Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin
A Digest of Urban Survival Resources
A Free Press is the Guardian of a Free People
In This Issue:
1. Become a Consumer Rebel
2. Find freebies, good deals on eyewear and more
3. Do some good-donate baby clothes and wedding dresses
4. Find recalls and get your money back
5. How about living without money for 15 years?
"The United States is a nation of laws: badly written and randomly enforced."
- Frank Zappa
- Frank Zappa
Become a Consumer Rebel - The unConsumer
>Switch your banking to a community credit union
>Stop buying Chinese made goods wherever possible.
>Support local merchants and tradesmen instead of Fortune 500 firms such as GE (the pioneering leader in off-shoring US jobs).
>Grow your own produce, make your own snacks and desserts
>Review all insurance programs annually and switch whenever possible.
>Use co-ops wherever possible or create one of your own*
>Reuse, recycle, re-gift consumer goods; Make your own cleaning supplies
>Shop flea markets, garage sales, thrift stores
>Become as energy independent as possible - use a well (shower with a friend), solar and wind turbine systems, geothermal, ride a bike or use public transportation, etc.
Please share this with others…you’ll find resources to accomplish this at our site:
Surprising foods to skip if you want to lose weight…Sweetened yogurt, granola, dried fruit, including raisins and orange juice. All are high in calories and/or sugar. Example: one cup of raisins has 460 calories while the same of grapes has only 60!
PM’s Compendium of Useful Resources
In response to our previous issue asking if you “Can live without money for 30-days” One of our readers suggested this useful site.
Good Site for Finding Freebies, Coupons & Deals
Bargain hunters seem to flock to this site. Worth a look-see at:
Find a Good Deal on Eyewear
If you know your prescription, you can save 100s by looking at these two sites:
On March 31st, the FDA is scheduled to announce if it will ban BPA from all food packaging, not just baby bottles.
Do Good with Your Old Clothes
Brides against Breast Cancer organizes sales of used wedding gowns and uses the proceeds to grant wishes to cancer patients.
Helping babies…this group takes baby clothes in good condition or that have never been worn and distributes them to needy families.
Ditch those online selling site fees like eBay
I’m always amazed at high my monthly fees to eBay are…really cuts into the profits.
This site has no fee to list and charges a 3.5 transaction fee when an item sells.
Here’s a site for crafters to explore…no selling fees whatsoever:
How to Find Refunds on items which have been recalled
Each year 100s of products are recalled by the manufacturer and you can get a full refund. Usually, the amount refunded is what the item is currently selling for which may not be the price you paid originally.
The Nanny State Updates…
The Orwellian dystopia of a constant surveillance society was once fictional…what’s happened to the Bill of Rights?
Look! Up in the sky! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? It's ... a drone, and it's watching you. That's what privacy advocates fear from a bill Congress passed this week to make it easier for the government to fly unmanned spy planes in U.S. airspace.
Use an air-based popcorn popper and roast your own coffee beans at home. The quality is often higher than at your local coffee shop and that home-roasted beans make great gifts. Among our favorite places to buy beans: u-roast-em.com.
The Parting Thought – Oh those nasty libertarians…
"Routine encounters with police can turn violent "at the drop of a hat," said Stuart McArthur, deputy assistant director in the FBI's counterterrorism division." Yes, any wrong look or posture by any citizen can result in extreme violence against that innocent citizen by police. This is proven every single day around this country.
The NDAA gives the government, mainly the executive branch, Carte blanche power in its march toward rounding up any American that it deems as a threat to its false sovereignty. This power not only extends to the capture and detention of citizens, but the president also claims the power to assassinate any he chooses to on his say so alone.
According to recruitment propaganda handed out by the FBI and the Department of Justice to Internet cafe owners across the country, a person may be considered “suspicious” if they “are overly concerned about privacy” or if he/she “attempts to shield the screen from view of others.”
The Fed’s cheerfully-titled “Communities Against Terrorism” flyer series identifies 25 “threat areas” where you might encounter suspicious persons. These include such notorious ne’er-do- well hangouts as:
Martial arts centers/Paintball
Farm supply stores
and, just to be on the safe side, The General Public
“Until the next revolution”, the Poor Man
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