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izquierdista Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-01-09 04:40 AM
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26. Not just survive, but thrive
There is a lot of unjustified stigma attached to dumpster diving. I learned to do it when I was a student living on a budget, and even though I can well afford things now, I still enjoy a good dive in a big metal bin. Only the foolish go into the front of a thrift store and pay retail (although a discounted, second-hand retail price) when they can shop in the fresh air without having to walk down miles of display aisles. With a dumpster, it's all in the same convenient place!

I don't limit myself to just food, either. Clothing, furniture, household goods, many items are available if you just take a look. In all my years, I have never been confronted or refused items that I find. Just given a weird look by people who look down their nose and would rather pay retail for something with 'undamaged' packaging.

Oh, and you CAN do it in Los Angeles, as that is where I learned the fine art while a student.
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