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Monday, October 25, 2010

Free Camping & Dutch Oven Recipes

We are all going to have to cook by campfire or by using a Dutch Oven sometime. I found a ton of recipes online for this. Great ideas, tips, and recipes for campfire cooking. There are a ton of free recipes online. Print them off and start cooking!!



Thursday, October 21, 2010

How You Can Benefit From Solar Cooking

Solar cooking may be well known for being environmentally friendly mainly because it doesn't use electricity, fossil fuel, charcoal, or wood, but it certainly has a lot more to offer.

One advantage of using this type of household cooking is that the solar ovens are easily portable, allowing you to carry them almost anywhere. You can carry use them in the yard, in the park during picnics, or on the beach while on road trip vacation.

Another benefit is the huge amount of time that you get to save from using solar ovens. You don't have to spend much time preparing, tending or even cleaning up the food after cooking. This is because solar ovens are designed to produce even temperature that keeps the food from burning or from being overcooked. As a result, you get to enjoy and eat perfectly and evenly thawed and cooked food.

You also use this cooking implement during power outages. Because it doesn't make use of electricity, you can still boil water and cook food even during power outages.

Moreover, solar cooking is one of the most inexhaustible and least polluting means of cooking food. This cooking method is advantageous both for people living in tropical countries and those in colder regions.

Most importantly, solar cooking doesn't emit harmful elements into the environment that can be harmful to human health. Because it doesn't make use of charcoal or wood, there are no harmful chemicals or gas released to the environment, reducing or even eliminating the risk of acquiring various lung diseases, such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, and lung cancer.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Does a Solar Battery Charger Actually Work?

A solar battery charger could soon as common as the cellular phone as technology continues to emerge in an effort to become a world that is more environmentally friendly.

How many times have you pulled out your cell phone or camera to use it and find that the battery or batteries are dead? It's frustrating, isn't it? A battery charger powered by the sun could be just what you need to keep that from happening again!

Why Choose a Solar Powered Battery Charger?

These gadgets are invaluable when it comes to powering up small appliances such as cellular phones, laptops, cameras, and more. What are the benefits?

* You'll have power readily available in remote locations where AC power is not available
* Solar battery chargers utilize renewable, clean energy - the sun's rays
* No need to return to the store yet again to purchase more batteries that will eventually need to be disposed of into the landfill and damage the environment
* An excellent and convenient way to go green and create less of an environmental footprint on the world
* Save money - on batteries, electricity, and gasoline
* Back up battery stores extra power even when not in use

Let's talk about why battery chargers powered by the sun are convenient to have no matter where you go. You could be in the city, the suburbs, or rural areas and a solar charger is going to provide power to your small appliance as long as the sun is shining. Many people have discovered that solar chargers can be invaluable in an emergency too.

We all know that children of today take along some sort of electrical gadget on vacation or trips to keep occupied, right? No matter what your destination, a solar battery charger can recharge an iPod, MP3 player, laptop, cell phone, or hand-held game after a long trip.

Do Solar Power Battery Chargers Really Work?

Yes, they do! Portable solar panels can provide even more power for larger appliances like cameras, laptops, and cellular phones. Smaller items like MP3 players and the like can usually charge pretty well with lower cost chargers. Higher priced solar chargers seem to receive the best customer reviews, especially when it comes to recharging cellular phones.

However, keep a few things in mind...

Obviously, if the sun is not shining, then using a solar charger is not going to work. The cost of a quality solar battery charger is $50-$250, depending on what it is you want to use it for and how much power you require.

Cellular phones require a lot more power than people think, so if you use your phone often and require it to be charged regularly, you may want to consider a universal hybrid solar charger. This type of solar charger can utilize both electric and the sun's energy.

Technology is gaining ground in the area of solar battery chargers, but there are still a few challenges with them. As long as you know and understand how they work, you may discover it's just the right fit for your going green lifestyle.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Ten Ways to Use Less Energy

Lowering your energy use at your residence will also minimize pollution (from burning fossil fuels) on a worldwide scale and save you money. Methods to save energy are simple to implement and, when carried out, go a very long way.

1. Turn down the Thermostat

An effortless solution that will save you cash and save energy is to turn down the heat. Lowering your heat in cold weather by just only two degrees can cut your energy bill by almost 10 percent. Acquire an automatic or programmable thermostat to make it simple to save on heating. Program it to turn down when you're absent from home or you are asleep, and to turn back up half an hour before you'll be up and about.

2. Disconnect Gizmos

Electronic gear and devices consume energy even when they are off. They've in fact been called energy suckers.

Americans waste $1 billion a year powering items like TVs and DVD players despite the fact that they're turned off.

Therefore, unplug your Television, stereo, PC, microwave, and additional devices when you're not using them. Make sure to disconnect your cell-phone and MP3 chargers as soon as they are charged.

3. Set Computers to Sleep and Hibernate

Enable the "sleep mode" feature on your computer, permitting it to consume less energy during durations of inactivity. In Windows, the power management settings are found on your control panel.

Set your PC to "hibernate" routinely after thirty minutes or so of inactivity. The "hibernate mode" turns the PC off in a method that doesn't require you to boot everything when you turn it back on. Allowing your PC to hibernate saves energy and is more time-efficient than shutting down and restarting your computer. After you're done for the day, shut down.

4. Clean Clothes Efficiently

90%, of the energy consumed in the washing of clothes goes to heat the water, so washing in cold is an easy way to cut energy use dramatically. Wash just complete loads. When drying, be certain to check the lint screen prior to each load and clean it afterward. Furthermore, if you wish to take efficiency a step further, suspend some or most items and let them air-dry instead of running them through the dryer.

5.Take shorter showers and don't have baths

Hot water heating is one of the major uses of energy in any home. Showers are the best way save on energy consumption. Baths use much more water and heat than do baths unless you also decide to take very long showers.

6. Eat a smaller amount of Meat

Meat production requires plenty more energy and resources than raising vegetables or grains. In actual fact, eighteen percent of human-caused greenhouse gases comes from the livestock business. You need not have to be a true vegetarian to make a change in this area. Attempt skipping meat just one day a week. If every American had one meat-free day a week, it would cut emissions as much as taking eight million automobiles off the roads.

7. Do not drive to car often or leave it completely

Automobiles devour half of the world's oil, and spew 25% of the world's greenhouse-gas emissions. Leaving your car at home even one day per week will save a lot of gas and reduce emissions. Attempt walking, cycling, carpooling, or taking the bus or subway. See if you can telecommute to work one day a week. Before you drive, be certain your tires are correctly inflated -- underinflated tires will cut your gas mileage by 5 percent.

8. Slash your flights.

Nothing else you do leads to so much climate change in such a short period of time

9. Try green living

Choose one small assignment you can perform in the house to cut back energy consumption. Substitute regular light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs. CFLs consume roughly 1/5 as much energy as normal bulbs, and last about twelve times longer. Install a low-flow shower head that can save on water heating and use. Lessen the temperature of your water heater to one hundred twenty degrees, and insulate the boiler.

10. Repair the drafts

In an average house, up to twenty percent of warmth is lost through drafts. To experiment an area, simply hold the palm of your hand up alongside a door or window. If you feel cold air coming through, warm air is escaping. This is easy to repair and can save you hundreds on your yearly heating bill. In addition, to cut overall home energy consumption, you can also use highly reflective materials to lower surface temperatures of your roof by up to one hundred degrees. Cool roof methods perform best on smaller buildings in sunnier environments.
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Monday, October 18, 2010

Homemade Cough & Cold Remedy

It is getting to be that time of year again where everyone in our house is sniffing and coughing and just plain miserable. I have decided that this year I will tryout some home remedies. I will share some of the recipes with my readers of this blog.

Here is the first one:

Ginger Tea

* 1 inch or so fresh ginger root, sliced thin or grated
* 1/2 a fresh lemon, sliced (peel & all)
* 1 clove garlic, mashed
* ~2 c water
* Very generous spoonful honey

Place water, ginger, lemon, & garlic in saucepan; bring to boil, then turn down heat and simmer gently for 20 min. Strain into mugs and add lots of honey. The tea will get stronger if you let it sit! Most invigorating!

The garlic adds a bit of bitterness, but the honey masks that. This tea is very soothing to the throat and warms and opens the chest and nasal passages. Plus there are a lot of those vitamins and other good things! Make this tea at the first sign of a cold. It is a lot more effective than the commercial hot lemon remedies, and of course cheaper!
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Alcohol Camping Stoves

Alcohol camping stoves are the perfect choice for the backpacker looking for a small, lightweight, easy-to-use and inexpensive stove.

The alcohol camping stoves are very simple, they have very little moving parts, no jets or orifices to clog and clean. Alcohol is a renewable resource and is a non-petroleum based product. If you have a spill in your backpack, it will evaporate quickly, leaving no tell-tale odor. It's the perfect "green" fuel.

Ok, let's look at the pros and cons for the alcohol camping stoves...


1. Simple - No Pumping, Pressurizing, Priming or Pre-lighting.
2. Fuel - Renewable, Evaporates quickly, Burns clean (no soot), Not oily or smelly.
3. Lightweight - Can weigh as little as a few ounces.
4. Reliable - They light first time every time, as long as you guard your match against the wind.
5. Safety - Fuel evaporates quickly and will not explode (non-inflammable).
6. Fuel Transport - Easy; can be carried in a plastic bottle. Do not use an untreated aluminum bottle. If you're not sure, don't use it. See the note at the bottom of the page.
7. Fuel Availability - Everywhere; can be found in drug stores to hardware stores.
8. Noise - Very quiet and generally cannot be heard. This can also be a con.


1. Noise - As I said above, being quiet can be a pro or a con. Pro in that it is quiet, but a Con because you sometimes cannot tell if you have a flame or not.
2. Flame - Alcohol burns clear (slightly bluish) and this makes it very difficult to see. Especially in the daylight.
3. Heat Output - Alcohol camping stoves put out about half of the heat per ounce other liquid fuel stoves produce, i.e. white gas, kerosene, Coleman style fuels, and butane or propane.
4. Group Size - A small group of 1 or 2, maybe 3, is best, because of the slower cooking time. This isn't really a con, but it is something to consider.
5. Cooking Time - Is slower because of the reduced heat output, but for 1 or 2 people it is just fine.
6. Safety - NEVER, NEVER fill the stove with more fuel while it is still burning or hot. This actually goes for ALL stove types.
7. Cold - Alcohol camping stoves are not very reliable in freezing weather. As the temperature drops, the evaporation rate of the alcohol drops. This makes them very hard to start. A work-around for this is to pre-heat the stove with a candle.
8. Durability - Since they are so small and lightweight, they can be fragile. They can be bent, crushed or destroyed easily without the proper care.

Do-It-Yourself (DIY): Alcohol camping stoves are perfect for the DIY crowd. The internet is full of instructions on how to make an alcohol camping stove.


1. Isopropyl - NOT Recommended. This can be purchased from any drug store, but it will always have too much water mixed with it. It's never just pure alcohol.
2. Denatured - This fuel comes mixed with other poisonous chemicals. Many times the label will say that it is suitable for marine stoves. I would go with that brand. Another way to tell if the denatured that you have will be any good, is to burn some of it in a metal dish and check for any residue left behind. Do not use it if there is any residue.
3. Grain - Alcohol works well, but can be expensive. Stay away from the colored grain alcohols and go for the clear such as the Everclear brand. Keep in mind that you brought it to use in the stove and not to keep your belly warm. P.S. This is the only fuel than can be consumed by humans. ALL the others are poisonous.
4. Methyl - Other names are methanol, wood alcohol, methyl hydrate, liquid fondue fuel, gasoline line antifreeze. This is a highly poisonous fuel. However, methanol evaporates faster than ethanol at all temperatures and you would have a better chance of starting your stove in cold weather. Store this fuel and the stove that uses it from your food and pots.
5. Gelled Alcohol - Such as Sterno, Canned Heat, Jelled Alcohol. This is good for keeping food warm, but not for cooking. Not enough heat output.
6. Diethylene Glycol - Extremely poisonous and is Not Recommended.

Types of Alcohol Camping Stoves

1. Open Flame - This is the simplest of all the alcohol camping stoves. It's basically an open shallow metal container that you pour the alcohol in and you light it. The pot is sitting on a wire frame above the stove. They are simple to build and operate, but are not the most efficient with the fuel to heat ratio. However, they are a very reliable stove.
2. Chimney or Updraft - This style of stove utilizes the updraft created by the heat of the fire, up a chimney, to the top of the stove and heating the pot. It mixes the air with the fuel at the bottom of the stove to get a better controlled flame at the top. The pot sits on a stand above the stove. It has a good heat output and is very reliable.
3. Low Pressure Side Burner - This utilizes the low pressure draft created like the Chimney stove, but the pot sits directly on the stove. Same stove as the Chimney stove, just a different way of using it. It has good heat output and does not need a pot stand.
4. Open Jet - This stove works by vaporizing the fuel and shooting it out little jets. The fuel is poured in through the top center; it is very lightweight and will simmer, but is only good for small pots. You will need to have a pot stand to keep the pot off the stove.
5. Hybrid Side Burner Jet - This is like the Open Jet, but the vents are on the side. The pot sits right on the stove top so a pot stand is not needed.
6. Pressurized Jet - This is like the Open Jet stove, but the center is closed allowing the fuel gasses to build up pressure. It burns hot and does not allow for simmering. You will need a pot stand for this stove.

Points to Consider

1. Consider making an alcohol camping stove for yourself.
2. Are you going to be doing a lot of extreme cold weather cooking?
3. Burner style - You do not have to settle for just one style. You can have a different style depending on weather conditions and/or altitude.
4. Boil time to fuel usage ratio - This ratio is how long does it take to boil 1L of water to how much fuel is used. This is very important when you are determining how much fuel to carry with you.
5. Flame control - Do you want to be able to simmer or not?
6. Size of group - Remember that 1-2 people are best per stove.

Note: Aluminum: "SIGG, one of the oldest and largest manufacturers of reusable aluminum bottles, actually lines their aluminum with an FDA approved coating that prevent toxins from leaching." According to Elizabeth Borelli of Nubius Organics.

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Slow and steady wins the race.......

We have been slowly getting our stockpile built back up!! This past year and a half was hard on us and our stockpile. But , I am so glad that we had one. When my husband was laid-off our stockpile was a life saver and was used!! So now I am getting it built back up. I am going to order some more cases of MREs also. We used all of ours. A teenager in the house thought that it was better to eat them all up, he said there was more variety and snacks. Which was true, but I had other food to eat and those were for a REAL emergency, like for if we had no power or something like that. Oh well, I will build that stockpile up again.
I planted a small garden this summer just to see how well things would grow here and have found out that stuff grows awesome - so next spring I will be planting a much bigger garden and with more items. I had a huge lot of cherry tomatoes and even now I am still getting some off of my plants!!

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Colony On Discovery Channel

Have you been watching the second season of The Colony ? I have missed it because we do not have cable, but I am getting to watch it online. That is what I am going to try and do most of today. I loved the first season. It was just great and I learned some stuff.

If you have been watching it , what are your thoughts on it?

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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Get An Emergency Generator To Protect Your Family

Having an emergency generator for back-up at your home or business is a sure way to protect yourself, your family, your property, and important equipment from disaster and damage. Without electricity, the world as most of us know it comes to a screeching halt. Your lights, computer and electronic equipment, heating system, water pump, and important appliances such as refrigerators no longer work.

When electrical power is knocked out by a winter storm and you find yourself with no back-up power, there is a lot at risk. You'll risk frozen pipes and possible water damage, spoiled freezer and refrigerator contents, no computer access. Also, you'll have no power for loved ones who may be sick and use special medical equipment which requires electricity. This winter, you should consider an emergency generator to keep life running as smoothly as possible when bad weather strikes.

When choosing an emergency generator, many people opt for the portable variety. They are small, easily stored and maneuvered, and convenient for relatively short periods of use. These generators run on fuels such as gasoline, natural gas, and diesel. Gasoline is the most practical option, as diesel fuel is mainly used for commercial-sized generators and natural gas is more costly. However, natural gas does burn cleaner and can be stored for a longer period of time.

When choosing the best gasoline-fueled generator, look for one that can be plugged into the house's electrical system. This is a safer model, but a transfer switch will need to be installed by a professional electrician. The installation of this switch is important because it allows the operation of appliances that do not have cords that plug in, such as a furnace or a hot water heater.

Choosing a portable generator with user-friendly features is also a plus. Who wants to deal with figuring out a complicated and difficult to use generator when life has already been complicated enough by such inclement weather? For example, a push start button is a better choice than a pull-rope starting feature.

A larger gas tank is also handy, as it will prevent you from needing to refill the generator so frequently. A five gallon gas tank will keep your generator running for 7-10 hours. A quiet motor is a necessity since most cities have a municipal requirement which does not allow noisy equipment to run continuously and disturb the neighbors.

Those who live in areas where winter weather is at its worst may choose to have an electrical contractor install a stationary, or stand-by generator at the home or workplace. This type of generator is the most dependable for long-term emergencies. The stationary generator provides continuous power because it is connected to an already existing fuel source, such as a gas line.

This option consists of either a simple push-button start-up, or an automatic start-up feature that enables the transfer switch to actually sense the power outage, isolate the designated emergency circuits from the grid, and then the machine is up and going. You do not have to be at home for this automatic function to work, and transfer time is usually only 10-30 seconds.

Permanent emergency generators also have higher power levels than their portable counterparts, ranging from about 5 kilowatts to hundreds of kilowatts in strength. While this version is more expensive and requires an electrician to install it, you will be increasing the value of your home by adding one.

Mister Sparky should be your first choice for a Clinton MD electrician. They provide upfront pricing and their service is 100% guaranteed. No electrical job too big or too small.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Are You Ready For a Disaster?

If you only had a few minutes to get out of your house for a disaster (such as a hurricane) would you be prepared for an emergency? Would you be able to grab your important papers and things you must have and be out of your house in minutes?

Do you know where all of your important papers are? Are they all in one central spot for quick and easy access in case of emergency?

Things such as:

* Drivers License (or other identification)
* Passport
* Birth Certificate
* Social Security Card
* House Insurance papers (or contact info)
* Life Insurance papers (or contact info)
* Marriage License
* Financial Info
* Money

What about some of your favorite possessions? Things that you can't replace, such as photo albums?

Since most people keep a lot of information on their computer or laptop, do you have backups and are they up to date and in a spot that you can easily access?

Do you know what you would take in an emergency? Have you ever thought about it?

I've never been in situation where my home had to be evacuated, though I have been in a hurricane with no place to go (a very frightening experience).

If you are evacuated from your home and your home is destroyed you will have to deal with a variety of issues, including insurance issues, where you will have to prove your identity. Can you?

In an emergency people tend to grab the strangest things. Not always the most practical things.

So think about what you would do in an emergency situation where you had to evacuate (especially if you live in high hurricane areas).

Prioritize your possessions and what you really need to get back on your feet.

Get yourself organized before disaster strikes. And then hope that you never have to put your plan into place.

It's better to be prepared for a disaster than to have to go through the trauma of dealing with things that you are unprepared to handle.

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

You CAN Keep Your House Clean With No Power!!!

You can keep your house clean even if you have no power. I just bought a sweeper to use. I have low pile carpet so it should work pretty good. Plus in the kitchen with the laminate floor.
Even without power you can find many ways to clean the house. I have some water bottles set aside to store water that I use JUST for cleaning. Collecting rain water, etc. I have a great stockpile of cleaning supplies and bleach can be a real life saver. Make sure you have Lysol , too for killing germs.

For laundry I have a hand crank little washing machine and a rapid washer for those bigger jobs, like jeans. I use clothesline also.
So if you are out of power for a short while or a long while - you can still keep your house clean and safe for your family.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Preparing Your Family in Case of Emergency

With the difficulties which many people in the world face on a regular basis, it would be a good practice to prepare one's family in case an emergency strikes. The world is full of perilous issues which confront people each and every day. The bad economy which has been rampant for some time has affected millions of people ether directly or indirectly and has caused many to search for home based businesses which may bring more problems if not successful.

Besides the bad economic times, natural disasters which bring immediate tragedy are striking throughout the planet. Manmade casualties which disrupt livelihoods suddenly occur without notice. There is war raging n the world bringing death to innocent people. Crime can hit anyone. These hard times may require family preparedness in order to survive.

There are a number of things anyone can do to prepare for future problems. Everyone will be faced with public or private problems. Although how a person looks at and handles the trials will differ, most people will have severe challenges in their lifetimes.

Material necessities such as shelter, food, and water may be taken for granted by much of society. People who live comfortable lives expect those things to be readily available. Those who live in poverty better understand that life is not easy nor is it fair. Being prepared is sage advice for anyone. Having an adequate reserve of cash and necessities on hand may be vital for survival.

Government and church groups have long advocated emergency preparedness for families and individuals. There may be no warning when a tragedy or disaster strikes a family or a community.

Emergency services may not be available at a moment's notice. Perhaps roads will be closed and areas become inaccessible. Emergency responders who are depended upon to be there when problems arise may not be able to get to people who need help.

There are ways to prepare families for personal hardships which may come.
• Practice an emergency escape plan in case of fire
• Have an emergency roadside kit in your home and car
• Have a three day emergency kit for each family member

Have food in it that the person likes and will eat

Include eating utensils (plastic cup, fork, etc.)

Personal sanitary and cleaning supplies

A change of clothes

Use a small backpack for each kit

Make sure each person knows where the kits are stored
• Keep enough gas in the car for emergencies
• Have Blankets and warm coats available
• Make sure everyone has access to emergency phone numbers
• Store enough food and water to sustain the family if needed

These measures and preparations may or may not be available or useful if an emergency comes, depending on the circumstances. Being prepared does give peace of mind even if a major disaster never strikes the family.

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Pleasant Truths of a Frugal Lifestyle

Our large family has been living on one income for years. Careful spending is necessary in our lifestyle. Many people equate a thrifty lifestyle with cheapness and deprivation. The pleasant truth is that stretching a dollar can be fun.

I spent some time considering a few of the myths attached to frugality. My frugal truths reveal that stretching a dollar is nothing to be ashamed of.

Frugality does not equal deprivation. We purchase many things that we want. We carefully consider purchases, and save our money until we can buy with cash. We appreciate the items we choose to buy.

Being thrifty is not the same thing as being cheap. A frugal option can actually cost more initially, but save a good deal of money over time. We purchase items of the best quality possible within our price range.

We do not eat beans every night for supper. We enjoy a variety of delicious home cooked meals made from basic ingredients. Beans are part of our menu, but so are many other foods either grown on our homestead or purchased at the best possible price.

Living on a budget is not boring. Our one income lifestyle is packed with adventure, creativity, and resourcefulness. It is a game, albeit a necessary one, to see how far the money can go.

A real joy of frugality is that resources are freed up for sharing, donating, and giving. Carefulness in spending can create a surplus in even the smallest budgets. Paying off debt and contributing to savings are also possible through thriftiness.

We aren't deterred by the work involved in our frugal lifestyle. Our methods can be time-consuming, but it is time joyfully spent. Cooking from scratch, using clothes lines, and doing repairs ourselves are more enjoyable than working overtime to pay for convenience foods and credit card bills.

Saving money and spending carefully may be considered a bit old-fashioned in our modern credit card world. But, we have found that living within our means is more important today than ever. Living well on a single income is possible, even with a large family. Whether lived by necessity or choice, frugality can be a lifestyle of joy.

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Monday, October 4, 2010

Saving on Family Grocery Shopping

Now in today's economic times, using less earned on anything is a plus. However, one must that is hard to cut back on is grocery shopping. Spending less on groceries takes practice and planning. One way to use less on groceries is to shop the specials for the necessary items. Going through sale promotions each month and obtaining the best sales possible will save you some money.

Using mail coupons is also very useful. Not many people have the ability to sit and cut out coupons and compare the item on the coupon to the item that they are purchasing. At times however, there are many good coupons that you can track that will save you quite a bit on your grocery bill.

Another great tip is to find things in bulk. While the initial purchase may be more expensive, the period of time before you need to buy those groceries again is longer. For example, purchasing a case of canned spaghetti may cost less than it would to purchase each can individually. Many times stores offer a quantity discount when you purchase in bulk.

Warehouse outlets sell many items in bulk such as canned goods, frozen goods, cereals, coffee and many other items. Buying in bulk in this manner will always be less expensive than purchasing the items individually or in smaller quantities. However, when considering a warehouse store, remember that there is usually a membership price that must be paid each year to get the lower price.

Wasting less on groceries can be done with planning and practice. Do not expect to get it right all the time, it takes time to change habits.

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Eating Frugally - Keeping These Items In The Cupboard Will Save You Dollars In The Kitchen

If you're like the majority of people, the first place you cut back to save money is in the kitchen. Eating frugally doesn't necessarily mean switching to beans and rice. It does mean eating smarter and planning for leaner times.

Tough economic times have forced so many people to give up their favorite past times like going to the movies every Friday or going to their favorite restaurant as often. Most non-essential items from the grocery list have been deleted like all the different varieties of cookies, chips and microwaveable snacks.

Keeping these items on hand will save you money and help you out in "a pinch."

1. Egg Replacer- it's powdered and mixes with water. Sometimes, when you have 3 eggs left you have to decide between breakfast and a snack for the kids, egg replacer will come in handy. Mix it with a little water and add it to your favorite recipe instead of eggs. Cakes and breads come out fluffier and lighter. A box will go a long way and that alone will save you money and trips to the grocery store for eggs, especially during the holiday season when the price of eggs goes sky-high. An added plus is that it's cruelty-free. It can be found in most grocery stores.

2. Bouillon Cubes- These little treasures come in so handy when there isn't much time or there's no chicken or beef for a soup on a cold winter's day. A jar is only a few dollars and they keep an exceptionally long time. They come in Beef, Chicken and Vegetable flavor. A bouillon cube is basically stock that's dehydrated into little cubes. Just add these cubes to a few cups of water, add a can or box of frozen mixed veggies and soup pasta (purchased on sale, of course) and you've got a little soup made in minutes. Add a can of your favorite beans or extra peas and you've got additional protein in your meal. Combined with a grilled cheese sandwich on the side, your kids will love it!

3. Baking Soda- Not just for the fridge anymore, you can use baking soda for so many things like

* brushing your teeth. Just put a little in the palm of your hand, wet your toothbrush and dab it in the baking soda making a little paste. You'll get white teeth and fresh breath.
* It can be used as a deodorant under your arms (not after shaving because it will burn).
* Use it for heartburn by mixing one-fourth teaspoon to one-fourth cup of water. Stir it well and drink it. It tastes salty but will clear up acid indigestion within 30 seconds.
* You can also add it to warm water and wash your floor with it as a safe, non-toxic alternative to harsh cleaners that aren't safe for your babies or pets.

4. White Vinegar-Surprisingly, you can use it to clean your pipes. Just pour baking soda down your drain and add the vinegar, which is inexpensive and can be bought by the gallon. It will cause the baking soda to bubble up and dislodge grunge from your pipes. It doesn't dissolve hair but soap scum and build-up will disappear. It's a safe alternative to liquid drain openers. If you use it quarterly, as the seasons change, your drains will flow freely and you won't have plumber bills.

Keep these items in your pantry or cupboards and you'll be eating frugally, saving dollars on your grocery bill and helping the planet. It's a win-win alternative to what you may be doing now.
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Kerosene Stoves

Top Ten Reasons to Use Kerosene Stoves

There are a lot of reasons to use these good stoves. Here is a list of some of the most important reasons to consider. What a lot of kind people do not realize is that, worldwide, the stoves and heaters are immensely popular. They are inexpensive to purchase and the fuel is so clean, from distillation, that it burns most efficiently. In the US, the most common reason to purchase kerosene stoves is for disaster preparedness cooking.

1- It is the most cost-effective way to cook your food storage. Kerosene is the most efficient fuel (more than 90% efficient).

2- It can heat your home, as well as, cook your food.

3- A new stove can cost less than $50.00.

4- It is more convenient to use than other options.

5- Japan uses kerosene as their #1 source of cooking and heating fuel.

6- The Amish know how to go off grid and kerosene is their primary source of fuel.

7- The fuel can be dyed with food coloring to make it look pretty.

8- The fuel is not flammable. It is actually classified as a combustible. That means it is a lot easier to store than other flammable fuels like gasoline.

9- The fuel supplier will bring it to your home.

10- The third world uses kerosene stoves and heaters as their primary fuel source.

Final Tip

On the first lighting, dry burn the wick right away and it will make your stove or heater last much longer.

For further information about kerosene stoves, please visit Kerosene Stoves or you may also wish to visit Kerosene Heaters

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