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July 2013 - Posts

  • Dumpster Diving

    dumpster-CC-okayedReally? Who would go dumpster diving?  At one time, I might have turned up my nose at the thought of it... but after losing everything material that we'd worked for years, I have to say, I've a new found admiration for this humble and lost art.  It can be done without disgrace. 

    In this episode of Surviving on Shoestrings  I go over some of my favorite finds that would have been considered 'trash'. I've found things from a high-chair that served all of our kids (and later a stuffed teddy bear) to recycle bin diving to pack items for storage/moving/selling when we lost our home.  I also go through some do's and don'ts if you're new to the adventure that is dumpster diving!

    I hope you'll listen to the show because I tend to talk more from the heart when I speak and it's my desire to help others who may be struggling and barely getting by... it does get better...even if it's not financially much better...things do get better and you can have FUN in this process.

    I'd love to hear from you - please comment below.  I may read your comment as an update on an upcoming radio show!  Who knows who else YOU may encourage and inspire!

    Have you ever gone dumpster diving?  Was there something that drove you to this choice or did you simply have a light bulb go on in your head that it was a viable idea? Please share your story!

  • Controlling the Food Budget

    Maybe we're just weird or we eat differently than most people, but the food budget is one of the most controlable things our household. All it takes is a little focus and creativity. In this episode of Surviving on Shoestrings, I share my methods and strategies to tame the food cost beast.

    Methods such as: A Cost Book, sale buying with discount coupons, doing away with unhealthy food and convenience food,more affordable alternatives, gardening, harvesting and preserving, purchasing generic items, damaged or sell-by-date sales, delicatessens ends, consuming even more plant based meals,consuming more soups, one dish wonders and stir-fry, make dishes from scratch, re-purposing left-overs, make use of every little thing, frugal snacking makes sense, serving sizes, product comparison and exactly the best ways to begin bulk purchasing.

    We've had to stretch what we've had for so long - that I hope our lessons learned can help you too!

  • When financial struggles impact the kids

    Try as we may or hope as we like - it is a fact: Financial struggles impact the kids. The biggest problem is we may not know exactly in what way?  The outcome of the impact could be positive or negative - and only time will tell.

    I know that when our kids were very small, we were very poor. We really didn't realize just how poor until we found out our income was about 10% below the poverty line at the time.  We just lived as best we could and created a home on what we had.  Those financial struggles had a very positive impact on our kids as they grew. We went through a period of monetary stability and growth for a while even without them realizing a difference.

    On the contrary, when we again we faced even more difficult times during their pre-teen and teen years, we saw that some of our actions and some of how they reacted from our struggles as parents seemed to have a more negative affect on the kids.

    It's not all about the bottom line when you're struggling.... there is always a ripple effect.  Kids often get caught in the current that we create.

    It's so hard to get this heartfelt topic across and be transparent in writing - so I hope you'll listen to this radio show that aired last week and get a better feel for what can't quite be shared in a blog post.

    Humbly submitted in hopes it will help someone...


    About the author and show hostess:

    Donna Miller is blessed to be the wife of  28 years with the love of her life Joseph, the mother of three home-school graduates and has one daughter-in-law.

    She is the hostess of three radio shows:  “Surviving on Shoestrings” The Survival Mom Network, “Your Preparation Station” on the Preparedness Radio Network and “Encouragement in the Kitchen”.

    She and her husband are the Organizers of WNC Preparedness Group in Asheville, NC.  She is an Adjunct Instructor for Frontier Christian University. She teaches local classes & ladies retreats for people to learn hands-on lost skills. She has been a both guest and host on internet and broadcast radio talk-shows and in television interviews. She is a teacher, author, sought-after speaker and trainer.

    She and her husband are the owners of Millers Grain House and the Always Ready Store and are the founders of PREPARE Magazine.  Through each endeavor they hope to offer readiness and simple living tips to spread the message of preparedness through Faith, Family and Fun not fear.

    Get to know Donna a little more and pick up some more budget stretching tips by watching and subscribing to these video channels:

    Millers Grain House Video Archives - Real food and ideas on a real tight budget!

    Your Preparation Station - Bugging-in - our real life adventure while stretching funds!


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