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Top 10 Items You Need For Your Food Storage

When I started my food storage stockpile ten or so years ago, I made a list of the top ten food items I used almost every day in the kitchen. I was already making most of our food from scratch so I knew what I would need to stock up on.  I would carry this list to the store when I was getting groceries. If I saw a good deal or could afford a little extra, I would stock up on these things. After a while, I had a decent stockpile going that I could rotate through and keep adding to it. Now I have this list memorized and just naturally keep buying these things.  For anyone looking to start their food storage stockpile or to fill in the holes, I highly recommend making a list of what you use almost every day and every week. This might look different for you and that is good. Your food storage should reflect what you use and what you need! However, I believe these are the basics that everyone should have in their storage:  1. Flour. I buy all-purpose unbleached white flour, whol

Have I Always Been A Prepper Homesteader?

Have I always been a prepper homesteader? No. I have been a prepper homesteader for at least the last ten years and maybe longer. I have been wanting to be a homesteader for a lot longer than that. I would read and re-read the Little House on the Prairie books as a kid (and as an adult). I have always loved reading about early Iowa settlers and what they had to do to survive and thrive. I find their stories absolutely fascinating.  As for being a prepper, I found myself becoming one out of necessity. When my son was born eleven years ago, we were broke. My then husband was unemployed and having a personal crisis. I was working part-time and selling everything I could to make extra money. We were getting by on the grace of our parents. We also had three little girls at home needing food and shelter. Sure we had a roof over our heads, but we really struggled to keep the power on. We also had a lot of credit card debt to pay off. After we got back on our feet, I swore that wou

What This Prepper Buys: The $1 Dollar General Challenge

A few months ago, I wrote a post on What This Prepper Buys: A Trip To The Store With Me. I wanted to give you all an idea on what I purchase for my preps and my everyday life. Since I use my preps in my daily life, I buy a lot of things knowing I can and will use them in both.  Since then, I have had some requests to do more of these posts and maybe explain why I buy what I do. I can gladly indulge you by doing that!  I had a prepaid gift card that I needed to use up last month. It expired the end of November and could only be used at certain stores. I had taken some survey a few years back for what I don't remember. I do remember getting a $35 card for taking it. That is all I need to remember.  In the massive decluttering I have undertaken in my home, I have been cleaning out my desk and found this card in a little basket. I immediately saw the expiration date and thought I can't throw away free money! That is against everything I believe! Then I thought I would c

Once A Month Shopping Challenge: Month 2 Update & Month 3 Beginning

Month 2 Update: November started out with really great intentions. I was set up for the month with one grocery trip and two trips to other stores. I was hosting Thanksgiving and thought I knew how many people were coming.  Then two days before Thanksgiving hit. We made a trip to the store when I figured I did not have enough food (I was wrong, of course). We had more people coming along with bad weather and I started to panic a wee bit about having enough food. So I went to the store and spent another $50 I should not have spent.  If that was not bad enough, I went back the next day too! However, I am not sure I am counting that since it was Rob's food I was buying and being reimbursed for. He just couldn't make to the store after he got off work (he's a trucker). I also made a trip to Dollar General. I had a $30 gift card that I had earned a while ago for trying a product and taking a survey. It wasn't a specific card to Dollar General, but could only be spe

Want an Easier Life? Commit to Becoming Debt Free Now!

Life is what you make of it. I want a life away from worry and stress. I want a life that I can control within reason. I can't do that when I am stressing out and worrying. The single biggest thing that makes me worry and stress out? Debt. Debt can rule your life. It can make you a slave to your money instead making your money work for you. It can cause your to lose sleep, become anxious, and generally be cranky towards those you love (and not love). Debt can be the factor that breaks up marriages, drives a wedge between family relationships, and can even cause medical issues due to stress and anxiety. Who needs that? I don't and you don't either. Do I know what I am talking about? Oh yes. I still struggle with it even today. I was doing well, but our medical bills exceeded what I had set aside in my emergency fund and savings. Ouch. I have insurance, but with deductibles and out of pocket expenses I got socked a bit. I still have a student loan that I was planni

December 2015 Goals Update

I just realized that I didn't post an update for November which is indicative of how busy that time was! What have we been doing? Hauling lots and lots of things to the thrift store. Paige has been really cracking down on her room. Dane has been working on his room. I have just been going and going on the rest of the house! These goals have changed and evolved over the year. They will really change in the next few months, but I really hope to accomplish most of them in the next year. My priorities have just changed to cleaning the house of clutter. That needed to happen first.  The second is that we are looking at some big life changes in the next couple of months. I don't know if they will happen, but I am really hoping they do. I don't want to talk about them now, but I will when the time is right.  My Goals For 2015 1. Clean, de-clutter, paint, re-carpet, fix the ceiling and organize Paige's room. This room is an unorganized disaster that needs