Frugal Accomplishments ~ Week Ending 11 Mar 2018

Happy Monday, everyone! Time for another Frugal Accomplishments update. I have a fairly short list this week, but some of the things brought us a lot of happiness, so I’ll take ’em. 😉 If you’d like to pop by and see Brandy and her other readers for some more encouragement, you can find her post for the week here.

As for me and my house – last week we saved with the following: Continue reading

Frugal Accomplishments ~ Week Ending 25 Feb 2018:

We had a pretty full week – accomplished quite a bit and even did it frugally. I’m so sad that Brandy at The Prudent Homemaker might not have a post up this week, per her Facebook post about computer troubles, but I’m excited to share what we were able to do so I’ll keep on keepin’ on until she’s up and running again. Hopefully that is VERY soon!

Here’s how our week went – feel free to share your news in the comments too! Continue reading

December 2017 Goals

How did November go for you? Did you accomplish some of what you hoped to? You can see my November list here, with updates. Now, on to December! I’ve decided to shorten my list this month, so I’ve only put a couple of items in each category. It can be a bit discouraging to have a long list of things and only get a portion of them done; I’d much rather look back on each week and have the potential to ADD things that I did instead.

Sprout seeds
Sort & scan vital documents to USB drive
Write preparedness curriculum for kids’ 2nd semester (This started as a social studies unit study, because Continue reading

October 2017 Goals

Pantry & Preparedness:
Purchase two cases of bottled water for our emergency supplies (DONE 18 Oct 2017)
Scan vital documents to a USB drive for evacuation bag
Walk 1x weekly with evacuation bag & with dog wearing her panniers (thanks to this little lesson learned!)

Finish knitting donation hat (Frogged this project & gave away the yarn. It is just way too hard on my hands.)
Re-start my Tesla shawl (Cast on [again!] 11 Oct 2017)

Education & Personal Enrichment:
Finish first quarter of kids’ homeschooling (DONE 13 Oct 2017)
Read a book from my fall/winter reading list (DONE: Finished reading Ghost Fleet 8 Oct 2017; finished John Adams 10/26; finished The Water Knife 10/30)
Finish the “Great Utopian and Dystopian Works of Literature” lecture series I am watching on The Great Courses Plus (This is on hold for me; reading John Adams took up most of my free time in October!)
Complete at least one FEMA Independent Study course

Writing & Professional Development:
Catch up on my LinkedIn messages/connection requests (DONE 15 Oct 2017)
Transfer clips list to this site
Type up final draft of the article I’m working on, and submitted to planned site
Work on my non-fiction book, Prepare Anywhere

Index at least 10 batches/100 image files (DONE 8 Oct 2017)
Participate in Worldwide Indexing Event sponsored by (DONE 21 Oct 2017)
Scan irreplaceable family photos to USB drive

Health & Wellness:
Dental exam/cleaning appointments for children (EDIT: Now in November)
Make appointments with specialists for myself & one child per primary doctors’ referrals
Walk at least twice weekly (without evacuation pack)

What are your goals for October? I’d love to hear from you in the comments! If you’d like to see what I was able to mark off my September goal list, click here.

What I Wish Everyone Knew About Food Storage

“Keeping a pantry.”
“Provident living.”
“Building a stockpile.”
“Food storage.”
“Putting by.”

No matter what you call it, there are folks out there who are into having a supply on hand and those who just aren’t sold on the concept. These days we see magazines all over the newsstand marketing MREs (meals ready-to-eat) and buckets of freeze dried food to “preppers” and survivalists of every stripe. We can look back at shows like “Doomsday Preppers” and watch the crazy unfold, happy to know that we aren’t like those weirdos. Thanks to all the sensational gear marketing tactics out there encouraging us to “BUY ALL THE THINGS!!!”, it is really easy to fall into the idea that having a pantry is for paramilitary anarchists, old people who were children of the Great Depression, or coupon queens gone mad.

Here’s a little tip: it’s not true.

Popping by the grocery store on the way home from work every few days seems convenient, until it isn’t. When isn’t it, when the store is on the way anyway? It isn’t convenient when Continue reading