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cragchica


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My parent weren't climbers... except out of necessity...

One night, stuck in San Diego with their car (read: motel alternative) in the repair shop, they decided to search the city for a free place to sleep. After getting kicked out of the university library, they climbed a ticket booth under an awning (sleeping bags in hand) and slept there for the night.


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                 to cragchica, the cheapskate queen! I'm gonna have to start cruising the orientation tents myself... UofA may steal my money, but they use it to buy apples, which I shall reclaim! muah ah ah.

My 2 pennies on living cheap: 2 words: PROCESSED MEAT. I'm talkin slim jims, vienna sausage, spam (store brand! why have pride when you're eating entrails?), and the ever mysterious "potted meat food product." cut it up and put it in your ramen, top crackers with it, or impress your pals by spearing the little vienna weenies with your nut tool! plus, it doubles as dog food. I don't pack pretty human food and pretty dog food with me when my mongrel and I hit the crags, just 2 cans of vienna sausage, granola bars, and water. we live like queens! oh, and I do my processed meat shopping at the family dollar.. 2 cans of vienna sausage, or a 5-pack of slim jims, for a buck. YESSSS!!!


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LOL...

climbsomething, you and your eating habits crack me up!



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Jimmy Dean suasuge rolls are the best processed meat!! There is like 3000 calories in one of those puppies

You can road trip for almost free if you do it right.

Lodging: This ones easy, just have a car you can sleep in and park anywhere.

Food: Be in an area with alot of people. Yosemite is by far the easiest place to do it. Grab all the left overs from tourons in yosmeite lodge and on the pizza deck. The best way by far is to find a new climber and take him/her up some cool climb he/she would never be able to do without you. Then just "accidently" show up during meal times. When the food stops just go climb another cool route with him/her. You will have free meals for as long as he/she is there.

Gas: Always find as many people to ride with you!!! Then say that you just put a $1000 dollars worth of work into your car and cant afford the gas. This works especially when the passenger has no other option.

Also if you are in one area for a while remember to RECYCLE. You can make easy money that way.

So now no one can use the I dont have enough money excuse. I lived in yosemite last summer on 400 bucks. Thats 30 dollars a week!!!

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Oh man, the things I have done on road trips to conserve money......

for food here are some things ive done before:
-Purchase a few dozen sourdough rolls from costco or sams club. Theyre cheap, sit in your gut like a brick. and they retain their shape, even if you sit on them!
-Take advantage of fast food resturaunts. A lot of times if your at a mcdonalds or burger king, etc... just tell the cashier you work at the mcdonalds next town over and they will give you 50 percent off!(it works almost EVERY time). you can get two burgers for a buck!
-Go to church houses. Some churches give out free sack lunches to "homeless" people. (trust me, after a couple weeks out on the road, you qualify as homeless, so dont feel bad about taking food from churhces)

For "lodging" here are some things I like to do.
-If your going to pull off the road and sleep, try to do it next to a river. That way when you wake up you can take a bath, (your friends will thank you)
-If you got a pickup, put a shell over the bed, throw in a mattress and some blankets and whala, portable king size bed. This is great for the driving, its soooooo incredibly nice sleeping this way while driving.

Well, thats all i got for now.



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Never been on a long road trip, but I've got a few suggestions. I hear that if you water down ketchup, it makes good tomato soup. If you know what you're doing, you can spice it up with some wild herbs. Something I've noticed is that trees near my house are always losing their thinner branches in wind storms. These are great firewood once they've dried. Pinecones should work too. Having some basic knowledge of the edibilty of wild plants can be very helpful. Plain old green clover leaves are a little bland but edible nonetheless. Their flowers are edible as well, and occasionally you come across blossoms with nectar still in them.
NOTE: If you aren't certain about the toxicity of any plant DON'T EAT IT!!!


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  Three words for you Americans.
BRITISH COLUMBIA CANADA

eat good...pay less


sparky


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Go to the bank on Saturday for free donuts
and on Sunday go to church for free donuts
and on weekdays raid a canned food drive, orphans are already hungry, why get there hopes up with a liitle canned for? You'd be doing them a favor by taking it.


cragchica


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Sparky,

That's funny, but I hope you're not serious... even I don't take food from the mouths of babes.

Try taking it from greedy universities instead. (Today I scored about a dozen bagels from the orientation tent... I think I'll freeze them and have breakfast for a couple more weeks. Yay!)


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Livin cheap on pastaroni is all well and good, but if you eat nothing but that for the entire trip you could end up with a major nutritional deficiency. My advice on this? Wild plants like clover, raspberries, apples, dandylions, etc. are a great free addition to your diet. Find a bird nest outside of a park/wildlife preserve? Instant scrambled egg breakfast! Like fish? A fishing liscence can eventually pay for itself if you use it enough. Got milk? No? Well, those free little cups of cream about the size of a thimble that they have a some fast food restaurants are the cheapest option.
Last bits of advice:
*Buy in bulk
*Sleep in your car
*Sew up old clothes(I do this even though I suck at sewing)
*Shop at flea markets and Good Will for cheap clothes
*have fun living like a cheapskate!


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Forage. In the really old days, hoboes would approach homes, asking for work for food. A nice, polite team could work wonders. How good are your foraging skills?

The really popular climbing areas are probably rife with riff-raff, but neat appearance and obvious above-the-crowd presentation should put you above the rest.


Try a little kindness, and the willingness to help out a bit. HEY! People need all sorts of odd things done. And they will pay to have them done. Be ready and able to be the guy that nobody expects to be there. For example, as a climber, you can go up onto their roof and clear off brush and needles in their gutters.

That sort of thing.


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cragchica

I got so good at nabbing college food I was able to feed about four adults during the semmester. Unfortunately I'm currently wanted by the campus police because of my skills, but they havn't caught me yet and besides I hear they have free food in jail.


cragchica


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Crap,

I haven't gotten any crap from campus police, yet... though if I pursue my desires to try out the buildering I've been eyeing, I'm sure they'll be after me in a flash.
Breakfast today was delicious... mini pasteries and coffee, yum.

Andria

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