More Things People Spend Money on but Shouldn’t

There are certainly times in our lives when we need the assistance of a professional. If we’re being taken to court, we need an attorney. If we’re ill, we need a doctor. When our car breaks down, we need a mechanic, unless we know how to fix it ourselves. There are plenty of things that people can do for themselves, but choose not too, either because they think they don’t know how, don’t want to learn how, or simply prefer to have someone else do them.

When we can afford certain services, it’s fine to pay for them. But if you’re living on a budget and pinching pennies, there are certain things that you should avoid paying to have done if you can just as easily do them yourself.

Washing the Car

Why on Earth would you want to pay ten, fifteen, twenty dollars or more to have your car cleaned when you’re supposed to be saving as much money as possible? There’s nothing they do at the car wash that you can’t do yourself at home with a bucket of soapy water, a sturdy sponge, and a garden hose. Give it a try and save!

Yard Work/Gardening

Unless you’re physically limited in some way, there should be no reason to pay someone else to pull your weeds, mow your lawn, and water your plants outside. Yet people pay gardeners and landscaping services to do these things, even when they’re supposedly living on a budget. Want to save more money? Do it yourself or, if you can’t or don’t want to do that, pay a neighborhood child to do it. It will cost a lot less and you’ll be helping a kid learn the value of hard work and money.

Cleaning the House

Most people think that the only people who hire maids are the wealthy. It’s not true. Companies like Merry Maids do not stay in business and keep operating based on the support of an exclusively well-to-do clientele. There are average, middle class, working people using these services. It’s nice to come home to a clean house, but if you’re cutting back in order to save money, fire the maid and pick up a mop. Your bank account will appreciate the extra padding it receives when you’re giving that extra money to it rather than to Florence, Hazel, or Alice.

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