27 Must Have Canning Supplies for Beginners Learning How to Can Food

Canning has become one of my favorite things to do to save money on food. Aside from the savings, I love the fact that I can provide healthy, shelf stable foods for my family when times are rough or we're in the middle of an emergency. Plus, once you are bit by the canning bug, … [Read more...]

Corn Cob Jelly Recipe – Simple Small Batch Canning Recipes

If you've been a Six Dollar Family reader for any length of time, you'll probably have already figured out that I hate waste; especially food waste. We are such as wasteful society that I feel like we would all have lives with a much higher quality of life and more money in our … [Read more...]

How to Can Food {Home Canning Basics 101}

Back in 2012, I suddenly found myself with more than 70 lbs of chicken that I needed to find a way to preserve. I had gone looking for new ways to save money on food and boy, did I hit the jackpot! What I hadn't considered though was that we lived in a tiny apartment with only a … [Read more...]

How to Can Carrots for Long Term Storage

Do you can your own foods? Canning seems to be an art-form that died off for a while, but recently, it appears to be going through a resurgence. Learning how to can your own foods can be intimidating and frankly, down right scary when you first begin. There's a lot of reasons for … [Read more...]

Hurricane Preparedness Tips to Keep Your Family Safe

Warmer weather can often bring with it strong spring and summer storms that can do massive amounts of damage before they move out of the area. Heat and humidity in the air can make even the smallest thunderstorm explode suddenly into a powerful force that can not be reckoned with … [Read more...]

Emergency Preparation: 6 Ways to Prepare for Summer Storms {Before they happen!}

Here in Texas, summer storms happen whether you are ready or not, especially these last couple of years and when there's a big one; it usually makes national news. We can get hit pretty hard with not only thunderstorms during the summer, but also flash flooding, tornadoes and … [Read more...]

Emergency Preparation – Homemade Emergency Candles from Orange Peels

Storm season is upon us which means that learning how to prepare for summer storms is one of the most important things you could do for your emergency preparation right now. If you do any sort of emergency preparation for your family, you'll know how important it is to have good … [Read more...]

Why We Spent 10 Days Fishing for Food {Cost Breakdown Per Meal}

As a child, I loved to go fishing with my Dad. He had friends who owned a small, creek-fed pond so once or twice a month, we would head out to that pond and toss our lines in the water. I can still remember how as a child, the ditch that we had to cross to get to the pond seemed … [Read more...]

Emergency Preparedness – How to Use Mylar Bags for Long Term Food Storage

If you have been working on building a stockpile for emergency preparedness (or to save money), you may be finding yourself faced with how to keep things such as rice and pasta for long term storage. The answer to your question is simple; mylar bags. When used properly, mylar … [Read more...]

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...]