Cutting Costs – Merry Maids


Every second Monday, two ladies from Merry Maids come to my home while I’m at work.  My condo is small, so in the time they are here, they clean absolutely everything.  They also amuse my dog (I can tell because he’s always in an extra good mood when I come home on those days).

Now I’m perfectly capable of cleaning my own home, but like most people, I hate housework.  I especially hate cleaning the bathroom.  Not only does Merry M. make my tub and tiles absolutely sparkle, but they even do that cute toilet paper fold that you see in hotel rooms.  All my furniture is polished, the floor is spotless, my pictures and fixtures are wiped clear of dust, and all the dog hair magically disappears every second Monday.  It’s bliss.

When I get home from work, Merry M. leaves a list of everything they cleaned for me.  Plus, they always leave a little gift for me!  It’s not much, but it’s the thought that counts right?  My favourite gift so far has been the little car vent deodorizer.

So….back to the purpose of this blog.  To talk about travel, and how I’m going to afford it.  I need to cut costs.  Obviously, I have to consider my cleaning service as being a “non-essential” expense (I put this in quotes because my mind wanders to how I could justify this as absolutely essential, but let’s be realistic).  I pay $96.05 (including tax) every 2 weeks.  That doesn’t seem like a lot of money, but let’s add it up over the 4 years that I will be saving:  ($96.05 x 26 visits in a year) x 4 years = $9,989.20!!  Holy cow!  I had to double check my math a couple times.  That adds up to one hell of a trip!!

Merry Maids, I love you, I really do.  But I have to let you go.  This hurts me more than it hurts you.

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