The Complete Tightwad Gazette

Book Review: The Complete Tightwad Gazette
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The Complete Tightwad Gazette is along-awaited complete compendium of tightwad tips for fabulous frugal living!

In a newsletter published from May 1990 to December 1996 as well as in three enormously successful books, Amy Dacyczyn established herself as the expert of economy.

Now The Complete Tightwad Gazette brings together all of her best ideas and thriftiest thinking into one volume, along with new articles never published before in book format.

Dacyczyn describes this collection as “the book I wish I’d had when I began my adult life.” Packed with humor, creativity, and insight, The Complete Tightwad Gazette includes hundreds of tips and topics, such as:

  • Travel for tightwads
  • How to transform old blue jeans into potholders and quilts
  • Ten painless ways to save $100 this year
  • Picture-framing for pennies
  • A comparison of painting versus re-siding your house
  • Halloween costumes from scrounged materials
  • Thrifty window treatments
  • Ways to dry up dry-cleaning costs
  • Inexpensive gifts
  • Creative fundraisers for kids
  • Slashing your electric bill
  • Frugal fix-its
  • Cutting the cost of college
  • Moving for less
  • Saving on groceries
  • Gift-wrapping for tightwads
  • Furniture-fusion fundamentals
  • Cheap breakfast cereals
  • Avoiding credit card debt
  • Using items you were about to throw away (milk jugs, plastic meat trays, and more!)

The Complete Tightwad Gazette also contains recipes galore, from penny-pinching pizza to toaster pastries¸ And much much more . . .

More PVC Projects for the Outdoorsman

Book Review: More PVC Projects for the Outdoorsman
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Forbes’ first book, PVC Projects for the Outdoorsman, became a runaway best-seller with do-it-yourselfers, outdoorsmen and survivalists alike.

in his new More PVC Projects for the Outdoorsman book he’s taken his no-frills approach to creating inexpensive shelters, primitive weapons, sturdy outdoor furniture and hunting and fishing gear and come up with more than 30 new projects, all made with durable, cheap PVC pipe.

Using photos and easy-to-follow instructions, this book guides you through such projects as a slingshot, brush bow, shooting bench, spotting scope stock (this pvc stock is a favorite of mine), bow-fishing reel, wall tent, animal pen, pickup truck shelter, firewood cradle and many more.

If you failed woodshop but still want to enjoy the dual satisfaction of building something yourself and saving loads of money in the process, this is the perfect do-it-yourself book for you.

The book is pretty cool, and the concepts inside are great.  I love the idea of using something so readily available inexpensively to make items that you may need.

PVC projects are in the reach of almost anyone, the simple projects give confidence to tackle larger and more difficult things.  It is a good step in the incremental process of becoming “handy”.

I have made several projects out of PVC pipe, and find it a great DIY material.

How to Make Sticky Rice in a Crock Pot

How to Make Sticky Rice in a Crock Pot

Kitchen DIY: Cooking Rice in a Crock Pot
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There is not a lot to say about cooking sticky rice in a crock pot other than saying how easy this is, and how cheap rice is.  Preppers already know that rice is a great preparedness food because it is cheap, filling, and lasts a long time if stored properly.

How to Cook Sticky Rice in a Crock Pot

There is not a lot of difference between cooking rice in boiling water on the stove and cooking rice in a crock pot.  The ratios of water to rice (2 cups water to 1 cup rice).  The only real difference is the time required.  Since crock pots are fix and forget cooking utensils – they take longer than stove methods because they don’t get as hot.  Depending on you settings it takes about 2 hours to cook rice in a crock pot, but time is not as important as getting the water absorbed.

The way you go about cooking rice in a crock pot is exactly opposite of cooking rice in a pressure cooker.   A crock pot takes much longer, but you don’t have to watch it –  which is quite useful for us busy folks.

Cooking Rice in a Crock Pot works well, but it does come out a little stickier than normal methods.  Especially in the video because I did not wash the grains to get rid extra starch.  I like sticky rice.

This turned out more like rice pudding than individual grains.  Some would sayI cooked it too long.  However, I like it this way.

I put in a lot of creamy chicken soup and shredded chicken and eat on it for a week.

If you like it less mushy then cook is a shorter time.

It never occurred to me that not everyone likes to make sticky rice.  I like mine with some stick to the ribs gooey factor.  I normally throw in some shredded chicken and some cream of chicken soup.

If you want the rice to be less sticky, rinse the grains first and cook for a shorter time at a higher temp.

PRN Episode #38 Cheap Food Storage Plan

PRN Episode #38 Cheap Food Storage Plan
52 Unique Techniques for Stocking Food for Prepper
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Ask 10 Preppers their food storage plans (how rude….) and you will get 11 answers.

I know that besides what is the best prepper firearm, what is the best way to store food is probably the hottest topic.

Well, today I am going to talk about my Cheap Food Storage Plan and why it is best for my family’s situation.

I needed something that was shelf stable long term as I am not panic buying because I believe a disaster will come next week – but rather I am hedging my bets just in case.

Additionally, I needed something easy to store so it did not get overly confusing to my wife

Also, I needed something cheap – because in a fight between might need later and need diapers now – diapers win…

I did not need to worry about:

  • Food that was particularly easy to cook
  • Compact size
  • Food allergies
  • Low water/pre-cooked

This narrowed down my search, and once I determined my food storage strategy, I was able to spend some time finding cheaper sources of supply.

Here is the basal metabolic calculator as mentioned in the podcast:

You can find several articles on my website discussing how to prepare the foods mentioned for long-term storage – just use the search function, or click the food and water link under “Categories”.

The show is scheduled for Monday at 10pm central time at this link.

If you cannot listen on Monday, you can always download the podcast for listening at your own leisure.