Saturday, March 3, 2012

Too Far Frugal?

Sometimes you just have to wonder. So, today, I was cleaning up the kitchen and went to throw something in the garbage. I opened the can, and at the very top saw a cardboard box stuffed in. Sigh. Our curbside recycling takes cardboard. This isn't the first time I've seen cardboard and recyclables in the trash. Usually by the time I see them, they have icky stuff all over them so "rescue" isn't possible.

So I took the cardboard out and walked into the Princess's room and said "Let's have another little chat about recycling." She kind of rolled her eyes. I explained why recycling was important, save the earth, save the trees, leave a better place for your own children.....blah, blah, blah.

And then I veered off....and started talking about how recycling had reduced our household trash by 1 back per week -- which in an average week is about 50%. And then I started talking about how each trash bag costs almost .15 cents each if I get them on sale and don't have a coupon (yes I've tried cheaper ones, but they don't seem to hold up). And that .15 per week savings translated to $7.80 per YEAR!

And that's when I lost her...... I was sitting there babbling about saving the $7.80 cents per year and it took me 10 minutes to stop going on and on. I know the little things add up, but really, yammering on for 10 minutes about $7.80? Yikes. I've lost my mind.


  1. I will take it one step further...

    We have trash pick up once a week. I toyed with the idea of going to every OTHER week if we could recycle enough to keep the can from overflowing. If the trash company would do it, that would cut our trash expense by half!

    You know....I haven't visited that idea in a while.......hmmmm.....

  2. We are lucky that we don't have to pay for the trash pick up. Its part of the city services. Would your trash company go to every other week? Might be worth looking into if you can!