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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.



  1. It’s a tough time everywhere. If I weren’t so afraid of being attacked at night or being confronted with wildlife, I’d try dumpster diving.

    Comment by Juana (@SlyJuana) — October 26, 2013 @ 10:55 pm

  2. Try lentil beans for protein and to fill you up, and a head of cabbage for a week’s worth of salads. Shred the cabbage and put some onion or scallions with it, have it with pepper vinagrette dressing.

    Comment by mindweapon — October 27, 2013 @ 12:55 am

  3. Yes hard times I have and do understand. If not for the EBT food program I surely would be dead. I have had some rough patches but this one takes the cake. I now receive Soc sec retirement and it has helped but food just keeps getting higher and higher priced. They cut your amount on what income you have so I get less now than I did. I still can stretch it with most needed foods though. Dumpsters here now have LOCKS on them.

    Comment by CAROL — October 27, 2013 @ 10:15 am

  4. I use EBT. But then, it was necessary when the Dept. of Ed started raiding my bank account every month on a PAID OFF loan. (damn criminals!)
    Really, I do admire the fact that you help others as dramatically as you do.
    If my health were stable, I’d help ya.

    Comment by xdelta1 — October 27, 2013 @ 10:47 pm

  5. Juana, welcome to UDD and please come back. If you are concerned with safety go early like 6am or take a friend with you. Carry Mace or better yet, oven cleaner. One big spray of oven cleaner will do some serious damage.

    If you live in an area where obtaining concealed is doable, then protect yourself.

    Comment by urbandumpsterdiver — October 27, 2013 @ 11:17 pm

  6. Carol, I’m bummed all the dumpsters in your area have locks. I have your contact info on your comments. I will email you personally to give you some tips for your area. I really mean it when I say I dive all over the country.

    Comment by urbandumpsterdiver — October 27, 2013 @ 11:19 pm

  7. Delta, I hate banks. I rarely use them anymore. I no longer use credit cards and debit cards ONLY when necessary. Even if you pay your balances off each month, the merchant has to pay the banks a fee each time.

    Comment by urbandumpsterdiver — October 27, 2013 @ 11:22 pm

  8. My husband and i get most of our food out of the dumpsters. So much gets thrown out. Last week on one dive we recovered 6 rotisserie chickens and 4 sandwiches, Cuban bread, cake, apples tomatoes, etc. The food is still cod when we take it. We do share it with other family members. Never gotten sick either. The week before we got 5 cartoons of ice cream and ice cream cones still frozen hard. You have to know when they put the goods out! So much food gets tossed out!

    Comment by monica smith — October 30, 2013 @ 11:55 am

  9. I’m surprised you know about the oven cleaner trick, UDD. That’s a good one. Nasty stuff. That man had nothing to be ashamed of.

    Comment by Ryu — October 31, 2013 @ 1:25 pm

  10. Hi just wondering if all is well as you haven’t blogged in a while and really enjoy what you have to say
    op shop

    Comment by Melinda — December 7, 2013 @ 2:46 am

  11. Melinda, it’s been lean pickings, indeed. I have a recent twitter post on some good stuff we found, but the dumpsters have been barren!

    I am seeing more divers. If someone is diving at a spot I go to, I drive on by. This is a sad testament on how bad the economy is.

    Comment by urbandumpsterdiver — December 7, 2013 @ 11:43 am

  12. Good article on dumpsters. Thanks

    Comment by griseltye1 — February 2, 2014 @ 9:23 pm

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