More about the Freegan Lifestyle

Freegans are people who employ alternative strategies for living based on limited participation in the conventional economy and minimal consumption of resources. Freegans embrace community, generosity, social concern, freedom, cooperation, and sharing in opposition to a society based on materialism, moral apathy, competition, conformity, and greed.

Read more here:  http://freegan.info/

 

I’m certainly no purist, I wish I were, but I like the idea of putting as little money into “the system” as possible.  Most of these multinational corporations that seem to supply practically EVERYTHING material in our lives, are doing so with no regard for the long term effects of their money making.  They make a quick buck, often decimate a society, morally, physically and spiritually, and move on to the next country to do the same.  I hate being a part of that.  I believe I’m slowly going to become less and less dependent on this system.

I don’t judge people who stay in it or even waste food etc.  After all, a freegan lifestyle would be impossible to sustain without these people.  It’s just a choice I am making based on my conscience and other life experiences.

And let’s face it.  If I’d had a super successful, yuppie life all these years, perhaps I would never have thought about such things.  The problem is, I learned at a very young age that STUFF doesn’t make me happy.  God and other human beings do.  My relationships are my true wealth.  They are what make me feel alive.  So I’ve never felt motivated to work super hard (stressing myself out) or save a bunch of money to buy a house or whatever.

On the flip side of things…yes, sometimes I have money problems.  Sometimes I need more money than I have!  Often, I can’t drive somewhere because I don’t have gas money, for instance (and as far as I know, I can’t forage for extra gas or barter for it!).  That’s no fun and it’s even kind of embarrassing.  So perhaps I will reach a happy medium at some point.  Maybe living a somewhat Freegan lifestyle will give me enough money to deal with emergencies or unexpected expenses, without a lot of stress.  Maybe dumpster diving for food will allow me to have some money for the extras like travel gas etc.  Time will tell.

About Maureen, Living in a Van

I'm a free-sleeper living in a van in the prettiest part of the world. I do this partly due to financial circumstances and partly because I love a good adventure.
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