Build Your Home Food Storage Without Breaking the Bank

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

One of the best things you can do for the sake of your own self reliance is to build up your home food storage. Your home food storage can tide you over in the event of a financial setback, or be part of your efforts for emergency preparedness. So, what do you do for food storage?

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Save $15 on this Good Grips 5-Piece Airtight Food Storage Set!

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Save $15 on this Good Grips 10-Piece Airtight Food Storage Set today at Amazon! Save space, get organized and keep your dry foods fresh with OXO Good Grips POP Containers. The post Save $15 on this Good Grips 5-Piece Airtight Food Storage Set!

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Save $30 on this Good Grips 10-Piece Airtight Food Storage Set!

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Save $30 on this Good Grips 10-Piece Airtight Food Storage Set today at Amazon! Save space, get organized and keep your dry foods fresh with OXO Good Grips POP Containers. The post Save $30 on this Good Grips 10-Piece Airtight Food Storage Set!

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Day 2 of 31 Days to Slash Your Grocery Spending: Organize your kitchen pantry

Family Balance Sheet

Today is Day 2 of the challenge and we are going to clean and organize our food pantry. When your pantry is in chaos, food will be forgotten about and go uneaten, and you will end up buying duplicate ingredients. Face the food labels forward for easy viewing.

Tips for Keeping Your Stockpile Safe and Dry

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Every couponer’s dream is to have a stockpile of food, household essentials, and non-perishables stored safely in their home. And if you go a step further by canning, freeze drying, and jarring your own foods, it is vital that you have a safe place to keep everything. For instance, if you have a sunny extra bedroom you definitely don’t want to keep your cache of jarred and canned foods in there. The sun can make foods expire prematurely.

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Go Green This Halloween

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

We do put up decorations (ones I buy at garage sales or thrift stores and reuse each year). If your child (or you) just has to have that store bought costume with all the non-biodegradable materials (you know, that one that costs you at least $20), then after its typical one time use, just donate to your local charity or sell it at your next garage sale or online. Search the attic, the backs of the closets, the garage and see what inspiration presents.

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Ways to Make Do With What You Have

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Use up your food. No one likes second hand food, but if you fix it differently the second time around it can still be appetizing. With fresh food – buy only what you can eat before it goes bad. Store food properly to make it last as long as possible.

Interview with a Self-Made Millionaire

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

We shopped at garage sales, turned down the heat, combined errands to use less gas, didn’t buy a lot of prepared food, cooked at home and the like. We especially never put anything consumable (like gas, food, eating out, movies and etc) on a credit card.

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Canning CAN Be Cheap!

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Never try to use non-canning jars to preserve your food – doing so could lead to dangerous (invisible) bacteria growing in your food. Boiling water canning is suitable for high acid foods, such as tomatoes, jams, or pickles.

Growing up in the 1950?s

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

riding lawn mowers, garage door openers and many, many more things we take for granted today. Ours was smaller (about 700 square feet) – 2 bedrooms (my brother and I shared one and my parents the other), a kitchen and a living room, No basement or garage. Food/shopping.

Organize Your Home

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

We have accumulated a lot of stuff – lose screws, highly prized collectibles, everyday essentials, clothes that ‘might fit again someday’, tools, children’s artwork, food stuffs and more. Store food in the kitchen or as close to it as possible.

$0.75 Off ONE Sokenbicha Tea Coupon

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Sokenbicha is available at Whole Foods, Fresh Market, Bristol Farms, Pharmaca, New Leaf Markets, Plum Market, Wegmans, Earth Fare, Fairway Market, Hiller’s Markets and Gourmet Garage. Woohoo there’s a new $0.75 off ONE Sokenbicha Tea Coupon available!

The Advantages of Root Cellaring

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Since the 2008 recession, many people have rediscovered the savings, joys and health benefits of locally grown food – whether you have a backyard garden, participate in a community garden or shop at the local farmer’s market. Tips on food storage in root cellars.

Having a Hard Time Getting By? 3 Budget Leaks You May Be Experiencing.

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

How often do you find yourself purging your closets and cleaning out the garage, selling or donating things that you bought on a whim and never really used?

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Saturday Night Sweeps 4/16/16: Win A Vacation, $100 Gift Card & More

For the Mommas

Win a New Orleans Wine & Food Experience Vacation. Enter the Southwest Vacations New Orleans Sweepstakes for a chance to Win a New Orleans Wine & Food Experience Feast Trip for two. Win a Garage Makeover from Proslat & Barrett-Jackson.

Meet Amanda & Daniel. They Paid Off $68,000 in Debt in 8 Months.

Family Balance Sheet

We sold extra items that we weren’t using through Craigslist and garage sales. We ate at home a lot and watched our food budget carefully. We still allotted a lot of money for food, but we were careful not to go too far over budget.

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I'm Back.and What an Eventful Week I Had

Family Balance Sheet

As we started unloading our van, we noticed a really bad odor in our garage. It was two packs of chicken breasts that I put in the garage refrigerator and FORGOT about. I was too busy scrubbing the refrigerator to be upset about the food loss.

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Halloween Spending Through the Years

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Now decorations range from creating entire ‘haunted’ garages to carving scads of pumpkins from your trip to the local pumpkin farm (to which admission is charged, rides to spend on are available and of course food and drink consumes funds as well).

Four Easy Ways to Save on Basic Necessities

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

The American culture is wrought with excessive spending so it is no surprise that the typical household overspends on necessities such as food, gas, utilities, and phone usage. How to Save Money on Food. You cannot avoid spending money on food.

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How To Re-use Common Items

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Zip lock bags are routinely washed and used again for food (or other) storage. We don’t re-use for food if they contained toxic or very greasy items though. Plastic one gallon ice cream tubs (we love ice cream) make great containers to carry food to picnics or gatherings.

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Needs vs. Wants

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

It is food, so maybe a need. Two car garages. With the two income household came the need for more than one set of wheels and consequently the desire for multiple garages. It seems like a straightforward lesson to teach, right? You either need it or you don’t.

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Spring Cleaning Tasks to Get a Head Start On

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Even re-organizing the garage can leave you with a chill. To the same effect of cleaning out your closet, having less food will help make this job easier. It may seem hard to believe with the weather recently, but spring is on it’s way.

How to Save Money by Downsizing

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Next, figure out how many square feet you have allocated to storage, making sure you remember all closets, spare rooms, garage, basement and attic. I don’t know about you but I have a habit of always wanting and buying the biggest and the best.

2011 Harvest Report

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

I did have to move them into the garage with a grow light in order for them to ripen since it had started getting cold here, but the patience paid off because they are delicious. Boy does food taste better when you know where it comes from and you make it yourself.

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Increase Your Income | 31 Days to Find $1000

Family Balance Sheet

Starting a direct selling business, like Thirty-One or Tastefully Simple, isn’t for everyone, but I have friends who have been very successful selling things like jewelry and food. Do you have an extra bedroom or is there an unused room above your garage?

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How Little Could You Spend on Your Child in a Year?

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Many of the other items I needed like cloth diapers and clothes for the baby in bigger sizes I bought from garage sales. In my children’s first few years of life, food was the biggest expense.

How to Prepare For A Hurricane | Emergency Checklist

For the Mommas

Get an Emergency Supply Kit , which includes items like non-perishable food, water, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, extra flashlights and batteries. Reinforce your garage doors; if wind enters a garage, it can cause dangerous and expensive structural damage.

What Makes a Saver?

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

If you don’t have enough money to put food on the table, you are going to do something about it. As a young mom, I saved like mad – going to garage sales, thrift stores and accepting hand me downs on toys and clothing. If we truly be either saver or spender, what makes us one or the other? Are we predestined from birth to be one or the other as at least one study proposes? Or is it our earliest environments that mold us to be one or the other?

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Super Saver Holiday Ideas

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Plan ahead and hit garage sales, but especially estate sales. If you are providing all of the food, plan your menu to take advantage of less expensive and seasonal foods – and don’t over serve. Heaven knows, not many of us lack for food or sustenance!

7 Steps to an Organized Pantry | Kitchen Economics

Family Balance Sheet

We don't have a pantry closet, so I use several cupboards in my kitchen for food storage and some shelves in my garage for any overflow. When my cupboards are in disarray, I wind up with duplicates, out of date food, and wasted time. Sort food items by category, such as baking items, breakfast, canned goods, coffee/tea, condiments, pasta/rice, snacks, etc. Place your foods near the spot where they are used. Face the food labels forward for easy viewing.

5 Ways to Go Green and Save Money at the Same Time

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

You no longer have to go to garage sales and flea markets to pick up these items. You can save a lot of money buying organic items at food co-ops and farmers markets. Wouldn’t it be great if you could have a positive impact on the world around you and save some money at the same time?

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Take Control of Your Money in 2015

Family Balance Sheet

How to Set and Keep Goals to Make This the Best Year Ever | Jen @ Girl in Garage. Food Street: How a Community Has Joined Forces to Start a Street Farm | Sam Walker @ Bubble ‘N Squeak. New year. Fresh start. Lots of possibilities and many opportunities.

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Why Did I Buy That!

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

All those yummy food commercials use all kinds of methods to make the food look salivatingly good – from glued on seeds on the hamburger buns to soda loaded with antacid to make it bubbly. Last week I visited a garage sale. This is a biggie while you are on vacation (you won’t get back this way, buy it now) or at a sale event (such as a garage sale or estate sale or auction).

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Stuff – Full Circle

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

We especially need essential stuff, like food, water, shelter, heat, clothing, defensive and offensive protection. Some get stuff from stores, the less financially favored head for thrift stores, garage sales, Mom’s house or the trash pickup routes. Maybe you put it at the curb, hoping someone will take it and use it – or you sell it at a garage sale or some other used stuff venue.

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10 Reasons You’re Broke

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

You go weekend e-baying, garage-saling or to the flea markets. Put some money aside for savings and food. If you always have more month than cash and never seem to get ahead or even to even, it’s time to look at some reasons you may be broke.

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Bee Stung Butts, Freeze Dried Diapers and Other Hilarious Happenings of Poverty

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Today a poor person in America probably has access to electricity, telephones, food, indoor plumbing, central heat and public transportation. I ended up freeze drying them in the garage! Do you ever have days where everything seems to go wrong and you are deep down in the dumps?

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Am I Frugal – or Cheap?

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Of course there are certain things I haven’t attempted – putting on a new roof (although my spouse did this); cleaning out the septic tank; installing automatic garage door openers; or installing windows and new doors. Endanger my heath with sub standard food, drugs or doctors. Sometimes I wonder about myself. All my life I’ve been careful with money, most of the time through necessity, but now just through habit.

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Explore Harrisburg PA This Summer

Family Balance Sheet

Walk along the river and peruse the artists'' booths, choose from a wide variety of food vendors and enjoy live music throughout the three days. There is no admission charge, but you might have to pay to park at a nearby parking garage.

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Live Green and Get More Green in Your Wallet

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Renting out your garage or backyard for RV or classic car owners could bring in $25 to $150 per month, depending on the space you allocate.

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6 Ways an i-Phone Can Save You Money

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Use this app to locate deals on food, clothes, and entertainment. With PrimoSpot you can enter the address of the place you are planning to go and have it search for on-street parking, garage parking, and bike racks.

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The One Most Important Thing You Need to Get Rich

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Keeping your standard of living the same while income increases to generate extra saving potential (such as eating at home instead of in restaurants or fast food joints each week). Buying personal finance books at garage sales and reading them one after another to make sure you have a basis of knowledge on money management. What do you think it takes to get rich? Some would say luck – as in winning a lottery. Others might point out the importance of a good education.

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Greatest Stores Coupon and Deals

Teresa's Deals

Save on products ranging from cooling & heating, electronics & navigation, tools, fluids & garage and brakes, steering & suspension. Promo exclusions apply (to Bundles, Custom, Electronics, Food & Beverage, Gift Boxes, Gift Cards, Voucher and Telescopes). Wise Food Coupons: 5% Off. Save on survival food and emergency food storage at during their current promo.

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What Do You Do With Your Freebies? My Freebie Bowl

Saving Everyday

One for pet products, one for food and one for cleaning/laundry supplies. I am weird about keeping things in the garage and prefer to keep my stockpile indoors. I receive a lot of questions about how I store my stockpile and free samples.