Frugality

The Bucket List: The many uses of buckets and help finding the right one!

The Bucket List: The many uses of buckets and help finding the right one!

The importance of a good bucket cannot be stressed enough. There are a lot of different buckets and some are better for some things than others. I am going to…

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.

How to Sharpen Razor Blades for the Long Term

How to Sharpen Razor Blades for the Long Term

These days I have been doing a lot of thinking about my daily hygiene and beauty routine as it relates to a long term survival situation.  I don’t want to…

Cryptocurrencies for Preppers: Investing in Cryptos for Self-Reliance

Cryptocurrencies for Preppers: Investing in Cryptos for Self-Reliance

Intro: What is Cryptocurrency? Most of you have probably heard of Bitcoin and the concept of cryptocurrency, or “cryptos.” But if you’re like most people, beyond the fact that it’s…

Cryptocurrencies and Preppers – a Match Made in Heaven?

Cryptocurrencies and Preppers – a Match Made in Heaven?

Cryptocurrencies are taking off! Values for many cryptocurrencies have skyrocketed this year. You will be hearing about them more and more so you had might as well begin understanding them…

The Ultimate Guide To The Best Survival Water Filters

The Ultimate Guide To The Best Survival Water Filters

Water filtration is one of the most if not the most important part of any survival plan. You can do for a while without a lot of things but water…

Top 5 Easy-to-ID Edible Mushrooms for Beginners

Top 5 Easy-to-ID Edible Mushrooms for Beginners

There’s something otherworldly and mysterious about the world of fungi, which is part of the reason taking the dive into wild mushroom hunting can be so intimidating. Even after becoming…

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?

It is Never Too Late to Embrace Personal Austerity

It is Never Too Late to Embrace Personal Austerity

Whenever my travels take me to the Seattle area, I am amazed at the extent of conspicuous consumption. The fancy cars, the filled-to-the-brim shopping bags, and the crammed-to-the-gills restaurants are…

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!

Depression Cooking: A Visit to Clara’s Kitchen

Depression Cooking: A Visit to Clara’s Kitchen

Depression cooking is a skill that we all should learn. Come in to Clara’s kitchen to see how to eat well when food and money are scarce. You will become both motivated and charmed!

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.

Making Bread in a Breadmaker is Not Just for Wimps

Making Bread in a Breadmaker is Not Just for Wimps

At the risk of being accused of selling out to the world of electronic gizmos, let me say this: Bread making using an automatic bread maker is nothing to be ashamed of. And, as a matter of fact, using a bread machine can easily and reliably deliver healthy, wholesome bread for minutes of your time and pennies instead of dollars.

A Bit of Ancient History

I purchased my first automatic bread machine over twenty years ago when they were the latest new-fangled kitchen appliance. In those days, the only recipes available were those that came in the skinny little user manual that came with the machine itself. So early adopters such as myself had to learn the ropes the hard way: we invented them ourselves.

There was no internet in those days (circa 1990) but there were online services such as Prodigy and that is where like minded bakers would congregate and share bread making tips as well as our custom crafted recipes. For me it was a hobby and a delicious one at that.

My first machine was a Hitachi B101 which I purchased at Costco for about $200. It produces a tall skinny loaf with a domed top. Not real pretty to look at and tough to slice but heck, the results smelled and tasted delicious.

About ten years later I purchased a more compact machine for use on my boat. Let me tell you, there was nothing like sitting out at anchor with the generator quietly running and the aroma of fresh baked bread baking. I still have that bread machine, the Oster 2 lb. ExpressBake Breadmaker. Until about a month ago, it was gathering dust in my garage.

The Return of the Bread Machine Maven