Frugal Friday: When Hassle Trumps Money

Bye. bye glasses!

Bye. bye glasses!

I’m all for the DIY lifestyle. And I’m all for saving money. If I can make something for cheaper than I can buy it, 9 times out of 10, I will do just that. But there are some things that are just too much of a hassle to try to put up with or to try to DIY.

To determine if it is worth the cost of DIY or the hassle, I’ll do the math. I’ll figure out the time and supplies it will take me to DIY versus the cost of purchasing it. Por ejemplo (that’s Spanish for “for example”) I really enjoy beeswax candles. They have air purifying properties that soy candles just can’t beat. But pre-made beeswax candles can be pricey. Most true beeswax candles start in the $20 dollar range and steadily work their way up. The instructional videos and blog posts I found online didn’t sound very difficult or time intensive, so buying the supplies to make candles ($30.58) on Amazon was a no brainer. I’d make my money back in 2 candles. And I get to learn a new skill. (Once I perfect the process, I’ll share it with you all.)

But some things in life are more complicated. For example (in Spanish that’s por ejemplo) I’ve put up with wearing glasses or contacts for most of my life. I’ve worn glasses or contacts for 18 years. I started wearing glasses in the 4th grade and I switched over to contacts in high school. Over the years, it’s been a hassle, but I’ve just taken it as a part of life. But lately I’ve no longer been able to wear contacts due to my allergies and I just can’t stand wearing glasses everyday. They slip off my face when I’m gardening or working out. They get dirty and covered in finger prints. I loose them and then can’t find them because I can’t see. (I have super bad vision.) I’ve had it.

So I used my trusty math to figure out if laser eye surgery was worth the hefty price tag. And it was. It may take me 11.8 years to break even, but if I figure in the cost of my hassle I’ll break even faster. And if I end up not having to wear glasses or contacts I’ll eventually start saving money because I’ll have one less expense.

If you are curious, I figure out hassle by the minutes it took me a day to mess with my glasses or contacts. I figured that was about 10 minutes a day. I then took my hourly wage and divided it by 60 minutes to find out my minutely wage. Then I took my minutely wage and multiplied it by days in the year. In a year, I spent $912.50 worth of time hassling with my eyes. Kind of insane. Then I divided the cost of the surgery  by the cost of time spent and ended up with 3.89 years. Lastly, I factored in the $300 per year expense of buying glasses or contacts. I ended up with an approximation of breaking even in three years. Plus, if this surgery works, my life is going to be greatly improved and I can’t calculate that.

All this math makes my brain hurt. But as this post is published I’ll be going under the laser to fix my eyeballs! Wish me luck!

Do you ever use a formula to calculate hassle? Let me know in the comments!


4 thoughts on “Frugal Friday: When Hassle Trumps Money

  1. Monique Mitchell (@neeke1)

    Your post is perfect timing! I scheduled my laser eye surgery assessment two days ago. This is confirmation that if I am a candidate for the surgery, I should go through with it. Thanks for the confirmation! Good luck with your surgery. 😀

    1. lovelibrarianmelanie Post author

      Do it! It’s only been a day, but it’s already one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

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