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January 15, 2012

Dumpster Diving is Hard and Dirty Work

The title above says it all. Especially if you get a good haul quite often like we do. Hauling heavy items out of the dumpster, loading them up in your truck, hauling them into your garage or carport, sorting them, takes HOURS. I was up until 2am sorting and putting stuff away. I was so tired my husband insisted I go to bed, so I did. So I’m back at it tonight sorting and putting stuff away.

We first went out to one side of town. Pictures are included. Products too numerous to mention. I’ve been having problems with dry itchy scalp. I had planned on going to the doctor for my scalp, which he would probably prescribe a T-gel coal tar shampoo. Found 4 bottles of high end coal tar shampoo for dry itchy scalp (talk about manifestation). Used some this morning and the difference was amazing.

My truck was full on the first run. We decided to come back home and reload. I fixed my hubby a vegan supper and we were off again running. I’m not a full vegan but I do enjoy an occasional vegan meal. We had steamed rice with Braggs Aminos (soy sauce) and yakisoba noodles with vegetables. Costco sells a yakisoba noodle meal that you heat up in the microwave. It’s very healthy and delicious.

It’s very difficult to get my husband to eat salads. So I made him one last night that he liked and I think my readers would like. Shredded romaine lettuce, a couple of tablespoons of bacon bits, 1 tablespoon pine nuts, 1 tablespoon dried cranberries and ranch dressing. He loved it. I sometimes substitute a TB of either cut up pecans or walnuts, good for fiber and protein. Nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, partially vegan meals, rice and beans, lots of water and tea to me are the good tenets of healthy eating. You find a lot of junk food (chips and chocolate) dumpster diving, so one has to have a healthy balance of eating.

As typical dumpster diving junkies, we went back out. Found a huge bucket of alcohol; Mai Tai mixes, wine, vodka, chocolate martini mix, beer and wine coolers. We hit the jackpot again.

Today we went to the local state fair and just hung out and had fun, but we’re both still pretty tired and sore.

In fact I’ve injured and hurt myself many times diving. In the past I did not have health insurance, so I let things go. Now the former injuries and muscle aches are starting to become cumulative and now I have to see the chiropractor. I’m a big fan of chiropractors and holistic health. So this week UDD is getting an adjustment, an hour long massage and some time on the TENS unit. If I’m not in my peak health, I will end up injuring myself and then can’t dive at all.

Was getting low on conditioner and shower gel. Found 3 new containers of shower gel (manifestation again).

There is a good book written by Esther and Abraham Hicks about manifestation and getting what you want. Creative visualization by Shakti Gawain is another good book that I read many years ago that helped. I’m also a big feng shui devotee and believe in the power of affirmations, prayer, Sanskrit chanting and many other spiritual philosophies that help us dig deep and access our own inner core power.

So boys and girls, what great things are going on in your life?



  1. Going to have to try the manifestation thing myself.. Maybe I can get a job and a place to live.. those seem to be on the top of my daily list. I am surprised there is a fair this time of year..Jan? I thought all those were in the summer months. Looks like quite the haul you got! I loved my chiro that I had in Ca. He was a ortho guy too and boy was that the best thing I ever did.I think those pressure points and massage techniques really work!!

    Comment by CAROL — January 15, 2012 @ 10:30 pm

  2. Great haul, as usual.

    I believe in manifestation but I guess I don’t really want much right now???

    Comment by Maureen — January 16, 2012 @ 3:56 am

  3. Wow that is quite a cargo! Amazing what people waste or throw away…

    Comment by ukulefty — January 16, 2012 @ 12:56 pm

  4. Ever heard of ART or active release therapy? It’s a new rehabilitation technique and might be good for what ails you.

    This article leads to more questions than answers. Of course, you need to be ambigious to protect your sites. It seems like you jump right in there, so you must wear special clothes. To get away quickly, you’d park nearby with a small part of your trunk lined with garbage bags so the items wouldn’t leak.

    It seems to me that you spend about 4-5 hours on a run. You must be very thorough in each dumpster. You must know that the garbage is only taken once a week it seems that you’d go right before the truck came. I would guess you visit 4-5 dumpsters once a week, taking about an hour per dumpster, depending upon how full they are. Sounds right?

    Comment by Ryu — January 16, 2012 @ 3:06 pm

  5. Cranberries in salad sounds great. I’ve found raisins nuts & granny smith apples will get hardend salad haters to eat up – sunflower seeds can sub for expensive pine nuts.

    Comment by joetexx — January 16, 2012 @ 9:04 pm

  6. My Fiance and I just started diving three days ago and we have already found so much food that our fridge and freezer are stuffed. We are now planning to keep some of the protein bars we found in the car to give out to the homeless we see.
    I was just wondering what types of places do you look for when you start diving. When you moved across the country and had to start fresh (I read your entire blog) did you look in all the dumpsters you came across or are there certain factors that make you check a certain dumpster more then others.
    Thanks for the good read, and keep up the good work.

    Comment by Luocorn — January 17, 2012 @ 4:06 pm

  7. No I haven’t Ryu. I will ask the doctor tomorrow when I go see him. We usually have a good haul once a week. We’ve been diving in this area long enough to know who has the most filled dumpster with things we will use. We’re usually in and out of a dumpster in 15 minutes, any longer than that and you’re going to attract attention.

    Comment by urbandumpsterdiver — January 17, 2012 @ 9:36 pm

  8. Good idea Joe on the sunflower seeds. Granny smith apples is a good idea, slice them up and put them into the salad. I will try that this week! Thank you.

    Comment by urbandumpsterdiver — January 17, 2012 @ 9:37 pm

  9. Luocorn – that is so cool. We always looked for larger stores and chains. The same stores that threw away food in California, throw away food and other stuff in South Florida.

    When I was driving across country my truck was filled to the brim with my clothes and personal belongings. It was only when I got settled and lived in one place, I started serious diving again.

    Comment by urbandumpsterdiver — January 17, 2012 @ 9:39 pm

  10. great blog as I love dumpster diving.

    it is amazing the stuff people throw out.

    Comment by dave — January 26, 2012 @ 10:14 pm

  11. I have enjoyed reading this tonight…i had bookmarked it at some point in the past. I have experienced the ‘manifestation’ too many times to count since November when I started, though i don’t know if that is the best description. I don’t think it’s me but a guardian angel. Or something similar. I have never experienced anything like it before in my life. I am having to scale back on my diving because I am finding so much I am becoming over run. I like what you said in one of the blogs about if you don’t give t hings away, new things cannot come in. I really do find myself amazed continually about what is thrown away. yesterday, i found a brita water pitcher, today, a comforter and pillow (in separate dumpsters). Yeah i don’t have to try to manifest the things, so many times i have just had a single thought once during the day, ‘i need socks’ or ‘i need a vaccum cleaner’…the other day it was ‘i need a pillow’ and i found a nice one. I’d found a black comforter that i soaked in bleach because of some stains and it became orange. I gave it to my dog but was a bit disappointed, tonight i found another one. My pillow from the other day wasn’t working out, tonight I found another one (they are all stored in plastic bag for a month or bleached and put in the drier for 60 minutes which is supposed to kill bedbugs). I feel profoundly cared for. I honestly think something cares deeply about the waste.

    Comment by nathania — February 6, 2012 @ 4:22 am

  12. Read my newest blog post on manifestation. It’s funny how this works, but I do believe an angel is watching over my husband and I. I’m sure angels are watching over you too. My husband had been looking for a belt for a while. He finally broke down and bought one. The next day we found 2 bag full of clothes (brand new that were discarded) and in one bag over a dozen beautiful men’s belts.

    Comment by urbandumpsterdiver — February 6, 2012 @ 11:11 am

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