The 7 Day Challenge: DAY 5 (MONDAY)

Welcome to the 7 Day Challenge. For 7 days, we are testing our Emergency Preparedness and Food Storage Plans. Each day will bring a NEW mock emergency, or situation that will test at least one of the reasons “WHY” we strive to be prepared! REMEMBER: No going to a store, or spending any money for the entire 7 days! And please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation.

Something has happened with payroll at your job. For some reason all of the company’s assets have been frozen. You won’t be getting paid for at least the next 2 months. You are hesitant to leave and find another job since they are few and far between these days. You have to save money and conserve the cash you have like crazy. If you have a reserve of money saved up you are hesitant to use very much of it.
Today’s Goal: Practice frugal living for tough economic times.


Today’s Tasks:

  • Cook breakfast from scratch – you can’t afford store bought pre-made items
  • Cook lunch from scratch – you can’t afford store bought pre-made items
  • Cook dinner from scratch – and you’ve already used up all your freezer foods!
  • Do a fun -FREE- family activity tonight

Today’s Limitations:

  • For this day, and ALL days of the challenge: no spending money, no going to stores, and no restaurants.
  • You can’t make any foods from pre-packaged items. Everything must be from scratch using food storage items.
  • You have had to cut back on your expenses so you don’t have Internet access any more (no searching online for recipes)
    We give you permission to break the “no spending rule” and buy food storage cookbooks online today if you find you have NONE in your house

Advanced Tasks:

  • It’s one of your dearest friend’s birthday – do something nice for them without spending money
  • If things get any worse, you’re going to have to sell some of your things- make a list of items you could/would sell
REMEMBER, TOMORROW’S CHALLENGE WILL BE DIFFERENT.


Make sure your fill out today’s Report Card to see how well you did, to keep track of areas you can improve, to remember things you need to do, and things you need to buy. Use the data to make a game plan to take you to the next level of preparedness, whatever that may be.


  • Carolina Farm Girl

    As with many others, this was an easy challenge. I have baked from scratch for most of my life (although, we have some store bought canned items for our storage and we eat these only for rotational purposes) and have always been frugal. Breakfast was steel cut oatmeal with strawberries from garden. Lunch was home-made bread toasted with cheese, sliced apples (from orchard) and carrots (from garden). Dinner was pasta with home made sauce, broiled garlic toast and green salad (from garden) and dessert was sommores (spelling???) on the fire pit I bought my husband. For my friend, a coupon book (one of my favorite gifts to make and give) with coupons for: doing her laundry, making a dinner for her family, watching the kids for a ‘date night’, etc. As for entertainment, we played a board game and took turns reading one of our favorite books. One thing we have done for years is have a stash of cash in case we don’t have access to our funds in the bank. We don’t have many attachments to our “things” – except a few very old family heirlooms that would be hard to part with – so, there is no problem there. However, I would start with things we have already slated for barter.

  • Nancy-kitchen

    I loved todays challange. I make it a game to live frugally, and save money. I get “points” fro saving money. It would cost us about $4.00 to buy a loaf of bread here. Using ingriedients from Costco, I can make it for about .75! 325 “points!” I like to make foods from scratch as I can use whole wheat flour which is MUCH more healthy than white flour, and your food is free of harmfull additives and colorings.
    For Family home evening we take turns reading the scriptures or the Childrens Friend. Iy has improved our kids reading skills for school. For games we play board games. For desert we like popcorn (home made of course) andhomemade lemonade (we have a lemon tree)
    It would be fun to have a friend to compete against to see who could get themost points in a week.

  • emzwee

    We’ve been doing temp work only since the beginning of the year, then halfway through the year discovered major food allergies with my bf baby, so everything is from scratch already. Hard for us, but I think better. 

  • susan m

    Wow, such a wonderful spirts from all of you! We too are retired and living on a limited income, or lack there of. We also have been blessed with a large food storage, we do like the rest of you can, freeze, dehydrate what ever it takes. Take what ever the Lord sends our way and make the best out of it. I am reminded again and again, money cannot buy happiness or time! Making the most of the time! Spending it with family and friends makes everything else seem not quite so important! God Bless!

  • Becky

     I am so glad I canned hamburger on sale, was going to try  cornhog muffins with hot dogs but used the canned cooked hamburger instead was good, canned fruit and veggies for dinner. I am lucky I am a lunch lady so I get lunch for free. And had smmothies for breaksfast.

  • EncyWncySpidey

    I agree, this is no challenge, I run out of money by the 3rd week of the month a lot. LOL
    Anyway, I had to go to WalMart for dog food. I did not have enough of that in storage but will fix that for sure. Can’t let my ‘baby’ go without and he is diabetic so I can’t really change his diet. And I confess, while I was there I bought some milk. Didn’t have to because I have powdered milk… but i was there and it just kind of happened  LOL

  • Melissa RK

    Does freezer foods include meat uncooked in the freezer?  Breakfast: eggs with dehydrated spinach.  Lunch a protein shake (sorry, sort of dieting).  Supper is in the crockpot, dehydrated onion, freeze dried bell peppers, beef from freezer.  I have dehydrated green beans and corn to go with that.  I will add my home canned potatoes when I get home (they are already cooked from pressure canning).  

    • OutdoorsMom

      “Does freezer foods include meat uncooked in the freezer?”

      I assume that it does, the rules say “you’ve already used up all your freezer foods”.

      I’m probably breaking the rule as well.  When I bake bread, I make 4 loaves at a time and freeze 3, so today we are having one of those loaves, but I could just as easily bake another batch today.

      When it comes to frozen uncooked meat, it’s not something you can really make from scratch with storage foods, so I’m assuming that it breaks the rules.

      Not sure why it’s a rule though, my freezer is part of my storage and I stock up on meat when it is on sale or I can get a really good deal on a freezer pack from a local meat company.

  • Sunbeam852

    There’s no ‘challenge’ in Day 5. Already there.

  • Hand2heart4u

    Oops, forgot the fun free family activity:
    We’re kind of tired from the week of camping so I think I’ll give the kids and Dad a treat and let them watch a DVD from our collection. I am headed to my monthly quilt guild meeting…does that break the rules because I’m leaving the house????

  • Hand2heart4u

    Our family of 7 just got back from camping at the beach for a week with no electricity and cooking mostly over the fire to find that the 7-Day Challenge had already started….so I will jump right in. I hadn’t had a chance to go to the grocery store since we got back so today’s challenge was appropriate!
    Breakfast: Took out a loaf of homemade sweetbread from the freezer and had bananas on hand.
    Lunch: Pound of pasta from the pantry with homemade cheese sauce= mac-n-cheese, great on a chilly fall day. I saute-ed onions and cabbage in the pan drippings from searing the venison roast earlier and served that on the side.
    Dinner: (in the crockpot since about 11am) Venison Roast(we were blessed with 7 deer last fall which we butchered and packaged ourselves) with onions and potatoes. I’ll add canned tomatoes and carrots closer to serving time and serve it all over rice. A friend just gave me two jars of her homemade applesauce and last night before I went to bed I made homemade peanut butter cookies (1c melted peanutbutter, 1 cup sugar, 1 egg; mix well spoon onto ungreased cookies sheets and bake at 350 8-10 min) I get 21 cookies=3 each 🙂
    The kids will probably want an afternoon snack so I’ll make popcorn and ..that’ll do it!

    Birthday gift for my friend….homemade card and probably some peanut butter cookies!

  • Hand2heart4u

    Our family of 7 just got back from camping at the beach for a week with no electricity and cooking mostly over the fire to find that the 7-Day Challenge had already started….so I will jump right in. I hadn’t had a chance to go to the grocery store since we got back so today’s challenge was appropriate!
    Breakfast: Took out a loaf of homemade sweetbread from the freezer and had bananas on hand.
    Lunch: Pound of pasta from the pantry with homemade cheese sauce= mac-n-cheese, great on a chilly fall day. I saute-ed onions and cabbage in the pan drippings from searing the venison roast earlier and served that on the side.
    Dinner: (in the crockpot since about 11am) Venison Roast(we were blessed with 7 deer last fall which we butchered and packaged ourselves) with onions and potatoes. I’ll add canned tomatoes and carrots closer to serving time and serve it all over rice. A friend just gave me two jars of her homemade applesauce and last night before I went to bed I made homemade peanut butter cookies (1c melted peanutbutter, 1 cup sugar, 1 egg; mix well spoon onto ungreased cookies sheets and bake at 350 8-10 min) I get 21 cookies=3 each 🙂
    The kids will probably want an afternoon snack so I’ll make popcorn and ..that’ll do it!

    Birthday gift for my friend….homemade card and probably some peanut butter cookies!

  • Stephanie

    For my friends birthday I would help her organize her cupboards and her pantry or vaccum her house.If things got worse I could sell almost everything I own except my emergency supplies.

  • Heyyou63plus2

    Like many of you on here this is a normal day for us.   We live on SS and for the past 4 years the economy in our farming area has been in the tank.  The only jobs available are minimum wage and that isn’t enough to live on for a man and his son so my son and his son have moved in with us.   We can everything we can get our hands on and make from scratch what we eat.  I reuse all my plastic bags buy washing them and also my aluminum foil.   We limit the trips into tow for anything.  If there is something we need in town we make a list of everything we need and get it all in one trip.  Usually it is worked around our need to refill our medicine !  For those of you in need of instructions for soap just search the net for home made laundry soap !  It’s cheep and works fine.   I try my best not to waste anything.  Everything left over in the fridg. is made into soup one day or a casserole.  The dried bread ends in the bag are dried into bread crumbs or croutons for salad and kept in another plastic bag.  Their are also Italian soups that use bread or leftover heals etc. as a thickning in the soup.  So don’t throw away anything, use it.  I have made bed quilts for my kids when they were younger, out of the back of the legs of their jeans.  No need to try to quilt just tie some yarn or heavy crochet thread in the corners of every joined block and also in the middle.  I used old sheets or blankets as the middle and cheep cotton for the backing , some times I didn’t fill the middle as they were heavy enough as it was with the denimum , so just put the backing on and called it good.  At one time we couldn’t afford fuel to heat the house so I placed plastic garbage bags over the windows and then lined them with aluminum foil on the inside.  With this being done the foil reflected the body heat from who ever was in the room, usually the bedroom, and they were as warm as toast !

  • Heyyou63plus2

    Like many of you on here this is a normal day for us.   We live on SS and for the past 4 years the economy in our farming area has been in the tank.  The only jobs available are minimum wage and that isn’t enough to live on for a man and his son so my son and his son have moved in with us.   We can everything we can get our hands on and make from scratch what we eat.  I reuse all my plastic bags buy washing them and also my aluminum foil.   We limit the trips into tow for anything.  If there is something we need in town we make a list of everything we need and get it all in one trip.  Usually it is worked around our need to refill our medicine !  For those of you in need of instructions for soap just search the net for home made laundry soap !  It’s cheep and works fine.   I try my best not to waste anything.  Everything left over in the fridg. is made into soup one day or a casserole.  The dried bread ends in the bag are dried into bread crumbs or croutons for salad and kept in another plastic bag.  Their are also Italian soups that use bread or leftover heals etc. as a thickning in the soup.  So don’t throw away anything, use it.  I have made bed quilts for my kids when they were younger, out of the back of the legs of their jeans.  No need to try to quilt just tie some yarn or heavy crochet thread in the corners of every joined block and also in the middle.  I used old sheets or blankets as the middle and cheep cotton for the backing , some times I didn’t fill the middle as they were heavy enough as it was with the denimum , so just put the backing on and called it good.  At one time we couldn’t afford fuel to heat the house so I placed plastic garbage bags over the windows and then lined them with aluminum foil on the inside.  With this being done the foil reflected the body heat from who ever was in the room, usually the bedroom, and they were as warm as toast !

    • Sunbeam852

      I feel so sorry for you. We are in a similar situation and understand your situation. Please know that you are not alone and I hope things can get better for you some day.

  • Heyyou63plus2

    This is for those that are interrested in making laundry soap.  I got this from the internet and bought the ingred. from Wal mart but you can get them from the grocery store or Amazon.com
    The ingredients you will eed are: a big 2 gallon bucket or larger.= 1 bar of Fels Naptha soap or Ivory or a brand called Zote.    Washing Soda (not baking soda ).   Borax (look for 20 mule team borax).  If you can’t find these in the laundry isle then ask the grocer to order them for you if he can, or get them on line at Amazon.com.  Recipe:  Using a hand grater (like for grating cheese) grate 1/3 bar of the soap into a pan and add 6 cups of water.  Heat and stir till soap melts.  Add 1/2 cup of washing soda and 1/2 cup of Borax powder.  Stir till dissolved.  Remove from heat.  Pour 4 cups. hot water into a 2 gal. bucket.  Now add soap mixture and stir.  Now add 1 gallon plus 6 cups water and stir.  Let sit for 24 hrs.   It will gel.  This is not a solid gel just a thick gel, kind of like egg white!   Use 1/2 cup per load.   This is very low sudsing so don’t look for suds.  It is not the suds that clean anyway it is the soap itself.  If you want a nice smell then add about 1/2 oz or so of a essential oil.  Such as Lavender or orange or some form of fragrant herb.  This is a very cost saving !  There are several sites on the internet that give this or a similar recipe!
    I too know what it is to be strapped for money.  My husband and I are on SS.  We are also having to support my oldest son and my teenage grandson.   Minimum wage doesn’t go far and they have not been able to recive any help from the gov.  I’m glad for that, because I believe in doing for ourselves.  I was out my plastic food storage bags and reuse them I also wash my used aluminum foil and reuse it.  I try to conserve on everything I possibly can.  A lot of the times we don’t celebrate birthdays or anniversaries.  If we do it is for the little children in the family.  We do all the family games and card games and celebrate Christmas ad Easter with a family pot luck get together.  Anything can be  a celebration if that is what you want it to be.  We are grateful for what we ave and are concerned with trying to educate others how to make it through these tough times.  God Bless you all.

  • Any easy day! We can meat and veggies so all is good!
    Sausage gravy and biscuts …..for breakfast….maybe a Mexican cass. in the sun oven later
    I have already started selling things that we do not need…..but need the money more!
    Choc. brownies for that special treat!

  • Paul

    We normally have a six month stash of cash to fall back on if this were to happen. Fortunately my company is good enough to let me work remote and if this type of scenario were to happen it would be ok. Everything is paid for including house, car and the truck is almost paid off. However… We just had to put in a new well which took all of our savings and we had to get a loan too. We really had to think hard on this as it put us back into debt. We need water though so not much choice. We now have no backup funds so not sure how this would play out if it really happened.
    We moved from suburbia to our bug out location in the mountains a couple years ago. We had to take a really hard look at what to keep and bring with vs get rid of when we moved. Going from 2100 square feet with basement to 1000 square feet with no basement means we don’t have much to start with anymore. In reality it’s a good thing. Wife does manage to find stuff in the recycle shops and garage sales that she sells on ebay to make a couple bucks but not much. Really we would be in a tough place right now with the economy and job markets being in the toilet.
    For the food part we try to make a lot of things from scratch anyway so not a big deal. We do enjoy the prepackaged stuff like anyone else but we could get away without it. When we get the greenhouse in next summer i think most of the prepackages stuff will just not be used anymore. We have about a years worth of food preps collected so we could live off that totally if needed. It’s turkey season right now and hoping to bag one or two for some fresh meat. The stuff in the store is just getting so expensive.

  • Paul

    We normally have a six month stash of cash to fall back on if this were to happen. Fortunately my company is good enough to let me work remote and if this type of scenario were to happen it would be ok. Everything is paid for including house, car and the truck is almost paid off. However… We just had to put in a new well which took all of our savings and we had to get a loan too. We really had to think hard on this as it put us back into debt. We need water though so not much choice. We now have no backup funds so not sure how this would play out if it really happened.
    We moved from suburbia to our bug out location in the mountains a couple years ago. We had to take a really hard look at what to keep and bring with vs get rid of when we moved. Going from 2100 square feet with basement to 1000 square feet with no basement means we don’t have much to start with anymore. In reality it’s a good thing. Wife does manage to find stuff in the recycle shops and garage sales that she sells on ebay to make a couple bucks but not much. Really we would be in a tough place right now with the economy and job markets being in the toilet.
    For the food part we try to make a lot of things from scratch anyway so not a big deal. We do enjoy the prepackaged stuff like anyone else but we could get away without it. When we get the greenhouse in next summer i think most of the prepackages stuff will just not be used anymore. We have about a years worth of food preps collected so we could live off that totally if needed. It’s turkey season right now and hoping to bag one or two for some fresh meat. The stuff in the store is just getting so expensive.

  • Misti

    For the most part, we too live this way already.  Cant trust what they put in pre made “food” items.

  • Lynne

    Sorry this comment is off topic.  It applies to the 1st challenge of water.  I attended a stake preparedness fair over the weekend (actually I was in charge of it, so I haven’t participated in the challenges much this year) and learned a great way to take a shower with very little water.  Buy one of those containers that you use to mix pesticides in, one with the pump  up pressure handle. Keep this one only for water emergencies, maybe with your camping equipment. Fill It, pump it up, and spray yourself, soap up, pump it up, and spray yourself again. Now you have showered. This uses only a quart or two of water.  I thought it was a pretty neat idea.

    • Misti

      Pump sprayers work great, thats what we use when we are away from water .

    • Misti

      Pump sprayers work great, thats what we use when we are away from water .

    • Misti

      Pump sprayers work great, thats what we use when we are away from water .

    • Heyyou63plus2

      Lynn, this is the best idea I have seen in a long time.  It can be used in the house or where ever it is needed.  Thanks for the info.

    • Heyyou63plus2

      Lynn, this is the best idea I have seen in a long time.  It can be used in the house or where ever it is needed.  Thanks for the info.

    • Heyyou63plus2

      Lynn, this is the best idea I have seen in a long time.  It can be used in the house or where ever it is needed.  Thanks for the info.

  • OutdoorsMom

    DH has been out of work off and on over the past few years, fortunately he is working right now but we’ve been very thankful for how God has provided for us in our times of need, for our food storage, for our savings, and for our lack of debt.  Today’s challenge doesn’t actually change the menu for today at all:

    This morning will be Porridge of steel-cut Oats (soaked overnight) and Raisins with some Maple Syrup.

    School/work lunches are thermoses of home pressure-canned Chicken Veggie Soup (with noodles that I’m cooking in as I warm up the soup–it’s on the stove right now as I’m typing) with Crackers, an Apple off the trees in our yard, and home-made Yogurt with home-made jam stirred in.

    Dinner will be Tuna Casserole (macaroni noodles, white sauce, sauteed onions and carrots from the garden, tuna) with home-made whole-wheat Bread (only problem with this part of dinner is that I bake 4 loaves at a time and I took this one out of the freezer last night so I hope it doesn’t break the rules) and a Salad of lettuce, tomatoes, green onions and cukes from the garden.

    • OutdoorsMom

      Oh, for the friend’s birthday I would make her a card and give her a little home-made booklet of “coupons” for free babysitting for her 3 little ones.

      If we needed the money and had to sell something, I would put my wedding china on eBay.  We do use it for big family get togethers, and whenever the kids want to eat in the dining room (about once a month) but we really wouldn’t miss it. 

      We are a pretty pared down family with not a lot of stuff so not really anything else to sell, but when DH was out of work we cut off cable tv and internet (and used the library for internet to check our email etc.) so if we were at that point again I guess we could sell the tv as well (not sure we’d get anything for it though, as it is old).

  • Brchbell

    Oh well this one is easy for me!  since we retired we’re always broke!  We make everything from scratch because everything at the store is full of GMO’s and steroid’s which our bodies can’t safely process. We even make our own chips!  Not just potato chips but frito & dorito type chips.  All kinds of crackers.  We’ve learned to live on air.  Put $20 into envelopes so we’ll have gas money through out the month.  Not ready to start riding the horses to town yet! 

    • Peggypsp

      Oh, would you please share how to make frito’s?  I LOVE those but you are so right about the chemicals in the store-bought chips.  Thanks!!!

    • Peggypsp

      Oh, would you please share how to make frito’s?  I LOVE those but you are so right about the chemicals in the store-bought chips.  Thanks!!!

  • April

    phew, finally an easy one! we’ve always been ones to live below our means and especially so since hubby went 2 1/2 years without a regular job. He’s been employed for a year now but we still dont eat out, we cook from scratch, do free activities around town(with 3 kids we have to!), etc.

    And does going to my high school daughter’s football game(she cheers) counts as our free activity because we bought passes to get us in all year?(and we dont have to pay anyways for the 4 year old)

  • Beachy1mom

    Today we had garden omelets with tomatoes and squash and basil picked this morning.  Lunch will be cucumber and butter sandwiches with home made biscuits.  Special treat for my friend will be beef strogonoff dinner (all from food storage) with fresh strawberries and mint fresh from the garden also.  If we really needed money, we could sell our pop up tent trailer and I have lots of fabric and could make quilts to sell.
    All summer, we’ve been eatting as much fresh vegies from the garden as possible.  The leftovers get frozen, canned or dehydrated.  We have at least 6 months supply of food storage and if necessary, could stretch it out another month or 2.  Working on finding room for another 6 months supply too.

  • We have been living that way for about a year now.

  • Dahlsden

    Sure glad I canned those chickens…only trouble they are a little salty, used too much canning salt in the jars.  Sure miss getting Faiths Best Flour

  • Grandma S

    This one is right up my ally.  We cook everything from scratch and most of our meals come from things we raise right here on our lot. Veggies, raspberries and lots of rabbits. I have my wheat storage and powdered milk and eggs. Keep plenty of yeast on hand. Have to buy salt and sugar to can the fruit we buy in season and can. We live on a very small budget and it is not going to get any bigger. But we are prepared as best we can be and this challenge will not even be noticed, I don’t think.

  • Rhonnie

    Oh!  Birthdays.  Where do I start… Midnight picnics are a blast.  Camping, and the party around a campfire.  Home sewn lounge pants (there’s some nice two-piece patterns on the market, or if some old ones fit that can’t be worn, they can be taken apart and made into a pattern.  That’s with anything).  Favorite meal made.  Movie night, and these things can be acquired at the library or borrowed (inter-library loan can give you a better selection).  A favorite book (garage sale, barter, some libraries trade or sell used for donation).  Give the kid/mom/dad/significant other a free day and do their chores.  Anybody into crafts?  Quilts are nice.

  • Rhonnie

    Oh!  Birthdays.  Where do I start… Midnight picnics are a blast.  Camping, and the party around a campfire.  Home sewn lounge pants (there’s some nice two-piece patterns on the market, or if some old ones fit that can’t be worn, they can be taken apart and made into a pattern.  That’s with anything).  Favorite meal made.  Movie night, and these things can be acquired at the library or borrowed (inter-library loan can give you a better selection).  A favorite book (garage sale, barter, some libraries trade or sell used for donation).  Give the kid/mom/dad/significant other a free day and do their chores.  Anybody into crafts?  Quilts are nice.

  • Laura

    This one I don’t have to do because its happening to us now. Hubbys hours were cut back diresticly right ow each moth we r only bringing in enough for rent and we have debt from a few years back that we are still workig on paying off.  This just started this month and we are already running out of food and are having to get help paying bills and we have had a three birthdays and our anniversary this month which have had to be special things with no money.

     I still have internet because it’s my way of staying up to date on going ons and my husband is looking for new work (easier because than we are not limited to library hours)

    Hmm but now I should figure out some things to make for dinner with no freezer items. Looks like it will be vegatairan tonight as I have no canned meat.

  • Rhonnie

    Sorry.  That’s been the way of it for quite some time.  I still have a job, but they’re slowly fading.  A few years ago, my children and I decided to co-habitate to save money.  But the economy munched on everything we could save or do (several things happened to help that that couldn’t be prevented, and were out of our control.  But I have a new grandson, when we thought my daughter couldn’t have children.  So it’s good).  
    Long story short – the kids do a lot of work for trade, and whatever they can find.  I do online freelance work when I can get it.  My internet is paid through trade.  We also trade work for produce, which is processed and stored.  Home cooking is a matter of course, due to rampant food allergies and high metabolisms.  And we all eat so much better than we did, because of it.  We’ve now got more people in a slightly larger space, but we’ve found ways to make it work.  And there’s a little more space for a larger garden next season.  Everything’s recycled if it has a use, and sales are an addiction.  If it can be re-sold, so much the better.  Few things are bought retail, except for those things that just shouldn’t be bought used (socks and underwear, etc.).  The money that’s left goes for medications and things that there’s just no choice on.  We didn’t lose all of it because we lived above our means – there were no means to live above.  But we’ve ‘had’ all that before, and are far too spoiled to do without.  
    I don’t mean to laugh, but we’ve been at this for far too long.  And the blessings negate any feelings of depression or remorse.  The only reason why I mention it to begin with is maybe it will help some one else.  It’s not the end of the world, after all.
    But don’t ever think it will never happen to you.  And don’t place all of your emotional investment into ‘things’.  They could go any time, for any reason.  I still want my mercedes back, but only because it was a sweet ride.  But the walk is a good thing.
    Take care, and may you have as many blessings as we do.
    ~Rhonnie

  • Lmrsdiz

    I live this way all the time. I use Freecycle and like websites to get clothes, shoes, toys, etc. for my family. I use the library for entertainment such as reading, computer use, free movies and music. I cook everything from scratch, visit food banks, barter for transportation, collect everything no one else wants. We use cloth diapers, home made laundry soap, wash cloths for baby wipes and every item of my food storage. I am about to lose my home in November. But LIFE is great and we are a happy bunch!

    • Rhonnie

      You too?  I’ve already lost mine.  But things are great.
      Hey, wait – how do you make that laundry soap?  I can’t use mine any more.
      God bless, and I pray that you find a place.
      ~Rhonnie

      • Spitchtara

        I make my own laundry soap, also. Half washing soda, half borax. Then I grate some nice smelling soap and add that. I got washing soda at publix and Alice.com. Borax at walmart. Since the last time I made it, I read online you can make washing soda by oven-drying baking soda. I haven’t tried it and I’m not sure it make financial sense. Hope that helps. Oh and I only use 1/3-1/2 cup per load. Works for me.

  • Rhonnie

    (laughing hysterically) That one’s easy.  I don’t have any money now.