I’d much rather spend money to save time than vice versa.
If you can afford it, paying for your time is ALWAYS worth it.
I pay for a cleaning service to clean my house and virtual assistants to research things for me because I don’t enjoy doing these activities and I’d rather spend my time on other things like writing or hanging out with my family.
Some people might think spending money to save time is wasteful, but I’ll argue the opposite.
Consider the fact that you only have one life. How are you going to spend your precious time? Doing stuff you don’t like just because you can? To me, that’s wasteful.
I’d rather be doing something meaningful that brings me joy or satisfaction.
If you’re an analytical person, it might help to frame it this way:
Your time is worth a certain amount of money. You decide how much. Let’s say you value your time at $50 an hour.
If you can pay someone $25 an hour to do something you don’t want to do, then YOU WIN, especially if they can do a better job than you.
I wouldn’t limit this thinking to just services either.
Is the extra dollar you’d spend on diced veggies at the supermarket worth the 10 minutes it would take you to dice them yourself? If you love cooking, maybe not. But for me, the answer is always yes.
After all, you can always find ways to earn more money, but you can never get your time back.