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Like any good frugalista, I love to talk about the ways in which I save!
Well, sometime last summer, my Mom mentioned they had recently gotten rid of curbside trash pick-up. They live in New England and were paying around $45/month for pick-up 2 times a month.
They had finally had enough of that and decided they would take their trash to the dump.
They bought a permit for $15 and were ready to go.
My Dad has informed me that they are averaging 2 large bags every other Saturday (and that includes taking my uncles trash, too!) to the tune of $2/bag.
Now, when we do the math it's about $1.25/month for the permit plus 4 bags/month x $2 for a Grand Total of $9.25. They do spend a little gas getting to the dump, which is about 2 miles across town, so we can add $1 for gas!
That means that every month they save just under $35 on trash!
Now multiply that by 12 months and it's a whopping $417 a year!
Now, that got me thinking!
So, I made a few phone calls. I called around to see what the best rates were on curbside trash. Our bill at that time was $29/month. As I made my calls, I knew the $2-$5 savings I might see per month was not what I was looking for. So, we stopped by the local dump, where we were informed the yearly cost for the permit is $20 and the cost per LARGE bag is $3. I did the math and am proud to say we have been gladly escorting our trash to the dump every ten days (or so) for the past 6 months.
So, here's the math for my trash!
The permit is $1.67/month plus 3 bags/month x $3 for a Grand Total of $10.67/month. (We don't really need to factor in the gas because our dump is on the way to just about everything in town and we don't make a special trip for our trash!).
This means that every month we save just over $18 on trash!
Now multiply that by 12 months and it's a whopping $220 a year!
Now, that's not as great as the savings my parent's are experiencing, but I can think of a lot of things to do with $220 besides throwing it away!
This may not work for everyone, but it definitely works for us!