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Where Are The Cheapest Places To Live in the US?

The Basics:  When I was a boy growing up in Brooklyn, like many other boys I spent most of my time life within a few blocks of my house.  Every once in a while I would go into a hole in the ground calle...
by Black Man Survival Guide on Jan 5, 2011

7 Budget Killers That Sabotage Your Financial Plan

The Basics:  Many of us go through our day spending money and we don't even realize it.  From the morning cup of coffee at Starbucks to the interest you pay on credit cards, money tends to leak out of o...
by Black Man Survival Guide on Jan 3, 2011

How to Save Money On Your Gas Bill

The Basics:  When it comes to saving money on household bills every little bit helps.  Many times smaller bills like the gas bill can get overlooked as a vehicle to save money and understandably so.&nbs...
by Black Man Survival Guide on Nov 9, 2010

How to Buy a House With $2,000 Down

The Basics:  I think by now everybody knows that the US economy is in really bad shape.  Unemployment is high, millions of people are out of work or underemployed, and the real estate market is in turmo...
by Black Man Survival Guide on Oct 22, 2010

How to Reduce Your Credit Card Interest Rates from 20% to 5%

The Basics:  So you're over the limit on your credit card.  You're also behind on your payments and the debt is piling up.  Each month you're paying your credit card bill(s) late and the late charg...
by Black Man Survival Guide on Oct 20, 2010

Avoid Payday Advances - Legalized Loan Sharks

The Basics:  There are many forces out there waiting to take your hard earned money as soon as you earn it.  Bill collectors and vendors are the first in line and deserve to get paid because you’ve us...
by Black Man Survival Guide on Sep 23, 2010

Avoid Check Cashing Places and Get a Bank Account

The Basics:  Have you ever noticed that when you drive through the hood there are certain types of stores that always seem to be everywhere?  Corner liquor stores, discount cigarette shops and bail bond...
by Black Man Survival Guide on Sep 16, 2010

How to Feed a Family of 4 on $275 a Month

The Basics:  The following is a sample grocery list of things that you can buy to feed your family of 4 for $275 a month. Why $275? According to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP (the foo...
by Black Man Survival Guide on Sep 4, 2010

Chicken and Rice with Broccoli

The Basics:  Cost: $4.41 Prep Time: 30 minutes Ingredients 1 lb chicken (thighs - boneless and skinless), 1 onion, 2 cups instant rice, 1 16oz bag frozen broccoli Cooking Instructions Chi...
by Black Man Survival Guide on Aug 18, 2010

Sausage and Peppers with Black Beans and Rice

The Basics:  Cost: $6.71 Prep Time: 20 minutes Ingredients 1 smoked sausage (14-16 oz), 2 onions, 1 large green pepper, 2 cups Instant Rice, 2 cans black beans Cooking Instructions Sausage and Peppers (...
by Black Man Survival Guide on Aug 18, 2010

How to Cut Up a Whole Chicken

The Basics:  If you're trying to survive on a budget you need to buy your meats as cheaply as possible.  Buying a whole chicken at $.0.59 to $0.79 per pound is much less expensive than buying boneless s...
by Black Man Survival Guide on Aug 17, 2010

The Leftovers

The Basics:  This article is one in the series "How to Feed a Family of 4 for $275 a Month".  There are individual articles for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  This article covers the remaining groce...
by Black Man Survival Guide on Aug 16, 2010

Spaghetti with Ground Beef Meat Sauce and Spinach

The Basics:  Cost: $6.09, Prep Time: 30 minutes Ingredients 1 lb Ground Beef, 16 oz Spaghetti, 1 onion, 8 cloves garlic, 3 oz Mushrooms (5), 1 26 oz can Spaghetti Sauce, 1 16 oz bag Spinach, Salt, Pepper, Cr...
by Black Man Survival Guide on Aug 15, 2010

Chili Dogs with French Fries and Corn on the Cob

The Basics:  (Because sometimes you just want to eat with your hands!) Cost: $8.91 Prep Time: 20 minutes Ingredients 8 Hot Dogs, 1 pack Hot Dog Buns (8), 1 onion, 4 oz Cheddar Cheese (grated), 1 16oz Can of...
by Black Man Survival Guide on Aug 15, 2010

Ham Steaks and Baked Beans with Baked Potatotes

The Basics:  (Pork and Beans kicked up a notch.) Cost: $4.92 Prep Time: 20 minutes Ingredients 2 Ham Steaks, 2 16oz Can of Baked Beans, 4 Potatoes Cooking Instructions Ham Steaks (2 minutes)...
by Black Man Survival Guide on Aug 15, 2010

Ground Beef and Rice with Greens and Cornbread

The Basics:  Some call it “dirty rice” but I don’t like using the words “dirt” and “food” in the same sentence! Cost: $6.69, Prep Time: 30 minutes Ingredients 1 lb ground beef (85% lean), 1 oni...
by Black Man Survival Guide on Aug 15, 2010

Burgers and French Fries with Carrots

The Basics:  Cost: $5.90, Prep Time: 30 minutes Ingredients 1 lb ground beef, 4 potatoes, 1 bag carrots, 1 pack hamburger buns (8), 24oz cooking oil Note: Optional burger toppings are lettuce, tomato, onion...
by Black Man Survival Guide on Aug 15, 2010

30 Breakfasts for 4 for $45

The Basics:  This article contains the grocery list and the meal plan to feed a family of 4 for the month for $45.  The grocery items listed here are a subset of the shopping list in the article "How to...
by Black Man Survival Guide on Aug 14, 2010

Lunch for the Month on a Budget

The Basics:  This article is one piece in the series on "How to Feed a Family of 4 for $275 a Month" and covers the cost of lunch for a typical family of four.  The grocery list and the lunches ass...
by Black Man Survival Guide on Aug 14, 2010

Beef and Bean Burritos with Spanish Rice and Corn

The Basics:  Cost: $6.75 Prep Time: 30 minutes Ingredients 1 Can Refried Beans, ½ lb Ground Beef,1/2 onion, 4 large flour tortillas, 2 cups Instant Rice, 2 cans corn, ½ Jar Salsa, Hot Sauce Cooking Instruc...
by Black Man Survival Guide on Aug 14, 2010
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