If you’ve been hanging out on Penny Thots, you know I like to write about chickens.
Partly it’s because they’re an excellent resource, including eggs and meat – full of vitamins and lean protein. And since you feed them, you can ensure you’re getting naturally delicious, pesticide-free food for yourself and your family.
They also help pay for themselves. With our flock (currently 15 chickens), we sell 4- 5 1/2 dozen eggs weekly…more than enough to pay for the chickens’ feed and some of their expenses. We still have plenty of eggs for our own use…and even some to give away. (If you’re curious, you can find out more via Part 2 and Part 3 about our chicken adventures.)
They’re also fun to watch! Whether it’s watching them chase each other around (or the dogs), chickens are a bossy, clucking source of entertainment.
If you’re thinking about raising chickens, doing it three seasons may [...]
Writing a book is only the first step in becoming a published author. In these days of easy, instant and free self-publishing, it should be a simple matter to get your book into the hands of readers, especially when publishing an ebook, right? But there may be more complexities to the process than initially meet the eye. For instance, there are several different ebook formats, such as .mobi and .epub. Which format is required depends on where you are uploading your book. Hmm. What’s an aspiring author to do?
Convert your ebook file with Calibre
If you need to convert your book file from one format to another, look no further than Calibre, the wonderful e-book management system created by Kovid Goyal. Not only is Calibre free, and not only does it do a splendid job of organizing your ebooks, it will also convert files from one format into another!
Stretching your travel budget gets that much easier, when you know you’ll be saving big on tickets, hotel stays and other package items. How can you be sure?
Travel at the last minute.
If you’re willing to consider a variety of destinations, instead of just one or two, there are a rainbow of items to choose from. You’ll find some interesting options just by Googling ‘last-minute travel.’ But here are some excellent sites to get you started:
Dynamic Travel: Cruises are especially cheap, when you’re willing to take off only a few weeks or a month from now. Not only does Dynamic Travel have a wide-ranging list of ready-to-go cruises, including ship credit and other extra goodies, but it also offers discounts for military and other personnel. (If you’re a teacher, firefighter or policeman, you’ve got the possibility of extra discounts, as well.) Other ideas for saving money [...]
Mexico is still one of the traveler’s best bargains, especially when cold weather makes you long for warm chile and ocean breezes.
One of our favorites?
The Hotel Rosita, oceanside in Puerto Vallarta.
Pretty, huh? It’s even lovelier in the warm daytime sun, while you’re snoozing by the pool. Rooms are pleasant (and adequate, though not that fancy), and include bathrooms — and breakfast. (Eat it below those curved arches in the photo; reasonably-priced lunch and evening meals are served there, as well.)
There are a few drawbacks. You might need to bear with more than one foreign accent — the place was inundated with Canadians the week we stayed there, with a few Europeans (especially Germans) mixed in. (Practice your Spanish, instead!) Rooms are also a tad sparse by American standards, though the bed was comfortable, and the room (and view) airy. The worst problem is [...]
My mom had gone through a messy divorce from an unfaithful husband and raised three kids all on her own. She knew what I was going through and where to start. Tears streaming down my face, I told the counselor how violent my own marriage was and she made a list of the things I needed to do to escape and start a life on my own. Nothing beats eating your own peanut butter and jelly sandwich in the middle of the night in your own place!
Check with your state’s housing programs to see how you can get your family into a home of your own. There are many different programs Social Services can tell you about, like Section 8, housing voucher, and section 42, a housing voucher based on income. Ask them about the programs available because they may not tell you unless you know to ask. Simply [...]
Have you ever received your cell phone bill and had to pick your jaw up off the floor when you saw how much you owed? You’re certainly not the only one. Mainstream cell phone companies are wonderfully tricky when it comes to billing, and many of the fees you’re likely to see on your cell phone bill you may have been unaware even existed. Unless you read through the novel of paperwork provided to you when you entered into your contract, there’s sure to be something out there you missed. The next time your cell phone bill arrives, look it over for a few of these common fees before writing a check.
Roaming Charges – Do you do a lot of traveling? You may be surprised to see your next cell phone bill if that’s the case. Most mainstream cell phone companies charge hefty fees for phone calls placed outside [...]
Now that we can be without power or clean water at practically a moment’s notice…
Wouldn’t it be smart to start thinking more about the future?
Keeping five gallons of water means you’ve got enough to let you cook, do a little washing and maybe wet your fevered lips regularly for a few days. (By then, the emergency should have lifted — or you’ll be able to scrounge more. Or keep ten gallons handy, just in case. Some people also fill the bathtub, kettles, etc. when a storm is predicted, just in case.)
Stocking a shelf of cans, mixes and boxes means you won’t go hungry. Cans of chili and soup, boxes of scalloped and cheesy potatoes (or even easier, dried mashed potato flakes), cans of meat or chicken and vegetables. This same shelf acts as a good emergency dinner starting spot, too, if you’ve been sick and the [...]