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Mar
31

Living On One Income

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Living On One Income & Thriving On A Shoestring Budget
Host: Karen Lynn “Lil’ Suburban Homestead

Living On One Income lilsuburbanhomesteadoldhouseKaren Lynn and The Viking reminisce this week about their season of living on one income and they even have a blog post at Lil’ Suburban Homestead called “The Top 10 Rules For Living On One Income & Thriving On a Shoe String Budget”. They will be discussing their out of the box thinking, some of the Viking’s creative projects to make living in a 1906 historic home without heat and air conditioning easier. They also share some fun stories about how they failed at raising rabbits, how the Viking built a garden with reclaimed bricks from around the corner down town, and more! Read More→

Mar
28

Dirt Cheap Prepping!

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Dirt Cheap PreppingDirt Cheap Prepping!
Host: Bob Mayne “Today’s Survival Show”

Some of us have limited budgets. It can be very intimidating to prepare your family for an emergency or SHTF situation and not have the money to do so. In this episode I interview Cal Wilson, the Author of the book, “Dirt Cheap Valuable Prepping.” I think you’ll get some answers on how to prepare in a simply way, while not spending a lot of money. Read More→

Categories : Budget, Saving Money
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Nov
17

“Tasty Survival ” with Chef Tess!

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“Tasty Survival ” with Chef Tess!
Host: Nick & Don “We Grow Ours

Chef Tess Meals download (1)This week on the We Grow Ours show, Nick and Don have Chef Tess on this week, and she has food! Stephanie Petersen (AKA Chef Tess) joins us in the situation room to talk about her new book, and survival meals. She has amazing recipes that make survival food taste amazing; she showed us how yummy these meals could be! Everyone should have some food storage, but most people think that the food is just for survival situations. Chef Tess has opened our eyes to how these foods can be for every day, and fit into a budget that could help us all save some money to top it off! Read More→

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Shopping Tactics to Psychological Preparedness!
Host: Gary & GGsBoo “The Road Less Traveled”

ShoppingWelcome to this week’s outing on “The Road Less Traveled.” On this excursion we’ll continue focusing on some of the intricacies of Prepping from our perspectives with an emphasis on psychological preparedness being quite important to our overall efforts. Learning exactly who and what we really are and the nature of our surroundings are essential to being psychologically prepared.

ShoppingGGsBoo will discuss shopping tactics; how to plot your way through a shopping store, and developing a method of weekly menu planning that rotates through your stored items.
GaryL will explore how we perceive our physical realities and more fundamentals of Pythagorean numbers, where Cardinal Nicholas of Cusa and Johannes Kepler picked up the ball and ran with it, examining the relationship of perception and the geometry of frequency, energy, and vibration! Read More→

Dec
30

Cheap Prepping on The Crooked Path!

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Cheap Prepping on The Crooked Path!
Host: Sissy Bob “The Crooked Path to Preparedness

CheapThis Tuesday on Best of Prepper Broadcasting Sissy Bob of The Crooked Path to Preparedness is discussing Prepping on the Cheap. Not too many people have so much money they can just run out and buy everything they need to be prepared for tomorrow’s disaster. Most people are normal, everyday, overall wearing, average income earning people that have to make it on a budget and try to prepare for the future at the same time. In fact I don’t even know a single person that has a bunker like they show on TV. So we are going to talk about how “low budget” people , like Sissy Bob, have to prepare for what’s coming. It’s not just about buying in bulk it’s a little of a lot of things and a lot of little things. Read More→

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Lynna 100Sipping hot cocoa while contemplating the day ahead a chill pervaded the room. Glancing at the outdoor thermometer revealed the reason, 42 degrees and only September 5th. The realization that I better get the stove pipe repaired now, hit me. Autumn is on the way and in the natural course of things winter follows and temperatures drop. Autumn also the start of a new school year had me thinking about energy Light bulbeducation. I belong to an electric cooperative which has a great publication called Northern Lights Ruralite containing all sorts of articles on tips for energy savings and the like. A monthly publication I routinely peruse during mornings like today. The article catching my eye this morn, was written by Hailey Hawkins called Become a Student of Savings and was directed at college students. The information Hailey supplied is valuable and without risking plagiarism I want to forward some of the tips on to you. While her article specifically focused on college students I found the tips beneficial for all of us.

The monthly budget is a concern for all of us and winter as beautiful as it is usually means a substantial increase in expenses. Energy being chief among the culprits of my dollars a plan of defense is in order. Often when reading about energy savings the writer starts off with the basics such as turning down the thermometer to 68 during living hours and 60 at bedtime or when away, while this is a very valid tip and in actuality I did begin with it I want to bring up a few things you may not have thought about. Read More→

Lynna100Are you kidding me? Really, you can do that with that? Yep true story! This Sunday on the Other Side of a Preppers Path we’ve got the answers from how to store cleaning supplies, to uses for garlic, coffee, vinegar and more. We are even gonna talk about how to squeeze more out of what you’ve got, along with common sense solutions to those annoying things like untying that knot in the plastic bag, opening a blister pack and closet organizing. Then we are gonna go green with nontoxic kitchen cleaners you already have.  It’s a prepper’s smorgasbord.  Be sure to tune in because there is sure to be something you had never thought of before.

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Bexar 4-2eat10aweekBexar 4-2cindiOn this episode of Preparing For Life’s Storms! It is all about how you form a budget for yourself and learn to shop wisely while gathering a good food storage.  You learn how to use your kitchen and cook from scratch, then you start using the storage you built up.  Meanwhile, there is a way to save for the big-ticket items such as a deep freeze, wheat grinder, shelves to put your storage on, get out of debt, etc.

It’s so easy!  The hard part is letting go of bad habits like overspending on a whim, impulse shopping, eating out all the time, and such.  For some it may be learning how to cook!  I’ve done many seminars on this book!  Almost as many as the wheat book.

You can purchase the books at Cindi’s Lifestyle Treasures!
http://cltreasures.weebly.com/

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Teresa75x75I was asked if I would write an article on “Prepping and Self-Reliance in Northern Idaho”. I laughed and replied, “But I can’t write!” However, truth be told, writing is one of my many passions. Mushroom hunting is another. I love being out in the great outdoors…exploring, treasure hunting, taking in the fresh air and all the beauty that abounds here in the mountainous regions of North Idaho.

House outside 2 100x100 1219121431aThis year marks the 18th winter at my current location, roughly 2400 ft. elevation, a driveway that is 8/10ths of a mile long and 13% grade in spots. Getting down the hill? No problem, getting back up the hill…this time of year there’s always a silent prayer at the base of the mountain. In the winter of 96-97 the driveway resembled the Olympic Luge Run, seriously, eight foot walls of compact snow and absolutely NO room for error. Here, being prepared is Read More→

homestead honey 150HHH darling-let-s-get-deeply-into-debt1-300x300The average American family has burdened themselves with — depending on what source you believe — $7,500 to $16,000 in credit card debt alone.  As of December 12th, the average credit card rate stands at over 14%.  You don’t have to be a whiz at math to see this is not a good situation to be in and beyond credit card debt,  according to the website Daily Finance, the average American owes his creditors $47,000 (or $94,000 per couple) overall.   Debt per household has declined since 2008, BUT so has saving and net worth.    People are using savings to pay off debt.  Is this wise? 

Debt is a slave master no matter how you look at it.  It never works for you, only against you when it comes to having choices and being able to take advantage of opportunities that present themselves.  Debt and freedom are longtime adversaries.

For the homesteader or prepper, the goal should be to free oneself of debt.  But how?   What about getting that rural retreat or affording a year’s worth of food?  How does one acquire those big ticket items without debt?    Is it even practical or possible to live without debt nowadays?  Is some debt acceptable in some circumstances?  Where does one begin to sort it all out?  Well, as one of my favorite movie characters, Bob Wiley in “What About Bob?” learned, it’s all about baby steps, and being unconventional in thinking and approach.  (And Lord knows, we preppers and homesteaders certainly have that skill!)

So, please join me Thursday, December 20 at 8 pm CST on the Homestead Honey Hour as I talk about the unmentionable — our money and how we might be masters of it instead of slaves.  Let’s discuss strategies, budgets, spending (and saving!) patterns, and mindsets what will help us NOT keep up with the Jone’s credit line.

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