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Thursday, October 12, 2017

National Farm Day-Regrowing Vegetables, Maggot Farms, More Resources


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Learning to be Self-Sufficient – Regrowing Vegetables, Maggot Farms, More

It’s National Farmers Day, folks, and we want to tip our hats to one of the oldest jobs around.
Do you throw away stumps of lettuce heads and scraps of herbs after you eat the good parts? You could be missing out on huge savings.


vegetables lets you turn those scraps into
more food — for free!
The process is simple:

1.       Stick the stump of your veggies (the stump of Romaine lettuce, roots of green onions or spare leaves from fresh basil) into a container of water.

2.                  These table scraps will start to grow roots in the water!

3.                  Transfer the new plant into a pot with soil (or your vegetable garden), and watch it grow.

You might need a little bit of green in your thumb to help the plants flourish, but it
really is this simple, and you don’t need a plot of farmland to do it.
Read all our tips here.


Want to start a farm with a less traditional herd? Paul Rabaut keeps 100,000 maggots in his backyard — and it’s making him money. You can start a maggot farm with
about $100 in supplies and a little elbow grease.
The bugs are free, and they feed on food waste, making this side gig almost 100% profitable. And contrary to what you might expect,
it’s not dirty or unhealthy to keep a box of maggots in your backyard.

Any financial planner will tell you the best way to control your wealth is to set up a budget. In that budget, allocate how much money you need to spend on housing expenses, utility bills,
gas, and of course, food. Ideally, if there is anything left over, you stash it
into savings. The average person will make about two trips to the grocery store
a month and eat out once a week. This person could spend anywhere from $250 to
$350 a month on food! If the budget is for a family, then the amount allocated
will increase by hundreds of dollars.

What if by making some changes to your everyday life you could take that number and divide it in half, increase your and your family's overall health and be able to stash away more money for
retirement? Would you keep reading? Of course you would! Learning to be more
self-sufficient is an easy to do and satisfying lifestyle change.

So, what does self sufficiency mean and how can you get started? Glad you asked! The idea behind self sufficiency is that you pay a premium on anything done for you. If you could learn to do it
yourself, you could pay what it is actually worth and avoid premium fees. Did
you buy a coffee in the morning from Starbucks? Congrats! You just paid a
premium for someone to brew some beans for you! Anytime you find yourself
paying someone to do something that you could have done, you just overpaid for
it. Self-sufficiency is being able to control your own living, provide for
yourself and remove the convenience premium applied to restaurants and grocery

Now with definitions out of the way,
let's start with a few basic changes you can make, which will lead to big
rewards to your bank account and your health.

Bonus Note:

This homemade natural disinfectant cleaner can be used on kitchen surfaces or produce without
worrying about it leaving harmful residue or tainting food. And you need just
two ingredients: vinegar and hydrogen peroxide. A
study by Virginia Tech
found that misting one
right after the other killed virtually all
Salmonella and E. coli bacteria and was more
effective than bleach.

Make Your Own Bread

Starting in the mid 1950s, chemicals, such as hydrogenated oils and artificial
preservatives, were introduced to the bread-making process. Also, have you
noticed the cost of bread rising in the last few years? Making your own bread
does not have to be a time-consuming chore. If that is your concern, get a
bread maker. All you need to do is put in the ingredients, start it up, come
back in three hours, and enjoy a great tasting loaf of bread. There are no
chemicals, and it's cheaper and leaves your house smelling like a bakery.

Start a Garden

Have you noticed the price of produce at the grocery store lately? It keeps going
up. I won't go into the details of how many chemicals are sprayed on produce
before you eat it as I am sure you have heard it all before. However, if you
are a regular veggie eater, then did you know you could have a year's worth of
produce for the cost of what you are paying now in one month? Interested? Here
is all you need:

  • Packets of seeds (pick whatever you
         want to grow)

  • Some dirt (either in a pot or in the

  • Shovel

  • Water
That's it. Seems simple, right? All you need to do is plant the seeds at the right
depth, make sure they get some sun and water, and in no time at all, you will
be eating fresh produce all year round without paying a convenience premium.

Make the Most of Canning

Now that you have your own veggies in the garden, you can make your own tomato
sauce, ketchup, salsa and many other products that you are currently buying.
Once made, it can be canned and stored for more than 12 months! When canning on
your own, you are using no preservatives or chemicals, you're using your own
veggies, and best of all, you paid practically nothing for them!

To get  specific recipes, I would recommend getting The
Ball Blue Book of Canning and Preserving Recipes
. It
has great recipes and provides specific instructions on how to heat, prepare
and store your goods.

Check sale prices for Canning Jars  and Canning Lids on Amazon
By following the steps in this article, you could save hundreds of dollars a year!
Start today and save!

These items are just the start. Examine what you spend your money on and ask yourself
the question: Could I have done this myself? If the answer is yes, read up on
it, start doing it, and escape the convenience premium. You'll see a difference
in your savings and in your health.

This section contributed by Casey Quinn

Take the Next Step:

  • Learn about the top 10 foods for home canning.

  • Making your own bread doesn't have to be a big chore. Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking  shows how to make bread without a breadmaker.
·        How
a Full Pantry Saves Money

It is easy to start stocking a pantry. There are just a few rules that make it
simple and even inexpensive.

·        Finding
Money for Emergency Savings

These tips can help you build an emergency fund even if you live paycheck to

Yours in freedom,

Bruce, the Poor Man!


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Why half of Americans
can't come up with $400 in an emergency
(USA Today) "As recently as 2016, the Federal
Reserve surveyed more than 5,000 Americans about their financial situation.
Among the findings was one startling statistic: Approximately 46% of Americans
stated they do not have enough money to cover a $400 emergency expense."

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Frank said...

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