Extreme Living – Home in a Van

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Whether the economy is driving you out of your home or you just want to cut living expenses to the bare bone, going homeless is not a necessity. Some years ago I found myself in the situation that I could afford either a home or a vehicle but not both. The solution I found, which […]

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Frugal Foraging – The Fine and Tasty Dandelion

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We as a society are subtly trained to believe that the grocery store contains all the food that is fit to eat. Admittedly traditional food crops consist of some of the more common and flavorful plants available. They are not, however, all the tasty and nutritious foods we can find. There is one much maligned […]

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Frugal Foraging – Three Wild Mushrooms I Have Loved

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Having spent three years living wild in the woodlands close to the Daniel Boone National Forest in Northeast Kentucky, I rediscovered some of the Earth’s bounty that my ancestors survived on. Despite the depredation of the flora and fauna in the region caused by the clear cutting of the forests in the early 20th Century […]

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The Frugal Food Forager

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n addition to saving some money on your food bill, foraging for edible wild plants and mushrooms can have beneficial effects on your sense of personal accomplishment and well-being. We have evolved from hunter-gatherers and the “get back to nature” aspect of this increasingly popular endeavor provides fulfillment of a basic instinct.

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Cleaning Your Clothes in the Wilderness

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As anyone who has camped for a few days can tell you, clean clothes are one of the most treasured items you can slip into.  The feel of fresh, clean clothes after days of sweat and trail grime, has an uplifting effect on the human psyche. While beating your clothes out on a rock in […]

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Plastic Bags Repurposed and Reused

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The common plastic grocery bag has become a mainstay in the American home. Bringing the groceries home is just the first of many tasks you can put these small plastic bags to. Following are just a few of the hundreds of things they can be reused and repurposed for.

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Flavoring Your Drinking Water

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Even though you need water to live, it is not everyone’s first pick when they are thirsty and looking for a refreshing drink. The pressure of commercialism and social conditioning to seek sweet and flavorful options also helps keep water on the back-burner of our minds. Most people consider water to be too bland and […]

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Fighting a Cold the Frugal Way

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Colds are an inevitable part of living. Treating them so you can quit feeling miserable is an exercise in common sense and perseverance. While there are those who spend a small fortune on doctors and medications, some simple and inexpensive remedies can actually get you feeling better more quickly.

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Seven Simple Ways to Save on Winter Heating Bills

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Keeping warm in the wintertime can run into one of the greatest utility expenses a person has to cope with. There are some simple and inexpensive ways to hedge your bets against cold weather and costly fuel bills. Admittedly, most of these methods should be implemented in the fall but late is better than never.

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Fun and Unique Uses for Panty Hose

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Finding ways to reuse old and worn out items is the bread and butter of the frugal lifestyle. Those simple nylon stockings and pantyhose are easily enough damaged to the point they are no longer good for dressing up and going out. But regardless of a small hole or a run up one side, there […]

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