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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Poverty-US Growth Industry, Dumpster Diving Revisited, Got Milk?

Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

ISSN 2161-5543

In This Issue:

1.       Dumpster Diving Revisited, Free Food

2.      Tracking down loved ones

3.      7 Tips for improving home security

4.      Poverty – America’s growth industry

5.      How the government makes starting a business difficult

Gerald Celente always says:  “ When people lose everything that they have, they tend to lose it.”

Got Milk?  Getting more from your milk…

   As a kid, our family never had much extra money.  My mother was a whiz at squeezing a dollar from a dime and one way she stretched the budget was to use powdered milk.  She would mix it with water and whole milk to disguise it from us kids but we could always tell.  I thought it tasted terrible.

There are other good uses for milk you probably never thought of and here are a few suggestions from Real Simple magazine:

==Rescue plants.  If mildew appears on your houseplants, mix one part milk with nine parts water and spray them weekly.

==Use it as a skin softener.  Add a cup of milk to your warm bath water and soak.

==Stain Fighter.  When spills from wine discolor your shirt or tablecloth, submerge the fabric in milk, squeeze out the excess then launder.

==Soothe burns.  Milk fat calms inflammation and helps your skin to heal.  The next time you burn yourself, soak a washcloth in milk and cover the burn with it.

==Buff shoes with it.  Use milk to moisten a cloth and then buff leather to restore its shine.

Finally, when milk goes sour, it’s still very useful in a variety of baking recipes such as pancakes, waffles and other desserts.  The Joy of Cooking offers a variety of uses for milk and you can find tons of recipes online…just type in “what to do with sour milk.”

Use a lemon to disinfect your kitchen and bath – just a squeeze a drop or two and wipe.

PM’s Compendium of Useful Resources

Dumpster Diving Revisited

A year ago we wrote a story about dumpster diving…here’s an update as this trend continues to grow…

During the recent economic downturn, the popularity of dumpster diving has exploded. Today, there are dumpster diving meetup groups, dumpster diving Facebook groups, and even entire organizations such as Food Not Bombs that openly encourage their members to go dumpster diving.

If your family was going hungry, would you go dumpster diving?

You might be surprised at who is doing it. Dumpster diving is not just for the homeless and the unemployed anymore. A lot of people that have decent jobs have picked up on the trend.

Just check out the following example from a recent MSNBC article....

A programmer by day, Todd takes to the streets of North Carolina by night, digging through Dumpsters at drug stores and grocery stores all around his rural neighborhood.

"You would be simply amazed at what businesses throw out," he said. "I've only had to buy two loaves of bread all year. ... Last week I had a trunk full of cereal, cookies, chips and ramen noodles."

Todd slinks in and out of smelly places with low-light flashlights to evade rent-a-cops who will shoo him away. Most nights, his 14-year-old son comes along.

Free Food, Finding More Coupons and Discounts

Even in this economy, many eateries are giving away free food.  You can sign up for email alerts, become a ‘friend’ on face book, or share your opinion to get rewards.  For example, check the receipt and look for a web address that links you to a survey.  Complete the survey and get free food.  Example:  Arby’s, Burger King and McDonald’s and Dunkin Donuts all offer a reward for completing the survey.

Many eateries, such as TGIF Friday’s and Chili’s ( allow you to sign up for free e-mail alerts. Once you become a member, you’ll get e-mails with discounts, samples and other offers.

NOTE:  Secret ways to find discounts…during visits to the supermarket, look on their public bulletin board.  Often, other customers will tack up coupons they don’t use.  Also, when you visit your doctor or dentist office you’ll find discount coupons on the counter and tables in the waiting room area.  Some libraries offer a free coupon exchange box and always check your ‘junk’ mail as you never know what kind of coupons might be included.


Consumers have less time to use manufacturers coupons as expiration dates come faster now – an average of 10 weeks.

Storing Medical Records online

Keep your family medical records in one convenient location online…this site automatically tracks your checkups, tests and procedures.  These sites are free.

If you shop Target, Meijer and other stores always check the sales flier to find free gift cards offered when you purchase certain items.  I got a $5 gift card from HP to use at WalMart for an inkjet buy!

Tracking Down Loved Ones

You can always Google someone to find a lost loved one.  Start searching by typing your friend’s name in quotes with the exact name so only those results appear.  You can also try searching by nickname and maiden name.

If you’re willing to pay for a good search, consider these sites:

They’ll provide basic information but for a fee, they’ll also locate their profiles on social networking sites and photo sites.

Skip expensive produce washes.  Use baking soda on a damp sponge, scrub and rinse.

7 tips for home security that cost less than $23 to implement.

Includes a free checklist for you called "Simple Steps For Ultra-Effective Home Security,"  Courtesy our friends at TBO Tech.

Note:  Also check Kelly Hancock’s site for savings savvy at:

It’s better to store medicine on a high shelf in the kitchen or closet than in your bathroom medicine cabinet.  The heat and humidity can alter their effectiveness.

The Nanny State Updates…

From the “Gee, I wonder why poverty in America is a growth industry?” Department

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, median household income in the United States dropped 2.3% in 2010 after accounting for inflation. Overall, median household income in the United States has declined by a total of 6.8% once you account for inflation since December 2007...keep in mind that the government definition of poverty rises based on the rate of inflation. If inflation was still calculated the way that it was 30 or 40 years ago, the poverty line would be much, much higher and millions more Americans would be considered to be living in poverty.

Because they cannot get good jobs that will enable them to support themselves and their families, millions of Americans that used to be hard working contributors to society are now dependent on government handouts. Nearly every single measure of government dependence is at a record high, and there are no signs that things are going to turn around any time soon.

*One out of every six Americans is now enrolled in at least one government anti-poverty program.

Big corporations are even recognizing the change that is happening to America. Just consider the following example from a recent article in the Huffington Post....

Manufacturers like Procter & Gamble, the household-goods giant responsible for everything from Charmin and Old Spice to Tide, are concentrating their efforts on luxury and bargain items, putting less emphasis on products aimed at the middle class, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Another way to cut US jobs…

If our middle class jobs keep getting shipped overseas, our prosperity is going to vanish. If the American people allow this to continue, the standard of living of American workers is going to continue to fall toward the level of workers in third world countries.

Arthur Stamoulis, the executive director of Citizen Trade Campaign recently had the following to say about why he is opposed to this new free trade agreement....

"They’ve shipped our jobs overseas. They’ve reduced the tax base, they’ve driven down the wages and benefits for the jobs that are left. We’ve had enough.

Perhaps you want to do some outsourcing of your own…'Outsource This' will teach you all the ins and outs of global outsourcing…

The National Sheriffs' Association says it "strongly supports" and endorses a proposed federal law that requires Internet service providers to store the logs of their customers' online habits for one-and-a-half years. They say this will make their job easier – just in case you commit some kind of unknown and unpredictable crime in the future.

The Parting Thought – Government is the cause of unemployment

According to John Williams of, when you factor in all of the short-term discouraged workers, all of the long-term discouraged workers and all of those working part-time because they cannot find full-time employment, the real unemployment rate is now approximately 23 percent.

Things appear even more frightening when you look at the number of Americans that actually do have jobs. Right now, only 47 percent of the U.S. workforce is "fully employed" at this point.

Things wouldn't be so bad if millions of unemployed people could run out and start their own businesses. But in America today, it is incredibly difficult to start a small business. The federal government, our state governments and our local governments have piled mountains of ridiculous regulations on to our businesses.

The Average Joe Is Finding It Increasingly Difficult To Run A Small Business

The number of "self-employed" Americans continues to rapidly shrink. According the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 16.6 million Americans were self-employed back in December 2006. Today, that number has shrunk to 14.5 million. Even though we have 14 million unemployed people in this country and jobs are incredibly difficult to come by, the number of people trying to work for themselves continues to decrease because the environment for small businesses in this country has become so incredibly toxic.

 The Average Joe Is Being Hounded By Federal Bureaucrats

Did you know that hay is now considered a "pollutant" by the federal government? Kansas cattle feeder Mike Callicrate recently told an audience that the EPA is now cracking down on his feedlot....

“Has the Environmental Protection Agency declared hay a pollutant?” an audience member asked. Callicrate responded affirmatively and explained that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently initiated a formal enforcement action against his Kansas feedlot for, among other things, failure to store his hay in a pollution containment zone. “Now that EPA has declared hay a pollutant, every farmer and rancher that stores hay, or that leaves a broken hay bale in the field is potentially violating EPA rules and subject to an EPA enforcement action,” Callicrate said. “How far are we going to let this agency go before we stand up and do something about it?”

The average Joe’s that I know are plain fed up with government intrusion into every aspect of our lives.  As you’ve heard me state before, “We don’t need another election; we need another revolution.”

Yours for repealing government stupidity, the Poor Man

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