It is almost that time when the mortgage will be gone and I can start making my life a little easier. I mean it's one thing to be frugal in ways that are easy to continue regardless of income but then there is the other frugal that is just short term. Right now my most annoying short term frugal habit is to take my trash to the dumpster at work (with my boss's permission). That was fine when it was only me and even when I had a dog or two or three. Now I have a lot more dogs and I find that I need to take a bag of trash to work every day. That is more of a chore than it is worth.
I called the local trash companies and it is $18 plus fuel charges and environmental fees for once a week pick up of one can of trash and one can of recycling. The recycling is another separate chore that I am really tired of doing. The other trash company charges $22 for 3-35 gallon bags of trash. They say they pick up recycling too but I wasn't sure how they did that. I left them a message but they didn't call back.
I was hoping to start trash service at the beginning of the month right after I paid off my mortgage. Now that I have to wait a few more weeks I am wondering if I want to wait that long. I need some more info about the second company before I make my decision. I have heard that they will drive up the dirt road and come to my house for pick up where the other trash company makes everyone take it to the edge of the paved road so I would have to load it on my truck and take it down the road.
Which ever one I choose, home trash service will feel like such a luxury after doing without for so long.