I’m eight months pregnant and I’m being scolded for picking out baby furniture from the junkyard – it’s cheaper

PREPARING for a new baby costs thousands of dollars, so many new parents use deals, discounts, and coupons to get ahead.

Then there are parents like a Texas mom who prepared her baby’s entire nursery — and the rest of her family home — solely by dumpster diving.

Eight months pregnant, Angel Durr called himself


Eight months pregnant, Angel Durr called himself “the biggest curmudgeon in Texas”Photo credit: TLC
Durr picked out furniture, household goods, and even medicines from dumpsters


Durr picked out furniture, household goods, and even medicines from dumpstersPhoto credit: TLC

Angel Durr sees herself as a third-generation dumpster diver, and at eight months pregnant, she describes herself as “literally the biggest miser in Texas.”

Durr recalled her family’s history of dumpster diving and her own philosophy regarding practicing on TLC’s Extreme Cheapskates.

“My family has been dumpster diving for generations,” Durr explained.

“Some people see dumpster diving as a sport. I see it as something I have to do to get what I want for the price I’m willing to pay, which is nothing.”

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In a clip from the show, Durr pulled a bottle of folic acid out of a dumpster. The vitamin is especially helpful for women during pregnancy.

“Often they set expiration dates much earlier than necessary just to sell more product,” Durr claimed.

Lynetta Washington, Durr’s mom, supports her daughter’s dumpster diving — but only to a degree.

She disagrees with her daughter’s habit of getting free medicines from garbage cans or junkyards.

“Angel went a little further,” Washington said.

“She really doesn’t have to, but I think she’s gotten to the point where she doesn’t spend money on anything.”

Durr and her husband, Orlando Toldson, renovated and furnished their entire home without spending a penny.

They said guests at their home are always shocked and impressed when they learn that their home is furnished exclusively with salvaged items.

This includes the children’s room, where Durr and Toldson saved thousands by using only salvaged materials to decorate the room.

Everything from the paint on the walls to the cot was brought back free of charge.

“Getting a crib out of the dumpster is like anything else out of the dumpster,” Durr explained.

“I’ll clean it, I’ll disinfect it, I’ll make sure it’s safe before I even put my baby foot in it.”

Durr and Toldson even took a trip to the junkyard to get materials for a breast pump, which Toldson built and tested himself before giving it to Durr.

In the comments section, viewers shared their thoughts on Durr’s extreme money-saving techniques.

“I don’t understand why curmudgeons have kids when they are sooo cheap,” one person wrote. “Having a child is not cheap.”

“I’m kind of impressed she managed to make her house look so beautiful just from stuff she found in the trash but was looking in a dumpster for medicine? Girl no,” wrote another.

Some viewers pointed out that there are easier and safer ways for expectant mothers to get free supplies than dumpster diving.

“She rummages through the trash for baby items when normally a church or the Red Cross would give new things to expectant mothers for free,” reads one comment. “WIC could give her fresh and free vitamins.”

Others have criticized the inherent risks of Durr’s practice, particularly when it comes to things like cribs, strollers, and car seats.

“She really needs to buy some new baby bedding and most importantly a car seat,” wrote a concerned viewer.

“Cut as many corners as you want, but if your baby’s safety isn’t worth spending a few hundred on, you don’t have one!”

“Kind of selfish to deny your kid the good things and then turn around and spend hundreds on a tattoo,” said another viewer, pointing out the many tattoos that can be seen on Durr’s body.

A few commenters came out in defense of the couple.

“I really respect these guys for how imaginative they are,” one wrote.

“She’s diving the dumpster for medication to take during pregnancy,” argued one commenter. “There’s nothing admirable about that.”

For Durr, dumpster diving is a principle – not a necessity.

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“It doesn’t matter how much money I make,” Durr explained.

“I will always feel my money is sacred and I will be selective about what I spend it on.”

Durr and Toldson filled the back of their car with free junkyard finds


Durr and Toldson filled the back of their car with free junkyard findsPhoto credit: TLC

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