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Monday, December 15, 2014

10 Ways you are tricked into buying more

Poor Man Survival
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ISSN 2161-5543
A Digest of Urban Survival Resources
"Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so. "
- Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

10 Ways Companies Trick You Into Buying More
Visual and psychological tricks are among the techniques used by sellers to get you to buy their merchandise. Here are some of the things they do to loosen your purse-strings. In a separate story, this college professor suggests a new way to avoid impulse buying: be grateful for what you have. And he has the research to back up his claim!


Big Changes in the Fine Print of Health Insurance Plans

If you purchased health insurance last year from the health exchange, you better check the fine print of the 2015 policy. The little and not so little inconspicuous tweaks could cost you a fortune. Deductibles are increasing in one out of four plans, and the out of pocket maximum is going up for one-third of registrants. If you bought your plan from, you can use this tool that highlights the changes for you.

Which Brands of Batteries are Best?

Consumer Reports tested more than a dozen brands of AA batteries to find the longest lasting ones. Here are the winners. We recommend, however, that you buy rechargeable batteries that will save you a bundle over time. In particular, Consumer World recommends Eneloop rechargeables at Costco - 10 AA and 4 AAA, with a charger on sale for $23.99 for a short time (in-store only).

4 Lessons from the
Back to the Land Movement

Money and happiness are related simply because having money enables people to have more choices to live the life they desire. But, it can be inferred that having a high income and/or high net worth does not guarantee happiness, and conversely, having financial struggles does not necessarily create a life of unhappiness. Here are four ways to have more with less. Read more.

Here are a few other recipes to use for your holiday bash!

Don’t Bank on it:  The Unsafe World of 21st Century Banking
Some of you may already know that under current US law, you do not own your own bank account.  Your deposits are an ‘unsecured asset’ belonging to the bank…in other words, your deposit slip is merely an IOU.
Learn about this and how to protect yourself from 20 risks to our banks and savings with their FREE book.
Call 800-630-1498 to get your copy.

 Post Holiday Ideas to Feed Your Crew

A Dagwood (sandwich) is a tall, multi-layered sandwich made with a variety of meats, cheeses and condiments. It was named after Dagwood Bumstead, a central character in the comic strip Blondie, who is frequently illustrated making enormous sandwiches. According to Blondie scripter Dean Young, his father, Chic Young, began drawing the huge sandwiches in the comic strip during 1936.

I thought this might be a good idea to post during the holidays, after all, you won’t be eating caviar and clams casino chateau bria every day!

You can make this as big and/or thick as you want depending on the size of the bread slices. Cutting in 1/4's like a club sandwich and topping with an olive skewered by a toothpick is recommended…


Layout the 3 bread slices.
On first slice spread mayonnaise, layer cucumber slices, cheddar cheese, 1/2 of the lettuce, 1 tomato slice, ham and top with mustard.
Add second piece of bread on top.
Spread horseradish and relish.
Layer onion, second tomato slice, swiss cheese, second half of the lettuce and turkey.
Add third piece of bread (spread bottom with mayonnaise if desired).

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Yours in Freedom,
Bruce ‘the Poor Man’
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