I’ve Finally Found the Line

What line, you ask?

My frugality line. The line that I will not cross to save money, or the environment, or whatever.

There’s lots of things I will do to save money. I’ll clip coupons. I’ll shop the sale racks. I’ll lather and rinse without repeating.

I’ll re-gift, I’ll make dinner by the ambient light from another room, I’ll let my roots get too long before a touch-up.

I’ll wait to call until after 9pm, re-use gift bows and the occasional ziplock bag.

I’ll even take perfectly good, usable things other people leave for the garbage truck. Once a neighbor left two very expensive baby play yards for the garbage man. I sold them on Craigslist and made $120.

What I will not do, under any circumstances, is take food someone else has thrown away and eat it. Blech.

I don’t care if it’s something as innocuous as cereal, in a still-sealed box. If food has been deemed garbage by someone else I will defer to their expertise. I will leave that to Seinfeld’s George (remember the eclair sitting on top of his host’s garbage?) and to the Freegans, whose penchant for dumpster cuisine I discovered by reading Savvy Frugality‘s post Extreme Frugality: Freegans.

Husband, who has often wondered where the line stood, is much relieved.

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7 Responses to “I’ve Finally Found the Line”

  1. goodfountain Says:

    I am pleased to know this about you. Especially should I ever find my way to dinner at your house.

  2. Lisa Says:

    What’s more amazing is that there is a whole subculture around dumpster diving. You can find dumpster diving groups on meetup.com. I belong to a beekeeping group (just to learn, for now) and for some reason Meetup thinks this would make me interested in dumpster diving groups, too. And soapmaking. ?!?

  3. Speaking of Dumpster Diving… « Are You Going To Be This Way The Rest of The Time I Know You? Says:

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  4. Savvy Frugality Says:

    Hey, thanks for the mention! I plan to have updates on Freegans from time to time. I find their lifestyle fascinating, although like you, there is no way I would eat food out of the trash. It’s called “trash” for a reason!

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