November 27, 2017

Get Rid of Paper Clutter

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Lack of space is hindering my ability to add to my emergency supplies so I restarted my de-cluttering efforts.  I have two large boxes of files and miscellaneous items that have been sitting around for two years taking up space.  Why haven’t I gone through them before?  Procrastination, that’s why!  I dread going through these boxes because I don’t want to deal with what’s inside. I finally made myself open them and deal with […]

Small Space Prepping: 25 Ideas for Stashing Your Stockpile

Written by Daisy Luther, The Organic Prepper This article first appeared in The Organic Prepper The biggest challenge in small space prepping is finding storage areas for your supplies. While I don’t recommend stacking food buckets to the ceiling in the living room where you receive visitors, there are all sorts of charming ways to hide preps in plain sight as part of your everyday decor. As well, just a few small tweaks to rooms all around your house can add […]

Money Mondays: When You Don’t Have Time to Cook

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com One of the biggest reasons people give as to why they don’t cook at home is, “I don’t have enough time.”  I can certainly relate.  I work full time, and write this blog after hours.  After a busy day at work, it is really hard to get motivated to do anything, much less cook a dish that takes a long time to make.  But the family still has to eat dinner and eating […]

Spring Cleaning for Preppers

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Whether you are just getting started to prepare for emergencies or a veteran prepper, you need to declutter in order to make room for emergency supplies. Why you should de-clutter To motivate you, think of all the advantages you gain by de-cluttering now: Sell unwanted but usable items and get extra money for your emergency fund or for preparedness supplies.  Even kids get excited about getting rid of unwanted books and toys if […]

Money Mondays: Should You Keep Receipts?

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com One of the challenges of staying organized in a small space is dealing with receipts.  Receipts from purchases, bank transactions seem to keep multiplying and cluttering up pockets, wallets and purses.  It is tempting to just get rid of them.  However, I have found you need to keep receipts for a certain period of time before discarding them. Dealing with receipts: Cash machine transactions:  When I use the ATM I keep them for […]

Do this One Tip and Avoid Wasting Money

Last week I was paying bills when I noticed the electric bill was $25 higher than last month’s.  I didn’t think our usage changed that much so I called the power company to find out what changed.  I was right, our usage didn’t change that much.  But one thing did change:  the discount electric plan I had subscribed to had expired.  I’m usually pretty good about keeping track of such things so I asked why wasn’t I notified?  Well, it […]

Don’t Wait ’til Springtime to Do This

It’s January, the season when it’s customary to make lofty, yet unattainable New Year’s resolutions, then inevitably break them…  I’ve done it year after year.  This year, let’s just skip the self defeating process and do something different. Let’s put our well-meaning intentions to good use:  Instead of waiting until spring to do spring cleaning, do it in January.  Whether you are just getting started to prepare for emergencies or a veteran prepper, you are bound to acquire additional supplies.  […]

When Reading Gets in the Way of Doing

Years ago when I first got interested in frugality, a friend introduced me to the Tightwad Gazette books.  They are great resources for anyone learning how to pinch pennies.  I also immersed myself further by reading personal finance blogs.  Unfortunately, that’s all I was doing:  reading.  While I was spending all that time reading, I was still living beyond my means.  In other words, reading made me feel productive, but I wasn’t accomplishing anything.  It was just making me feel […]

First Line of Defense against Identity Theft

Identity theft is so widespread these days, almost everyone including me, has been affected at one time or another.  (See previous article:  Prepare Now Before this Happens to You  http://wp.me/p1dmhM-2o) When it does happen, it is hard to discover how exactly it happens, but the sooner you discover the better.  This way you can close the affected accounts before too much damage is done. Besides being vigilant about shredding your sensitive documents, there is one important area that I did […]

Pressure to Go Paperless

Every time I pay a bill, or check my account balances online, I get messages from the financial institution to “Go Paperless!”   They’ve tried various tactics: Contest opportunities and prizes Money, such as a one time check for $5 Scare tactics about identity theft Guilt trip route- “Go green” or “Save the environment.” I have not given in.  I am still resisting the idea to go completely electronic, as I like to see proof. In a previous post, I talked […]

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