21 May 2010

Dumpster Diving?

Yesterday while the kids and I were outside I saw a man bring some items to the dumpster, and one of those items were a dog crate.  Actually, he was getting rid of two dog crates, which is great for us.  A couple of months ago we purchased an Alaskan Malamute and she is outgrowing her dog crate.  So when I saw these crates I walked over and asked the man if I could have them (I am usually embarrassed to ask).  He was more than happy to hand them over to me.  He pointed out to me that his dog had chewed on part it but it still works.  When hubby got home from work he set up both crates and they are missing the pegs that hold it together.  Easy fix, we can easily pick up zip ties to hold it in place, or use the pegs from her old crate. 

Yes, I admit we are dumpster divers, to a point.  We are not the people actually in the dumpster digging for items; we look for things sitting on the outside of the dumpster.  I cannot tell you how many items we have found sitting by a dumpster.  Here on post there are dumpsters within our housing areas and now that it is PCS (Permanent change of station or moving to new duty station) season many people are just throwing things in the dumpster.  Because I was in the right place at the right time I have saved us over $200 with these dog crates. 

Do you "dumpster dive"?

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  1. Even if you don't use them, take them. Shelters and rescues will be thrilled to take them off your hands.

  2. We have gotten a baby swing for our non existent baby outta the dumpster. It was truly brand new! Also, someone threw out their Christmas tree a few weeks before Christmas so we tore it apart and had fresh baughs all over our house. All for free! Good for you! It's funny how being green is in but getting used items is not so "cool"



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