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« on: 05/12/2008 13:02:56 »
I have been thinking of ways to survive without any money. My only idea so far is to attend local funerals of popular people and pretend you know them to obtain free nosh at the wake. I realise this is an extreme idea but does anyone else have any good ideas for survival during the credit crunch. Anything free please.


 

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« Reply #1 on: 05/12/2008 13:15:57 »
A lot of towns have exchange schemes where someone good at carpentry, say, puts up a shelf for someone else in the scheme and earns some credits. These can then be 'spent' on another person coming to do something for them that they are less good at. On the whole, credits earned and spent even out over time.

All sorts of skills can be exchanged from curtain making, gardening, cooking...right through to accounting and even dentistry (though this is unusual).

It doesn't eliminate money entirely because materials have to be bought but it certainly eliminates labour costs, which is often the greater part.
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« Reply #2 on: 05/12/2008 13:30:57 »
There are some people who get their food from supermarket bins. The food is perfectly OK, it's just past it's sell by date...... a little like me!
 

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« Reply #3 on: 05/12/2008 13:43:17 »
There are some people who get their food from supermarket bins. The food is perfectly OK, it's just past it's sell by date...... a little like me!
Bin-raiding is illegal, and I'm not really sure why - the supermarkets can only dispose of this food, and if someone is rummaging in bins it should be taken as read that they are not going to sue you if they get ill.  I think it should be encouraged - it would make the supermarkets waste less food.
 

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« Reply #4 on: 05/12/2008 13:45:07 »
The easiest way to survive without money is to stop watching the news, reading news papers and opening you mail. Not only will I be hit by tax rises for people earning more than £x per year, but the child support agency now want £400 per month!

Don, what supermarkets are best for scraps?
 

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« Reply #5 on: 05/12/2008 14:06:53 »
I don't know which supermarkets have the best pickings, but I would guess Waitrose. I don't have to do this as 'er indoors buys all the food. I wonder if I could get out of date gas and electricity from those bins, and telephone, TV, council services (come to think of it he services from these two are out of date!), petrol, diesel, road tax........... and so on and so forth blah blah blah
 

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« Reply #6 on: 05/12/2008 15:12:07 »
I do not know about in the Uk, but here in the California we have churches and local charitable organizations, like food for people and a few government programs that feed those in need of meals..ect.. Also many local fast foods places hire.. and provide a meal to their employees..ie McDonalds etc....but like don said taxes ect take money and bartwring is usually not accepted here for those things either....some local farmers echange harvesting work for harvest foods etc.. apples corn..vegetables etc...grow your own is a great way.... dry or preserve your food....can etc..
 

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« Reply #7 on: 05/12/2008 16:46:19 »
This is not free but it is cheap and good for lazy people. If you want your clothes ironed, take them into a charity shop, wait for a day or two and then go and buy them back when they have been pressed and put out for sale. It is cheaper than most ironing services.
 

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« Reply #8 on: 05/12/2008 18:29:40 »
How will paying Oxfam to do his ironing help taff to survive without money?  [?]
 

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« Reply #9 on: 05/12/2008 18:36:49 »
OK you would need money but I did say this is a money saving idea, if you don't want to do your own ironing.
 

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« Reply #10 on: 05/12/2008 19:16:38 »
There you go Taff, take MIL's clothes and wear them for a week, give them a wash and sell them back to her. Not only does it save you having to buy new clothes yourself, but you get paid for it! Of course you will have to choose which of her clothes you wear very carefully (no skirts unless you can pass them off as a kilt). Then just slop them around in the public fountain for a while, tie them to the back of the bus on your way home (don't forget your free pass) shove 'em under the bed overnight to press them and viola, "That'll be a fiver please lady".
 

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« Reply #11 on: 06/12/2008 06:41:27 »
I have been thinking of ways to survive without any money. My only idea so far is to attend local funerals of popular people and pretend you know them to obtain free nosh at the wake. I realise this is an extreme idea but does anyone else have any good ideas for survival during the credit crunch. Anything free please.


I guess you could do the same at weddings. If you play your cards right you might even aquire a whole family and inheritance.
« Last Edit: 06/12/2008 06:47:59 by JnA »
 

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« Reply #12 on: 06/12/2008 17:06:42 »
I think that this is one of the most profound questions ever asked on this site.

The only practical suggestion, so far, can only work for a minority of people; if everyone got their food from the rubbish bins there would be no one left to create the rubbish.

Unless you have the requisite expertise to hunt and/or farm, and somewhere to do it, you can't survive independently; you need money to obtain food because without food you die.  Money, thus in the current world, controls your degree of independence, or in other words, your degree of freedom.  With no money you have no freedom because your only choices are to do whatever is demanded of you to obtain money, or starve and die.  If you have more money you get more freedom, in terms of choices; Instead of having to comply with an order to do something in order to obtain money for food, or die, you can refuse the order and still live.

The significance of this is that the notion that we, as individuals, are free is largely illusory.  Whoever controls money controls us all, to varying degrees.  Now if you are of the opinion that we, as individuals, should serve society, which is an abstract super-organism in which we are the equivalent of individual cells, this won't bother you very much but if you think that society should serve the individuals that comprise it then it's very disturbing because it is the mechanisms such as government, within society, that control the money, thus resulting in the dog being wagged by the tail.
 

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« Reply #13 on: 07/12/2008 06:38:51 »
I'd steal from drive-through takeaways, just bolt up and grab the bag as they're handing it over! and target cars that have loads of people in it
 

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« Reply #14 on: 07/12/2008 10:31:17 »
... and target cars that have loads of people in it

Is that so they can all chase you and give you pasting? ::)

Surely it would be less painless to nick the dinners from single occupants.
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« Reply #15 on: 07/12/2008 11:26:58 »
I'd steal from drive-through takeaways, just bolt up and grab the bag as they're handing it over! and target cars that have loads of people in it

Not exactly the accomplished crook are we???

JUST A MIN...... YOU WREAKER!!! (oops, sorry. I mean...) EUREKA!!! I'VE GOT IT, I'VE GOT THE ANSWER!!!

Ok Taff, here's what you do, go along to the nearest building site and borrow a brick (they won't mind, not much need for them at present). Take the brick (wrapped in plain brown paper) to your local high street jeweller and heave it through the window. Now grab a handful of the fine jewels on display there and casually walk off to the bus stop waving them in the air for all to see. By the time you get to the bus stop, the rozzers will hot on your trail. When you are accosted by them, say "Does your head go to the top of that helmet?" and knock it off as you chant "All coppers are b*%"_>)~'s".

This will get you arrested and slung in the choky 'at Her Majestiesí Pleasure' where they will have to feed you and generally look after you. AND IT WON'T COST YOU A PENNY.

There, problem solved.
 

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« Reply #16 on: 07/12/2008 11:34:10 »
This will get you arrested and slung in the choky 'at Her Majestiesí Pleasure' where they will have to feed you and generally look after you. AND IT WON'T COST YOU A PENNY.

AND...you'll make some interesting new friends. ;D
 

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« Reply #17 on: 07/12/2008 22:27:09 »
Just heard that some car show rooms are now allowing people 48hour test drives as they can't sell new cars at the moment. This solves all your transport problems.
 

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« Reply #18 on: 08/12/2008 08:06:04 »
... and target cars that have loads of people in it

Is that so they can all chase you and give you pasting? ::)

Surely it would be less painless to nick the dinners from single occupants.

The more people the more food, and unless Usain Bolt is in the car with them I think you've got a pretty good head start by the time they realise wtf happened and get out of the car. The fastfood chain would likely just give them some more anyway.
 

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« Reply #19 on: 08/12/2008 11:55:54 »
... and target cars that have loads of people in it


Is that so they can all chase you and give you pasting? ::)

Surely it would be less painless to nick the dinners from single occupants.

The more people the more food, and unless Usain Bolt is in the car with them I think you've got a pretty good head start by the time they realise wtf happened and get out of the car. The fastfood chain would likely just give them some more anyway.

you'd have to make sure they had ordered something without pickles though.
 

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« Reply #20 on: 08/12/2008 12:02:23 »
Maybe you could hide near the speaker box and shout NO PICKLES as they finish their order :P
 

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« Reply #21 on: 08/12/2008 12:09:22 »
The alcy/druggies in my old town used to raid the bins behind the local baker's shop and a supermarket called Roy's. Most of what they got was out of date on that day so it was still fine. They used to get some really nice stuff - sarnies, pies, pasties, yogurts, drinks, ready-made salads, etc. No booze though  :D
 

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« Reply #22 on: 08/12/2008 15:09:24 »
When I was knee high to a something-or-other we used to buy 'stales' from the local baker. These were cakes baked that morning but which hadn't sold by midday. Just 1d. would buy 2 or 3 cakes.
 

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« Reply #23 on: 08/12/2008 15:23:50 »
Just 1d. would buy 2 or 3 cakes.

Showing your pre-decimalisation age there, foggy!
 

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« Reply #24 on: 09/12/2008 22:15:34 »
OK, if you want free parking but you need to have your car serviced, choose a garage in town. Drop your car off, go shopping and then pick it back up at the end of the day. Saved me £5.50 for a days parking and as parking is hard to find close to Christmas it is a good idea to service the car the week before Christmas.
 

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