THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1789
The United States Department of War first establishes a regular army with a strength of several hundred men.
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The Worst Way
“Lincoln attended his first ball in Springfield (Illinois) because he wished to see Mary Todd. ‘Miss Todd,’ he said, ‘I should like to dance with you in the worst way.’
“Afterward Mary told a friend: ‘He certainly did!’”
~ From Presidential Anecdotes, by Paul F. Boller, Jr. ~
~ 1981, Oxford University Press ~
THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1787
The United States Constitution is voted on by the U.S. Congress to be sent to the state legislatures for approval.
Concerned about emergency preparedness but not sure how to fit it into your budget? Next time you’re making your grocery list, make a note of what is consistently on it. Then add one extra can – or one extra case, if your budget allows – of whatever you eat the most of.
You’ll save money in the long run by purchasing items that your family will actually use – allowing for proper rotation of emergency supplies. Buying a pantry full of wheat berries because an expert said to store wheat does you no good if most of your household is allergic to gluten! Invest instead in extra cans of green beans or whatever you’ll really eat; in the event of a family-level crisis such as a layoff, you can go shopping in your own pantry and you’re rotating your food storage.
As for the money aspect: If you’re a fan of warehouse stores like Costco and Sam’s, budget for one extra case. If you are couponer who hits the regular grocer most frequently, ask around for extra coupons on your family’s favorites. (Need tips on getting the really great deals? Check out MoneySavingMom
for loads of resources.)
Not everyone can hit a website and purchase a full year supply of food for their family in one fell swoop, but each extra can of stew or bag of dried beans you can pull in is a great step toward the overall goal. You might not walk out of the warehouse with a truck full of toilet paper, but not having to rush to the store because you bought two tubes of toothpaste last trip instead of only one is a great feeling too!
Shoot for an extra pack of batteries, one more candle, or a few cans of your favorite soup in the cupboard each payday. Remember, every little bit counts!
THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1777
British troops occupy Philadelphia during the American Revolution.
THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1780
Benedict Arnold flees to British Army lines when the arrest of a British Major exposes Arnold’s plot to surrender West Point.
THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1776
Nathan Hale is hanged for spying during the American Revolution.