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Getting Ready for Winter 101: Emergency Supplies on a Budget

How do you prepare for emergencies in a frugal manner? This is a good question. I am not sure that it can be done completely on the cheap, but here are some ideas for you. Remember: Sometimes spending a little extra up front will allow you to save a good amount of money over time. And you will not have to worry so much about … Continue reading Getting Ready for Winter 101: Emergency Supplies on a Budget

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Getting Ready for Winter 101: Yard and Garden Cleanup

There is a lot to do outside during the autumn months to prepare for winter. Taking care of things now will save you money over time because you will not have to replace things so often. Doing so also means that toys, furniture and other items will not be in the way when you are trying to shovel or someone decides to be nice and … Continue reading Getting Ready for Winter 101: Yard and Garden Cleanup

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Getting Ready for Winter 101: Heating Considerations

Heating costs are so high, and fuel assistance programs are being cut back. In Maine, I have heard that there will not be as much funding as there has been in previous years. Many Mainers have reconsidered how they heat there homes because electric and oil heat have become so expensive. How will you be heating your home? Electricity Many low-income dwellings make use of … Continue reading Getting Ready for Winter 101: Heating Considerations

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Getting Ready for Winter 101: Shovels and Salt

  With winter right around the corner, it is time purchase necessities or take them out of storage. My suggestion is to use good quality items, as they will last longer. This, in turn, means you will spend less money over time. Shovels I suggestion one for each family member. I also like to have an extra one for out back. To save money, it … Continue reading Getting Ready for Winter 101: Shovels and Salt

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Getting Ready for Winter 101: Covering Windows

Covering all the windows of your home this fall will help you to save money on heating costs this winter. Use sturdy plastic rather than the cheap stuff so you do not have to replace all the plastic every single year. Do so only when necessary. Materials measuring tape utility knife or scissors window plastic nails wood slats hammer Before you begin, the height and … Continue reading Getting Ready for Winter 101: Covering Windows

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Getting Ready for Winter 101: Banking Your Home

The winter months are close at hand, and we are all looking for ways to save money while preparing for this cold time of year. Many homes will benefit from banking this winter. By performing this task, you will save money on your heating bill and prevent pipes from freezing. Banking your home is easy, but expect to spend a good portion of a day … Continue reading Getting Ready for Winter 101: Banking Your Home

Winter Prep: 2008 (Done so far)

Right now, I am working on the pantry. Zowie got most of the trailer banked today, and I have had my appointment with fuel assistance. The heat tape has been plugged in. I will be doing more during the upcoming week. Who knew that it was going to get so cold, so soon. We usually do most of our winter prep stuff in November. I have also … Continue reading Winter Prep: 2008 (Done so far)

Fuel Assistance and Morals

On October 6th, I had an appointment to sign up for fuel assistance. I do not do this often. In fact, I have only done this twice in my life, when my daughters were just little girls. They are now 18 and 16. Not that I wouldn’t have qualified the other years, but I just knew that there were people who needed more than I … Continue reading Fuel Assistance and Morals

Preparing for Winter

By Shannon Buck – Copyright September 2006 Winter is not far off, and we are beginning to prepare at our home.  These are the steps that we are taking this year. Hopefully some of the steps will help to save us a little money. * My old porch was rotting away. Two of the steps had already broken, and a couple more would have before … Continue reading Preparing for Winter

A Fruitful Visit to the Food Cupboard, and What the Food will be Used For

Yesterdays food cupboard visit went well. My nephew went with me and we were able to carry everything home on our walk back. We brought the canvas bags so as bot to be wasteful. This is what we received: a vegetable platter: carrots, broccoli, celery and tomatoes with dip a head of cabbage a head of cauliflower a container of cherry tomatoes a loaf of bread … Continue reading A Fruitful Visit to the Food Cupboard, and What the Food will be Used For

Fuel Assistance

Everyone who may possibly qualify for this should set up their appointments now. I actually did this through Penquis CAP last month, and my appointment is in October. Fuel assistance will not pay for all of your oil, but it will pay for some. This can be very helpful. There are also other benefits if you qualify. Discounts on your phone bill, and I think … Continue reading Fuel Assistance

Early Preparation for Winter, of Sorts

I have heard from different people that they are concerned about the upcoming winter months. In all honesty, I am concerned myself. Some of the questions I receive are: How can I make it through a winter here? Will I make it through the winter? Have I cut all of the corners that I can? I have no idea. I keep analyzing everything myself, wondering … Continue reading Early Preparation for Winter, of Sorts

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Heat Tape, Winter Preparation

Good morning everyone! I received an email from a very nice lady this morning, a reader who has benefited from this blog. I love receiving emails from my readers. It helps me to know what topics everyone needs me to post on. We all live different lives, and we all need different things. NOTE: A man not so kindly pointed out to me one day … Continue reading Heat Tape, Winter Preparation