Personal Budget Tips – How to Create a Crisis Budget

Whether we like it or not and whether we want to admit it or not, at some point in our lives, we all end up having a rough month or three. It is in those moments that we have to sit down and really get down to brass tacks about our personal budget. Those brass tacks budgets are … [Read more...]

How to Freeze Fresh Corn for Longterm Storage

Summer garden season is here which means two things; if you took the time to build a garden on a budget, you may have an overabundance of fresh sweet corn or if you don't have your own garden, you'll be able to find amazing deals on fresh sweet corn at the stores and farmers … [Read more...]

16 Canning Safety Tips You Should Know

Learning how to can food was something that had been on my bucket list for years before I actually did it. I'll be honest and tell you that the possibility of blowing up my kitchen was something that terrified me, but I wanted to be able to put up good quality, nutritious food … [Read more...]

My Super Secret Way to Save Money on Groceries

Groceries are super expensive and if you're paying attention, you know that they're only going up in cost. That's why one of my priorities is to find ways to save money on groceries that don't affect the quality of what we're eating or our health. Around our house, it isn't … [Read more...]

How to Figure Out Your Plant Hardiness Zone

If you've been learning how to plan a garden, you may be feeling overwhelmed. Planning a garden for the first time can be a daunting task and most people don't realize just how much work it actually can be. There is a lot of information that you need to gather before you even … [Read more...]

99 Emergency Preparedness Items To Store for When “Stuff” Hits the Fan

Being prepared for an emergency is, in my opinion, one of the most important things that a family can do. Yes, having a personal budget that works for you is needed. Yes, building wealth is important, but the plain truth is that if an emergency happens and you're unprepared, with … [Read more...]

Safe Home Canning – Is it Safe to Can Rice?

Not too long ago, I found myself in a discussion with a good friend of mine about home canned foods. Where I tend to stick to the regulations for the most part, she was a wild canner who canned anything and everything solely for the purpose of canning it. For the most part, I let … [Read more...]

Don’t Let the Unthinkable Catch You Off Guard with these Emergency Preparation Tips for Single Parents!

Being a single parent is hard. In fact, it is one of the hardest things I've ever done in my life. While I no longer am a single parent, I still remember and carry with me the fear that I felt when I was. It is a deep seated fear that most people - unless they are or have been a … [Read more...]

My Top Emergency Preparation, Homesteading and Simple Living Books for 2017

In my mind, there isn't much better than curling up with a good book, a warm blanket and a hot cup filled with my favorite hot chocolate recipe. A good book can soothe your soul in ways like nothing else can, take you to places you've never been and teach you a lesson in a way … [Read more...]

How to Can Carrots for Longterm Storage

With gardening season in full swing, it won't be too long before we're all looking for canning recipes. If you've canned foods before, you've probably got a good idea of how to can carrots, but if not, you might be lost. I remember the first year that I canned my own foods and … [Read more...]