March 23, 2018

Monday Musings: 2/9/2013 – Make Money on Clutter

This post is by Bernie Carr, Welcome to another Monday Musings, where we share interesting links about all things preparedness, as well as updates on the blog. First the blog updates… A few days ago, I had written about increasing storage space in a small apartment, and this week we are in the decluttering stage.  This time we are looking at every item closely:  If it has not been used in the last year, out it goes.  At the […]

Emergency Uses for Old Socks

This post is by Bernie Carr, Some of the most commonly thrown out items of clothing are old socks.  Even if you are careful about keeping them together, invariably, one will get lost.  Don’t throw them out – there are some good emergency uses for old socks.  I keep a bag of clean, mismatched socks for cleaning. Here are a few more ideas: Dusting Instead of using paper towels, save a few tube socks and use them for dusting. […]

How to Stretch Ground Beef

This post is by Bernie Carr, I have been on a tight budget lately, and one of our staple foods is ground beef.  Lately however, you can hardly call ground beef a bargain food.   The last time I went grocery shopping, I got sticker shock from the ground beef prices-the price has risen to over $4 a pound.  This is an all-time record high, according to this article  These prices used to be for organic or grass fed, but […]

So You Can’t Afford to Prep, Eh?

This article first appeared in Preparing with Dave Article by Dave at Can you afford not to? Sadly enough, I feel like most of my time is spent trying to convince even preppers to prep. I hear many times that people cannot afford a necessary prep. A necessary prep means that if you don’t have it, you risk death in a survival situation. How could anyone not afford it? The answer lies in prioritizing one’s life and future. Many […]

Use Up that Mushy Watermelon – Watermelon Slushie

Every time I buy a watermelon half of it gets mushy in the refrigerator before it gets eaten. I end up throwing it away and I hate wasting food. Learning how to use leftovers is a good self-sufficiency skill and also a wise use of resources.

One day I decided to experiment with the leftover watermelon. I froze the mushy watermelon (seeds removed) chunks. […]

How to Survive a Personal Economic Collapse

  This post is originally appeared in The Organic Prepper by Daisy Luther With all that is being written about the national economic collapse, people seem to be waiting for some huge event. However, for many North Americans, the collapse is here. This isn’t relegated to only lower income neighborhoods. As an article from a Cinncinnati new station stated, “Hunger doesn’t know a zipcode.” How to survive a personal economic collapse For many people who were formerly financially comfortable, the […]

Get Rid of Cable = Save Money for Preps

This post is by Bernie Carr, Today we returned the cable boxes and unhooked ourselves from Comcast cable. It all started out when we moved to a smaller unit a few months ago (part of the plan to downsize).   We weren’t on a contract but we had one of those “bundled” plans that was discounted.  At the same time, we were aggravated by their service issues.  We realized that out of roughly 200 channels, we were really only watching […]

Downsize Before You Have To

This post is by Bernie Carr, I don’t know about you but my finances have been feeling the pinch lately.  I’m not even talking about all the dire economic warnings, but on a personal level, it feels more of a struggle this year than last year.  For one thing my paycheck is smaller:  health insurance premiums as well as taxes increased.  When I go grocery shopping, the same budgeted amount of money buys less food – beef prices have […]

Homemade Dog Biscuits

This post is by Bernie Carr, We were looking for all-natural, made in the U.S. dog treats at the pet store.  The affordable brands had a long list of unpronounceable preservatives and additives, and were made in China.   (I haven’t forgotten about Deaths of 500 dogs blamed on jerky treats, FDA says  so we don’t buy pet food from China.)  I found some that fit the bill at the farmer’s market, and at specialty stores, but they were too […]

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