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31 Super-Frugal Tips for Saving Money on Food

In any family’s budget, there are many expenses we have little control over: rent, insurance, mortgage, tuition, but when it comes to food, now there’s an expense we can easily adjust. Here are 31 tips that have helped my family with saving money on food. No more restaurants or fast food. For my family, this means planning meals and keeping up with grocery shopping. The second I become so busy that I don’t have dinner planned and ready is the moment …

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Scrambling to Survive in a Collapsing Economy

One of the first acronyms I learned as a new prepper was TEOTWAWKI.  The End Of The World As We Know It.  I knew from reading James Rawles’ Patriots that the end could come suddenly, within just a few days as America’s banking system collapsed upon itself.  Another, more drastic version was spelled out for me in an online article, “The One Hour Meltdown.”  Neither vision of the future was pleasant, but I was skeptical about the concept of a …

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Pimp Your Bugout Vehicle on a Budget

A reliable vehicle is a very important part of our preparedness planning. Not only is it transportation out of a bad situation, but your vehicle can provide lighting, heat/air conditioning, electrical power, and shelter. Most of us don’t have the luxury of procuring a dedicated bugout vehicle; we have to make the best of what we have. The good news is that you can add important capabilities to your existing vehicle without breaking the bank, and at your own pace. …

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25 Ways People Earned Money During the Great Depression

In a previous career, I was a history teacher, and I’ve always loved learning about the past and gleaning whatever wisdom I can from the words and actions of others. A couple of years ago I found an excellent book with dozens of first-person accounts from the Great Depression, We Had Everything But Money. I’ve spent hours reading through anecdotes, touching, humorous, and poignant, and one thing that struck me was the ingenuity of the Americans who lived through those tough times. …

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December deals bring the year to a close

This is the final month of the 52 Weeks Savings Plan! The year ends with a month full of celebrations and deals. Remnants of Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday may be found at the beginning of the month. Holidays this month are Hanukkah (10), Winter Solstice on the 21st, Christmas (25), Kwanzaa (26) and New Year’s Eve (31). Not to mention holiday festivities, get-togethers and winter weather all month long. Here are some of the best deals you’ll find …

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Keep calm and buy life insurance

  It is the elephant in the room. Everyone knows it is there, yet no one wants to talk about it. The elephant is death. I recently lost my brother in law, Joseph, at the age of 36. It was unexpected, and of course devastating. What is tragic is watching my sister in law struggle with the bills and funeral costs. These come to the surface and demand attention. She has taken phone calls from people wanting money when she …

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52 Weeks Savings Plan: November is full of deals

If you are a bargain shopper, then November is probably your favorite month. The month begins and ends with holiday deals and it features a weekend dedicated to sales – Black Friday/Small Business Saturday/Cyber Monday. November’s main holiday is Thanksgiving (Nov. 22) but also features Election Day (3), Daylight Savings Ends (4), Veterans Day (11), Children’s Day (20) and the start of Advent (Nov. 29). Take some time at the beginning of this month to set aside a holiday gift …

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52 Weeks Savings Plan: Find Great Deals In October

October means there are pumpkins everywhere – from decorations to drinks. Are they popping up in your town? Thanks to October, there are also great deals to be found everywhere. This is a big month for stores to replace summer items with fall decorations and preparations for winter. The main holidays in October are Columbus Day (8) and Halloween (31). October deals on food Many items on sale this month are perfect for starting or stocking up food storage. Canned …

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My Story: Getting Back On Your Feet When the S Hits the Fan

Life is going along comfortably and predictably, and you think “it” won’t happen to you, not really. Then it does. A family job loss. In my case it was a phone call that, at first, seemed to be a typical call from the boss, except this time it’s different.Your main bread winner has just been told they are being let go. This recently happened to my husband, and in spite of a severance package, he had no clue what or where his …

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What I Wish I Had Done Differently

After 7 years of being The Survival Mom, I’ve been reflecting on what I would do differently if I were starting to prep right now. Maybe my prepper mistakes will help you avoid a few pitfalls. I wish I would have: 1) Read less Survival Blog and watched more how-to videos on YouTube Survival Blog gave me a big kick in the pants for getting started in preparedness, but it also sucked me into near-panic attacks and bouts of despair. …

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