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Tactical Catholic Podcast Episode 008: Saving Money Like a Boss

Join us tonight at 9pm central for a special TUESDAY edition of the Tactical Catholic Podcast.

In Episode 008, we will discuss how you can save money and spend smarter without becoming an extreme cheapskate. I’ll tell you how to coupon, save, and spend like a manly Catholic should, and I’ll show you how to do it without looking like a crazy person.

 

Plenty of ways to interact tonight:

  • #tacticalcatholic to tweet live on the show
  • Call in via our Skype super secret hotline
  • Chat on Chatwing

Do Catholic Preppers Exist?

If you’ve been visiting Tactical Catholic for a while you know that I am sympathetic towards those commonly labeled as “preppers”.  What I have learned though, especially these last few weeks is that “prepper” and “survivalist” are being used interchangeably by the media and not to cast in a positive light those who appreciate preparedness.  I don’t think it’s fair, but it is a reality that the majority of people who talk about preppers on the major media see everyone who chooses to prepare for potential difficulty in the below listed stereotypes.  According to them, you all …

  • horde stockpiles of food, water, weapons, and ammunition to the point you should be feared
  • oppose law and order because you at some point made a comment that was other than “glowing” regarding the current administration, and therefore you should be feared.
  • train in secret militias bent on violence, malice, and anarchy, and therefore should be feared.
  • build impregnable fortresses capable of resisting the rising militarized police force and should be feared.
  • are crazy and should be feared

Think I’m wrong?  Look at the programs that use the words survivalist (not survivor) and prepper.  They pick the most extreme cases they can find for a sensationalized television program.  They label anyone with primitive skills as a survivalist so they can group an individual criminal with every law abiding citizen with similar skills.  They want gun owners to be equated with violent criminals.  Why?  Because if they do, they can create fear and/or ridicule to alienate or even persecute the preparedness community.

It’s unfortunate, but it’s true.  Mention that you found a great deal at Aldi and were able to buy a month’s worth of soup.  Ooooooh.  Now, you’re a prepper.  You probably have 3000 guns at home and a bazooka and a stolen helicopter too.  It’s just a matter of time before you attack the innocent at a Starbucks.  Irrational fear.

Here’s another truth.  Bad guys commit crime.  They do not follow the rules.  They do not abide by your gun free zones.  They do not care that you have worked hard to provide for your family.  They want what they want and they will do what they want to get it.  On the other hand, law abiding citizens do the right thing.  They do not intend to harm anyone.  They see situations for which they wish to be prepared and lawfully do so.  If they conceal carry firearms they do so for protection of themselves and the ones they love.  To group the law abiding prepper with the horder or the criminal is ludicrous.  That is the same as equating every driver with DUI offenders.  You own a car don’t you?  Well, don’t you know that drunk drivers kill people?  You use coupons don’t you (you had better)?  Well, you are obviously an extreme couponer guilty of using fraudulent coupons and that’s why my corn costs $1/can.

You should all be ashamed of yourselves.

I’m very excited to tell you that we’re going to have several shows this year to talk about preparedness, homesteading, self-sufficiency, 2nd amendment rights, home safety, gardening, disaster response planning, and a whole lot more.  What I ask of you is to suspend your stereotyping until after you’ve listened to me and my guests.  I think you will see balance, fair mindedness, and common sense.  I also think you might learn something that will help you in a time of need.

Tactical Catholic: Easy Food Prep Idea

Last night I wrote about how important it was for us to take some small steps to prep.  Today I am giving you a few ideas for easy food preps that anybody can do.  Read the rest of this entry

Catholic Couponing: Multiple Stores

Catholic couponing, like a Catholic biscuit, is done much the same as the rest of couponing and secular biscuits, but I contend that ours taste better!

I hate making multiple grocery stops, but I have found that to get the best deals it is an unavoidable reality.

Stores know we hate multiple stops. That is why super wal mart and super targets, meijer, etc exist. The problem is that they use this to keep max profits. Need an example?

I love aldi and I get much of my food there, but if I want toiletries, I have to go to kroger. Why? Prices on those items are greater at aldi for most toiletries, even toilet paper, which you kinda need.

So, today I will hit wal mart, kroger, and aldi. I might even hit walgreens because I have some cashback coming and I love sifting through their clearance shelves.

The real keys are research and proximity. Do you know what you need (you had better plan BEFORE you go) and know where the deals are. Then see if they are near enough to be worth it. Look, I normally save between 40-60%, so every dollar saved goes toward savings, emergency fund, crazy money, or gas. I wont spend $5 in gas to save $4.99, but I will drive two blocks to save $5.

Just remember that pennies add up to dollars. This is money in your pocket in exchange for time and effort.

I Have a Coupon for That

All grocery chains account for 4 things to make a profit through grocery sales. Two of them you should understand, and two will save you money. Before you eggheads correct me, I admit there are a bunch of other factors as well, but these four most shoppers do not consider. Satisfied? Moving on. Read the rest of this entry

Saving Money Like a Boss #1

Catholic dads, and Catholic men in general, need to be good stewards of the finances entrusted to us. Part of a good budget for families and individuals is a grocery budget.

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Upcoming Series

Sneak peek at some of the larger articles I am working on for Tactical Catholic:

  • Catholic Scripture Study
  • Catholic Parenting How To
  • Christian Faith in the Workplace
  • Fighting Temptations
  • The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
  • The Seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church
  • Personal and Family Budgeting Strategies
  • Hand to Hand Self Defense
  • Battle Against Sin
  • Leadership Training

Some of these will be series. For example, I am gonna do a whole set on saving money real soon. This is just for starters.

Manly Couponing

Part of being a manly Catholic man is being a good steward of your finances, whether it is just you or a family of ten. Be faithful with the money you have, man.

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