Guy lives for a year without money - Freegan Power!

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Found 28th Nov 2009
Freegan feast held in Bristol

news.bbc.co.uk/1/h…stm

I've done it a few times! You get some amazing stuff!! Anyone else tried it?

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I was just reading this before you posted it!

Original Poster

livingthelife07;7034177

I was just reading this before you posted it!



Great minds think alike

Have you tried it?

I have watched the programmes recently - whats that guys name again .............is it Jonathan something or another...............but its fascinating. The amount of waste is incredible and one of the programmes followed a group of freegans over a period of time and it was unbelievable the amount of food they got!

I couldnt take food out of a skip though!

rehydrated;7034253

Great minds think alike :)Have you tried it?



What foraged food or living without cash?

Also, these freegans in this programme didnt claim benefits. They lived in caravans, didnt work but didnt claim income support which I found interesting.

The other side of that argument is they dont work so dont pay income tax or NI but do use the NHS - but I suppose that another thread!!!!

Interesting subject though!

bossyboots;7034293

Also, these freegans in this programme didnt claim benefits. They lived … Also, these freegans in this programme didnt claim benefits. They lived in caravans, didnt work but didnt claim income support which I found interesting.The other side of that argument is they dont work so dont pay income tax or NI but do use the NHS - but I suppose that another thread!!!!Interesting subject though!



gypsies then?

Original Poster

Foraged for food, I like that statement...I seen that BB. I HAVE taken food from many a skip! LoL. It is not as "minging" as you think, and is also some laugh! You should have seen some of the stuff I have got! I filled my car one night, and gave bag fulls to friends and family.
Sometimes supermarkets put paint or dye on all the food, which I personally think is a bit pish.
I highly recommend it! I might go tonight actually :w00t:

rehydrated;7034355

Foraged for food, I like that statement...I seen that BB. I HAVE taken … Foraged for food, I like that statement...I seen that BB. I HAVE taken food from many a skip! LoL. It is not as "minging" as you think, and is also some laugh! You should have seen some of the stuff I have got! I filled my car one night, and gave bag fulls to friends and family.Sometimes supermarkets put paint or dye on all the food, which I personally think is a bit pish.I highly recommend it! I might go tonight actually :w00t:




thats a bit out of order aint it, its in the bin for gods sake :roll:

rehydrated;7034355

Foraged for food, I like that statement...I seen that BB. I HAVE taken … Foraged for food, I like that statement...I seen that BB. I HAVE taken food from many a skip! LoL. It is not as "minging" as you think, and is also some laugh! You should have seen some of the stuff I have got! I filled my car one night, and gave bag fulls to friends and family.Sometimes supermarkets put paint or dye on all the food, which I personally think is a bit pish.I highly recommend it! I might go tonight actually :w00t:



We knew someone who done this too. We were gobsmacked at the stuff he said he got. Its all in wrappers and still sealed so am sure its just fine.

Okay I will pull on my thermals and come meet u later lol I wont have my dinner and save myself for this!

However these people are living without *money* however they provide work in exchange for products........it is still using the principle of money.

electriclinux;7034450

However these people are living without *money* however they provide work … However these people are living without *money* however they provide work in exchange for products........it is still using the principle of money.



No, it's barter. Bartering is a medium in which goods or services are directly exchanged for other goods and/or services without a common unit of exchange (without the use of money). Barter predates money...

ilovepink;7034388

thats a bit out of order aint it, its in the bin for gods sake :roll:



I used to work with GNER and when the train terminated in Glasgow from London all the food that was left was put into a huge bin with a tin of paint poured over it. The reason for that was.......................so many people were taking the food and if they had gotten food poisoning or something then they could claim against GNER :roll: crazy.

We used to give it out to the down and outs that hung around the station - as minutes previous to that it was on sale so hardly going to have gone off in that time!

The point of money is the promise of goods and/or services, just because they don't use it directly doesn't mean they don't stop the principal behind it. Money singularly isn't bad just the methods to obtain it could be (which could also be applied to goods and services)

Here is an example:
If they work for a day to receive a basket of food.
A second individual works for a day and uses the earned money to buy a basket of food.
What is the differences?

I wouldn't try bin diving at the local M&S they have installed industrial crushers to stop the scratters getting in.

I've never really understood why the supermarkets don't donate the food to the homeless/sally army etc.

Trickyjabs;7034763

I've never really understood why the supermarkets don't donate the food … I've never really understood why the supermarkets don't donate the food to the homeless/sally army etc.



Legal ramifications (anyone experience any problem with the donated food will sue and/or bad press)

Trickyjabs;7034763

I've never really understood why the supermarkets don't donate the food … I've never really understood why the supermarkets don't donate the food to the homeless/sally army etc.



I worked at a hostel in Devon and the residents wouldnt eat the food that was donated. They used to sit in the lounge and watch it come in. Then they used to complain to the council that they were being fed out off date food!

When i worked im retail we had to put bleach in with the food or customers would return the goods for a refund! if i remember rightly we had to freeze the dairy products them put them in a compactor.

where did these people who dont 'claim benefits' (free nhs anyone) park there caravans or motor homes LEGALLY for free? Also its illegal to take food from a supermarket skip, if you wanna live for free and break the law like this, just go in tesco and bang some fresh ham up ya jumper , or take milk off peoples doorsteps, same thing all stealing :thumbsup:

He communicates from his caravan home via a solar-powered laptop with a … He communicates from his caravan home via a solar-powered laptop with a wi-fi connection provided in return for doing odd jobs at a local farm.



lol also how on earth is that any different from what the rest of us do? work for gain

kungfu;7035169

where did these people who dont 'claim benefits' (free nhs anyone) park … where did these people who dont 'claim benefits' (free nhs anyone) park there caravans or motor homes LEGALLY for free? Also its illegal to take food from a supermarket skip, if you wanna live for free and break the law like this, just go in tesco and bang some fresh ham up ya jumper , or take milk off peoples doorsteps, same thing all stealing :thumbsup:lol also how on earth is that any different from what the rest of us do? work for gain



it is different really. As previously noted, his life doesn't evolve around working for gain, and the small amount of time he spends doing odd jobs is a form of barter

linuxlinks;7037798

it is different really. As previously noted, his life doesn't evolve … it is different really. As previously noted, his life doesn't evolve around working for gain, and the small amount of time he spends doing odd jobs is a form of barter



Not everyone's life is work for gain. He still works for goods and services, small people only work a little bit of time as well.

electriclinux;7038013

Not everyone's life is work for gain. He still works for goods and … Not everyone's life is work for gain. He still works for goods and services, small people only work a little bit of time as well.



Yeah, those people are on benefits. He isn't... the tiny amount of barter is inconsequential really

I cant say I know anyone personally does this. The idea does have some attractions however and I would imagine more so for some lower down the income scale and with good health and limited ties. Our society is one of many throughout the world and for all its attractions it is not the only way of living.m
Much food thrown out by supermartkets IS perfectly edible and is done to stop them falling foul of legalities.
Much of life is the same these days and common sense is overlooked in so many instances.
Freeganism it seems encourages some degree of living by common sense principles and I can admire that at least.

We will agree to disagree.
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