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Monday, March 3, 2014

Save it, Fix it, Keep it, Use it - New Contest

Poor Man Survival

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

ISSN 2161-5543


Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks.  ~Doug Larson


Why prepare?
Your grandmother's pantry with its seemly endless supply of canned goods, bottled preserves, and other staples is more than just a pleasant childhood memory. For many Americans, the extended pantry is making a comeback. The immense value of maintaining an extended food supply is quickly being realized.

With the uncertainties of our food supply and constant price increases at the grocery store, putting food away makes a lot of sense. With rising food costs, shrinking packaging, portion sizes, and uncertainties with the weather related crop shortages, it's basic food insurance.

  • Because there's no such thing as "job security".

  • Because about 80% of the U.S. is ripe for a massive earthquake - Hurricane and tornado season comes every year (in the U.S). Or…it’s been a brutal winter.

  • The cost of gasoline will never be below $2.00 a gallon again.

  • The economy is uncertain.

Building a successful survival plan - where to start.
  1. Start by determining what Mother Nature could "rain" down on you.
  2. Make a list of all your emergency contacts and important phone numbers
  3. Assemble your 72-hour packs.
  4. Take an inventory of any extra food and all your current supplies (including camping gear). Include what you have and what you need. Make this a game and include the whole family.
  5. Determine how much you can spend out of your budget weekly or monthly for extras.
  6. Plan where the family will meet in case of an emergency.
  7. Decide what scenarios would cause you to evacuate or shelter in place.
This information is your survival "plan". There's more to survival than just writing these things down as you know - like food storage. We'll cover more about food storage in subsequent newsletters.

A plan is only as good as the commitment to complete it. Take the challenge - complete yours..

 From the wisdom of Joan Crain


And as our readers already know, you can find 100s of free resources at:



More Formulas from our ‘Not-So-Secret’ Homemade section:

Share these with your friends…help them save money too!


Natural recipe for homemade salve.

——— 2 oz infused oil or 2 oz dried herbs
——— 2 T Bees Wax
——— 2 drops essential oil (optional)

Warm the oil over low heat until just hot. Add the beeswax and stir the mixture until all the wax is melted. Add the oil if you’re using it. Pour the mixture into a small glass jar and let it cool. At this point, it should be solid. If it is too solid, reheat the salve and add another drizzle of oil. If it’s too soft, reheat and add some more wax. When it’s the right consistency, pour it back into the little jar, cap and label it.


Homemade Scouring Powder

Make your own batch of heavy duty powder that will clean your pots, pans ,floors, fixtures, etc.

1 cup of baking soda

1 cup of salt

1 cup of borax

Mix and store in a closed container.  Use it in place of store-bought cleansers.


Natural ingredients for a homemade dishwasher detergent
read more here


  Win this or other prize just for submitting your ‘Homemade” tip!


Save It, Fix It, Keep It, Use It

1437 Surprising Ways To Save Cash With Items You Already Have!! These days, you'd think businesses would be doing their doggone best to please their customers. But good work and solid products are scarcer than ever! Learn to flat out stop paying for half-hearted service and pricey replacements with amazing tips ... like how to save up to 20¢ a gallon on your next fill-up, lower your heating costs with one lit candle, and weed-proof your lawn with a soda bottle and more…a $39.95 value!

Once a month we’ll choose which tip we like best.

 We’ll post it and the winner gets a prize!

Scroll to the bottom of the page to submit your tip…


 10 Things You Should Never Buy at the Dollar Store (and 10 You Should) (via Wise Bread)


When To Start Planting Your Garden 

Even though we just hit March, I’m already starting to think about gardening this year. Produce prices continue to climb and the drought in California this year is sure to adversely affect produce prices throughout 2014.

While planting season in many regions of the country is still a few months away, starting seeds indoors can significantly increase your annual yields by creating more robust plants that are ready for harvest much sooner than crops planted outside during spring.
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Find more resources including the following at our Food Coop Pages…

 Food Storage Basics-Dehydrating Foods

3 Ways to Get Cheaper Food


Yours in freedom,

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’

Now Celebrating our 6th Year!



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escapeartist said...

Always a good read and I like the contest, may even enter!

Anonymous said...

Muy bien!