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August 1, 2011

Free chips – dumpster diving recipes

Filed under: Food — urbandumpsterdiver @ 5:21 pm

Saturday night recovered a dozen huge bags of chips scheduled for the trash. Sitting here now typing after eating a ham sandwich with some lay’s chips. Hmmm mmmm good!

Also recovered 3 dozen Mexican sweet breads. Will heat those up in the microwave for breakfast with the free coffee we found that same night.

Growing up in the south we learned how to eat cheap when times were tough. This is a recipe or a dish my grandma used to make when it was the end of the pay period and we were low on food.

Grandma boils any leftover potatoes, and then refries them as home fries. We would toss in chopped up bologna (we pretended it was ham) and some cheese. They use to hand out government cheese to poor families back in the 70’s. We would use that cheese (you could use mozzarella now). Fry up the potatoes until they have crust, then toss in the bologna and cheese and voila, a casserole. I made it for my husband today and he loved it.

I have dozens of chocolate muffins I’ve found that are in the freezer. With those I make a brownie ice cream dessert. Take the muffin, nuke it in the microwave, and cut it in half. Dollop a couple of scoops of ice cream (bought on sale) and then squirt on a little bit of Hershey’s chocolate sauce. I buy my chocolate sauce at Costco. The 2 containers last us at least 6 months. It’s an excellent dessert and made in 5 minutes.

Redneck Thai Iced Tea – steep your black tea in the sun. Squeeze out the bags after they’ve steeped in the sun. Pour over ice and pour in some flavored coffee creamer. I tried this with my hubby and he loved it.

Just because we’re low on money doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy life.



  1. MMMMM Red Neck Thai Iced Tea here I come. Sounds yummy. My hubby loves balogna more than most other sliced meats, if short on meat for pizza on it goes, scrambled eggs? Thrown in some balogna and a side of salsa.

    Comment by Tammy — August 2, 2011 @ 8:33 pm

  2. Hey I was reading ur blog .. and I was watching some youtube videos on dumpsterdiving I’m alil scared since I’ve never done this but I’m so excited about it. Yesterday I went to my local walgreens and noticed they threw out a lot of pringles and fruit cups, I dint have the guts to take them yet maybe soon… if u want u can follow me on my new twitter account 🙂 and give me ideas! Thnx

    Comment by Maria — August 23, 2011 @ 9:49 am

  3. Hi Maria,

    Take dumpster diving in baby steps. Also don’t mention stores on my blog ok hun? If they read my blog, they may lock their dumpsters, so use code words or make up a store name. I’m a big risk taker and very brazen with my diving. I do it in plain sight. I’m lucky in that I’ve never cared what others thought of me. Either I’m completely insane OR just a typical southern redneck woman.

    Comment by urbandumpsterdiver — August 23, 2011 @ 10:48 pm

  4. Love the Redneck Thai Iced Tea!

    Comment by Rachel — December 26, 2011 @ 10:22 pm

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