Shabbat Shalom everyone!
Disclaimer: I really meant to post on Saturday (Day 13), but various Shabbat-like activities got in the way as well as casual coming and going of company. So another multi-day post ensues!
This past weekend marks two weeks into my freegan challenge. That’s basically half way, so I find that it would be apropos to touch base on my feelings about the challenge as of now. If you don’t care to bother with it, you can feel free to skip to the latter part of the post.
I can safely say that so far, I’m satisfied with what I have gained from doing this (aside from wasted food, of course). As far as physical acquisitions go, I have accumulated large amounts of food, ranging from produce, yogurt, eggs, crackers, candy, granola bars, and various other goodies. Non-food assets have included furniture pieces, clothing, tapestries, and so much more. So it is definitely possible to enjoy saving money on a freegan lifestyle.
Blocks out the light to my room while I sleep and there are other lights on!
This isn’t my bed…
The challenge really is when I’m out in the commercial world faced with the thought of buying a falafel from a local stand, or possibly wanting to buy some fresh, specific groceries at a supermarket. However, I feel that I usually find enough variation at some point to keep the challenge interesting. It’s certainly not an ideal way to live, but it’s definitely possible in an urban area and a part of town where there are a sprawling amount of shuks and supermarkets.
Day 13 was not much of a day for hauling groceries tossed away with reckless abandon. It was Friday night, and that night we hosted Shabbat dinner. So that was possible for me to contribute a salad of mixed greens, vegetables and dressing (all found from the trash), along with stuffed peppers using lentils*, mushrooms, onions, potatoes, and squash. The lentils were bought long before I started the challenge, and I’ve exhausted my supply until my challenge ends.
Day 14 was a bit of a slow-paced, relaxing day. For the weekend we hosted a friend at my apartment, so we enjoyed the leisurely Shabbat day by playing Dungeons and Dragons (kindly mastered by my roommate Bryan) and eating food from the day before (not to mention candy and snacks from the Day 12 haul).
Day 15 was the official half-way point of my challenge. The usual foods I had eaten throughout the day were mashed bananas in the morning, various fruits and vegetables throughout the afternoon (mixed with beet paste and shakshuka that I still have at work), and roasted vegetables in the evening. It was a decent day mainly consisting of shooting videos for product reviews at the studio I’m working at right now.
The haul for the day was considerably small, but not without merit. Plenty of potatoes and other good fruits and vegetables made up the spoils.
Also, I will show off what kinds of things float at the top of dumpsters. Bread, fruits and vegetables tossed away with reckless abandon. When you thought it couldn’t be worse, there’s carelessly tossed aside food that would be better donated before hitting the trash.
Day 16 (Monday, 30 Oct) was another slough at work. I had my own foods prepared and snacks at work (and munched on a few vegetables from my co-worker’s tray where he got shawarma), and left fairly early. I had mostly roasted vegetables and fruits throughout the day for consumption.
The dive for the day was a considerably varied plunder, edging out to about 209 shekels (about $60 USD). Nothing to balk at, considering that they threw out eggs, rice cakes, lotions, spices, snacks, and a nice table cloth that I may end up using!
Happy living! If you have excess, share it with others. Don’t let it go bad and throw it out!