Budget Idea #3 – Chores Per Pay


Let’s face it: vacuuming SUCKS. Dusting? Puhhhllllease! And don’t even get me started on folding fitted sheets.

Just as much as we [yes, I do realise there is a small finite minuscule collection of humans which do in fact “enjoy” those tasks – I am calling you out, washing dishes lover! Be aware we all live in shocked awe of your abilities!!] don’t like to do those tasks, if there are littles in our life, they’ve likely heard us crab and moan about them, and don’t find them all that pleasurable either.

If you were to hire someone, once a week to come into your home, to clean everything, what would you expect to pay them for that time? I mean, above minimum wage, obviously, but I want you to think about the fact that you have to actually do physical labour.

Granted, there are things you can do in order to keep life less than needing a special episode of Hoarders, so between that and merely washing off paper plates to reuse, dousing yourself in febreeze (dude, this doesn’t work, take a shower and wash your clothes!), that balance shows us we need to have a set of guidelines to maintain our regular daily habits.

So, barring both ends of the spectrum – the ones who are museum fastidious and those who are so gross you can’t sit in their passenger seat – most people are in the “lived in category”.

If you live alone, pay yourself (set aside the money and don’t touch it) every time you do a chore. Set up a pay-per-chore scale. If you have others in your home, have a conversation about

Every week, do the chores you need, but tally up the amount you would have paid someone else. This goes into your “reward” or “vacation” or “super emergency, just busted a tooth Christmas Eve” fund. Or better yet, split it into three, and have all of them!

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