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6/22/11 9:35 A

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I did not know it at the time, but my parents taught me to think of frugaltiy and creative ways to solve problems without spending a lot of money like a game - a puzzle to be solved. This has enabled me to actually enjoy not spending money (I know, I know, there are folks out there reading this who are completely befuddled by this.) I do spend on things that have high value to me, like paying off my mortgage early and lots of travel.

I would try dumpster diving, if given a chance. I have not yet done this, but I have trash-picked furniture and toys and I see nothing wrong with it. The wasted food that is still fit to eat makes me angry. (I've read lots of articles on how stores throw literally tons of food away for no good reason) It's not for everyone, but it works for me.

Have a happy, healthy day!

Edited by: GOOSIEMOON at: 6/22/2011 (09:36)
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4/29/11 5:12 P

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It is an interesting concept, although I am sometimes called "cheap" I don't thing I would want to dumpster dive for food.

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4/27/11 4:57 P

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Thanks for the enjoyable read. I don't think I can find the time and energy to do this to this level but I really try to be furgal especially on the most depreciating assets.

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4/27/11 12:25 P

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I found this definition of Freegan on FreeganInfo.com:

"Freegans are people who employ alternative strategies for living based on limited participation in the conventional economy and minimal consumption of resources. Freegans embrace community, generosity, social concern, freedom, cooperation, and sharing in opposition to a society based on materialism, moral apathy, competition, conformity, and greed."

For real freegans I believe this is a philosophy of life that they try to live out to whatever degree that they can.

I applaud their minimalist leanings however I am not in a position in my life to live that lifestyle. I try to take a lesson from them though in treading lightly on Mother Earth.



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4/26/11 10:26 P

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I searched for a definition and it isn't a synonym for Frugalism.

Freeganism is for people who aim to get most or all of their needs for free, and it includes "dumpster diving" for food and other extreme measures.
It seems to attract people who are "takers," not "givers."

However, Frugal people don't overspend, live within a budget, and try to save some money here and there by living simply.
With the members I've met here, they seem to have a balance between "give"and "take."

There's a big difference between being cheap and being frugal.


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4/26/11 9:15 P

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I would suggest reading the book "Walden Pond" (available at your library). Henry David Thoreau was all about living a truly simple life. He did it for 2yrs and 2mos back in 1845 and wrote this book about his experience. When the experiment was over he stopped living in the woods, but he continued to live a very simple life. Thanks for raising the topic.



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4/26/11 12:27 P

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I've heard of the term but am not terribly aware of what it means. I try to live a frugal life -- I enjoy shopping at thrift stores, using libraries instead of buying books (unless they're really special!), etc. but I'm still very much a consumer. For me, convenience is a big issue. I don't have a lot of time to go dumpster diving like some of the hardcore non-consumers do; it's easier to just buy the item (but hopefully off craigslist or somewhere so I can still get it relatively cheap!).

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4/26/11 11:36 A

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MY GRANDMA HAD A SAYING : YOU GE TO THE POINT WHERE YOU DON'T OWN THINGS - THEY OWN YOU. I NOW KNOW WHAT SHE MEANS. WE GOT RID OF 2 STORAGE SHEDS WE WERE PAYING RENT ON & HAD FORGOTTEN WHAT ALL WAS IN THEM. SO WE'RE STILL THINNING OUT THINGS. HOPEFULLY THIS WILL BE THE YEAR TO GET IT SLL FINISHED! emoticon

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4/26/11 8:15 A

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Interesting.
Never heard of this term.
I'll look up more info.
Thanks.

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4/26/11 7:48 A

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Freeganism is an old idea. Epicurus lived around 400 BC. He founded Epicueanism on the belief that the troubles of maintaining an extravagant lifestyle far outweighed the pleasures of partaking in it. It's part of several religions, including Shakers, Mennonites, Amish and some Quakers.Current freeeganism is choosing efficiency, avoiding financial traps, defying expensive social norms, embracing free options, bartering, staying informed about local products and services.

When I was a kid, my mom gave me money for clothes. It was my choice to buy several things at thrift shops or buy a few things at the department stores. It didn't take long to notice that both places had pretty much the same clothes. That probably started me thinking about being frugal--living well on little cash. Some people tell me I'm cheap and that's okay because I like the lifestyle.

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4/26/11 1:54 A

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I haven't known of anyone actually doing this but, it is an intriguing thought. I hope you will keep us posted on any interesting information you find out about it. I try to do as much reusing as I can and things like that but, I am still very much a consumer! I would love to be less of one. I am familiar with Freecycle. I participated with my local group when I lived in Indiana the past three years. It was great, I loved it. I participated quite frequently! I have signed up for my local group in my new location here in Missouri but, I haven't participated yet. If you find any other great groups like this I'd love to hear about them :)

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4/25/11 8:58 P

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Has anyoneheard of this consept of extreme frugalism. These people are 100% non-consumers. Very interesting. Just wondering if anyone out there has practiced this (or is currently practicing this) very different lifestyle. I'm reading up on it, and although I don't think can do it all the way, I'd like to cut back on the majority of consumed goods by using local resources and trading groups such as freecycle.org.

Any ideas, suggestions, or help is more than welcome!

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