Let me start out with this -- the only reason I'm sharing my tried and true method of dumpster diving is because it hasn't been shared on this site before and the likelihood of one of YOU encroaching on my dumpster diving territory is highly unlikely.
Dumpster diving is a not so popular way to get free stuff. It's easy to see why most people turn their noses up at the thought of dumpster diving. Dumpsters evoke nastiness, slime, rotten food, bad smell, flies, and used toilet paper. And why would there be anything of value in the dumpster? Somebody threw that out for a reason. Why risk your health and respectability for someones trash?
While these are valid arguments, and often apply, it IS possible to circumvent the grossness, while pulling in a massive amount of loot including clothes, school supplies, and electronics. This, however, requires careful planning, knowledge, and a little bit of shamelessness.
So when you're ready, I will show you the RIGHT way to go about dumpster diving.
Step 1: Oh Ye of Little Faith
If you are already sold, this is not for you
WHY DUMPSTER DIVING IS WORTH IT:
If you're beginning to think its not worth it, take a look at the cover picture. It is the very real result of one day's worth of dumpster diving. It's just too bad it couldn't all fit within the camera's field of view. Still not convinced? Because of dumpster diving I have spent next to nothing on school supplies the last 2 years.
Dumpster Diving is an issue of civic responsibility. There are Salvation Army bins throughout the dorms for giving away gently used clothing and shoes. Why then are there shoes in the dumpster with the tissue paper still inside them? By dumpster diving, I am saving landfill space and not buying a pair of shoes that I don't need.