By Grace Vasquez
Anyone who knows me, knows I’m pretty frugal and Rick Stacy loves to tease me about it all the time. Yeah, whatevs!
Now, while I do watch how I spend my money and keep a budget I’m not sure I can go to the lengths that this person does: dumpster dive! Yup. It is exactly what you think it is.
Mel Humphreys is a nurse from Australia, who spends less than $32-per-week on groceries and it’s not via coupon clipping. Mel sifts through the dumpsters outside supermarkets, caterers and bakeries.
The emergency and oncology nurse loves preparing gourmet meals for friends, family and colleagues with food she recovers too. Mel says dumpster diving has opened her eyes to how much edible food is wasted. I agree with that for sure. Having a friend who worked in the restaurant biz I was appalled by how much good food they HAD to throw away. Sad.
“When I started doing it I couldn’t believe I could get all this food for free from a bin — it was amazing,” she says. “The more and more places I found, the bigger the hauls and the more stable it could be as a lifestyle.”
I’m not sure I could bring myself to dumpster dive for food but check out how well Mel did on her grocery bill alone she went from $158 to just $32. She could even afford to buy a $7,000 two-bedroom apartment. “If this is what capitalism is serving me up,” she says. “Then I am just going to make the best of it and certainly I will keep doing it.”
Hmm, good for you Mel! As my mom, the queen of frugality, used to say, “to each their own!” ~grace