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Retailers Wake Up to “Forever Frugal”

Retailers Wake Up to “Forever Frugal”

Retail industry analysts are finally embracing the same reality millions of Americans have been living for years. The good old days of easy spending are gone, and they aren’t coming back. Instead, consumers who were burned in the days of ...

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Thanksgiving: A Uniquely American Tradition

Thanksgiving: A Uniquely American Tradition

The uniquely American tradition of observing a special day of Thanksgiving to God dates to long before the colonies became a nation. Though it did not become an official holiday until 1863 at the proclamation of Abraham Lincoln, Thanksgiving existed ...

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The Blessing of Wilderness

The Blessing of Wilderness

When the children of Israel came out of Egypt, God led them through the wilderness. There they faced hunger and thirst, weariness, and battle (Ex. 15—17). The wilderness was to be a short-term boot camp for that generation. But when Israel refused to enter the Promised Land, God sent His people back into the wilderness to wander for forty long years until the whole Exodus generation dropped dead—all except Joshua and Caleb (Num. 14). But what proved a graveyard for the older generation...

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Fire for Survival, Part 2: Fire Architecture and Engineering

Fire for Survival, Part 2: Fire Architecture and Engineering

As we discussed in the first part of this three-part fire series on survival, successful survival fires are one part materials, one part engineering, and one part monitoring. Preparation for the site of your fire will be the first task, and you will want to ensure that you find a suitable location to place your fire. Will it be protected from wind? Is it in the right place relative to your shelter? Will you be able to obtain heat from its position?

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When Work Doesn’t Pay

When Work Doesn’t Pay

In the modern family, most households are surviving on two incomes.  Many of us believe that both incomes are absolutely essential if we’re going to make it.  Unfortunately, the hard truth is that for many Americans, working just doesn’t pay.  ...

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The Return of Layaway

The Return of Layaway

Way back in the days before credit cards, if you didn't have the money to buy something, you could put it on layaway. With diligent payments, the desired item could be yours as soon as the final payment was made in full. Discovering that consumers saving up for things and paying cash was counter-productive to a culture of impulse shopping and entitlement, most stores gradually discontinued their layaway programs over time. Credit cards and store cards became the preferred payment method.

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Growing Bountiful Blueberries

Growing Bountiful Blueberries

Blueberries are high in vitamin C and are very versatile; they make great pies, preserves, juice, or can be eaten right from the bush. Blueberries are among the easiest berries to grow, but soil preparation is crucial to a good crop. They grow best in sandy, well-drained soil rich in organic material with a pH level between 4.0 and 5.2. Soil should be prepared well in advance, at least two weeks before planting your bushes, but some say that preparing the season before is best.

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Washing, Drying, and Storing Knitted Items

Washing, Drying, and Storing Knitted Items

Throughout the 90s, grunge rock was the music of choice for teenagers all across America. Having grown up in the 60s, I was never much of a fan; however, I do remember those stretched and misshapen sweaters, which all the kids were wearing – both the rockers themselves and their devoted fans. These days you can buy sweaters just like that, but the original grunge style came about by accident – or rather, through negligence.

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Natural Remedies for Gout

Natural Remedies for Gout

Gout – also called metabolic arthritis – is a type of arthritis caused by the build up of uric acid in the blood. This excess uric acid causes monosodium urate crystals (or uric acid crystals) to form on the cartilage of the joints and tendons and their surrounding tissues. These joint crystals are needle shaped and cause sudden, excruciating, burning pain along with swelling, warmth, redness, and stiffness in the affected joints. One with gout may also have shiny purple skin around their joints.

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