We bought a reel lawn mower last week. This should be a frugal purchase. The cost was just over $100. We were paying $60 a month for lawn service so this purchase will more than pay for itself in two months. The only maintenance the mower needs is occasional and from what I’ve read it will last a long time. In my experience with gas mowers they haven’t lasted that long.
The purchase is also green in that it doesn’t use any gas. It relies only on human power which is good because I can use the exercise. The mower is easy to push and does a good job of cutting the grass. If you are a perfectionist about your lawn you might not like it because it does seem to miss a few spots. It doesn’t bother me but in my opinion lawns are one of the top things that people waste their time and money on.