With household bills taking up such a large chunk of a family’s budget, it is important that we make cutbacks wherever possible if we are going to be able to free up some extra cash for other important things. With this in mind, it’s worth asking ourselves if there are any jobs which you are currently paying other people to do for you that you could actually do yourself? I think there are, especially when it comes to cleaning things around the home.
Let’s consider 3 cleaning jobs that you might currently be paying other people to do for you but where you could actually save yourself some money by doing them for yourself.
This is a guest post from Adam, he is the founder of Money Bulldog. He started his website back in 2012 because he felt that the finances of many people had become strained due to the financial crisis and he wanted to share his experience in the world of personal finance with the aim of making a difference. You can connect with Adam on Twitter@MoneyBulldogUK. Let me know if you would like to guest post on RFI.
Cleaning your Car
Years ago it was pretty much the norm that people cleaned their own cars. The weekend came and the neighbours would be out in their droves on a Saturday morning or Sunday afternoon and the car cleaning would commence. During the economic boom years however, we seem to have all gotten a little lazy! J It now seems that we would much rather line the pockets of business owners to wash our car for us rather than to sacrifice half an hour of our own time on a weekend. If you’re trying to save money then perhaps now is the time to root out the bucket and sponge once more and to start cleaning your own car again. Or perhaps you could invest in a power washer to help you get the job done that little bit easier. Who knows, you might even find it therapeutic once you get going.
It’s true to say that most house-proud people are really fussy about having clean windows! They simply can’t live without them. But do you really need to pay a professional window cleaning company to clean them for you? These days it has never been easier to clean your own windows with the help of the latest water fed pole technology used by professional window cleaners like Blades Maintenance. If you are willing to spend a little money getting a hold of the right gear, then you might never have to employ the services of a window cleaner again.
We’ve already mentioned investing in a power washer once in this post with regards to cleaning your car but it could also save you more money if you use it to clean up your patio and decking too, rather than employing somebody to do this for you. It doesn’t take as much time as you might think to get these jobs done and you could save yourself hundreds of pounds per year on home maintenance costs! It’s also pretty fun to use a power washer and it’s always a winner with the kids as the inevitable water fight breaks out. J
So there we have it, 3 ways that you can save money regularly by taking the time to do some common cleaning tasks yourself, instead of paying other people to do them for you. You may need to put a little elbow grease in to get the jobs done but it will be worth it when you are feeling the financial benefits and who knows, you might even get a great feeling of satisfaction and enjoyment from doing these tasks yourself too.
Do you save money by doing any of these cleaning jobs yourself?