When it comes to saving money, I’m always ready to cut back on eating out, work a frugal meal plan, and study the grocery store flyers. A recent blog post over on Northern Cheapskate had a title that really stuck with me “The Temptation to Throw Money at Problems“. When I read the title, I saw a frugal shortcoming of my own – an over-reliance on having professionals fix things in our house. A lack of faith that we could do it ourselves.
I had an opportunity to put this lightbulb moment to the test last week when it became clear we would need a plumber to clean out the french drain in our driveway. We have had it done before and it costs about $ 200.00. We had the money set aside for it, but my husband did come up with a solution he was willing to try on his own using a $ 16.00 auger-like part from Amazon. I said (trying not to be reluctant), “Let’s give it a try!”
You know, it worked! He pulled out tree roots and all sorts of rocks and the drain is moving much faster. We know we may still need a professional to come back in the next year, but for now, we are about 180.00 ahead of the game and feeling good too!
You might consider heading over to Northern Cheapskate to read the article and see if it brings any frugal shortcomings to light for you. Let me know!