Frugal Friday: How to Start

Brandon asks:

For those of us who were born and raised in the soft, squishy suburban cesspool of careerism and consumerism, this ‘return to the land’ idea can be very overwhelming. We have been since birth in a state of perpetual infancy, mentally conditioned to see the state, corporation, and grocery store as our manager and provider. Many of us graduated college and are barely scraping buy, with poor job prospects. Buying rural land seems as far away as becoming a millionaire. So, a change of mindset is needed. Advice to those of us on how to reorient our mind out of the dependent, learned helpless mentality toward a more pioneering spirit would be helpful. Strategies toward this end would also be good. Some of us would just like to know where to start.

First, stop eating out.

If you don’t have a crock-pot, buy one. Throw meat, beans (dry), vegetables, and some seasonings in it in the morning with some water, and have a hot meal waiting for you when you get home. If you eat boxed cereal for breakfast, switch to oatmeal, grits, cream of wheat, or other cheap hot cereal. Don’t buy the instant packets, buy the generic, long cooking variety. If you don’t want to get up early enough to cook it, put it in the crock pot and let it cook overnight. If you just can’t live without cold cereal, learn to make your own granola.

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Explaining the Flag

The green field represents the northern conifer forests which never lose their leaves, and the eternal life Christ gives to His followers. The Nordic cross represents Nordic heritage and the sacrifice of Christ. The white of the cross represents the snow which blankets the ground for half the year, and the spotlessness of Christ which he imputes to His followers. The black crossed bars of the cross represent the iron bars of the martyr’s prison, and the persecution that all who desire to follow Christ are promised.

Preparing for the Storm

From a reader:

I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts on what many today are calling “The Benedict Option,” though that’s not the name under which I first heard it. My first exposure was this post, “Back to Qumran.” I have been in the shadows of what some call the Prepper Movement for some time (preparing for the future just makes sense to me) so the idea of a “prepper’s retreat” was well known to me, but a retreat for the express purpose of religious and cultural continuance and strengthening was a new twist. I think it may be one of the key aspects of preparing for future persecution – build communities now, unplug our children now. When the storm hits, it will be too late. And when the storm hits, I think a vast majority of the “Christian” edifice in America will crumble.

I saw an article the other day rightly pointing out some of the advantages of renting, rather than purchasing, your home. Conversation on the advantages of renting over owning seem to have increased of late, and the points they bring up are valid. Aaron Clarey, in his book Bachelor Pad Economics, gives a succinct run-down.

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