Survival Thriftiness Part 2 Episode 108

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This week we have part 2 of our Survival Thriftiness series. We start out this week with a few ways to save money while traveling.

Mike talks about folding bikes to get around. They pack up small and can get you around town. To save money on hotels I mention couch surfing. Many people are willing to let you crash on their couch.  To me the least important part of traveling is where I sleep.  To this I also will find rest stops near my destination and just sleep in my car.

Mike begins the discussion on paper over plastic. Why you can save tons of money by using cash over a debit or credit card. You can see the money going away and will hesitate spending it more than with cards.

To add to using cash I mention the envelope system. It is a way to save money while ensuring bills are paid. I heard about it from some tiny housers. I used it to help save for my tiny house and to pay off my debt. I found a link to explain it much better. I will be implementing it soon and will follow up.

Have some money saving tips? Share them in the comments below. Let us know how you are saving cash and getting deals.

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Folding Bikes

Couch Surfing

Rest Areas Map

Envelope System

Coupon Mom

Topics

  • Travel
  • Paper vs plastic
  • Reuse
  • Buying used

 

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Survival Thriftiness Part 1 Episode 107

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This week Mike and I discuss Survival Thriftiness. This is the first part in a two part series. In today’s podcast we talk about how to save money in the following categories. Reducing Bills, Food and Household goods.  As usual we got long winded and ran long.

A good method that we both have used is to call a service provider and haggle with them to lower your bill. If they can’t lower it you can often get incentives to stay. If they still can’t do anything for you many of their competitors will offer you a lower bill to switch. Loyalty is only good in friends and family.

We talk about buying food only when it is marked down. Making often expensive meats very affordable. I have found that local stores tend to have the best mark downs. The large box stores have pitiful price reductions. The same goes for produce. One local store often has expensive salad mixes marked down below a dollar.

When it comes to household cleaners making your own can save you a ton.

We talk about all that and much more.

 

Links

Making your own Laundry Detergent

Coupon Mom

Topics

  • Reducing Bills
  • Food
  • House

 

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Discount On The SurvivalPunk Army

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Happy Christmas Eve. I hope your day was more successful than mine. I spent all day driving around Nashville to find a traditional British  Christmas pudding for my mom. My Grandmother was from England so my mother grew up eating them.

 

You might be saying James you are a great cook why not make one. I actually suck when it come to baking. Maybe it’s the fact I hate measuring. It I had thought about it I would have ordered one from Amazon. I just have always prefered to go buy things from people.

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Black Friday 2015 Deals

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This Black Friday 2015 post is going to be a bit different. Instead of being a static post, not changing, It will be updated throughout the day. I’m going to add in some of the Black Friday 2015 deals I come across. Adding more as I find them. You can either comment or email me (James@survivalpunk.com) and I’ll update the post. The deals will all be in my general wheelhouse. Meaning they will be Survival, tactical, paleo type deals.

 

With that said let’s get down to the deals. That’s why you’re here right. Unless noted. None of these are affiliate links. I will not make money sending you there. I just want to share what I find

These Deals will be in no particular order.

Black Friday 2015 Deals

 

Paleo Bars Black Friday 2015

Paleo Bars

 

First up is Julian Bakery. I have heard great things about Julian Products. They have not sent me any for review though. I have tried their paleo bread. It was pretty darn tasty.

 All Paleo Protein Bars® On Sale From $2.49/bar (normally $3.33)

All Bars Ship Free!

 

The North Face Has free shipping on all orders and Some (decent for them) deals. The North Face Black Friday 2015

 

Biolite Black Friday 2015

Biolite Black Friday 2015

BioLite the energy generating stove has 20% off all items in the shop and free shipping on all orders over $75. Use code HOLIDAY.

Emergency Essentials Black Friday 2015

Emergency Essentials Black Friday 2015

Emergency Essentials Has a crap ton of great deals for Black friday 2015.

 

Kelty Black Friday 2015

Kelty Black Friday 2015

Kelty has some great deals. A $25 sleeping bag sounds like a winner to me.

 

Ready Made Resources has gone insane. This is what they are doing.

BLACK FRIDAY Get Ready Now, Specials.

Instead of the normal 15 dimes we give for every $100 in Mountain House Purchased, for this sale only; we will give you 17 pre-1965 dimes. Great for saving or barter. Just mention the number 17 in the comments section during check out.

READY MADE RESOURCES 20 YEARS IN BUSINESS, WITH A WALK IN STORE IN EASTERN TENNESSEE. 

WE WILL PRICE MATCH ANYONE. NO NEED TO PAY MORE

HAVE A SAFE AND BLESSED HOLIDAY. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dave Aspery from Bulletproof exec is having some great deals on his products. Upgraded coffee cheap? Heck yes.

 

Coconu Black Friday 2015

Coconu Black Friday 2015

 

Coconu the organic coconut based personal lubricant. Which makes great tinder is up to 40% off.

 

goTenna is doing $25 off a pair. This is a neat addition to your communications preps.

 

Thrive Market the massive online membership food market that has great organic choices is having amazing deals.

 

So the only place I bought anything from (so far) is Powdercity. I got some great smart drugs at amazing prices. The new products will be talked about on upcoming podcasts. So far I’m loving adrafinil btw.

 

I’m Going to Run a Black Friday 2015 sale of The Survival Punk Army. Half Off every single membership, until renewal. That’s $2.50 a month, $7.50 for 3 months, $15 f0r 6 months and $25 for one year. This is the biggest sale I’ve ever had. Simply choose which one you want and use code BLACKFRIDAY

 

Trek light Hammocks are 30% off. Get this deal!

The last one for now is for RIBZ packs. Use discount code   HAAST  for %40 off.

 

 

That’s all for now. I’ll update as the day goes on. Enjoy!

 

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Sewing to Save While Times Are Tough

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No matter which country, state, or city you live in, many may be experiencing hard economic times. Experts report that things are expected to get worse before they get better. With many struggling to put food on the family tables or clothes on their backs, they are putting more thought into how they can still enjoy their hobbies without spending their life savings. If sewing or crafting is your hobby and you find that fabric and notions are quite expensive, here are a few tips and pointers that will ease the burden on the pocketbook.

1. Recycle. Before throwing out clothes that are too small, showing signs of wear, or aren’t the latest style, think about how you can repurpose the item. Zippers, buttons, and elastic can all be used again and may be just the perfect match for future endeavors.

2. Use up what you have. Most people who sew have accumulated fabrics over time through bargains, coupons, or the fabric that you just couldn’t live without. Dig through your stash and revive those fabrics, patterns, and pattern books that have been accumulating dust and use this opportunity to be creative.

3. Take advantage of bargains and coupons from sewing centers and websites to purchase patterns and designs that you have been eyeing for months. Check the clearance corners for phenomenal deals on fabrics and other items. Thrift stores, garage sales and exchanging with friends can turn up fabulous sewing finds. However, thread is something that you will want to pass on at garage sales or thrift stores, as thread weakens over time and will not produce quality stitches.

4. Freebies. Free items are always the best! The internet is a treasure trove of free patterns and tutorials. You just need to be willing to hunt and search for them. Pinterest is the latest and greatest site to find ideas, patterns, tutorials and numerous other visions.

5. Used sewing machines are a great way to get started. You don’t need a machine that costs more than your car until you see if you enjoy the hobby and are creative and capable to follow-through and finish projects. You may lose interest which also means your investment is lost. The more simple the machine, the less to break or go wrong. And simple machines can last for many years.

6. Do your own alterations. Simple alterations can make ready-to-wear clothing fit much better by adding simple darts and seams to blouses, dresses, and pants. Hemming pants or making simple dresses can be very beneficial to a budget. Introducing the craft of sewing at a young age can also be advantageous because there is less intimidation of a sewing machine and a sense of accomplishment when your project is complete boosts self-esteem.

7. Be resourceful. Thrift stores are phenomenal sources for fabric. For instance, menswear has become a huge trend in home décor items. Items such as a plain or pinstripe men’s shirts can be made into a cute throw pillow or a white canvas crafted into a couch slipcover. Buttons and zippers can be removed from old clothing to save on the cost of sewing notions. Bed sheets can be used for pattern making, and oftentimes garage sales have bags of fabric and other items for a few dollars.

8. Enroll in sewing classes, tutorials, or teach yourself. Many sewing centers offer classes for all levels and often give discounted rates with the purchase of a sewing machine. It is important, however, to remember that there are many free online sewing tutorials to view. Once you learn the basics, you may be able to teach yourself.

9. Buy basic and embellish. Buy a simple shirt at your discount store and embellish to fit with the times. Beads, buttons, and ribbons can do wonders in making something look flashy, classy and up-to-date.

10. Sew your basic needs. We all need a few basic accessories such as scarves, hats, towels, blankets, and mittens. If you find discounted fabric, you can make a blanket in 15 minutes or less and, if the fabric is durable and of good quality, it will last for many years. Make up some items to give as gifts or re-engineer some older stained shirts or jeans into a t-shirt or blue jean quilt and gift it as something they will treasure and use for many years to come.

So, instead of always stepping out for retail therapy, try a creative, crafty therapy instead. Create your own clothes or household items. Buy from thrift stores and make an old drab shirt come to life again, or snip and stitch for an afternoon and make up some Christmas gifts for your sister-in-law, mother, husband, or kids.
It’s a tough world out there and a penny saved is a penny earned. As an alternative to spending your afternoon shopping at the Gap for the perfect color of a t-shirt, reclaim your fabrics, fashion-forward and embellish your garments for the latest retro fit and design. You’ll be glad you did and you’ll save money while you energize yourself with some creative juices. Who can argue with that?

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