Many people can relate to the feeling of regret after an over-zealous clear-out. But in this case, the discarded handbag had much more than just sentimental value.
The woman from Nuremberg threw her bag away at a recycling centre - not realizing it contained several thousand euros.
Her husband called the police on Wednesday morning in a desperate state. The collection point had been closed since the woman had thrown away the bag the previous day.
According to police reports, the 55-year-old husband had been saving the money in the bag for a "large purchase" and his wife was clueless as to her handbag's expensive contents.
Officials then discovered that the contents of two of the garbage containers from the depot had already been burned - halving the frantic husband's chance of recovering his money.
The husband was allowed to look through the remaining two containers in a waste disposal centre.
Fortunately the story had a happy ending - the man found the bag, with the money still inside.
Bavarian Police said that the wife was "overjoyed" when she informed the police of the lucky find. They added: "Family peace seems to have been rescued, just in time for the New Year."