On a recent episode of "Extreme Couponing" on TLC, there was an interesting observation. Each of the buyers was deservedly proud to pay NO money - or less than $25.00 - for hundreds of dollars-worth of groceries. It was quite a spectacle.
But the common thread: sugary juice-type drinks. The viewer was left to wonder: Does anyone really need 627 green, blue, or red drinks in their pantry? But the other observations reveals savvy choices, and hundreds - yes, hundreds - of dollars worth of savings in one big, organized trip to the grocery store.
Read on to find out why this practice is worth the effort.
There IS something to be said about stockpiling.
There's a system to it; it's not difficult, and you can zip right by the sugary drinks to accomplish the mission. This could be a fun challenge. Put on the tunes, get a few Sunday papers, pull out the weekly flyers, and start clippin'.
Now's the time to figure out this game.
The key to attaining a great stockpile is to team up the coupons with the weekly flyers. If you get a great deal on five items each week, you'll be stocked over just a couple of months. Think paper towels, toiletries, peanut butter, canned goods, non-perishables, laundry detergent, etc.
If your favorite detergent is on sale one wee (Read More....)
Creating an emergency food supply to store in your home is of enormous benefit to anyone. Whether you live in an area of the world that is prone to natural disasters or not, there is always cause to keep a food storage. Food storage could be welcome relief when your hometown has been hit by disaster. Perhaps that disaster comes in the form of a tornado, as it did so tragically for the people of Oklahoma, and you are left without anywhere from which to buy food or clean water, or perhaps you are housing people who no longer have a home. Perhaps the emergency is a police lock down similar to the one that happened in Waterford after the Boston marathon bombings. Perhaps the emergency is nothing more than a lost job, something which can affect a family deeply and make it difficult to get by without a backup supply of food. So if you want to do everything that you can to prepare your family for such disasters, here is a beginner's guide to getting started with food prepping.
Step 1: Figure out What Exactly You Eat
Start taking note of the recipes and ingredients that you use most frequently. This will help you to figure out exactly what kind of food you will need to start storing to build up your emergency supply. If you get into the habit of doing this, it will become f (Read More....)
Having lived off the grid for the last 7 years, you see 'em come, and you see 'em go. The dozens of people we've seen succeed and the dozens of people we've seen fail gave us a keen eye to the attributes necessary to be a survivalist. Like we've told many people before, no matter how prepared you think you are, you're gonna go through some changes! So after many years of observation, below are listed the 6 essential traits every survivalist should possess to be successful.
1. Tenacity (“stick-to-it-ness”). This more than anything else has beaten many a would-be survivalist. We knew a young couple from TX who bought a 5 acre parcel in a very rural, mountain subdivision. They purchased a camper and a 40' shipping container and filled them with supplies. Before they ever made the move, the husband freaked out when he discovered that there were ants on the property! (Aren't ants everywhere?) These weren't Fire Ants, just plain old picnic ants, and it was a real problem for him, resulting in their abandoning the property for the comfort of their old apartment. The ants were just his way out of a situation he never was committed to in the first place.
As Sun Tz (Read More....)
Living in an increasingly complex and dangerous world, many people are looking into creating an emergency food supply. Actually, in the United States, since the 9/11 catastrophe and Katrina hurricane, the federal government has renewed emergency preparedness training that includes what you need to stockpile in case of such an event. Both the Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] and the Department of Homeland Security [DHS] suggest that American citizens have food and water, among other staples, stored for emergencies.
But in looking at the stockpiling of food more closely, it is actually a great financial management tool as well. Storing food allows you to purchase non-perishables in bulk where you can get better prices.
Here are some ideas for bulk purchases that are a good value.
The problem with membership clubs like Costco or Sam's Club is the unit size of most items. Large quantities turn into an obstacle when most of the item will be stored. Today's smaller sized families can't usually use 25 pounds of rice, but if five pounds are carved out for the week's meals, then the remaining 20 pounds can be stored in air-tight containers.
Staples like rice, p (Read More....)
Emergencies happen. A hurricane, a tornado, a massive blizzard, or any other type of severe weather can strike at any given time. Emergency situations also extend beyond extreme weather. Power sources can be knocked out, wars can happen, an earthquake can occur, and who knows -- zombies may even rise and start to roam the earth.
Since an emergency can happen at any time, it is always wise to err on the side of caution and be prepared for such a situation. Being prepared for an emergency will help to ensure your safety and will help you get through the crisis until it is taken care of. Being prepared means you should have supplies of flashlights, batteries, candles, and, of course, food and water.
Of all of the things you should stock up on in case of an emergency, food and water are the most important. Having a stockpile of these supplies will allow you to provide sustenance for you and your family, should an emergency situation ever occur. If you want to prepare yourself, you may be wondering how much food and water you should have on hand.
Water is the foundation of all life. Not onl (Read More....)
No drive-throughs or fast food here!
Canning is a fun, super-easy and efficient way to enjoy fresh foods all year long. There's a great feeling of satisfaction from jumping on this bandwagon, and you'll quickly have an entirely new definition of "fast food."
As quickly as you can open your pantry and pop the lid, you'll have delicious and healthy options for you and your family. Go on -- give it a try!
So what's your motivation?
- Do you love to visit the local farmer's market?
- Is your garden overflowing?
- Are you ready to be more financially savvy and efficient?
- How about being more environmentally responsible?
- Did you get stuck for healthy food choices when the big storm hit and you lost power?
- Or are you just ready to tap into your inner Martha, Rachael Ray, or Emeril?
There are lots of reasons to jump onto the canning and jarring bandwagon, and the payback is huge!
Think about buying fruits and vegetables in bulk when they are in season (and cheap!) What's better than fresh peaches in February or delicious tomatoes in November?
Consider these perfect and easily prepared foods for your first attempt at canning:
The question of whether or not to can your own veggies is important for people involved with home gardens that often produce more than the grower's household can consume. There are a limited number of ways to prepare something like Swiss chard.
Unlike tomatoes or zucchini, some veggies are also hard to give away to family and friends. Canning is a great option to store the summer's bounty for winter enjoyment and can contribute to a larger emergency food supply strategy. But for some gardeners, canning may not be the right use of time and energy. This brief article will help you decide whether canning your own veggies is right for you.
Emergency Preparedness Plan
Since the escalation in terrorist activity since 9/11, the US Department of Homeland Security has established programs to ensure the American people, as well as American businesses, are prepared should a disaster strike. The government's Disaster Supply Kit Website gives specific recommendations to help you prepare. They suggest at least a three-day supply of food for each member of the household. So even if you are not someone who believes in a pending apocalypse, it is clearly important to have some non-perishable food stored in case of an emergency.
"Non-perishable" is t (Read More....)
There are many reasons to stock up on more food that you’ll need in the immediate future. Planning for a storm, preparing for an electrical outage or prepping for the end of the world all require extra food. Before you go out and get a club card at a big-bulk discount store, follow this guide for stockpiling food.
Picture Credit- Wise Food Storage 25 Year Shelf Life!! EBAY- Outtagear
How Much? How Many? How Long?
The question of how much food is enough can essentially be answered with two questions: How many people will need to eat, and for what length of time? It is suggested that adults eat around 2,000 calories per day in a ratio of about 55 percent carbohydrates, 30 percent fat, and 15 percent protein.
So, if three adults want enough food for 10 days, you’ll need enough food for 60,000 calories in the appropriate proportions.
The Mighty Bean
Whole grains and dried legumes or beans not only offer more nutrition for your money than virtually a (Read More....)