*Update – I talked to the people at the landfill, and the price is actually $.35 for every 20 pounds of trash you bring in. That would be way less than $5 a month for us, which makes it even more of a deal. When we first moved into this new house, I automatically signed up for trash pickup because, well…it’s what you do here. At least that is what I thought, until I was having a conversation with a local about the landfill allowing people to haul their own trash for $5 instead of paying Waste Management to do it for them. I guess I can see the draw of having a truck come around and pick up your trash for you, but we put out about 1 bag of trash a week, and realistically that truck would not have to stop at my house but once a month to get it all. However, because he comes by my driveway every Monday morning, I always put the bin out with a single bag of trash in it. Seems kind of dumb, but what seems even dumber is that I pay $27 a month for this service and I could have been doing it myself all this time for only $5 a month.
With the tiny amount of trash that we send to the landfill, paying a giant truck that much money to pick it up seems like a total waste of $22 dollars every month. I could store each bag in the garage and go once a month in my Jeep, or I could go every week with each bag; either way it is cheaper than what I pay now for trash pickup. That’s $264 a year spent on trash pickup that could go towards our car loan, my wife’s student loans, or just into savings. If only I had known we could have been doing that for the last 8 months!
$22 a month is not going to make or break our budget (or lack thereof). But every little bit helps, and if I have to lug a few bags of trash 2 miles to the landfill once or twice a month to save that $22, I am all about that. I have much more important things to spend that money on! This concept got me started looking for other mundane things we pay for without even thinking about it, so maybe I will find a few more bucks somewhere. What about you? Have you ever had a moment when you wonder why you are paying money for something that would be so simple to do yourself? If so, let us know!