coming up to a savings of $14,908 over 7 years.

To be honest, I never thought before I started crunching the numbers that that would be the amount that I had saved. That is astounding, and that is just over 7 years. If you break that down to a “per hour” savings (and it takes me 2 hours to do everything in my yard every week), you are looking at $35.50 per hour that I am saving myself to cut my own grass…amazing!

So my conclusion is that if you have grass, cutting it yourself can save you a ton of money after the initial equipment investment. If you want to make money on the side…maybe try cutting someone else’s grass; it adds up.

I am going to be much happier pushing the lawnmower the next time I cut my grass as I am thinking about my savings!

Published by Ethan P.

Ethan is a 30-something that wants to retire early to spend more time with family (like most people). Ethan enjoys talking in the third person, long walks on the beach, pizza, and nerdy things like Star Wars, superheroes, and saving money....but not Clue...Ethan does not enjoy Clue.

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