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8 Truths About Frugality That Everyone, Not Just Preppers, Should Know

Preppers know that being prepared for everyday emergencies and worst case scenarios can cost money. Sometimes a lot of money if you factor in a multi-month food supply, a top notch Berkey water filter, and developing a lifestyle that is as self-reliant as possible. Composting toilets, solar energy, and the like aren’t exactly budget-friendly. But a frugal lifestyle isn’t just for preppers, it is for everyone. Everyone should care about their financial security and living within their means, just as …

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13 Things My Kids Have Learned From Running a Farmers Market Business

For the past two summers, my 3 children and I have operated a table at a small local farmer’s market. Each week we work together to haul in eggs and produce, set up our display, and answer questions. We sell our products for about 3 hours each day. The skills and experiences my children are learning now will serve them very well as adults, whether they go after their first job in a booming economy, try to make ends meet …

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Can Prepping & Minimalism Co-Exist? 6 Tips to Make It So!

  Last year we added a third child to our 2-bedroom, 800-ish square foot house. Once she started moving around, it felt like our space shrank dramatically. Around the same time, my parents downsized, and I inherited several pieces of family heirloom furniture. At heart, I’m a minimalist, and between these factors, my minimalist side rebelled. I wanted to get rid of everything we owned! Among other minimalist advice, I familiarized myself with Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of …

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Life Happens: How to Prep Again When You’ve Lost Everything

I remember the night so clearly. It was the end of an emotionally exhausting day. My husband and I were lying in bed, holding hands, feeling like it was the only thing we had to hold on to. He sighed and said, “The life that I am living doesn’t seem like mine. Everything we are going through seems like something that happens to someone else, not us.” I could not argue with him, he was right. We were watching much …

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The Plunge: One Year Later

Remember that one time my husband decided to quit his job and go back to school to finally get that Bachelor’s degree in engineering and we had to live off of savings? Well, guess what? That was a whole year ago! A lot of things can happen in a year. And for us, lots of things did happen. My husband is still in school and is doing well in his classes, so not much has changed there, but we had …

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Three Layers of Home Security

When we talk about security and defense, it seems as though many people are just concerned with stockpiling weapons and ammunition. The reality, though, is that it takes a layered approach to adequately address the issue. Any real and effective security isn’t accomplished just by: Buying a loud, scary looking dog Putting bars on the windows Posting a “This house protected by Remington” sign on the front door Planting thorny bushes under each window Paying for an expensive security system …

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43 Super-Frugal Tips for Cutting Down on Household Expenses

Home is where the heart is, but for too many of us, it’s also where the debt is and where paychecks go to die. It’s also one area in which small savings steps can really add up and where everyday spending decisions can make a big difference.  Here are a few tips that have helped my family get out of debt and stay out for the past 8 years. You can save money on household expenses starting today. Buy used …

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16 Super-Frugal Tips to Save Loads of Money on Entertainment & Holidays

It’s a myth that in order to have fun, you must spend money — no matter what your kids tell you! Over the years, we’ve spent a fortune at Disneyland, complete with several years of annual passes, and guess what? Some of our very, very best memories aren’t from Disneyland but from our primitive, family camping trips. My kids talk about kayaking in northern Idaho and the time we almost starved to death at Crater Lake (long story), but now …

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Don’t Make These 4 Financial Mistakes!

There are a few issues rarely mentioned on popular survival blogs and forums, and one of them is finances. A discussion of everyday carry, best household defense weapon, or bug out locations will have thousands of responses, but finances? Yeah, silence. The health of any household rests on financial stability and it makes sense that a serious prepper would take financial survival just as seriously as any other survival component. That’s smart prepping and smart living, regardless of future events. …

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18 Tips for Enjoying a Frugal Lifestyle

Frugality. Penny-pinching. Thriftiness. Frugal lifestyle tips. Do any of these words bring to mind a lifestyle full of joy and freedom? Oddly, they don’t. Instead, they bring to mind images of Scrooge and dreary, turn-of-the-century London slums. (Not sure why that last image comes to mind, but it does. Possibly from reading Oliver Twist!) For those of us who do live lives of frugality, penny-pinching, and, yes, thriftiness, the reality is quite different. My family has been debt free for …

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