Urbandumpsterdiver's Blog

January 21, 2015

Little Old Lady

Filed under: Uncategorized — urbandumpsterdiver @ 10:35 pm

Saw a senior diver. Probably in her 70’s. Wheeling along a little miniature shopping cart like one would use in NYC. I used to have one. She has her little cart full of things. She’s wearing a dress, warm coat, a scarf and some gloves. She has a little trash bag in her cart.

When I see her, I make sure and help her. She doesn’t have a grabber so my dear husband will grab things out of the dumpster for her and put it in her shopping cart. The newer ones are so deep it’s almost impossible to get them out unless you have long arm and legs like my DH.

We always ask her, do you need anything, (refuses to take money from anyone), are you warm enough at night, do you have enough medicine, etc? The answer is always the same, no I’m fine, thank you for asking and then she looks down.

Her generation did not grow up on foodstamps and had very little government help if any. That generation felt ashamed to take anything. They always felt others were far more poor than themselves.

If you have a senior in your neighborhood, make friends with them please. They may be very lonely. Many of them are single or widowed. Their children and grandchildren have busy lives. Your kind word or deed could mean the world to them.

I don’t discuss politics on my blog for a reason. I try to stay a-political on my blog and my twitter feed. I could be far left or far right but you’d never know and I’d prefer to keep it that way. This blog is about survival and great food finds. My blog is boots on the ground real world happenings, today. I have a wide variety of twitter followers and value their input. They are white, black, asian, hispanic, jewish, christian, agnostic, new age, heathen pagan etc….

The bottom line is so many people are hurting financially and are malnourished spiritually and physically. UDD is a blog to help you find that food for yourself and your hungry neighbor.

January 19, 2015


Filed under: Uncategorized — urbandumpsterdiver @ 8:20 pm

Now that gas prices are a lot lower (about a $1 less per gallon a year ago today), we’re diving more and finding more goodies. My husband teased me tonight and said if we find food we can eat, if not, we’ll fast.

Fasting….. ugh. I don’t think so.

So tonight we went out on our local haunts and found nine frozen pizzas. Yippee! We can eat tonight. Seriously folks. I do believe there are other divers in my area now. That’s ok. You can’t get everything, everytime.

The one thing diving gives you is situational awareness. The military call it OPSEC. You’re aware of your surroundings, day and night. Being aware makes you less apt to be a victim of crime. It also teaches you to observe body language. Divers observe and notice things the general public does not.

We cleared our freezer as we had more room now from eating older food founds months ago. We made the declaration today that since we had a cleared space, we now have room for food. And voila! Nine pizzas in the box ready for us.

This week we will be taking several bags of soda cans and scrap from our yard for extra cash. Thank God gas prices have went down. This allows us to make longer trips to larger cities to dive more food.

January 2, 2015

Happy New Year

Filed under: Uncategorized — urbandumpsterdiver @ 10:45 pm

Pickings have been fairly good. Finds include pork loin, kielbasa, bratwurst, milk, juice, eggs, and potatoes.

Because of improper food storage I had a few containers of black beans and rice go bad. I’ve learned my lesson and am now a better prepper. I moved the dry goods to my hallway (picture enclosed) so I can find everything. The former food storage container in the back now houses empty mason jars and other kitchen odds and ends.


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