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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Free Fish, Keep the Tow Truck Away, ID Theft Prevention

Poor Man Survival

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…


ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

"Nobody can give you freedom.
Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything.
If you're a man, you take it."

-- Malcolm X


   It’s been a tough month…my lawn tractor required a new battery and starter [and it still doesn’t always start] our microwave oven died and so did our only car!

It was a good card, I cannot really complain after nearly 10 years we’ve only had one major issue.  Now, it’s time to scrape up more cash to purchase another, and in all likelihood, we’ll forego the cabin expansion we were planning to go ahead with next month.  Speaking of cars, the following might prove useful to keep in mind.  After all, summer driving can be just as hard or harder on a vehicle.

It's dark. It's raining. It is miles from anywhere, and your car's stalled on the side of the road.  A few simple tips can prevent trouble…
• The Dashboard Lights - If you get a yellow or orange light on your dashboard, get your car serviced soon. Flashing or red lights? Pull over as soon as you can.
• Check your Spare - A flat tire doesn't have to be a huge hassle - if you have a jack, tire iron, and spare ready to go. Periodically check the air pressure on your spare tire so you'll know it's ready to go should you need it.
• Top it Off - If your car dies, check the gas tank before anything else. A gallon of gas is a lot cheaper than a tow. On the subject, keep at least a quarter-tank of gas in your car at all times. Running too close to "E" can damage your fuel pump.
• Know These Warning Signs - A weird odor in the air vents? Car pulling to the right? Grinding Gears? Headlights that dim when you idle? These can all be signs of problems that could leave you stranded. Get them checked right away.

Website Lists the Critical First Steps New One-Stop Resource for Identity Theft Victims [Ironically, it is the government mandated use of Social Security numbers which have caused the explosion of ID Theft]!

News about data breaches at banks, stores, and agencies is an everyday occurrence now. But if your private information has been compromised, it doesn’t feel commonplace to you.
The sooner you find out, and begin damage control, the better off you’ll be., a new website, offers step-by-step checklists of what to do right away, and what to do next, depending on the information that’s been stolen or exposed. It lists warning signs indicating your identity was stolen, and gives websites and phone numbers for organizations you’ll need to reach. And, it has sample letters for disputing fraudulent charges, correcting information in your credit reports, and getting business records relating to the theft.
Check out, bookmark it, and print out the checklists, as your first line of defense against identity theft.


We have a pond that we plan to stock soon, so I've been reading up on the subject. Unfortunately my state (Tennessee) doesn't offer free fish anymore, but there are still a handful of states that do. See if yours is one of them.
What can we learn about frugal living from those who lived through World War 2?
read more here

Burnt Non-Stick Pans

I recently burnt my coated frying pan when cooking. Since it's coated, I couldn't use any type of utensil to scrape it off. After unsuccessfully soaking it in dish detergent, I coated it in a baking soda and water paste. I let it soak overnight and that didn't work either.

So I finally decided to toss the pan if one last thing didn't work. I filled the frying pan with water. I put it on the stove burner on high and stayed right there. I actually watched it lift off some of the heavier burnt-on food. It took a few times as I emptied the pan and refilled it with water, but it worked. Every little bit of burnt-on food came off the frying pan. It's my favorite frying pan and I'm happy it survived. None of the coating came off and it's perfectly good to use.



Yours for a happy, healthy life!

Bruce, the Poor Man



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