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Being Frugal
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#2
I wouldn't be ashamed; nor squeemish to eat out of a dumpster if necessary; but when it's just a silly role-playing game--or some kinda statement--or I don't know what...



Do seem kinda pointless; don't it?



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A.} People who are After My Guns;



and;



B.} People who are Not After My Guns.



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#3
I've been dumpster diving before, but never before for food.



The school district upgraded all of their head-end servers and a lot of the material hit the dumpster. I ended up with enough to bare-bones a media center, and after a bit of testing ' old ' parts; a desktop. This was back when I was still in high-school and had heard of it all through 2600 magazine as a way to pick up cheap sim cards / cell phones / misc computer hardware stuff.
"Sell not virtue to purchase wealth, nor Liberty to purchase power." - Benjamin Franklin
#4
The local community has a 5 week long spring cleaning event where residents can put all kind of stuff on the curb for pickup Saturday mornings. Lots of people, myself included, go curbshopping Thursday night through Saturday AM. Unbelivable what people throw out. Some of the "WOW' things from this springs outing are: A very nice Schwinn bicycle, a full length electronic massage mat, Black leather jacket, one of those giant wheel barrow/carts with the two bike type wheels, Army steel pot helmet, shelter half, unused black combat boots, and a bunch of uniforms, field jacket, raincoat, web gear including canteen, 10 classical music cassete tapes, a boom box, completely functioning, including CD player, one of those chemical pottys (the kind that go on houseboats), a complete dome tent, electric leaf blower, and a working cordless drill with charger. All these things are completely functional and often unused, still have the price tag on them. (ok I had to repair the bike, it had a missing wheel, but I picked up several of them too.) And there was a huge amount of smaller things that are too numerous to mention here. The point is there are free treasures to be had by trash picking.

I have mentioned this before but check out Amy Dacyczyn's book The Tightwad Gazette. Reading this book open my eyes to a whole other way of thinking, that has made my life so much better.

Bill
#5
That one guy is right, there is definitaly a stigma attatched to eating out of the garbage. <img src='http://www.hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/blink.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':blink:' />



I used to work at a grocery store and dumpster diving was prohibited. We had to leak out all bottled fluids and we MLB'ed all the soft stuff so it went splat. That helped to discourage rumagers.



But, seriously, it is very possible to eat out of the garbage every meal for a long time while remaining healthy. And quite very possible you could end up very, very ill. Thankfully, I personally have no problem paying for my food. <img src='http://www.hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/happy.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='^_^' />
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#6
[quote name='RVM45' post='247855' date='Jun 3 2008, 04:17 PM']I wouldn't be ashamed; nor squeemish to eat out of a dumpster if necessary; but when it's just a silly role-playing game--or some kinda statement--or I don't know what...



Do seem kinda pointless; don't it?[/quote]





what gets me is when yuppies do this, they make great money, but think its so cool to dumpster dive for food.



if i was in dire need, id do it too no doubt about it, but if i dont need to do it, then basically im taking food that would otherwise go into the bellies of actual homeless people (the decent ones not the crazies and lowlives) who may not have eaten anything in days.
All who wander are not lost. -JRR Tolkien
#7
I personally have never dumpster dove for food. I much prefer my food fresh.. as in 'roadkill'.
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#8
[quote name='Paulette' post='248062' date='Jun 4 2008, 05:55 AM']I personally have never dumpster dove for food. I much prefer my food fresh.. as in 'roadkill'.[/quote]





Ah, Paulette...!





ROFLMFAO...



Lynne
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#9
[quote name='NY rat' post='248056' date='Jun 4 2008, 12:36 AM'][quote name='RVM45' post='247855' date='Jun 3 2008, 04:17 PM']I wouldn't be ashamed; nor squeemish to eat out of a dumpster if necessary; but when it's just a silly role-playing game--or some kinda statement--or I don't know what...



Do seem kinda pointless; don't it?[/quote]





what gets me is when yuppies do this, they make great money, but think its so cool to dumpster dive for food.



if i was in dire need, id do it too no doubt about it, but if i dont need to do it, then basically im taking food that would otherwise go into the bellies of actual homeless people (the decent ones not the crazies and lowlives) who may not have eaten anything in days.

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A few thoughts about this: There is so much being discarded in the dumpsters that it would take an army to haul it all away. As far as feeding the homeless from dumpster discards, most homeless rely on panhandling, various outreach programs, and soup kitchens. Think about it, they ain't got refigerators, freezers, or pantries. The homeless guy might take a bag or two of frozen whatever, but any more than he could consume in the next few hours would be wasted. Bread and eggs might last a few days before is goes bad. Same with furniture, clothing, or whatever, you got to have a place to keep it. Call me an insensitive bastard if you wish, but this is the reality of things.

If some yuppie wants to DD, that is no skin of anybody elses nose. The really cool thing about DD is the thrill of the hunt.

As far as getting sick from the food, as I write this there is a salmonella-tainted tomatoes scare going on, 383 cases. Just because you get your food from a nice clean grocery store don't mean it is safe.

Bill


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