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Monday, May 19, 2014

Ouch! Food Prices to Rise-Cheapskate Tips for Gardening & More

Poor Man Survival

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Money talks all right; but in these days, a dollar doesn't have enough cents to say anything worthwhile.

   After a long and cruel winter, we finally visited our mini-farm and cabin.  Our tractor is in need of many repairs and our deck, porch, etc. all need to be re-stained but the worst was our toilet tank which cracked (of course, we didn’t notice that until we turned on the water and made a fine mess), our hot water tank bowed at its bottom and we accidentally left the fridge closed so what little moisture it had managed to gloss over into a nice layer of mold.


The door of our large rabbit hutch blew right off its hinges as did parts of our barn siding and more than a few animals decided the barn would make a nice winter resort.


Many, like us, have experienced a lengthy winter.  It still drops to the 30s at night with highs rarely going above 50…hell, we’re still running heaters at night!  This and the nearly daily downpour of rain has prevented us from preparing or planting our garden.


Will likely be a late harvest but we’re still looking forward to homegrown veggies!  With that in mind, here are few more gardening tips, especially if you’re just getting started!




7 Ways to Garden Like You Know What You're Doing (Even If You're Just Getting Started)


A few simple guidelines to follow when breaking out the trowel and gloves

I grew up with huge backyard garden. My mother was a wonderful gardener. Each spring, she would section out portions—a row here or a row there—for each child to plant seeds and be responsible for tending and growing.

You’d think I’d automatically have a garden when I left college—but I didn’t. It wasn’t until much later that I decided to garden. Interestingly, I didn’t know where to start, so I began like a non-gardener and had to learn a lot from scratch.

Here are some beginner steps to share:


How To Build A Raised Garden Bed

Learn how to build a raised garden bed or outdoor planter with these plans. For full details on building a raised garden bed, visit:


How to make a potato tower


Old Time Hog Killin


This year is shaping up to be one of the worst for food inflation that we've had in a long time. Here are some money saving resources:

While government statisticians claim robust growth, recent data points suggest otherwise. Consumers are quickly running out of money, home sales have collapsed and hit their biggest drop in three years, there are more Americans out of the labor force than ever before AND food prices, because of drought and other factors are set to rise at a middle class family killing rate…

Overall inflation, including food and fuel (which aren't reported in official numbers), doubled economists' predictions between March and April. Food prices were largely responsible for the unexpected size of the increase.

The USDA has put out even higher numbers for food inflation, anticipating that prices will rise around 3.5% in the course of the year. They admit that this number is based on normal weather patterns.

But we're not having normal weather patterns. And we haven't been for three years now!

Since December, the spot price for foodstuffs has increased a full 19% across the board.That signals rising prices at the grocery store for sure. If you aren’t planning to spend a bigger chunk of your paycheck on groceries, it’s time to start giving some thought to your food budget strategy. Higher prices are coming whether you’re ready for them or not.

To make matters even worse, wages aren’t increasing. So, whether you’re paying 3% more or 19% more at the grocery store— or somewhere in between— you’re going to have less money to stretch across the rest of your budget. More Americans are making  due with less … way less … just to keep food on the table.


It’s now estimated a family of four spends $1,000 monthly on groceries.  Combining store loyalty card savings with coupons can save $350 on average per month.  Your Sunday newspaper accounts for 90% of all coupons issued and can be a gold mine, so buy extra copies.


Find More Coupons, Faster with these resources…

Use national matchup services such as:



Or Google your local grocery store and “deals” then bookmark it…



7 ways baking soda can save you time and money
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