Later this afternoon, our new (to us) washer and dryer is being delivered and installed. I’m a little behind on laundry since I didn’t want to spend another $10 at the laundromat when I was getting my own equipment a few days later. So if I’m not responding to comments tonight, it’s because I’m busy playing with my new toy. 😉
The part that has caused some controversy around here was the price we paid. Well, not exactly that. It is the fact that we paid more for free delivery and installation. We paid $100 more for the privilege of having someone else do all the work for me.
The argument for Do-It-Yourself
Generally speaking, I am a DIY’er and don’t believe in the time-is-money argument. Not every hour of the day has equal income potential.
It’s easy to say that my time is worth $9.27 per hour because that is what I make when I’m working. But if I could be making $9.27 that hour, I would already be doing it! But alas, I can only work 50-60 hours per week before they will schedule someone else to work instead of me. That leaves me with another 50-60 waking hours to do as I please.
Of course, I’m currently unemployed. So by the time-is-money theory, my time is currently worthless.
I do spend a fair amount of that time blogging. Roughly 15 hours per week is devoted to writing and commenting. Could I do more? Probably. I could double the amount of time writing to grow faster and double the income potential of my sites. But I am content with the amount of time I put into it and the results I am getting for that effort. As much as I enjoy blogging, I also enjoy playing video games, watching tv, reading, and helping others.
The case for paying someone else
We had the choice of a private seller 15 miles per way for $300 or an appliance store a few towns over for $400. Appliance store does free delivery and installation. For the private seller, I would have had to rent a truck and an appliance dolly, borrow my brother on the weekend, drive over to get the washer & dryer, load them up, bring them in the front door, taking care not to scuff up the brand new flooring, go around the corner, down the stairs into the basement, around another corner, stand on top of the dryer to reach the connection for the vent hose, and finally return the truck. Total cost: about $50.
I would save about $50 to go with the private seller, but you know what? I just don’t want to right now. We just moved in a little over a month ago. That new flooring wasn’t installed yet, so everything went into the garage and was moved in later. Between putting everything in storage for two weeks and the issue with the floor, I personally lifted and carried every single item in this place 5 times in the last 2 months. After bringing the bookcases, desks, books, and DVD’s into the office set up downstairs, my legs were jello. 30 trips up and down the stairs will do that to you!
Now, to be clear the controversy isn’t between my wife and I. She is totally on board with my not wanting to move more stuff just yet. I’m the one who is not totally on board with my decision.
I’m a frugal guy by nature and do have years of experience lugging heavy objects around. I could use the exercise. This is normally the kind of thing I wouldn’t think twice about doing.
I’m blaming it on the stairs. If the laundry room was on the main level, the level of effort involved would be half of what it is now. But I think that it’s worth the extra $50 to not have to push two 100+ pound appliances down the steps.
How much would you pay to save time and effort? Do you think I made the right decision, or should I be arrested by the frugal police?