Every year the cost of living goes up, it’s relentless and there is nothing that can be done to stop it. It wouldn’t be a problem if salaries kept up with inflation, but almost inevitably they don’t. The easiest way to stay ahead and to make ends meet is by changing jobs or seeking promotions, because if you don’t you are just going to be left behind. So what do you do in the event that your career has stalled or that your monthly costs are increasing faster than your salary – which happens quickly in the event that you start a family for instance? Outsourcing is a big thing in the corporate world, but not so common in our personal lives. But why not? Here are some simple outsource ideas worth considering to help keep your monthly costs down.
Many people employ a gardener to look after their grounds. Planting, mowing, raking and generally maintaining the facilities. It’s a tough job and typically people employ somebody to take care of the job. Or they do it themselves after hours or on weekends. It’s a big commitment wither in term of time or budget if you have a regular person who comes one or twice a week. An outsourced solution could be the way to go. In places like Sydney landscape management services have proved very popular. The kind of arrangement where you can pick up a phone and call somebody to come and do a job when it is needed, as opposed to a standing arrangement that suits the gardener rather than the garden. If you go the outsource route you will probably find that you cut you gardening bill by around 40% and you will never have to worry about paid leave, sickness or absenteeism.
The whole notion of doing a weekly shop and then cooking for yourself is becoming increasingly obsolete. It might sound like a good plan and one that saves you money, but the reality is that shopping on a weekly basis invariably results in a fridge full of unused vegetables by the end of the week. So why not investigate ready-made meal solutions, wholesome food delivered to your door. This isn’t takeout, it is proper meals, either pre-made or just the ingredients, along with instructions for preparation. No wastage and time saved. A winning solution.
In much the same way you can outsource your gardening needs to a specialist company, you can do the same with the cleaning of your house. No long-term commitment or fuss. Instead of scheduling parties for the day before the maid is due, now you can schedule parties when it works for you and then ask the outsourced solution to call the next day.
Time is money
Many people think that they save themselves money if they do a job themselves. On the surface this is very true. But do a bit of analysis and you might be very surprised. In short, how much do you earn per hour of actual work? Once you know the answer to this question you can then start to make some more informed decisions. You might decide very quickly that it is more cost effective to stay working and to pay somebody to fetch your kids from school or to walk the dog, instead of leaving work to do it yourself. These are important things to consider, sometimes it is much more cost effective to let somebody else to the work while you keep earning.