If you really want to find good stuff, look around college campuses right before summer breaks begin. Some of the kids will toss out perfectly good couches...because said kids are moving back home for the summer and can't be bothered to do anything but throw away a ton of nice furniture.
Yep! There is a college near us & people do exactly that. I haven't in years, but i'm sure it still happens.
Some girlfriends & i started doing this a few years ago with clothing & it has since become something we do 2x a year with just about anything ... clothes, shoes, purses, books, cookware, whatever. We haul all the stuff we don't want or can't use anymore to someone's house & set it all out by category & then the chaos commences. Anything a friend is getting rid of that you can use, take. So far in about 5 years we've never had anyone fight over anything. When all is said & done, anything not claimed gets donated to a local women's shelter.
I always take food home from restaurants, too. Mr. HGish & i pretty much plan on it when we go out anymore. Wasting food, in particular, makes me crazy. A few years ago my New Year's resolution was to stop wasting so much & i'm happy to say it is one resolution that has stuck.
Did any of you see the challenge in Slate
Welcome to the Slate Green Challenge
Your eight-week carbon diet.
By Meaghan O'Neill and treehugger.com
...it was a "carbon diet" aimed mostly at preventing global warming, but also had a lot to do with not wasting electricity, etc. I thought it was really cool.