Secret Freegan’s Christmas Shopping

Miss Thrifty2 December 5, 2008

Hey, do you remember the other day, when I listed Secret Freegan (@Freegan ) as one of my Favourite Frugal Twitterers?

Well, it turns out that Secret Freegan also has a Secret Freegan blog, which makes for eyeopening reading.

Just look at this:

This vast array of good food was collected in just one day, from a supermarket dumpster in Secret Freegan’s home city. Actually, scratch that: apparently, it’s just half of what she collected! 

Amazing, isn’t it? Secret Freegan donates it to local homeless shelters; a teen shelter collects 200lb of food from her every week, and has even given her a second freezer so that she can store more food for them safely.

She says that the average store throws out $500 – $800 of fresh food every day; sometimes, just because they want to make space for newer products. They won’t donate the produce outright, because of “liability” issues (boo). So Secret Freegan does her bin “drive bys” at 10:30 pm, when few people are around.

I’m seriously impressed. Check out her blog for information and regular updates.

As previously mentioned, I haven’t yet worked up the nerve to go rummaging around the back of the supermarket in my small town, but I’m seriously reconsidering this. After all, supermarket dumpster diving is spreading to the UK too. Here are some Londoners in action:


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2 Responses to “Secret Freegan’s Christmas Shopping

Frugaller says:

Good Lord!

How much did they get? It is amazing to think that they have done this for over 10 years, and amazing to think how much gets thrown away without a thought

December 14, 2008 at 11:36 am

Karla says:

Interesting work by Secret Freegan – I follow her on Twitter and find her work amazing.

We are trying to do the same thing here in Michigan with a little bit of a slow start with respect to dumpster diving. Majority of dumpsters are locked or the stores use compacting units.

Frustrating, but we’re making some finds here and there. Also using other resources like

We invite everyone to track our progress and give suggestions here at our blog:


Twitter: HopeHeals

February 13, 2009 at 7:55 pm

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