Let me fill you in. I needed to put in a shelf in the back of the greenhouse for buckets (which are 12″ wide). I could go one of three routes.
1. The cheapest would be to just get a 4’x8′ sheet of plywood, muscle it into the truck and cut it when I got home. This also would have given me a lot of left overs.
2. Lowes also has pre-cut plywood at 2’x4′. A little but more in price but I could make the shelves 2′ deep and have less cutting, easier to handle and less left over.
3. Buy (2) 1″x6″x10′ pine boards. The most expensive route but no cutting, no left overs and nice and easy to load.
Needless to say I went with option 3. I don’t mind paying a bit more to make my life easier. Yes I have the tools to cut plywood myself but that’s a lot of work to lug the plywood (perhaps with a helper) measure, cut pieces, etc (maybe I’m just lazy). My time and lately my health and well being are more important to me and if I can save a little of both by spending a bit more on something I’m gonna do it!
I also dont wash my own car or do my own auto repairs amongst other things. Guess I’m not that frugal afterall.
What about you? Do you do things yourself to save every dime you can? Or do you spend a little extra for convenience?