We're all looking for ways to save some money in this tight economy -- here's an idea to consider -
If you live in an area where you have to pay for your own garbage pickup, consider checking out what kind of deal you could get by changing trash removal services.
We'd had the same trash removal service for many years; it was a large company, their service was dependable, and we had no complaints, but it just seemed to be getting more and more expensive every year. We started noticing folks in our area putting out trash cans and bins with various trash removal company names on them, and then also noticed a small ad in a local paper advertising a trash removal company in a nearby town. We decided to look into what kind of prices the other companies were charging and we were surprised at the difference! We ultimately decided to switch to a smaller, local trash removal company and cut our trash bill by more than a third.
- Research Companies - Take note of any trash removal company names on trash cans and bins in your area, or look up residential trash removal in your local yellow pages.
- Ask about services - Do they provide pickup in your area? Do they pick up weekly? How many bags or cans can you put out for each pick up? If you only have a bag or two of trash per week, ask if the company has a discount for smaller pickups - some do.
- Compare prices - Compare prices among the different companies; they can vary quite a bit.
- Negotiate - Try negotiating with your current trash removal company. When we found out how much less other companies were charging, we called our trash company, told them we were going to cancel our account and change services and they offered us a discount if we stayed with them. Your current trash company might not be willing to negotiate price, but it's worth a try!