The real cost of chores
I don't really enjoy chores, but I don't hate them either. Some of them I even find kind of therapeutic. There's one that makes me sick to my stomach, though. Every time I'm on pooper-scooper duty in the back yard I think, "I would pay just about anything right now to never have to do this again."
Over the years, I've managed to develop a technique to make this task a little less disgusting to me. The trick is to breath through your mouth and squint your eyes so you're not really looking at the, um, pile. I apologize for the visual I just gave.
While I'm usually looking for ways to save a buck, this is one instance I would be willing to shell out a few to get out of doing it myself. Because I also try to keep my mind on other things while getting this task over with, I started thinking. Other people probably feel the same way about different chores that I wouldn't give a second thought to doing. For example, I've heard some people say they send their laundry out. Really? Your everyday, throw it in the washer with some detergent kind of laundry? Since I don't mind laundry, this seems crazy to me. I'm sure somebody is thinking the same of me for wanting to pay somebody else to pick up after my dogs, which I'm still probably too cheap to actually go through with.
What price would you be willing to pay if you never had to do your least favorite chore again? For me, I'll continue to bite the bullet, squint my eyes, and hold my breath. But you better believe that I'll at least think about busting out the checkbook every time I pick up the scooper.
Tara Hanley lives in Janesville and writes about saving money for readers of Gazettextra.com. She is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff. Her opinion is not necessarily that of the The Gazette staff or management.