Frugality

Tips for living a frugal lifestyle

How to Dehydrate Green Beans

How to Dehydrate Green Beans

Dehydrating vegetables is an easy and proactive way to add homegrown food to your food security vault. Dehydrating greens beans, like many veggies, is easy. You only need a few . . .

How To Make Jerky

How To Make Jerky

Jerky is an ancient food preservation process that fits well into this modern world. There is a word for jerky – dried meat – in almost all regions of the world. The . . .

The Levels of Financial Collapse

The Levels of Financial Collapse

The possibility of a global economic downturn catches the headlines, but it’s far from the only financial SHTF situation you should be prepping for. In fact, if you’re . . .

The Best Hand Crank Flashlights

The Best Hand Crank Flashlights

Editor’s Note: This is an updated and revised edition from earlier in 2018.  

Hand-cranked flashlights offer light and other functions when out on the trail or during a . . .

How to Recharge Alkaline Batteries

How to Recharge Alkaline Batteries

Did you know that you can recharge alkaline batteries? All you need is the right type of alkaline battery charger in order to give new life to your dead batteries. Here some tips to get your started.

12 Frugal Lessons From the Great Depression

12 Frugal Lessons From the Great Depression

Most of us are too young to remember the Great Depression but thankfully, many of our elders have passed on personal memoirs of the era and how they survived hard times. With today’s uncertainties, it is good to recall some of the frugal lessons from the great depression. Here are twelve.

100 Budget Friendly Items for the Frugal Prepper

100 Budget Friendly Items for the Frugal Prepper

One of the myths of prepping is that it is expensive. Sure, there are many items that are pricey but there are a whole lot more that are are budget-friendly. Many of these 100 items were suggested by Backdoor Survival readers, who, generally speaking, are a frugal bunch. Are there some of your favorites that are missing from this list?

The Sweet Spot of Frugal

The Sweet Spot of Frugal

Without overtly saying so, a typical theme on my website at  Backdoor Survival and others like it is saving money.  Whether it is making your own household products, finding new . . .

12 Tips to Use It Up, Wear It Out and Make It Do

12 Tips to Use It Up, Wear It Out and Make It Do

During the Great Depression, frugality was considered a virtue and the phrase “Use it up, Wear it out, Make it do” was the guiding principal in most households.

Times were tough which meant nothing was wasted. 12 ways that you can use it up or make it do.

How to Make Your Own Dirt Cheap Soft Soap

How to Make Your Own Dirt Cheap Soft Soap

How to make a gallon of Dirt Cheap Soft Soap for 80 cents or less using bar soap, water and glycerin. This is so easy and fun – you will feel like a chemist and yet you are using no harsh chemicals. A total win!

Thanksgiving on a Budget – Tips that will Save you Time and Money

Thanksgiving on a Budget – Tips that will Save you Time and Money

Thanksgiving can be a real budget breaker. But think about it. Is it the meal that counts or is it the camaraderie of sharing the day with family, friends and loved ones? Today I share my tips for having a fabulous Thanksgiving on a budget.

But there is more. I also share three of my tried and true Thanksgiving recipes. Anyone for some turkey, stuffing, and yams?

Coping with the Thanksgiving Day Expense

1. Have a Potluck: Go buy one of those turkeys for you get for 50 cents (or less) per pound with a minimum purchase at your closest supermarket. Get the very largest bird your oven will hold. Typically this will be a frozen turkey so you will have to thaw it first but then go ahead cook it. (I prefer the two hour method which is easy and uses less energy – see below for the recipe.). Let your guests bring everything else. At a typical potluck, the host often cooks the main course and tells everyone else to bring something. No rules other than the rule that says whatever you bring will be fine. No salad and three desserts – who cares? It is all good.