An Unconventional Guide to Paying for College

Weekly Roundup: Expensive Landscaping Edition

My wife and I really enjoy having a well kept yard. We enjoy a yard where the grass is mowed, the beds are neatly arranged, the flowers are pruned and orderly, and the beds are freshly mulched each spring. This is a priority for us, and we have built money into our budget to pay for these expenses every year. The biggest expense in maintaining a well kept yard though, is time!

I often do not feel like working in our yard in the evenings when I come home, and I find myself running through blog post ideas as I am mowing our grass. I am great at multi-tasking, but there has to be a balance. A person can only do so many things in one day.

In the end, it comes down to priorities. My wife and I have decided that we are ok to let our yard slip a bit to focus on more income generating tasks (like blogging, and our side businesses). We also enjoy these things, and the freedom/money these extra activities affords us more than compensates for never winning another “yard of the month” sign again…

Here is what went on at Money for College Project as well as with my Yakezie friends. Enjoy!

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  1. I really hate weeding, but meeting the grass is one of those mindless activities where I can let my mind wander. It’s times like those that my best blog topics usually come to me.

    • Agreed! I have definitely worked through some gems while pushing the lawnmower around our yard.

  2. I love a good yard as well and I often find myself coming up with ideas when I am mowing. Unfortunately, our neighbors don’t take care of their yards, so I sometimes feel our yard, while looking good, cannot take the eyes off of the crap next to us.

    • I have the same issue with one of my neighbors. Our HOA won’t enforce the covenants so it’s up to us t make him see reason. He won’t, which is dragging down our home’s resale value.

  3. Thanks for the shout out! I haven’t owned a home yet so I really haven’t gotten into yard work. I feel like it’s one of those things that I’ll probably never really look forward to doing, but I’ll want it done well and at least being outside will be nice. But I definitely get wanting to focus on other things too, especially when those other things might make you money.

    • Yardwork can definitely be a necessary evil, but I also covet the time out side enjoying the fresh air.

  4. I have always hated doing yard work. We rented while I was growing up but in my late teens my parents bought a house I had to mow and trim. We definitely weren’t winning any awards with my work lol.

    Thanks for the shout out this week! 🙂

    • Haha! Yea we have never won the Yard of the Month club either! I hope to be able to employ my children with some help with yard work later in life. That might be a happy day actually. For me anyway!

  5. We have a beautiful house but the yard is….not so much. It needs a major landscaping overhaul and with my twins starting college in the fall I’m content to wait on the yard stuff until I know they’re taken care of.

    • A great example of putting your money where your priorities lie. Twins in college….let me know if I can ever help you with any questions!


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