Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Airline Workers Happy! No 'Dumpster Diving' Tips from Northwest. Yet

Above: What better way to follow Northwest's 2006 money-saving tips than acquiring this smart used dump truck, which can provide family transportation (plenty of room in the back, kids!) and also haul home those necessities you manage to score at the town dump. The dump truck is being auctioned by the city of Bryan, Tex., with the current high bid at $3,050.

As the Northwest CEO assures employees that there is nothing to worry about (see post below), I was reminded of the infamous Dumpster Diving incident of 2006, when Northwest sent to employees about to be laid off a booklet suggesting "101 Ways to Save Money." I wrote about it at the time.

Here's a link to the booklet on

Among the tips Northwest offered to the soon-to-be-sacked:

---Do your own nails

---Rent out a room or garage

---Buy spare parts for your car at the junkyard

---Quit smoking

---Take a shorter shower

---Go to a matinee instead of an evening show

---Share housing with a friend or family member

---Don't be shy about pulling something you like out of the trash

---Move to a less expensive place to live

---Borrow a dress for the big night out

---Cut your cable television down to basic

---Buy pre-owned toys and children's books at garage sales

---But software at computer fairs

---Search the Internet for freebies

And my personal favorite, which turns out to have been such good advice for those about to be reduced to marginal incomes in mid-2006:

Refinance your mortgage


No comments: