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1. Get food at a food auction to get low prices.
2. Get food that a local grocery store is about to throw out.
Eat fresh, can and give to our animals.
3. Buy cars for under $1500 and do the repairs on them as necessary.December 21, 2013 at 4:57 pm in reply to: Happy Yule! Budget101 Countdown to Christmas Challenge Day #3 ( 3 days left!!) #445985
I’d make homemade “just add water” meals-in-jars (to have on hand for power outages) for our extended family using home dehydrated ingredients.
My theme is Power Outage Preparation Basket. These items will provide a meal to fix on a wood fire as well as a few other items to help the unprepared to keep up their morale.
Line a basket with a space blanket. Fill with these mixes:
Cajun-Style Popcorn Mix (plus unpopped popcorn) – $0.60
Vegetable Soup Mix – $1.09
2-Ingredient No-Knead Bread Ingredients- $1.25
Zucchini Bread baked in a Jar Mix- $1.84
2 packets instant coffee – $0.46
2 packets coffee creamer powder – $0.12
2 packets sugar – (free – leftover from a restaurant visit)
2 packets hot chocolate – $0.74
12 tealights from Ikea $0.04ea – $0.36
print out of instructions for how to turn tealights into a room heater – $0.05
playing cards – $1.00
rules to various card games (printed out from internet) $0.25
2 light sticks – $2.00
print out of instructions for how to turn a light stick into a room light from internet $0.05
Manual can opener $2.69
1 space blanket (plus 1 for liner and one for wrapping) – $3.00
10 Home-made Waterproof matches $0.05
The trick to keeping the costs as low as this is using home dehydrated and home canned items wherever possible as well as buying in bulk and/or on sale with coupon.