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‘Freegan’ Blogger Encourages People To Dumpster Dive For Food

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File photo of two women looking for food near a dumpster. (Photo by PEDRO ARMESTRE/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of two women looking for food near a dumpster. (Photo by PEDRO ARMESTRE/AFP/Getty Images)

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (CBS Charlotte) – A local blogger is offering readers a cost-effective alternative to conventional grocery shopping – dumpster diving.

Kaitlyn Tokay, the 21-year-old voice behind The Frugal Dumpster, makes no apologies for her money-saving approach to finding sustenance.

“It saves me a ton of money,” she said to WCNC-TV. “We estimate we [get] $300 to $500 in food we find.”

Her posts touch on subjects such as safety tips for dumpster diving, deciphering useable meats from spoiled ones, and dehydration as a preservation technique for fruits and vegetables that are somewhat past their prime.

“[W]e could now gift our product. Apple chips for finals, what could be better?” one post reads. “In fact, maybe we could capitalize on this idea and sell them on our neighborhood street corner. What could be better than 100% profit?”

Tokay is part of what is called the “freegan” movement, a collection of people who actively seek out methods such as dumpster diving for more affordable food options.

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

Attempts to contact Tokay and the official freegan movement were not immediately answered.

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