Becoming Debt Free in 2009

March 16, 2009

Keeping the lawn service

Filed under: Budget,Journey to Debt Freedom,Weekly Budget Cuts — ambercouric @ 8:16 am

Over the last few months we have been looking to cut expenses.  There are several reasons to cut expenses 1) husband had to take a pay cut 2) the uncertainty of the economy 3) prices on everything seem to be going up 4) A SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT later this week ( I hope).

In our discussions we had decided to cut our beloved lawn service.  The service we use is a small town business.  The owner and two workers.  These guys all work hard and do a beautiful job.  I hadn’t mentioned to the owner that we were considering stopping the service.  But when I talked to him I could tell that quite a few of his customers had to cut his service from there expenses.

So we looked at the reasons to keep the service.  1) I don’t have to worry with the yard. 2) They do excellent work above and beyond what we actually pay. 3) There are three people that depend on people like me to keep my lawn service.

Saving money is important but helping others during these crazy times is a little more important to me right now.



  1. I’m with ya there. We have cut down on alot, but I am still holding strong on using the lawn service this year. Just like you, they do a great job, don’t cost alot. Plus we sold out lawn equipment a while ago, so even if we wanted to do it ourselves, we would have to get a mower and all.

    Comment by cheryl — March 16, 2009 @ 11:09 am

  2. We are also keeping our lawn service, our company is a father and his two sons so I’m sure they depend on that money to live on. I would hate to cut them out, specially during these difficult times.


    Comment by HS — March 16, 2009 @ 2:25 pm

  3. Your reasoning is well thought out and the lawn service definitely seems worth keeping, as it sounds like you’re getting a good deal. AND keeping a “little guy” in business, which is important, too!!

    Comment by Annie — March 16, 2009 @ 2:57 pm

  4. I agree with you. If you can swing it, it is helping them out. I thought about canceling my beloved cleaning lady. Was $200.00 a month worth it? But then I thought about how much she needs the business. And unless we are in dire straits, I will continue. (Of course, it certainly doesn’t seem like a ‘sacrifice’…I LOVE my clean house!)

    Comment by Sharon — March 16, 2009 @ 4:19 pm

  5. I think the question I’d ask myself in your shoes is: do either you or your husband have both the interest and the time to care for your lawn at least half as well as your service does? If not, then keep the service or risk the wrath of the neighborhood, heh. Besides, if you need to save money in this area, you could just get them to do it less frequently, e.g. 3x a month instead of 4x.

    Comment by moneymatekate — March 16, 2009 @ 11:31 pm

  6. Good for you — I know that I bought dd’s dress for easter & spent $15 more b/c it was made in usa. To me, that is totally worth a little extra. (sort of the same concept – it is our way of helping to ‘stimulate’ the economy by doing little things, right?)

    Comment by jpkittie — March 17, 2009 @ 6:56 am

  7. My sister cleans houses for a living and she’s working a lot less. Some services have to go when there is a tight budget! It’s too bad for people who depend on this money.

    Comment by Movingonup! — March 18, 2009 @ 3:35 pm

  8. Thank you! My husband could be the man you described; we own our own lawn care business. It’s so nice to see these comments…we all need to consider the “little man”…thanks again. God bless.

    Comment by Melissa — April 3, 2009 @ 10:03 am

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