Half and Half Substitute

Save money with this less expensive substitute. If you have any left over, pop it into the freezer to use later.

half and halfSave money with this less expensive substitute. If you have any left over, pop it into the freezer to use later.

4 1/2 teaspoons melted butter
1 cup milk (minus a little, see directions below)

Put the melted butter into a cup measure and, when cooled, add enough milk to make one cup.

~Heather in the Kitchen

My Visit to Emergency Essentials

I wms-l500as back in Utah last week and had a chance to finally visit an Emergency Essentials store. It was great! I look through their catalog every time it comes in the mail, but to actually visit the store was a real treat. They had everything that was in their catalog, but it was nice to hold it in my hand. While I was there a grabbed a couple of things we could use, but was easy enough to haul back to Colorado. The main cool toy was the Bucket Opener. These are super handy and cheap. Makes opening and closing food storage buckets a ton easier. They ranged from $1.95 to $14.95 for a full aluminum one that does it all. The plastic ones seemed fairly strong. I opted for the one picked below, they were $4.95 and included a bung opener for our water storage barrels. I bought 10 of them so if anyone in Colorado wants one, let me know and you can save the shipping. I also grabbed a couple other items. I bought the Sportsman Lighter , 8 Emergency Ponchos, and a Portable Toilet kit.

The portable toilet kit is great. You can use a regular 5 gallon bucket and snap this toilet seat setup on it. This gives you a nice portable toilet you can use and easily relocate if needed. I bought this more for camping, but would come in handy in times of emergencies.

This has become my new favorite store! Whenever I am visiting Utah I will be sure to swing in for more essentials.

Tips to saving grocery money: Bulk Food Storage


One of the easiest ways to stretch a grocery bill is to buy in bulk and use longer term storage. These Food Grade pails are the best I’ve found for doing just that. They are for sale now at our website at: www.grainbucket.com SEPTEMBER 09 PRE-SHIPMENT SALE GOING ON NOW – 20% OFF Best Blessings! Donna

DIY Solar Panels

One of the things I would like to do is build my own solar panel. With the high price of panels, it makes it hard to get your hands on them sometimes. I found this article explaining how to make your own:

One of the things I would like to do is build my own solar panel. With the high price of panels, it makes it hard to get your hands on them sometimes. I found this article explaining how to make your own:


Build a 60 Watt Solar PanelMore DIY How To Projects

Kids Eat For Free!

I found this great website and wanted to share it with everyone! I am all about saving money, but still like to go out to eat from time to time. Kids Eat For is a great site that lists Restaurants in your area that offer Kids Eat For Free deals! Not only that, you can choose which day and it will list just those restaurants running the special that day! Great idea!

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Kids Eat For Free– and nobody in the family has to cook!

I found this great website and wanted to share it with everyone! I am all about saving money, but still like to go out to eat from time to time. Kids Eat For is a great site that lists Restaurants in your area that offer Kids Eat For Free deals! Not only that, you can choose which day and it will list just those restaurants running the special that day! Great idea!

But wait, theres more! You can also download an app onto your iPhone or Google Android that will do it on the fly! There are times when we go to run errands and they end up taking longer than planned. So having an app on your phone helps know which restaurants support kids!

Here is a rather lengthy list that I found:

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