An Australian 'dumpster-diving' grandma claims to have saved around $35,000 in grocery shopping by eating food she found in supermarket bins.
We'd all like to save a little money on groceries, but would you resort to fishing food and drink out of the bin in order to do that?
No matter how much we try to avoid them, we all have bills to pay. Once those bills are paid, whatever money we have left over is our own. However, how big a chunk of that leftover money goes towards food and drink? Not eating out necessarily, but food from stores and supermarkets that you need to feed yourself and your family.
It's probably more than you realize, thousands of dollars a year in fact. If only there were a way we could drastically cut that amount down without being extremely thrifty. Well, an Australian woman has done exactly that. Before you commit to copying what she has done in order to save yourself some money, hear us out on how exactly she has been pinching pennies.
Julianne Brady goes dumpster diving for the majority of her groceries, according to That's Life. That's right, most of the food and drink her and her husband eat comes from bins, skips, and dumpsters outside of supermarkets. The 63-year-old first began fishing around in the trash for food when she was walking through a supermarket car park and noticed an unopened can of Coke in the garbage.
That was four years ago, and now Ms. Brady claims around 90% of her groceries are from supermarket bins. The items she finds and brings home are unopened and undamaged, and over the years she has saved herself more than $35,000 by "shopping" in this way. "I’d score bars of Lindt chocolate, loads of bread and baked treats, plus fresh fruit and vegetables," the grandmother revealed.
It isn't just food and drinks Ms. Brady has been salvaging from skips either. She also revealed that she has found things like blankets, clothes, and trainers while rooting around for groceries. Not just for herself either. If you know Ms. Brady and will be receiving a gift from her this festive season, it's highly likely that at some point she saw it in a trash can and thought of you.