While eating out currently sits comfortably in slot number 31 on our list of most popular hobbies, we have a feeling the financial crisis will cause a drop in eating out and a high spike in the sport of dumpster diving. Now don’t go running the other direction–dumpster diving (a growing hobby among the financially savvy in which you, well, dive into a dumpster in quest of food, furniture, etc.) is actually a pretty cool hobby. And we’ll tell you why:
1. Because You’re Poor (Or Just Cheap)
Dumpster diving = perfection for people who want to save money. It’s free & fun. It saves you money on groceries and who-knows-what-else-you-find. And it’s a great way to begin a new frugal lifestyle. So shred up the credit cards, get rid of the luxuries, and dive on in…
2. Because You’re Quirky Like That
Don’t get us wrong: we don’t don’t promote hobbies solely for their trendy/quirky/cool status. But, well, you are quirky and adventurous, aren’t you? Isn’t that why you’re reading NotSoBoringLife in the first place? You love experiencing new things–and trust us, dumpster diving is a new experience at its very finest.
3. Because It’s Practical
Not only is it an unusual way to spend a Saturday night (and a great first date experience) but it’s also a way to accomplish the oft despised chore of grocery shopping. Practicality at its best!
4. Because The Environment Will Love You
Reduce, reuse, recycle–right? By diving headfirst into the dumpster rather than splurging at the grocery store, you’re singlehandedly saving the environment. OK, so that may be an exxageration. But dumpster diving does mean you’re consuming items that would otherwise be wasted, so the environment will certainly love you for it.
5. Because It’s Actually Not (That) Disgusting
The one problem most people have with dumpster diving is the whole “IckEwwIt’sSoGrossHowCouldYouDoThat? Factor.” Well, we’re here to tell you that–OK, we have to be honest. It can be a bit gross–but it totally depends. Like restaurants, some dumpsters are nicer than others. Plus, food will often be wrapped up–completely sealed & ready to eat–and may actually be better for you than the food you’d order at some dicey restaurant (who knows what they’re doing back there to your brocolli soup). With dumpster diving, you know where it’s been.
Are you ready to dive head-first? Stay tuned for our next article on strategies for dumpster diving.