Thursday, October 1, 2015

October 2015 Goals Update

Happy Fall everyone! I love this season too, but I don't like that winter is coming after it. It doesn't sound like we will be having a mild winter. 

As a family, we are in the middle of cross country/marching band season. If Paige isn't at one of those, she is at the other. She loves both and this season in life is temporary. Since I won't let her have a school permit yet, I am driving her everywhere. 

Dane hasn't started basketball yet, so we aren't running completely crazy!

The girls are loving college and trying to stay healthy. A lot of colds and an ear infection have been in their apartment!

My Goals For 2015

1. Clean, de-clutter, paint, re-carpet, fix ceiling,  and organize Paige's room. This room is an unorganized disaster that needs some serious help. Plus she is at that age where she is growing out of everything: clothes, toys, books, etc. 

We have not done a lot up there. She has decided on colors to paint her room. We hauled another box of unwanted stuff out of there, but there is just so much more since her sisters gifted her with more of their unwanted clothes. And Paige loves clothes! This is proving a challenge to get her down to a reasonable wardrobe. 

2. Clean, organize, paint, and re-carpet the office. This is where I work at home (most of the time). It doesn't work for me. It doesn't really work for anyone.

The office is ready to be painted when I get to it. I have almost everything unnecessary out of there. 

3. Purchase a hand gun and learn to use it well.

4. To blog much more consistently and to learn to use social media to my advantage. To me consistently is at least 3-5 times a week. That doesn't happen right now.

This blog has been growing and thank you to all of you for it! Thank you!!!!

I couldn't be happier with the growth and encouragement this blog gives me. I would still like to blog more during the week, but time constants and all that. 

5. To make a homemade gift for each birthday Christmas. I have lots of ideas that I am not using right now so this should be easy to do.

6. Add 1-2 beehives to the homestead. I would love, love, love to produce our own honey.

7. Lose 20 pounds over the year. Unbelievably, I love 20 pounds last year and would love to lose 20 more this year.

Well, the low carb diet plan is working for the most part. Since I made Jordan take the scale to college with her (I hate scales!), I have no idea what I weigh. Maybe next month, I will be able to tell you!

8. Finish six unfinished projects. I will introduce you all to my needlework pile in the future. You might not be laughing after you see it.

Still working on two of the needlework projects and the end is in site with both of them. I did get the wireless, motion-sensing light hung up over the garage walk-in door. I have been wanting that done for awhile. The driveway is lit up now when someone pulls in the driveway which makes me feel better. 

9. Live as frugally as possible by making more my own things and using what I have first before buying more. This really needs to happen this year and working up a realistic budget will be the first step.

Budget is still going, just getting tighter. Dang medical bills. I am trying to make some extra money by selling things so we can get them worked down. 

I am also trying not to buy anything extra or frivolous in October. A kind of no-spend month if I can do it. We shall see. 

10. Write a book or an e-book. Because I have always wanted to.

Definitely have the outline and some of the filler info ready for a book. Just need to commit time to it now!

11. Go to a self-reliance/preparedness expo and/or Mother Earth News Fair. I have never been to one and always say I want to go one and never do. This year is the year for this!

Probably not happening this year now. Unless one happens very soon and within a three hour driving distance. Next year!

12. Get a new-to-me double recliner and love seat for the living room. The ones I have have been blessing my home for at least 16-19 years and they blessed some one else's home before that. The kids have made sure they are worn out and broken down. I have fixed over and over again. Enough. Time for new to me stuff!

Haha! I have gone to a lot of garage sales this last month and nothing. Craigslist has also yielded nothing. I am just holding on to the thought of "Good things happen to those who wait!"

So that is it for this month. What is your goals for October?

Thanks for reading,

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

12 Must-Do Homesteading Tasks For The Fall

Fall has come and now it is time to get those projects done! Time to button up the homestead, secure the buildings, and make sure all the peoples and animals are going to be warm and safe for the winter.

This could be the time for panic or you can just simply do what you can do in the time that you have. I choose the second one. I know I have at least one good month left to do what I can. I might even get November if the weather holds out. 

This is the list of projects I like to get done in the fall around my homestead. I feel better about winter and can hunker down with a good book without feeling guilty. Doing these tasks also makes my spring even easier when I am ready to tackle the world again!

12 Must-Do Homesteading Tasks For The Fall

1. Clean out the dog kennel. I do regular maintenance daily, but every fall I like to clean out all the bedding in the indoor part of the kennel and put new bedding down for her. I usually use medium flake pine shavings and put a blanket or a dog bed over top of them. I also make sure the heat lamp is working in the dog kennel for the really cold nights. 

2. Clean up the garden. I like to do a final weeding, mulching, fertilizing, and tilling if I can before the ground freezes. I did not do this a couple of years and paid for it big time. I had lots of weeds and poor soil quality. Never again. 

3. Completely clean the chicken coop. I like to remove all the bedding, sweep the floor, clean out and scrub the nesting boxes, scrub the roost, clean the feed box, clean the waterer, make sure the heat lamp works, and have the heated waterer ready to go. Then I clean their enclosed outdoor area up and level it if it needs done. I dust the floor of their coop with barn lime to reduce the smell. Then I fill their coop and nesting boxes with the medium flake pine shavings again for the winter. 

4. Clean and organize the garage. My garden and outdoor tools, extra animal bedding, extra mulch, and whatnot are all stored in my garage. Usually by the beginning of fall, I have them all scattered around the yard and garage. It is time to put them away! My garage usually gets a good sweeping, trash gets taken out to the dumpster, and everything is put away so I can actually fit a vehicle into one of the stalls again. I hate scraping windshields!

5. Make sure all fuel needs are taken care of. I usually have a bit of firewood on hand for the outdoor fire pit (just in case), some charcoal on hand (just in case I need to use that grill), and all my propane cylinders are filled up again for the grill and my indoor/outdoor heater. I also make sure my gas cans are filled for any emergency car fill-ups or to run any equipment. If you can find unleaded gas (no ethanol), that is better because the gas lasts longer. Otherwise, use some Sta-bil with the gas to help it last longer. 

6. Service the summer equipment. Make sure the lawn mower is serviced for next year and the gas is emptied out of the mower. The same with the trimmer, the chain saw when done using it, the wood chipper, and whatever else you have. If you do plan on using some of this equipment during the winter, use Sta-bil to keep the gas fresh.

7. Clean up the yard. Get the sticks picked up and put into a pile for kindling. Rake the leaves and put on the garden for mulch. Tidy up around the yard, trimming anything that could become a problem. Now is a good time to trim up bushes for better growth next year. 

8. Weatherize the house and buildings. I put plastic on my north and west facing windows to keep the drafts to a minimum. I know people who put hay bales around the house to keep the basement warmer and keep pipes from freezing. Now is a good time to put new weather stripping around doors to keep the drafts out. Some people put tarps up on the north ends and ceilings of their chicken coop's outdoor areas to keep the wind down and to help keep the snow from piling up too badly.

9. Finish up any outdoor projects. Make sure the building are sound and safe for the animals, fixing any leaks or holes in the buildings. Make the house is good condition for the humans too! Take care of the unfinished projects started earlier this summer (I know about good intentions too!).

10. Put away all garden containers and outdoor equipment. I have buckets and planters outside. I try to have them put away in an outdoor building or out of the way before the snow flies. The cold and snow are hard on them. My big planters are in the way of the tractor when he scoops my driveway out (or I do). So I try to have everything put away for the winter. I also make sure all chairs and other summer items are put away too.

11. Protect new planting of bushes and trees. Sometimes it is good to cover your new bush planting to protect them from harsh winter conditions. I also find it good to wrap burlap around new trees so the deer do not think they are just a tasty mid-winter snack. Look up the grower's recommendations for your area and do the best you can. You already spent a lot of time and money on them!

12. Make sure outdoor water sources are protected or shut off. I have to shut off my outdoor water hydrants in the winter or the lines will freeze. I have a shut off valve in the house. After I shut them off, I drain the lines. If you are able to run yours all winter (lucky!), make sure them are protected from the harsh winter elements so you do not have any problems. 

What else do you like to get done around the homestead in the fall? 

Thanks for reading,

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

I Want to Prep, But I Can't!

Really? Why not?

As I mentioned before, I read a lot of prepping boards and comments on posts in various social media outlets. I see a lot of people say that they can't prep (or homestead) because of various excuses.

I really loathe excuses. 

You know what? You don't need anything more than ambition and gumption to prep and homestead. However, many people are scared to do so before they even get started. 

The reality of prepping has been warped by reality television shows that only show half of the reality. Beginning preppers watch these shows and think that is where they need to be. They think they need to have everything these preppers do NOW and they don't have the money for that. What many newbies don't realize is that preppers shown on television have been building their supplies up for years. 

In another scenario, they see what the top prepping bloggers have and talk about needing to be prepared. Newbie preppers become scared from the sheer amount of stuff and skills these people have. Again, they don't realize that these bloggers, including myself, have been working on prepping for few years. 

Some beginning preppers also see the money involved in some of the purchases that others make. They know they don't have that kind of money to spend on those things. Then they worry about not having what they need. They get confused, frustrated, and simply quit because they believe they will never have what they need.

That is simply not true. Want an example? I just bought an indoor non-electrical heater today. I had not really addressed the need to stay warm if we lost power in the winter because I didn't have the money to do so until now. What I bought is not the perfect solution either, but will see us through at least a week of no power if it needs to. 

I have been prepping for a least 8-10 years and had not taken care of this yet. Why?

Having the stuff you need to prep is great, but having the skills and learning adapt with what you already have is better. I have spent more time learning to homestead, garden, canning, and acquiring other skills so I could adapt. Skills are more important than stuff. Learning to adapt and make use of what you already have will better serve you in a crisis situation than having stuff.

And guess what? Learning skills rarely cost money. All you usually need is time and motivation to learn. We all have that if what we want to learn means enough to us. Staying alive and surviving means a lot to me so I learn and practice skills. I learn to adapt to different situations so I am comfortable doing so should the need arise.

Excuses are just words to justify laziness and self-pity. We don't need that. Learn to prep. 

Thanks for reading,

Monday, September 14, 2015

What Happens When The Computers Suddenly Don't Work Anymore?

Back in 2011, I wrote an article about being without a computer for three weeks because the computer died suddenly. I have been thinking more about that lately. So much has changed with computers and technology in general in the last four years.  

Our phones can do dang near anything we want them to. We have so much more social media options now. We now have notebooks and pads that function as mini computers. Four years ago, I had a Kindle that did nothing, but download books without graphics. Now Kindles are all that and more. 

The point is we all depend on computers and relevant technology way too much anymore.

Need proof? 

We "pin" every thing on Pinterest to remember it for later. 

We "google" almost every topic we could possibly interested in.

We look up videos on YouTube to find out how to do just about anything. 

We save links on Facebook to remember them for later reading or for super cool ideas.

We bookmark pages, posts, and anything else we might want to remember for later on the web.

We get updates by email that we can put into a folder and save for later. 

I am not saying these are not great tools to use and have because I am just as guilty as you all are. If you have managed to avoid these traps, kudos to you. However, most people have not which then begs the question:

What happens when the computers suddenly don't work anymore?

Step back and think about all the things you use in a day that requires a computer. That alone might scare you! Would your life as you know it be over with? 

I know mine would take a hit. 

Here is what you need in order to survive without technology:

Print off the materials you need. You found a great reference site on the net. You love that one blog post so full of great information. Awesome. Now hit print so you aren't lost without that information later. Better yet? Put that into a binder marked with the topic it pertains to so you can find it even easier later.

Start buying and using the reference you need to live without computers. Shop the thrift stores and garage sales to pick up cheap reference materials. Make a list before you go for the books you want. Keep an open mind though. Also check out Ebay and Amazon. They have a lot of used books for cheap prices. Read the books and make yourself a reference library. 

Start learning the skills you think you need to live a life without technology. Here is the thing. Having all those books are great. Reference materials are invaluable. However, you need to actually learn the skills that those books talk about. Do you have books on hunting? Great. Start learning how to hunt then. Get your hunting license and start aiming/shooting. 

Practice everyday living without computers. Put down the phones. Find something to do that doesn't involve having technology. Build a garden box and start a garden. Use a hand saw and trim some trees. Get use to some hard, satisfying work. Go for a walk and pay attention to the flora and fauna around you. You might need that information later.

Develop some hobbies that do not rely on technology. Some people are caught up in technology. Their phones are their hobby. That needs to change. Start reading those aforementioned books. Take up needlework and hand sewing. Practice whittling on sticks. Buy your kids toys that don't need technology to run them like blocks and Legos. Go camping. 

Learn to live without technology altogether. If we don't have computers anymore, we will lose a lot of other services too. Like almost single one. Make a plan to deal with loss of garbage, electricity, sewer, water, gas, and transportation services. Start to live a life without the need of those services. They might come back after awhile when they learn work without technology. 

What would you do without technology?

Thanks for reading,

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Don't You Want To Live Healthier Too?

Don’t you wish you had affordable short-cuts to make healthy living easier? Are you tired of trying to make a Whole Foods lifestyle work on a Trader Joe’s budget?

I get it. You want the best for your family. You want to raise healthy kids, have strong immune systems, be more fit and energetic, and be intentional about creating a natural home, but sometimes it just feels so hard.

There’s a lot to learn and the internet can be more than a little overwhelming at times.

I know what it’s like to feel that healthy living shouldn’t be this difficult, and it shouldn’t have to cost so much, either! Don’t you ever wish someone would just tell you exactly what you need to know and how to make these changes for less?

When you have the right info and tools at your fingertips, it all comes together so much more easily. You know what to cook for your family. You’re more confident in choosing natural alternatives. You can easily replace store-bought products with DIY options that really work. You feel better (and even look better, too). Healthy living becomes less stressful and more enjoyable.

That’s why Stephanie and her team have put together the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle for the fourth year in a row. Each year, they’re amazed at how many families are saying “yes!” to their health and taking them up on this super short opportunity to get a complete collection of natural-living resources for a crazy low price.

You sort of need to see it to believe it, but the package includes over 90 digital products on topics like natural remedies, essential oils, real food recipes, paleo & allergy-friendly eating, fitness & weight loss and much more. All together, it’s worth over $1900!

Plus, it comes with $225 worth of bonus products including:
  • ePantry – FREE hand soap + $8 credit on one shipment, FREE dish soap + $8 credit on the next shipment, AND 60-day VIP access with FREE shipping ($30 value)
  • Plant Therapy – Lemon, lavender and peppermint essential oil set ($22.92 value)
  • NaturOli – FREE travel essentials facial set: deep conditioning facial wash (1 oz.), new radiance facial creme (1 oz.), exfoliating walnut scrub (1 oz.) ($16.95 value)
  • Bloom Naturals – FREE SPOT treatment for acne & eczema OR a $15 gift certificate toward Bloom Naturals products ($15 value)
  • Lexie Naturals –  FREE natural care gift set: lip balm (.15 oz.), lotion tube (1 oz.) and trial-size deodorant (.35 oz.) ($15 value)
  • Perfect Supplements – $15 gift certificate toward any Perfect Brand product ($15 value)
  • Strawesome – $15 gift certificate toward the straws and accessories of your choice ($15 value)
  • TriLight Health – FREE 2-oz liquid herbal formula or $15 off larger bottles ($15 value)
  • Craftsy – 1 FREE online class ($44.99 value)
  • Once a Month Meals – $32 toward OAMM membership + a free mini menu ($35 value)
Besides being so incredibly helpful and inspiring, one of the things I like best about the bundle is the price. By offering the bundle for a short time only, they’re able to give you access to over $2000 worth of amazing products for a whopping 97% off!
Here’s how it works:
  1. Visit their website, take a quick look at all the goodness that comes in this package, then click “Get my copy now!” to go through their simple 3-step checkout process.
  2. You’ll receive an email with a login to their online access portal, where you’ll begin downloading your eBooks, signing up for your eCourses, and redeeming your free bonus products.
  3. Use their Getting Started Interactive Guides to pick the area you want to tackle first and start making healthy changes!
The most important detail, though, is that this bundle is available for just 6 days! After Monday night, September 14th, the sale ends and you’d have to buy all of these products individually.

I’d hate for you to miss out, so click HERE to learn more or buy the bundle.

It’s even backed by a full 30-day guarantee, so you can know for sure that it’s right for you.

No one should have to put off a healthier lifestyle because it costs too much or they can’t get the help they need. Our family has felt so much better by making changes to the way we eat, the products we use, and how we take care of ourselves. It’s made all the difference in the world and I want the same for you and your family.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Welcome to the 30 Days of Preparedness Giveaway!

Welcome to the 30 Days of Preparedness Giveaway!

September is National Preparedness Month and the Prepared Bloggers are bringing you an amazing giveaway sponsored by Valley Food Storage and various preparedness authors. These authors are authorities on topics from gardening and chickens to natural medicine and water storage, all to help you become prepared for what life brings your way. Enter for a chance to win one of 3 great prize bundles: Each bundle winner will receive:
  • 1- Year Round Gardening Udemy course by Rick Stone valued at $30.00. "Learn everything you need to know to extend your growing season to 365 days a year no matter where you live. Not only will you learn how to have peas in June and tomatoes in August, but you will also learn how to grow tasty veggies in your garden all year long. Including the dead of winter! All using simple, inexpensive structures like mini hoop houses and cold frames", from the Udemy website.
  • 1- How To Embrace An Off-Grid Lifestyle by Tammy Trayer eBook valued at $9.99. To date, this eBook is unpublished; if you win, you will be one of the first to receive it!
  • 1- The Trayer Wilderness Cookbook - Homesteading The Traditional Way by Tammy Trayer eBook valued at $5.99. "The cookbook is 72 pages of the Trayer family’s favorite recipes, tips and tricks in the kitchen as well as the use of essential oils in the kitchen. The cookbook included information on gluten-free and dairy-free cooking and Sun Oven cooking along with so much more", from Trayer Wilderness website.
  • 1- The Urban Chicken by Heather Harris eBook valued at $4.99. "With clear photos showing you step by step, you’ll have more confidence in raising chickens, knowing how to store your eggs, how to cut a whole bird and even how to can your chicken for long term, off grid storage. Learn what some of the different breeds of chickens are, and what we thought of them in terms of laying ability, friendliness and whether or not they could be used as dinner themselves (dual purpose or not)", from The Homesteading Hippy's website.
One bundle winner will receive all of the above items PLUS:
  • 1- The Survival Group Handbook by Charley Hogwood paperback valued at $17.99. From Amazon, "s the first and most comprehensive book ever written on the subject of survival with others. It is designed to walk you through all the steps required to safely and securely find, and work with other people just like you who realize that going it alone in a dark world is not an option."
  • 1- Prepper's Natural Medicine by Cat Ellis paperback valued at $15.95. From Amazon, "When disaster strikes, it will take more than food and water to keep your family alive. Prepper’s Natural Medicine empowers you with all the information needed to safely create your own medicines when a major disaster has rendered doctors, hospitals, and pharmacies unavailable. Using healing plants widely available and easily grown thorough out the US, expert prepper Cat Ellis explains how to craft renewable medicines from herbs, lichen, fungi, and other natural ingredients."
  • 1- Start Prepping! by Tim Young paperback valued at $14.95. From Amazon, "Start Prepping! is the ultimate guide to personal emergency preparedness. It will help your family comfortably survive manmade and natural disasters and stay safe from everyday violence. You can't hide from the risks we face, but you can prepare for them. Read Start Prepping! now and give yourself some peace of mind--because the day after disaster strikes, it'll be too late."
For a bundle total valued at $100! The next bundle winner will receive:
  • 1- Fresh Eggs Daily, Raising Happy, Healthy Chickens Naturally by Lisa Steele paperback valued at $20.00. From Timber Creek Farm website, "Beautiful gift book for you or a friend, packed with information on raising chickens from chicks to laying and beyond. This is a book every chicken owner should have in their library! Useful tips and recipes included."
  • 1- The Prepper's Water Survival Guide by Daisy Luther paperback valued at $14.95. From Amazon "You can survive up to three weeks without food, but only three days without water! When catastrophe strikes, having enough water can spell the difference between life and death. The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide offers a step-by-step plan with straightforward information you can easily follow."
  • 1- Chickens From Scratch by Janet Garmen paperback valued at $12.00. From Timber Creek Farm website, "In Chickens from Scratch you will learn how and where to purchase your chicks, how to house, feed and care for them and ultimately enjoy the delicious fresh eggs the chickens will provide for your family."
PLUS the four eBooks and Udemy course mentioned above for a grand bundle total valued at over $95! One grand prize winner will receive: 1- 72 hour kit provided by Valley Food Storage valued at $123.25. This 1 person kit includes everything you need for a grab and go bag or just a daily readiness kit. Whether a natural disaster hits or you just get lost on that mountain road, this 72 hr kit is perfect for the active adult. With a rugged backpack that can double as a hiking pack, you’ll always be able to take your preparedness with you. The 72 hour kit includes:
  • 1 x Backpack (colors vary)
  • 10 x Servings of Food
  • 1 x Gerber Blades Multi Tool
  • 2 x Emergency Light Sticks
  • 1 x Cooking Pot
  • 1 x Berkey Bottle Filter – Purifies up to 110 Gallons.
  • Survival Equipment
  • 1 x SOL Emergency Blanket, (56″x84″)
  • 1 x Fire Lite Fire Starter
  • 4 x Tinder Quick Firestarter
  • 1 x Slim Rescue Howler Whistle
  • 1 x Button Compass
  • 1 x Duct tape, (2″x26″)
  • 1 x SOL Survival Instructions
  • Medical Supplies
  • 2 x Antiseptic Towelette
  • 1 x Ibuprofen (200mg) 2/pkg.
  • 1 x Triple Antibiotic Ointment, 0.5g
  • 1 x Bandage, Adhesive, Fabric, Knuckle
  • 2 x Bandage, Adhesive, Fabric (1″x3″)
  • 1 x Safety Pins
Valley Food Storage offers a wide variety of high quality, great tasting, 25 year long shelf life foods, 72 hour emergency kits, water purification and water storage products. The long shelf life foods have no fillers, no unhealthy preservatives, no hydrogenated oils, no MSG and are nonGMO. This is what you would consider the "real food" of food storage, the ingredients are individually sourced for their quality. Gluten free, and dairy free menu options are available, they have a 100% satisfaction guarantee, and to top it off, they're a made in the USA company! Check them out here: Valley Food Storage Also included in the grand prize is:

For a total grand prize package valued at over $200!

This giveaway is open to US residents only and entrants must be 18 years or older to qualify. Giveaway runs from September 10th thru 30th. Winners will be chosen randomly, notified by email and given 24 hours to respond before another name is drawn. This giveaway is sponsored by Valley Food Storage and various preparedness authors and organized by Prepared Bloggers Network. Prize fulfillment is the responsibility of the sponsors and not the participating bloggers. Prize values are estimates only. Void where prohibited by law.

Please visit our 30 Days of Preparedness round robin!

Be sure to visit our sites and learn as much as you can about being prepared. We'll be using the hashtag #30DaysOfPrep for these and many other ideas throughout the month of September, so join in the conversation and make 2015 the year you become prepared.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

What This Prepper Buys - A Look At A Trip To The Store With Me

Many people ask me what I buy and I have addresses this in other posts. Besides being a huge fan of Amazon Prime Pantry and Amazon Subscribe and Save, I shop at dollar stores. I love dollar stores!

Where I live, I only have a Dollar General. If I know I will be driving by a Dollar Tree, I will stop there too. I love these places for filling in the holes in my preps as well as adding to them. This weekend, I stopped at both places with some cash I had saved up. 

 The first trip I took was to Dollar General. For $11.00, I was able to purchase:

4 cans of cream of chicken soup - $4.00
2 bags of yellow rice - $2.00
2 boxes of raisins - $2.00
1 box of Naproxen Sodium 50 ct. pills - $3.00

I don't consider Dollar General to be a true dollar store. However, I find better deals there then Kmart which is my other local option. Although, Kmart is starting to mark down their camping supplies this month. I got 4 - 40 ct. waterproof matches for $1.74 and a 3 pack of Sterno cans for $2.73. Not bad. 

The second trip I took was to Dollar Tree. For $26.00, I was able to purchase:

2 boxes of cereal
2 boxes of raisins
2 tubs of petroleum jelly
1 jar of minced garlic
1 all-purpose super glue
2 rolls of duct tape
1 roll of masking tape
1 roll of clear packaging tape
2 bars of soap for laundry detergent
2 lighters
1 eyeglass repair kit
3 cans of chicken noodle soup
1 hand soap refill package
1 bottle of body wash
2 boxes of lasagna noodles
2 boxes of resealable freezer bags

Everything cost $1.00 each.

As I said before, I shop to fill holes and to add to what I have. I ran out of raisins for I bought four more boxes of them. I bought a jar of minced garlic because I like having already minced garlic on hand when I need to cook quickly. Plus I think it will be a good thing to have on hand when you need to add flavor to a meal, but don't want to deal with having to clean a press when water is limited.

You will notice I picked up some processed food. Sometimes it is just a necessary evil. If the stuff hits the fan, I will appreciate having food on hand that I can feed to my kids quickly and easily. I do still prefer to make and can my own food. However, I see the wisdom in keeping a few cans of soup and some boxes of cereal on hand.

I realized I did not have any petroleum jelly so I got some of that to help with chapped lips, moisturizer, and use with first aid items. I always pick up all sorts of tape and lighters. I don't think anyone can have too many of them! I did not have an eyeglass repair kit and I have three daughters with glasses. I think this will good to have on hand too.

I know some of you will tell me you can get stuff cheaper at other places. I respect that because if I can get it cheaper too, I will. We do not have any scratch and dent stores or salvage stores near us. I wish we did. I hear about Sharp Shopper or other stores like that and almost get jealous! We also do not have a Sam's Club or Costco near us. The closest one is 1.5 hours away and I cannot justify the gas for that on a regular basis or getting a membership that I am not sure I would use regularly.

I will make a trip about once a month to Aldi's because I do a lot of my grocery shopping there. I drive by one on my way home from Rob's house and stop then. They have so much stuff at such a good cost! I will often buy a flat of cans or a case of noodles when I can there to take advantage of their prices and to add to my stockpile.

Altogether, I spent $37.00 for quite a few things. What you spend $37.00 on?

Thanks for reading,