November 23, 2017

Minimalism and Preparedness

Our apartment is getting smaller!  Or it seems that way anyway.  The more emergency supplies we acquire, the less free space we have.   So I started paring down on items again.  This past weekend I donated a box of stuff to Goodwill:   outgrown children’s clothing, kitchen gadgets I rarely use, books and CDs that I did not get a chance to sell on Ebay. I’ve been reading a few sites on minimalism.  Some of them seem very drastic:  living on […]

Avoid Holiday Food Waste

During the holidays food all around us.  Generally, food is plentiful, but there may come a time when it may not be so.  Since I started preparing, I have become more conscientious about avoiding waste.  Let’s face if you stop throwing out rotten produce, stretch your leftovers, you will need to buy less, eat out less, leaving with more cash for your emergency fund, buy storage foods or build up for your supplies. Here are some of the habits I […]

Can a Bank Glitch Ruin Your Weekend?

A few days ago, millions of people in Australia could not get access to their own money for a whole weekend.   According to news reports, a computer glitch at National Australia Bank, one of Australia’s largest banks, caused ATMs to freeze.  See article What does this have to do with us here in the US?   This can happen anywhere.  Many people rely on using debit or credit cards for daily transactions.  I used to rely on them as well.   Think […]

Using Less of Everything – Deodorant Update

In my last post about using less of everything, I mentioned the next project was trying to use less deodorant. The main purpose to these experiments is to try using less of common products to make our supplies last longer.  A side benefit is the money saved from not having to buy new supplies as quickly as before.  Regarding the use of antiperspirants and deodorants, many people are concerned about the aluminum content of these products and the effect this […]

A Way to Rotate Your Canned Food: Cansolidator Review

I happily won ModernSurvivalOnline.com’s Cansolidator Giveaway a couple of weeks ago.  The item is the Cansolidator “Pantry” which fits 40 cans and is available from Shelf Reliance.   I’m not a paid sponsor, just reviewing the item since I have never used a food rotation item before.  As you know, I am always on the hunt for an efficient way to store our supplies, since we are always so short on space in our apartment. We finally decided on a spot […]

Using Less of Everything – Hair Product Update

A while ago I posted about trying to use less product to make our stored items last longer.  We can only store a limited amount of everyday items, due to our lack of space, so our challenge is to make each item lasts as long as possible, so we don’t have to keep using up and buying more.  At the same time, we can figure out inexpensive substitutes for commonly used items. Shampoo Shampoo is one item I use everyday.  […]

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