|DIY ornaments are easy and fun to make, plus they make great last minute gifts. Tutorial HERE.|
“As we have been continuously counseled for more than 60 years, let us have some food set aside that would sustain us for a time in case of need. But let us not panic nor go to extremes. Let us be prudent in every respect.”
“From President Thomas S. Monson, First Counselor, we hear: "Many more people could ride out the storm-tossed waves in their economic lives if they had their year's supply of food . . . and were debt-free. Today we find that many have followed this counsel in reverse: they have at least a year's supply of debt and are food-free."
“We call upon priesthood bearers to store sufficient so that you and your family can weather the vicissitudes of life.”
http://www.foodstoragemoms.com/2016/10/need-to-be-prepared-disaster/ - a short read.
http://www.foodstoragemoms.com/2016/10/15-ways-to-be-prepared-unexpected/ - work on being prepared.
http://theprudenthomemaker.com/blog?view=entry&id=88 I encourage you to read this, it doesn’t matter where you are.
How are you doing building your skills?? I have to tell you I have seen lots on frugality and skill building this last week and I can tell you it just makes me feel so good to see and hear these things. I am also so excited to see the younger people working on their skills too.
None of us get through this life without trials. It is up to us as to how we handle it, how we plan and prepare, and skills can make the difference as how we get through it and keep those who depend on us from having a harder time.
I have been checking out YouTube videos while I am trying to heal a tare in my tendon just below my right knee and boy does that hurt bad.
So one I watched this mother and daughter went out to pick carrots to can, it was nice to watch https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=homesteader+canning+carrots+you+tube&view=detail&mid=BB16CB200E388F490659BB16CB200E388F490659&FORM=VIRE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNrOlAsVn4E this is on making an apron out of sheets. I want you to notice her sewing machine. It is what a new treadle looks like. This woman is striving to have off-grid things. It is interesting to watch and the apron is so cute. I think her approach is a good idea. You might think what things you could do to be more self-reliant. I found this interesting.
With weather running amok it seems are we ready for such things, fires in the west, hurricanes, cyclones, tornadoes, earthquakes and soon winter storms will be here.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GByuvpwa5Dg what I want you to see is the few things she does and that is because she is always ready.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bARrivHM4CI - this is living on a dime.
part 2 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzI0UkyYT9k - there may be something useful to you.
http://www.frugal-living-tips.com/frugal-halloween.html - Halloween
Last minute/frugal gift ideas as things get more hectic for you...
These below are wonderful ideas for maybe stocking-stuffers... They are broken down by age groups.
As we approach this Christmas season don’t go into debt. If you think it would not be fair to the kids it is time for a family meeting. You could go to Dollar Tree and turn everyone loose, learn to have a fantastic Christmas and find new ways to make it fun.
If we cannot afford old family traditions then it's time to make fun new traditions. Pick an elderly couple or person or even just a lonely person or just someone having difficulties - pick them as a family to do fun things for. It could be pictures the kids have made with coloring, etc... you have fun planning as a family. Your kids will talk of this forever.
http://www.frugal-living-tips.com/frugal-christmas.html - frugal ideas
http://www.biblemoneymatters.com/100-frugal-creative-homemade-christmas-gifts/ you may find good ideas here.
You could do a search on frugal gift giving, the main thing is that you stay inside a budget.
Keep working at getting storage in, sales will be going on. Practice or learn your skills.