I’m doing a new challenge, one I’ve decided not to blog about until it’s complete. Well, I guess I’m breaking my own rule here, as the challenge is for 2 months and I haven’t even completed the first month. The challenge is to buy nothing new. This excludes groceries and toiletries, of course. I’m keeping a list of things I would have bought or potentially bought. In the first 10 days, my imaginary purchases totalled over $500!!! Seriously.
Yesterday, I made a purchase. It’s one I’ve been considering for a while. I bought a lawn mower. Not just any lawn mower, a manual push mower. I weighed all the pros and cons, and the answer was clear. Buy it now.
- Save $. I’m saving $810 a year, as I had a yard service. I’m not lazy, just busy. Besides, my yard tools caught on fire several years ago and I just knew that was a sign from God to get a yard guy.
- Help global warming. A typical gas-powered mower used for one hour is the same emissions equivalent of driving your car for 100 miles. (about.com)
- Eco-friendly. This shocked me. More gas is spilled refueling mowers each year than the oil spill from the Exxon Valdez. Wow. (EPA)
- No smelly fumes & exhaust Not only is this exhaust-free, but when it’s sitting in my garage, I don’t have the gas smell.
- Free exercise. It’s really not that hard to push. Why did we ever add engines to these things anyway?
- It’s safe. My kids can use this, even my high-anxiety child who would never touch a gas mower.
- Reasonably priced. I bought this on Craigslist for $80. It retails for around $139. A gas mower would cost a lot more.
- No fuel. They make a solar mower, but it’s $2,500. This is the best low-cost option for a fuel-free mower.
- Low maintenance. I’m sure these can break, but the engine will never die. It doesn’t have one! The blades have to be sharpened, but even a gas or electric mower needs that.
- Peace. Noise free, personal time outside. Can you hear the birds chirping?
Can you hear the crickets chirping now? The only con I can think of is that I have to start doing my own yard. I’ll miss my yard guys.