Why I stopped cutting my lawn.

Growing up, I always thought people who hired a “yard guy” were rich, lazy or both.

The idea of hiring another human being to mow your grass just seemed ridiculous.

For the first 8 years of my marriage I did all the yard work at the Acuff compound. It’s really less of a compound and more of an estate. A micro estate.

But then something weird happened. I started to do freelance writing and consulting. One Saturday after spending two hours killing myself in the yard with allergies that were donkey strength, I did some math.

I realized two things:

1. I could make more hourly than it would cost me to pay someone to mow my yard. If I took those two hours and helped a client, I could make a lot more than the $40 it cost to have a yard guy.

2. I travel some. If I’m not writing and working with clients, I’d rather hang out with my wife and kids.

It ended up being win-win. (Though the Michael Scott “win-win-win” eluded me.) Either I made more money by not mowing it or I got to spend more time with my family.

There are going to be situations as you hustle with your dream that you need to do the math. Can you make more than $20 per hour on your dream? Is your time worth more than $20 per hour? If you have the money, put up the lawnmower. It’s time to hire someone else to do the yard hustle. You’ve got other things to work on!

  • LarryTheDeuce
    Posted at 04:15h, 24 February Reply

    I totally get that. I really do. But I love mowing my yard.

    • Matt McWilliams
      Posted at 08:29h, 24 February Reply

      Same here! See comment below πŸ™‚

      • Russ
        Posted at 12:24h, 24 February Reply

        I do some of my best thinking while mowing the yard.

    • Melody
      Posted at 10:45h, 24 February Reply

      Really?! I hope my future husband loves mowing the lawn, because right now having no yard to mow is the greatest joy of apartment living.

  • Nick
    Posted at 04:54h, 24 February Reply

    So tough to do for guys like me who grew up in a DIY house in a blue collar MA town. But so true. It’s a great way to spend time working on business and family. We just got a new house and I’m thinking of hiring a yard guy too for the same reasons. Once the 3 feet of able melts of course.

    Lawn guy and VA all in one month! Way to get focused on your hustle.

    • Nick
      Posted at 11:08h, 24 February Reply

      err… 3 feet of snow… not sure how anything close to “snow” autocorrects to “able.”


  • David Mike
    Posted at 05:30h, 24 February Reply

    I was given a riding mower and so cutting the grass doesn’t take that long anymore. However, this is making me think about what is taking time away from what is most important. Time to cut some stuff out.

    • Jon Acuff
      Posted at 07:08h, 24 February Reply

      I love those, but our yard is probably too small for me to convince Jenny we need one.

      • Wade Bearden
        Posted at 10:44h, 24 February Reply

        You convinced her to let you get an axe. This one should be easy.

      • Phil Unrau
        Posted at 11:48h, 24 February Reply

        C’mon Jon…if you convinced her of your need for an axe…a riding mower should be a breeze….#thinkoutsidethebox

      • David Mike
        Posted at 13:13h, 24 February Reply

        Our yard is to small but I’m driving it anyways. I had to build a shed to store it and now I have even less yard!

  • Kristin
    Posted at 06:06h, 24 February Reply

    This is something that is tough for me. My busy season is now (tax accountant), but during mowing season, not so busy. I will need to ponder this one.

  • Ed
    Posted at 06:16h, 24 February Reply

    I arrived at the same conclusion last year, but instead of outsourcing, I bought a $5,000 zero turn mower. Now, I can do a job a hate, faster.

  • Caleb
    Posted at 07:02h, 24 February Reply

    Great post! I live in an apartment right now and LOVE not having the responsibilities that come with owning a home. I always tell my wife that once we own a home we will be paying somebody to take care of the lawn. That is time we have to spend together as a family, pursuing hobbies, and extra work hustle when needed.

  • Ann S.
    Posted at 07:48h, 24 February Reply

    Jon, in a few years, your girls will be old enough to do it. You can pay them, and that might work out to be “win-win-win”.

    • Emily Ufkes
      Posted at 10:01h, 24 February Reply


    • Jon Acuff
      Posted at 10:39h, 24 February Reply

      I love it!

      • Andrea
        Posted at 16:58h, 24 February Reply

        Well, and in the meantime, if you’re hiring a neighbor kid to do it, you’re teaching the kid to be enterprising and supporting his/her business. So it’s still a win-win-win. πŸ™‚

  • Leslie
    Posted at 07:53h, 24 February Reply

    Totally agree — and, let me add, that money is not “wasted” — you’re paying someone else who needs/wants the work and the money is cycled back through the economy! (Also – some people find yard work to be a great stress-reliever — we just don’t happen to be those people!)

    • Jon Acuff
      Posted at 10:39h, 24 February Reply

      Awesome, awesome point.

  • David Johnston
    Posted at 07:56h, 24 February Reply

    I just bought a house and moved last weekend. I purposefully bought one with a very small yard!

  • Anita Mathias
    Posted at 08:21h, 24 February Reply

    You are absolutely right. Unless mowing the lawn is relaxing!

    • Cameron
      Posted at 11:34h, 20 June Reply

      it is NOT relaxing, it’s a GIANT waste of time and it takes FOREVER, I always get angry when I have to do it, it’s slave labor and i HATE it, my stepdad bosses me around sometimes and I easily get pissed off at him for it, i just hate chores and i think they’re a HUGE waste of time

  • Matt McWilliams
    Posted at 08:31h, 24 February Reply

    This reminds me of managerial economics. If it takes me one hour to do something and a company pays me $100 per hour to do it and Joe can do it for $30 an hour and it takes him two, the company is better off having Joe do it.

    Harvard Business School did a piece that showed that Tiger Woods could pay something like $2.7M a week to have his yard done and make more money (net, after taxes) if he did a promo spot for a company instead of yard work. Why? Because he makes like $5M for those.

    That being said…yard work is my sanctuary and one place where I fill up on information and generate ideas. I actually miss it this time of year, although it is replaced lately by snowblowing. It’s also great exercise. I get out in the sun for 4-5 hours and love it. Most times, Tara and Aracelli come out to help, so it’s a family thing.

    So 75% of the time I have my iPod in, podcasts playing and I am generating ideas for my business, which makes me money in the long-run. And the other 25% is family working together time.

  • Theresa
    Posted at 09:12h, 24 February Reply

    I love that idea… As a mom I’m more interested in outsourcing some of the elbow grease jobs in the house like scrubbing the tub. But I agree there is a tendency to think you’ve failed if you get help on things.

    I would rather work on my blog, http://www.amominthemaking.com/ my podcast or simply spending time with my kiddo πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the great advice Jon!

    • Jennifer Lundberg
      Posted at 17:55h, 24 February Reply

      I cleaned houses in college so I could buy books and have some spending money. Now I have someone clean my house. I am willing to give up other non essential items to have my whole house clean on the same day. I do like knowing that I am also creating a job for someone who like me who needs it. Not to mention that as moms there is always something that needs to be cleaned up.

  • Joey E
    Posted at 10:00h, 24 February Reply

    I hate yard work. So this concept helped me a few years ago be more ok with outsourcing. I’d rather do others things (not just work, but also be with my kids), instead of spending an hour-plus doing stuff in my yard each week.

    Plus, as someone else mentioned, I get a chance to give someone some work. Most recently, I’ve been able to give one of my football players $25 each time he cuts my yard. Takes him about an hour, and he did it twice a month last year. Win-win.

  • Emily Ufkes
    Posted at 10:02h, 24 February Reply

    “Micro-estate” is my new favorite phrase.

    • Jon Acuff
      Posted at 10:38h, 24 February Reply

      It’s very fitting for my house.

  • Zechariah
    Posted at 10:25h, 24 February Reply

    Great post Jon. I am one of the sick freaks that enjoys yard work:) I see where this implies to other areas though. Thanks for this.

    • Jon Acuff
      Posted at 10:38h, 24 February Reply

      I can definitely see the fun of it, in that you actually see your work accomplish something instead of just pushing around data all day on a computer.

  • Michael Henry
    Posted at 10:48h, 24 February Reply

    I’ve had people say “It’s not worth it for me to as I make more….” That’s all fine IF you actually are doing something with the time that it would take for you to do the . If you aren’t billing, or spending time with the family then it becomes a simple “I don’t want to do that” choice.

  • Stacy Z
    Posted at 10:52h, 24 February Reply

    My husband got me on board with that concept a few years ago when I first started freelancing – Lawn mowing was one of the first, but I also look at grocery shopping and other conveniences from that angle – for example, if I buy pre-cut veggies/fruit or pre-cooked items from the store, I know I’ll eat and use them right away, but if I buy them whole, I have to spend time cutting them up, cooking them, etc. it’ll take me forever to use them, they’ll go bad, etc.

    Of course, the trick is actually using that time to work or spend more time with family, not just see it as more “free” time.

    • Jennifer Lundberg
      Posted at 17:56h, 24 February Reply

      The number of whole carrots that get tossed each time I think I will save money by buying them whole instead of the baby carrots in a bag.

    • AfricanGirl
      Posted at 23:27h, 05 March Reply

      This is the most liberating thing I have heard about cooking this year! I struggle so much with whole veggies that I have purchased going bad. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  • J. Money
    Posted at 10:57h, 24 February Reply

    Agreed! But only if you’re TRULY going to work in that 2 hour period or hang out with your family, because if not you then lose at the game πŸ™‚ It’s a lot like people who “save money” by making their own lunch or coffee at home, only to then blow it on something they can’t even remember. It’s gotta make its way to the bank or it’s not really saved!

    (I say this not to you, btw, who I know will take advantage of this freed up time, but to those others who say “Yeah! Great idea!” and pull the trigger without following through on Part B)

    • J. Money
      Posted at 11:02h, 24 February Reply

      Okay, so I just read the comments and see everyone’s already said what I did, haha… at least that makes me feel smart πŸ˜‰

  • Danielle
    Posted at 10:59h, 24 February Reply

    To this day, the smell of freshly cut grass brings fond thoughts of my father. We were busy playing outside, anyway, and there was something comforting about knowing he was there in the yard and my mom was in the garden. My parents have always done their own gardening and enjoy it. I would never want to take that away from them and I’m sure it helped them keep an eye on us. Your advice makes sense if someone dislikes the yard work, but for many it is a joy and a comfort. Now if you want to tell me to hire a cook so I don’t have to be in the kitchen, that’s advice I can get behind!

  • Laretha
    Posted at 11:00h, 24 February Reply

    My husband owns a lawn business. Thanks for the promo! He is doing what he loves. Someone up there made a point about not wasting money, rather supporting small business. Such a great point! We have 4 kids, so think of it as supporting a family. πŸ™‚

    So for anyone in KC, call The Yard Whisperer – with a name like that, why wouldn’t you? πŸ™‚

  • Kyle Bickham
    Posted at 11:03h, 24 February Reply

    Great post, Jon! I’m trying to use the same logic to convince my wife to hire a chauffeur… I’ll keep you posted.

  • Scott McInnis
    Posted at 11:05h, 24 February Reply

    It’s hard for guys to give up that part of their identity, especially if that is part of their worldview. If THE MAN is the person that does all the “DIY” projects and yard work is one of them … then somehow they are less of a man if they don’t do it. People don’t have a problem paying to get their hair cut (except the few that are on this post that will comment, “I don’t pay to have my hair cut”)… but most people don’t mind paying to get their hair cut. Your grass is the hair of your yard. Get it cut. … Also… the cost of keeping up your mower, gas, time, trips to the Home Depot add up. Just pay to have your yard’s hair cut. It doesn’t make you less of a man… (no matter how hard you hide behind the premise that you LIKE cutting the yard.)

    • Danielle
      Posted at 11:18h, 24 February Reply

      Or maybe, just maybe, the men and WOMEN who mow their lawns really do enjoy it. It is a chance to be left with your own thoughts and enjoy some time outside. No need to infer that they’re lying to save face.

  • Debbie
    Posted at 11:13h, 24 February Reply

    Our son did our yard until he gradated and left and then my husband took it back on – and I FINALLY convinced him, a couple of years ago, that his time was a LOT more valuable than the $20 it costs for the weekly mow – yes – $20 – and we have a big yard!!! Best $20 I spend every week!!!!!

  • talkradio
    Posted at 11:23h, 24 February Reply

    My husband cut grass all through high school and into college as a side job. He had up to 30 regular accounts at a time and sometimes hired buddies to help him with his workload. He did all his bookkeeping and invoicing on his own. I’m so thankful that he learned to hustle from a young age, and that people gave him the opportunity.

    • talkradio
      Posted at 11:28h, 24 February Reply

      I’ll add that now as homeowners and parents of an 8 month old, we don’t like setting aside the time to do yard work and wish we could pay someone to do it.

  • Paul
    Posted at 11:40h, 24 February Reply

    The allergies are what got me when I would do it. Let’s see you have a micro estate, I used to have a pico (look it up) estate that would take me about 45 minutes to cut and bag the grass. After that, I would shower and then lay on the sofa for about 6 hours trying to get the energy back. A guy at work decided to start a lawn business at a flat rate. Pay <$90/month for about .5 acre yard at my new house and he does a much better job!

  • Amber
    Posted at 12:09h, 24 February Reply

    We pay our daughter to mow our yard. It’s 6 acres. Commercial riding mower and it still takes hours. She’s much cheaper labor. πŸ˜‰
    Plus, she has a chance to build up her budding jewelry design business with the income. Entrepreneur in training. That should count as a Win Win Win, right? (She’s 13)

  • Jessica Hanson
    Posted at 13:11h, 24 February Reply

    5-boys X 10-year age spread between them= child labor for the next 20-years! YESSSSSSSSSSSS! No paying someone to mow my yard!

    After that, who knows!


  • Kathryn
    Posted at 13:51h, 24 February Reply

    Plus, you are supporting someone else’s business by hiring a company to cut your grass. You are contributing to someone else hustling and chasing their dream as a small business owner. There’s your win-win-win!!

  • Trish
    Posted at 14:20h, 24 February Reply

    Several people have commented that Jon’s idea here is okay “as long as” you’re making good use of the time saved.

    Um, no. It’s just okay, period. We are called to be good stewards of the money with which God has entrusted us. There’s a whole lot of gray there, dependent on each individual families circumstances, and how God reveals “good stewardship” to those individuals.

    I pay to have my house cleaned each month. I could do it myself, but I hate it, it takes me far far longer than a professional, and we can afford it. We’re supporting a local business, being part of our community, opening our home to guests without the stress of dust removal, and just living life in the way we think is wise. If God wasn’t okay with this, he’d tell us. It’s stewardship, not black/white right & wrong.

    • Jennifer Lundberg
      Posted at 17:59h, 24 February Reply

      I’m with you Trish. I love getting my house cleaned by someone else. It is how I choose to spend my non-essential money. I also find that I am happy to invite people into my home because I am not stressed out by having to clean.

  • Kim Heacock
    Posted at 14:24h, 24 February Reply

    I’m still trying to figure out how my yard guys finish something in 10 minutes that takes me 3 hours.

  • Jim Sprouse
    Posted at 15:28h, 24 February Reply

    Your “win-win-win” could be that you’ve helped someone else earn $40 that wouldn’t have otherwise.

  • Henry Bernhausen
    Posted at 16:50h, 24 February Reply

    I have the best of both worlds. I don’t have to mow my yard nor do I have to pay someone else to do it. My wife does all our yardwork. I have a great wife.

  • Kristine
    Posted at 16:50h, 24 February Reply

    I am chuckling because I wrote on this same idea today, too … http://kristinerudolph.com/outsourcing-the-good-kind/.

    I would add that even if the money doesn’t totally work out in your favor, if it’s something that drains you, you may still be better off hiring someone else who loves doing it. And, from the comments people have made, lots of folks love mowing the yard!

  • John
    Posted at 16:54h, 24 February Reply

    We have had someone now our lawn since I was little. More family time! Now I’m married I started mowing my own lawn…it doesn’t take much time. However, we pay someone to weed and do everything else.

  • Paul
    Posted at 16:57h, 24 February Reply

    I have a housekeeper for the same reason. She comes every other week, and cleans my house for $120. It usually takes her about 4 hours.

    Here’s why:

    1) My wife and I hate cleaning
    2) My wife and I make more than $20/hour in our business
    3) Even if we are not producing income, this is time we could spend doing fun things
    4) Our housekeeper is better and faster than we are at cleaning houses. It would take us 6-8 hours to do what she does.

    It’s an easy decision.

    You know what though? I like ironing. I am more than happy to spend time on laundry day ironing my shirts. I spend the time watching something on TV, or listening to a podcast, and escape, just me, my shirts, and my iron.

    But I don’t blame anyone at all for having shirts done at the cleaners for $1.99 each.

  • Elaine
    Posted at 16:57h, 24 February Reply

    It’s a conversation I just had with my husband. He has things he wants to do and the yard takes a lot of his time. I told him that might be something we should consider.

  • Sheryl
    Posted at 17:10h, 24 February Reply

    As the wife of a “yard-man”, I say, “Thank you!”. You chasing your dream allows my husband to chase his. He is gifted with the grass, bushes and flowers. It provides for our family. So all you dreamers keep dreaming and call the landscapers to do the dirty work!

  • Tammy
    Posted at 17:39h, 24 February Reply

    I’m going to do this in the upcoming summer for one reason: peace. My husband dislikes it, I dislike it (and only have so much bandwidth between work and home), and I’m tired of the strain it can put on our marriage. I don’t like feeling like a nag or having to ask to get it done when he keeps putting it off. This isn’t to blame him–he avoids it for the same reasons listed above. So the price of peace in our home is a lawn care service, and I’m happy to spend the money.

  • Ashley
    Posted at 17:46h, 24 February Reply

    This actually makes sense. If my future husband wants to mow the lawn (and we have the money for him not to) then more power to him cause I’m not doing it lol. Another point is that there are also people with aspirations of owning a landscaping/lawn business and you’re helping them achieve that which is pretty cool. No allergies for you and a person gets the satisfaction of making a lawn look beautiful or earning a quick buck.

  • Dave
    Posted at 17:52h, 24 February Reply

    More time to do what you enjoy is always a good thing! I enjoy the mowing and (as a gardener) the outdoor time that comes along with it. As a stay at home dad it’s my “quiet” time (noise cancelling headphones on an mp3 player help!) It’s a great time to think about future plans where you don’t have to worry about someone interrupting you for a while!

  • Lori
    Posted at 17:53h, 24 February Reply

    Agreed! We have to be very careful with our dollars, and we STILL pay someone to cut the grass.

    I despise yardwork, and get very sick in the heat. Girls *could* do the grass, but don’t. Husband has horrible allergies- so to work outside, it takes way too many allergy pills, ending with Benadryl, so then he sleeps all day if he’s not wheezing and gasping for air. Plus, he usually throws his back out, so that’s $20 for the chiropractor plus a lost day or two from allergies- not even counting the yardwork itself.

    We actually save money and get more done indoors by paying someone to cut our grass for us.

  • Julie Gumm
    Posted at 18:01h, 24 February Reply

    My husband’s grandfather had a saying “Do what you do best and hire out the rest.” Great mantra to live by and one we’ve both used lots of times. Of course now I have four teens/pre-teens so sometimes they ARE the hired help πŸ™‚

  • Agnes Ruth
    Posted at 19:00h, 24 February Reply

    I think you’ve already got your “win win win” if you include the yard guy’s extra income as part of the equation.

  • Brian
    Posted at 19:18h, 24 February Reply

    I understand the logic, although I believe it’s deeper than the math. I believe it’s a personal discipline that is much greater than just the lawn. Several years ago I used to hear people say it doesn’t make sense for Bill Gates to “waste” the time bending over to pick up a dollar bill off the ground. And while the math may justify that, that is not the type of person I want to become.

    • Mary
      Posted at 22:08h, 24 February Reply

      Mary Kay Ash used to advocate these ideas for the skin care consultants that worked for her company, Mary Kay Cosmetics. However, it strikes me as snobbish when anyone thinks their time is “worth” more because of their higher income. There is a dangerous line that a person crosses when he becomes “above” cleaning up after himself or doing manual labor. I agree with Brian that the issue is deeper than the math.

  • Kathryn
    Posted at 20:47h, 24 February Reply

    We hired a yard guy about two years ago after making the same calculations relative to my husband’s work. Then when my own freelancing picked up this year, we hired a cleaner as well. I have become an outsourcing evangelist. It is so worth the money. And BTW, here’s the third win: even when a project just allows me to break even on what we pay the cleaner, I’d always rather be writing than cleaning. Bam. πŸ™‚

  • Matt Habuda
    Posted at 21:39h, 24 February Reply

    I hope this applies to pool cleaning as well because I’m about to have a fit trying to get it ready for spring.

  • Mamie Kester
    Posted at 21:49h, 24 February Reply

    I agree with hiring out some things so that you can spend that extra time with the family and not have to worry about being stressed out having to keep up with everything on the weekends. This is why I love having my cleaning lady.

  • D-rob
    Posted at 22:08h, 24 February Reply

    You must be crazy. I look forward each week to cutting my grass. Nothing more gratifying than knowing your yard is immaculate and you were the reason it looked that way. If you are so busy that you can’t take an hour a week for yourself, then that is sad. Maybe you should look for another job. And yes, some of my best thoughts occur while pushing the lawnmower.

  • Kimanzi
    Posted at 22:53h, 24 February Reply

    Powerful words Jon! I’ll cut your grass for a month for a coaching session? πŸ™‚

  • Sammy
    Posted at 22:55h, 24 February Reply

    This is why I pay the people at Starbucks to make my coffee instead of brewing it at home.

  • Scott
    Posted at 23:11h, 24 February Reply

    This is a great example of prioritizing your time. It’s not just being busy and crossing things off your to-do list, it’s about weighing the tasks and spending time on what matters the most.

  • JayRay
    Posted at 02:10h, 25 February Reply

    $20/ hour?!?! Dang! Hire my kid, he’s only making $9/hour at Jimmy Johns.
    Hey, wait a minute, I don’t even make $20/ hour, HIRE ME!

  • Cristopher Stayton
    Posted at 08:22h, 26 February Reply

    As a former “yard guy”, I greatly appreciate this post.

  • LadyTam
    Posted at 15:07h, 26 February Reply

    One of my epic dreams is to be able to afford a live-in maid a la Alice from “The Brady Bunch”.

  • Greg Barth
    Posted at 15:58h, 26 February Reply

    If you love cutting the lawn, go for it. More power to you! I would much rather do the same as you Jon!

  • Zach
    Posted at 16:04h, 07 March Reply

    Jon you are 100% correct. Cutting grass is a complete waste of time. It sucks the life out of you and is best left to the professionals.

    Btw can I post this article on my Lawn Business website! LOL

  • Carol
    Posted at 15:08h, 14 August Reply

    My neighbor gives me a $50. gift card per year to care for her front and back yards. It began when her mom had alzheimer’s and I can understand that, but her mom has been in a home 2 years, yet she doesn’t touch her yard (right next to my townhouse). On the other side of my house a new neighbor moved in. The weeds are a foot and half high and it’s spreading onto my lawn. I saw a municipal worker stop, take photos and go in to talk to him, but he only cleaned up the back yard once. Not the front. I don’t get it. Someone in back must have complained about mice. I’ve seen other neglected lawns in the neighborhood, always vacant properties or young adults. I’m a writer (as it appears the new neighbor is) yet I take time out to keep the neighborhood a nice place to live. I also wonder why people with dogs don’t arrange for their poopers to do it on their own properties instead of mine. Okay. Thanks for the opportunity to vent :~)

  • Nolan
    Posted at 17:05h, 27 August Reply

    How about you just don’t mow your lawn or have a yard guy do it. That way you get your time back and you don’t have to pay him.

  • JimmyDee
    Posted at 09:28h, 24 April Reply

    Real Men cut their own lawn. Period. End of sentence.
    Only lazy, elitist shits PAY others to do it. Know why? Because they think they are ABOVE operating a lawn mower (much less a push one!) and they believe that lawn servicing is for PEASANTS and the working class. They believe that’s their Place in life to SERVE the upper (lawn owner) classes.

    I know what I’m talking about because I live in a town raped by Right Wing Authoritarian Republican a-holes who moved in, destroyed the forests, put up wall-to-wall McMansions, and hired everyone imaginable to do every imaginable (and unimaginable) service for these lazy shits.

    The town is Old Tappan in NJ. Check it out sometime. It should technically now be called New Tappan because the Old is long gone along with my best neighbors.

    They play an elitist game of having these clowns over Every Week to spend Hours going around in circles with back pack gear on making droning Noise and spewing fumes everywhere. If one neighbor has them, the Others All Follow Along to prove their worth. You should see these clowns with their trailers parked everywhere–it’s an obstacle course just driving around them now. They walk around in circles blowing the same leaves around over and over again wasting time and gasoline (I guess if One misses one the others will grab it but it doesn’t work that way!).

    It’s about Prestige and Power. When you think about it I can appreciate and understand people who cut their own lawn obsessively–at least it’s something of a hobby and challenge, not a matter of keeping up with the jonses and proving you can afford to waste money on wasteful butthead services!

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