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Growing Your Own Food, Russian Style

Read this article on  Growing Your Own Food, Russian Style . It reminds me of what a blessing it is that I have a garden and country life right out my door and don't have to travel far for good health and therapy. This article touches on several things I  advocate. A garden: Is a great part of a child's growth and education and teaching earth stewardship. Should be part of your retirement fund. With the fresh food and peace of mind it brings should be part of your health insurance plan. Is a great way to strengthen relationships (our most important investment). Season can be greatly extended and increased with cold frames or plastic tunnels. "Lately I've been studying Russia, where growing wholesome food is a summer priority for over half of the population. Food gardening is generously laced into the fabric of Russian society. Millions of Russians commute to rural dacha gardens from May to September. While some Russians do have a garden by their primary

The College Myth: Why College isn't Worth the Cost for Many Careers Today

Read Lisa Nielsen's great article on her blog: The College Myth: Why College isn't Worth the Cost for Many Careers Those of you who know me, know I'm a great promoter of education. I have attended and taught  elementary through college in many different educational settings around the world and among my several degrees have a masters degree in education. You will also know that I very strongly believe college is only one of many ways to get an education and that for many, college is a bad investment. Some Quotes from it: "Nevermind the dirty secret that a bachelor's degree is beyond the reach of many students. Or that "The four-year college degree has come to cost too much and prove too little. In fact, it's now a bad deal for the average student, family, employer, professor and taxpayer." It's what Forbes Magazine calls "The College Hoax," which clearly outlines the faulty stats that mislead Americans to believe that a degree wil

Fantastic Saving Electricity Web Site

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Michael Bluejay's web site on How to Save Electricity is one of the best websites to learn about and understand ways to save on your electric bill. Check it out.                                                                                           "My guide is different. I explain exactly what a kilowatt hour is and how much you pay for one. And I show you how to calculate exactly how much electricity your household appliances use, so you know which items are guzzling the most juice (and which ones are the best targets for savings). You'll also learn exactly how to read your electric meter, if you like. (Find that on any other website.) And I not only give you meaningful tips for slashing your electricity consumption, I give you the tools to figure out exactly how much you're saving as well. Finally, I've answered countless questions from readers about saving electricity. If you have a question, it's probably answered here already." "Sav

Tons of great free books

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A paradise of free learning and reading for The Frugal Prosumer Gutenberg – the main site – tons of free books in many formats for the taking! Gutenberg Canada – books that are in the Canadian Public Domain. Gutenberg Australia – books that in the in the Australian Public Domain Munseys.com – Over 20,000 rare and hard to find titles in 10 formats G.A. Henty books – A homeschooling favourite – historical adventure stories International Children’s Digital Library - a digital library of children’s books from around the world Internet Archive – contains a wide range of fiction, popular books, children’s books, historical texts and academic books. ManyBooks.net – many titles from Gutenberg, the creative commons and others in the public domain Scribd – millions of documents and books GetFreeBooks – collected from around the ‘net. Memoware – collection of thousands of documents (databases, literature, maps, technical references, lists, etc.) Bookyards – web portal i

18 Things You Are Wasting Money On

Another great list from Marc and Angel Hack Life Blog I hearty agree with them. Money can buy freedom – freedom from trading hours for dollars.  Money can buy options – the option to do what you want to do instead of what you have to do.  Money is great to have as long as you manage and spend it wisely.  But most of us never do – we waste it and we don’t even realize it. How?  Why? Because many of the items and services we buy aren’t worth what we pay for them. Here are 18 common money wasters to beware of: Bottled Water – Water is one of the most abundant, freely available resources on planet Earth.  So is air.  If I bottled some air, would you pay 2 to 3 dollars a bottle for it?  I doubt it.  Bottom line:  Buy a water filter for your tap and stop wasting your money. Magazine and Newspaper Subscriptions – The same exact articles are online for free.  I can read them right now and I didn’t pay a dime.  Why are you? Printer Ink Cartridges – If you’re buying bra

12 Dozen Places To Educate Yourself Online For Free

 The Frugal Prosumer knows that education is key to getting ahead in life. But they also know there are many other ways to get educated than just spending big bucks on college. Over at Marc and Angel Hack Life they have a great post of Over at 12 Dozen Places To Educate Yourself Online For Free Here it is All education is self-education.  Period.  It doesn’t matter if you’re sitting in a college classroom or a coffee shop.  We don’t learn anything we don’t want to learn. Those people who take the time and initiative to pursue knowledge on their own are the only ones who earn a real education in this world.  Take a look at any widely acclaimed scholar, entrepreneur or historical figure you can think of.  Formal education or not, you’ll find that he or she is a product of continuous self-education. If you’re interested in learning something new, this article is for you.  Broken down by subject and/or category, here are several top-notch self-education resources I have book