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Savings challenge: Mow your own lawn

Woman mowing grass with electric mower

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Ah, spring: Sun-dappled mornings, budding flowers and the ear-splitting cacophony of lawn care workers swarming through the streets, at least in a lot of places here in Florida anyway.

Luckily in my new neighborhood, everyone parks their pickup trucks on their lawn and mows the grass around it themselves. In a way, it’s much more civilized than a neighborhood with an overbearing homeowners association — lawn care is usually done on an evening after work, in pajamas or boxer shorts in some cases.

And yet, the temptation remains: Should I pay for this chore in time and effort or lie down indoors in the air conditioning while someone else mows my lawn? For the low cost of just $75 per month, my roommate has been maintaining the grounds once per week. It’s kind of a deal in that a professional service could charge up to $100 to $140 per month, according to

DIY lawn care could add up to even heftier savings. As part of Bankrate’s yearlong experiment in saving money, I mowed my own lawn. See if I held on to some cash.