Just for fun - what do you consider "House Splurges" that you have now that you might not have paid for when you were younger?
For DH and I, we have paid for a lawn service since DD#1 was born. At the time it was simple because DH didn't want to spend a few hours each weekend dealing with the lawn when he could be playing with DD and we love it so we have kept it.
This winter for the 1st time, we hired our lawn service for the winter to remove the snow (they also do this as part of the business and we live in MN). DH has a really bad knee so its hard for him to do this and rather than replace our very old snow blower that is way to big for me to use, we are having someone else just do it for us.
We have had a house cleaning off and on (off right now) and next year, once DD#2 starts daycare and my monthly expenses go down, I plan to hire one again.
I would just rather spend my free time with the family than cleaning and doing house chores. My kids are only going to be young once (they are 4 1/2 and 6 years now).
We could really use an update to our kitchen and all 3 bath's but we chose to build a new deck this summer so that is it for the big house projects for a while.
Growing up, my mom (single parent) hired someone to do the lawn once our mower broke - I have never moved the lawn and plan to never do it. I don't know that my mom ever did it as my dad did it before he left and then my brother did it.
I did grow up having to shovel (no snow blower) a very, very long driveway (I think it could fit 10 cars or something crazy like that from street to garage at the back of our property and near the garage, it was 3 wide but only 1 wide for most of it.)