Prepare for Marriage Financially

Prepare for Marriage Financially

prepare for marriage financially

There are so many things we need to prepare for, and we need to survive. Financial preparedness is a way to prepare for just about anything.

Let’s be honest, marriage is something to survive! If it was easy, it would not be a big deal. Divorce would not exist.

Did you know one of the top reasons for divorce is financial issues? I’m not saying it will cause a divorce for certain, but financial issues almost always have an impact on a marriage. To prevent this, you must prepare for marriage financially. Let’s look at some ways to do just that.

Create an Emergency Savings

Why? Because weddings and marriages cost money. You are going to spend a lot of money on a wedding, a house, having children, and other things as well.

When something throws a wrench in those plans, you want to be able to cover those wrenches. Many people only have $1,000 or less in their emergency fund. This is not enough! You should have enough money to cover three months of expenses and bills at any given time.

Hospital bills can accrue, opportunities may arise, and you need the financial safeguard to make sure these things can happen. Here is a great book on how to start.

Share Money and Budget

It’s very difficult to budget anything as a couple if money is separated. You need to make all financial decisions together.

If one person is saving all of their money and the other is being less than frugal, it’s not fair and can lead to animosity and fights. No one wants that in their marriage!

Instead, create a financial spreadsheet with your partner and stick to a budget, using both of your funds for both spending and saving. Use a budgeting planner for some extra help to prepare for marriage financially.

Are you already in financial stress? No worries! You and your partner can turn everything around. Thousands of couples and individuals have benefited from reading this book by David Ramsey.

How to Prepare for a Baby Financially

How to Prepare for a Baby Financially

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There are different ways to survive. You must survive dangers, emotionally, and financially. In this post, we are discussing how to prepare for a baby financially.

Babies are not always in your plans, but they show up and surprise you anyway. It may not be what you hope for, but a baby is something you can always be thankful for!

One of the main struggles of new parents and mothers is the financial struggle. Preparedness is something we should keep in mind for all circumstances.

Having a baby falls under a circumstance which forces you to plan for extra expenditures. You have a whole new human to take care of! There are some ways to prepare financially that you may not already have thought of.

Cut back on extras

Need some money in your pockets for baby stuff? Try not eating out for an entire month. $20-$40 each time can really add up – sometimes to hundreds depending on what you are used to! There are some great mom-centric books on saving money, like this one. There’s even a book on how to make extra money as a mom, whether you stay at home or not.

Stick to the essentials

You don’t have to get the most expensive stroller, or the brand name diaper bag your friend is going on about. Here are some essential items that don’t break the bank:

Live within your means

Credit cards are great for emergencies. That means you should use them for emergencies only – this way if something happens, you have the funds immediately available to you. It also means you are not paying a monthly payment on something you no longer have or do not need.

Even if you are not a parent and not having a baby, one of the most beneficial things you can do for yourself financially is to get out of debt.

Survival Resolutions for 2018

Survival Resolutions for 2018

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2017 was tough, but we’ve made it through! It’s important to ensure each year that you make survival resolutions.

This brings me to your survival resolutions for 2018 – what you need to think about starting now. It’s like a constant re-vamp of supplies, knowledge, and more. There are a few different survival resolutions for 2018 so let’s begin.

Re-stock First Aid

You should always have medications in your first aid kit. Not just your typical aspirin or antibiotics, but also your daily prescriptions. Normally, your doctor will allow you to have some extra medication if you explain that you’re stocking your first aid kit. Medications expire, and so do some medical tools and equipment. Re-stock at the beginning of each year, and always be ready!

Update Vehicle Emergency Supplies

Did you get a new vehicle in 2017? Make sure you update your vehicle emergency supplies and have the equipment you need for the exact type of vehicle you have. Spare tires should fit your wheels, extra batteries are made for specific vehicles… you get the idea. If you have a flashlight but it has been used before, it’s about time to replace those batteries for fresh ones.

Replenish your knowledge

You need to constantly gain knowledge about survival. Books are the best way to do this! Survivalist books are readily available, and cover a great span of subjects. Some great examples are:

These are some fantastic survival resolutions for 2018 and beyond. It works for every year, and sometimes even more often.

What are your survival resolutions, and other resolutions for the New Year? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

How to Survive in 2018

How to Survive in 2018

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2017 was a challenging year for most people. It could simply be because life is full of challenges. Or, maybe you lost someone dear to you in 2017.

Many nations are in turmoil from wars, poverty, lack of resources, and corrupt governments. Terrorism plagues many regions of the planet.

Did you perhaps let your health slip, or gain a few extra pounds this holiday season? You are resilient, you are amazing, and you are human.

You can survive and thrive through any situation. Not all of your loved ones may be here today.

Finances can change and decline at any given moment. Industries change. Life happens!

So, how to survive in 2018 is up for debate. I say, stay happy above all else, and treat others with respect and empathy.

Other than this, there are items to make life a little happier, or a little easier. Let’s take a look at some fun products to help improve your life, so you can survive and thrive in 2018!

Self Help Books

There are a few books we are in love with. They can help you maintain the peace of mind to survive in 2018. These books are…

  1. You are a bad*** – How to Stop Doubting your Greatness and Start living an Awesome Life
  2. The Secret
  3. Declutter Your Mind

Inventions to make life easier

Sometimes, you just need a little help. Here are some inventions to help make life a little bit easier at home.

  1. Amazon Echo
  2. Nest Thermostat
  3. Robot Vacuum

Products to help you stay healthy in 2018

  1. Fitbit Smart Watch
  2. Folding Exercise Bike
  3. Meal Prep Cookbook

How to survive in 2018 doesn’t have to be complicated. Focus on yourself, your family, and your happiness. Stay healthy and happy.

Enjoy life to its fullest, and don’t worry about the small stuff. We wish you a happy and healthy 2018 from all of us at Survival by Southern Zoomer!

What to put in a Christmas Survival Kit

What to put in a Christmas Survival Kit – Day of Edition

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It’s the holiday season, and we’re in the middle of Hanukkah right now! It’s exciting, and it can also be overwhelming.

A Christmas survival kit may be necessary to make it through this holiday season. We know what to put in your Christmas survival kit leading up to the holidays, but what about the day of?

You were picked this year to host Christmas dinner – maybe against your will. Maybe you have the most central location, or perhaps your house is extra festive. Either way, you have been selected with the honor (or the terror) of having all your aunts, uncles, parents, in-laws, nephews, nieces, and cousins over. You also have to entertain.

There are many things that can help you survive Christmas with family and friends gathered at your home. Let’s review what to put in a Christmas Survival Kit – the day of edition!

Items for your Christmas Survival Kit

Games

Everyone could use a good game to lighten the mood! Try the Speak Out Game which leads to much hilarity! Check out this video for a preview of what may happen in your home.

If you’re a sucker for classics, UNO may be the game for you! Creating light-hearted family arguments since 1971.

Snacks

Everyone loves snacks and treats for Christmas! There are some things that you only have during the holidays. Try stocking up on nuts, popcorn, and obviously – adorable Christmas cookies!

Holiday Clothes

Last but certainly not least, why not make your family wear ugly Christmas sweaters to your Christmas gathering? After all, you’re doing the hosting. You’re providing food, drinks, snacks, and even games. The least your guests can do is liven it up with some fun sweaters! Here are some of our favorites, available on Amazon:

How to Make a Christmas Survival Kit

How to Make a Christmas Survival Kit

how to make a christmas survival kit

We take survival very seriously here at Survival by Southern Zoomer. However, it’s the holiday season! There are more types of survival kits needed than First Aid and Car Kits.

Sometimes, you have to survive your in-laws… or even your misbehaving nephew! Let’s face it, the holidays are hard to survive for many reasons.

There’s the stress of shopping for gifts, and the stress of putting delicious food on the table for all to enjoy. Family gatherings can be a real stressful time. It can be sorrowful for many, who have lost loved ones.

For people all over the world, it’s their first Christmas without someone they love. Some are thousands of miles away from their families. Others are even serving their countries instead of enjoying the holiday season. It can be a tough time, but a Christmas Survival Kit can make things much easier to handle.

Items for Yourself

  • Chamomile Tea – To sip on something that is extra relaxing and de-stressing
  • Bath Salts – For tense muscles from making all of those holiday treats
  • Lavender Essential Oil – To smell wonderful and to reduce stress
  • Eggnog – For taking a break from it all and grabbing a moment for yourself

Items for the Family Gathering

  • Board game or Card Game – To keep all ages entertained
  • Gifts – To please even the pickiest family members
  • Coconut Oil Peppermint Fudge – A healthier, tasty alternative
  • Photo Booth Props – Take funny pictures to lighten the mood!
  • Christmas Movies – Gather around and watch a Christmas classic such as “A Christmas Story”
  • Hot Cocoa – A warm treat everyone can enjoy

How do you go about surviving the holidays? What do you put in your Christmas survival kit? We love hearing from you. Let us know your thoughts on surviving the holiday season in the comments section!

 

How to start Campfires

How to start Campfires

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Campfires are a great way to light up the night when camping. If you’re in trouble out in the wilderness, this is also a good time to start a campfire. It improves visibility, deters certain pests, and allows you to cook food.

How you start your campfire depends on what is available to you at the time. Let’s go through a few different ways on how to start campfires.

First, make sure you know how to build a campfire. You need to light the tinder, which will help the kindling catch flames. Carefully place the lit tinder on top of the other tinder, which is there to help ignite the kindling.

You also need to make sure you have an understanding of campfire safety. It’s imperative to know this before you start building fires and camping in general. After all, you don’t want to start a fire that you don’t know how to put out!

Here are some ways to start campfires

  • Matches or a lighter – This method is easy enough. Matches can get wet and become useless, and lighters can run out of fuel. Keep this in mind.
  • Lightning Nuggets – Simply place the round side down in your campfire, and light around the flat edge. It will create a flame that lights the rest of your campfire.
  • Fire Starter – This is an easy item to always carry with you. You strike the two components together to begin a flame. Easy-Peasy!

Now that you know how to start campfires, it’s time to go camping! Don’t forget to pack all of your camping gear and emergency supplies.

After all, the wilderness is no longer man’s natural environment. We must re-educate ourselves on how to survive in nature’s harsh landscapes. Good thing we can also have a fun time doing it!

How to Choose Hiking Boots

How to Choose Hiking Boots

Hiking boots are one of the most important elements to any hiking experience. It’s important to know how to choose hiking boots in order to have a great hike. You don’t want to have to worry about your feet on a hike, or shoes slipping off, or worse falling off altogether.

There are many hiking scenarios in which things don’t go your way. Let’s prevent one important element from leading you astray.

Find the right size

You don’t want hiking shoes that don’t allow your toes to wiggle. You also don’t want the back of your hiking boots to slip up and down against your ankles. This could cause irritation, blisters, and other longer term issues after continued wear.

This is why it’s so important to find the right size hiking boots. Get your feet measured at a specialty store, or use this comprehensive fit guide from REI.

Day hike or Backpacking

For a day hike or an even shorter hike, you probably want to choose a hiking boot with a low to mid cut. For example, this pair works well for short hikes. They do not take long to break-in, and they flex fairly easily.

how to choose hiking boots

If you are taking  longer hike and backpacking, you want to choose a higher cut hiking boot like this pair. It provides more support, is more durable, and does take longer to break-in. It’s an investment worth making!

high cut hiking boots

How to choose hiking boots is important to know. It’s an investment worth making, and saves your feet a lot of trouble! Even if you are a casual hiker, you need to have a pair of hiking boots.

Trust me when I tell you, it makes a world of difference! Choose a pair of hiking boots that fit you well. Fit is the most important thing to remember with hiking boots. Happy hiking, y’all!

Best Wood for Campfires

Best Wood for Campfires

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If you’re building a fire for survival, chances are you don’t have many options for types of wood to use. However, if you know ahead of time you are going to build a campfire, use the best wood for campfires you can find. This is not limited to just one type of wood, but there are different types of wood that are a cut above the rest. Also, consider cooking. If you want to cook over your campfire, you want to use a good wood!

Hardwoods are very dense, and will therefore burn for longer periods of time. This makes them one of the best options available. However, some softwoods burn well also. Let’s go through a few of the options for the best wood for campfires.

Oak

Oak is very popular firewood, for both campfires and fireplaces alike. It’s dense, it burns slowly, and therefore lasts a very long time. Chances are this wood makes your fire last much longer than any other choice. It makes more heat and less smoke than other types of wood as well.

Maple

Maple is also a dense wood. It can be difficult to chop if you’re using logs. However, it’s another fantastic firewood that burns long and strong. The smoky scent from maple campfires has a sweet tinge to them.

Ash

Ash wood is one of the most common types of wood burning in campfires and fireplaces alike. It’s tough, yet still lightweight and slightly easier to chop than other woods. It burns hot, which is perfect for a Winter time campfire.

So, what’s the best wood for campfires? Any of the above will do the trick. Make sure to use an all natural fire starter for your campfires to reduce air pollution. If you’re cooking, you can put a grill right over your campfire. Never forget about campfire safety – prevent forest fires and injury!

How to be Safe around Campfires

How to be Safe around Campfires

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As with most things in this world, campfires carry an element of danger. As Smokey Bear says, “only you can help prevent forest fires.” However, forest fires aren’t the only things that make campfire safety important. You don’t want yourself or others to get hurt when trying to camp and have fun. It’s important to practice safety when building and when near a campfire.

Where to build a campfire safely

Do not build your campfire in extremely dry conditions. This makes nearby debris more likely to catch fire easily and quickly. Choose an area at least 15 feet away from your tent, branches from trees, small plants, and other hazards. It’s also important to make sure there are not many dry leaves in the area. If it is windy, find a location which the wind is blocked. You don’t want flames to go in every direction.

General Campfire Safety

Make sure to keep children and pets away from the fire. You should never, ever leave a campfire unattended. This is when the most danger can occur. Remember to never have any flammable materials near the fire – such as aerosol containers, gasoline, hairspray, etc.

When you want to put out your campfire, try to first let the wood burn completely out, until it is all ash. Pour water over the fire afterwards. You need to drown all of the embers, whatever the color is. You may notice a hissing sound – pour until there is no more hissing. If water is not available, use a shovel to stir sand or dirt in until the fire is completely out and there is no more hissing noise.

Campfire Fun

Being safe is important, but you can still have a ton of fun around a campfire. You can make s’mores and sing songs around the fire with family or friends. Popcorn is another fun campfire food that the kids can enjoy as well. You can even use mystical fire flame to change the color of the flames temporarily. It’s quite a beautiful site!

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