Although I have been working on saving money at the grocery store by clipping coupons and buying things that are on sale, it’s not the only way we have been reducing our budget. The other thing we have done, which started out almost accidentally was to cut out our trash service.
I decided that I wanted to start a compost pile. It’s a green way to deal with fruit and vegetable trash and you end up with nutrient rich soil that you can use on the garden. So, I began composting any fruit or vegetable peelings, egg shells, coffee grounds and tea bags that used to go straight in the trash can. I don’t compost meat scraps because that would attract critters and we have enough problems with raccoons and possums because of the cats that I certainly don’t want to encourage them any more. Around the same time, we began a concerted effort to recycle aluminum cans, plastic bottles, glass bottles and any paper or cardboard. Because these things weren’t going in the trash either, we found that we didn’t have to put our trash can at the curb every week. In fact, it turned out to be every third week. Not feeling that it was cost effective to pay almost $50 a month to have one trash can full of trash hauled away, we did away with our trash service and purchase three heavy duty trash can’s from the hardware store.
Now, we put all our trash in those cans, and when they are full we put them in the back of the truck and make a trip to the dump. Sure it takes about 2 hours for the entire process, but our costs have been reduced to $5 for the load of trash and about $5 in gas. And we don’t go every month, probably every other month. What would have cost us $100 has been reduced to $10 and 2 hours of time. For me, it is well worth the effort.
If you are looking for ways to decrease your budget, this might be something you want to try. I know it won’t work for everyone, some people don’t want to have to deal with their trash, and that is OK. But, if you take a hard look at your expenses, I’m sure you can find something that you can cut and not feel that you are depriving yourself. Sometimes you just have to be creative.