How to Grow Strawberries in a Container

How to Grow Strawberries in a Container

Who doesn't love fresh strawberries in the Spring?  Ever wish you could grow your own?  Container gardening to the rescue!  Let me show you how to grow strawberries in a container! Strawberries represent that Springtime has arrived! Not only are strawberries delicious, but they supply Vitamin C, manganese,  folate, potassium and high levels of antioxidants. And don't forget about how fabulous strawberries are in pies, cakes, jams, jellies, smoothies and just raw! So, let's get to growing some strawberries in a container!     Are There Different Kinds of Strawberries? Strawberries come in two varieties: June-bearing - As the name indicates, these berries bear fruit in June.   June-bearing...

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How to Grow Your Own Herbs for Tea in a Container

Are you an herbal tea-lover?  Yep, me too!  Have you seen the prices for good quality herbal tea lately?  Outrageous!  Why overpay when it's so fun and easy to grow your own?  Let me show you how to grow your own herbs for tea in a container! You might be someone who enjoys the aroma of herbal tea, or perhaps you just love the flavor!   As many of you know, herbal teas can also be used as a remedy for many ailments, like inflammation, sore throat, depression and even anxiety! My favorite teas are probably green tea, which I drink to reduce...

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How to Prepare for Difficult Times in Life

How to Prepare for Difficult Times in Life

Life doesn't come with any guarantees of security.  While we shouldn't allow fear to dictate our lives, we should also know how to prepare for difficult times in life, should they arise. If history is any indicator (and it is), difficult times will visit our lifetimes at some point and it pays big dividends to be prepared. It's naive to think that you'll never lose your job, have a sick child, experience a fire or natural disaster, go through a divorce, experience a long bout with depression or even the death of a loved one. Chances are good that you'll experience many...

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how rich people think

How Rich People Think

The wealthy of this world are different than most people.  Well, heck yeah, they have more money than most people, right??  Worded more correctly, the wealthy think differently than most people.  "How Rich People Think" breaks down not only how rich people think, but also how they behave and how that keeps money in their pockets. First, let's define "wealthy". The words "rich" and "wealthy" aren't words that I'm fond of. Words that I prefer to use to describe someone who is financially independent don't include "rich" or "wealthy".  I prefer terms like "independently wealthy", "resilient", "affluent" or "well off". For the sake...

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How to make eco friendly cleaning products

How to Make Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products

Frugal people share at least one thing in common.  They know "How to Make Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products"! You see, frugal people truly hate running to the store for one random item that they might have just run out of. Frugal people also dislike unexpected expenses and overpriced items. This is why prudent folks know all about the magic of cheap, eco-friendly, everyday household items, like vinegar, baking soda, borax, hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol and Dawn dish soap to clean their homes with! I am convinced, from spending decades inside of grocery stores and watching people in the checkout, that folks spend 15-20% of...

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Top 10 Tips for a Successful no spend month

Top 10 Tips for a Successful “No Spend” Month Challenge

Are you someone who is taking a "No Spend" challenge right now?  Congratulations!  I love "No Spend" challenges!  From my experience, you can't get enough good advice, so here's my "Top 10 Tips for a Successful "No Spend" Month Challenge"!   1. Consolidate Errands   One of my very first goals during a "No Spend" month challenge is to stretch a tank of gasoline as far as I can! My plan this month is to make one tank of gas last all month long. This is easier done at some stages of life rather than others. I am finally an "almost empty-nester", which means that I...

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How to be a modern homesteader

How to Be a Modern Homesteader

With all of modern benefits and technology of today, why would anyone want to go backwards in time to be a modern-day homesteader? Lots of folks would!  Today's world and the stress it brings would cause many people to ask themselves if it's all worth it.  Is there an alternative to the present-day lifestyle? Yes, there is! Let's talk about "How to Be a Modern Homesteader". The attraction and allure of modern homesteading is indisputable.   So many people dream of living out in the country one day, producing their own food and living from the land, all with different goals in...

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How to Use Mylar Bags and Oxygen Absorbers for Long-Term Food Storage

How to Use Mylar Bags and Oxygen Absorbers for Long-Term Food Storage

There's a lot of confusion about food storage methods out there!  When is it appropriate to use mylar bags vs. vacuum packing vs. glass jars?  Let's unpack this and let me explain "How to Use Mylar Bags and Oxygen Absorbers for Long-Term Food Storage". Food can be stored short-term or long-term. Short-term should be considered 12 months or less.  Vacuum-packing and mason jars are very appropriate for short-term food storage.  Your food will keep just fine in vacuum-sealed containers, whether they be jars or the plastic bags that are made for the Food Saver. The Food Saver has this handy little attachment...

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How to Dry Broccoli with a Dehydrator

How to Dry Broccoli Using a Dehydrator

Broccoli is one of my favorite vegetables to grow...and eat!  While freezing is the standard way to preserve broccoli, why not make it shelf-stable by dehydrating it?  Yep, it can be done!  Let me show you "How to Dry Broccoli Using a Dehydrator"! I can hardly wait to harvest my broccoli every year!  I never feel as though I grow enough of it! Broccoli is such a nutritional powerhouse! I've always been allergic to cow's milk, albeit raw, cultured, whatever.  I cannot drink it in any form. Rather than supplement my diet with calcium capsules, I've made a point over the years to...

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