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More Budget Healing Ideas During an Economic Recession

Posted Mar 03 2009 2:24pm

I realize that we are to think that there is no recession. There is only abundance. There is plenty to go around. Even so, there are many who are experiencing lay-offs from their job, losing their homes, and are having a difficult time keeping groceries on the table with costs climbing higher every day. I think the best thing for everyone to do is to prepare for the worst while hoping for the best.  I am making plans of my own to make sure that I will indeed have all that I need no matter what transpires on Wall Street and in the world. I think it’s wise to do so.  I am going to include some links to some very informative sites and articles that might prove helpful to you and might inspire you to do the same.

I have been planning a huge garden in my mind for a couple months now. I had a tiny garden last year, but the one I intend to plant this year should feed my children and children’s children also. I am going to plant blueberry, rasperry, and blackberry bushes too. Plus, I have already decided where I will plant 50 strawberry plants,and I have already purchased a 12 qt. canning pressure cooker because I have every intention of canning as much as I can to last until the next garden produces the following year.  Growing your own fruit and vegetables will save you many dollars, and that’s even if you only grow enough to eat throughout the growing season.   Click here to figure out the planting times in your area.  I have never used a canning pressure cooker, but I also found a neat site that gives precise cooking times for the different vegetables and fruits that I plan to can.

Woman cannot live on fruits and vegetables alone (or can she?), so I also intend to have a chicken coop to raise my own chickens. I look forward to never having to buy another egg again. Naturally, the first step to having a flock of chickens is making sure they have a place to roost and to lay eggs.  I don’t want to spend a lot of money in building one, so I have been searching the net for inexpensive ways to provide a home for the chickens. The chicken coop designs are endless. However, I came across a site that shows you how to make a tiny free house made from wood shipping pallets. If that peaks your interest, then check it out here.

Here’s a few more money saving ideas:

Try shopping at Dollar Tree for things like coffee creamer, over the counter cold remedies, Ibuprofren, misc. first aid items, dish detergent, toiletries, and the list goes on. I am sure you get the idea. Just make a list and stick to it when you go in the place, or you will walk out with all kinds of cutesy whimisical items that you never intended to purchase in the first place.

Decide now that you will never buy another article of clothing that is not on sale and marked down considerably.  Forget about brand names. You are not being paid to be a walking bill board advertisement for the company making the item, so why do it?  While you are at it, shop at Thrift or Second hand stores.

It goes without saying: Stop eating out so much! You don’t have time to cook? Break out the crockpot and dust it off. You can put your meal in before you go to work,and it will be ready and waiting when you walk in the door.

Color your own hair and paint your own nails. Yes, you can! Trust me, I do it all the time! :)

Turn off the light when you leave a room.

Keep the thermostat set at 70 degrees during the winter and put on a sweater and some socks.

Wash your clothes in cold water.

The list goes on in the comment section. Please share your budget healing ideas there….   




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