I’ll periodically scan through stores sale circulars, so I can get an idea of what new items actually cost. Of course, it’s accompanied by me exclaiming to my boyfriend, who often shops in a real store for work-related purposes, “I can’t believe someone would PAY that much – do you know how many of those I come across in a week!?!.” Yeah, I’m pretty backwards when it comes to an actual new retail price for something. What I find amusing, is that I know I’ll be finding the same items in the trash in the next few weeks (so I guess I’m shopping, just like everyone else, but in a different way…). I have trouble with the concept of buying a new version of something that is already owned, has been working just fine, but, ‘Well, it was on sale for such a great price…the other was getting old’.
You can tell lots of things about people from their trash, and one thing I can always tell, is what’s been on sale within the past few weeks (I can also tell when someone is going to put their house on the market within six months – but that’s for another post!). As long as my neighbors continue buying, I’ll continue saving & scoring off their discards.
So, how have you shopped the trash lately?