How do you find the time to dumpster so much? How long does it usually take you to find a week's worth of food?
I’m all about downshifting. Because i wear strictly secondhand clothes and don’t want a tv, a car, or lot of materialist whatever it is. I can work less, and so have more free time. With that, we rarely buy food. So that saves us a shit load of money. And dumpsterdiving has enables us to live vegan and mostly raw, which improved our health and so eliminated our medical bills.
So all in all, we don’t need a lot of money to live this modest lifestyle. And with that we don’t need to work a lot. So i have a good amount of free time. This personally goes well with me, it might be different for others.
And because dumpsterdiving is something i am passionate about, i make time to do it as well.
On average it takes about 3 to 5 hours to fins a weeks worth of food for 2 people. We leave a lot of the more ‘junk food’ type of food. So if you are not looking after your health to much, you might be done quicker. Sometimes i am lucky and find everything i need in 1 bin. And then i am done in 30 minutes. But most of the times it needs a few runs on different nights. We do live within a 5 to 30 minutes radius of the bins we dive. so that saves time to.
Over these 2 years we have found thousands of euro’s worth of food. And with that saved ourselves a lot of money. If i had to work to be able to pay for all that food, i would have spent nearly as much time working. (now I don’t make a fortune, but I cant complain)