Homesteading Program

HomeSteading

A homestead is home where everyone in the family pitches in to produce their own sustainable economy. You grow and produce what you need to survive and enough to sell or trade for what you can’t. Before my Grandfather passed away he put the family home and land into my youngest aunt’s name with a promise that she would keep it and it would be a place where anyone in the family would have a place to stay if they needed it. He was an old generation farmer who always had a garden going and my uncles and cousins would drop in and out moving into the place. A few had trailers sitting on the place that they would use until they didn’t need them.

Victory Gardens

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You don’t have to have a large area to grow a survival garden. Choose a location that gets sun but consider the amount of sun that what you will be growing will need. Some don’t need full sun. Divide the plots into 12 inches by 12 inches. Plant the tall plants like corn in the back so they don’t block the sun for the shorter plants. The sun rises in the east and sets in the west.

Choose varieties that grow vertically to increase the square’s yield. Plant shallow rooted plants next to deep rooted plants so that they don’t compete  for resources. Replant as soon as you harvest and fertilize all year round. Make a schedule for what plants you will grow in each season. Think about what you have canned in the pantry and having variety so you don’t get board with your daily meals.

Good for cool seasons spring/fall hardy and semi-hardy

Beets, Carrot, Cauliflower, Celery, Irish potatoes, Lettuce and gourmet salad greens

Hardy: Broccoli ,Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Collards, English peas, Kale, Leeks, Mustard greens, Radish, Spinach, Turnip

Summertime: Beans, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Gourds, Melons, Okra, Peppers, Pumpkins, Southern peas, Summer squash, Sweet potatoes, Tomatoes

A layer of mulch will trap in moisture. Consider a raised plant bed or even a bucket garden. A group of ten gallon buckets can grow a wide range of plants.  I dug out an old bath tub and drug it up beside the house and plan to plant something in it.

In addition to a garden you can plant some fruit and nut trees. Also consider pine trees. When we lived at a house in Ratcliff it had a line of pine trees along the back fence. I believe it was used as a wind guard. I never had to mow around it because of the pine needles. This is a good tree to consider. The pine cones contain nuts that are edible. You can use the needles around your garden to prevent weeds from springing up. When burned makes a good smoke to drive away insects or smoke signal. Aloe vera plants that are edible and containing healing properties. The prickly pear cactus is also edible and easy to grow. The fruit it produces can be eaten and the sections can be eaten. My dad once planted grape vines out in the field. I admit i haven’t taken care of it in years, but i went out and checked on it and they are still doing good. Produces large clusters of grapes still. Simple little herb gardens can be found many places.

Simple composting. Choose a section and sectioned off with four walls in  a square. Start with several shovel full of dirt and make sure it has worms in it. On top of that add four parts brown matter that is rich in carbon like dead leaves and wood or newspapers. on top of that on part green matter. Like fruits and vegetables organic things we eat. Add water generously. Then on top of that  brown matter again. Then green matter on top of that then water again generously. Things you may or may not want to compost are things that attract vermin. It will enrich your compost, but can cause problems with wildlife showing up. Things like waste matter, (poop) bones, cheese and dairy products. and meat.

Raising bees is a great, yet some what complicated to set up, survival idea. Honey keeps for a long time can be sold or traded. It is a good source of nutrition and can be added to any meal or recipe to give it a little flavor.

This is a model prayer you can use as is or in some form to bless your garden. Remember that God is the one who provides and with him all things are possible. Have faith and He will not disappoint.

Garden Blessing and Prayer
The community or family gathers around the garden.
Choose a leader to carry out the prayers.
Leader: The Lord be with you!
Community: And also with you!
We gather together to ask God’s blessing on our garden and to reflect on our own blessings. We dedicate our efforts in this garden to the glory of God, to be used for God’s purposes here on earth.
The Leader will read selected passages from the Bible and all will pray “We pray you, Lord, to bless our garden.
As all the earth is a garden, Lord, we ask that you bless this small piece of the earth. As Your Light shines upon us and upon this garden, giving us life, likewise help us to give light and life to others.
We ask you, Lord, to bless the soil that nourishes new life in this ground and in this community. Help us to look in awe at the mysteries of your work not yet seen. Help us to appreciate the nourishment of your earth and use it wisely.
We ask you, Lord, for a bountiful harvest, both in our garden and in our lives. Give us the wisdom to take what we need to feed ourselves and to use our abundance to the benefit of others.
In Christ’s name, Amen.” Holy Water might be sprinkled upon plants, seeds, soil, and all those in attendance at the conclusion of this blessing.

Playlist:
In my Time of need-Ryan Adams

To receive this certificate you will need to do the following.

Select a section of land at home or at your communities’ church and draw a mock up of what you can do with that land. How you would plant a garden. What you would put where for proper growing and variety as well as what seasons to grow them in a cycle.

Plant a seed

You will need a coke bottle. You will cut out the bottom of the bottle and you will want to cut the top off as well. You put your potting soil and seed in the top part of the bottle you cut off and place it with the spout down into the bottom of the bottle. You fill the bottom of the bottle with water. Just as it sets in roots and sprouts and struggles from the ground up. You can observe it’s growth and be introspective and observe how you also are growing and struggling and grow your own roots. As it gets bigger transfer it to a proper pot and take it to you officiator. (pastor of your church)

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Animal Steading

Well if you want to be self sufficient you will need more that a garden. You will want to consider adding a few animals to the homestead. They will provide manure for fertilizing and some can provide their own products. Chickens for example. I know few people who raise their own chickens and sell eggs. This is a great way to produce eggs, meat, and feathers. It is a little work, but the benefits are great. As long as you are the kind that can do your own butchering, But even if you don’t like the idea of butchering your own animals, keeping farm animals is still beneficial. Chickens are not the only foul you can buy and get eggs from. Duck are another good egg laying foul and geese are as well. They are known to eat insects such as ticks and hornets.

Other birds you can raise on your homestead, if you are not interested in the eggs and intend to harvest them for meat are squab, quail, and genies.

There are places that will kill and clean them for you as long as you will pay.

Goats are another good homesteading animal. They can produce milk that you can make cheese and cream as well and eat just about anything. A good way to deal with leftovers you need to get rid of. There are some goats that you can harvest fleece from similar to sheep. Sheep are better for that though. Another good animal if you plan to spin your own wool although not as good for milk.

Bees are a good animal to keep on a homestead. Honey has a long shelf life and the wax has many uses including making your own candles to sell or trade. If the grid goes down everyone will want candles.

Catfish is and animal that gets little thought about for homesteading. If you have a lake or pond that you can stock they need little maintenance. You wont need to feed them as much, but you can raise them in a barrel or large tub, even a large swimming pool, but you will need to feed them every day. They grow fast and provide meat.

If butchering is not an issue for you. Other animals you can raise and harvest from are dairy cows. Provide a lot of milk and can harvest tallow (suet, tallow after rendering) from them that has several uses. Steers for meat. Rabbits are easy to raise, grow fast, and produce A LOT of manure for fertilizer. Pigs eat just about anything, and unless you can teach them to truffle hunt produce nothing other than meat and companionship.

Lastly I don’t recommend eating them, but some animals to keep on your homestead for muscle. Horses are good for transportation and mules are good pack animals that carry a lot of weight.

Survival with Animals
Proverbs 12:10 “A righteous man understands the needs of his livestock, but even the mercy of the wicked is cruel.”

petDon’t forget the needs of our animals. In the event of an adventure, disaster, or the end of the world, we can’t forget our pets and need to plan for their needs as well as our own. In the day of judgment we will be called into account of how we treated our animals and how we have treated those around us.
I read in the news of how people mis treat animals, lock them in cages for months and even how cruel kids put fire crackers in their mouths and tape them closed. It is appalling. I of course want swift judgment and would do it myself if I could, but console myself with the knowledge God will call every act into account.
So how can you prep for your pets. For being lost their is an RFID chip for gps tracking as well as attaching an ID tap on their collar. Keep a photo in your wallet to show to people should you be separated from them.
If you have to bug out, keep a supply of any medication they may need on hand or in your go bag. As well as a leash, sweater, their own food and water. There are collars that light up, my mom bought for out dogs. It is just like the wrist band i got in my Cairn subscription box. It can stay on or flash. It makes them easy to see at night or in the dark. You can put on the wrist band and matching dog collar and take your dog for a jog late at night or early in the morning and be visible. Also there in a dog collar attachment that looks like a bone that flashes as the dog walks it lights up with every bounce. It can be crucial to locate them in a disaster if you have to be traveling. I took a keychain that lets you write on it and put my address and phone number that will allow anyone who found my dog to call and get ahold of me.
Also attached is a St. Francis pet medal. The protector of animals
In addition to the medication in your go bag, you should have any important documents and medical history if you have it on your pets and they make travel bowls that collapse and store easy.
Exodus 23: 4″ If you come across your enemy’s ox or donkey wandering off, be sure to return it. If you see the donkey of someone who hates you fallen down under it’s load, do not leave it there; be sure you help them with it.”
Exodus 23: 12″ Six days do your work, but on the seventh day do not work, so that your ox and your donkey may rest, “

11813519_10206847889452873_7045646544340238279_nGod cares about animals. He commands us to take care of them. To tend to their need and not to over work them.
We should pay attention to animal behavior. Many animals behave strangely before a disaster like a tsunami or an earthquake. If you have horses or cattle around you hoofed animals may huddle together in open fields and plains. If your horses refuse to be led into barns or be tied down this could be a sign of an impending disaster.
Pay attention to spiders and rodents as well. Spiders and ants will swarm inside and rodents who live outside like the long tailed field mice, will try to come in and your average house mice will try to get out.
Other animals like confined animals at a zoo may try to escape and hibernating animals 11826020_10206847886732805_7211328873419997397_nwill wake early and leave their dens and be seen at the wrong times.

It is said that animals can see the spiritual realm better than people and will act strange in the presents of the spiritual. There are many stories of animals acting aggressively at things unseen and refusing to go into certain rooms of a home.
Depending on the situation, they can be good help especially if well trained. If you are having to sleep outside or move through a dangerous area they can alert you to danger. If you have a large breed they can even protect you or at least frighten off potential dangers.
Once when i was out in the fields behind our home two people in a truck i didn’t know came down our road and stopped near by. I wasn’t sure who it was at first and thought it might be one of my uncles. So i started over. I realized i didn’t recognize them but before i got too close the dogs ran up to me and i heard them saying something. All i heard was “No, he’s got dogs.” and they drove of fast. Might not have been any danger, but who can know for sure.
Pets can also help to keep you calm in an emergency. Having someone to care for and think about. Many people think of them like their children, there is an instinct where your brain knows it can’t fall apart right now and has to figure out what it can in this situation for the safety of their children. Also they can provide you with comfort and companionship. It is a human need for companionship and to give and receive love.
An issue i struggled with for a while was whether animals go to heaven or not.
                 The argument goes both ways. Do animals have souls? Some say yes, some say no. I prayed and debated this with God wanting some kind of answer. I love animals and my pets.
I deeply loved my little Maltese Chrissy. Two days before she died i had a dream. I was sitting in the floor in front of my window. Outside the window there were trees like a forest and a path going off into the distance. Our old family dog Yeller a yellow lab came up the path. He stopped in front of the window and jumped at it to get my attention and then turned and went back up the path. When i woke i felt like this was a message that animals do go to heaven. On near death experience websites i have read that people who are nearing death often dream about dyeing and coming back on the other side often symbolized as a window.
After she had passed i had another dream. I was in my home and was surrounded by our dogs. There was Chrissy healthy and happy. I held her and thought i was imagining it. Then i heard God’s voice say “This is your treasure in Heaven for your faith and devotion, but you could have more treasure.” I woke after that. If that isn’t a clear sign i don’t know what is.
Early paranormal investigators and monster hunters use to keep rat terriers for killing rats and giant spiders when hunting vampires. Some also use to do sports of ratting. Setting a bunch of large rats loose in an area and letting ther terriers run in and kill them all and time them.
Another interesting animal is the Shih-tzu. The little lion dog or foo dog. It has a personality and temperament that is loyal, affectionate, outgoing, and alert.
Useful information
La quinta hotels have a policy that they have to accept pets. If you have to bug out with them and need a place to stay.
Animal Poison Control Center
1-888-426-4435
Make a checklist of animal and pet items you will need for emergencies.
Further study: (music)
Feed Jake

 

To receive this certificate you must complete the following.

Well, I wont make you raise animals unless that is your aim in life, but you will need to explain to your officiator a comprehensive plan for raising animals and what they can provide for the community.

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Foraging

If you are lost in the woods or just needing to add little harvesting to you homestead to get by, you can go out and forage for supplies. There are a variety plants and things you can harvest, but make sure you are sure of what you are getting. This is an area for your naturalist member of your group. A few simple plants you can probably figure out are, Dandelions. A common weed that is safe to eat. Most people know what these are. The yellow head can be eaten raw as well as the leaves. The roots you can boil. Thistle is similar a purplish weed that you can eat the seeds from the head raw or cooked. You can peel the stalks and boil them. The roots can be eaten raw or cooked.

Prickly pear cactus is a plant you can eat well on. You can peel the pads and eat them raw. Eat the fruit and roast or grind the seeds into flour. Easy to grow and a good plant to grow on your homestead.

Cattail is fairly common and grow everywhere. The flower head can be cooked and the leaf shoots can be eaten raw or cooked.

Pine trees provide nutrition as well. Take the young pine cones from the tree and dry them and break them open and eat the seeds raw. The young needles can be eaten raw or boiled or steeped into a tea.

Home Protection, Defense against the Dark Arts

Matthew 12:29 “Or again, how can anyone enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can plunder his house.”

Matthew 24:43″ But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into.”

Most people use this as a reference to being prepared for Jesus to return and for us to be ready for it and not to just become comfortable in our lives and live immorally as the world does. To keep our souls ever-ready to be judged. This is important as well, but in this post i want to speak of home defense.

So, the apocalypse is going down, chaos is kicking into high gear, how are you going to protect your home from invasion. The first thing to consider is how good are your locks. If you don’t have a dead bolt, get one. Also install a chain link lock so you can crack the door without it being easy to kick open if you needed to speak to someone at the door and aren’t sure how much you can trust them.

Install some way of looking outside without having to open the door or go out yourself. If someone knocks you want to see who it is first. A peep hole is good, they make digital ones now that are easy to install. Security cameras are another way to go. You could put one on each of the outside walls with night vision.

This is something i had considered to do for quite a while. I have three uncles who rob you blind stealing anything they think they can sell. It started off with just scrap metal and anything aluminum they can get cash for, but when that  started running out they moved up to other things. My big aluminum ladder, a metal bathtub i wanted to plant a garden in, even our battery charger which we used often.

It is easy to protect yourself when you know when the thief will strike, but most of the time you’ll be blindsided so therefore you must have a security system you can count on to feel safe.

Adopt a shelter dog. You can get a puppy if this is what you really want, but consider adopting an older dog that is in need of a home. They will bark at an intruder and alert you to danger. If they are a big dog that is formidable they can be capable of protecting you. They can chase pests away from your garden. If you want a dog that will cherish you, adopt one in need they will thank you for rescuing them and giving them a forever home. You read about it all the time how adopted animals save their families from tragedy. Alerting them from fires, or saving children from danger. I heard on the news the other day where a little terrier dog brought help to an old woman who had fallen walking to her mailbox and couldn’t get up. The dog ran up the road and baked at strangers until someone followed and saw the old woman on the ground and called for an ambulance. It would run up the road and bark at people then run back to check on the old woman and then back to get help. There was a report on a dog that pulled a child from a house fire, and one of a dog fighting off a mountain lion.

Dogs of course aren’t they only animal. If you love and animal enough any animal will attempt to protect you. There was a news report of a large parrot that fought off robbers that attacked it’s owner. Cats also have been known to protect their owner and food source. There is a video on YouTube where a horse attacks a mountain lion that was about to attack his dog friends. Man it just picked the lion up and swung it around. awesome.

So of course get armed. Consider getting a handgun. Firearms are only dangerous if you don’t know how to use them. A lot of people don’t like guns, but that is because they don’t really understand them or know gun safety. My mom was scared fo guns for a long time. She didn’t want them in the house, But with all that is going on and my dad is passed on now, she is a little afraid of being alone in the house. She is not so scared of them anymore. She bought an air pistol to learn to shoot. Always a good way to start to get over your fear of guns.

There are other things you can get besides guns. Cross bow, combat baton are two. I have a home made cross bow that mom’s boyfriend made me. It is a simple tool you can make from  pvc pipe and a rubber tube.

If money is tight, you can consider less expensive home  security. Tying tin cans to a trip wire for example. Hanging them from chains in doorways. That is what they do in fallout 4. The jingling sound will alert you to dangerous intruders. If tin cans are not your thing try wind chimes.

Okay moving on to spiritual defenses. You can set up a home altar for a spiritual shield. Some people are fine with simple worship and just a Sunday thing, but i prefer the more mystical spiritual side of Christianity. There is a whole other level that people just don’t look at or for some reason don’t want to look at. God created all things and his living energy is within all things. We affect the world around us more than we realize. There is a living flowing energy all around us and we are connected to it and there by all things even at a distance. Our emotions and our thoughts affect the world around us. We pray and send our thoughts out into the spiritual miasma of energy. Our thoughts have a substance. A wavelength. Science says that. They aren’t just little things that sit in our heads they have an energy and depth. They extend out of our brains and bodies like radio waves from a transmitter. Our bodies are always giving off energy in various forms. Everyone who has life has the spark of creation within them. The soul. When we pray and meditate we calm our minds and touch our true selves. The deeper part of us that is our very basic essence. There is our true power. All things are made of energy and energy effects energy. This is where our attitude comes in. A good attitude yields a positive energy. A bad attitude yields negative energy. Not to say bad things don’t happen to good people, but they sure seem to come through them better off than people who hate everything. Plus people just like them and are more willing to help them out and leave negative people out to dry.

When i have been in a bad mood, it seems like everything want to go wrong, and i am not just seeing it that way because i am in a bad mood. I have seen it work that way for other people too. Machine where i work, they break down alot more when someone in a bad mood is running them. I’ve taken notice and observed this and when someone who is up beat is running them, they have far less trouble. It is like the energy around you take the potential and turns it into actual.

So where am i going with this. Prayer and positive energy. Surround yourself with it. Focus on channeling the Holy Spirit and the Divine when you pray and meditate. Take time each night before bed to close your eyes and calm your mind and focus on things of Heaven.

Spiritual Protection

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A strong threshold is said to be able to keep spirits and supernatural evil from entering, but it has to be a harmonious household for a strong threshold and not a bachelor pad. A single person living in a residence wont have a strong threshold. Of course that wont protect you from ghosts already in a home or anything that is invited in. A powerful spirit or curse can pass through a threshold, but it will loose some of it’s power in the process.

A little bit about black magic.

Most people don’t believe in witchcraft or black magic, but it was prelivent in the Bible. King Saul even sought out a witch to call up the spirit of Samuel for guidance. God declares Christians are to not practice such things. So the Bible would indicate there is at least something serious about it.

One time while i was on the Internet looking up news articles. I stumbled upon one about a satanist who had walked up to the front steps of a church in a city and threw down a bible in front of everyone around pulled down his pants and relieved himself on the Bible in front of everyone watching. Okay he was arrested and other satanists were posting in his defense in the comments section saying it was a religious statement of their faith and i posted something stating that is was trespassing, inciting  public conflict, exposing himself in front of minors and others. And that it wasn’t infringing on his freedom of religion, he could do whatever he wants in him own home or property. They arrest street preachers sometimes for causing a ruckus why not others too.

Well it wasn’t long after that, that i found a big black snake come slithering into my room. Okay, i am not jumping up and down here saying that is WAS a cure from the satanists, but this has never happened here in the many many years i have lived here, but there is a long standing belief that curses manifest as black snakes and black crows when traveling to their destination to attack the individual they are aimed at. This is the only time this has ever happened as well. I grabbed something to try to catch ti with. It crawled behind my desk along the wall, but when i went after it,it disappeared. I moved everything away from the wall, and searched my entire room. Even pulling everything from my closet and searching in there. It was nowhere to be found. I searched my room over three times and the outside of my room too. Never found it, but it also never attacked me if it was a curse sent after me. Who is to say, take it as you want it. But i did take the unitive to cleanse the house just in case.

It is believed that saint medals provide protection for the faithful, against witchcraft it is recommended to wear the st. Benedict medal. It can be found everywhere since the supernatural is becoming very popular.  Also learning to do the sign of the cross. It is said that evil will flee at the sign as well as hearing a hymn.

There is the prayer to Saint Michael. He is considered to be the strongest angel in heaven. Although some refer to Gabriel as the strongest. Two others are Uriel and Raphael. These are four archangels you can call out to for help.

There are prayers to our own personal guardian angels. In the bible Jesus refers to the little children and says that their angels always stand before the lord. This would seem to indicate that they have their own personal angels and by extension we all have our own guardian angels. However translations can be tricky.

Learning simple ways to protect yourself with your faith is important to survival and should become daily practices. Prayer especially. Practice mental exercises of placing your mind in a state of simple meditative state of being in God’s presence. Imagine yourself surrounded by God’s flowing energy. Calm your mind and control any fear. This will allow you to remain in faith and not panic in fearfulness. God is always with us.

Pilgrimage: Grocery Shopping

Proverbs 31: 14

Doing the grocery shopping may not sound like a spiritual adventure, but the Bible makes it clear you are to consider the need of your family and provide for them. Anything you can do can be a spiritual adventure as long as you are going it together with God. Whether it is from week to week or stocking up for a month, it can be a worthy experience. Not everyone has the money to stockpile supplies for a disaster. It doesn’t matter though, because God can supply for all our needs. However it is not unfaithful to put things back if you can. People say that God helps those who help themselves. Although it is not found anywhere in the Bible, it is not entirely untrue. God expects us to do some things for ourselves. He doesn’t want us to just sit around and wait for him to do everything. He expects us to live out lives and rely on his teachings as guidance and him to work in our lives when we need him.

So that being said, where to start. Start with a shopping list. At our house we make a list through out the week and compile it on friday or Saturday morning before we leave out. We usually have to drive all the way to Booneville (about a thirty minute drive) to the Super center to do our shopping. So it is an hour round trip not counting the time spent in the store.

So take a sheet of notebook paper and fold it in half long ways. You should have a long narrow sheet with lines going down the side. This just makes it easier to focus and handle without all the extra space. Most names will not be that long. We usually make two or three stops to get everything we need. So we arrange everything in three groups based on what we need to get from where.

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Finances

mony.jpgWe all want financial security, but for many of us that may feel fleeting. For most of us we live on a budget and week to week or for those retired, month to month.

To start with, try to put back 1000 dollars. That is a lot of money, I know, but this is money to deal with those situations that always come up. The idea is to put this money back and when you do your bills and budget you don’t touch it. You pretend that it isn’t there. If you aren’t use to doing this it can take some time to adjust, but you will feel better knowing it is in there for emergencies.

As for budgeting, you generally know what you ear from week to week, or from month to month. Take out a calendar and your bills and write down when each one is due so you can have a visual idea of when each one come due and when you will get a check to deal with them.

So start with your monthly bills and pay them first. Go from week to week using your expected check amounts. You can make corrections as the weeks get here. Subtract the bills. There you have what you can spend on other things. Go on to whatever else you need paid. Include how much you plan to spend on food and house hold goods.

Now people tend to fall into two categories. Spenders and Savers. Spenders want tobroke spend everything on wants and fun stuff without regard to other things like bills coming due or keeping anything in the bank which gets them into trouble. Savers tend to be organized, set budgets, and make lists. They like to take care of things early and put money back and have security. These two types tend to be drawn together, causing conflict on the financial front, but for a good reason. Savers would have security, but not be having any fun and experiencing life. Without a saver in their life spenders would always be broke and have chaos in their lives and wind up with nothing in the end.

I have a cousin and his wife who both are spenders. Let me tell you what happens when two spenders get together. They are always broke and “borrowing” money (you will never see again)They have had to move several times and end up living with other people friends and family. Moving is not that hard for them, because they don’t have much to pack. They usually end up selling anything of value to make ends meet. They even had their kids taken from them. (To his wife’s mother)

For couples this can be a source of big conflict, But it is important for the two to come together on this. Here is a solution to help with this. The saver needs to make up the budget and get it organized. Then, you wont like this part savers, ask your spender to look it over and make a change. Yes, it is important they get involved and feel their needs and feelings aren’t being neglected. They can end up feeling like all the decisions are being made for them and they don’t get a say. Let them move some of the money around after the bills are paid. Maybe more for food, maybe set some aside for a movie and eating out, maybe some for clothes. Whatever they want.

Something else to consider is a savings account. This is an account that you wont touch for any reason, that will collect on interest. If you can set aside a hundred to start it off, that would be good. Then after that any little bit you can put in there each month or every other month. My bedroom I have one of those jars that counts your change as you put it in there. So does my mom. Hers tends to fill up faster than mine. We put it together and put it into a savings account at the end of the month.

So some ways to save some money. One method to cut corners is to take up couponing. It is a hobby that a lot of people find fun. It is popular among house wives. There are groups that gather for collecting, trading, and sharing them. You can join one or start your own with your friends, survival group families, or your church. Or any combination of the above.

In addition to that you can buy at bulk stores and stock pile and share with your group. My mom and aunts go in halves on a Sam’s club membership to shop at the bulk store.

Off Grid Income

There are ways to make money other than a 9-5 job. A good way to add a little money on the side is to take up a hobby that will allow you something to sell. Like fresh veggies or fruit from a home garden or maybe you can make things with your hands. A friend at work sews hair wraps and sells them and another makes their own candles. If you are a crafty person this could be a great option. It will provide you with something to sell are trade with. Just see what you are good at.

If that is not your thing people always have work to be done. Cleaning up yards, mowing lawns, or if you have your own truck or chainsaw, You can haul junk to the dump or help people move. You can cut up firewood and sell. You can also develop a skill that people require. My Uncles are all mechanics. Everyone drives or has machines they need worked on. It is a skill that is always in demand. Sometimes they have more work than they can get to. Consider you skill set and what you can do with it.

Recycling is another idea. We buy soda in the cans and then bag up the cans to recycle to get a little of the money back. I remember back when my dad was alive we would pile into the family car and drive out to the levi where we would walk up and down and pick up can people had thrown out. It was a bit of fun as a kid and a family activity.

The chart on the next page is designed like a checkbook. Use it to keep track of your in game money. Your expenses and your income. The bottom chart is for your saving account. The one to the right is for a loan they you will need to pay back. Learning to budget and balance your finances is a big skill you need to learn. Getting under debt is a pain and hard to get out from under. This is something I really think they should have a class on in high school.

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There are ways to make money other than a 9-5 job. A good way to add a little money on the side is to take up a hobby that will allow you something to sell. Like fresh veggies or fruit from a home garden or maybe you can make things with your hands. A friend at work sews hair wraps and sells them and another makes their own candles. If you are a crafty person this could be a great option. It will provide you with something to sell are trade with. Just see what you are good at.

If that is not your thing people always have work to be done. Cleaning up yards, mowing lawns, or if you have your own truck or chainsaw, You can haul junk to the dump or help people move. You can cut up firewood and sell. You can also develop a skill that people require. My Uncles are all mechanics. Everyone drives or has machines they need worked on. It is a skill that is always in demand. Sometimes they have more work than they can get to. Consider you skill set and what you can do with it.

Recycling is another idea. We buy soda in the cans and then bag up the cans to recycle to get a little of the money back. I remember back when my dad was alive we would pile into the family car and drive out to the levi where we would walk up and down and pick up can people had thrown out. It was a bit of fun as a kid and a family activity.

To receive this certificate.

Complete every other certificate in this program. Complete two pilgrimages. Show an adequate budgeting system. Explain two off grid income options. Explain a good home defense program including physical and spiritual protection. Compose three prayers for home protections, Gardening, and Animal steading. Include one home defense weapon. Present all to your officiating pastor and have him sign your certificate.

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