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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

52 Week Money Challenge, Free Food Savings Reports


Poor Man Survival

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…


 

ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

 

No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an unchartered land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit. - Helen Keller

 


Try the 52 week money savings challenge!

 

I completed this challenge this past year and was able to have plenty of money in the bank for Christmas and then some… I'm talking over $700 left over to do with what I please.

 

It's very quite simple and extremely basic.

Here's the name of the game!

Each week of the year, you save that much in dollars!

Week ONE: You save $1

Week TWO: You save $2

Week THREE: You save $3

 

Voila! By the third week in January you have already saved $6!

 

You keep doing that all the way through the end of the year so that come December you have cash in hand and are ready to shop!

 

…ORRR… maybe you're saving for a HOUSE, a TRIP, a WEDDING, or a CAR… ANYTHING!

 

Come and join the money savings fun with me and let me know how you do!

 

Want to make your kids save to? Have them save in quarters, either in 25 cent or 50 cent increments!

 

Print out these templates and paste them onto a jar!

 

I want to save in One Dollar increments!

I want to save in 50 Cent increments!

I want to save in 25 Cent increments!
I want to save in One dollar increments 
Backwards!
I want to save in dollar increments
bi-weekly!
I want to save in dollar increments 
monthly!

 

Start your savings adventure NOW!


 

 

 


 

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Fresh Bread!

Unless you have a big family, a loaf of fresh French bread will go stale before you eat it. Here's how I solved that problem. When I buy it, I cut it into sections that we will eat at one sitting. I wrap each in plastic wrap and put them into a big freezer bag and store in the freezer. Whenever I want some fresh bread, I pull out a chunk, let it defrost, and pop it into the oven for a minute or two. It's just like it was fresh from the oven!

 

Earlier we wrote about how folks can save serious dough on their food bills…here are some updated, free reports to boost those resources.  Please share with friends.

Free Reports for Food Survival


-Supermarket Survival

-77 Items You Should Hoard/Stockpile

-Surviving Food Shock

-Feed Your Family by being a Hunter

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67 Real Companies That Hire

How to Survive a Job Loss

Escape the Rat Race

How to Prosper – 3-Volume Set

Recession Recovery System

Debt Beater System

Develop Your Financial IQ

 
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Monday, October 20, 2014

To Build a New Economy, A New Government Must Come First


Poor Man Survival

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…


 

ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

 

 

 

Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.
- Henry Ford

 

To Build a New Economy, a New Government Comes First


National People’s Action Campaign is training the next wave of progressive candidates for 2016. Here’s how they could win.


 

This is a second piece from YES! Magazine about building a new economy…you may not like or agree with all the author says but it is certainly worthy of your attention because the old ways have not worked well for our nation, jeopardizing the Middle Class. >>the Poor Man

On a crisp autumn day in 2012, I joined a group of pastors and community leaders from the Illinois-Indiana Regional Organizing Network (IIRON) at a church on the south side of Chicago. We talked about the way corporations and the wealthy systematically hoarded political power over the last forty years to make our country work for them—instead of people like us. They built elite think tanks, bought the media, and took over universities. They fought back against the wave of pro-equality reforms that had been achieved in the 1950s and 1960s, and turned the tide in their favor.

That corporate-conservative movement transformed our political and economic landscape over the last 40 years, and the resulting shift has left us with growing economic and racial inequality, a broken democracy, and a planet on the verge of catastrophic climate change.

Government, after all, is the prize, not the problem.

Together, that day we recognized that the solutions our elected leaders had proposed were wholly inadequate to the scale of the crises we faced: We’d seen massive bailouts for banks, while thousands of homeowners in our neighborhoods faced foreclosure and were getting little help staying afloat; We faced a massive jobs crisis without a proposal for the kind of public jobs program we needed.

So, we began thinking about the transformations that could serve as the pillars of an economy that worked for people in our communities, instead of simply padding the pockets of bankers and shareholders.

We did not do this alone. Over a period of several months, hundreds of leaders from around the country participated in a similar visioning process led by National People’s Action, a grassroots network of economic and racial justice organizations. At NPA’s national conference in 2013, we unveiled our Long-Term Agenda to a New Economy, which outlined a 40-year plan to create a more just and sustainable political and economic system.

We recognized that making the fundamental changes we imaged would require reclaiming our government. Government, after all, is the prize, not the problem. It can and should be an equalizing force in our society to tame corporate power, democratize the economy, and revitalize the commons in our communities.

Reclaiming our government is no small task, given that moneyed interests dominate our contemporary politics and control significant portions of both major political parties. That is why I am also part of National People’s Action Campaign, NPA’s sister organization, which engages everyday people in making government work for us.

Together with our allies, we’re building a new left pole in American politics by mobilizing people and money to advance our own political platform and candidates. We’ve begun moving to scale with tactics such as mass volunteer canvasses, leadership training, and individual donor programs.

Ordinary people are volunteering their time and leading the effort to contact hundreds of thousands of voters—especially infrequent voters and voters of color—to make an impact this November. And we’re succeeding in organizing more people and money largely because of volunteer efforts.

The result is some of the most exciting grassroots political organizing in the country. In Kansas, for example, hundreds of African-American and Latino volunteers are contacting 112,000 infrequent voters to defeat radical, right-wing Secretary of State Kris Kobach, Governor Sam Brownback, and Senator Pat Roberts. In Minnesota, volunteers are not just defending progressive champions, but also energizing voters to pursue a bold agenda for economic equity in coming years.

More exciting still is the fact that Kansas People’s Action and Take Action Minnesota, the two organizations leading these efforts, won’t be sending those volunteers home on November 5th.  Instead, they’ll invest in those leaders to advance an issue agenda that prioritizes people and the planet, and train a wave of grassroots leaders running for office in 2016.

Taking these efforts to scale will require increased collaboration between organizations in the movement and even more people willing to spend their Saturdays and evenings talking with voters. By working together, though, we can build the next great progressive movement to take back our government and create the kind of just and sustainable economy in which we want to live and work.



Jacob Swenson is the Communications Lead for National People’s Action and National People’s Action Campaign.

This post was written for the New Economy Coalition's second annual New Economy Week, an event exploring what it will take to build an economy that works for people, place, and planet. To learn more, visit New Economy Week.

The most dangerous element freedom faces are incompetent and/or corrupt politicians who are polluting our Constitution and bankrupting our nation.

Related Post:  Although I disagree with Warren’s blame strictly on Republicans [both parties have been equal opportunity destroyers in my opinion] this is worth a read too.

Elizabeth Warren: 'The System Is Rigged'


 

 

Photo Essay: From Field to Fork at an Ethical Farm

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How to Get Out of Debt & Prosper

 


Grab our Useful Library of How-to Reports to Reboot Your Income

 

67 Real Companies That Hire

How to Survive a Job Loss

Escape the Rat Race

How to Prosper – 3-Volume Set

Recession Recovery System

Debt Beater System

Develop Your Financial IQ

 

Plus many more – 67 in all!  Format=DVD  $10.95 ppd.  Beats being broke!

 

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Stay tuned to Friday’s post when I address “What Good is Freedom if No One Uses it?”

 
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Friday, October 17, 2014

As the World Burns


Poor Man Survival

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…


 
ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

 

"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."
-Albert Einstein



As the World Burns


We have a very short window of relative stability in the United States, yet most Americans don't seem too concerned about our long-term problems.  Most have their heads buried in the sand or have faith that our "leaders" will be able to find a way to muddle through whatever challenges are ahead…


 In the 25 years that I have been writing about politics and economics, I have never seen a more dangerous confluence of circumstances or such a degree of complacency among citizens.

Americans are dangerously ignorant about their own history and world affairs.  Many are thoroughly enamored with mundane, the trite and the superficial.  A look at what passed for entertainment today indicates how far we’ve fallen.  Our appetite for crap entertainment, pop culture, sports and celebrity nonsense is insatiable and growing.

Most of us are closed off to new ideas, subjects and other information through artificially created filter bubbles via search engines such as Google.  Others have called this the closing of the American mind… [What the internet is hiding from you - users get less exposure to conflicting viewpoints and are isolated intellectually in their own informational bubble] We know, for instance, that only 4% of Americans are active news consumers, down 12% from just a few years ago.**

  Growing numbers don’t want to face reality and are truly ignorant about the world around them.  Most of them, like our leaders, are fiddling while our nation burns.

Of course, politicians who have been feeding at the public trough for life enjoy this knowing stupid people are easier to control and fewer of them vote or become involved in politics.

Personally, I’ve had it with so many years of incompetent and mediocre leaders at all levels of government.  It has led to a mind numbing state of affairs…

**Recommended reading:  How to Find Out Anything by Don MacLeod



   Do you still think the economy is getting better?


2015 Store Closing Roundup - Office Depot, Radio Shack, Barnes & Noble


The mainstream media is constantly telling us about the "employment recovery" that is happening in the United States, but the truth is that it is just an illusion.

If you listen and believe the news reports and government concocted statistics, yes it is better.  If you are in MI, the economy is booming…cars are selling, restaurants are booming, people are attending sporting events in record numbers.

However, the shadow stats aren’t as rosy and as history has shown for consumers, they’ll the blow any extra money they get their hands on just like a drunk politicians.

The truth isn’t as sparkling.  Just like our escalating national debt, consumers are again piling debt onto their credit cards. 

As a nation, we buy far more from the rest of the world than they buy from us.  In other words, we perpetually consume far more wealth than we produce.  This is a recipe for national economic suicide.  Our current account balance soared to obscene levels just prior to the last recession, and now we have almost gotten back to those levels...

Many are spending like it is 1999 as the old song goes and now reports are surfacing that many college kids and others are selling their food stamp dollars or exchanging them for drugs and alcohol.

The wealthy are hoarding cash and precious metals right now.  In fact, one British news report stated that sales of gold bars to wealthy customers are up 243 percent so far this year.   The stock market here and in Canada has dropped considerably this month…reminds me of the beginning of the big crash of 2008-09!  Is anyone paying attention?  Not really.

 


U.S. Retail Chain Store Closing Plans and Total Numbers - U.S. and Global


What follows is a complete roundup of U.S. retail chain store closing plans, and total numbers of store closings that retail chains have announced will take place in the U.S. and globally.  Information for this 2015 Store Closing List was obtained from reports made available to the general public through news reports, corporate documents, and company press releases, and will be compiled and aggregated as new information is released throughout 2015.

 

Here’s why our economy adds so few living wage jobs while discouraging business startups…

 

We Can’t Afford the $2 Trillion Price Tag of Government Regulations

In recent years regulations have also been used to promote social policies’

The federal government takes its toll in taxes but there are insidious and intrusive hidden regulatory costs that eat into our household budgets to an extent that is equal to or greater than what we pay in taxes, according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.

“Regulations are supposed to make things better and safer, but in recent years they have also been used to promote social policies such as green energy.  Why else would federal regulators create onerous rules, for example, that inhibit the use of the nation’s vast fossil fuel resources?”

The EPA would decimate the nation’s coal industry with restrictive carbon emission regulations despite the fact that technology exists to allow for the clean use of coal to generate electricity.

“Bear in mind that coal generates about 41 percent of our electricity and is our cheapest source of power.  Because American coal is so plentiful and inexpensive, it can be construed that it is a hindrance to the development of solar and wind power,” Weber pointed out.

He noted that rules governing such things as the operations of public transportation and financial markets, the sale of pharmaceuticals, workplace safety, drinking water, etc. have a practical role to play in our society.  But, he added, “when the government uses its regulatory authority to further social goals without so much as a debate on the issues and a Congressional vote, it is downright wrong-headed.  Not to mention the costs it imposes on American households.”

The Competitive Enterprise Institute estimated that in 2013 the cost of complying with federal regulations amounted to nearly $15,000 for the average U.S. household.  Many of the rules were, of course, necessary and beneficial, but the CEI pointed out that in recent years the government has been imposing as many 3,500 regulations per annum.

“It begs the question: are all those new rules really essential in the midst of an excruciatingly slow economic recovery?”

 “The issue of government regulatory authority run-amok is not a political issue.  It’s an American issue that requires bi-partisan attention because we simply can’t afford the nearly $2 trillion dollar price tag,” Weber concluded.

 

Obama Added Over $1 Trillion in Red Ink in Fiscal 2014

The federal government’s fiscal year ended last week, on September 30.  The accounting is dismal.  Even though 2014 has been a booming year in the economy, with rapidly rising (+8.5%) tax collections, the total federal debt increased by $1.077 trillion to reach $17.823 trillion.  The reported federal deficit for the year was “only” $583 billion, but that’s because the government ignores various increases in debt.  If you look at the total federal deficit between September 30 in 2013 and 2014, the increase was $1.077 trillion.  In the last six years, President Obama has added more debt than any other President in history, almost doubling the cumulative total, from $9 trillion to almost $18 trillion.

 

 


Most people are stupid, especially when they’re panicked.  This can easily be evidenced by the many sheeple still among us. They’re everywhere. Worse, they’re really going to be EVERYWHERE during an emergency…

If you’re not planning ahead, you’re already in trouble…I’m giving this library away…get it now while you still can!

 
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Poor Man's Top Tips for Slashing Your Food Budget


Poor Man Survival

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…


 

ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

 

Never grow a wishbone where your backbone ought to be.
- Helen Keller

 


FOOD PRICES CONTINUE TO SKYROCKET – Use these resources and tips to save…

 

   The average price of ground beef has risen to an all-time high, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in August.  Over the last five years, beef prices have risen a staggering 81 percent!

 

Droughts in California, Texas and Oklahoma have causes these price spikes and more are expected for fruits and vegetables.  Dairy prices for butter and eggs are the highest I have ever seen [see our previous issues about making your own butter].

 

These spikes are worrisome especially to low and middle income families which are most likely to pay a larger percentage of their paychecks for groceries.

 

The steep rise in food prices make it very difficult for many households which are already living paycheck to paycheck.  Various reports indicate that 46 million Americans relied on food stamps and food banks – 25 percent of military families are relying on food charities!  [Yet, the politicians who send them into war live on overly generous compensation packages courtesy the US taxpayer].

 

With well paying jobs vanishing and soaring food prices, this may become one of the big campaign platforms for the 2016 elections.

 

Granny Crabapple has included several tips and resources for you to save money.

 

·         Search for coupons and rebates online.  More and more grocers like Kroger.com are now offering this convenience and will download them to your loyalty or shoppers card.  You can use www.CoolSavings.com [click on ‘grocery coupons’].  Online coupons frequently offer longer expiration dates too.  Another site we’ve used: SmartSource.com

·         If you don’t already have a membership to Costco or Sam’s Club, shop with friends who do.  Keep in mind, this works best if you have a large family or the space to store foods as quantities are larger.

·         Buy Foods which are in season to save cash.  For a list, visit www.foodnetwork.com and click on ‘in season now.

·         Get discount codes and promotions at sites such as:  CouponMountain.com, CurrentCodes.com or DealCatcher.com, KeyCode.com, CouponParadise.com and others.

 

Don’t overlook coupons and other savings for products that you can get directly from the manufacturer web site.

 Consider learning how to hunt - a deer or two or turkey can save a lot of money...
 
 

Finally, consider starting your own community food co-op to save money.  Find out how here:


 

 

Cook more vegetarian meals such as beans, whole grains, eggs and produce which are cheaper…going meatless once a week saved families $80 or more per month.  Look at MeatlessMonday.com for recipes.

 

 

The Frugal Kitchen: Eggs
I think that many of you out there have the same goals that I do when feeding my family. I do my best to cook from scratch, to provide well-balanced meals and snacks and to do so on a budget, always looking for new recipes, tricks and tips to save in this area (one of the few areas I feel like I can control!). One of the ways I'm trying to accomplish these goals is by really thinking about nutritional items that are inexpensive and diverse in the kitchen. One of my favorites: Eggs
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Resources for Small Space Gardening

 

 


 


 


 


 
More useful and free resources, including canning here:


 

Just launched the Consumer Wellness Nutrition Grants program, and grant applications are now welcome!
http://www.naturalnews.com/047237_Consumer_Wellness_Center_grant_program_nutrition_education.html



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Freeze overripe fruit.  I routinely keep a bag of bananas in my freezer for which I make banana cakes and breads.  You can also add them to smoothies.

 


Do more & spend less with the Poor Man’s top tips

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Creating an affordable backyard firepit
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Not sure what size turkey you need?  For leftovers, plan on 1 to 1.3 pounds person.  To get the best price, grab your turkey during the first two weeks of November.

 

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How to Get Out of Debt & Prosper

 


Grab our Useful Library of How-to Reports to Reboot Your Income

 

67 Real Companies That Hire

How to Survive a Job Loss

Escape the Rat Race

How to Prosper – 3-Volume Set

Recession Recovery System

Debt Beater System

Develop Your Financial IQ

 
Plus many more – 67 in all!  Format=DVD  $10.95 ppd.  Beats being broke!

 
Go to our main page and scroll down a bit:
www.PoorManSurvival.com

 

 Yours in freedom,

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’

 
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