Monday, September 21, 2009
Almost since we first moved back to Texas in 2003 my husband and I have been mowing lawns and using the money we have earned to pay off debts. Usually it is The Hubs who is out sweating in the hot summer heat, but when he has several lawns that need to get done at the same time I will jump in and help by mowing while he weed-eats, edges, and blows. Quite a difficult task when you also have three young boys that need to be watched while you're busy sweating.
However, this year we put the boys to work.
While I mowed approximately half an acre, my husband hedged the bushes and the boys picked up the trimmings and put them in the trash cans.
We even discovered the boys make great trash compactors and quietly wondered to ourselves why we hadn't thought of having them help out before.
Yes, the work is hard and oftentimes I sweat at least six cans of coke out of my armpits and back, but the incentive that keeps me going and mowing is knowing that one day I will be financially free Dave Ramsey style. In fact, this last Saturday we made the last payment on our truck--the second vehicle we've paid off by mowing lawns and doing odd jobs.
As for those car commercials I hear on the radio and see on the television--they sound so differently now. It feels so good to me to Act Our Wage. Hence why I own America's Ugliest Chef's Kitchen:
However, the kitchen will have to wait for now as we have a few more dollars to earn mowing.
Just keep your fingers crossed my 1974 range doesn't blow out on me before then. Obviously one of my kitchen drawers already has.
What I'm Talkin' About: Just Keepin' It Real