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How to Stretch your Grocery Budget on Taco Night

Tacos are a favorite with our crew. Not just tacos, I mean all things related to the humble taco. Crispy tacos, Soft Tacos, Taco Salad, and even Taco Soup. With a family of 8, it can be tough to stretch that pound of hamburger as far as it needs to go to feed everyone. With teenage boys, it’s even tougher. If you’re like us, then you need to stretch your grocery budget. The good news is that if you have …

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Has Prepping Saved You Money?

Prep Without Going Broke! 3 Ways Prepping Saves Me Money!

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the new gadgets and gizmos out there tempting you to buy them – and the preparedness industry is no exception. If you’re not careful you could be talked into spending $5000 for a year supply of food, $15,000 for solar panels, and even $36,000 for your very own survival shelter! Nothing is wrong with any of those things, but it can leave many people ready to give-up before they even start. Too many times we …

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How to Create Absolutely Foolproof Passwords

In addition to being a disaster readiness consultant and author, I’m also a licensed private investigator. I’ve been working in the security and investigation fields for over twenty years now. I’ve had to learn how to create foolproof passwords. My specialty is with computer-based investigations, such as e-mail tracing and deep background checks. Many of us spend hours each day working with computers. With that comes the requisite passwords we need to create on a regular basis. The problem is, …

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What’s your threat: A personal financial disaster

It’s happened. You’ve just found out the main breadwinner in your family is now unemployed or maybe their hours have been cut. Either way, you’ve joined a growing club of Americans who are dealing with a loss of income, and all the hardships and stress that come with that membership. On one hand, you aren’t alone facing this financial disaster, but on the other, this isn’t a club that anyone wants to join! Or, maybe in your case, it’s the …

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14 Creative Hidden Storage Solutions for the Over-Stocked Prepper

While I’ll never stop believing that skills trump stuff when it comes to prepping, there is no way around the fact that prepping also requires at least some degree of storage space.  Few people really want to live in a home that would qualify to be on the cover of Hoarding Weekly, right?  But, it is a sad fact that we often run out of storage space well before we’ve socked away all the supplies we’d like to have on …

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Ninja Style Food Storage: Stocking Up When Your Other Half is Against the Idea

It happens to all of us at some point: we realize the importance of preparing for emergencies, but someone close to us doesn’t. It might be a parent, a roommate, or a spouse, but the dilemma is the same. How do you stock up on food and supplies so stealthily someone you live with (who isn’t on board with prepping) doesn’t notice? As the title suggests, you can stock up without looking like a hoarder or nut job, or being …

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Simply organized: Tips for every Survival Mom

For years I have been telling busy moms that one of the first steps to becoming better prepared for whatever life throws at you is to get organized. In a world of food storage, home defense, emergency kits, and lots of technical gear, my advice may seem out of place, but have you ever tried to respond to a household emergency and were unable to find what you needed? The kid with the bloody knee needs some first aid, now! …

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INSTANT SURVIVAL TIP: Know your fires & choose the right extinguisher

Did you know there are 5 categories of fires? Not all of them respond to fire suppressants in the same way. Class A Fires involve ordinary combustible materials, such as paper, wood, rubber, some plastics. Class B Fires are those with flammable liquids as their source. These could be gasoline, kerosene, lighter fluids and oils. In these cases, only the vapors of the liquids burn. Class C Fires are caused by energized electrical equipment. This is a good reason to …

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52 Week Savings Plan: Bonus March prepping bargains to keep your savings on track

If you are on the 52 Week Savings Plan, then you are likely looking for super savings on just about everything you buy! The month of March brings with it opportunities to save on all kinds of items that will help you become more prepared for everyday disasters and worst case scenarios. Here’s a summary along with some helpful links. (Be sure to print out this chart to track your savings!) 1.  Frozen foods When you find these at rock …

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52 Week Savings Plan Revisited

Last year in January I posted this article on a 52 week savings plan. I want to encourage all of you to try it again this year! Even though it’s not January, don’t panic! It’s not too late to start! According to the plan, by the last week of January, all you needed to have saved was $15. Add $7 more for the first week of February, and you’re completely caught up until the end of this week when you’ll …

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