Monday, March 27, 2017
"Many more people could ride out the storm-tossed waves in their economic lives if they had their year’s supply of food and clothing 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" (Thomas S. Monson, "That Noble Gift—Love at Home," Church News, 12 May 2001, 7).
If you read this statement, and read it thoughtfully, it is sad. So if we are in the second half of this quote, we need to work hard to be in the first part. To do this we must work together at it. It will mean a lifestyle change.
Well a person might say well how are we to get food storage if the money is going on debt?
I have the answer - work to pay the smallest debt off then use that money with all the money you put on the next highest debt and keep going up and that helps pay off debt. Then you still have groceries you get every month. Use the grocery money wisely. Cook from scratch - this saves lots. And shop the flyers and good deals at the store. This should save enough to get a few extra items like extra jar of peanut butter and some packages of jello, things like that.
Now you will probably say you need all your grocery money but I will give you what I have been doing. I pick an area that we are short or an item that lasts long is very frugal. So this last time I got groceries (I get groceries by the month, I get $85 a month and I really need to make the pennies squeal as I stretch them), I decided to have my one storage thing be a 25lb bag of rice. It was almost nine dollars so we are eating some favorite meals but they just happen to all be frugal so I could do this one item for storage.
I was gifted a Sam’s card so I only get things that I deem are an item we can get. Last time it was yeast, several bags for the freezer. The time before that was two cans of shortening. I think you see how this can be done. It is very hard to have only that amount for groceries but I will tell you paying tithing always makes the money go further.
I wanted to talk about money strains on marriage. Tight times are hard for everyone, kids too but they adapt. Mom and dad you must remember a loss of income is not your spouse's fault so do not play the blame game, don’t keep shortcomings on a grocery list, and never hit each other it is not okay. Instead, work together. Build a plan of attack together on how to tackle the problem and don’t mope about it. I promise that will make you feel bad and your spouse will feel worse...no one wins.
Remember, you walk this life together so together work the plan. Don’t dismiss ideas till you’ve heard them. We always tease it takes both of us to be one person. What one doesn’t think of, the other one does...
No matter how poor you are (and I know poor) there are always things to laugh together about. Love to be with each other. This life is short, you don’t want to spend it fighting.
Life has setbacks. It happens to everyone. Sooner or later it can tear apart a marriage or it can draw you closer together. Be the together family. Build each other up constantly. We grew up when the tv shows at the time was to tear down your spouse. I always hated those cutting remarks even though they were meant to be funny. I never felt a real marriage should have place for those.
Laugh together, live together, and love together. Let the kids see mom and dad kiss. Our daughter was playing next door when the mom and dad kissed and kids made some comment like eeeewwww and they asked our daughter, don’t your parents kiss? She said all the time.
Back to storage... I can’t always get a big item as my one storage item so then I get peanut butter.
Because I have storage I will say part of my list goes to replacing like flour, for instance. Remember to date and label, then rotate or I will tell you will waste food.
Write me any questions you have. I would be happy to answer email@example.com I will get the answer if I don’t know it.
http://www.foodstoragemoms.com/2017/03/diy-dollar-store-first-aid-kit-buckets/ - I thought this was a good idea too.
Did you know if you take a green onion - I keep two in a jelly jar with enough water - you will have an ever green onion greens?
I also keep sour dough going all the time in the refrigerator.
There are many ideas you could do to save in the kitchen.
http://tipnut.com/frugal-kitchen/ - many here.
http://momitforward.com/frugal-living-in-the-kitchen/ - some here too.
http://www.frugalmom.net/blog/category/in-the-kitchen/ - there are several pages worth reading.
None of us are too old to learn.
Make your own mixes for convenience.
Monday, March 20, 2017
"Let us be in a position so we are able to not only feed ourselves through home production and storage, but others as well" (Ezra Taft Benson, in Conference Report, Oct. 1980, 48; or Ensign, Nov. 1980, 34).
I think all too often we forget it is not only ourselves but others too that we are working hard for.
I think we are ever increasing in need all around we can see it everywhere.
It is not enough to store, we need to know how to use it too.
We live now when we are ever increasingly busy. We are told we deserve a break today then another and another, before you realize it you are out of control feeling you NEED to eat out every night.
Then you get busier and busier, it is like a hamster on a wheel. Try to find the way off that wheel, do one thing at a time. Identify why you are busy. Kids at home make us busy being the family taxi. There are tons of reasons so stop and ponder these things. Why? And how can you stop being that busy?
If you continue that busy your health will suffer. I know you think naaah. Yes, I know you think it won’t happen to you but yes not today, maybe not tomorrow but your body is keeping track. Then there is eating out. It is bad for the parents but it is very bad for the kids. They are finding heart disease in younger kids now where they haven’t before found it in those age groups. So eating out is not a break at all. Then there is the drain on our budgets. Yep, this is a bad story all the way around.
I am six days short of being sick for two months on top of having fibromyalgia. Needless to say, it has been a rough time. This is two years in a row my flu shot wore off and flu germs got me so I have had lots of time to think what can I do to better help ourselves if this happens again, as it has been very hard to feel good enough to fix meals and try to keep up. So this has been my challenge. My husband as well got sick, so it was hard. While it has been a struggle, I push on. Take things like this into account when putting in your storage.
https://newleafwellness.biz/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Make-Ahead-Crockpot-Meals-Recipes-Grocery-List1.pdf I put this link in for us to consider the recipes that we make it. Could we use some of our recipes in this fashion to have in our freezers?
http://fullthymestudent.com/15-tips-on-how-to-do-grocery-shopping-on-a-budget/ - some helpful tips.
The less trips to the store will be better on your budget.
As someone who gets groceries once a month, I will tell you I must put in planning list and menus to accomplish this. Yes, it is work to do but it saves me time and money.
http://www.thefrugalgirl.com/2011/03/how-i-make-my-grocery-list/ - this is like how I do mine.
It takes me a bit to organize this, oh but the time I save is worth it.
http://www.gracefullittlehoneybee.com/30-easy-ways-reduce-household-expenses/ keep trying to be frugal.
There are many reasons why people have tight times.
http://frugalmeasures.blogspot.com/search?q=live+on+less lots of helpful sites.
http://frugalmeasures.blogspot.com/2015/11/monday-message.html there are more here.
I will say this again, there are reasons for having tight times and if you are having tight times, you are not alone and should feel not less because you are not! You have value.
We must be careful that we do not judge for we do not know what less fortunate people are having to go through. We must also feel blessed and be thankful for what we have and also be aware that things can change in a blink of an eye - okay today not so tomorrow.
Remember to help and have compassion. I think having been sick so long gives me the insight on what would be most helpful to others who are sick. Remember, to love and help one another, the needs are greater then ever all around us.
Do the best you can.
Monday, March 13, 2017
"As long as I can remember, we have been taught to prepare for the future and to obtain a year’s supply of necessities. . . . I believe the time to disregard this counsel is over. With the events in the world today, it must be considered with all seriousness. . . . Create a plan if you don't already have one, or update your present plan . . . We are not in a situation that requires panic buying, but we do need to be careful in purchasing and rotating the storage that we're putting away." (L. Tom Perry, in Conference Report, Oct. 1995, 47; or Ensign, Nov. 1995, 36).
It is ever easy to put things off as long as can be done but this way of doing things will go bad to worse. Kind of like, I don’t have to get gas ......till..... one drop above E. Still, I will do it later and then in the middle of nowhere you run out of gas, making a bad for you situation. And makes it harder to get gas, right? If you had planned and prepared you would be better off.
Don’t do it all at once, just do it as you go.
http://homeftw.com/61-essential-skills-for-homemakers-how-many-of-these-can-you-do/ this is helpful in skills.
http://iowasue.blogspot.com/ this is one of my favorite sites, great recipes can be found here.
http://www.mennonitegirlscancook.ca/p/recipe-index.html love this one too, look under yeast then look for the platz recipe, this is a favorite of ours.
http://www.mennonitegirlscancook.ca/2010/02/buns-and-platz.html just in case you could not find it. I have used just any bread dough and it works fine, just follow the rest of the directions for platz.
I think if you need recipes that taste like grandma made or are just needing basic ones that don’t call for too many ingredients, these two sites will fit the bill.
I think you will find them budget helping as well.
Do the platz and let me know how your family liked them.
How are you doing on getting the basics to help with home storage? Even if you cannot get the equipment yet you can be learning how to can or dehydrate, vacuum seal, grind wheat, etc.
Even though we can’t do things now we can prepare while we wait.
As some are aware, I have been very sick with the viral flu yet again, just like last year. And yes, I got the flu shots which normally work great but not these last two years. Yes, my immune system is not good as I have fibromyalgia.
So what I have been doing while sick... I am learning how to make a different faster heel when making socks.
Studying how to weave dish towels, things that I can’t do at this time as too sick. That way I learn while I am recuperating in short time frames, but it is something I can do while I wait.
So don’t wait to learn. Don’t wait to stock up.
Some will say - if only I had a home then I would be happy, if only I had this .?. I would be happy. If you are always looking, you are never finding happiness.
So don’t let life pass you by. Be actively engaged. Do what you can with what you have and be happy.
http://www.livingonadime.com/mending-sewing-clothes/ - this is a very good for your budget thing to do, also teach your children and you will help their budgets too.
http://www2.ca.uky.edu/hes/fcs/factshts/CT-MMB-147.PDF this is the best on this topic.
I find that mending, like dishes, are harder if you let them go so keep both up and you will thank me later.
Keep working on your storage. A little here, a little there, it adds up no matter your income.
Do the best you can.
Monday, March 6, 2017
|Scroll down for a link to the recipe for our favorite chocolate cake!
(Ezra Taft Benson, October 1973)
“The revelation to store food may be as essential to our temporal salvation today as boarding the ark was to the people in the days of Noah.”
Many disregarded the warning when Noah heeded, why did they do that??
Was it not popular?
Was it too much work?
Did they think it wasn't gonna happen?
Did they not have time?
Were they too busy? With what?
Were they gonna get to it... eventually?
We receive many heedings or warnings - stop lights come to mind, tornado warnings, blizzard warnings, flood warnings, these all have watches as well. In Noah’s day they must have had things too, not all high tech like we have. And we know they had Prophets who warned the people of that day of things that were to come and to get their acts together. President Benson was a Prophet that was who the quote is from. We have had many Prophets that have warned us, including president Monson, our current Prophet.
What are you doing? Are you heeding the warnings or do you just ignore that part and pick what you want? Even though you see people losing their jobs? When you hear that on the news, do you think how hard it must be for them and their families? Do you ever think what if it was you?
We all have the choice to pay attention or not, it is up to you.
http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-start-a-food-storage-on-138765 - how to store food
http://www.family-survival-planning.com/grocery-budget.html - one method
https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=how+to+get+food+storage+when+budget+is+tight&qpvt=how+to+get+food+storage+when+budget+is+tight&FORM=VDRE - these are some videos for getting storage in tight times.
https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=how+to+get+food+storage+when+budget+is+tight&qpvt=how+to+get+food+storage+when+budget+is+tight&FORM=VDREhttp://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2010/07/08/top-10-tips-for-emergency-preparedness-on-a-budget/ - ideas
http://funcheaporfree.com/2013/04/thriftyfoodstorage/ - More ideas
http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2009/01/26/small-spaces-storage-solutions-results/ - storage in small spaces
http://thesurvivalmom.com/pantry-ideas-small-spaces/ - shelf ideas
https://womensconference.ce.byu.edu/sites/womensconference.ce.byu.edu/files/11c_2.pdf - good read
http://providentlivingisfun.blogspot.com/ - recipes
http://providentlivingandme.blogspot.com/2011/06/wendy-dewitt-food-storage-presentation.html - click on the video clips, this method is a good way to start or boost you to get actively engaged in your storage.
http://providentlivingandme.blogspot.com/2011/06/recipe-homemade-baking-mix-like.html - make your own baking mix.
http://providentlivingandme.blogspot.com/2011/06/cracker-recipes.html - crackers
http://frugalmeasures.blogspot.com/2013/09/monday-message_9.html - our favorite chocolate cake.
Keep pushing on.