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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

10 Frugal Ideas for Valentine's Day, Eating Cat Food in Retirement Years

Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

ISSN 2161-5543

A Free Press is the Guardian of a Free People

In This Issue:

1.       10 or more frugal Valentine Activity/Gift Ideas

2.      Quick n Dirty Job Search Tips

3.      Essential Disaster Survival Tips

4.      Will you be eating cat food in your retirement years?

5.      Extreme Prepper TV debuts

If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?


You need a job to pay for those fancy Valentine Gifts, right?

In addition to checking published job leads, don't forget to run job searches of your own. (With a 60 to 1 scam ratio among home-based job leads, just remember to keep your "BS" - Big Scam - radar on.)

Here are three quick job-searching tips from our tip barn.

1. Use Google Alerts to scan for job leads "while you sleep." On the Alerts page, just enter the words or phrases you'd use in your usual Google job search. Google will continuously scan the web and email you the results. For more, go to

2. Similarly, set up alerts at the big "job aggregator" sites like Just enter your parameters on the advanced search page at Then click "Find Jobs," and enter your email address in the box at the bottom of the results page.

3. Beware home-business or home-job "opportunities" advertised on late-night infomercials. Often, these entice buyers with discounted books or other materials. But you'll "pay the price" when your information is passed to salespeople who call you with high-pressure pitches for expensive add-on programs.

Bonus Tip: Be hyper-vigilant when evaluating administrative (i.e., "secretarial") jobs. The scammers know that home-based admin jobs are in high demand, and the supply is low. Hence, the scam ratio among admin jobs is even higher than the norm. Legitimate data entry jobs are especially scarce. (Please pass it on!)


Instead of using bleach to brighten whites, try a ¼ cup of lemon juice instead.  Add it to the wash cycle.

PM’s Compendium of Useful Resources

Hey guys - ever come home with those embarrassing lipstick marks on your collar?  Get rid of them by placing the stain face-down on a white towel, then blot it with a clean cloth moistened in rubbing alcohol. 

Frugal Valentine Ideas
Suggestions as to how to make Valentine's Day a special, fun, yet inexpensive day

10 More Fun Low-Cost, No Cost Valentine’s Day Ideas

A festival for love 'n romance, Valentine's Day provides us with a splendid opportunity to spend some quality time with our truelove. Are you looking for some tips to romance your sweetheart on this Feb 14?

Heineken is helping ignite romance this Valentine's Day with the launch of a fun new Facebook application called The Serenade. Based on the brand's second global film "The Date," the new app enables Heineken consumers to send humorous personalized songs to

potential partners, inviting them on a date…

Find Local Store Coupons Online Fast

Just type in your zip code at this site and a map of your area pops up pinpointing retailers offering coupons.

 Need a fun gift, say for Valentine’s Day?

Frequently one needs a low-priced gift as a thank you or for a little surprise.  Check these sites:

Reciprocal Valentine (or other special occasion) Gift

Take turns giving each other a massage…Swedish research suggests giving a massage boosts mood levels.  In my college days I took a class in massage and used that training to barter for haircuts, dinners and other goodies all through school!

Raise Money for You Favorite Charity

Readers already know we offer a We don’t Need Another Election T-Shirt.  A portion of the profits are donated to area charities (, click on RevolutionT).  You can design your own shirt, then visit this site where you can get them printed in bulk.  Sell them at special events as a fundraiser.

Know Your Priorities - Basics of Survival

I talked with survival teacher and founder of onPoint Tactical Kevin Reeve for help coming up with a list of priorities for survival in case of a disaster. This is what he suggests:

Immediate security: If the building is on fire, get out. If someone is shooting at you, move to cover. Whatever the immediate danger, get away from it.

First aid: Attend to any medical problems that may have happened in the original event. Check yourself for injuries and treat them.

Self protection: If you are at risk from predators, two-legged or four-legged, you must arm yourself. This might be a sharpened stick, a knife, machete, shotgun, or banjo. Just have something to attack the zombies with.

Physical needs (in order): Shelter, fire, water, food, and hygiene.

It's also worth noting that nearly every survivalist, doctor, paramedic, and teacher recommends one key survival tool everyone should follow: positivity. It seems silly, but it can provide you with the mental endurance to stay safe in any number of situations. A recent study in Psychological Science also suggests that your own perception of illness and the potential for treatment has an effect on the outcome. In short, the idea of mind over matter can help you survive.

New 'Doomsday Preppers' Show Highlights Extreme Survivalists

It's better to be safe than sorry, which is why FEMA guidelines recommend stockpiling your pantry with three days worth of food in case of a natural disaster. Meanwhile, Paul Range and Gloria Haswell have enough in store to feed 22 people for 15 years — as well as enough guns, bullets and bug-out vehicles to wage a small war. The couple occupies nine steel shipping containers arranged in a castle formation outside Floresville, Texas. A system of windmills and solar panels powers the compound, and human body waste is used to generate methane, which serves as their cooking fuel.

Upgrade the safety of your door by replacing the striker plate in the door jamb with a heavy-duty brass variety that requires six screws - makes your door impossible to push in.

The Nanny State Updates…

World War Web

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trademark Agreement, ACTA, is sitting in the wings, as is the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, TPP. All these initials add up to one particular end goal, an internet-centric "anti-piracy" bill that raises concerns for both consumers' privacy and civil liberties.

Protest ACTA on February 11, 2012

Currently, 22 countries in Europe have signed ACTA, but the European Parliament has yet to pass it. Those opposed in Europe are asking for similar help as the SOPA and PIPA protests in hopes to have a similar outcome. On February 11, protests are being organized by Access, a self-proclaimed global movement for internet freedom in an attempt to show the EU that they must ultimately reject the ACTA.

More than the internet is at stake

The ACTA is not limited to the internet; in a scary twist, the crackdown would include generic drugs and a global standard on seed patents that would threaten local farmers and ultimately the food supply across the world, according to Forbes.

The Parting Thought – Better stock up on cat food

Will you and your family be eating cat food soon?

I still marvel at how my fellow citizens get excited over the coming election.  Why?

These politicians offer no solutions to the many problems we face.

The United States has recently passed a new milestone.  A week before Christmas we joined a club.  Our government debt now exceeds our GDP.  Few in the “lame-stream” press seemed to notice our 100%+ debt-to-GDP ratio puts us in the same league as many 3rd World countries and troubled nations such as Greece.

Despite the political BS taking place in the primaries, no one has addressed this issue.  Of course, this will probably mean a further downgrade of our credit status and force us to borrow even more money, at higher interest rates, effectively diluting even further your spending power.

It will get worse.  Consider that nearly 80-million more baby boomers will be lining up to collect Social Security from a fund which has already been robbed dry by Congress.  Is anyone in Washington doing anything about it?  No!

Regardless of who wins the November election, nothing will change the course of our nation, except perhaps the speed to which we will collapse.

The White House and Congress continually provide dishonest statistics and solutions to overwhelming financial problems.  The media continues to hammer past marital indiscretions of the candidates (Oh boy) with rarely a mention of our national dysfunction.

We, as a nation, are insolvent and the few solutions which are open to us are more than most politicians are willing to discuss. 

So, as inflation continues to blast your spending power, as more cities and states continue to cut services, as the tax man is gearing up to take more of your money, will you and your family be eating cat food soon?

“Until the next revolution”, the Poor Man

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1 comment:

MinimalistGroup said...

Friskies of Whiska? I'll prbably have to settle for Sam's brand!