I've gotten a bit lazy since I'm caught up through #44 now. I usually just look at the pic on the left side as well though when I'm looking for new figs. I remember going to a TRU on 04/03 to pick up all the basic figs and I must have gone through about 40 pegs, one by one. Boy that was a chore.
I just hate it when the pegs are overfilled and you accidentally drop a few. That happened to me the other day and I must have knocked about 10-15 cards off the pegs. I felt so bad..
I picked them all up though, so at least I didn't leave a mess behind.