Saving green while keeping the yard clean
As a home owner, I hate fall. Leaves everywhere. Clogging the gutters. Killing the grass. The chilly temperatures. Oh! Did I mention the allergies? It's almost not worth the pretty colors. But the worst part is the cleanup. It's even harder with Daylen running around, because if we keep him in the house, we're down a person to watch him. At times like these, I would have called one or more of my nephews to come and take care of it and be done with it. And that exercise in laziness would have cost us about $60 to $100. But not this year.
It turned out that we had a decent Sunday morning and we just happened to have two of our nieces hanging out for the weekend. Moriah and I knew we could not waste this opportunity. So after breakfast we told the girls we were all going to work to clean up the yard. I took the gutters, Moriah and one of the girls raked, the other took Daylen. We did a better job than the boys did last year! And the best part is that it cost us nothing! The girls wouldn't accept payment because they said it was the least they could do for us letting them stay over.
The funny thing is I planned to pay for it to be done knowing I wouldn't want to do it. But it was satisfying to work with my own hands and save some cash in the process. So that's $100 now headed to savings!