Having trouble starting a fire? Try using a touch of hand sanitizer on the logs. It’s made largely of highly flammable alcohol, but don’t over do it or you may catch more than the wood on fire.
If you're trapped outdoors or in your car and stuck, and the temperature drops so much that you're in danger of freezing to death, stuff newspaper beneath your clothes all over your body from head to toe. Newspaper is highly insulating and can save your life. Or layer any material you do have. Even better, always travel with an emergency blanket and a small emergency candle heater.
Ambesol, because it is a numbing agent, can relieving the itch and reduce the swelling of bug bites. Basil oil is also good on many folks for bee stings. But these only work if you do not have an allergic reaction.
If you injure yourself far from help, and you have a feminine sanitary napkin at the ready, you can use it to effectively soak up the bleeding, but put pressure on the wound to also help slow bleeding.
Keep a few can of 4-cycle ethanol-free gasoline in the trunk of your car. If you run out of gas you'll have enough to get to a gas station. TrueFuel, Briggs & Stratton, and VP are good choices.
Looking to save money? Think about canceling that satellite TV and sign up for the much lower cost DVD service Netflix. Another way to save money is to buy used cars, and never carry a balance on a credit card.
Do a little “prepping” to assure that you have the basics no matter what. This means drinking water for the entire family and your pets, enough food for at least three days, shelter from bad weather, and some way to provide heat and light. Camping supplies are great for this, with freeze dried meals.
Part of a sustainable life is having some kind of local support. A great way to get this is from your local church. You can also get support from local senior centers. Also think about volunteering—the local fire department, local library and other local services often need help. And that includes administrative help as well as hands-on work.
Become seasonal to keep your grocery bill a little bit lower. Buy strawberries in season (early spring) and butternut squash in the winter. Look for fresh local produce at the farmer’s market—it puts money into the local economy and almost always costs less.
Cook more meals from scratch, and look to integrate more vegetables and fresh ingredients. Look for easy recipes that look tasty. Soups and pasta dishes are often easy, and a casserole is a great meal to make to share.
Think about some homecrafts to make your gifts instead of buying them. Plants are a great gift. Take up quilting or pottery. Maybe do a little painting. You may find a hidden talent that leads even to a second career that can help pay the bills. If nothing else, you may just find a way to enjoy your life more—and that’s one of the key secrets to a longer life. ►◄