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Leave your child the gift of “buried treasure”, aka junk silver

Saved junk silver is a buried treasure Every child dreams of finding buried treasure. Heck, adults do too, thus the popularity of the Powerball! Last year I read a report from a fellow whose grandpa had left him a jar of quarters and dimes. Definitely something akin to buried treasure. That’s a nice little gift on its own, but what made it even sweeter was that those coins were all junk silver — minted pre-1965. In other words, that jar …

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If you have a really green thumb, this at-home business concept might work for you

Once again I am trying to revive a garden that was once the source of so much hope back, oh, 8 or 9 weeks ago. June is usually the hottest month of the year  here in Phoenix, and once again I went out of town just when a major heat wave hit the city, and my poor garden suffer. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that my tomatoes, peppers, watermelon, squash, and everybody else out there in the side yard garden …

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20 Things I Never Throw Away

Everything has a purpose—sometimes two or three of them!  For most seasoned Survival Moms, some of these “reuse” ideas are already habit. For those of us fairly new to frugal motherhood or the Survival Mom lifestyle, here are 20 things I never throw away: For Storage 2-liter bottles, gallon vinegar jugs, etc.—Use to store water (room temperature or frozen). Be sure to date and rotate every six months. You can also use the 2-liter soda bottles to store foods like …

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Every nook & cranny: Using empty spaces to maximize your food storage

This creative prepper, a single guy, ladies!, has come up with an ingenious method for packing food and other supplies in a cardboard box, using every extra nook and cranny. He had noticed all the empty space around the 6 #10 cans that come packed together in a box and decided to put that space to good  use. Here is a video showing just how he did it. You’ll find more details below the video. And here are his How-To …

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The backstory of The Survival Mom blog

If money is the root of all evil, then the lack of money is the root of most dilemmas. Should I get this tooth filled or buy new tires for the car? Can the air conditioner last another season or should we cancel our health insurance and buy a new one? With money, you can do it all. Without it, you have to make some hard choices, and this is where my husband and I found ourselves in early 2009. …

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Step-by-Step: A Survival Mom Binder for TEOTWAWKI

Guest post by Jackie K. In 2003 I became a mother for the first time.  Over the years I became a mom 2 more times.  With each new addition, came more things I needed to have on hand.  I did not know it then, but I was already on my way to becoming a Survival MOM. Just a little over a year ago, I was enlightened that there was such a blog.  As I read the blog, and now have …

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Gold and Silver prices: a little education from Chris Slife

Chris Slife owns Howling Coyote Silver Company.  He sent this email this morning, explaining why the prices of silver and gold have been so volatile.  If you have questions for Chris, post them as a comment, and I’ll ask him to drop by and answer them personally.  By the way, you can track the live ups and downs of your favorite precious metal here. There is a lot of very bearish sentiment right now out in gold and silver land …

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The Basics of Precious Metals, Part 2

Q:  Will the prices of gold and silver go up or down? A: The answer is BOTH.  What you need to see is the long-term trend and forget about the day to day, week to week NOISE. If the governments of the world stop printing money, the price of precious metals will go down. However, in my opinion, there is way too much debt (both real and derivatives) to be paid off without printing money. Q:  Regarding 90% silver coins …

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The Basics of Precious Metals

We live in a crazy, crazy world and one that doesn’t seem ready to return to normal any time soon.  In fact, we may never see “normal” again.  We’re told to pay off debt and save money at a time when unemployment is at historic highs in many parts of the country.  On top of that, Americans are being advised to venture into the previously unknown worlds of food storage and buying silver and gold. I hope my blog and …

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13 Ways to Prepare for Hyperinflation

A mom could get whiplash trying to keep track of the widely differing opinions of financial experts.  Many claim that America is headed toward deflation, others claim a deflationary depression is on its’ way, and yet many voices are crying, “Get ready for hyperinflation!”  Hyperinflation is particularly dangerous for families because the prices of necessary goods (think fuel, energy, and food) will skyrocket, leaving little money, if any, for anything else. Most experts go into great detail explaining why hyperinflation …

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