Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Water Storage Rack

I just found this super awesome water srorage idea. Just wanted share. Very cool.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Frugal Grocery Shopping Class

Christy was at the library today, and she saw that they are going to hold on class on Thursday, Feb 12th on Frugal Grocery shopping

Here is the info. she got from the library website:
Frugal Grocery Shopping
South Hill 7:00 PM
Event audience: Adult
Manage your food budget to help reduce your debt.

Learn time-saving tips and techniques for thrifty, tasty meals.

Beverly Pogue, professional organizer, shares practical ways to:

· Set a reasonable food budget.
· Track food expenditures.
· Reduce money spent on food.
· Make best use of the money saved.
This event is sponsored by Friends of the South Hill Library

Thanks for the heads up Christy.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Water barrels and Criagslist

I have been asked about this several times this week so here you go!!!!

Here are a few

#1 #2 #3

All three of these links from CL have 55 gal food grade drums available at the time I posted this.
Plus all three are local!!!, $20 or so and are FOOD GRADE!!! Some may not be ready to use when you get home. You may have to clean them. A good pressure wash or scrubbing and a bleach rinse and you are ready to fill up.

Here is great link on water storage.

Site of the week

I am going to start highlighting a site once a week. This weeks is..........drum roll.............

This is a great site to see the LDS Churches view of living providently. Several areas are highlighted here.

I hope you take the time to look around this site and I hope it helps you on your way to living providently!


Thanks Bishop Landoe for this important info

Apparently this is a standard procedure all paramedics follow at the scene of an accident when they come across your cell phone. ICE - 'In Case of Emergency'. We all carry our cellphones with names & numbers stored in its memory but nobody, other than ourselves, knows which of these numbers belong to our closest family or friends. If we were to be involved in an accident or were taken ill, the people attending us would have our mobile phone but wouldn't know who to call. Yes, there are hundreds of numbers stored but which one is the contact person in case of an emergency?
Hence this 'ICE' (In Case of Emergency) Campaign. The concept of 'ICE' is catching on quickly. It is a method of contact during emergency situations. As cell phones are carried by the majority of the population, all you need to do is store the number of a contact person or persons who should be contacted during emergency under the name 'ICE' ( In Case Of Emergency). The idea was thought up by a paramedic who found that when he went to the scenes of accidents, there were always mobile phones with patients,but they didn't know which number to call. He thought that it would be a good idea if there was a nationally recognized name for this. In an emergency situation, Emergency Service personnel and hospital Staff would be able to quickly contact the right person by simply dialing the number you have stored as 'ICE.'
For more than one contact name simply enter ICE, ICE2 and ICE3 etc. A great idea that will make a difference! Let's spread the concept of ICE by storing an ICE number in our cell phones today.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Food grade buckets

UpDAte............No more orders for now! Hope to catch you next time!

Dear Firgrove members,

We have a great opportunity being passed to us from the Eatonville Ward. Below are the details. Please Email me if you are interested.

This week we will be taking orders for the 4 gallon buckets . Cy Wong brings these food grade buckets down to us for $2.00 a piece. There will be no gas charge for these because he includes the gas cost in his fee. If you want any of the buckets, and they are great, we have used them, we must have an order for 300 of them for Cy to deliver. As soon as the order gets to 300 I will e-mail Cy and let him know that we have enough for him to deliver. Please let me know how many you want and make a check out to Cy Wong for $2.00 a piece. I won’t add your order until I have a check or cash for Cy for $2.00 a piece.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Suze Orman Book Free down load

I am sure some of you have heard of this incredible lady. Until Daphne called me I had not. Apparently she is giving away a free down load of her new book. From what I understand she is a debt reduction guru. Hey it free, so try it and see what works for you!

Here is the link

This is for a limited time so get a move on!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

How much food storage do you need?

Here is a great basic food storage calculator. It goes by the LDS guildlines and is super easy to use.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The Bargin Jargin

If you haven't checked out this blog yet you SO need to. Yes I have a link on the side bar. Yes I tell just about everyone I talk to about this blog. But I feel it needs it's own special high light.

I personally check this blog daily. I am so afraid of missing a great deal. Crazy I know! If you think it just groceries...look again. Christy knows how to get cloths, toys, date nights, and so much more for oh so very little! She has in store deals, online deals, and more. She generally features a food storage item of the week. Christy also breaks it down into a easy and accessible format that even I can use. LOL!! I need things simple. LOL!!!

She even has two AWESOME posts about budgeting! I so needed those! Here you go!

If you have used this blog to get an amazing deal, please share!

Time to think gardening?

I just ran across this little article. Thought I would share. Remember now is time to plan your garden NOT the day of planting.

Below is an article from Brother Ikerd about Edible Landscaping.

Edible Landscape Tip:
Ever thought “I live in an urban setting and don’t have space to grow vegetables, fruit and berries” Give some thought to incorporating food producing plants into your landscape? Add within an existing landscape or develop a plan to begin replacing some trees and shrubs with varieties that produce edible products: Take out that juniper and put in blueberries, replace a birch or maple with a fruit tree. Remove a flowering vine or add a vine of grapes or kiwi on an arbor or fence line. Strawberries work well as a ground cover as well as many herbs and leafy vegetables. Include tomatoes, broccoli or lettuce into an existing landscape if you don’t want a formal garden. Consider container gardening.

Nov – June is the time to plant fruit trees and berry bushes. First decide how much space you want to allocate to your site. Think outside the box. I use a fence line for strawberries, grapes and fruit trees and only use about 2’ of ground space along the fence. I figure a half of a fruit tree against a fence is better then no tree. Vertical gardening is a good option for confined spaces.

When considering fruit; use proven varieties that work well in your area. Select disease resistant varieties grown locally. Be careful buying from the big stores who often sell stock shipped in from other parts of the country, which have popular names, but don’t work well here. Study and ask questions locally or look up WSU Cooperative Extension info. WSU; Mt Vernon Research Station in WA has done extensive study on varieties that perform well in Western WA.

Another important fact to know about fruit trees is to study and understand the appropriate root stock that most trees are grafted onto these days. There is dwarf 4’-6’, semi dwarf 6’-10 or 8’-15’ depending on variety of tree and root stock and standard rootstock that allows the tree to grow to its natural genetic size, but with an improved under stock.

Buy from local reputable nurseries that label their trees with variety and rootstock. Some specialist in fruiting trees and shrubs are: (expect $15 – $30 range)

Hartman Nursery – (trees only) bare root availability Nov – March. 713- 21st Street SE, Puyallup, WA ph 253-848-1484

Burnt Ridge Nursery – trees and wide variety of nuts & fruiting plants; yr round but remember June is getting late for bare root plantings. 432 Burnt Ridge Rd. Onalaska,WA 98570 ph 360-985-2873
Raintree Nursery – trees and a wide variety of other plants. 391 Butts Road Morton, WA 98356 ph 360-496-6400

There are other good local general landscape nurseries like Gartenmeister on 160th that carry stock as well, but ask questions of any nursery prior to your purchase. Understand soil, sunlight, water, nutrient, and size requirements for each plant. Keep in mind 2 R’s - Right plant in the Right place! “Food for Thought”. Stephen Ikerd

Friday, January 2, 2009

Great Little Book

This book is a great place to start your preparedness journey.

It covers so much wonderful information. Sure it looks outdated but it IS NOT. It has the who, what, where,why. and how being prepared. Water storage, first aid, clothing, fuel & light, food & recipes, and it has all kinds of tips.

My wonderful Relief Society President gave me a copy. I thank her very very much! If you would like one of the cool little books let her know or shoot me an email or heck leave a comment below.

This would be a great tool for helping with those pesky New Year's resolutions. You know the ones like... This year I will get our year supply. Or..this year we will finally do our 72 hour kits.