Category Archives: Frugal Living

Assistance Programs from Hooved Animal Rescue of Thurston County

From Hooved Animal Rescue of Thurston County –

Hooved Animal Rescue of Thurston County (HAR-OTC) has programs to help financially strapped Thurston County citizens whose hooved animals need emergency veterinarian or farrier care.

HAR-OTC also has funds to provide humane euthanasia when recommended by a veterinarian.

These programs are so important, especially in this distressed economy. Continue reading Assistance Programs from Hooved Animal Rescue of Thurston County

PSCAA: Harsh wood stove laws hurt “heat-or-eat” rural poor

Wood Stove “Mobile Apps” for Rural Poor and Elderly?

Forty percent of low-income Americans reported that they have had to choose between paying for food and utilities in the past year.

Should local governments have sweeping power to change how we live–especially when those changes would hurt our neediest citizens the most?

Should a government’s decision making process be more accessible to those who are affected the most?

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA) is an unelected, little known, and powerful agency that has created strict and confusing regulations over wood burning, that have a great impact on low income citizens in King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties.

In an apparent attempt to share their draconian wood stove laws with folks who are trying hard not to freeze in their homes, PSCAA came up with some really cool mobile apps.

If you have any problems with PSCAA’s apps, they’ll try their best to get back to you within two business days.  Of course, that doesn’t stop you from getting hit with massive fines if you go ahead and light your wood stove because it’s cold and you can’t reach them for days. Continue reading PSCAA: Harsh wood stove laws hurt “heat-or-eat” rural poor

How Minimum Wage Hikes Hurt the Elderly and their Caregivers

The corner drugstore still means life or death

In simpler times, it was called the corner drug.  In both small towns and urban cores, it was a lifesaver.  Neighborhood pharmacists knew their customers and their idiosyncrasies, and doled out sage advice along with brown bottles.old time pharmacy

Fifty years ago, little kids could buy penny gumballs and ride coin-operated broncos at their local drugstore.  Big kids could hang out at the soda fountain and sip real cherry Cokes.

Ladies could browse tidy aisles stocked with talcum powder, hair curlers and Toni home perms.  Contrite husbands could slink in and buy last-minute cologne spritzers and boxed chocolates for forgotten birthdays and anniversaries.

The trinkets and novelties have changed over the years, but the critical role of  the neighborhood pharmacy has not.  It has been a lifesaver for many, particularly the elderly. Continue reading How Minimum Wage Hikes Hurt the Elderly and their Caregivers

Garden Seeds Part 2 – Heirloom, Organic, Specialty and Market

Part 2 of 2 – Click here to read part 1, “”Old-Time Prices, Classic Varieties, Old-Fashioned Companies.” 

Today’s rapidly growing selection of different kinds of garden seeds allows for an amazing variety of flavors and growing experiences.  Growing heirloom varieties opens a new door into other cultures and bygone days.heirloom tomato snip Continue reading Garden Seeds Part 2 – Heirloom, Organic, Specialty and Market

Garden Seeds Part 1 – Old-Time Prices, Classic Varieties, Old-Fashioned Companies

Part One of TwoClick here to read Part 2, “Heirloom, Organic, Specialty and Market Varieties”

It’s that time of year!  Colorful catalogs full of gardens seeds are filling mailboxes, and seed packet displays are cropping up in stores.   Where to begin?

Get ready to grow your own in 2016!
Get ready to grow your own in 2016!

Continue reading Garden Seeds Part 1 – Old-Time Prices, Classic Varieties, Old-Fashioned Companies