We've been working really hard on our house lately, and with all the construction, we had gathered an awful lot of garbage. We've been putting it out to the road a little at a time and making a great dent in the pile of junk. We had 2 things that the garbage man wouldn't take without us paying for it... a dryer and a water softener. We put both items out by the road in hopes that some garbage picker/scrapper would pick them up. The dryer disappeared within a day! However, the water softener just sat... and sat... for 2 weeks. I finally called the garbage company and asked them to pick it up despite the $45 charge they were going to add to my next bill.
By some little miracle, someone decided to pick up a water softener that night. I was able to call the garbage company and cancel the pickup, and save $45! This Christmas season, that is no small miracle to me!