8 Fast And Easy Tips Guaranteed To Extend The Life Of Your Car’s Lead Acid Battery

Car batteries are expensive to say the least not to mention the installation costs. With those car batteries being so expensive we thought it was a good idea to discuss how you can prolong the life of those lead acid car batteries.

Follow the tips mentioned below and we guarantee you will be able to extend the life of those batteries.

All the tips are easy to do, and don’t require a mechanic. However should you need a mechanic it’s usually a very nominal cost or sometimes even free to to have a mechanic do these tips for you as a service.

Tip 1: Do a monthly inspection of the battery terminals to make sure they are clean and corrosion free

Extend lifespan of a car batteryOne of the first problems most people have with their car battery is the build-up of corrosion around the terminals.

Corrosion destroys the connection between the battery and the vehicle and many batteries are replaced due to too much corrosive build up.

But often times, this can be easily treated by simply pouring a small amount of Cola or a DIY anti-corrosion paste (one part water to three parts baking soda) over the corroded areas.

The acid in the Cola or the alkaline properties in the DIY anti-corrosion paste will eat the corrosion away.

After the corrosion is gone, use a clean damp rag or sponge to clean up the remaining residue and moisture.

Be sure to let it dry, then rub some petroleum jelly on the terminals to prevent future corrosion.

*note: see our safety tips at the end of this article before disconnecting/re-connecting your battery.


Tip 2: Do not operate any car accessories (radio, lights, or electronics) before turning on the car ignition and driving the car

When the car is on, the car alternator generates electricity and charges the car battery after the battery has a voltage drop.

Leaving Car Lights On While Car is Off Drains The Car BatteryBut if the car is not on, and you are using the car’s electronics, you are just relying on the car battery to power those electronics.

This is detrimental to the car battery because car batteries are not meant for this type of use.

Instead, car batteries are meant to provide a sudden burst of power for ignition. They’re not made to provide prolonged power for electronics and other devices (that’s what a deep cycle lead acid battery would be for).

Using your car battery as a battery that powers electronics, instead of a battery that just gives you a burst of power for ignition, will damage the battery and greatly shorten it’s lifespan if it’s repeatedly used in this fashion.

So avoid operating any car accessories or electronics while the car is off.


Tip 3: Make sure the car battery is secure and has good battery cables

Prolong the life of car batteryThe battery has to be secured at all times. If a battery is jostling around it will be impaired and could short circuit.

This will ruin the battery – and even cause damage to your car while creating a safety risk.

The same could happen if you have bad battery cables (or they’re not connected properly). So check your cables and make sure they have a secure connection as well.


Tip 4: Insulate your car battery from extreme changes in temperature

Protecting your car battery from large changes in temperature will help maximize the battery’s lifespan.

To do this you can use a car battery insulation kit.

Car Battery Insulation KitNewer model cars already have these kits installed typically. But if your car doesn’t have one, you can easily install one yourself.

Just make sure it fits your car’s battery compartment. Generally the companies selling these battery insulation kits will have a form on their website where you can put in your car model and year, and it will tell you if your battery will fit their kit.

These protective battery sleeves are usually made of plastic or an acid resistant, thermal resistant material.

These car battery insulation kits will insulate your battery and protect it while still allowing proper ventilation.


Tip 5: Fully charge your car battery at least once a week (use a car battery charger or interchange batteries if you have to)

Your car battery drains even when the car is off.

This happens because current is drawn from the battery by car accessories (radio, lights, etc.) or the car computers.

This is why people come home from long vacations and find their car battery dead.

But to prevent this, you can use either a car battery charger or a solar battery charger.

Car battery chargers (regular or solar) will maintain the optimum charge level of your car battery when the car is not in use.

They do this by providing enough power for the the car accessories and car computer, so they don’t continuously draw current from the car battery when the car is off.

As you can imagine, these chargers are very useful …especially if you go on a trip or leave your car unused for a while.

They’re also useful if you go on a lot of short car trips (like to work and back each day) and never give your battery a chance to fully recharge. Repeatedly doing this will dramatically shorten your battery’s life – unless you use a car battery charger or interchange batteries, leaving one at home to fully charge.

The most important thing to remember with this tip is …make sure you fully charge your car battery at least once a week because it will greatly increase the life of your battery. Do this with a charger, interchanging batteries …or just going on a car ride long enough to recharge the battery.


Checking Car Battery Water Level (1)Tip 6: Check your car battery’s water level

Most car batteries indicate if there is a need for water.

So check the car battery water level indicator regularly and if water is needed, refill the battery with distilled water (and that’s important, ONLY use distilled water to refill your car battery).


Tip 7: Do NOT overcharge your car battery

Never overcharge your car battery. Lead-acid batteries release oxygen and hydrogen gases when they’re overcharged.

This causes two problems:

  1. It can be explosive.
  2. It also breaks down the composition of the water in the battery – which shortens its lifespan.


Tip 8: Check your car’s alternator

If the car battery is not charging - check the car's alternatorIf you’re doing everything we’ve recommended in this article but your car batteries are still dying early, you’ll want to check your car’s alternator (or get a mechanic to check it).

If your alternator is bad it will results in ineffective recharging of your battery and dramatically shorten your battery’s lifespan.


Important Safety Precautions:

Safety Precaution #1) Before disconnecting your car battery read the car owner’s manual first. Most commonly (if not stated otherwise in the owner’s manual) the negative cable is to be disconnected first and then the positive cable. When you re-connect the battery, connect the positive cable first and then the negative cable.

If done in the wrong order it may affect your car’s fuses and other electronics. Also, remove your car keys from the ignition before working on the battery. Some cars are more sensitive to this procedure than others – like German Luxury Cars (Mercedes Benz and BMW type cars) – so use extra caution.

Safety Precaution #2) If you are charging a battery do it in a well ventilated area. If you are handling a car battery that is installed you should open the hood of the car for a few minutes to allow for ventilation first.


What can you do if your battery dies?…

Reconditioning a 12v Car BatteryIf your car batteries dies or is in the decline phase all hope is not lost! You can still recondition the battery and bring it back to life again.

There’s actually a simple method that you can learn in the EZ Battery Reconditioning program that will bring a dead (or dying) 12v lead acid car battery back to life again.

It’s simple and quick…

And this easy 12v car battery reconditioning method will extend the life of your car battery even longer than the tips we discussed in this article…

…PLUS it will save you money because you can re-use your reconditioned car battery instead of buying a new overpriced battery.

You can learn more here.

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How To Get Unlimited Lithium Ion Batteries For Free – Outstanding Money Saver

Lithium Ion Batteries are expensive. Do a simple search on Google by typing in the # US18650gr and you’ll find that even on Ebay the cost nearly $9 a pop, or a 4 pack could set you back close to $30.

We’ve just discovered a sneaky but totally legal way to get those expensive guys for free. Knowing this trick will save you a lot of cash.

The following videos will show you how to get free lithium ion batteries. Video #2 will show you how to get all kinds of batteries for free as well. In a survival situation this could be a handy trick to know. Watch the videos now to get started saving.

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If you are really interested in learning how to get free batteries and even learn to recondition them for a profit you may want to read this article:

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How To Know If Your Engine Is Worn Out – A Simple Test Will Reveal The Answer

How would you like to be able to know how to tell if your engine is worn out? Or perhaps you’re thinking about buying a used car from a private party and you want to be able to tell if your buying a car with a worn out engine.

There is a very simple test you can perform that will let you know if the engine your testing has had enough. Knowing this could save you hundreds, or even thousands of dollars.

Scotty Kilmer, mechanic for the last 45 years, shows how to test your engine to see if it’s just plain wearing out internally. A simple test with a 50 dollar tool will show you. Watch the video below now which will show you how to tell if your engine is worn out.

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8 Secret Gas Saving Tips For Your Car

If you thought you knew all the ways to save gas for your car, or truck, you may have to rethink that. We thought we had heard them all, but we were wrong. Some of these gas saving tips are down right clever.

Numbers 2, and 3, get our vote for being the most clever.

Think you know every trick to improving your gas mileage? Here are fuel-saving strategies that aren’t common knowledge. If you have any others you’d like to share please let us know in the comment section below.



5 Money-Saving Tips Revealed By Top Home Improvement Expert Bob Villa

Who doesn’t want to save money on home? In this outstanding article top home improvement expert Bob Villa reveals some great money saving tips for your home.

In this article Bob Villa will show you how to save $100 by making a simple change in your electrical habits. He also reveals a very easy, yet simple way to save 2,900 gallons of water per year.

Below you will find some great money saving tips that you can use right away. Some are very easy to implement, and will only take a few minutes or seconds to make the change.

1. Unplug it! “Vampire” electronics consume power even when turned off. A typical household can save $100 a year using smart power strips, which cut electricity to devices in standby mode.

2. Install a low-flow showerhead. You won’t even notice the difference, because a low-flow fixture reduces the volume of water but does not affect the water pressure in any way. Save 2,900 gallons a year, according to the EPA.

3. In the winter, reverse your ceiling fan. Revolving clockwise, the fan will pull up cool air and send down the heated air that’s settled near the ceiling.

4. Seal drafty windows and doors so your heating and cooling systems don’t have to work overtime. Save 20 percent on energy to heat and cool a home that is well sealed and insulated.

5. Lower your water heater temperature setting. Manufacturers often configure the default to 140 degrees, when for the average home 120 degrees is sufficient. With each decrease of 10 degrees, you save an additional 3 to 5 percent in energy costs.

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The Surefire Way To Turn Around Your Financial Life

Having enough money to survive on is critical. In an ideal world you want your money to out live you. However, what do you do when money is tight? We hear it a lot these days “I’ve got no money”, and I don’t know what to do.

There is a surefire way to turn around your financial life. In this post we are going to explore how to make more money meaningfully. We’re not talking about winning the lottery, or receiving an inheritance.

This formula is proven to work IF you take to heart what you learn here. This is one of the best videos we’ve seen on the subject, and we think you will get a lot out of it.

The Surefire Way To Turn Around Your Financial Life

The video below will show you how to make more money in a meaningful way. Once you put into practice what you learn in the video you will be on your way to solving the money riddle. Lot’s of VERY positive review on this. Watch the video now and get started.

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3 Ways You Can Survive On A Rice, And Beans Budget…And Like It!

If you are on a tight budget rice, and beans is what many people turn to survive. Rice, and beans are cheap to make, and have a good amount of protein, and fiber.

However eating them nearly every day can get real boring. If you are one of those who happen to be surviving this way we discovered  some tricks for making beans, and rice a little more interesting.

Here’s a rice and beans recipe we thought you would enjoy:

3 Ways You Can Survive On A Rice, And Beans Budget..And Like It!

1. Serve it in Different Forms

If you’re eating beans served over rice several times per week, I don’t blame you for being bored! Who wants to eat the same exact thing day after day? In theory, treat beans and rice like you would chicken. You wouldn’t make the same ole’ chicken recipe each time just because you’re using chicken, would you? So give these humble ingredients a bit more credit and inject some creativity into your meal plan.

Rice and beans can be served in so many different forms. So, there’s no reason to suffer through the same meal for the third time this week. Add some variety into your kitchen by trying a southwest casserole, taco soup, burritos, tacos, chili or my favorite trick of all time: stuffed peppers.

2. Add Interest with Seasonings

Don’t allow yourself to get bored if you have to serve beans and rice often out of necessity. Try different cuisines from different countries and cultures that all rely on a base of beans and rice for the recipe. Consider making creole beans, baked beans or one of the many authentic hispanic recipes that you can try.

Many cultures make their beans differently and the taste profiles vary widely. I learned how to make rice and beans from my mother, who happens to be part Puerto Rican. I often use these hispanic seasonings in my kitchen: adobo, sazon, Ranchero seasoning and sofrito. All are very inexpensive and last a long time. They’ve certainly earned their keep in my kitchen.

3. Sneak it in!

If you have a spouse that gives you the side-eye each time you serve beans and rice for the millionth time, consider being a bit more stealthy with your use of beans every now and then. Sneak it into taco meat to stretch your ground beef, add beans into soups and stews, or work it into a meal by making re-fried beans at home. You’re likely to hear fewer complaints from picky eaters if beans are simply used as an ingredient rather than the star of the dish.

To see 2 more great ways to liven up beans, and rice go to the original article at: FrugalityGal.com



7 Things You Should Keep In Your Money Survival Kit

Having your financial house in order is an important part of surviving daily life. Having a money survival kit is something most people never consider.

Some kinds of financial records/documents should be backed up so you can access them if a disaster, or emergency situation were to take place.

The goal of a money survival kit is to be able to replace anything that gets destroyed or lost in a disaster, or emergency situation.

We are going to discuss 7 things that should be in your money kit, however it’s important to remember that it’s also critical to store those things in a safe, secure place.

You may also want to think of having a second copy of your money kit to be stored in another location. Here are 7 things that should be included in your money survival kit.

1-Paper copies of your plastic payment arsenal

In order to ensure you have access to funds following an emergency, it’s a good idea to photocopy the payment methods in your wallet.

“Take a Xerox of each and stick it in a file,” de Baca says. This paper replica should include both the front and the back of your credit or debit card so you can readily access account information, expiration dates and the customer service number you will need to call to have the physical card replaced.

You also will want to be sure to include information on where you can find emergency sources of immediate cash. “This could be a checking account, money market, home equity line or all the above,” says estate planning lawyer Martin M. Shenkman.

2-Insurance cards

Following an emergency, there’s a good chance you will need to contact an insurance provider. To make sure this can be done readily, de Baca suggests also photo-copying all of your insurance cards, including proof of medical, dental, property, casualty, auto and disability insurance.

Copies should be made the same way you replicated your payment methods. Make sure you also have 24-hour contact number for the insurance providers on hand, in addition to your agent’s direct line.

“A natural disaster that forces you from your home may just as well close down your local agent’s office for a few days as well,” says Jim Heitman, a certified financial planner with Compass Financial Planning.

3-Contact information for medical personnel

According to Shenkman, it’s just as important to include the contact information for your preferred medical personnel in your survival kit.

This will let family members know who to call in the event of a prolonged medical emergency. In addition to ensuring you are treated by a trusted physician, it can also reduce the chances of incurring big medical bills your insurance will not pay once you have recovered.

To see the rest of the list go to the complete article at: Military.com




PART 2-More DIY Things You Can Do To Cut Your Electric Bill In Half.

In a previous post we revealed some DIY things you can do to cut your electric bill in half. Turns out it was pretty popular, so we wanted to continue with some other ways to reduce your electric bill by as much as 50%.

In this video you will learn how to properly main the “Big 3” electricity users in your house. If you take care of these 3 things, and properly maintain them you will be on your way to bigger saving on your electric bill.

Follow the DIY tips in this video for properly caring for, and maintaining the big 3 electric guzzlers in your home, and you start saving even more money on your electric bill. In case you missed the first video click here to see it.

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DIY Things You Can Do To Cut Your Electric Bill In Half

Prices for many things keep going up, and up. That includes our electric bill. If you really want to cut your electric bill by as much as half, you’ll learn how to do it in this video.

In case your worried that you have to buy some book, don’t worry there’s nothing to buy, just a bunch of really good free ideas that you can start using right away.

With many people having to stretch their budgets, reducing your electric bill by as much as 50% could really help. Take action on these electric bill cost cutting techniques, and start saving now.

[Video] bring your old batteries back to life instead of buying new ones…

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Survival Economics – The 10 Commandments Of Money Management

Part of being a prepper, and survivalist is also dealing with the day to day things in our lives like money, and managing that money well. Being a prepper, or survivalist can be expensive, so knowing how to manage your money becomes even more important.

Managing money for some is a challenge, however if you follow these 10 commandments of money management it may make that challenge a little easier to deal with.

Survival Economics – The 10 Commandments Of Money Management:

BY Jeffrey Strain

10. Thou Shalt Take Action

Reading about how to improve your personal finances is a start, but it has absolutely no meaning if you don’t take the action of putting what you learn into motion. Before you can get anywhere with your personal finances, you need to begin — right now. If you are reading this article, you know that you should be taking steps to get your personal finances in order.

Print out this list and place it where you will see it every day, so that you are reminded that personal finance is a priority in your life and that you will take some action each and every day to try to improve your lot. If you aren’t sure where to begin, start with getting your banking accounts in order.

9. Thou Shalt Pay Off All Credit Card Debt

Credit card debt is, in most cases, the No. 1 enemy to your personal finances. It can have a huge negative effect if your credit card bills are not paid off in full every single month.

Sit down and work out a plan to pay off any credit card debt that you currently have, using the snowball method that best fits your personality. Make this a top priority.

8. Thou Shalt Understand the Difference Between Wants and Needs

To keep your personal finances in perspective, you need to understand the difference between wants and needs. There is nothing inherently wrong with small luxuries, and you should be able to enjoy many of the nonessential things you have. But it is important to realize that wants are not needs. If you master this skill, your finances will be in much better shape.

Take some time to critically look at your true needs vs. your wants. If you are having trouble distinguishing these, set up a plan to eliminate impulse spending.
7. Thou Shalt Live on Less Than You Earn

There are no two ways around this one. If you want to keep your personal finances in order, you need to live on less money than you make. That means either purchasing items and services that are less than you currently make, or figuring out a way to increase your salary so that you can spend more, but still less than you make. Either of these is perfectly fine.

Track your spending to see if it is more or less than you are earning each month, and create a budget so that you can continue to track it in the future. If you are spending more than you make, you need to decide whether to curb unnecessary costs or figure out how to increase your income. Most people can balance their budget without changing their current lifestyle.

6. Thou Shalt Pay Yourself First

Before you pay any of your other bills, you should pay yourself a minimum of 10% of your take-home pay. This money is not part of your monthly spending budget.

Go to your bank and set it up so that your paycheck is automatically deposited, if possible. Then set it up so that an automatic payment is immediately taken from your paycheck into a specified account that is not used for your monthly expenses.
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15 Things Your Emergency Survival Fund Should Cover Before Spending On Non Essential Items

During the holiday season people are spend a ton of money on all the deals that are to be had.

However before going on that spending spree, and picking up all those deals, people should have an emergency fund to cover those unexpected things that come our way.

There are 15 things your emergency fund should be used to cover.

1-To replace a dead furnace.

2-To replace a dead appliance (stove, refrigerator, hot water tank, etc).

3-To cover your home insurance deductible.

4-To cover your car insurance deductible.

5-To replace your vehicle if you only have liability coverage on it.

6-To pay for a week or more in a hotel if you need to evacuate during an emergency.

7-To pay for six months of your mortgage if you become unemployed.

8-To pay for six months of utilities if you become unemployed.

9-To have a general cushion (food, toiletries, etc) if you become unemployed.

10-To pay for a semester of college if you are currently paying for your child’s education.
11-To pay for a burial/funeral/cremation for a loved one.

12-To pay for worn brakes, a busted water pump, or other car-related emergency.

13-To pay for medical expenses over and above your medical insurance coverage.

14-To pay first month’s rent, last month’s rent, and deposit, if you need to move in a hurry.

15-To pay for an emergency dental procedure.

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How To Get $15 Per Gallon Propane For $2.59 – Sneaky But Totally Legal Tip

If you use a lot of propane for heating, or whatever you use it for, you at some point will use those small one time use, disposable propane tanks.

When you use them you are paying quite a bit more per gallon. On average you’re most likely paying about $15 per gallon when you use those little cylinders vs about $2.59 when you refill a larger propane tank.

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With this sneaky little trick you are about to learn you’ll discover how to refill those small cylinders using the cheaper propane from the large cylinder.

This will save you around $12 per gallon in your propane costs.

Let’s start saving around $12.00 per gallon by learning to refill those small disposable propane cylinders with the less expensive propane from the large propane tanks you use. The video will explain this sneaky, but totally legal money saving tip.

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The Nitty Gritty Behind The Affordable Heath Care Act – Will You Be Paying More Or Less For Your Insurance?

With the end of the year fast approaching many people are wondering how the affordable health care act will really affect them. Like it, or not there are some things you really need to know.

We searched for, and found an unbiased look at it. the hard facts supported by the math and how the insurance companies operate and calculate premiums. In this short presentation you will find out if you will be likely to pay more, or less. Most studies which confirm that rates in general have gone up since the inception of Obamacare.

It all comes back to the old adage that you can’t get something for nothing and since insurance companies are in the business for profit just like every other business, covering all the new costs must result increased rates for someone,  Who exactly is paying the bill is debatable but someone is paying for the added cost.


How To Make $70 In 20 Minutes By Scrapping

If you need a little extra cash (and who doesn’t these days) you may want to take a look at scrapping. Will you make $70 every 20 minutes by scrapping? It is possible, and you could make more, or less.

We wanted to show you what’s possible with a little knowledge, and creative thinking. If you need some extra cash and want to give something new a try to earn that cash scrapping might be for you.

Hopefully this video will inspire you to dig a little deeper into scrapping. Watch the video now to see how one guy made $70 in 20 minutes.

Surviving Debt – Here’s A Real Eye Opener On How To Deal With It.

Part of being a survivalist is knowing how to survive debt. The younger generation has grown up in debt, and it’s getting worse. As bad as it may seem there is a way out.

We recently ran across a rather unique solution for getting out of debt, and having the type of life you can really enjoy.

The following video may give you a new perspective on debt and how to get out of debt. This is how one family got out of debt, and started enjoying their lives. Do yourself a favor and watch this. You’ll be happy you did.

In 2008, after the birth of his first child, Baker and his wife decided to sell everything they owned, pay off their consumer debt, and spend a year traveling abroad as a family.

They began sharing their journey in early 2009 on the blog Man vs. Debt, now 15000 subscribers strong.

In sharing their ups and downs in the areas of personal finance, consumerism, clutter, travel, minimalism, and passionate entrepreneurship, they realized they aren’t alone in a desire to explore and grow. Source

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These Stunning Cob Houses Allow You To Live Debt Free With Sustainable Development

If you want to save some money and live debt free these stunning Cob houses may be the answer you’re looking for. Cob houses have come a long way in the last few years. Most likely you’ll need to move to an area where cob homes are allowed.

If your willing to work your rear end off, you too can live the dream. Before doing this, you should consult with others to see if this is something a group of homeowners would like to do. This way, you’ll have more support with all the issues of building a home that inevitably come up. If this is your dream we say go for it!

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Cob Homes Are Made Out Of Dirt

As the discussion about health, “green” living and “green” housing moves forward, we are discovering that many of the best solutions are actually very old, low-tech ideas.

For years, infant formula had been promoted as a “modern” solution; today we know that breast milk is better. After decades of trans-fats, we learn that natural fats are healthier.

Electric and gas clothes dryers replaced the clothesline; now we realize that using the wind and sun to dry clothes leaves a smaller carbon footprint. After widespread use of fiberglass insulation in homes, we realize that insulation made from recycled newspaper is not only “green,” it is even more resistant to fire.

As the world’s great forests dwindle, we become concerned about depleting lumber supplies and rising construction costs. Yet the solution is right under our feet. It is eco-friendly and non-toxic. It is as old as dirt.

It’s dirt cheap. In fact, it is dirt! What’s more, it’s the oldest and most commonly used building material in the world! Jericho was built out of it. Parts of the great pyramids of Egypt were built out of it.

More specifically, the dirt-wall solution is called “cob.” Cob is a mixture of earth, straw, sand, and water. It’s been around for thousands of years, and is used in New Zealand, Africa, Central America, Europe, Asia, and just about everywhere.

Have you seen the photos of those charming little cottages that dot the landscape of Ireland? Most of those are made of cob. They are coated with a white lime mixture to prevent wind erosion. Just scratch the surface of one of those homes and you will soon discover that the walls are really made of dirt.

Surprisingly, many have been around for over 500 years, and are still in excellent condition. These homes are fire-resistant, and stand up quite well to damp environments.

If the homes have wide roof-eaves and impervious foundations, wet weather is not an issue. Cob proponents claim that they are warm, dry, and durable.

The production method for cob is about as “green” and as low-tech as you can get. The large amount of heat energy required to produce most brick materials is not needed to make cob.

Not much energy is required for transporting materials. Frequently, the right kind of earth is found in sufficient amounts right at the construction site. No power machinery is used.

All you need is about a dozen of your friends and family. Earth, sand, water and straw are mixed together with bare hands and feet! When the material reaches the right consistency, it is scooped up into balls called “cobs.”

Cobs are stacked and packed into walls and shapes like domes, window benches, curved walls, nooks, window openings, or just about anything that the imagination can conjure up.

No internal form structures are required, so there are no limits. Wiring and pipes are set into the walls as they are formed. With no hammers or loud power tools, the participants frequently report a peaceful, almost “spiritual” experience.

After about a week of partying in mud with friends and family, your cob house is complete. The home may even look like something that your ancient ancestors lived in.

Will cob homes ever dominate the home construction industry in the United States? That notion seems far-fetched. Will the American consumer embrace cob? Cob homes face re-sale issues, appraisal issues, and financing issues.

Building code issues with municipal inspectors will arise. Construction-related industries would probably fight it.

Interestingly, third world countries don’t have any of these issues with cob. However, as construction costs rise, and the forests disappear, minds and policies may change.

Kermit Johnson is a full service Minneapolis real estate agent with 14 years of experience. Visit http://www.realestatetwincities.net/blog for blog posts about Minneapolis real estate, Twin Cities homes, Minnesota lake shore issues, green home construction, and other Minnesota realty issues.

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How To Repair A Rust Hole On Your Car, Or Truck


We came across a great way to repair a rust hole on your car, or truck that is fairly easy to do. It’s an alternative to using duct tape, or foil tape. We want to stress that this is NOT a professional repair job.

This method is easy, and inexpensive to do, and will last a lot longer if you rust proof your vehicle after you do the repair. We wouldn’t particularly use this method on a newer car, or truck, but wouldn’t hesitate to use it on a older beater, non structural repair.

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How To Increase Wood Stove Efficiency By 33 Percent


How To Increase Wood Stove Efficiency

This is some great information based on sound engineering principles. Smoke from your wood stove IS UN BURNED FUEL AND A WASTE OF YOUR money.

In the video below there are some great tips on how you can increase wood stove efficiency by as much as 33%  It fairly easy to implement these tips to increase your stove’s efficiency.

In some states wood smoke is one of the main sources of air pollution. Wood stoves, fireplaces, and other wood burning devices put out hundreds of times more air pollution than other sources of heat such as natural gas or electricity. If you burn, burn clean

If you heat with wood, you can reduce smoke by burning properly: Burn only dry, seasoned wood. Be sure your firewood has been split and dried for at least one year. Store it under cover.

Never burn wet, painted, stained or treated wood; colored newsprint; plastic; garbage; diapers; or magazines.
Burn small, hot fires. This helps the wood burn completely and cleanly. Never allow the fire to smolder. This wastes wood, produces little heat, and causes a lot of smoke.

Make sure your fire gets enough air. Dampering down too much can cause smoldering. You can tell if your fire has enough air by checking the smoke coming from your chimney. You should see only heat waves. If you see smoke, increase the air supply to your fire.

Make sure your wood stove is the right size for its space. A stove that is too large for the space it is heating will have to be damped down, causing more smoke. Make sure your stove is properly installed. Source

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How To Get Really Good, Inexpensive Firewood For Cheap


Fall is in the air, and it’s time for many to start thinking about storing up on firewood. Firewood is becoming more, and more expensive every year. We recently discovered a neat little secret on how to get some really good firewood for cheap.

We’re talking two cords of oak for about $40.00, and it’s already cut as well. Some of the pieces are 2 feet long, and other are a few inches. There is a trade off though. You have to load, and unload it yourself. That seems like a pretty good trade off to us.

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5 Ways A Dentist Can Rip You Off, And How To Avoid It

A friend of mine worked at a dental office for 40 years, and has heard a lot of stories from patients coming in from other dentists. There are a lot of good dentist out there, however like any business there are a lot of dentists that are out to get your money. We’ve discovered the 5 most common ways a dentist can rip you off, and how you can avoid it. Here are the warning signs that a dentisy may be trying to rip you off.


1) Replacing old fillings: Although old fillings can sometimes crack or become surrounded by decay, necessitating a replacement, some dentists will try to replace all your fillings simply due to age — a practice that isn’t actually necessary if they’re not causing problems.

“The big red flag is if you go to the dentist and they say, ‘oh, you’ve got old silver fillings, we need to take them out because there’s mercury leeching out,” Mindy Weinman said. “There’s been no evidence to prove that actually happens.”

2) Veneers. Sometimes, a dentist will tell a patient that pricey veneers are necessary to improve the color of a tooth, but if its shape is acceptable to begin with, bleaching — a much cheaper process — is perfectly fine. “A lot of cosmetic dentists tend to push this kind of treatment,” said Sean Tomalty, a family dentist in South Florida. If you’re certain you do want veneers, Dave Weinman recommends going to a prosthodontist rather than a general dentist.

3) Fluoride toothpaste and treatment. I was recently told I needed a $30 fluoride treatment and $25 prescription high-fluoride toothpaste — neither of which was covered by my insurance — even though I’ve only had a couple of cavities in my life.

“Most people get enough fluoride in their drinking water and from regular toothpaste, and by the time you’re an adult, and your teeth have fully formed, the fluoride treatment doesn’t do much,” my dad said. “For someone who doesn’t get lots of cavities, it’s a waste.”

4) Night guards. I was also offered a $700 night guard during my recent visit, due to some signs of wear on my teeth, presumably caused by nighttime grinding.

In truth, some people do need night guards — mainly if they have TMJ pain, or show especially high rates of wear. But all people gradually wear down their teeth over the course of their lifetimes, and not everyone needs a night guard. Some dental practices simply prescribe them to most patients as a matter of course.

5) Sealants. Dental sealants are preventative coatings applied to the surface of your molars to prevent plaque from accumulating in the pits on their surfaces. They can be useful in some cases — especially for cavity-prone kids — but are also overprescribed by some dentists.

“The problem is, a lot of the time, those teeth weren’t going to decay anyway, you’ve weakened the tooth by etching into it to adhere the sealant,” my dad said. “An office that does a lot of sealant for adults is something to watch out for.”

Here’s What You Can Do To Prevent Being Ripped Off


Ask to see X-rays and get a second opinion. 

Virtually all honest dentists will gladly show you X-rays of your teeth that contain evidence of the work you need. “X-rays, legally, are your property. A dentist can charge for them, but they have to share them with you.

Dental School Clinics

If you’re stuck and having trouble finding a dentist you trust, my father recommended one unorthodox option: going for a consultation at the clinics operated by most dental schools.

“The work can take a long time, and the hours can be pretty restricted, but they’re inexpensive and the work is generally very good. That’s because having work done at a dental school clinic inherently involves a huge amount of oversight: every diagnosis and filling is checked over by several students and professors.

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5 Biggest Reasons Why Most People Don’t Become Wealthy


Many people hold themselves back when it comes to their finances. Making your money survive is just about as important as learning to prepare for a survival, or disaster situation.

A financial disaster can put you in a world of hurt. We really like the information contained in this video which offers some very sound advice.

By understanding the 5 biggest reasons most people don’t become wealthy you’ll be on your way to another level of financial understanding. This information is presented in a down home style you’ll appreciate.

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How To Easily Increase Your Income By 1000% Using The Kaizen Formula

Who else wants to increase their income by 1000%? Sound difficult? It’s not, IF you follow the advice in this incredible video using the Kaizen Principle you will be able to achieve that goal. Kaizen in Japanese means continuous improvement.

That combined with the momentum principle becomes a force that will take you to the next income level. The momentum principle says that once you get going, it becomes easier and easier to keep going  and to go faster and faster.

Follow the expert advice from Brian Tracy and you’ll be on your way to another level of income. What’s interesting to note is that it doesn’t matter where you are on the income chain, even minimum wage earners can use this advice to get started on a new income level. You CAN do it!

How ANYONE Can Save Money Even On Minimum Wage

Most everyone can use a little advice when it comes to saving money. Most people in the United States have less than $10,000 in their saving account. Many people have less than half of that. Being prepared also means having money set a side for an emergency.

In this short video, there are some excellent tips that will allow almost anyone to start saving money even if they are making minimum wage. If you are under the age of 40 you figure you’ve got lots of time to start saving.

Age has a sneaky way of catching up to you real fast. Before you know it, you’re old, and still don’t have any savings. Watch this video, and follow the plan that is laid out.




10 Ridiculous (But Effective) Ways To Save Money Every Month

There are a lot of simple ways to cut your spending, and save money each month. You don’t have to be one of those crazy coupon people you see on TV, or  buys a hundred rolls of toilet paper. Besides, saving on groceries is a totally different subject.

Here were talking about some plain common sense stuff that people haven’t thought about yet.  With very little time and effort you’ll be surprised at how much money you can save.

This video has some great money saving tips that if you take action on them will save you a lot of money starting now. If you have any other ways you save money that you’d like to share please let us know in the comments section

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Some Common Sense Advice On How To Prepare For Inflation

Preppers, and survivalists are always looking for ways to prepare for an SHTF, or disaster situation. Mostly they are concerned with food storage, bug out bags, and keeping up on the latest survival skills. Probably the most neglected area of preparedness is that of survival economics, or your money.

One thing that we can almost plan on happening is inflation, it’s almost a certainty. We have a pretty good idea that the dollar is being devalued, It’s purchasing power has diminished over the last few years.

In this video is a refreshing discussion on what you can do to prepare for the inflation that is surely to come. There is some great advice here that’s NOT coming from a talking suit trying to sell you something.

Homemade Solar Powered Forced Fan Drying System Allows You To Dry Clothes For FREE!

Here’s a very easy homemade solar powered system that will allow you to dry your clothes for free once you get it set up. What you’ll need is a solar powered fan, and a drying rack.

The clothes rack can hold up to 36 items. If you do not want to purchase a solar powered fan, you could plug the fan into the wall socket.

It’s still very cheap to dry your clothes even without using solar power. The fan would use 100 watts of power vs an electric dryer’s 3000 watts.

This system gets best results in semi-dry, or dry climates. We think the wind tunnel design was a very smart idea.




Simply Brilliant Way To Temporarily Some Bad Teeth for Under $3

Sometimes you have to just do what you can to survive in this life. Imagine for a moment you have a job interview tomorrow and you have some chipped, broken, or missing teeth that could keep you from getting the job. That shouldn’t disqualify you from getting the job, but in today’s society it’s a reality.

Now let’s suppose you don’t have dental insurance, or a lot of cash to get those teeth repaired just yet. Enter this simply brilliant way to temporarily fix those teeth. Obviously this not a permanent fix, however it does serve a useful purpose. FYI, this scenario above is true, and the guy in the video did get a job paying $15 per hour.

That’s not a lot of money, but in today’s economy I know some pretty educated people that are struggling to make that. If you have great teeth be glad. Not everyone is so fortunate.  So watch the video now to see how this amazing tooth repair technique is done. PLEASE REMEMBER THIS IS A TEMPORARY FIX and not a permanent solution.

EASY Car Dent Removal Technique You Can Do Yourself And Save $1,000’s

Before you go out and perhaps spend a $1000 or more you’ve got to try this amazing DIY car dent removal technique. With just a little work it could save you a bunch of money. You don’t need ANY expensive tools. In fact you’ll be surprised with the things you need to complete this. More than likely you already have what you need at home.

Now, full disclosure here. This does not work on every dent, on every car, or truck. There are some variables that come into play which are explained in the video. This DIY dent repair technique works best with plastic parts that soften up enough in low heat, and where you can get to the other side of the panel to gently push out the dent!

Most car doors are made of metal and are that the inside of the panel is significantly more difficult to access if you don’t know how to disassemble your car… Cars such as a Prius that use plastic on their bumpers get excellent results as you’ll see in this video. Here’s what a few people have said after trying this car dent removal technique that was not a Prius:


This actually worked on my Ford Focus 2013. Someone hit my car in the shopping mall and left a hell of a dent in the rear right hand corner bumper that was very deep. Rang up insurance (Youi) and they said I would need to pay $700 excess because I didn’t get the drivers details. So after that pathetic phonecall, I took matters into my own hands, watched this video and then got my wife’s hair dryer on the dent for 30 seconds. After that I reached up inside the back of the car and found I could push the dent out from inside quite easily. Within seconds, the dent was GONE. All I have now is a scuff mark on the rear light (only visible when I put a light directly on it.) But at least I don’t have to pay a cent for repairs! Great video!

It took 15 min. to get the dent out the size of a basket ball. I did use a heat gun instead of a blow drier. Thank you again.
I had to go buy a heat gun from Home depot and even that took a few minutes to heat up a small area at a time.  The space heater only made it warm..what a joke.  I could never have imagined that was sooo easy to fix. Now I have a heat gun to. Thanks so much for the video.  I used some car wax and carb cleaner to get out the paint from the other vehicle.  It’s almost like nothing happened to it…what a difference. Source

Bottom Line

Give this technique a try before spending a lot of your hard earned cash at a body shop. You have nothing to lose by trying it. It worked for others, and it may work for you. After you watch the video there is a great tip to speed up the process which we’ve included below the video

Hot Tip

A heat gun will definitely be faster and is a good option. The only tricky thing is that it can get hot enough to possibly hurt the paint job or the operator. If you’re careful, it should really help.



This Recipe For Homemade Laundry Detergent Could Save You Hundreds Of Dollars Per Year

Store bought laundry detergent is one of those items that most people don’t really think about. They buy their box of tide not really giving any thought into how much it costs. Besides that, that clean fresh smell you get when you open the box, or smell your clothes is really a dose of chemicals.

Ever wonder why your skin itches when you put freshly washed clothes? It’s a reaction to all the chemicals in the laundry detergent your using. We came across this recipe for homemade laundry detergent that takes only about 30 minutes to make.

For about $20 in materials you can make enough detergent to last an entire year. This will save you hundreds of dollars. If you prefer liquid laundry detergent we’ve got you covered with a recipe for that as well.


All ingredients can be found at Publix, on Amazon, Walmart, etc.

  • 1 bar Fels Naptha
  • 1 bar pink Zote
  • 2 cup Borax
  • 2 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda

NOTE: Instead of the soap bars mentioned above you could substitute Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castille Bar Soap. I love the smell Dr Bronners has. It’s an all natural soap. Grate the bar soaps with a cheese grater. Combine with powders and pulse in a food processor til a uniform powder. You may find an old food processor from Goodwill for under $10 and use an old cheese grater. Store in a large tupperware with a lid.

  • 2-3 Tbsp. per load is plenty.
  • For cold and gentle cycles, first dissolve the powder in a cup of hot water and dilute with a cup of cold water before adding to the machine. (Sometimes the bar soap granules don’t want to dissolve in cold water alone.)

One family that used this recipe said it took them It took them 10 months to go run through their first batch. They also mentioned they do a lot of laundry. Source

Liquid Laundry Detergent Recipe

  1. Grate one bar of soap with cheese grater or food processor.
  2. Put grated soap in pan with 2 quarts water and gradually heat, stirring constantly until soap is completely dissolved.
  3. Put 4.5 gallons of really hot tap water in a 5-gallon bucket (available for free in bakeries at grocery stores, just ask them) and stir in 1 cup of borax and 1 cup of Washing Soda until completely dissolved.
  4. Pour soap mixture from pan into 5-gallon bucket. Stir well.
  5. Cover and leave overnight.
  6. Shake or stir until smooth and pour into gallon jugs or other containers.
  7. Use 1/2 to 1 cup per load.

These recipes are also a great way to save money on laundry. By my calculations, I am saving over half on my laundry bill by switching:

On the powdered recipe, I spent (at the time of writing the post):

  • One 55 ounce box Washing Soda- $3.49 (Note: all of these are much more expensive on Amazon!)
  • One 76 ounce box of Borax – $4.99
  • One Bar Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castille Bar Soap- $2.99

With the amount this mixture I use (1/4 cup) per load of laundry, this recipe works out to $0.09 cents per load of laundry. This saves me almost $0.15 per load over using Arm and Hammer or Tide. With the liquid recipe, the saving are even more. A Five-Gallon batch costs $4.30 and washes at least 80 loads, costing about $0.05 per load! Source: WellnessMama.com


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