I started going around my lawn route and knocking on doors to see who is on the list for this year. I am raising prices $2 for most people and the last $2 increase was 2 years ago. Most people are understanding about the gas price increase and we soon move our conversation to what they want done to their yard this year. HOWEVER! someone is always first to whine about the increase. Mrs X is a good customer but her jaw dropped when I told her of the change." you just raised prices last year thats unreasonable" I told her it was 2 years ago and gas was $1.50 then. She insisted that it was last year and let out a gasp . I said she was probably right and I would understand if she wanted to cancel . I asked her to let me know because I usually get 10 to 15 calls in April for new customers who are willing to pay $35 for the now $29 cut she gets. Shut her right up. "OH PEOPLE PAY THAT MUCH" "sure Mrs. X you told me yourself you don't know what you would do without me to take care of the lawn for you" Then I reminded her that $2 a cut is only $40 or $50 for the whole season. Remember why you hired me ?because the neighbor kid was undependable! Oh yeah that will be fine she said. Thats why I always say I cut lawns for free and deal with people for money . Just part of the game of city farming!!