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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Simplify, Shop Wisely, Spend Less, Get More

Poor Man Survival

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…



ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources


Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.
- Og Mandino



In the supermarket don’t assume bigger is cheaper.  Sometimes the largest size costs more per unit.  Always check per-unit price.  Bring a calculator along if it isn’t posted on the shelf.


   The cost of food continues to rise and slams many household budgets.  Aside from gardening and raising your own livestock or buying in bulk from local growers, shopping the supermarket can be a challenge. 


The loyalty card we use at Kroger brings us personalized coupons and saves on fuel costs as well and we always look at their markdown shelves.  We always have a list and coupons in hand prior to a supermarket visit.


If you are lucky enough to live in an area which has salvage markets, those that sell items which are damaged or overstocked, you can save up to 50%.  Ask around among neighbors and friends or use the internet by typing in ‘salvage grocers.’  Here’s a site you might visit:


If you have the space and/or a large family a membership with warehouse clubs such as Costco and Sam’s Club usually pay off for those who shop wisely and on a personal note…I ignore sell-by dates on such things as crackers and dry goods and canned goods.  Find more resources at:




Simplify, Shop Wisely and Spend Less

by Marianne Giullian


It is important to shop wisely. For years, I have been saving money on groceries. On average, I save 50 percent at the grocery store. In a month, I save almost as much money in food, clothing, etc. as I would make with a part-time job. By careful shopping, I can stay home with my kids instead of having a job outside of my home. However, shopping wisely does not mean that you need to buy the cheapest thing and give up quality and taste.


Saving money in the grocery store does not need to take hours of clipping coupons, etc. Buy what you need and don't spend unnecessary time buying things you wouldn't normally use just because they are on sale. The following suggestions can help to simplify our lives and help us to be happier and stay in our budget at the same time as we shop wisely.




Waste Currency
Brands accept waste as a payment for goods to reinforce positive perceptions
Implications - Consumers are becoming more aware of how their habits affect the environment, which a number of brands are taking in stride by accepting waste as a form of payment. This active push...


Keep produce fresher longer by stashing a clean, dry sponge at the bottom of your refrigerator vegetable bin…it will absorb moisture that makes good vegetables go bad.


Rely on Your Library
One of the first casualties of my family budget was expenditures on leisure and entertainment. In tough times, you have to limit your spending to things you need, and forego spending on things you may want to do or have. Fortunately, library services can help fill these voids.


Free Manuals to Downloads on Survival and Edible Plants



Workshop Money Savers
Living as I do on an 80-acre farm, it seems there's always something that needs fixing, adjusting, repairing, or maintaining. So when I'm not writing or sailing, I can usually be found in my workshop. And over the years, I've stumbled upon a number of workshop money savers.


The lowly sardine is a nutritional super-food.  They are loaded with vitamins and minerals and they are cheap, needs no refrigeration and keeps practically forever.


Find More DIY and Homemade ideas here:



 Will You Laugh or Cry at the Coming Food Price Spikes?


So far this summer, the drought that has decimated most of the fertile growing areas in California as well as 11 other states and has continued to scorch what crop land that remains.

The bad news is that there is no relief in sight. Most farmers are just plain giving up and are now refusing to plant as the losses mount up from previous years of farming in what has turned into a desert. In Fact, it's so bad that Tim Quinn, the executive director of the Association of California Water Agencies said...

 "There are places in California that if we don't do something about it, tens of thousands of people could turn on their water faucets and nothing would come out."

The result? As you might expect -
Food prices going through the roof while the average American's income stands still.

Here's the most important part of all this. To most Americans this is just another news story. But please listen up: This is the worst potential "food crisis our country has ever faced." Period.

Here's why:

During the last drought-induced food crisis which took place during the Dust Bowl days, folks knew how to hunker down, live on less and grow their own food.

That's not the case today. The average American today doesn't know how to live on less, let alone grow their own food.


Find the resources YOU WILL NEED here:




Yours in freedom,

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’


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escapeartist said...

Pressure on food prices, especially for dairy and beef, will continue hurting families. Kroger butter was $4 a pound today. Expect prices to shoot up even more because of sanctions imposed on Russia...thanks for your highly useful War on the Middle Class ebook. The most valuable tool I've seen in some time.

JAD said...

I just bought a second freezer and buy as much on sale as I can find and afford-thanks for your helpful information!