Surviving on Shoestrings with Donna Miller

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Donna Miller is blessed to be the wife of  29 years with the love of her life Joseph, the mother of three home-school graduates and has one daughter-in-law.

She and her husband are the Organizers of WNC Preparedness Group in Asheville, NC.  She teaches classes for people to learn hands-on lost skills.  She is a teacher, author, sought-after speaker and trainer.

She and her husband are the owners of Millers Grain House and the Always Ready Store and are the founders of PREPARE Magazine.  Through each endeavor they hope to offer readiness and simple living tips to spread the message of preparedness through Faith, Family and Fun not fear.

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Surviving on Shoestrings: Your Back to School Budget

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September 22, 2104:  In this episode Donna is joined by Savings expert Trae Bodge. She  is the senior lifestyle editor for The Real Deal by RetailMeNot, an online magazine developed by digital offers destination RetailMeNot.com.

Trae brings some statistics about how families spent their back to school budgets this year as well as some tips on managing your back to school budget even as the school year progresses.  And the ideas don’t stop just because the kids are back to school already. Trae offers tips that will help parents instill some financial wisdom into your children for years to come.

You can connect with her and learn even more about budgeting ideas at the following links:   www.retailmenot.com  & www.retailmenot.com/blog

Best Blessings & EnJOY the show,

Donna Miller

 

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This show is sponsored by Millers Grain House & PREPARE Magazine

Surviving on Shoestrings: Cell Phone SOS – ICE My Phone

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My guest, Laura Greenwald has launched the “ICE My Phone Campaign”.  She is on a campaign to help you!  Best of all it’s FREE, easy and FUN way to make sure someone can help on your behalf if you are not capable.  Better yet, it’s a way you can encourage your loved ones to set up their phones (for FREE) to help them in times of trouble.

SOS-ICESurviving on Shoestrings has created this graphic  to help make your ICE contacts easily noticed by any emergency personnel and/or Good Samaritan who may be helping you in a time of trouble.  Click here for your FREE Kit with instructions to download this image (or other images) that helps identify people in your contacts list as ICE contacts.  Laura & I hope you will use this image and the vital information she shares in the interview in order to get in touch with family and friends and be as safe as possible in an emergency.

The ICE My Phone Campaign is just one of many endeavors of my friend, Laura.  She and her mother have been on a painful journey that has brought about much fruit in order to help others hopefully avoid similar pain.  It’s a true testament to someone when they can turn a tragedy into a driving force to help others triumph.   Please be sure to visit her websites at Get Your Stuff Together  & The Back Up Plan  for more great, free resources and to find her books.

Best Blessings & EnJOY the show,

Donna Miller

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This show is sponsored by Millers Grain House & PREPARE Magazine

Surviving on Shoestrings: Food Storage & Survival Author Angela Paskett

Food Storage Interview SOSFood Storage & Survival top the list of almost everyone who begins to think of preparedness.  This is not just a new fad but a life-long journey for my guest Angela Paskett.  As a fellow hostess here on the Survival Mom Radio Network, Angela and I both share a passion for helping others prepare.  This is one of the rare times we get to visit and we have the joy of sharing it with YOU!

In her book, Food Storage & Survival, Angela shares tried and true steps without being overbearing.  Always the facilitator and never a dictator, Food Storage & Survival is written from Angela’s depth of experience yet simple enough for anyone who is just starting out.   Food Storage always plays into a budget plan.  Buying food now at today’s prices will be better on your future finances given how today’s economy is turning.

In addition to this fun interview, we are also running a Giveaway – Giveaway Link  – So be sure to click that link and enter for your chance to win a signed copy of Food Storage & Survival by my guest and friend, Angela Paskett.

Best Blessings & EnJOY the show,

Donna Miller

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Surviving on Shoestrings: 20 Uses for Old Panty Hose

20 useful things to do with old nylon stockingsPanty hose, stockings or nylons, whatever you choose to call them – they just aren’t as popular now as they once were.  So maybe you have a surplus of them or you always ruin a pair before you get much use out of them.  They’re not just for legs if you think outside the panty hose box.

Today I’m on another weird rant of using what you have – even if you didn’t know you could use it that way!  Panty hose as a clothing item, once rendered useless for its original purpose either by obsolescence or damage, is actually quite a versatile fabric with a wide array of uses in life.  Panty hose can be used around the household, for beauty and health, in crafts and in the garden!

These legs were made for movin’!

 

Best Blessings & EnJOY the show,

Donna Miller

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This show is sponsored by Millers Grain House & PREPARE Magazine

Surviving on Shoestrings: Guest Grannie Pam

grannie pamToday I interview my friend and Guest Grannie Pam.  I met her when she came to one of my local classes (can’t remember if it was dehydrating or food storage or dutch oven cooking) and Grannie Pam and I hit it off!  I found a kindred spirit who loves to stretch what she’s stored!  Today you’ll get the chance to ‘meet’ my friend and I hope you enjoy the journey along with her as much as I have!

Grannie Pam talks about her  book: Prepping with Big Flavors and some of the habits she’s formed in the kitchen to make ends meet.  I think you’ll enjoy spending this time with us as you ‘listen in’ on two friends visiting!

You can see both of us at the upcoming Prepper Camp in September.  That is if there’s still room!

Until next time!

Best Blessings & EnJOY the show!

Donna

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This show is sponsored by Millers Grain House & PREPARE Magazine

Air Date – August 18, 2014

Surviving on Shoestrings: Urban Safety Tips on a Budget

burglarAugust 11, 2014:  Urban Safety Tips on a Budget is the focus of this episode.  Donna answers a listener’s questions and offers a few more suggestions that can be used if you live in the suburbs or urban areas when life gets chaotic.  Keeping your family safe doesn’t always have to break the budget.  There are several suburban and urban safety tips that you can use or develop that cost very little.

From plants that detour intruders to strategies to camouflage your hows from looters this episode has several tidbits of things to think on for safety on a budget.

Best Blessings & EnJOY the show,

Donna Miller

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This show is sponsored by Millers Grain House & PREPARE Magazine

Surviving on Shoestrings: 12 Tips to Outsmarting the Grocery Store Game

Surviving on  Shoestrings:  PicMonkey Collage Today I want to share with you my 12 Tips to Outsmarting the Grocery Store Game.  Did you know that grocery stores are in the business of making us shop?  There’s a lot of psychology behind why they do what they do.

Food network may have it’s own Grocery Game (with one of my favorite chef’s Guy Feiri) but it’s no fun when we don’t realize the game is being played on us while we shop in the local grocery store! We have become pretty dependent upon them for our food supply.

While I will always encourage growing as much food as you possibly can yourself, there’s no denying that we often have to shop at the grocery store.  But with these 12 Tips to Outsmarting the Grocery Store Game – you can avoid being ‘taken’ by the way the store is set up, the music they play, the ‘sales’ that aren’t sales and find ways to beat them at their own grocery game!

Best Blessings & EnJOY the show,

Donna Miller

Let’s connect on the SOS Facebook Page

This show is sponsored by Millers Grain House & PREPARE Magazine

Surviving on Shoestrings: Forming a Survival Group

SOS COLLAGE Charley HogwoodForming a Survival Group is the topic today on Surviving on Shoestrings.  Author Charley Hogwood, who wrote: “The Survival Group Handbook: How to Plan, Organize and Lead People For a Short or Long Term Survival Situation” joins me today.  Charley’s insight into the complexities when gathering ‘like-minded folks’ together to survive is both informative and enlightening.  He touches on a vital element we don’t often think of for survival – other people.

What does this have to do with making ends meet?  Think bartering, sharing skills, comrades on a difficult journey and more!

This show sponsored by PREPARE Magazine & Millers Grain House

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Full Disclosure:  Yes, I (Donna) am an Amazon affiliate and should you decide to purchase the book linked above, I will gain a small payment. In return, you shall have my gratitude along with a great book.  (:

Surviving on Shoestrings: Prepper’s Long-Term Survival Guide

Wk 4 - Long-Term Survival GuideJuly 7, 2014:  Prepper’s Long Term Survival Guide is one of the more recent of the additions to several other books written by my guest Jim Cobb.  But I bet you didn’t know that it writing was one of many of the hats that Jim wears.

As Jim and many of you who listen regularly are well aware, preppers prepare for many different things in life.  Long-term Survival is only one area – but it’s obviously a more long-term goal than a day or two of inclement weather.

Jim and I get the opportunity to talk about his newest book and another that came out two days after this show was recorded.  I hope you enjoy getting to know Jim Cobb and connect with him at http://www.survivalweekly.com  as well as, http://www.disasterprepconsultants.com

PREPARE Magazine is also running a giveaway of the Prepper’s Long Term Survival Guide   if you’d like to enter for the opportunity to win a copy.   Simply follow this link -> HERE <- and fill out as many selections as you’d like.  Tweet daily for more opportunities and of course listen through this episode of Suriviging on Shoestrings for the code to have 10 extra points added in your name.

 

Surviving On Shoestrings is sponsored by:  Millers Grain HouseAlways Ready Store & PREPARE Magazine