Dumpster-diving mum, 31, earns over £5,000 within SECONDS through controversial hobby

A woman has gone viral on TikTok after revealing she made over £5,000 within seconds after diving in a dumpster – and claims anyone can do it.
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A woman has gone viral on TikTok after revealing she made over £5,000 within seconds after diving in a dumpster – and claims anyone can do it.

Megan Godinez, 31, a stay-at-home mum from Dallas, Texas, US, lives with her husband, Andrew and their four children, Donovan, 11, Julianna, nine, Isla, five and Elias, three.

Due to being at home, she started looking for a hobby to occupy her time and soon, she came across dumpster diving, which has now turned into a full-time job.

Megan Godinez, the dumpster-diving mum (Picture: Jam Press)

The mum-of-four claims to have found $6,000 (£5,300) worth of goods during one dive and over the past two years, she’s created her very own website where she sells her loot – earning $15,000 (£13,287) so far.

Since then, she’s uploaded clips of her “dives” on TikTok, where she boasts 371,000 followers, with one video racking up 17.7 million views and 2.6 million likes.

“It started as a hobby that turned into a full blown job and it feels good to save so much from landfill, as well as donate back to people who can use it,” Megan told NeedToKnow.Online.

“I am able to keep up with the time I put into it by selling items on my website and at local garage sales, where it’s become a whole community.

A stall Megan set up to sell some of the items she has found whilst dumpster-diving (Picture: Jam Press)

“As a stay-at-home mum, it can get kind of lonely, so I went through multiple hobbies until I came across dumpster diving.

“When I came across an Apple store dumpster, it was just another night out and we checked a new one in the area we were diving in.

“We saw the boxes, so we started digging deeper and pulled up a bag that was really heavy and to my surprise, 60 watch bands were in there.”

Megan Godinez, the dumpster-diving mum (Picture: Jam Press)

Megan believes these retail at anywhere between $50-$99 (£44-£87) and in total, she claims to have earned the aforementioned $6,000 (£5,300) within seconds.

In the clip, she reveals multiple bags and boxes, which contain different Apple watch straps – from Nike, patterned and coloured ones.

As she likes to educate her viewers, she informs them that they’re all labelled as ‘demo’ types, so therefore, are unable to be sold.

Video of Megan finding the apple straps (Video: Jam Press)

However, this doesn’t affect the quality of them and they can be used accordingly.

Users flocked to the comments to share their reactions, with many asking if they can tag along on her next trip.

One person commented: “Whhhyyy can’t I have friends that wanna do this????” [sic]

Someone else said: “GURL CAN I GO WITH YOU” [sic]

Another fan commented: “Better selll em think BIGGGG” [sic]

“Now you’re gonna sell them for 200$ each lol,” said one user. [sic]

Another person commented: “I love the constant reminder that you’re at the Apple store,” followed by a laughing emoji.

She said: “I’ve never scored at Apple before, so this was a first.

“I had been diving on and off for about four years, with the last two years being more serious.”

Megan Godinez with her husband, Andrew and their four children, Donovan, 11, Julianna, nine, Isla, five and Elias, three. (Picture: Jam Press)

In November 2022, she will celebrate the birthday of her website, www.megantheddmvp.com, and her presence on social media.

Her top tip? Be consistent.

Megan added: “There aren’t really any tricks, but if you aren’t consistent, then you probably won’t get too lucky.

Megan Godinez (Picture: Jam Press)

“You have to be consistent if you want those good scores.

“The first time I went diving it was just to try and find anything good or worth value.

“Now, I have so many goals I want to accomplish with this and to me, the sky is the limit.”