I bought my house 10 years ago.
I knew at the time that there was much more yard than I needed, but I got such a great deal on the house that I decided to overlook the acreage issue.
For most of that time I've been blessed to have a wonderful lawn guy who does a fantastic job of taking care of my lawn and looking out for me.
Even though I was embarrassed about how little he charged me for the amount and quality of his work, over time the cost still adds up - especially in the spring and early summer when the weeds grow faster and taller than the grass and they need a haircut every two weeks.
So even though I wasn't looking for it, a very cute electric (corded) lawnmower caught my eye on one of my favorite new social media sites, NextDoor. It looked almost new and was only $50!
So I bought it yesterday and today I cut my grass - I mean really cut it - for the first time ever! As I was doing it, I realized that the cost of the lawnmower was less than ONE visit from my lawn guy, so even though I wasn't able to cut my entire lawn all at once, as far as I'm concerned, it's already paid for itself.
But that's not all...
I was surprised at the sense of empowerment I felt at knowing that I was able to cut my own grass. It may not seem like a big deal to some, but it is to me. Knowing that I don't have to budget for about $120 per month or rely on the kindness of my neighbors to cut my grass when they cut theirs.
Ironically, this was the first week that I can remember when EVERY house on my street, which is about 8 blocks long), had perfectly cut grass - except for mine. And theirs looked fantastic, I must say.
It feels great to know that if my mildly competitive nature gets grass-envy, I can take care of that myself without wondering when I can get on my lawn guy's schedule.
Then there's the exercise angle. I know it's taboo to admit this, but I HATE exercising. I always have. Part of it is being bullied in gym class for having absolutely zero athletic skills and as a result, always being the last person picked for team sports. It didn't matter that I was a straight-A student, because being an athlete was way more cool.
I also have fibromyalgia and spondylitis (a form of inflammatory arthritis) and I'm in that rare club of people who actually feel worse after exercising.
But "exercising" while I'm doing something else doesn't seem to bother me as much - maybe because I'm not focusing on the exercise part. There's something out being outside gardening, doing yard clean-up, and now cutting the grass, that relaxes me and gets my exercise in at the same time. Who knew?
So clearly, cutting your own grass isn't for everyone, but saving money, getting exercise, and having a well-tended yard at a bare fraction of the cost of professional lawn service is definitely a Retirement Diva move. One that I'm glad I made.
Living our best lives,