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October 6, 2012

Cheese and Orange Juice

Filed under: Uncategorized — urbandumpsterdiver @ 7:12 pm

I was supposed to have a garage sale today. But of course the day I get up EARLY it rains and thunders. What do you know?

So my husband and I went to the other side of town, which was ok and did some garage sale shopping. Found a beautiful Mexican blanket (a soft one that has been broken in but still in good shape) and 2 glass containers (great for storing bulk food).

On the way home, decided to stop by one of our stores that has been throwing tons of food away. Last night found a case of canned biscuits and a brand new container of grape juice. Today we found over 3 dozen bags of shredded cheese, several bottles of orange juice and 2 cans of tomato sauce.

We asked our neighbors to come over and help themselves. A family of five takes a lot of money to feed, no matter how much help you get. With the price of groceries going through the roof, we could all use a little help. Momma and Daddy was thrilled with the stash. They brought over their baby girl and I got to hold her a while. She’s a little angel.

She has a older daughter, but still in grade school. We had given her a skirt that we’d found (brand new). It fit her to a T. She came over after school the other night with the skirt on. Paired with a green shirt and green headband. She loved her skirt and grinned ear to ear when we told her how cute she was. It is very gratifying to help those who need it and it really doesn’t take a lot to be kind to someone.

Our stash for the day. You can see through the windows the woods we live in. It’s very peaceful here.



  1. How did you offer them the food without them resenting it? No one wants to be an object of pity.

    Perhaps you phrased it “I have all this food here and no room for it. Do you want any?”

    Comment by Ryu — October 6, 2012 @ 10:54 pm

  2. They knew where it came from. My husband walked over to their house and asked them if they wanted any of our stash. They’re good people and have no problem accepting anything we give them. They’re sincerely some of the most genuine people I’ve ever met. We give their kids a lot of crackers, snacks and candy and it’s never an issue. Thank God for that.

    Now saying that, I’ve never ever had a problem giving away stuff. Never. I’ve had people say, are you sure? And then I tell them, absolutely, if you don’t take it, I’ll have to throw it away (big big no no for me) and then it’s NO problem. All of my friends and family know what I do.

    Comment by urbandumpsterdiver — October 6, 2012 @ 11:26 pm

  3. Ah, thanks. I imagine that once people see that dumpster diving gains them free stuff and alot of it, many of their objections disappear.

    I do not DD to the maximum extent I could. It’s not the ew factor that holds me back but the irrational fear of getting caught. Pride, as it were. I am willing to bet that you know how unlikely that is, that you will almost never be stopped.

    Comment by Ryu — October 7, 2012 @ 7:52 am

  4. You are such a good person. They are good parents too for caring. That is not pity that is survival. You should be proud of your efforts. Enjoy your week. Good stash!! Smiles!!!

    Comment by Lisa Smith — October 8, 2012 @ 7:55 pm

  5. I wish *I* were your neighbor! I’d go dumpster diving with you!(if you would let me!)

    I really, really want to dumpster dive for food. I spend SOOOO much money on food. I want to try to get organic food too-I know…picky picky. I’m afraid of getting caught too and/or being looked down on. Were you scared the first few times you went out?

    Comment by ritarabbit — October 11, 2012 @ 1:54 pm

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