If you want less stuff, use money to buy.
For newer readers who didn't follow me on my freegan stories.
Here is how I got started and the string of posts following the initial journey.
As I've been traveling for sometime, I have been missing out on some activities.
And recently I've pretty much settled down for a couple of weeks so I thought I'll do some stuff.
Recently, my neighbours have been raving about this bakery which they get their breads/buns from.
They described a couple of their breads and how much they enjoyed them...
So I thought... okayyyyy... that's interesting, I would like to try how good the products are...
But obviously I wasn't gonna pay for them.
I personally don't really like bread so... to pay money to try it out... not my style.
So I thought... okayyyy time to get to work.
Long story short, I knew what time the place closes, I went there 1 hour after they closed, open the bin and pulled out the black trash bag.
Now, obviously, if it was a smelly pile of mixed trash, I'll just dump it back in.
The bin was nice and dry, no smell at all, cos it's used only for disposing end of day bread. So it's always dry.
The black bag was tightly tied. Inside, some breads were individually wrapped, some were not.
I brought the whole bag home... around 15+ kg. And sorted them out, some buns I threw away cos I couldn't even find a place to store them.
Most of them I'll be giving to the freegan community.
And I kept a few which I wanted to try for myself.
And oh the irony of it all.
My neighbours paid good money to eat those breads/buns. Sure it's only a couple of bucks. But it adds up over a period. I go at the end of the day and clear the excess.
In one day, I got probably more than they ever bought in a month.
Sure it's end of the day stock, but most people buy breads at night to keep for tomorrow's breakfast right?
And the only thought I have is... did I miss out on trying any of the buns?
What if they "sold out" one type of bun and I don't have it and wasn't able to try it. *GASP* the horror!
Anyway, I won't be doing this again or maybe extremely rarely.
Cos as I said, I don't really like breads/buns.
I did it really for fun.
I wanted to try out those buns that they were raving about... It's a bit sweeter, a bit chewier, but nothing to really rave about. I prefer the artisanal breads that the freegan community gets. Those are usually $4-$8 per lump.
I wanted to get back into some action for the thrill of it.
I wanted to once again prove to myself that to use money is to get less.
I'll be going to Pasir Panjang to get veges again today so it's a short post.
For folks who are interested to get free vegetables you can sign up here.
And it's the same thing at Pasir Panjang.
I used to spend a couple of bucks for a few potatoes and a cabbage.
Now, I get a variety of fruits and vegetables for free enough for a whole weeks worth of meals and I can even give the excess to my neighbours.
Although I have to put in a couple of hours of effort.
But it's still fun to do it.
Cos after doing all these free activities.
Free fruits, veges, breads... I really can't bring myself to spend money on these stuff anymore.
Cos there's just so much of these that could be obtained for free.
Truly, for certain items... it's quite a lot actually, I've only listed bread, fruits and veges, but I get a lot of other stuff for free and it's in large quantities.
But... for certain items... if you want less of it, use money, if you are willing to take them for free, then you will get an insane amount which you will not be able to consume by yourself.
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