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my startup income

 
Carlos Romero
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I am 17 days away from quitting my under minimum wage job to take the risk of earning my own income. I'll have a cash bought used pickup truck, insurance paid off in full for 6 months and 10 acres of vacant land to camp on with a monthly mortgage under $200. I want to get into dumpster diving full-time and go on a collection spree. Going freegan again, gathering produce to compost, fuel and building supplies and selling scrap metal.Stressful transition, yes, but I have had many good days hobby diving. My best is finding a 4oz 18k gold chain and a working commercial pizza oven I sold on CL for $300 a few months ago. I love the police encounters too, always friendly and inquisitive, in return I scare off the real criminals and report suspicious items like purses.
 
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Good luck to you. I know a guy who gathers aluminum cans from dumpster diving, gives him a good boost. He's always talking about something he found, good, bad or otherwise.
 
Sam White
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Best of luck to you Carlos. I hope you keep us up to date on how things go!
 
Monte Hines
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Young man.

You must be smart to be a member of this site...
You picked a good place to learn good habits about living minimally...
Follow yours dreams...
Keep educating yourself...
Look at what nature teaches you..
Study Sepp Holtzer, Toby Hemingway, and Buckminster Fuller "Bucky"
Live your life with integrity...
YOU WILL BE SUCCESSFUL WITH NO REGRETS !!!

Regards,
Monte Hines
 
Kari Gunnlaugsson
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Thats Awesome Carlos!!! Good luck, have a fun adventure!
 
Carlos Romero
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First day back as a freegan Sunday was a grand success, over a 100lbs salvaged from behind one store. Protein drinks and bars, cereal and granola bars and a lot of chocolate. Insured and TT&T my new farm truck, a 1981 f-150 300ci straight six 4-speed manual borg-warner T18. And got released from job duties today, I am now free to be!
 
            
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Awesome story I enjoy hearing what you are doing

I am a hobby diver myself and can often find enough food to feed myself, the issue for me is getting there as I live in the city and must bum a ride. I love your approach and have considered building a small, living wage company by recovering waste streams and re purposing them for better uses. Not sure where you live, but the USA culture I live in is a land of waste and false opulence! I intend to find a way without menial, lack of purpose work which wastes people's lives so they can buy things which they do not need. Things I have found include table, couches, chairs, mops, baskets, tablecloths, lamps, rugs etc all perfectly fine and in the waste stream headed to a landfill!

Good luck! Keep us updated with pictures!
 
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John P wrote:I love your approach and have considered building a small, living wage company by recovering waste streams and re purposing them for better uses.


There's a great social enterprise in the UK that basically diverts local 'waste' wood from being skipped into a recycling scheme. 10-15% of the timber is resold as construction materials, 15-25% is destined for other wood products (furniture or whatever) and the rest is sold as firewood or chipped if too far gone. It's an interesting business model.

Check the website out here: communitywoodrecycling.org.uk.
 
I agree. Here's the link: http://richsoil.com/email
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