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Smart Advice to Help You Survive the Government Shutdown — or any other surprise financial setback

As of today, the current federal government “shutdown” is the longest in history. Digging into news stories that are making headlines, ones claiming “chaos” and near-apocalyptic consequences, most Americans, by far, are managing to get through their daily routines without any issues at all. However, there are households that are affected, and should the shutdown continue, more paychecks may be missed. If you are one of those who isn’t getting a paycheck, hang in there! We have some ideas to help …

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52 Weeks Savings Plan: Give this a try and have an extra $1378 by the end of the year!

 I spotted this ingenious and simple 52-week savings plan* on Facebook a few years ago, posted it on my Facebook page, and it went viral with thousands of likes and even more shares within a couple of days. I’d never seen anything like it. A savings plan, a 52 Weeks Savings Challenge — who can resist something that straightforward and simple? Obviously, this plan hit a nerve with a large number of people who know they need to save money, …

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How to Use a Bullet Journal For Your Prepping

I don’t know about you, but I love to keep track of things using apps, lists, anything that proves itself to be handy. It takes a little time to get organized with tools like this but ultimately, it’s very worthwhile and it can save time and money with prepping. For several years, I used an app to keep track of my food storage. I loved it. I could use the app to scan the food I was putting on my …

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How I Organize My Emergency Supplies

I wish you could have seen my Survival Closet before my intrepid daughter reorganized it a few months ago. When we moved into this house back in 2014, whenever we unpacked something related to prepping, I said, “Go put it in the Survival Closet,” and that’s what everyone did without any regard to organization. If it was related to prepping, into the closet it went. As I added new preps over the years, we piled them into the closet, and …

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How Evernote Can Help Any Survival Mom Survive

My life was highly organized, neat, and tidy before I had kids. I never forgot appointments and always knew where my shoes were! Add 2 busy kids, field trips, managing a household, and suddenly my life was chaos. There’s so much to keep track of nowadays, especially for busy moms, and that’s where Evernote comes in handy. Technically, it doesn’t do anything, but rather, it’s a tool to keep your notes forever. (Ever…note. Get it?) As Evernote says, “Evernote helps you capture …

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Living the RV Life as a Prepper: The Pros and Cons

When preppers plan for bugging out if or when the S hits the fan, some talk of using an RV. It sounds like the perfect solution and in some ways, it is. I would rather have an RV as a bug-out or emergency shelter than nothing. In the movie World War Z, hordes of zombies stream through the city streets, bringing down one victim after another. The character played by Brad Pitt sees an abandoned RV and rushes his family …

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40 Quick Ways to Save Money for More Prepping

One difficult fact of prepping is that it requires money. You don’t have to be rich and there are hundreds of frugal ways to prep, but sooner or later, you’ll have to fork out some of your hard-earned cash. What if your cache of cash is low? Well, here’s a list of quick ways to save money starting today. Then, once you have a bit of cash on hand, set your priorities for your prepping/survival shopping. How to save money …

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52 Weeks Savings Plan: April showers bring May bargains

April showers may bring May flowers, but they also bring wild and crazy busy days for families like mine. Also, I might add, a lot of extra expenses with end-of-school teacher gifts, upcoming vacation plans, graduation gifts, etc. Just this morning I was telling myself, “No eating out for the rest of the month!” We’ve gotta save dollars wherever we can. Does this sound familiar? Fortunately, we are working on the 52 Week Savings Plan. Are you? What I love …

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52 Weeks Savings Plan: April discounts are here!

When I lived in Phoenix, I could never understand the fascination with spring. Phoenix has pretty much just one season, sunny! So, when I moved to Texas, it was amazing to see red-breasted robins show up at our house every spring and watch the forest and greenbelts around me come alive with pale green leaves. Now I can’t wait for spring to arrive. As a bargain hunter, spring is here and with it comes lots of fun and activity in …

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52 Weeks Savings Plan: Watch for these March sales!

March brings with it the promise of spring and some special March sales that can help you both prepare and save money. Two holidays that will generate some special savings are St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, and Palm Sunday, on March 25. We have Easter in April this year, but retail stores will still be pushing Easter related discounts. Remember that Daylight Savings is March 11th. March food bargains You may still be able to find some Valentine’s candy …

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