Time seems to fly these days even more than in the past. Between work, household duties and errands there just doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day. Lately, I’ve been thinking about the age old time vs. money debate. Does it make sense to pay for convenience?
Prepared food- Pre-cut veggies, pay by the pound salad bars, heat and serve meals etc. I used to be a prepared food hater. I was too cheap to buy these convenience foods and thought that people who did were lazy.
We have a decent set of knives and I’ll gladly cut up veggies to save the difference in price. Fast forward to today, and I’m actually a big fan of heat and eat meals and pre-prepped foods. Fresh Direct had a really good selection and it saves me from blowing my budget on take-out and/or eating processed crap.
Take out food- Sometimes I forget to bring my lunch to work. When this happens my standby is usually Subway. I buy a 12 inch sub and save the second half for lunch the next day. I save on delivery fees and tips by ordering online or via phone and picking up the meal myself. Added bonus-I get out of the office and get a little fresh air and exercise.
Valet Parking- Nope, not for me. If I have to pay extra to park the car then I’ll park and walk. If there’s a nearby parking lot for free I’ll park a few blocks away and walk instead of parking in the garage under the store or restaurant. If I can get there via public transportation, even better.
Cabs- Sure it gets you there faster and sometimes it’s so much nicer than walking in the snow/rain, but I’m usually too frugal for that. I try to plan in advance how long it will take me to get places so that I can take the subway and don’t have to splurge on last minute cabs.
Personal Assistant- Yes, it would be nice to have someone to run errands for me. At this point in my life I probably have more time than money, so I’m willing to go to drop off the dry cleaning, wait in line at the post office, and wait on hold when calling customer service. If I had kids or other responsibilities a personal assistant is something I’d think more carefully about.
Cleaning help- The bf and I have talked about hiring someone to clean our condo a few times a month. So far this hasn’t happened, but we’re seriously considering it when we finally have kids. I’m a little neurotic about the way things are done, but I’d happily pay someone to help out with our household cleaning and free up a little more time on the weekends if/when we have little ones.
Everyone has price they’re willing to pay for convenience. What are the things you’re willing to pay extra for?