Posts tagged frugal

The Freegan Establishment

I’m still amazed by the freegan movement and the lengths that people go through to avoid consumerism.  I found this article very interesting.  It’s about people deeply involved in freegansim.  There are some good points, but being a mother, I don’t agree with going all the way.  There is a limit to the free stuff.  What do you think?

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/06/magazine/06Squatters-t.html

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Awaiting warmer weather

Now that Winter has departed and Spring has arrived, I can’t wait for the warm days without rain.  I’ll be able to do more curbing and diving as the weather improves.  Just today, I was checking out craigslist and found that many people were putting items out.  I wasn’t feeling well, so I didn’t go out and get anything, but the thought of finding treasures that other people think of junk excites me!

This past winter was so slow for these activities that I’ve kinda gotten out of the groove.  I’ve taken to answering ads on craigslist for those giving things away.  I’ve gotten some cool things that way, but there’s something about rummaging through others unwanted items/trash that brings joy.  Can anyone relate?

Just today, I did get a free camcorder.  With all of the new technology, it seems like things like these are becoming almost extinct.  The camcorder takes mini tapes, but I like it.  Call me old school, but I don’t care for the newer digital video recorders that are surfacing on the market.  I don’t own a fancy cell phone with extrodinary video capabilities either.  With the upcoming birth of the new addition to my family quickly approaching, I thought this was the perfect item.

I also scored some baby clothes.  To my surprise, everything was brand new, with tags still attached.  This was also a great find, even though I didn’t obtain it the normal way.

Rain, rain, go away….and don’t come back!

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The best things in life are free…..

While I haven’t been able to do any dumpster diving because of the cold (and now rain), I’ve been doing lots of craigslist curb alerts.  They are as good as dumpster diving in my book because people put items out on the curb, post an ad on craigslist, and ask people to stop by and take the items.

Just this past Saturday, someone posted a curb alert for furniture and footwear.  Since I was bored, I decided to take a look.  Not everyone posts exactly what they put out.  Sometimes, it’s a big, fun, treasure hunt.  You never know what you are going to find.

When I arrived at the curb alert, the items were a mess.  Things were thrown out and it looked like a big pile of trash.  I’m not afraid to go digging.  It’s what I do best!  I was with my partner and he however, was a little timid at first because there were two bars and lots of people standing around.  I began looking.  I found some floating shelves.  Next, I found some assorted housewares.  I’ve been into decorating my home lately and free is always the cheapest it gets!

I put those items in the car and walked over to the pile of mess again.  My partner pointed out a Macbook Box.  I figured that no one would throw out a Macbook, so I began looking inside of the bags.  I found something silver that caught my eye.  It turned out to be a laptop!!  I was so excited!  Further examination of the bag revealed all of the manuals and cds that come with the laptop when they are new.  We took those items to the car and went back to the pile once again.  I decided to look through the clothes.  It was there that I found the charger to the laptop.  A complete laptop…I can dig it!

My partner plugged the laptop in when we returned to the car for good.  I have a power inverter for things of this nature.  The laptop works just fine.  It is an older Gateway Solo 5300.  It is in great cosmetic condition and works.  I couldn’t ask for more….well, maybe wifi, but I ordered a network card from ebay and should have the internet up and running on it within no time :).

My son has been asking me for a laptop forever.  This nice new (to us) item may be his….if he can get his grades up.  I already have a laptop that works well.  I can’t afford to buy him one, but this is a total blessing.

The good folks that threw this item out didn’t mention it in their craigslist post.  I’m happy, because it wouldn’t have been there otherwise.  Finding that laptop made my day and kept me busy.  My partner says from now on, he isn’t going to hesitate in looking.  Let that be a word to the wise….have no shame in your game.  People may stare and even laugh when they see you digging, but I guarantee you they’ll stop once they see your treasures!

We hit more curb alerts.  I came home with an 8′ x 10′ cream rug.  I am in love with rugs: they are versatile and provide a quick change to your home.  It is in great condition and pretty much clean.

We also obtained some heavy duty cardboard storage boxes, computer equipment, including a huge battery back up/UPS (uninterrupted power supply), a small 3-drawer dresser, a toy car for the kids, and a brand new carrying bag.  It was a great weekend and I had fun.

It’s raining now which totally sucks.  The end of the month is the BEST time to find free things.  People are moving, can’t take everything with them, and end up throwing it out.

Hoping the rain stops soon…..

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Missing My Trash Picking

It’s been awhile (about a week and a half) since I’ve gone trash picking.  I’m sick with regret.  All of the stuff I am probably missing…I need to go out.  I haven’t because I have my living room full of crap that we’ve rescued and haven’t done a thing with.  I don’t want to create clutter, but I want to find some treasures.  What is a girl to do??

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Back At It

My partner and I decided to take a break for about a week.  Last Sunday when we went out, there were tons of people in our special area.  I’m not sure where the influx of people came from, but it was annoying.  Then we decided that we had a lot that we need to fogure out what to do with, so we opted for sleep instead of hunting for trash.

While we didn’t see a lot of people out last night, we didn’t see a lot of trash either.  I guess there wasn’t much to be thrown out.  We left our special area and went to another area that we’ve only been to once.  I was almost ready to leave when we stumbled upon a large slew of items.  Someone apparently had a yard sale and threw out the items they didn’t want.  Many people in our area will post an ad on craigslist for a “curb alert” when they throw out yeard sale items.  I guess these people didn’t because among other things, we found a Dell Inspiron 6000 (laptop).  It looks older, but who cares…it was free.  I’m going to get a charger for it and see if we can use it.

There were also cd’s, dvd’s, home decorations, beach chairs, household items and more.  The people that it belonged to came out and looked at us.  They weren’t rude but wanted to see who was trash picking.  Overall, it was a wonderful night.

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No trash for me

I skipped going out Thursday night because I was too tired. I will usually ignore y fatigue and go anyway, but I didn’t The next morning, on my way to the grocery store, I stopped in an area and decided to take a look. The trash hadn’t been picked up. I felt an overwhelming sense of happiness! I am usually too embarrased to look when people are around, but I ignored that. It was daytime and I could see everything so perfectly. We didn’t end up finding much, but I enjoyed myself nonetheless.

I did go out last night, but only magaed to find two things. It almost looked as if the trash wasn’t being picked up the following day. After a half an hour or so, we reluctantly left the area and returned home.

Where’s the trash at?

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Trash isn’t the only thing I love getting for free

Lately I’ve been doing a lot of curbside recycling, but in all honesty, I love all things free.  I get a rush from saving money and getting things I need or want at a reduced price.  I decided to do some coupon shopping today to catch up on another hobby of mine: couponing.  I went to a local grocery store to do a promo where you buy $35 worth of selected items and get a $15 gas gift card free via mail-in rebate.  I got about 16 bottles of body wash and 4 4-pks. of soap for $4 PLUS I will get a $15 gas card via mail in rebate.  It was a sweet deal because I can use these items.  Everyone uses soap/body wash, right?  I guess I will need it after all the time I spend hunting for trash treasures.

I ventured to another grocery store where they were giving away crest toothpaste and oral-b toothbrushes for free after coupons.  I racked up on a large supply.  Then, I also found a deal for secret deodorant.  I bought 3 for $2 and change after coupons and received a coupon for $5 off any shopping order of $5 or more.  The only prohibited items are tobacco, gift cards and other items not allowed by law.

Now I need to put all of the stuff away.  Thank goodness I have rescued countless plastic storage bins…my free stuff will be stored away neatly in the basement.

Off to see what I can get free tomorrow….in the store and at the curb.

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