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52 Weeks Savings Plan: Give this a try and have an extra $1378 by the end of the year!

 I spotted this ingenious and simple 52-week savings plan* on Facebook a few years ago, posted it on my Facebook page, and it went viral with thousands of likes and even more shares within a couple of days. I’d never seen anything like it. A savings plan, a 52 Weeks Savings Challenge — who can resist something that straightforward and simple? Obviously, this plan hit a nerve with a large number of people who know they need to save money, …

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40 Quick Ways to Save Money for More Prepping

One difficult fact of prepping is that it requires money. You don’t have to be rich and there are hundreds of frugal ways to prep, but sooner or later, you’ll have to fork out some of your hard-earned cash. What if your cache of cash is low? Well, here’s a list of quick ways to save money starting today. Then, once you have a bit of cash on hand, set your priorities for your prepping/survival shopping. How to save money …

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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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52 Weeks Savings Plan: Watch for these March sales!

March brings with it the promise of spring and some special March sales that can help you both prepare and save money. Two holidays that will generate some special savings are St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, and Palm Sunday, on March 25. We have Easter in April this year, but retail stores will still be pushing Easter related discounts. Remember that Daylight Savings is March 11th. March food bargains You may still be able to find some Valentine’s candy …

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52 Weeks Savings Plan: Watch for these February bargains

If you’ve been following the 52 Week Savings Plan, you should have a whopping $10 set aside. Don’t worry, that little bundle of money will continue to grow! Each month I’ll be sharing tips for making the most of the money you have to enable that nest egg to grow and grow and grow. If you don’t yet have my handbook, you can pick it up here for just $5. It contains extra tips and strategies for succeeding with this …

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52 Weeks Savings Plan: Watch for these January bargains

It’s a New Year and time for all sorts of resolutions. Some people resolve to eat healthier, lose weight, and exercise more. These are all great goals, but one that many of us forget has to do with finances. Imagine having extra cash set aside for emergencies — the unexpected trip to the doctor, replacing a set of tires, or replacing a worn-out kitchen appliance. Prepping isn’t just about having flashlights, extra food, and stored water on hand. Financial preparedness …

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Many Streams Make a Mighty Fine Income

Money has a way of slipping through my fingers. I’ve been known to turn up my nose at buying an expensive piece of furniture and then, over a period of a few months, end up spending the same amount of money eating out! Money can be as slippery as an eel in a swiftly moving river. More and more I’ve come to realize that the secret to surviving an economic collapse or a personal financial crisis is twofold.  First, decrease …

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Seven Things I Wish I Had Known When I Began Prepping

Have you gotten bit by the prepper bug? Millions all over the world now consider themselves to be preppers, and there are handbooks, such as this one, that provide step-by-step survival instructions for families. I bet you’ve spent hours on the internet searching for the ultimate solar radio, the most comprehensive food storage inventory list or maybe which water filtration system to use. We have all been there, usually late at night by the warm glow of the computer screen. …

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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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5 Steps to Creating a Culture of Self-Reliance in Your Family

We have all known people who save everything. My grandmother is one of them. If there are four green beans left in the pot, she puts them in the freezer. I remember one specific visit with her, 27 years ago, where she asked me to get her a bowl of ice cream. What I thought was the container of vanilla ice cream was actually a container of saved bacon grease. Fast forward to today. She is now 96 years old, …

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