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8 Classic Summer Jobs For the Industrious Teen

Whether you consider yourself a prepper, a survivalist or are simply striving to be self-sufficient, the basic building blocks for all these are responsibility and dedication. We teach young children these things through chores, extra-curricular activities, positive reinforcement and most importantly, by example. As children grow older, it is important to encourage them to be responsible and develop a life-long commitment to hard work. Let’s explore 8 classic summer jobs for industrious teens. Strict child-labor laws exist to ensure the …

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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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7 Clever Ways to Earn Money If You Have a Green Thumb

I’ve checked and double checked, but neither of my thumbs are green. I wish they were because there’s money to be made with those green thumbs. Over the years I’ve read gardening books, joined a permaculture club, and slaved over a Square Foot Garden, managing to grow a few things here and there, but by no means are my thumbs green. If I had to supplement our family income with what I could grow, we’d soon be starving. However, if you …

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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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What Are Your Prepper Limitations?

Many years ago I was in an entirely different career in which I managed and trained more than 200 sales reps for a national company. As part of my position, I attended some truly excellent executive training sessions, intended to help me become more efficient and effective. One principle I learned that I’ve never forgotten is this: Identify your weaknesses and hire people to do those tasks for you. Concentrate doing what you do best. Well, I’ve finally figured out …

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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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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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In Case The Zombies Get You…Death Preparedness

Death is not a pleasant eventuality to prepare for and many of us try not to think about it. Still it is one of the most important possibilities to prepare for. Not preparing leaves other people to decide what will happen to your body, children, pets, and possessions. Preparing for death is not just a depressing preparation for your demise. It can also ensure that your golden years stay yours instead of being hijacked by the medical system or well …

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