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  1. Amy @ Finer Things
    February 6, 2009 @ 9:28 am

    Excellent post, Phoebe! Now I understand why it seemed to be no big deal to you to be snowed in and not go grocery shopping for three weeks. ;-)

    I love and agree with your perspective. Not only is it possible to “survive” in a one-income family, but you can THRIVE and use your resources to gain security!


  2. Elisabeth
    February 6, 2009 @ 10:42 am

    I would really enjoy hearing more from Phoebe.


  3. Michael
    February 6, 2009 @ 11:28 am

    Great post Phoebe. Thanks for the insights! I received a pressure cooker a few years ago, but I still haven’t done any canning. You’ve inspired me to blow the dust off of it and start doing some more to stock up when it’s plentiful and can it for when it’s not.

    Have a great day!


  4. Home Ever After
    February 6, 2009 @ 1:07 pm

    @Phoebe: Wonderful insights. It is comforting to know the source of your food/ingredients, especially in the light of the recent peanut butter salmonella outbreaks. Thank you so much!



  5. Phoebe @ Cents to Get Debt Free
    February 6, 2009 @ 1:16 pm

    @Amy Thank you for your comment! And yes, you can thrive on one income, it just takes getting used to and setting the right well as using the available resources.

    @Elisabeth Thank you for your comment and reading! Let me know if I can help you with anything!

    @Michael Glad to get that fire in you! It is so rewarding and delicious to be able to can your own’ll never look back.

    @Barbi It is incredibly comforting knowing that what I feed my family is not going to make them sick.

    Thank you everyone for your wonderful comments! I appreciate them!


  6. Michelle
    February 6, 2009 @ 1:26 pm

    Great article, Phoebe. I take this from such a unique perspective, because in our household, I am the breadwinner, and it must be the maternal instinct that makes ME so worried about making sure we’re in good shape if I were to be downsized. A lot of people think I’m crazy for working long weeks and then going home and doing the cooking, canning, gardening, etc.—-you’ve put it all in words for me!!!


  7. Home Ever After
    February 6, 2009 @ 1:45 pm

    @Michelle: It’s great to hear the other vantage point (from the income-earner). I know the stress of the current economic situation weighs on each person differently and causes us to prepare in very different ways. Thanks so much for commenting!



  8. Niicole
    February 6, 2009 @ 4:25 pm

    Hey Phoebe
    If I were to start a container garden from scratch, which vegetables would you suggest I start with (that would be the least likely for me to kill instantly .. not a green thumb here!) I’d really love to do green peppers, tomatoes and green beans. What are you thoughts, and how would I get started?



  9. Miriam
    February 6, 2009 @ 6:54 pm

    Way to go, Phoebe!! Great article, I loved it :)


  10. Phoebe @ Cents to Get Debt Free
    February 6, 2009 @ 8:31 pm

    @Michelle I’m so happy to hear that you can relate! So true that the mothers in us want to make sure that everyone is taken care of! I give you a huge pat on the back for doing all that you do!!

    @Niicole I will be honest with you and tell you that I’m not much of a green thumb either!!
    But, I grew one productive garden this year! You are in luck, because for me tomatoes and green beans were really easy for me. Green peppers would have been if I had planted them early enough. So, do all of those.

    The size of your planters will depend on how much of each plant and how big of an area you have to work with. Your green beans (if you do pole)will need a trellis (or something to climb), as will your tomatoes. Your green peppers just need like a window boxed sized planter. That should easily accomodate 2 plants.

    I don’t want to get carried away here in the comments, so if you want more information, or have more questions, feel free to email me! I’m more than happy to help you out. phendricks @

    @Miriam Thank you!


  11. Phoebe @ Cents to Get Debt Free
    February 6, 2009 @ 8:34 pm

    One thing I would like to throw in here if I could, we were snowed in, like Amy said, for the last few weeks. I had enough food that I wasn’t having to worry about running out and having to brave the roads. I knew that I could wait it all out until the roads and my driveway were safe enough for me and my family to travel on. Definitely a relief!


  12. missy
    February 7, 2009 @ 5:13 am

    I really liked this artical. Phoebe made some really great points. I would love to hear more from her.
    Stockpiling does give you more peace of mind when you have children!


  13. Shanna
    February 7, 2009 @ 9:00 am

    Great article Phoebe!


  14. Phoebe @ Cents to Get Debt Free
    February 7, 2009 @ 9:44 am

    @missy Thank you so much for your comment!


  15. Phoebe @ Cents to Get Debt Free
    February 7, 2009 @ 9:46 am

    @Shanna Thank you for reading and commenting. I really appreciate it! :)


  16. Shynea @ Penny Pinching Diva
    February 7, 2009 @ 3:34 pm

    I would like to say that I would love to hear more from Phoebe. This was a really inspiring article. My family is currently a one income family, and I have worried countless times about how we would end up if my fiance were to loose his job. I can’t believe that you survived for three weeks off of the food that you already had at home. If we were to get snowed in now, we would have maybe a weeks supply of food. Thank you once again for this article. I already follow your blog, but I would love to see more posts from you on Homemaker Barbi.


  17. Rona
    February 7, 2009 @ 2:39 pm

    I love cooking from scratch because I can control the sugar, salt and such. But it can also end up saving you money too.

    Enjoyed reading this article so much that I will do a post and link.

    Great job ladies.


  18. Home Ever After
    February 7, 2009 @ 9:09 pm

    @Rona: Thanks so much for the link! It is very appreciated. We love to hear comments because it lets us connect with readers on a more personal level. Have a great day!


  19. Home Ever After
    February 7, 2009 @ 9:15 pm

    @Shynea: The being snowed in issue really hit home with me, especially since we live in Alaska. I think I’m probably in the same boat with you, Shynea, at about 1 week’s worth of pantry. I’ve been trying to clear out the pantry since a lot of our stockpile was from last year. I thought it would be nice to use up the old and start fresh, but it probably shouldn’t be as low as it is now. Great point!



  20. Phoebe @ Cents to Get Debt Free
    February 8, 2009 @ 3:12 pm

    @Rona I’m glad to hear that you liked the article! Thank you for linking to it. We have noticed that with me cooking most all of our food, we feel better. Definitely a win win situation.

    @Shynea Thank you so much for your kind words! I truly appreciate them, and thanks again for subscribing to my blog! It can be nerve racking on one income in these economic times. If you need any tips on stocking up or have any questions, feel free to ask me. I’m here to help.



  21. LMD
    September 10, 2009 @ 7:04 pm

    I stock up on sale items. I try to stock up on items such as rice, oatmeal, and beans. I grow a garden and I live below my means even if other people think it is undignified to do so!


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