Urbandumpsterdiver's Blog

April 19, 2014

Buy One – Get 15 Free

Filed under: Uncategorized — urbandumpsterdiver @ 12:35 am

The title is much better than BOGO. Needed butter, so we bought some yesterday. Tonight found a box of 15. Organic sweet cream butter no less, woo hoo!

Captured from the dumpster over 50 packages of cheese, some were pre-sliced, some were blocks of cheese. Monterey Jack, Colby, Sharp Cheddar, you name it. All these cheeses are in their packages intact. Good for omelettes or cheese quesadillas.

Two packages of frozen hash browns.

5 containers of chocolate milk.

Sliced deli turkey breast.

Jello desserts.

Cookie dough to bake chocolate chip cookies with.

Onions, potatoes, broccoli, carrots (I make carrot juice daily). Ironically I had said I needed to find a carrot farmer as it takes 1 pound of carrots to make juice for my husband and I. Found tons and tons of carrots. Plus a bag of sweet oranges.

This weekend we are having guests over. They are having a getaway from their 5 children. They need the break. They are staying the night with us. We’re going to eat dived food (they know where it comes from), watch some good old fashioned movies, maybe play some scrabble and then later have a fire outside and see the stars.

I love being a free agent. No mortgage, no debt, just free to live the life I want. I’m no spring chicken. But I’m not ready to take a dirt nap just yet. So now I live my life on my terms. Go to bed when I want, get up when I want, do what I want. The sky is the limit. But it took me MANY years to get here.

I’m certainly NOT wealthy by any means. We live very frugally. We live simply. And for me that’s OK.

So when our friends leave, they’ll be going home with lots of stuff. Clothes for the kids, food, toiletries, prepper supplies, etc. They need it, we have it, we got it free and we share it.

What’s not to like about that?

April 2, 2014

Fish Manifestation

Filed under: Uncategorized — urbandumpsterdiver @ 11:19 pm

Yesterday I started a new 30 day wormwood cleanse for intestinal parasites. The day before I told my husband, you know if we’re going to do this intestinal cleanse, we need to eliminate red meat for the month of April, drink carrot juice daily and watch our soda intake and increase our water intake.

That afternoon we went out to lunch for our wedding anniversary. I can’t believe I’ve been married three years. Anyhoo, before we had dinner, we decided to go diving.

Thank God I brought a large cooler with me.

Inside the bin was 10 packages of fish. Perch, mahi mahi and catfish. All very cold, JUST thrown out. Put in cooler pronto. A case of small milk containers. Now in freezer. When we have company over (especially kids), they love milk, especially chocolate milk. Now we’re stocked.

I looked up and said God, universe or whatever you wanna believe, thank you for the fish. It’s like someone is listening to me.

Manifestation take practice and confidence in your abilities. It means abandoning a scarcity mentality and believing there will always be enough for you.

Esther and Abraham Hicks have written many books on the power of thought, manifestation and abundance.

Francis Ponder (now deceased and I highly recommend her books) had many books on abundance and prosperity.

If you’re in debt, have no job, or want to live a simpler life without killing yourself to make a living; then you owe it to yourself to adopt an abundance mentality. Money attracts money. Continued success attracts continued success. See the pattern here?

Live it, breathe it and you will attain it.

March 27, 2014

Sausage Manifestation

Filed under: Uncategorized — urbandumpsterdiver @ 10:54 pm

As a woman who grew up poor and in the country, some foods never leave you. That one food for breakfast is sausage, sausage gravy, biscuits, eggs, hash browns, bacon, not all at once though.

The dinner I made tonight was blah. Wasn’t in the mood for healthy food, rice and veggies. Just wasn’t into it. Just couldn’t see myself eating it. I decided we were going out. I said out loud what we need now is some sausage and my freezer will be complete.

So we saundered down to the local car hop diner. I had frito pie and a peanut butter shake. Man it was good. My dear husband had a strawberry shake and some chicken fingers.

Of course you know the story a few hours later, I found a case of sausage. STILL COLD. FRESH KILL. 24 packages of sausage. Woo Hoo!

Sometimes you just gotta eat southern fried food, y’all know what I mean?sausage 2

March 20, 2014

I’m Back

Filed under: Uncategorized — urbandumpsterdiver @ 12:49 pm

I’m finally back in the Appalachian mountains. I cannot tell you all how happy I am to be here. The city is not for me. Too busy, too much crime and too many impersonal people.

Ladies and gentleman, you do not want to be in the cities when things fall apart. You will be a dead man walking. I see and hear the seething hostility from people. As an empath, I pick up on it and have to cleanse myself constantly to wash it away.

Pickings in Florida had went downhill, we had competition. We encountered many a diver in Florida. Despite what the media tells you (and I’m on ground zero and in the trenches) it’s NOT getting better. The only times stores see a deluge in shoppers is when the food stamps are loaded or the social security checks come in, and then, dead zone.

One area we dove at always had tons of newer cars there at night. There is no way the employees at that retail establishment could afford those cars, no way. I finally figured it out, they lived across the street in the gated community and kept the cars in the parking lot to avoid the repo man.

My spouse sold his home in Florida where the neighborhood had seriously degraded. Lots of crime. I might have to change my name to country dumpster diver, but I’ll let the name stay.

I had my tablet with me for a few months and typing new posts on that were difficult at best, so I used twitter to tweet new finds.

After two days of packing and throwing things out, we were on the road for two days with a U-Haul, my car and my cat. She cried every day for a few hours, but finally calmed down. We stayed in a pet friendly room and she didn’t cry. She smelled the scent of other animals and felt comforted.

Two days of packing and two days of hard driving. I was so tired on both days I nodded off driving. I HAD to pull over and take a nap. Then a few hours later it was hotel time.

Three days of hard unpacking. My back locked up so bad I had to crawl in bed. I’m no spring chicken anymore, LOL. We finally hired three men from the local church we give food to. They happily came over, we paid them of course and they did a marvelous job. We will use them again for future work projects at home.

So now the goal is to fix up this country home, start eating healthy again, lose weight, get fit and exercise and live life. Buy food from local farmers, watch the birds on my bird feeder and be happy.

And oh, BTW, more diving is on the horizon. Once you’ve been bit by the dumpster diving bug, it never leaves you.

October 26, 2013

Food Stamps and Dining at Home

Filed under: Uncategorized — urbandumpsterdiver @ 10:36 pm

We’ve not been finding that much stuff and that’s OK. Diving is a crap shoot so we take what we can.

We had to go into town tonight to actually buy some food for dinner. We had contemplated eating out. Problem is, unless we spend big bucks on dinner, fast food just doesn’t cut it for me anymore. If we visit one of the big fast food dining establishments we’re spending $15 for dinner and we’re both hungry 2 hours later. If we want a dinner that satisfies, we’re spending $30. I’m just not doing that anymore.

In fact, we’ve made the resolution, unless we’re traveling, we don’t dine out, period. Exceptions are anniversaries, birthdays etc.

So we stop at the local grocery store and buy some lobster ravioli with sauce and a package of bread sticks. That and some white wine (wine we found BTW) made for an excellent dinner.

A young man in front of us bought some food for himself. He was probably single based on what he was buying. He paid for it with an EBT card. The card wouldn’t swipe as the EBT system has been having problems. Much of the code written in the EBT system computer software is written overseas. That could be the problem here folks.

The cashier said EBT, very quietly, but I heard it. The young white man looked down ashamed and said yes.

My heart sunk. This was probably some working man who’d lost his job and just needed help and you could tell he felt like S*** for taking charity (many folks around here feel that way).

Of course I didn’t say anything, but I telepathically told him this. Don’t feel ashamed young man. You are a victim of a criminal rogue government that has outsourced all good jobs overseas. The only way many a man today can earn a living is bombing poor brown folks overseas. Your government doesn’t give a S*** about you, never has and never will.

Keep your chin up, don’t feel bad about taking help (lord knows you’ve probably paid your fair share in taxes) and keep thoughts of abundance and prosperity. I’m praying that that man tonight hears my prayer for him and becomes successful so that he never has to buy cheap pizza again.

October 25, 2013

Dunkin Donuts

Filed under: Uncategorized — urbandumpsterdiver @ 6:02 pm

Due to the warmer weather where we are, food is not safe to take, even produce. Things that are safe to take are chips, and stuff that is JUST thrown out.

We found a twin pack of chips the other night and over 3 dozen donuts. My husband and I don’t certainly don’t need 3 dozen donuts, so we kept a few and the rest went to the food bank. Since we donate so much stuff to that particular food bank and they now know us, we can come in anytime we want. Since diving is usually done at night, that’s usually when we stop by.

I’m still diving, but the booty is far less. That is the way diving goes. You can go for months and just get a little bit and then voila, the big one. If one maintains an abundance consciousness things will come to you.

I want to recommend a book I’ve been reading and this is my 2nd read of this book. It’s called The Trick to Money is having some, by Stuart Wilde. A great book about the consciousness of money, abundance mentality and the science of getting your head on straight about money. Sadly Mr. Wilde has passed on, but his website is still up. Many say he’s an eccentric fellow, but I felt he had a good heart and his spirit still lives on.

September 26, 2013

The Incredible Edible Egg

Filed under: Uncategorized — urbandumpsterdiver @ 12:18 pm

I was buying farm fresh eggs from a local farmer. Due to his frail health and the high cost of feed, he’s slowing down considerably so eggs will be less and less as time goes on.

Last night I bought an 18 ct container of eggs. Well after we left the store we stopped at our local haunt. Guess what they threw out? About 2 dozen containers of fresh eggs. Amazing. We got what we could. In addition, broccoli, tomatoes, potatoes, pico de gallo salsa, orange juice, milk, chicken tenders (pre-cooked), one steak and one package of spicy sausage.

We had the chicken tenders last night for dinner. They were quite good.

The rest of the food went to our local food bank. Since they know us, we just walk right in, put the food in the refrigerator and leave.SAM_0247

September 18, 2013

Further Competition and Care Packages

Filed under: Uncategorized — urbandumpsterdiver @ 4:24 pm

On our travels a few nights ago, we visited one of our local haunts while we’re in this location. This store normally has an enormous amount of food thrown out. Well we have competition now. As we drove up we saw a man (probably in his 60′s) with his Momma (who appeared to be in her 80′s) diving for food. She stayed in the car while the son got the good stuff. After he left we realized he’d gotten over a dozen rotisserie chickens. The good stuff. First come, first served in the scavenging world.

The chickens are still good as they’re cooked. When I’ve found them in the past, I’d cut them up in chunks and freeze them in ziploc bags for future use. You can use this chicken in tacos, enchiladas, chicken salad, you name it, there is a need for it.

I’m sure the man and his momma were poor and were supplementing their food bill. Maybe they get food stamps, maybe they don’t. A lot of people qualify for SNAP but they don’t seek it out. Either they’re too proud or they don’t know how to.

Tonight we’re on our way to the local UPS store. We have a 20 pound box ready to be sent to a local family we met on our travels. They have 4 kids and another one in the oven. Inside the box is socks, underwear, t-shirts, jeans, PJ’s, coloring books, pens, markers, house slippers, toys, etc. All found new in the trash. They know where it came from and they don’t care. They’re glad to be the beneficiary of our largesse.

This didn’t take a government program or a bloated charity. Just me, my spouse, my truck, some lifting and sorting and now a family has a good amount of stuff that they need in everyday life.


August 30, 2013

From Dumpster to Paycheck

Filed under: Uncategorized — urbandumpsterdiver @ 2:27 pm

Right before we came up North for the summer, we were out dining for the night at a small ma and pa restaurant. Two men came up to the table and told us they just gotten jobs and were really excited about getting a paycheck.

At first I didn’t recognize them, then I realized who they were, the men from the church we’ve given food to. Because of the huge volume of food we gave them, they were able to find work and become self sufficient.

1. The two men come to the church as homeless men and live on site.

2. We meet them when we stop by the church to donate food. They would normally help us carry all the food from my truck to the refrigerator.

3. Over time we’d get to know them and make small talk.

4. Because of all the food we donated to the homeless center/church, they had a big BBQ open to the public.

5. The money collected from the BBQ went into the church van.

6. Church van gets spiffed up, tuned up and new tires.

7. Now two men have transportation to go to job interviews.

8. They get the jobs and now have regular paychecks.

9. They are now self-sufficient men who now have a sense of pride and accomplishment. Self esteem is raised and everyone wins.

Food dumpster > Church/homeless shelter > fund raiser money> new tires on van> gets hired at local factory > now productive proud members of society.

Isn’t that great how the universe works?

June 7, 2013

Chips and Chow Mein

Filed under: Uncategorized — urbandumpsterdiver @ 10:57 pm

Last night found a huge box of pretzels, chips, cans of chow mein, chow mein noodles, dog food and various other odds and ends.

Tomorrow 90% of the finds are going to the local food bank. I don’t have the room for any more food in my house. In fact, you can’t even slip a newspaper in my freezer.

I’m thankful for all that God has given me. I really am.

I’d rather dig stuff out of the dumpster than let it go to waste, even if it means I don’t keep it.

I’m going to have spotty internet access for the next few months. I’m working on some projects so my laptop will be down for the count. I will be tweeting short articles on Twitter.

If you don’t follow me on twitter, follow me now at UrbanFreegan. I have closed tweets, so just send me a request to add on.

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