When I was younger I thought that the phrase "time is money" only applied to the workplace. If you spent time talking for 30 minutes to a coworker or if you weren't productive, it cost the company money.
As I have gotten older, I have seen its truth in the home arena.
If we mow our grass ourselves, we lose time, but we save money.
If we pay someone to mow the grass for us, we gain time, but we lose money.
If I make dinner at home, I lose some of my time, but we save money.
If we go out to eat, we gain some time, but lose some money.
If I cuff and sew a pair of Madison's jean which are too short for her to make into shorts, I lose time, but save money.
If I go out and buy her a new pair of shorts, I lose money, but save time.
You get the point.
I, most of the time, will choose to lose time and to save the money. I think it is more than being frugal. I think it is being a good financial steward of what God has given us, money wise and health wise. If I can do it, I think I should try to do it unless it is out of my area of expertise or unsafe.
So, for pretty much all of my Memorial day, I spent sewing valances for my kitchen. Sure, I could have bought some from the store, but I like to sew. It helps me to channel my creative outlet. I had hoped to get all of the valances done or at least half of them done. In actuality, I got only one done. It seemed half of the time was spent trying to locate my zipper foot, fabric I was going to use for the backing, changing thread colors, etc. It seemed every step took me three times as long as I thought. I just kept thinking, "Time is Money". There was part of me during the process that I wished I had paid someone to do this.
But as I put my panel up in my window, I was tickled pink with the finished product. I started to say, "How awesome am I," to my husband and son who were sitting there. I reconsidered, and said, "How great is God that He made me so awesome!" We all had a good laugh about that, because your real family knows that you are not always so awesome. I did it, but boy I lost a lot of time doing it.
Pizza Hut was more than happy to take some of my money tonight, because I was too tired to make dinner. Again, it just further proves my point. Time is money.
"A sluggard's appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are satisfied."
Proverbs 13:4, NIV