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..and average Americans, which is 99% of this country can't seem to do anything about it...that's even sadder... also, let me say, Americans have the least number of paid vacation days in all the Western World, are the most overworked nation on the planet, are using most prescription drugs for depression and pain, have little or no social or medical insurance, and our compassion towards other human beings and Americans especially extends as far as empty statements, made up heroes, vigils, and calls upon god, just don't come to my house... It looks to me as if we're all, more or less, junkie working drones for our corporations...I wonder how did we became like this? How did such a great nation, example for the whole planet, became a nation of 'all for a handful', and a subject of jokes for the rest of the world...did we all fall asleep 30 year ago...what happened to us?
Can recycling works great if you have a car, and you are not too far from a recycling center - kinda makes a dent in the profits if you have to drive 15-20 miles each way. Storage of the cans is a problem - they can get stinky, especially in the summer. Dumpster diving (and curbside trash piles) are good - your best things to look for are household items, furniture and clothing - all of which can be cleaned up and repaired and put in a consignment shop. Donating these items to Goodwill or Salvation Army shops gets you a tax deduction. Better quality household items can be listed on eBay . . . . shop yard sales, condo tag sales, and flea markets - It takes a while to spot good stuff - bargain, get the price down, then list on eBay or etsy in the vintage section.
Yes, I am doing, or have done all of the above.
Almost hate to give up this secret. Several years ago when the price of scrap metal started to skyrocket I started driving the alleys in my truck seeking discarded metal. It was fun, like Christmas, except I didn't have to shop for anyone. I would share my finds with friends family and co-workers, but the best part was the cold hard cash! My second or third year of doing this I would pocket up to $900 a month from the scrap yards during spring and summer months. It helped pay off the house!
Unfortunately, others also started doing the same thing and it started to get hard to even cover the fuel cost. Alley metal is a finite supply, and the price has dropped some.
This did lead to dumpster diving, my newer hobby, but I fear there my be legal ramifications to diving in my town. But I don't think enforcement is too tough on that.
Sell your bodily fluids to pay the banking overlords. Just hope you don't get sued for child support.
I have been giving plasma twice a week for a few months now, I have a good job with great benefits. If everything goes as plan, and I am able to continue until my wedding in October, my two hours each week will pay for my honeymoon to Belize. I enjoy donating and do not know if I am going to quit after the honeymoon, I may decide to put money towards a play car or something.
Words of advice to college students or people living in a college town... check out your thrift stores. After each semester I go and look at college textbooks. I have the amazon app on my phone, I scan the barcode and find out what the book is selling for online. If I can make a large profit I buy the book. I have turned $50 worth of books into $350 profit in under a month.
Welcome to the new standard of living in the United States of Koch.
This is what you get for destroying employee bargaining rights and decades of bending over to kiss the "job creators" ****'.
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