Monday Musings: 6/16/2014

Monday Musings06162014This post is by Bernie Carr,

Welcome to another Monday Musings, where we share interesting links as well as updates on the blog and preps.

This is a quick one, as I am still catching up from being “unplugged” for a few days last week.  I’ll tell you about that in another post soon.

Since there are no blog updates, we’ll jump right into the links…

There’s still a chance to enter these giveaways…

Gaye over at Backdoor Survival is giving away a copy of my first book, The Prepper’s Pocket Guide: 101 Easy Things You Can Do to Ready Your Home for a Disaster Deadline is  at 6:00 PM Pacific Thursday 6/19.  Please visit Spring 2014 Book Festival: The Prepper’s Pocket Guide + Giveaway

We are giving away Survivor Max:  Too Smart to Die by Davi Barker  Just click on this link and comment for a chance to win!   Survivor Max – Book Review and Giveaway

Donna Freedman is giving away a copy of my new book, Jake and Miller’s Big Adventure:  A Prepper’s Book for Kids.  Please enter by tonight, 6/16 at 7 pm PDT by clicking on this link:  Prepping:  It’s not just for grownups anymore

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Prepping: It’s not just for grownups anymore

Create multiple streams of income  This makes so much sense in today’s economy:

The Austerity Diaries:  If You don’t have a Job, Make One Up

Helpful info about food storage Our friend Dan of The Daily Prep has a neat infographic about long term food storage.  Please visit Guide to Long Term Food Storage

Don’t forget these tips this summer  Camping Safety

Never thought much about this, but it’s important  What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades

Fun and useful projects  I hope to try them this summer.

Homemade Crunchy Apple Chips Recipe – No Dehydrator Needed!

LEGO Figures Make Perfect Cable Holders

Take care and have a great week everyone!



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Monday Musings: 6/2/2014

MondayMusings622014Welcome to another Monday Musings were we share blog updates and interesting links.  Can you believe half the year is over?

First the blog updates…

What’s it like having no cable?  It’s been a couple of weeks since we got rid of cable and so far, the family and I don’t miss much.  I’ve watched some new shows straight from the networks’ websites on my computer; the rest of the shows are from Hulu and Netflix at a fraction of what we were paying for cable.  All in all, it’s been a positive change.

Enter for a chance to win    Jake and Miller Book Review + Giveaway at Lil Suburban Homestead blog  Today is the last day to enter.

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Now for the links…

It’s still the economy.

US Economy Set for Rebound After Q1 Contraction

Has The Next Recession Already Begun For America’s Middle Class?

Where would you go? This post brings up good points to consider for either choice.

If SHTF, should you head for the city or country?

Good money saving tip   When I was a kid, my Dad used to cut our hair.  I haven’t been brave enough to try this, but hair cutting is a good skill to have so I may try it.

How to Save your family over $100 a year by cutting your child’s hair at home!

Better than plain water   I’ve tried the vinegar method but will be trying the hydrogen peroxide wash next.

A Handy Guide for Washing Produce

I no longer throw them away  

15 Creative Uses for Coffee Grounds

Take care and have a great week everyone!


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Monday Musings: 5/5/2014

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Welcome to another Monday Musings where we share blog updates and interesting links.

First the blog updates…

I am happy to announce  LPC Survival renewed their banner ad with us for another term.  They are a trusted source of Berkey water filters, accessories and more, and they have been with Apartment Prepper for a while now.   I appreciate your visiting our banner ad sponsors, as they help keep the lights on around Apartment Prepper.

Now for the links…

It’s happening again  The economy is still fragile, and while we hope it improves, threats and fears continue.  See

Dismal GDP triggers double-dip recession fear

Bad behavior from banks  How you spend your own money is none of their business

HSBC Demands to Know How Customers Spend Their Money

MERS virus is here  

U.S. Sees Its First Case of MERS Virus: What You Should Know

Avoid harmful ingredients in sanitizers   Make your own!

How to Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer

Life saving properties sources that you least expect  Weeds get a bad rap, and so does bacteria, but if you read this article, you may think twice about it.

What if I Told You Weeds and Bacteria Could Save Your Life?

Filing these under upcoming projects    I enjoyed these articles and am adding them to my list of things to try out.  I already have a thermos, but have yet to buy a food dehydrator.

Discover Thermos Cooking as a Preparedness Tool

The Presto Dehydro

Good sale on a great guide

11 Steps to Living a Strategic Life: A Guide to Survival During Uncertain Times,

the e-book by Gaye Levy and George Ure is on sale for $0.99  Offering doable yet effective steps, his book will help you navigate and prepare yourself for tough times.  Don’t miss it!

Help the Moms in your life prepare  Mother’s Day is almost here, why not take the opportunity to help Mom prepare.


Take care and have a great week everyone!

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Monday Musings: 4/28/2014

Monday Musings 04282014This post is by Bernie Carr,

Welcome to another Monday Musings, where we share interesting links as well as updates on the blog and preps. 

First the blog updates…

Who won the ALTAI Tactical Boot Giveaway?   Tami L won the drawing for the ALTAI Tactical Boot Giveaway.   Her response to the question “Do you feel there is a possibility you may have to walk out of the city in a disaster?  How are you preparing for this? was:

Yes I do think we might have to! To that end I am walking daily to build endurance. Love the giveaway and info you gave about it.

Now for the links…

Middle class hardships   The middle class keeps getting squeezed – many can’t afford to save.  See

Middle class & living paycheck to paycheck

Every little tactic helps  Good article to help you make the most out of coupons:

Couponing for Preppers

Coffee is good for you!  I like my daily coffee even better now.

Coffee could be key in cutting colon cancer risk

This superbug is everywhere   I’ve known people who ended up in the hospital for this.

Study: Antibiotic-Resistant MRSA ‘Superbug’ Found In US Homes

Have you heard of MERs

SARS-Like MERS Virus Spreads to New Countries

Great series about going off grid   Follow along this blogger’s experiment of living off grid, and using emergency supplies for two weeks.


 Take care and have a great week everyone!

© Apartment Prepper 2014


Monday Musings: 3/24/2014

Monday Musings 32414This post is by Bernie Carr,

Welcome to another Monday Musings, where we share interesting links as well as updates on the blog and preps. 

First the blog updates…

Giveaway Winners  Thanks to everyone who entered the drawing for Through Many Fires.   Here are the 10 winners who have been chosen via a random drawing:

1) Smoker11

2) Jake R

3) Mom of 5

4) nathan

5) Dairy

6) Adam

7) grammyprepper

8) Jamie

9) Beth

10) Pierce

The author will contact the winners directly.

Now for the links…

BioLite Giveaway  Just wanted to pass this along:  BioLite is having a spring giveaway:  they are giving away a CampStove, KettlePot and Portable Grill, plus a bonus prize for referring friends to the contest.  We’re not affiliated with them, but readers may want the chance to win.  Here’s the link to the sign-up form:

What’s it like to live with hyperinflation?  Here’s a personal story:

Brazilian Hyperinflation: A Reader Explains What Life Was Like  Part 1

Brazilian Hyperinflation: A Reader Explains What Life Was Like  Part 2

This could happen to anyone

Do Not Make Fun Of Those That Have Fallen Out Of The Middle Class – You Could Be Next

Good to know    Alternate sources for power

These stories always creep me out  

At least 59 people dead in Guinea Ebola outbreak

 Ebola Outbreak: Could It Happen in the United States? The Answer May Surprise You

Take care and have a great week everyone!

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Monday Musings: 3/3/2014

Monday Musings 332014This post is by Bernie Carr,

Welcome to another Monday Musings, where we share interesting links as well as updates on the blog and preps. 

First the updates:

Who won Prepper Pete Prepares?  Stephanie won the book.  She shared the following comment:  We are just now starting our kids on official preparation stuff, but, having several kids in of family, they have always had chores and have been taught how to cook at appropriate ages. We are starting with different ways of making fire and moving on to finding water and making shelter. Older kids should heave extensive preparation/survival knowledge and little ones should be brought up with it as a lifestyle. We hope to do just that.

Lots of info in one place.   I am happy to belong to the Prepared Bloggers group – you’ll find a wealth of information from this great group of bloggers.

Now for the links…

Storage facilities and prepping  The author Jay MacDonald contacted me and a few other bloggers about storage facilities – check out

Here’s a good deal if you are interested in Ham Radio:  Ben at Advanced Survival told me about this.  They do this program every year in hopes that it motivates folks to get their Ham ticket.  The Centerfire Antenna 2014 Ham Incentive Program begins on March 1st 2014 and ends on June 27th, 2014.

To defray the cost of the FCC Exam fees, Centerfire Antenna and US  Dipole are offering a $15.00 discount to all first time US hams and US hams that upgrade their license before the 2014 ARRL Field Day. You are eligible for this offer if you receive your first call sign or an upgraded license between March 1st, 2014 and June 27th, 2014.

More details are available at the Centerfire Antenna and US Dipole websites-click on the links below:

Do it yourself solar power  You can buy solar chargers, but for those who want to learn how to do it yourself, here are a couple of interesting links:

Make your own solar power generator for less than $300

 How to Build a DIY Solar Laptop Charger

Here comes credit card debt  Adding to credit card debt when income is already dropping does not bode well but that is what’s happening.  See

 Personal income faces first year-over-year drop since recession ended: As incomes collapse, spending via consumer credit begins to increase.

I really need to stock up on this   Tea tree oil has so many uses, it’s a great addition to your emergency supplies.

9 surprising uses for tea tree oil

Even more uses for tea tree oil here

Take care and have a great week everyone!


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Monday Musings 2/24/2014

Monday Musings 2242014This post is by Bernie Carr,

Welcome to another Monday Musings, where we share interesting links as well as updates on the blog and preps. 

First the updates…

Still checking and rotating the storage   We’re trying to use the older stored items, and replacing with new stuff.  The budget is tight this month, so although I would have wanted to order more, I ordered a couple of #10 cans of Apple Cinnamon Pancake Mix, a family favorite, from Emergency Essentials.

Who won The Prepper’s Complete Book of Disaster Readiness?  

Kris won the giveaway.  Her main concern about disaster readiness is:  “Because I have preexisting conditions I am most concerned with the medical aspects of prepping and how to deal with it both short and long term.”

Come back in a day or two for the final giveaway of the month!

Now for the links…

You never really know what’s in processed food…   I ate them years ago, but now I wonder what really goes into processed food.  Hopefully you’ve heard about the Hot Pockets recall, but this bad meat was also sold by retailers.

Feeling poorer these days?  See Food Prices Soar as Incomes Stand Still  

and it’s not about to get better soon.
15 Reasons Why Your Food Bill Is Going To Start SOARING

Better learn a few more skills like this one  

The Definitive Guide to Dehydrating Jerky   But I need to get a small, more compact food dehydrator first!

Add this to your list of worries  U.S. Currency Weak and About to Crash—Karen Hudes

Instead of worrying, learn to do these now 

65 Tips to Save Money Through Self-Reliance

If you have to walk home after a disaster   Urban camouflage: Blend in if you have to walk home after a disaster

Take care and have a great week everyone!


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This post is by Bernie Carr,

Please welcome our new sponsor, Survival Life.  Yes, they are the folks who offer the Free Credit Card Knife, with just a small fee ($2.95) for shipping and handling.  This handy little tool fits in your pocket, wallet purse, bug-out bag; why not keep one in several places so you can easily reach for a knife when you need it.


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  • Built-In Safety Sheath – This prevents any accidents caused by an open blade in your pocket or pack, and even prevents the blade from becoming blunted during everyday carry.
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I think the credit card knife is a neat little tool, and the price is right.  I am ordering four myself.  Go check them out!

 Update on 2/13/2014:  Checked with Survival Knife to find out how long it normally takes to get an order, and how to contact them if there is an issue:  It takes 12-15 business days typically.   For any issues, you may contact the support team at or by phone 512-366-3332.

Monday Musings: 2/10/2014

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This article is by Bernie Carr,

Welcome to another Monday Musings, where we share interesting links as well as updates on the blog and my own preps. 

First the updates…

Site cleanup  I’ve been doing some cleanup behind the scenes to improve the site’s loading times as well as general appearance.  I am condensing the links on the right sidebar – this is still a work in progress as I find ways to make it more streamlined.  You may notice the blog roll tab is missing – it is currently under evaluation.  I’d like to make sure the linked sites are active and fix any broken links.  I also added a new Sponsor page.

Emergency storage inventory  At the Apartment Prepper household, we’re also cleaning up our emergency storage – going through old stock, rotating stored items and evaluating what else we can fit in the space.  I am about to open up and use some old items – as always, I will take photos and let you know how they fared.

Now for the links…

Being debt free is a worthy goal  See what it takes to be one of the debt free.

10 Characteristics Of Debt-Free People

$1000 by summer  Start saving now with

14 Simple Ways to Save $1,000 by Summer

Save money and the environment  Whether you’re trying to be more self-sufficient, save money, or help eliminate trash, you can’t lose by at least trying some of these out.

10 Reusable Preps To Replace Disposables

Attack on the power grid  It took a while for this to appear on the news, but it has a lot of people wondering whether it was a random, isolated incident, or a trial run.  See

 Ex-federal official raises concerns over terror attack on power grid

Off grid living   It’s interesting to me how a family adjusts to living off-grid, without the utilities that many think we can’t live without.

Living Without Lights (or water, or electricity…)

Take care and have a great week everyone!

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Monday Musings: 1/20/2014

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Welcome to Monday Musings where we share blog updates and interesting links.

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – let’s all remember Dr. King’s life and legacy and celebrate by doing just one act of service.   Help just one person or many… a small act of giving back to the community goes a long way.

First the blog updates…

Who won the giveaway for Living Ready Pocket Manual?

“Green Eyed Jinn” won and has been notified.  He wrote the following comment:

Several years ago, I tried to swallow a too-large piece of pot roast that lodged in the back of my throat. It didn’t quite go down, so I tried swallowing again…and quickly realized I couldn’t breathe! I couldn’t get any air in, I couldn’t make any sound and the food was not coming back up.
The scariest part of this situation for me was the realization that I was home alone. I knew my wife could have easily done a Heimlich maneuver for me, but there was nobody to help. Strangely, while I had a surge of panic when first knowing I was choking, I suddenly became mentally detached from what my body was feeling after I realized there was no help coming.
I knew it was doubtful I could do a Heimlich on myself, so I adapted the method for helping a choking baby. I grabbed a can of soup from the cabinet, knelt facing backwards over my couch and stood the soup can on the couch’s frame back. Then I leaned over the can so it pressed up into the same spot where a person’s fists are placed for the Heimlich, and leaned further over the back of the couch so my face was nearly down on the floor. This position had me on my knees, hips against the cushion back of the couch and my solar plexus on top of the soup can and the bottom of the can sitting on the wooden frame along the back of my couch. The can was wedged between the frame and my body. My upper body was sort of inverted down toward the floor.
Using my arms to push up slightly on the floor, I then let go of all my weight so my upper body quickly dropped down toward the floor and the soup can’s end was driven up under my sternum. It didn’t work at first and it hurt like hell in my gut. I tried three more times while trying to cough as hard as I could just as the soup can pushed into my solar plexus area and it worked! I spewed the meat back up and a lot of stomach reflux, saliva and snot out of my mouth and nose. It was a disgusting mess, but I could breathe again.
The key to making it work was something that could push up into my diaphragm (increase my exhaling air pressure), finding a way to forcefully make it go in (my dropping body weight and gravity against the couch frame), and being inverted to let the food ‘fall’ back out of my throat (pulled by gravity and pushed by air pressure).
Sorry for the rambling, but this is a true story. After it was all over, my panic came back and I ended up in shaking exhaustion on the floor for about 10 minutes with the realization that I could have died. My chest hurt for a couple days and I had a round bruise that matched the circular top of the can. This happened about 4 years ago, but I still have occasional nightmares where I wake up from the feeling I had when I couldn’t breathe.

This was a great giveaway and I appreciated reading all the stories from the entrants.  Everyone needs a pocket first aid manual!

New giveaway started today  Don’t forget to sign up for this week’s giveaway, The End by G. Michael Hopf.

Camping Survival-Free LifeStraw with Katdyn purchase  Just got word that our sponsor, Camping Survival is  now giving away a free lifestraw with the purchase of a Katadyn water filter.

Now for the links…

Aftermath of Target security breach   I usually shop with cash and was not too worried about the Target security breach this past month.  However, because I had shopped at Target online several months ago, I received an email from Target indicating my personal information may have been compromised.  All the news reports said the hack happened over 2013 Christmas shopping but this email shows they are concerned about previous time periods.  It’s been at least six months since I bought from Target online so this is worrisome.

It will be a long while before this security breach gets sorted out.

A sneaky path into Target customers’ wallets

Flu Season in full swing  News reports in our area a filled with dangerous flu warnings, urging people to get the flu shot.  We don’t get flu shots, but are taking precautions.

H1N1: Your Flu Questions, Answered

Not to be confused with the flu now going around, we’re still keeping watch on H1N5, which the CDC website has now published a health alert

CDC Health Alert H1N5

There are still health concerns  Can’t blame the residents for being worried.

West Virginia water leaves residents wary; Smell lingers week after chemical contaminated supply

Interesting discussion by SurvivalStill (not an affiliate or sponsor)

Understanding the West Virginia Chemical Spill

Another one for the self sufficient project list    It sounds so easy to make apple cider vinegar.

Apple Cider Vinegar – Good for What Ails You

I’ll stop throwing them out. These small containers come in handy.

Ten ways to recycle and reuse empty prescription pill bottles

Take care and have a great week everyone!