Everyone’s feeling the pinch at the moment. So, the TastyMoments team has gone hunting for the five craziest ways people all over the world save money.
1. Freeganism and Dumpster Diving:
South Africa wastes around 10-million tonnes of food every year! A shocking statistic for a country that suffers from widespread food insecurity and poverty. The term “dumpster diving” originated in America in the 1980s and basically means picking through commercial or residential to salvage items that the picker may deem useful. Once a necessary practice reserved for the disadvantaged, American eco-activists called “freegans” are turning it into mainstream practice. According to Wikipedia, “Freeganism is an ideology of limited participation in the conventional economy and minimal resource consumption, particularly through recovering wasted goods like food. Freegans avoid buying anything as an act of protest against the food system in general.” So, yes, it’s more an ethical decision than one borne out of necessity, but it certainly saves them money too. So why not go freegan dumpster diving for your food today? How’s that for a cheap dinner idea?
2. Skip Fresh For Frozen:
Tired of tossing wilted veggies in the bin? What a waste of money! Why not try frozen veggies instead? A common myth is that frozen food is not as nutritionally robust as its fresh counterparts. In fact, frozen veggies are usually “flash frozen”– so that the just-picked freshness is locked in. Fresh veggies typically have to travel quite a distance from the farm to our plates. So once picked, the decomposition process starts. By the time it reaches your plate, you may actually have fresh veggies that have already lost a lot of their nutrients. On the other hand, frozen veggies have been found to contain higher levels of antioxidants and minerals because the freezing process “stops time” in a weird way. So next time you’re at the shops, grab your favourite frozen veggies, like Green Valley Traditional Creamed Spinach, to avoid waste and save bucks.
3. Coconut Oil for The Win!
4. Cancel All Your Subscriptions:
Another idea is to cancel all your online subscriptions to see which ones you can live without. All those small amounts add up to big bucks at the end of the day.
5. Get Free Haircuts:
Hairdressing students must complete practical training before they can qualify. If you know of a hair school close by, follow them on social media and keep an eye out for free hairdressing offers to help the students gain practical experience. Depending on your hair needs, you can save anywhere from R100 for a men’s cut to R1500 for a full head of highlights. Remember, they’re still learning, so try this money-saving tip at your peril!
Enjoy these TastyTips?
PS. Have one of your own? Let us know in the comment section below.
Like this article? Share it with your friends.