Go hitchhike

A car costs a lot of money. A whole lotta money. car insurance, maintenance. Initial buying costs are very high and gas prices are mainly rising. And many cases you don't really need a car. Forget about it and go hitchhike!

One of the alternatives for owning a car is hitchhiking or carpooling or car sharing. Hitchhiking works fine in many places. It might be tough to make the first steps but you'll find the experience very enjoyable.

Robin, one of the Moneyless.org writers has hitchhiked a lot himself. You can read some of his stories at randomroads.org. On his websites you'll also find links to e.g. Hitchwiki.org, the website about hitchhiking, with tips tips for first timers and a world-wide database of good hitchhiking spots.

Besides hitchhiking you can also make appointments with people living around you that go the same direction. Or you go by bicycle or on foot.

The most important is to construct a life in which you're no longer dependent on having your own car. Think about the things you use a car for that you could approach differently. Is your work far away from home? Might be time for a new job, or even to stop working. Another possibility is to move elsewhere.

Public transport is also an option, but costs money. In some countries it's common that employers cover some of these costs in a tax-deductible way.

Dumpster Diving Tips

tips for dumpster diving

There's enough food for everyone, but a lot of food is chucked. Stores, consumers and producers simply dump a lot of good food! You can find this food by checking the bins you find outside of stores. Dumpster diving can also be a lot of fun!

Share stuff

Networks for sharing stuff are great to get to use things such as tools. You don't need to buy anything, because you can simply ask your neighbor if you can borrow from them. For example a bicycle pump or a ladder for painting. Many people are already doing this in their neighborhood: "Quickly ask the neighbor if we can borrow his drill."

Find Edible Plants

Fruit such as strawberries, apples and raspberries don't have to come from a supermarket. You can find it in your street, a park or a forest near you. You can reap this food relatively often. And except fruit there are also chestnuts, dandelions, wild herbs and a lot more.

Free haircuts

Free haircuts can be had in different ways. If you find yourself moneyless it doesn't mean you need to walk around like a bum. We all know hairdressers are quite expensive in the Western world. So let's look at some alternatives.

Pregnant and no money

Pregnant and no money. What now? My wife and me were sitting at the midwife for our first appointment. We were talking about finances and we were asked how we thought to raise the money, without money. We were slightly confused by this question. And possibly naively we posed ourselves the question: "Money? Do we really need it for a baby?"