Dumpster Diving: Babci the Golfer?

by Sandy L on October 6, 2010

It’s exciting times on Babci’s Street.  You see, one of her neighbors is moving out of town and has made a gigantic “free” pile in front of their house.  To Babci, this is like Christmas.  To my husband and I, we cringe and hope she shows some restraint.  You see, Tuesday is garbage day and she regularly takes a walk down the street looking for jars or aluminum cans to recycle.

I really shouldn’t have been surprised when I went into her garage and found all kinds of new junk.   The most obvious and unusual sight was this ancient and rusty set of golf clubs.  My immediate thought was..why on earth does Babci think she needs a set of golf clubs?

Sandy: “Babci, what are you doing bringing all this junk here for? Don’t you remember how much money we spent on trash removal the last time you moved?”

Babci: “Don’t you dare touch those golf clubs.  They are going to make the world’s strongest tomato stakes. By the way, I also found these music cassettes for you as well. Don’t you like them? They were FREE!”

Sandy: “I don’t want them. I don’t even have a tape player anymore. Please don’t garbage pick on my behalf. I can pick through my own garbage, thank you very much.”

I have to admit, that once she told me the purpose of the clubs, I acknowledged her industriousness and creativity. However, I really wish she would’ve just stopped at the golf clubs..and not brought home the golf bag, cassette tapes and god knows what else I haven’t discovered yet.

One of my favorite shows is:  It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. This event totally reminded me of “The Gang Finds a Dumpster Baby” Episode.  A couple of the cast realize how much “good stuff” people are throwing away and take dumpster diving a little too far.

Watch the clip and let me know if you or someone you love has taken frugalism beyond what’s practical.

Confession Time. Sometimes I have a lapse in judgment and buy things at yard sales I don’t need because they’re so cheap. The last time this happened I came home with a bowling ball.  Now it’s an inside joke with my friends. They know exactly what I mean when I say “I had a Steering Wheel Moment”. You won’t get that comment unless you watch the clip.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Molly On Money October 6, 2010 at 8:01 PM

I love ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’! I’m glad you admitted to Babcis’ industriousness cause I was thinking it as I was reading!


Money Reasons October 6, 2010 at 9:55 PM

I don’t watch as much TV after the Reality TV monster started gobbling up all of the channels. It’s good to see a comedy is making headway on those RTv monsters.

Pretty funny clip! You may have just convinced me to start checking the show out!


Sandy L October 7, 2010 at 5:23 AM

Molly, I think Babci would think you’re chicken plucker was the most genius thing in the world. She always did it by hand. You two would get along swimmingly.

Money Reasons – thank god for marathons because I would never have found this show otherwise. This episode is what got me hooked. I was like “what is this show, this is hilarious”. I then went on netflix and caught up on all that I had missed. It’s not politically correct at all, so be forewarned.


Crystal October 7, 2010 at 12:45 PM

I’ll be sure to watch the clip when I get home, but I’m always on the lookout for new shows.

I liked Babci’s idea for the gold clubs but I am with you on the “come on, no junk for junk’s sake”…I take it from your own story that you don’t actually bowl?


everyday tips October 7, 2010 at 2:48 PM

All I have to say is – I love Babci!


Sandy L October 7, 2010 at 5:15 PM

Crystal – My 5 year old loves to bowl…but I quickly realized a 10 pound bowling ball rolling around and smashing into things in our house was a really bad idea. I think I’ll take it to the bowling alley next time and just leave it there.

Everyday Tips – Everyone loves Babci’s antics. They are even more fun when you get to experience them from afar.


Suba @ Wealth Informatics October 7, 2010 at 9:31 PM

I love the creativeness of Babci with the clubs!

I am guilty of buying stuff (mostly for almost free) just because they are cheap/free. But I won’t think it through like Babci did, so I ended up with a lot of junk 🙂


Sandy L October 8, 2010 at 1:58 AM

Suba – trust me. She has plenty of junk. As you can see in the background of the photo, she already has a dozen extra tomato stakes that she hasn’t even used. She definitely still has the depression era mentality of “I might need this someday for something, so I’ll just take it for now.”


Cindy October 28, 2010 at 6:09 PM

Babci better check those clubs first! You never know… they could be collectable. Maybe she can recoup some of that trash removal fee. 😉


Sandy L October 28, 2010 at 7:38 PM

The clubs are pretty rusty. I doubt they are collector’s items. They will serve her purpose though.


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