Monday Musings 04/27/2015 Please Help Support the Blog!

Please help support the blog
This post is by Bernie Carr,


Welcome to another Monday Musings, where we share interesting links about all things preparedness, as well as updates on the blog.


First the blog updates…


I have added a Donate Button     Let me preface this by saying I have been really conflicted about the decision to add a Donate button to my site.   This has never been a paid site, nor do I intend to charge in the future but expenses are starting to become a strain on me.  I had never asked for donations in the past as we had a lot more sponsors than we do now, which was enough to offset expenses at the time.  We do have a few sponsors for whom I am grateful but our hosting charges have risen with the addition of graphics and increasing bandwidth required to keep the blog up.  This blog is not an income generator for me- it started as a way for me to share my preparedness efforts while living in a city apartment and interact with readers.  That has not changed.  However, it has become harder for me to keep up with the costs of maintaining the blog and buying materials for testing and DIY articles.


If you find Apartment Prepper articles helpful, please help support the blog via our Donate Button below.  It also appears on the right sidebar.  Just click on the button and donate any amount that you feel like via PayPal.  If you feel like helping out, much obliged; if not, that is perfectly fine too.  I appreciate your readership and thanks for listening.


More blog changes coming up  I am working on getting a newsletter started for subscribers soon.  I may also be doing a blog redesign in the near future to make articles easier to view, and improve loading times.


Giveaway!  You still have time to enter our latest giveaway for the SunJack Waterproof Lightstick – a great addition to your power outage kit.


Our last giveaway for Prepper’s Financial Guide went very well and our winner, Jennifer was delighted with the book.  She wrote:


The book I won arrived yesterday. I have been absorbed in it. A really solid financial planning book with guidance for preppers. Well written, and I’m finding a lot of information new to me. I will be passing it on to my son after I finish. Definitely a must for preppers. Financial preparedness makes you ready for any future. Thank you so much!


Thank you Jennifer for checking back with us after you received the book.


Now for the links…









Take care and have a great week everyone!

© Apartment Prepper 2015

Monday Musings 3/2/2015 Update on Selling CDs Online

Monday Musings 03022015 Update on Selling CDs Online

This post is by Bernie Carr,

Welcome to another Monday Musings, where we share interesting links about all things preparedness, as well as updates on the blog.

First the blog updates…

Why I’ll be busy for the next couple of months

I’m working on my next book, The Penny-Pincher Prepper: Save More, Spend Less and Get Prepared for Any Disaster due out this October.  

The Penny Pincher Prepper pic

I’m excited that it is now listed on Amazon, driving me to work harder on it every day.  I’m still posting articles on Apartment Prepper, just not as frequently.  And, I read all comments, though I may not be able to respond to all of them.  I appreciate all your support!

Don’t forget to enter our current giveaway:  This week you can enter our latest giveaway, Daisy Luther’s latest book, The Organic Canner.  All you have to do to enter is to leave a comment answering a quick question – Have you done any home canning, and what is your biggest challenge in this area?  Winner will be chosen on Saturday, March 7th at 8 pm Central.

Sellling CDs online update

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned we were decluttering and trying to make extra money at the same time.  I’m happy to report I got my first check from Second Spin and now I am encouraged to sell more.  I am not affiliated with them, just passing info along in case you want to try making money off old music CDs, DVDs or games.  Read their Selling Help page carefully before proceeding.

Now for the links…

Free water webinar hosted by Gaye Levy and Glenn Meder: How to Properly Treat Water in an Emergency Situation
This online class happens Wednesday, March 4, at 7 p.m. CDT, (8 p.m. EDT / 6 p.m. MDT / 5 p.m. PDT).

Click here to reserve a spot Free water webinar

Simplifying Life Today

10 Daily Habits of Frugal People

Which Saves the Most Money-Dehydrating, Freezing or Canning?

How do I Store That?  Vitamins

Here is an infographic with good information on recommended storage times for frozen food from

Frozen Food - Recommended Storage Times

Take care and have a great week everyone!

© Apartment Prepper 2015

Monday Musings: 1/26/2015 Almost Time for Gardening!

Monday Musings 1262015

This post is by Bernie Carr,

Welcome to another Monday Musings, where we share interesting links about all things preparedness, as well as updates on the blog.

First the blog updates…

A Time to Endure Giveaway   We got some great responses to the question:  What threats are you most concerned about this 2015?  What steps are you taking to prepare? The winner of the drawing was Dee who has been notified via email.

Almost Time for Gardening  We’re starting to see some good weather out here in Houston, and even less cold is expected next week.  I know many parts of the country are still in a deep freeze, but with the weather changes we are seeing now, our thoughts are turning to starting the planting season.  One of the local TV news anchors even mentioned he already planted his entire garden last week.

I will write more about the getting ready for growing season soon.

Now for the links…

How To Easily Grow an Endless Supply Of Onions Indoors

Feeling Lost? Start Here if You’re New to Prepping

Your ePreparedness Binder – Saving Stuff from the Internet for SHTF!

8 Delicious Ways to Use Freeze Dried Vegetables

DIY Ice Packs

12+ Easy Homemaking Tips for the Busy Homesteader

Know Your Stuff: The 110 Best DIY Tips Ever

Take care and have a great week everyone!

© Apartment Prepper 2015


Monday Musings: 1/12/2015

Monday Musings 1122015

This post is by Bernie Carr,

Welcome to the first Monday Musings of 2015!  I would have posted last Monday, except I was laid up from the flu.  I tried to be as careful as possible, but in spite of all my precautions, I still caught it.  Goes to show you, sometimes it is unavoidable.  But if you catch it, at least you can try to avoid spreading it to your family.  Good news, I am on the mend and trying to catch up with work and blog activities.

I should have more updates on preps in the coming weeks.  In the meantime, I wanted to call your attention to a great resource, published by Todd Sepulveda over at Prepper Website called the Preparedness Review.  It is a collection of valuable preparedness articles written by several my capable colleagues, all free for download.  You’ll find the latest issue here.

Now for the links…

How to Make Hardtack

Preppernomics:  How to Survive When the Dollar Dies
Everything You Need to Know About Essential Oils (almost)

Get ready for the cold & flu season with these all-natural recipes — 20 of them!
Could You Make a Final Run to the Store Before the SHTF? Think It Through!
This is What Food Shortages Look Like

Take care and have a great week everyone!

© Apartment Prepper 2015


Berkey Sport Bottle and Water Testing Kit Giveaway!

Sport Berkey Water Bottle


LPC Survival, aka The Berkey Guy, recently renewed with Apartment Prepper and has sponsored our latest giveaway:  One winner will win these two prizes (pictured above):

Berkey Sport Bottle

Watersafe City Water Test Kit

Submit your entry below. You can enter between Friday, November 1st until midnight, Monday, 11/4. Lots of ways to enter!


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Apartment Prepper Got Hacked!

If you tried to access Apartment Prepper yesterday, you would have found it very strange to be redirected to a site with Russian writing on it.

I discovered to my dismay, what happened when I checked it at my lunch break and found I could not get in at all.  The site was the target of a malicious attack.  I immediately opened a tech support ticket with my site’s host provider; I spent the rest of the afternoon fretting and corresponding with them.  Fortunately the 24 hour tech team did not let me down.  For a reasonable fee, they were able to restore it with a backup.

Unfortunately, because it was restored from a backup from a few days ago, I had repost this week’s articles, and we lost many of the valued comments on this week’s articles, including the entries to the giveaway of The Unofficial Hunger Games Wilderness Survival Guide.

If you entered the giveaway, please re-enter your comments as we can no longer retrieve them.  I apologize for any inconvenience.   To give everyone a chance to re-enter, I am extending the deadline to Wednesday, May 29th.

Lessons learned… Today, I am taking steps recommended to harden the blog as well as creating additional backups just in case.

Thank you everyone for your patience and continued support.


Win a Free Copy of The Home Schooled Shootist by Joe Nobody

Most of our long time readers are familiar with author Joe Nobody- See  Part 1 and Part 2 of our interview a few months ago.  I’ve read many of his books and a running theme is the importance of defense in a survival plan:  if people are feeling threatened and unsafe, they will not able to properly obtain water, food and other needs to survive.

Prepper Press provided us with a giveaway copy of Joe Nobody’s latest book:  The Home Schooled Shootist:  Training to Fight with a Carbine.

For a chance to win, just leave a comment below on the following subject:

What priority have you given the area of “defense” in your survival plan and why?

The winner will be chosen in a random drawing among all the comment writers.  Contest ends on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 8 pm Central, and I will announce the lucky winner on Wednesday, November 21, 2012.

Enter now!

Good luck!


This giveaway is now closed.

Technical Difficulties

Just a quick post as I am having some technical difficulties.  I had mentioned Apartment Prepper had been moved to a new server this past weekend and I am now experiencing a few problems trying to post a new article – photo not uploading, unable to preview etc.  I already opened a ticket with my web hosting to try and resolve the issues.  I was also told I just need to “Try it again.”  This post is both an update and a “test.”  I apologize for any difficulties and hope to post tomorrow.