Kerry Taylor, blogger at Squawkfox.com, admits that her advice is a little outside the norm. “Live as though you don’t have garbage pickup,” she says. If you act like you can’t just throw stuff away, it will make you more mindful about what you buy and consume in the first place. “People no longer shop for products that stand the test of time,” she says.
“We’re spending our hard-earned dollars on highly packaged products that are easily disposed of,” she says. “Our homes and landfills are cluttered with depreciated junk. The solution to saving more money is to stop wasting it on consumer items that quickly become garbage, and switching to quality items that endure.”