Wednesday, October 22, 2008

I took the plunge...literally!

So I finally found someone with big steely balls to come dumpster diving with me. As you'll recall, I wrote a post about the next generation of dumpster divers a couple of weeks ago. I wanted to experience this myself and write about the results.

Well, I can say this for sure...many useful items are being trashed and wasted. Our biggest producers so far have been the K(mart), G(oodwill), and L(owes). What did we find you ask? "Lots!" I answer. K(mart) had many NIP items that were on clearance that they just tossed instead of marking down further or donating. We found snacks (which tasted just fine by the way), Cars birthday party hats, baby wash, lysol spray, napkins, t-shirt, make-up, headbands, a pack of diapers, and I could go on and on.

At G(oodwill), we found vhs tapes, knick knacks (perfect for yard sales), a stroller, and some toys. Remember, they are no longer accepting toys and strollers because of recalls so it goes straight to the dump. So for the love of pizza, please don't donate any of that to G(oodwill) or its going straight in their dumpster and I have proof. LOL

Perhaps my biggest score so far was at L(owes) and I almost didn't see it. It's just a $250 microwave that you can use as a convection oven and grill too. Apprarently, it would start smoking on the convection function. After the hubby took a look at it, he noticed it was only some oil or grease on the heating coil and after it burned off, it didn't smoke anymore. Here is a picture of my prized treasure find:

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So far the hubby has cooked 2 whole chickens and a shoulder of ham in it. If this doesn't convince you I don't know what will. Also at L(owes), we found packs of the expensive energy saving lighbulbs with one broken bulb in the pack but the rest of them in the packs were just fine. Why oh why do we live in such a wasteful society? I'll keep you updated on my finds. Unfortunately, L(owes) moved their dumpster so it may be a while before I am able to find some bangin' stuff there again. :( I will keep on keeping on though!

3 comments:

Kerri said...

That's awesome! I can't believe it. I love that you were willing to share this with us! I want to try it. So what are the laws. Did you wait until it was dark and the businesses were closed? Tell me more!

angeljoy said...

I'm crying here...

Shelly said...

Wow - I just found your blog through the frugal hacks blogroll (check out mine - thehappytoddler.blogspot.com). I have to say that you are my frugal idol. I've been wanting to dumpster dive ever since I read the Tightwad Gazette. I have this secret fear of not being able to get out of the dumpster (I'm short and petite). Was it hard? Like Kerri says -We definitely need more details!