Most parents head to the supermarket to pick up ingredients for dinner but Chelsey Fleming, 25, and her boyfriend Johnny always try the bins first.
The couple from Georgia, U.S. started dumpster diving to save money just before the birth of their son Griffin, now eight months.
They say that using things left for landfill has saved them around $200 (£150) a month on food alone.
Chelsey and Johnny have faced run-ins with the police and judgement from others but they are determined to continue rifling through bins.
Since diving, they have even made money selling their finds online; from two dumpsters, they managed to make over £150 ($200) and have even salvaged items that have been used to make them look new again, like a Naked Palette and other makeup sets.
Chronicling their discoveries on social media has attracted a lot of positive attention from people who have been inspired by what they do.
Johnnys aunt was a diver and she would give us stuff every time she came over; perfume, food, makeup, clothes, you name it. She showed us the ropes, Chelsey said.
The first time we went off on our own we hit the jackpot at a craft store where we found hundreds of pounds worth of Christmas merchandise, all new with tags. We were hooked.
Id say since Ive started planning our meals around the food we find, weve cut our monthly food shopping bill in half, easy.
We keep a lot of items we find, such as toothpaste and other personal hygiene items. We give away a lot of the food to friends and family.
Our local food banks are picky about what they take sadly, but we give whatever theyll accept, and we keep the rest.
I was posting my make-up finds online and people kept asking if Id sell them, so I recently started using an app to sell the makeup. Ive made $200 (£150) from only two dumpster dives at Ulta.
I have always been very frugal. We budget and spend our money wisely. Dumpster diving saves us and sometimes even earns us money. We hardly ever have to buy shampoo or toothpaste.
We live right next to a supermarket that throws away good produce every morning. I enjoy cooking our meals based around what we find, because it encourages me to try new things.
Not long ago I found a jar of pickled beetroot, something I would never pick up at the store. I tossed it in a salad made from spinach, cucumber, feta cheese, walnuts and balsamic vinegar (all of which were rescued from a dumpster). It was delicious, and free.
We have an established route and we go a few times a week to look for food, makeup, home goods, whatever we can get our hands on.
When I dive in the daytime, I get funny looks from people, but that is only a con if you feel embarrassed, which is a feeling I only recently got over.
It certainly requires a bit of shamelessness. We live frugally and while others may see us as cheap, we look at it as resourceful.
Chelsey now wants to promote the lifestyle to help save the environment and save good food that goes to waste for nothing.
With all the pros of diving, there are a few cons; theres a risk of running into employees or the law. I have had a couple of run ins with the police, she said.
The first time it happened was our second time diving. We were on the wealthier side of town and Johnny was digging around while I sat in the car (I was super pregnant at the time).
A police car parked next to me and Johnny popped his head out from the dumpster. The police officer asked him what the heck he was doing. Johnny simply said he was digging through the trash looking for stuff. He was cool about it and just asked us to carry on elsewhere.
It was embarrassing but funny because Im sure we looked ridiculous and Johnny was acting like a small child that just got caught reaching for the cookie jar.
The second time was recently; I was by myself driving away from the bin when I got pulled over. He asked what I was doing behind the store and I showed him my trunk full of rescued produce and offered him some. He was pretty cool about it.
Digging through the trash may seem gross to some, but what is truly disgusting is the amount of food going to waste.
No one in America should be going hungry with all the food that gets thrown out from big companies and even from our own homes.
Is bread actually vegan? (Why you need to start checking labels)
But… sandwiches?! (Picture: Getty)
Being a vegan can be tricky. Its so easy to be caught off guard b..
Being a vegan can be tricky. Its so easy to be caught off guard by something you were certain was completely plant-based.
But what about bread? Its leaving a lot of you confused. And worried. Because honestly, no one wants to give up bread and the wholesome, carby comfort it provides.
So dont worry – bread, in its purest form is vegan. Its made simply of water, flour and yeast. But if you like fancy bread – thats where things can get a little bit murky.
Although most bread is typically vegan as its traditionally made with flour, water, yeast and sugar, there are certain types of loaves which may have cheese, milk butter or eggs, explains Sonal Shah, Nutritionist Resource member.
French breads for example like brioche are made with eggs and butter. Also some of the crusts are brushed with butter before they are baked.
Uh oh. So before you go to town on that French stick and slather it with vegan butter – you might need to check exactly how it was made.
With softer, cakey breads like brioche, its easier to tell that there is butter involved in the process – but spotting a brushed crust could be tough. Sonal says thats not all you need to look out for.
Sometimes bread can contain casein, whey and non-fat milk powder, she adds.
Other types of breads that may not be vegan are crackers which can also contain dairy. Some breads may have a vegan logo but its down to the individual to check the label.
Simple as that. Check the labels people.
If youre following a strict vegan diet then nothing can really be taken for granted. Its probably best to have a quick scan of the labels on any pre-packaged food that youre buying.
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Mum feeds a family of 10 for £150 a week with Nandos and McDonalds fakeaways
A mum has revealed how she feeds her family of ten for £150 a week with glorious Nandos and McDonalds fakeaways.
Caroline lives with her husband John and children Ellena, 21, Joshua, 18, Daniel, 15, Finlay, 11, Henry, 10, Sophia, eight, Florence, six, and Emilia, two, in Evesham, Worcestershire.
Yes, thats a lot of kids to feed. You can imagine how tricky it is to sort out meals that will please everyone and that stick to a budget.
Caroline manages it with plenty of batch cooking and making everything from scratch. She regularly recreates takeaway favourites like sausage and egg McMuffins and Nandos style chicken to please picky eaters without having to ever buy ready meals or pre-prepared food from the shops.
Caroline insists that her tight budget doesnt limit the range of what she can whip up for her family and uses her creative touch to let the family enjoy fun meals that theyll remember – like homemade fish fingers and jars of special, home prepared sweet treats.
She said: Im a mad planner, I plan everything. My motto is: Failing to plan is planning to fail.
You have be military when you have a family this big.
Im a sergeant major without the shouting, all the children have a role within the house when it comes to washing up.
I cook everything from scratch, everything we eat I make myself, I never buy ready meals.
I like to know whats in our food, the only way to feed a family is to cook from scratch, we all eat the same thing.
When you get into the supermarket you get bombarded with stuff you dont need. I hate waste, I try not to waste anything.
If I get to a Friday and my fridge is virtually bare then Im really pleased because then Ive shopped well.
Caroline does a weekly shop every Saturday morning after sitting down and planning the seven days of meals the family will enjoy.
She gets enough food for a weeks worth of breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, so no family member has to buy quick meals while out and about.
Caroline said: Breakfast is usually toast, cereal and fruit and porridge.
Mornings can be a bit crazy getting everyone out on time.
Lunchtime is mixed, some take packed lunches to school.
My husband does the sandwiches and I usually add some cakes or sweet treats Ive made myself, I try to avoid crisps.
I dont buy cheap, supermarket alternatives because I know I can save the money by making my own. I make my own bread, cakes and also make my own pizza.
Rather than just sticking to one supermarket, Caroline shops around to find the best bargains.
Shell usually start at Aldi to get staples like tinned food, pasta, rice, and passata, then to Tesco for other bits.
The key to sticking to the budget is knowing exactly what shell be cooking each day, with every meal planned to perfection.
But if batch-cooking is conjuring up images of dull meals of rice and veggies, youve got it all wrong.
Dinner is always the main event, with Caroline making sure to stay creative and make something special for her family.
Mum reveals how bulk buying allows her to feed family of four for 76p per meal
Angela can cook up 68 portions from her £70 shop (Picture: Angela Webster)
Feeding hungry kids can s..
Feeding hungry kids can sometimes feel like an endless (and expensive) task but this mum has figured out how to give her children delicious meals for under £1 per person.
Angels Webster started to change the way she shopped when she gave up work to look after her two youngest kids, Daisy, seven and Jake, five.
Now relying on one wage from her husband Chris, she knew she needed to cut the household budget.
Now she does one weekly shop to buy staples, bulk buys her meat, prepares a meal plan and uses up leftovers so she can cook up 68 meals for under £70.
Angela, 41, said: I knew that when I gave up my job to look after the children, I would have to make some changes to the way we shop and spend our money.
The easiest way to save the pennies is to start with the grocery shop. I always plan meals a week in advance then write down a shopping list covering everything I need to buy, from breakfast to dinner and snacks in between.
This means we wont be swayed by deals or food we dont need. We will sometimes travel further afield to a different supermarket if I see a really good deal advertised.
Angela made the decision to give up her job after Daisy was born so the family could save on childcare costs.
As well as cutting back, Angela set up a number of side-hustles to top up their monthly income.
She set up a blog called adventuresinwebsterland.com, along with making money through completing online surveys and focus groups.
All of the money Angela earns, along with any money left over from the weekly shopping budget is put into a pot which helps pay for holidays and house renovation.
Now she plans a list of meals and lets the children choose from a list of 14 meals, including staples such as Spaghetti Bolognese and Shepherds Pie.
Her thrifty shopping and culinary skills means that shes able to cook up 17 different meals – 68 portions and leftovers – using £62 of musclefood.com meat.
Angela added: I will pre-prepare vegetables on a Sunday, and then freeze them for use throughout the week. This means that the time I spend cooking is reduced and I have everything I need for the day to day meals.
The quality of musclefood meat was great and having the hamper arrive all at once really made me think about planning meals. I made dishes I wouldnt have thought were possible on our budget.
We do have a pay-day takeaway treat which we all always look forward too. Homemade pizzas are also a really great way to get everyone involved and feels like a treat.
Im really conscious about food waste and use apps which put me in contact with people in my local area who will take food off my hands which we wont use.
I also know that being so frugal with things like electricity is not only helping save money, but also helping the environment.
Angela's money saving recipes
Chinese Pork Tenderloin with Stir Fry Veg and Noodles (serves four)
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