Several people have made the “joke” (really just the unfriendly, unhelpful, not funny at all comment) that as a new homeowner, “everything will cost more than I think.” I really can’t stand this kind of remark. It is like when people pass you in the hall at work and say “having fun yet??” There is no dignified response to this. It is just not cool yo.
And I get stressed out when people suggest that something will cost more than I have planned. Actual high costs of things do not stress me out, but people projecting a higher cost for something that has not happened yet drives me up the wall. Because I do not like people telling me what to do or acting like they know more than I!
But in one case at least, I surpassed my own super-cheap expectations of frugality. The heavenly oasis of spending much less than you thought to eliminate horrible problems from your life? The town dump of course.
Picture it: Tuesday this week, 2:30. My buddy and I arrive at the dump in his huge, beat-up old pickup, only to become absorbed into a sea of even larger hunter green waste management trucks doing (apparently their usual) Tuesday afternoon business. Dumping tons (literally) of smelly trash. But we made our way up the line with predictable New England efficiency, and unloaded half of my houses’s carpet in 11 minutes flat.
Not only that: it cost pennies at the base $35 for this load of trash. I assumed that the dump’s pricing of $100/ton meant $100 for up to one ton. But $35 is the cost for up to one ton, which we did not remotely approach at 380#. And we filled the truck exactly to the brim, just a hair short of having to tie things down to prevent hazardous droppage in the road. So this entire activity was completely efficient and cheap.
With the $18 or so I spent on pizza fixins for Pizza Payback Party with my friend, my costs came to $53 for this effort. Since I assumed $150, this is pretty great. Also, the dump is a great place to unload up to 1999 lbs of anything non-hazardous/non-electrical without even needing a town sticker (in my town anyway) for $35. I’m sure this won’t be the last time.