I Dumpster Dive

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 70 People

    Last Night Was... Ok

    Well last night I went out to town at 0400 before it got light. The moon was turning orange and starting to blur behind the low morning mist as it went down. There was not a breath of wind and all was quiet...  except for the horrific grinding noise from the un-oiled...
    TheLuckyHobo TheLuckyHobo
    31-35, M
    11 Responses Apr 5, 2009

    This idea might be helpful to some

    who are new at dumpster diving. I would recommend using a soft folded small blanket or a folded towel to place on the rim of the large dumpsters before bending foreward and balancing over it with feet lifted in air, unless using a stepping stool. This would prevent injury of...
    happyneighbor happyneighbor
    61-65, F
    2 Responses Jan 5, 2014

    Tlc's Hoarding: Buried Alive Looking For New Partipants

    Discovery Studios is currently looking for participants for TLC’s Hoarding: Buried Alive. We’re seeking people who are willing to open up their lives and homes to share their stories. If you struggle with hoarding and are facing unfortunate circumstances such as fines...
    tlchoarding tlchoarding
    26-30, F
    1 Response Jun 14, 2011

    In the Uk We Call It 'skipping'

    I like skipping. If you need any help skipping. If you have no money for food and you are in UK, then please contact me for the best advice on skipping. I have not needed to pay for food for a long long time. I do buy a little bit of powdered milk and my porridge oats but...
    TheLuckyHobo TheLuckyHobo
    31-35, M
    Feb 26, 2009

    Golden Bananas!

    I grew up poor. I grew up rich. Some years my family had plenty of money.  Some years we had none.   One year we were especially low on money.  The town where we live is especially unforgiving to people with no money.  Prices are high for everything...
    stormynightsky stormynightsky
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Mar 2, 2009

    Am off diving tonight.

    Supplies running low.
    Abnoba Abnoba
    46-50, F
    1 Response Jan 17, 2016

    A Hobby With Benifits! $$$

    You'd be amazed at the things people throw away. I have found some great antiques & made good $$$ on them!  Not to mention some other treasures!  I prefer to think of myself as goods little recycler!  There's a group in almost every community called Freecycle...
    NewShoes NewShoes
    46-50, F
    3 Responses Aug 21, 2007

    Long Time Diver

    I've been a diver for a long time. My favorite places are dumpsters around the college apartments at the end of the school year and the ones behind the stores at the local mall. The best thing I found was a copy of Stephen King's "Pet Sematary" with 4 $100 dollar bills between...
    hardtimes1 hardtimes1
    1 Response Apr 28, 2011

    ONCE Upon a Time

    When I was about 9 I walked in to the room and saw my mother rifling through papers. I pretended not to pay attention but as I sat in the distance it dawned on me that these were papers that belonged to my father. I didn’t know too much about most of it but the pictures...
    mysplitpersonality mysplitpersonality
    36-40, F
    Apr 3, 2008

    Dumpster Diver Versus A Stupid Mindless Person..a True Story

    Yes i am a PROUD dumpster diver. I am proud because 1) i know that what i take wont end up in a landfill 2) is still useful either to me or someone else and its one less thing that wont have to be bought. . Over a year ago i lived in a apartment complex..a virtual goldmine if you...
    masamailau masamailau
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Feb 26, 2011

    It Is 0245, I Am Leaving to Go and Look For Food

    In the dumpsters at the back of a shop in town. It's only a few miles each way and I usually enjoy the trip if it's ok weather. i hope I get some thing good, I really need a decent haul for once. I have been getting too little lately. Right I'm off out now then, in a bit BC
    TheLuckyHobo TheLuckyHobo
    31-35, M
    3 Responses Mar 2, 2009

    For some strange reason,

    it feels good jumping into a pile of trash.
    BIaziken BIaziken
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Dec 13, 2014

    I Love Dumpster Diving!!!!

      I love dumpster diving.  It is a lot of fun.  Especially when your funds are low, or you just want to go shopping late at night (never go alone at night!)  Just this last week, I got so shoes, rugs for the house and some books.  My best dumpster dive...
    PDTexas PDTexas
    1 Response Sep 20, 2008

    I was reading about dumpster diving one weekend

    and said to my partner "I can't die until I've tried this". He was up for it. He's usually up for anything. We are not in the slightest bit poor, both professionals, and living in a well-to-do suburb of Melbourne. But we both have an interest in waste reduction, recycling etc...
    spiralsaugogo spiralsaugogo
    2 Responses May 4, 2015

    I Carved a Key From Some Plastic...

    So that I could open the "lockable" wheelie bins. They have one of those keyholes that is only a triangular block inside a hole. It is very easy to make your own key from the plastic brackets once used to hold kitchen shelves up with. I am going out as soon as i...
    TheLuckyHobo TheLuckyHobo
    31-35, M
    6 Responses Mar 7, 2009

    never ceases to amaze me what industry

    and people throw away into dumpsters. I have been living without money successfully, and dumpster diving is a part of it. It's a shame that supermarkets are starting to lock their bins away indoors though...
    Abnoba Abnoba
    46-50, F
    Jan 12, 2016
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