Urbandumpsterdiver's Blog

March 1, 2015

Potato Salad and More Competition

Filed under: Uncategorized — urbandumpsterdiver @ 4:45 pm

I’m in a large chain grocery yesterday buying some things from the deli. I like to buy things from the local deli instead of fast food. I usually will buy a few slices of roast beef, maybe some cheese and a few pieces of fruit. While I was purchasing my food I noticed that one of the clerks was packaging up food really neatly in boxes and putting it on some large rack. Then I watched her place all the boxes neatly in the trash. I thought ruh roh, that’s either for someone to pick up out of the trash can or a prime opportunity for me.

Instead of alerting my husband to go outside and get that stuff, we muddled around the store.


Something told me a goldmine was in that dumpster and it was. As we were leaving we drove behind the back. Sure enough an elderly gentleman was standing in the dumpster picking out all the good stuff, i.e. rotisserie chicken and other good deli meats he could fit into his small car. I have a feeling he was the spouse of the deli worker. Which is fine by me as I’d probably do the same thing, but darn it, he got the good stuff first!

Hey, first come first served. Those who get to the dumpster first, get the good stuff first. I call it fresh kill.

We came back about 10 minutes later and found about a dozen packages of potato salad and macaroni salad. Since they have a short shelf life and they can’t be frozen, off to the soup kitchen today they go.

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.


December 22, 2014

Happy Solstice!

Filed under: Uncategorized — urbandumpsterdiver @ 1:10 am

Today marks the first official day of the winter season and the shortest day of the year. After midnight, the days get longer, yippee!

You know, the winter used to be the time to rest, relax and renew. This is the time to knit that sweater or afghan you were supposed to make. Read all those books you’d been putting off. Watch all those movies you didn’t watch before. Now is the time. Instead of killing yourself to be outdoors, now is the time to just “be”. That’s hard to do, even for me. I have a bunch of older TV shows that were made in the 50’s and 60’s on my computer, ready to watch.

Series like One Step Beyond, The Twilight Zone, Boris Karloff Thriller, Bewitched, and some episodes of Seinfeld that I have on DVD. The TV now and then is like night and day.

We’ve been finding lots of meat and odds and ends. Meat scraps we give to the dogs. Frozen meat or meat JUST within date, we keep and give to others. Now is the time for good chili with cornbread, taco salad with sour cream and chips, meatloaf mashed potatoes and gravy or a good pot roast.

So tonight, I sit in my house coat and slippers, sipping on Egg Nog (that I found diving the other day) and enjoying life. There is plenty of time in the Spring, Summer and Fall to be bouncing around.

For those of you who worship Christmas like I do, have a Merry Christmas.

For my other readers of different religions, Jai Ma, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanza or Feliz Navidad.

November 28, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving Y’all

Filed under: Uncategorized — urbandumpsterdiver @ 1:24 am

I stay out of the malls and stores during this crazy time. I’m not too found of fighting over goods made in China. No siree. There are better things to do like: make ham for Thanksgiving, listen to the owls hoot at night in our tree and you guessed it, dumpster dive!

Tonight’s haul.

Three dozen bags of shredded cheese.
2 bags of cream cheese.
2 crates of juice.
1 crate of Sweet Tea.
Cajun sausage
2 dozen eggs
Berry punch
Buttered bread sticks

I have so much surplus it’s time to thin out again. Tomorrow a trip will be made to the local soup kitchen. My basement and freezers are starting to look like an episode of Doomsday Preppers.

November 15, 2014

Cookies and Milk

Filed under: Homeless Living/Survivalism/Prepping — urbandumpsterdiver @ 10:51 pm

A few nights ago we found four boxes of frozen chicken and a dozen packages of ground sausage. When I cook the chicken or the sausages there is always some grease and meat drippings left. I put them in a bowl, drop some bread in it and give it to our neighbor’s dogs. They love the protein, the fat and the bread.

In fact, the dogs are so conditioned to being fed by me, that when I come home from a dumpster diving run, I swear they can smell the meat. The raw meat scraps are good for them as well as the female is now pregnant again. Her black coat is far shinier than it used to be as she’s now getting good nutrition from me.

The other night a new little dog came to the woods. Someone just dropped him off. He’s a sweet little thing. We named him Peanut. He’s very lovey dovey and friendly. He just laps up the love from everyone. He will jump up and down when he sees us. It’s a sweet sight to behold.

Found about a dozen gallons of whole milk and about a dozen packages of cookies, intact and unopened. There are so many cookies I can house and quite frankly I don’t need them. Neither does my spouse. He still considers cake a vegetable. The milk and cookies (with the exception of one gallon milk and one package of cookies) went to the local soup kitchen/rehab center. They loved it. They’re living on such a slim margin, that is makes me feel grateful I have what I have.

Pictures below are of the following. (1) Dumpster dived meal. Frozen chicken baked in the oven. French fries (potatoes found in the dumpster) cut up and drizzled with rosemary olive oil and seasoned salt. Very good hot meal. Dessert will be two cookies and a little glass of milk. I put my milk in a martini glass, silly, but I like it.

(2) The homeless dog Peanut. He’s as sweet as sugar. I’ll keep feeding them if they keep coming around. I can’t let an animal starve. I just can’t.

Yes ladies and gentleman, it’s a zoo here, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Chicken and Potatoes


November 3, 2014

Meat for Me and the Dogs

Filed under: Uncategorized — urbandumpsterdiver @ 11:48 pm

It’s getting a lot colder here, so the pickings are MUCH better. Had to run to the grocery store to get a few items, I just can’t get diving. Plus it’s that time before the food stamps are loaded, so there are deep discounts at the retailer. And did we get some great deals.

Deals such as:

Gluten free pasta, 16 oz, .65.
Spinach and parmesan sauce, 1.75 a large bottle.
Arizona Green Tea in the bottle, .50. (good prepper item to have and good to have in the cooler when I’m on one of my all day jaunts).

After leaving the retail store I told the universe, if it’s meant to be, meat will be in the dumpster. Lo and behold, fresh kill. Several big slabs of beef/fat. I chopped them up in smaller pieces and fed to my neighbor’s dogs. If I don’t chop them up a little finer, they’ll literally choke themselves eating so fast. They were lapping it up and quite happy. In fact when I come home from the store they run to my truck. Many times they are so glad to see me and my spouse, they almost knock me down by jumping on me.

So we found 3 large pieces of brisket, dozen or so rolls of meat, intact and practically frozen.

Good haul. We’re still noshing food we found 3 years ago. Still perfectly good. So tonight, in order to pave way for the new, we had given away about 1/2 of our other freezer to our local food bank/rehab house. They were thrilled. Because the economy is in the toilet, donations are down and they’re barely getting by. Now I wished I brought more. I probably will tomorrow.

So tonight dinner was pasta (from the meat we dived tonight and the sauce we bought on closeout), with our gluten free angel hair pasta we bought on closeout and some foccacia bread (dived bread). A 4 oz glass of red wine (also dived 3 years ago) topped off the meal. Dessert was a sugar cookie (dived cookie).

But alas, I over did it and now my shoulder is sore. Sitting here now with ice pack.

November 2, 2014

Bread; the staff of life

Filed under: Uncategorized — urbandumpsterdiver @ 11:38 pm

I have had a dumpster diving hiatus. My frozen shoulder is JUST starting to feel better, but I’m not pushing it. So I’m still doing the driving and my husband is doing the diving.

Today we decided to take a day and go into one of the larger towns near me. It has a lot of shopping variety and good diving. Now that’s it a lot colder, food thrown out stays fresh longer which is better for me.

On our way home we decided to visit one of our favorite haunts. It was full. We pulled out of the dumpster about 6 large boxes of muffins, bread, rolls, cakes, pies, donuts, etc. It’s quite a feast. We have enough to fill our freezers and another elderly person we made friends with. She’s in her 70’s and on social security. She has quite a bit of wisdom farming and my husband being Mr. Fix It can help her with a lot of projects. She’ll be receiving some of our largess this week.

We’re saving a few of the pies and cakes for Thanksgiving. They’ll go into the freezer until then. We know a few people in our area who have no family around or who don’t want to go to their local family meal. We are going to invite them over for Thanksgiving and have some good fun and maybe play a game of Scrabble if they’re up to it.

October 8, 2014

It’s a Zoo Here

Filed under: Uncategorized — urbandumpsterdiver @ 2:11 am

These last few months have been a real bitch. The heat in the South is not something I’m used to, as this is my first summer (all summer) in the south. Normally I go up North for the summer or in Florida (where you at least get the oceanside breezes), but I’m now here in the countryside for good.

I kept my meditation/workout room/girlie room on AC 24/7. The humidity was so bad here it’s hard to breathe during the day outdoors. So I did all my grocery shopping, laundry and other things at night or 3am. Well you can’t dumpster dive at 3am, as that might arouse suspicion from the cops.

We’ve been finding chips and other snacks that are not necessary to be refrigerated, so they are safe to take.

Our area in the hills has a lot of critters. Our neighbors lovely big dog was killed last week. My husband and I were both sick over it. I heard loud growls like a bobcat or cougar the night he was killed. I’m thinking he was chased into the road by the animals.

Our neighbors dogs spend most of their time on my front porch. They are good security for me. If I’m alone I feel safe if they are here. I believe they would defend me. I don’t believe our neighbor’s have the money to feed them properly, so they get fed here.

Now, we have another cat that has been dropped off. She has pretty green eyes. I call her Jade. She’s very lovey dovey and very little. We fed her a while back and she ate so voraciously I thought she’d get sick. Poor thing was very very hungry.

Once the weather cools, our hauls will be better.

So, herein lies the reason for my post today. I need help for dog food and cat food. 2 dogs and 1 stray cat. So if you’d like to donate a few dollars for dog and cat food or coupons, email me at this site and I’ll send my PO box for donations.

Here is a little picture of the little green eyed cat that is wandering around here. green eyes

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