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Prepping on a Budget

Well, so you are going to prepare for disasters. Good for you.  Now if you are like most people, you need to make your money count, and I will start with shelter.  SIP or shelter in place is the least expensive form. If you have a basement, even better.  However, a full, underground basement has limited access and egress, so you want to  think about being trapped. Don’t want to stay at home? Consider A canvas tent, although they are more expensive than a tent you buy at walmart, they last a lot longer. But we will touch on shelter in detail, later, You just need to think about your options now.There are ways to fortify your home or apartment, but that is another blog.  Secondly, water. You need 2 quarts of water per person per day and water for  our pets as well. Water weighs 7lbs per gallon.  Those 55 gallon water barrels seem great, but try to move it. However, there are smaller 5 and 15 gallon units out there and they are on wheels. They run around $40.00 and you can store several of them as you can afford them .This is a good start as the barrel is around $199.00 and then you need the siphon, etc.  You will need water stabilizer.  This will kill off algie and that lovely slime that sets up in water that sits too long. Don’t use milk jugs!  They will eventually errode and start to leak, however, thicker bottles that juce comes in are fine for a cheap alternative. Water bob, is a huge bag you place in your bathtub and fill for short term use. and costs around $30.00. Because if it’s in the tub, you have to bathe somewhere else. Speaking of bathing, solar showers can be found for under $10.00.  You will need to bathe. You can also get adult baby wipes.  Potable water is water you can bathe in or use to flush the toilet. you can store it without stabilizer, just remember to keep them labled, The average toilet takes3-5 gallons to flush. And yes, you can use the toilet if the water is off. However…in a long term situation where the city/county wast treatment plant isn’t puming, sewage may back up in the lines. This is a good reason to have a back flow valve on your lines near the street.  If you have septic and a pump, better get a solar generator for backup power.  They are pricey, but fuel generators will eventually run out of fuel, depending on how much gas you can store safely. We have a dog pen in our back yeard, and we store our gas cans in it, inside a rubbermaid chest.  We lock the chest and the pen door. Also a tip, if you have a riding lawn mower, it will hold 5 gallons or more of gas, and most thieves don’t think to ssteal gas from a lawnmower. Remeber to use gas stabilizer for gas that is stored more than a month.  Northern tools has 2 large, rolling gas cans thaat hold 14 gallons of gas. you can get the gravity fed nozzel  tank or one with a battery pump on it, but it costs more. Storing gas is a good idea now, while prices are low. Just remember to rotate all supplies, gas, food, water.Food! you can go up to 40+ days without food, but the longer you go, the weaker you get, and if you are a diabetic, you can die even sooner. There are several foods that never go bad, kept cool and dry. Salt, sugar, honey, rice, vinegar, cornstarch, hard liquor, and pure vanilla extract.
Cheap food..first, know when food goes on sale. Condiments go on sale every 4th of July and Mememorial day, stock up on them then.  Canned sweet potatoes, green beans, etc, go on sale around Thanksgiving.  Shop those sales! Walmart now has many canned vegetables for 50 cents a can.  Make sure you check the experation dates. Canned food, kept in a cool area, can even be eaten a year after it expires.  Buy food you eat all the time, then buy some food you eat once in awhile, to give you variety. Food boredom is something you have to consider, especially with kids.  Spices. get them at the dollar stores, and seal them. A food sealer is a good investment. the thicker bags keep out more than frostbite. On non parishable goods like spices, rice, sugar, etc, they keep out critters.  Coolers!  they aren’t just for beer. They make great critter proof storage for dry goods.  We go to auctions and pick up even huge coolers for cheap. You have to protect you food, or when disaster strikes, and you go to your food storage and find rats, weavels, cockroaches and ants in your food, you won’t be happy. Don’t forget the pickles! pickled food has been around since the middle ages, but get them in glass jars, plastic leaches oxygen and even picks up flavors from sitting on cement floors.  So pickles and add some sauces, like steak sauce, BBQ sauce, hot sauce, salsa to add to foods and kick up the flavor. Mustard keeps a long time, too. Get mustard with tumeric in it, for the added health benifit. Remember, in a long term disaster, you will need your vitamins and fiber. Make your food count!  Get foods like sweet potatoes and carrots that have betacarotine in them , add dried fruits ando your food preps, and don’t forget to add something sweet. Chocolate, honey, jams and peanutbutter are good things to have on hand for your sweet tooth and comfort food needs.  Yes, MRE’s and freeze dried foods like Mountain House are also a good investment, sign up on sites selling those foods, and watch for their sales. The pilot crakers are good for cheese, peanut butter, meatloaf, and any mini sandwich you desire, even with gravy.  Big Lots stores have a Buzz Club you can join and a few times a year they have a 20% off coupon they will email you for anything in the store, and that’s for everything you buy.  Hodgkin Mill gluten free mixes can be bought there, libby brand sausage gravy is great, and is also found there.So this will get you started.  Shop the sales, sign up for sale emails and discounts, think ahead and get going! Next we will talk about bug out bag

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About us

New to prepping?  Or experienced? Either way, I have some tips for thrifty prepping and what you need to do for things you may not have thought of.   I have years of experience as a disaster victim and working for state and federal disaster programs.  I have been through hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and ice and snow storms, and I was a prepper before the term came about.  Together we will prepare for all of the above and new disasters  including pandemics and nuclear and EMPs.

 If it’s survivable, you can be ready!

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2015 and Ebola

2015. Oh yeah the you tube panic mongerers are saying 2015 is IT!  that officials and bankers are dissapearing, that the FEMA camps are up and running and we are all doomed.  Really? This has been going on since 2012. Now that being said, the CDC has stated, that ebola will eventually come to the US. I have had cancer and my immune sytem is not up to snuff. In fact, because of the immune destroying addatives in our foods, almost all of us are in danger. Remember, ebola has a 60-80% death rate and the drugs that saved several Americans who contracted it overseas, take up to 6 months to produce and in very small amounts. The flood of immigrents from Mexico, welcomed by our president, are largely without immunizations and are carrying in back diseases we had irradicated in the US for decades. This is all true and not disputed.  Mersa, whooping cough, measles, polio, and next, ebola. And even the DOD admitted that if someone got ebola and were not showing symptoms yet, could easily lie about their health, trying to get to the US for our better health care. So yes, get ready.  I was recently in the hospital with pnumonia and was placed in isolation. My sister, who is an RN and I watched almost EVERY SINGLE nurse, violate the isolation, because they were either not properly trained, or lazy.  So, if nurses and other medical professionals can’t follow isolation standards, it’s no illusion that if ebola got out in a large area, it would spread like wildfire.  know they say it’s only spread by blood or fluid contamination, but coughing and sneezing is fluid, and water droplets from a sneeze can stay in the air up to 20 minutes. so if you are in the mall, and someone sneezes, you and everyone else who walks through the sneeze zone, can get infected. and think of this the next time you go out in the public, try, just try, not to touch anything and then not touch yourself, your purse of wallet, car key, steering wheel, then it’s in your home..see what I mean? So, make sure you are up on all your immunizations, get the whooping cough/tetanus shot, flu shot, and others now.  Believe me, tetanus is a horrible, long, way to die and a simple shot every few years is really worth it. If you tetanus/whooping cough booster is more than 5 years old, get a new one. Think of this, if SHTF and it was years before people could get immunised again, would you like to see your kid seize to death over several weeks, to the point their muscles contracted and only their head and heels touched the bed, because they were arched in muscle contractions, until they finally died, screaming in pain? all because of a little cut? So get the shots.
And what will you do next? If it gets out and starts to spread, at what point will you stop going to work?  You will certainly be fired, then what will you do for money? You can dump the credit cards, but your utilities, your mortgage, car  payment?  They have to be paid. Do you have enough to pay them indefinately?  Now during severe, widespread disasters, mortgage companies and utilities and even car companies have worked with folks on their payments because there were work related stops in income, but it took months before they were enacted, and how will this effect the economy if no one is paying their bills?  Another reason to be ready to move your 401k at a moments notice, if not before.  Because other countries have siezed company 401k’s.  An IRA CD, is FDIC insured, and although CD rates are low, .55% for 60 months, it’s at least guaranteed, and somewhat protected.  So I am going on a finacial diet this year. My preps are decent, but we live too close to the “hood” for my tastes. So SIP or bug out in a tent…hmm. This is to get you thinking and not panicing. but if ebola gets out, you will have only days or weeks to have everything in place, and THAT is not much time.

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