I also agree that going to happy hours to eat the free bar munchies is probably not a great way to go about this...
Some that stood out were:
1. Finding things on remote beaches to trade and barter with - shells, bottles, old shoes, buttons. You would be surprised at the things you can find whilst beachcombing.
Most things you find on beaches won't be worth much unless you add value to them in some way. Sea glass is a perfect example... while, by itself it isn've very valuable, if you make it into items, like jewelry, you can often make a fairly significant profit on it.
2. When you find bottles they often have refreshing rainwater in them - an easy way to get necessary fluids into the system.
Personally, I think it is really quite stupid to drink anything out of a bottle you've found. You have no idea what the bottle has been used for, or what contaminants could be in it.
3. Taking pieces of driftwood, coating them with Elmer's glue and decorating them with the smaller, pretty shells that one finds on remote beaches. Mr. Allen stated that they would trade these for food with other cruisers.
This is an example of adding value, but I don't see that being all that valuable a way of making money. BTW, you need to be careful as some of the very pretty shells, particularly the cone shells, can contain a mollusk with a very nasty sting. While most are no worse than a bee sting, some can be potentially fatal. This is one species of cone shell below:
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