Sometimes, being frugal means doing a project yourself to save money. If you can do a job just as good as a hired expert, you can get the satisfaction of a job well done–and money saved in your pocket.
However, our time is worth something. If you have more time than money, it might make more sense to do more projects yourself. If you have plenty of money but are short on time, it might make more sense to outsource various tasks to others and let them deal with it. If you fall somewhere in the middle, you’ll just have to evaluate each situation to decide what’s best for you.
Here are some things that people could do themselves, but might choose to pay someone to do instead:
– Change the oil in their car
– Wash and wax their car
– Maintain your lawn (mowing, weed wacking, raking leaves, etc.)
– Pest extermination (oh gosh, just call a professional! I’m glad we did)
– Diaper services
– Personal shopping
– House cleaning
– Ordering take-out instead of making a meal at home
– Salon tasks (manicures, pedicures, haircuts, eyebrow maintenance, etc.)
– Hiring a tax professional to file your taxes
– General household repairs
I think it all depends on what’s going on in our lives to decide if it’s better to do a task yourself or hire someone else to do it. If you absolutely hate mowing your lawn every week and would rather spend that hour or two playing with your kids, for pete’s sake, pay a teenager to cut it for you!
If you don’t have the resources to change your own motor oil, there’s no shame in taking it to a shop. Look for coupons, of course!
And if you have a really busy day and there’s nothing in the freezer to prepare for dinner, don’t feel bad for ordering take-out once in awhile.
It’s good to be frugal with your money, but it’s equally important to be frugal with your time. What’s the point if you have a ton of money in the bank but you never have time to spend with your loved ones?
Don’t let anyone tell you that you’re being frivolous for hiring out a service. As long as it’s in your budget, do whatever is best for your family.