It is almost like they went online and google money saving ideas and picked the most extreme. I am surprised dumpster diving wasn't listed....
Dumpster diving extreme? As long as you follow the advice in Art and Science of Dumpster Diving
, it's perfectly safe. I think throwing out all that usable stuff is extreme.
People are so dainty about germs these days! After getting my eggs straight out of a chicken's butt, and gutting and plucking chickens to get meat, I find the idea of just pulling packaged food out of a dumpster extremely appealing.
Dumpster Diving is a GREAT way to get certain items, such as furniture. Especially around apartment complexes... people who are moving out will often put unwanted furniture by the dumpster. I scored a perfectly good full-size wooden-frame Futon this way. It was free, and I used it as a sofa for about two years. When I moved, I couldn't take it with me (no space in the new place), so I left it out by the dumpster for someone else to have (it was still in wonderful shape). I've also scored bookcases and shelves this way too.
As for the article.. some of the methods are a bit draconian. Like others pointed out, one size doesn't always fit all. Right now, I live in a rural area with little public transportation, so getting rid of my vehicle is definitely out. And as someone else pointed out, it's nearly impossible to save 50% of your income when you're only making 15,000k a year (well, unless you're living rent-free and bill-free with parents or a significant other).
But still, an interesting article to read, and definitely something to think about.