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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Carolyn Nicolaysen gives 4 tips for self reliance

(Carolyn Nicolaysen writes a column for Meridian Magazine, and a blog )
"Are we following the counsel to become self reliant?  As times continue to worsen, are we ready to care for the needs of our families?
The following are a few things to help you on your path:
  • Include Heavenly Father in the plan. As you are prayerful, opportunities and answers will present themselves to assure your success. "And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them. (1 Nephi 3:7)
  • Increase your efforts to obtain a three month supply of the foods you eat and a years supply of basic foods for survival. The price of food is going up every month. Once you have a three month supply you never have to purchase foods again except when they are on sale, always saving you money. Food storage will see you through the winter months until you can plant a garden and produce your own food. Food prices went up 9% in 2010. If you were spending $500.00 per month on food in January of 2010 you would now be spending $545.00 per month for the same food or an additional $540.00 per year. For $540.00 you could purchase a three week supply of all the foods you normally eat for four people. Make food storage a priority now, before prices increase further.
  •  Maintain a  healthy lifestyle. The cost of medical care has also risen dramatically the past year.  It is wise to eat a healthy diet and  exercise regularly to avoid medical expenses. Do not forget good dental habits. Many illnesses and medical expenses are a  result of poor dental hygiene.
  •  Stop accumulating debt, live within your means. Cut up or take your credit cards out of your wallet and leave them at home. Create a budget and live within it. If you have trouble with this, then take cash out the bank each payday, place it in an envelope, and when it is gone there is no more money for the month. This may take a little practice but if you have your food storage you will be able to enjoy great food while you learn a new habit."
by Carolyn Nicolaysen.

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