Today I have a serious question that I’m hoping you can answer: am I being frugal or cheap?
It all starts with the photo to the left: tiny, ugly, landscaping rocks.
When we bought our house we knew we’d have a number of projects. We plan on going the DIY route whenever possible, and landscaping is one of those things we will try to do ourselves.
While there are many things we can do ourselves, hauling thousands of pounds of landscaping rock is not one of them. So we have to get rid of them somehow, but it would be expensive to have someone come and haul them away.
I’ve seen countless people giving away landscape rock for free on Craigslist (I’m assuming you’ve seen the free section of Craigslist??). Problem is, this is not landscape rock that anyone would want, especially not one that they would come and dig up and haul away themselves.
So we are stuck with having to pay someone to haul away the rocks. Let’s be honest: no one wants to pay someone $1,000+ to haul away landscape rock.
Here’s my (frugal or cheap?) solution: put it in the trash can.
You may be wondering how I plan on putting a ton of landscape rock in the trash can without it getting too heavy. After all, after even a couple buckets of rock would make the trash can heavy.
Well…we’ve been putting rock in the trash can every week for months now, and will continue to do it until all the rocks are gone. Yes, this could take months and months…if not years.
Being a type-A personality I even checked with the garbage company to make sure they were fine with me putting landscape rock in the trash can. They were fine with it as long as it doesn’t get too heavy.
For now I’m moving all the rocks in the front of the house to the back. That way we can put mulch in the front and work on that. Eventually we’ll deal with the backyard, but hopefully by then we would have siphoned a decent chunk of the rock pile out through the trash.
Here’s a big section I’ve already cleared. Next step will be to lay down landscaping fabric, spread a bunch of mulch on top, and then pick out some new plants/shrubs.
It’s going to look great!
But this blog post isn’t about how good my landscaping will look when it’s all said and done, it’s about whether I’m being frugal or cheap by slowly getting rid of rocks through our garbage pickup?
Let me know: am I being frugal or cheap? I’m also curious to hear what the most frugal – or cheap – thing you’ve ever done to save money.