Woman saves $30,000 in 8 months by eating out of the TRASH allowing her to travel the world

Woman saves $30,000 in 8 months by eating out of the TRASH allowing her to travel the world

A thrifty woman has disclosed how she saved $30,000 in just eight months. The trick? She ate her lunch out of the garbage.

Amanda Holden is a 32 year-old from Portland, Oregon, and was able to quit her finance job and travel for a year by eating the leftovers of her bewildered coworkers, who gave her the aptly named label of Dumpster Dog.

While dieting on her throwaway scraps, she also cut out a large portion of her social life spending and other areas of her life until she had enough money to hand in her notice and fly off to Latin America.

Now she explains all about her finances through her facetious blog, aptly named Dumpster Dog Blog.

Amanda wrote:

‘I worked at an office with lots of dudes so there was always extra food. I ate their left overs. In approaching this challenge, I was very self-deprecating and using my humour.’

‘I told my close friends at work. I talked about it openly and most people embraced it. There were some times when I couldn’t find any scraps to and I would have to buy food. I would never go hungry. It wasn’t about hurting myself, I was just doing everything I could. If someone is going to eat half a pizza, I would just ask them to toss it over.’

‘When I gave my boss my two weeks notice, he took a minute, then looked at me with a wonky eye and asked if that was why I was eating trash and why I was called the dumpster dog. He said he’d seen me pull a half eaten burrito from the trash. We had a laugh about it, I was always full of antics.’

At 27 years-old, Amanda was a loser with no savings and in desperate need of a career change.

She said:

‘In my twenties, I wasn’t very careful with money. I wanted to reassess but I had no savings, apart from my pension plan, I had nothing else to speak off. No emergency funds. I was having a lot of fun, going out every night but it’s not something you can sustain.’

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