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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Win $1000 Groceries, DIY Beer, Baking Mix, More

Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin

A digest of urban survival resources

ISSN 2161-5543

In This Issue:

1.      DIY Beer, Root Beer, Baking Mix, more

2.      Nutritition on a shoestring budget

3.      Win a $1000 Worth of Groceries, Get more Coupons to help

4.      US Workers Underpaid, Rise in SWAT raids-targeting wrong home

If it moves, tax it.  If it keeps moving, regulate it.  And if it stops moving, subsidize it.

--Ronald Reagan

Share some sugar and shrink your bills, Offbeat News

   Most everyone I know is looking to save a buck so they can afford to fill their fuel tank!

I ran across a few more sites which might help.  Here’s another site you can use to borrow rather than buy stuff.  The site encourages community sharing and you can create your own online community group with friends and neighbors, other parents and others.  Go to to learn more.

Here’s a site that will help you to shrink the bills you’ll likely not give up (cell phone, internet, cable).  It will help you compare and snag the lowest price for these services by providing you with unbiased suggestions based on your usage.  Go to:

One more site to share which should prove useful (only wish it would apply to our local water rates). helps trim utility bills by giving you the average going rate in 20 cities, then offers free price quotes from competing vendors and let’s you switch immediately online with a best-price guarantee.

Finally, like most folks, I enjoy reading the tabloid headlines while waiting to checkout in the supermarket.  I like the offbeat headlines but admit, I liked the old National Enquirer much better when it features such mind-candy as “Cub Scout Hacks off Leg with Scout Knife.”  

When I taught marketing and copywriting, I often used the headlines from these magazines as examples of attention getting copy.  Helen Gurley Brown, the publisher of Cosmo magazine always wrote all of the cover copy and those headlines sold thousands of magazines in the checkout line – she was a master at teaser copy.  Too bad most of them now only offer up a garbage pail of celebrity nonsense. Whatever happened to the “Wacky World Weekly?”

Still, there are websites like, (find the truth about online email stories) and which offer up a healthy dose of the weird and odd!

I read a lot of political works (what a surprise) so I need this bit of escape now and then!

Give children a small plot of land to grow a garden of their own.  A sure-fire way to occupy their summer free time and to get them to eat vegetables.


PM’s ‘Betty Shocker’ Compendium of Useful Stuff

Win $1000 in Groceries+Get Weekly Coupons+Learn to Stockpile

3rd annual All You Grocery Challenge show you how to spend $25 or less per family member per week at the supermarket.

Beermaking demystified!

You can make your own beer with little effort and a fraction of the cost of commercial beer. This simple method uses just one fermenting process, so only one brewing container is needed.

Easy Home Made Root Beer

Here's a quick and easy way to enjoy homemade root beer almost instantly. If you crave the old-fashioned version, made with yeast and fermented a few days, use the recipe at:

Keep Your Beer in the Dark  Create your own ‘beer cellar’ by storing your suds in a cool, dark place where you won’t need to move those cases frequently…stays fresh for six months and stock up when there are sales.

Easy, at-home cheese making guide-Free

Nutrition on a Shoestring Budget - Food isn’t cheap; will get more expensive.

New Coupon Site-More features to save money

By using free coupon codes provided on the site, users can save up to 90% on their regular purchases while shopping online at their favorite stores. Coupon codes are added twice a day by the CouponSpace editorial team and at the moment, the site has over 17,000 active coupon codes

The most interesting is the coupon code sharing functionality. This allows any user to share coupon codes not found on CouponSpace with the CouponSpace consumer community. All shared coupons will appear alongside the editorially chosen coupons on the site.

DIY Maven - Lots of how-to you can take advantage of!

Menu categories include: Beading, Before & After, Christmas, Crochet, D├ęcor, DIY, Gardening, General Crafts, Knitting, Loom Knitting, MavenTV, Paper Crafts, Sewing, Uncategorized, and Woodworking.

Clean and freshen your toilet by pouring a cup of distilled vinegar into the bowl and let sit overnight.  Scrub well and flush.

Instead of buying Bisquick baking mix, make your own at home with a few simple ingredients.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes


8 cups all-purpose flour (or 4 cups each all-purpose flour and whole wheat flour)

2 Tablespoons baking powder

1 Tablespoon salt

2 teaspoons cream of tartar

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 cups dry nonfat milk

2 cups shortening


Mix flour, baking powder, salt, cream of tartar, baking soda, nonfat milk, and shortening together in large bowl (if you have a large mixer it is ideal to use for blending this mix but it can also be done quite adequately using a pastry blender to cut in shortening). Add shortening about a half cup at a time mixing well after each addition. Mixture will be mealy when mixed adequately.

Put in air-tight container and store either in refrigerator or at room temperature. Use within about 3 months.

For Biscuits:
Mix 2 cups of Baking Mix with 1/2 cup water. Bake at 450 degrees F for 8 to 10 minutes.

For Muffins:
Mix 2 cups of Baking Mix with 2 Tablespoons sugar, 1 beaten egg and 2/3 cup milk. Bake at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes.

For Pancakes:
Mix 2 cups of baking mix with 1 beaten egg and 1-1/3 cup milk.

For Waffles:
Mix 2 cups of Baking Mix with 1 beaten egg, 2 Tablespoons oil, and 1-1/3 cup milk

A good soaking for your vegetable garden is better than light sprinkling and watering in the morning or evening works best.

The Nanny State Updates…

US Workers Underpaid

Over the last decade, the share of U.S. national income taken home by workers has plummeted to a record low.  Since the 1980s, income for the richest 1 percent of Americans has exploded, while hardly budging at all for everyone else.

Still, there's little sense that either Obama administration or Congress plan to do much about this growing inequality. Indeed, any serious action to boost the economy and cut unemployment now seems to be off the table.

Police are armed to the teeth... and while their official marketing slogan may be to 'keep people safe', their real function is to be the protectors and enforcers for the political class, all while keeping the people in check so that the know who's boss.

No Knock Raids-Using SWAT on Public Enemy #1 (Drugs) Often targeting the wrong home, 70,000 US raids annually, frequently killing innocent people, including children and old people usually of color.

Bethesda, Maryland. Just outside the gates of Congressional Country Club, the site of this year's U.S. Open, some kids were selling lemonade to patrons with the intention of donating the profits to children's charities.

Turns out there is something more American than that: government bureaucracy. Montgomery County inspectors repeatedly warned the children (and their parents) that they were violating a ban on vendors within county limits, and when the tots didn't shut down their operation, the government shut it down for them, slapping their parents with a $500 fine

The US economy will never ever, ever, ever, ever recover until it returns manufacturing to its shores. Manufacturing in China is not making it, no matter how cheap the price and crummy the goods. The federal government has projected large deficits for the entire duration of its budget projection. now it wants to increase its debt without any demonstrative means to repay it. eventually, creditors will wise up and refuse to lend to these reckless fools. eventually, the federal government will go broke unless it learns to live within its means.


The Parting Shot…

As our country runs out of borrowed money, will it sink Obama?

   In a few weeks our country will run out of ‘borrowed’ money and the Treasury Dept. has already begun issuing IOUs rather than bonds to many government pension funds.  Unable to borrow $4 billion a day to pay its bills and with no compromise seen in Congress, we risk defaulting.

The International Monetary Fund cut its forecast for U.S. economic growth on Friday and warned Washington and debt-ridden European countries that they are "playing with fire" unless they take immediate steps to reduce their budget deficits.

The Fed and many in the White House inner circle and even China warn default would mean disaster for our economy with higher interest rates and prices on everything and even an average loss of more than $8000 per person on their IRAs and 401(k) plans.

Some think tanks are also suggesting it would mean the loss of more than 640,000 jobs.  As you may already know, America borrows 41 cents of each dollar it spends.  It may even mean more layoffs for federal workers (what a shame) and delays in welfare payments.

As you’ve heard me say again and again, the blame lies with both parties.  Each party has been dangerous and poor stewards of our resources.

I don’t believe any President has won re-election for a second term when the unemployment numbers were above eight percent.  The odds of Obama getting re-elected, in my opinion, are less than 35%. 

Although no president can truly ‘fix’ the economy and get companies hiring again…he can create a better economic environment by totally revamping our stupid tax system and bureaucratic system of red tape which is choking Americans at every level, rendering our country impotent against other countries.  Further, he could foster a climate which fuels research and development and entrepreneurship in this country.

One thing in his favor at the moment, is that the Republicans do not have a particularly strong candidate to run against Obama.  Another double-dip recession will almost certainly sink Obama’s second term aspirations.  What do you think?

That’s it from your political analyst, the Poor Man!

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1 comment:

MinimalistGroup said...

Darn good info & useful goodies - thanks!