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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

101 Weird Ways to Make $, Stop Impulse Buying

Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

ISSN 2161-5543

In This Issue:

1.       Stop impulse buying-save cash

2.      Homemade energy bars

3.      Inspiring your teen

4.      101 Weird Ways to Make Money

5.      Government folly hurts job growth

There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.

--Warren Buffet

Inspiring your teen…and perhaps win some money

   Despite studies which indicate Americans spend the most of any country on public education, schools always seem broke and teachers often purchase items for students from their own pocket.  It’s reported that much of public monies are directed to administration staff, buildings, pensions and other costs as opposed to actual education.

Inner city youth attending Detroit public schools receive on average $4800 more per pupil than their urban counterparts.  They also received nearly one million free laptop computers, donated from Microsoft and other charities, yet it has the highest dropout rate in the state of Michigan.

The problem, as is so often the case throughout the nation, is the lack of support from parent’s…many of whom cannot read above the 8th grade level.  With so many single parent homes in the nation, the problem has only worsened over the years.

A parent needs to set an example through personal actions and routine.  This should extend to healthier eating habits as well.  Our nation now boasts the most overweight children in our history.  A lack of exercise and poor eating habits contribute greatly to a decline in academics…there is no reason on earth mothers should be filling an infant bottle with soda (as I’ve seen on more than one occasion).

Now through September 17th you can stop by any Staples store and donate school supplies.  Staples will donate them to local charities which in turn, will make sure they get to those students in need.

The 16th annual Do Something awards will be aired on VH1.  Five teens will get $10,000 each and the grand prize winner will get $100,000 for their organizations.  The program will feature community-minded celebrities and teens.

Do Something is a website devoted to teens making a difference and it helps encourage and foster them to achieve more in life.

Running a baby wipe down your shower doors and tile after you shower helps remove soap scum and keeps it from coming back.  You can also use them to clean off crumbs hiding in between the keys of your computer keyboard.

PM’s ‘Betty Shocker’ Roundup of Useful Stuff

Great Job!? - New From long time subscriber, Steve

Apply today to work long hours at boring repetitive tasks for enough money to pay the bills today and start all over again tomorrow. Sound good? No?

If you don't like the idea of an ordinary job, get my book and learn about more than a hundred ways to make money with fun and interesting jobs and businesses.

101 Weird Ways to Make Money - Cricket Farming, Repossessing Cars, and Other Jobs with Big Upside and Not Much Competition - By Steve Gillman

Get the details or order online here...And I created a video explaining what the book is about, which is here:

NOTE:  Hundreds of job opening listings posted on and other jobs sites explicitly state that people who are unemployed would be less attractive applicants, with some telling the long-term unemployed to not even bother with applying…might be useful to learn other ways to make money.

Breakfast bars are a fast and easy way to feed kids on busy mornings. However, some of the breakfast bars sold in stores are high in sugar as well as high in price. They may include ingredients the picky eaters in your family don't like, along with chemicals and preservatives you would rather avoid. Homemade breakfast bars are an easy and affordable alternative. The recipe is easily adjusted to suit the tastes of your family members, and the list of ingredients includes many things you probably already have on hand.…keep reading at


The Best Free Antivirus Software

If your computer ever connects to the Internet, it's potentially exposed to viruses and other malicious software. As last year's Stuxnet worm demonstrated, even a computer that never connects can be compromised through an infected USB drive. Given the quality of free antivirus software available, there's no excuse for failing to install protection. The question is, which is the best free antivirus?

Free site helps with weight loss goals

This site estimates your caloric needs based on weight, age, and activity level; then sets weight loss goals.  Learn more at:

 The best gravy is made with a combination of leftover coffee and milk for liquid...

Save money by avoiding impulse buys - stick to a list

 Nearly 35% of those surveyed admit to overspending during visits to the supermarket.  Avoid such spending mishaps by creating a list and sticking to it…and bring your coupons.

+Carry only the cash you want to spend

+Carefully do the math on ‘buy one, get 50% off on the second’ promotions - compare the per-item/per-unit price.

+Buy in bulk and save - do the cost-per-unit calculation (divide the price of the item by the number of units in the package)

+Avoid impulse buying (a problem when you bring children with you).

Studies show folks using a credit card are willing to spend up to twice as much for an item as those who pay cash.

Keep a spending diary - you’ll be amazed at how much you spend on those little extras while running errands.

Another discount site which gathers 100s of daily deals into one site-Free

Bed slats won’t stay put?  Try securing them by wrapping rubber bands around the ends of the slats where they sit in the frame.

The Nanny State Updates…

Forget spending cuts and tax increases…I have a MUCH better way to pay down our trillion-dollar deficit…bring back public flogging.

That’s right…put politicians in a public stockade and sell the angry mob tomatoes to throw at them.

While cities are stepping up enforcement of petty fine-oriented “crimes” such as busting local marijuana clinics (despite being legalized by voters), traffic enforcement and busting kids lemonade stands; the driving force behind this are its outstanding pension obligations for gold-plated retirement plans given to former employees.

City governments can't easily opt to not pay for pensions, which means that the money they take in is going to pay for services already rendered, leaving not nearly enough left over to pay for current services needed. Here are a few statistics to give you an idea of why you need to step up and make your own security preparations:

>In an average year, the city of New Haven, Connecticut sees revenue growth of approximately $4 million. The demands of their pension programs add $12 million to the budget each year.

>Anaheim, California spends more than a fifth of its budget on pension costs, and those costs will climb by 50% over the next four years.

>In San Francisco, pension costs amounted to $63 million in 2000. By 2015, pension costs will have increased to $650 million.

>In New York, the state will need to increase property taxes by 3.5% a year for the next five years to manage school-related pension costs.

In Detroit, taxpayers employ 13,000 active public workers, but also must pay pension costs for 22,000 retired workers.

Eleven states earned more revenue from lotteries than from corporate income taxes in 2009 – gullible citizens spent $50 billion on lottery tickets that year – yet, your odds of winning are better at a casino than through a state lottery!

Central Falls, Rhode Island -Broke

Quoting The New York Times (July 11, 2011): "The impoverished city, operating under a receiver for a year, has promised $80 million worth of retirement benefits to 214 police officers and firefighters, far more than it can afford. Those workers' pension fund will probably run out of money in October..."

Global food prices have increased about 37% in the past year alone. They've almost tripled in the past six years.

"Federal regulations alone are estimated to cost Americans more than $600 billion yearly. We pay government in lives shortened or lost because of delays in new drug approvals. Because of a raft of restrictive barriers to enterprise, we pay for government in terms of businesses stymied or never started and jobs never created. A government education monopoly that often fails to educate exacts a terrible price by stunting careers and squandering immense human potential. One cost of government that can’t be reckoned in dollars and cents -- a diminution of the individual’s basic freedom to act and speak on his own -- has been deemed important enough to spark a revolution from time to time."
Dr. Lawrence W. Reed
 President of the Foundation for Economic Education, economist, author

Most contaminated (salmonella & bacteria) chicken brands included Perdue, Tyson and Foster Farms…Perdue was the ‘cleanest’ among brands tested by Consumer Reports.

The Parting Shot - Government folly hurts job creation

CORPORATION, n. An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility.

Government follies were a big topic of discussion at last week's Freedom Fest, where Addison Wiggin's new documentary Risk! had a focus group screening. Risk! picks up where Addison's last film, the critically-acclaimed I.O.U.S.A left off – in the wake of the financial crisis. (You can find a link to this film at our site’s main page) The documentary features insights from some of the world's top economic minds, including Harvard professor and author of the Innovator's Dilemma, Clayton Christiensen, economic blogger and pundit, Alex Tabborok; and Gary Shapiro author of The Comeback: How Innovation Will Restore the American Dream.

The Poor Man often writes about how government actions hurt the business climate and job creation in this country - a clear and present danger to our economy and national security.

"The government does not create jobs," Shapiro tells us in Risk!. "They take money from one person to give it to another person. That's not creating a job. Government's role is to encourage people, and make sure we have the raw materials of innovation, which are bright people challenging the status quo."

Shapiro – and the entrepreneurs featured in the film – remind us that the role of government is to "get out of the way" and to provide these wealth creators with a level playing field--one that punishes theft and force, but otherwise allows competition--so that they, and the country as a whole, can reap the rewards of their innovations

How much longer will Americans put up with a dysfunctional government which harms our very existence and way of life?

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