Tuesday, April 21, 2015

consuming to invest 26

CONSUMING TO INVEST 26

Misc.

Let’s wrap up this first section and include a few last items. There are many more, limited to your imagination, but since this isn’t an encyclopedia we’ll conclude with four more items. Wool carding, livestock, antenna and kitchen tools. Wool carding and spinning is taking hair and wool and creating your own yarn for crocheting. Livestock are yummy dead animals to barbeque ( or much more practical, their daily protein substitutes ), that don’t require huge pasture space of specialty feed. A television antenna is that bizarre tool almost unknown today that allows you to stop paying money to the cable or satellite company and yet still watch the boob tube. And kitchen specialty tools allow you to bypass commercially prepared foods or cut back on your costs. Making your own yarn gives you zero cost clothing items. Raising some livestock reduces your meat costs. No cable bill is a large monthly savings and a few simple kitchen tools allow you to cook cheaper.

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I don’t pretend to remember much about how my mother carded and spun wool. I remember having to set up her big ass loom for weaving, a huge pain in the butt if there ever was one, and her using a lot of homemade fibers for churning out foo-foo craft fair items. If I’m recalling right, you have that wood paddle with a huge patch of the pokey metal teeth and the long wood shaft with a base on it and that should be about the only two tools you need besides one to shear the animals. Just search "card and spin wool" along with "animal hairs for spinning" or similar. Since a book could be written separately for nearly every item in this first section, I’ve purposely left out most details. You just need to identify the needed tools from here, then you are on your own researching.

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The best meat to raise is still chickens, as they take very little in the way of feed and provide most of their own calories in bugs and other food items. But better than that, they provide protein every day without dying. Eggs ( and in the case of goats, milk ) are the daily perpetual protein source. The meat is a one time only item. Livestock should only be those animals that mostly feed themselves on non-human food, or deliver protein nearly daily. Nothing else makes economic sense ( pigs are great garbage/waste converters, but only make sense of a farm that provides enough of that-they are useless for the suburbs or a backyard. Even guinea pigs will probably be competing with your food, which just proves further God hated the New World compared to the Old ).

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I am totally confused as to why people pay for cable or satellite service. If you want to watch commercials, why pay for them? If you love a series, why pay for all the other shows you don’t like? A complete years series on DVD is much less than one months bill for cable. Why pay for a bunch of crap movies when you can pick and choose from RedBox and NetFlix? Or, even buy $5 discs from Wal-Mart. A La Carte makes more sense. Get a rooftop TV antenna for a one time only fee, then watch free broadcast TV ( twenty channels, a lot of locations ). Buy movies if cheap, rent if not.

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The kitchen is where a lot of savings happens, as well as a place to improve your health. Just make sure to buy your tools, rather than their luxury fads. A quality set of knives is great, a plastic push and chop machine is stupid. Cast iron or quality stainless steel is a "forever" pan or pot or skillet. A fermentation crock gives you fresh sauerkraut year round ( although mostly a winter staple ) from cheap cabbage ( and who cooks cabbage? BLECH!! ). A pasta and ravioli machine takes 35 cent flour and replaces $1 a pound store pasta. Usually, if it is new and handy, it is a fad. Time tested, century old tools are a one time investment, and practical.

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16 comments:

  1. Who cooks cabbage? Obviously you never had stuffed cabbage. Or cabbage and ham hocks. Set some fried squash and boiled cabbage in front of me and you might want to count yer fingers when you draw yer hands back.

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    1. I refuse to eat what smells like my intestines prior to my ingesting it

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    2. You're missing out on half the fun with cabbage -- egg rolls, fried rice, braised cabbage, sweet and sour cabbage, stir fry cabbage, cabbage rolls, cabbage soup.


      Mmmmmmm, cabbage.


      Idaho Homesteader

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    3. Oh, you mean chittlings, even I will not eat them things.

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    4. I like cabbage as well. Not sure if there's anything tastier than corned beef and cabbage? I could eat sauerkraut right out of the jar.

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    5. I hate cooked veggies. Raw, I like. Kraut isn't cooked.

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    6. If you like pickled vegetables James, you might like kraut? It's not pickled, it's fermented, but it kind of has the same flavour. Kraut on a hotdog is like syrup on a pancake. It's practically mandatory!

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    7. Oops, my bad on the mislabel. And yes, a dog is incomplete w/o it

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    8. You want to know one of the most interesting uses for cabbage??

      After a woman gives birth, her milk starts to come in. Well at first, your body doesn't quite know how much to produce. Plus, your new baby is just starting to get the hang of nursing so they might not be nursing as much.

      Well, you get full.....and uncomfortable.....your breast start feeling warm and maybe a little feverish.

      So you place a layer of fresh cabbage leaves on your breast. Pull a single leaf off and they are almost bra cup shape. They are held in place by your bra. Replace them a couple times a day. They feel cool and seem to draw the heat out.

      I kid you not. It really works. I used them after my first child was born.

      Idaho Homesteader

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    9. And, I'll bet a jelly donut THAT cabbage tastes better than any cooked portion. I'm kidding. Actually excellent advice.

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  2. 3 years ago we dropped the $80/ mth dish and bought the indoors powered Leaf antenna, big as a sheet of copy paper with a wire coming out the bottom, stick it on the wall, sort of blends in on our white walls. The dish had become more and more irrelevant over the last 20 years to where I was hardly ever watching it and filling my time with other things. So let's do the math, $80/mth x 3yrs = close to $3k that we did NOT spend on stuff we were mostly not using. I don't miss it at all.

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    1. How dare you fail to pay to see commercials

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    2. College football makes my life complicate. Few games are available on broadcast TV. No cable makes Netflix impossible. I get TV and internet via satellite. I'm old and disabled, when the electricity goes I'm going with it.

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    3. Netflix the old school way, on disc?

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  3. These days, the public stations in most area's now offer around a half a dozen retro stations, showing the much older programs from the 1960's and before. That's pretty much all that I would have any interest in viewing anymore; the best part being that you avoid the two "F's" (fags and feminists) that you can't seem to avoid anymore with modern programming.

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    1. The great thing about fudge packers is they want to go shopping with their liberated fem friends. Boosts the consumer society.

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