72 Hour Survival Kit for Under $11

72hrkitmenu menu 72hrkitbreakdowncost72 Hour Survival Kit for Under $11

Here’s what I was looking for:

  • Food that wasn’t dependent on water or heat to prepare.
  • Pop top cans no can opener needed.
  • Something that totaled less than $15.
  • Something my family and I would actually eat.
  • Items that wouldn’t expire for at least a year.
  • Something compact and easy to grab in an emergency.

Here’s the Cost Breakdown:  I added gas in there for compensation since I’ll be driving all over town to pick up supplies.  Plus, it helps round things up nicely.  I have to add that I’ve lucked out this month for cost.  Lot of items that I got at Costco are on sale right now, like the Snack Pak’s, Fruit Snacks etc.  So if you catch this in time, you’ll get a great deal like me.  Otherwise, it’ll be a tad more once they’re gone.

Most would say this is not enough water.  I agree.  But I also know that there should be another source of water in your Emergency items.  This is purely for quick escapes and you don’t want to be hauling gallons of water per person!

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Make the Transition Easier for Your Family

back to schoolPut bedtime battles to rest now. Put your children to bed 10 minutes earlier gradually till you get to the desired bedtime —
that way the switch won’t be such a shock.

Shop your closets before hitting the stores. You never know what you might find. There may be barely used or new school supplies, forgotten clothes, or an older backpack that’s suddenly trendy again.

Run inside and play. This year, when you get home from work and school, make it a point to spend at least 15 to 30 minutes connecting as a family: play a game, take a walk, snuggle on the couch. This simple idea can do wonders to reduce whining, sibling rivalry and marital strife.

Leftover Eggs and Candy

deviled eggs

Here are three tasty uses for your leftover Easter eggs:

1. Egg salad
This may be an obvious solution for your excess eggs, but that doesn’t mean eating egg salad is any less enjoyable. If you are tired of the same old egg salad, try to incorporate some non-traditional ingredients like curry, craw fish, cilantro or cucumber.

2. Deviled eggs
Making deviled eggs leaves a lot of room for creativity. You can always go for the traditional picnic-style hard-boiled eggs.
3. Toss them in a salad
Making a colorful classic Cobb salad is a great way to use leftover hard-boiled eggs.

easter candySubstitute chopped candy for chocolate chips or baking chips in recipes.

Many types of candy can be chopped up to use in place of chocolate chips or other baking chips in recipes like cookies or brownies.  Any candy that is purely chocolate, “crunch” type chocolate, or chocolate with nuts will work for this purpose.

When you bake with chopped candies, use a little less than the recipe calls for. For example, instead of using a whole bag of chocolate chips when you make cookies only using a scant two cups of chopped chocolates because the varied textures of the candies can make the cookies come out uneven if you use more.

Once your mix of chocolate is chopped, you can freeze it in two cup portions to use later, or bake up a big batch of something to share with friends, neighbors, teachers or anyone else you’d like to bless with a sweet treat!

Have a fondue party!
Any type of chocolate can make a fabulous fondue. To make the fondue, melt the candy in a double boiler or a metal bowl over a pot of boiling water and add cream until it’s the consistency you like (the amount of cream will vary depending on how much chocolate you’re using).

Cut up apples, pears, bananas or other fruit to dip in the fondue. Fondue is a fun treat for kids, a romantic dessert for Date Night In, or a fun and inexpensive way to get some friends together. If you don’t have enough chocolate bunnies in your own candy stash to make up fondue for a crowd, maybe a pot-luck fondue party would be a good way for your friends to use up their surplus Easter goodies and have a fun get together besides.

01-14-11, Joy is a Net, Simplify Your Life, Easy Ways Saving Money, What is New at the Box Office

Power Thoughts

  1. “Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.” — Mother Teresa
  2. “I discovered I always have choices and sometimes it’s only a choice of attitude.” — Judith M. Knowlton
  3. “Winning doesn’t always mean being first. Winning means you’re doing better than you’ve ever done before.” — Bonnie Blair

How complicated is your life? (Michelle)  One of my new year goals is to continue my journey to a simpler life.  I have tried to do this for 3 years with not much success but I refuse to give up.  Here are some reasons why – A simple life is a good life.  Living simply is about reducing the clutter and narrowing down one’s possessions, engagements, and thoughts to something more manageable.  Let’s face it. We are constantly bombarded with inducements to get us to buy more, do more, and learn more.  By simplifying, we can overcome this, get back to something more basic, and life a better life. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow  said “In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.” ~

  • Simplicity un-clutter your lives – Daily living becomes jammed with stuff, activities, urgent tasks, chores, appointments, responsibilities and information. Simplicity gives us back the life we have given up to all the clutter.
  • A simpler life gives us more time to relax – By eliminating much of the excess in our lives, we have more time to relax.  Our possessions no longer require so much of our time.  We don’t have to work as hard to maintain our lifestyle which gives us more time to unwind.  A relaxed mind is more creative and effective.  Simplicity frees us up to do what we want instead of what we have to do.
  • Living simply costs less – The fewer things you own means the less maintenance and upkeep you have to pay.  A smaller, more modest home requires less money to heat and cool.  Avoiding buying things on credit saves you the interest.
  • You achieve better life balance with simplicity – Balancing your time between work, home and other responsibilities gets much easier when you choose to eliminate some things. The choices you need to make are easier because fewer things are competing for your time.
  • Simple living makes you green – By consuming less, you discard less.
  • A simpler life means fewer interruptions – The phone rings less often.  There are fewer knocks on the door.  We have time to have a conversation.  All our activities and engagements are constantly tugging us away from quiet time with those that matter the most to us.  In the end, how much of what we are doing is going to matter?  It is usually the least important things that force us to put the truly important on the back burner.
  • You will be more organized and able to locate things faster – The less stuff you own and the fewer things you attempt to do will make it easier for you to get organized.  Once you are organized much of the confusion, frustration, and wasted time will disappear.
  • Lowers stress and worry – We have less to worry about with a simpler life.  It is trying to maintain everything that freaks us out.
  • A simpler life helps us to appreciate classic beauty – Extravagance is often gaudy.  We overfill our homes and our lives with so much clutter that it robs us of our ability to appreciate true beauty.  Simplifying our surroundings allows us to see the classic elegance of nature.  It gives us a new lens through which we view the world.

Box Office Report: What’s New This Week? Is The Dilemma or The Green Hornet Family Friendly? Go to (Plugged In) or listen to this review from Plugged In.

Easy Ways To Save Money:

  1. Unplug appliances when you’re not using. Many have a stand-by mode, using electricity. To keep it simple, you can plug them into a power strip and turn the strip off when they are not in use.
  2. Reassess Your Phone Setup. If you have a cell phone, ask “Do I need a land line?”
  3. Review Insurance Policies. There are less expensive options out there.
  4. Eat At Home and Pack Your Breakfast and Lunch. This one takes a bit of a discipline, but it could save you quite a bit of money.
  5. Tune Up Your Car and Check Your Tires. By keeping your car tuned up and your tires properly inflated, you can save quite a bit of money on gas.
  6. Seal Windows and Doors. By simply sealing air leaks throughout your house, especially around your windows and doors, could reduce your heating bill significantly
  7. Pay Down Your Debt. If you are serious about paying down your debt, check out the debt snowball debt payment method.

(Yahoo! Finance-U.S. News & World Report)



New Strange Idea, Big Disaster, Saving More Money, Healthy Convenient Foods

Say What? Human “bed-warmers” at Holiday Inn (Yahoo News/ Reuters)

Big Disaster: 220,000 gallons evaporated, dispersed in oil spill (Yahoo News/ Associated Press)

Your Credit Score, Grocery and Coupon Questions Answered: Elisabeth Leamy Answers Your Questions on Saving Big on Borrowing and Groceries (ABC News)

Stock your kitchen with healthy convenience foods: (audio included below) Having simple snacks and meals that can be made at home quickly will set you up for success. You are less likely to hit the drive through or order pizza if you can make dinner Continue reading