What Is the Weirdest Thing You Would Do to Save Money on Food?
We all love to save money but what is the weirdest thing you would do in order to spend less cash on food? There have been some very strange money saving ideas in the news lately which have made me wonder how far I would go in order to spend less.
The new head of the RSPB recently told us that we should eat more roadkill. Seriously? Apparently fox is pretty tasty, pheasant is a culinary delight and badger is an acquired taste. Heck, if you find a dead rat or a recently deceased weasel at the side of the road you could give it a try with some chips and ketchup as well, I suppose. Call me squeamish if you will, but I would be worried about catching some horrible disease off wild animals I had found dead on the road. If you want to give this a try then you should check out some of the basic healthy tips online, such as making sure that the beast has recently passed away and cooking it thoroughly. If you see foam coming from its mouth or some other animal has beaten you to the feast then you should give it a miss as well. Of course, if you love to eat meat then you can make a huge saving in your monthly food budget by not paying for it.
Harvest Wild Fruits or Mushrooms
Now, this is something I have actually done. I am fairly proud to say that I once used a big stick to poke down a lot of plums from a tree just outside Belfast. I felt really adventurous and liberated doing it but then I realised that it is a pretty sensible thing to do and not at all adventurous really. When you think about it, many of us have a tough time making our money stretch to cover a good amount of healthy fruit at the supermarket. So why shouldn’t we take advantage of the free stuff hanging from the branches out there? As long as you don’t grab your apples, pears or cherries from private property then there is no harm done. If you decide to expand your horizons and start harvesting mushrooms as well then you need to be extra careful, as many varieties are poisonous. If you are ever in France just past the grape harvesting season check out the way people can go to the vineries and grab all the grapes they like. There is a law there (I think it applies to all harvested foods) that once the harvesting has been done and a certain number of days have passed anyone can saunter along and pick off the food which has been left behind. There’s a great documentary called The Gleaners and I which covers this subject and a bit of the next point as well.
Look in Supermarket Bins
Hunting in supermarket bins for food which has been thrown out is something I’ve not tried yet. Apparently this is called freeganism and the people who carry it out are called freegans. Dumpster diving and skipping are other names for finding useful stuff like food in with the rubbish. In some places people go to collect food getting thrown out by supermarkets in order to give it to local charities. In other cases the person doing the bin foraging is looking for free grub for their own dinner table. Perhaps the most interesting point about this is just how much perfectly good food gets thrown out in our society. In less well developed countries very little food is thrown away but in places like the UK and the US the percentage of wasted food is incredibly high. The idea of raking about in bins for food which has past its sell by date doesn’t really appeal to me but I can see the reasons for doing it.
What is the weirdest thing you have done to save money on food?
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