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

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com

 

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.

 

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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.

 

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Take care and have a great week everyone!

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

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com

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.  

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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 freezerlabels.net

Frozen Food - Recommended Storage Times

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Take care and have a great week everyone!

© Apartment Prepper 2015

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

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com

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

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com

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

 

Monday Musings: 11/24/2014

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com
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…

We’ve had back to back giveaways so I haven’t posted Monday Musings in a while.  But this week you will get double the links because I saved them up.

Black Friday Giveaway coming up!  Check back with us this Friday 11/28 for a great giveaway we have planned with our sponsor, The Berkey Guy – it’ll be worth your while to stop by!

Food Storage Entree tryouts  I mentioned a while back that we have been cutting back on the food budget and using some up of our food storage items.  Some of our old favorites are as good as ever – Mountain House Noodles and Chicken stands out.

Wise Food Beef Stroganoff

Wise Co. Beef Stroganoff

But some do not work out such so well.   I had a packet of Wise Co. Beef Stroganoff.  I followed the package instructions and gave it enough time to cook.  The result was more like a soup than anything else.  I was not expecting soup for a Beef Stroganoff entree.  To remedy the situation, I used a colander to drain out the excess sauce.  Maybe it’s a personal preference but I didn’t care for the mushy taste and texture.  When trying out food storage I always consider whether I’d think differently if I were starving in a survival situation.  I am sure I’d be grateful to have food at that point.  So if you have it for food storage, hang on to it.  I still ate it for lunch, but this not one I’d eat for everyday meals.

 

Now for the links…

Intel boss’ warning on cyber attacks no joke, say experts

100+ Non Food Items to Have in Your Emergency Supplies

Rich Becoming Overlords, Poor Becoming Serfs: “We’re Approaching a New Middle Ages in America”

4 Life-Saving Tips for Vehicle Preparedness

20 Mason Jar Gift Ideas

A Lady and a Gun

Gravity water filter scientific test results released by Natural News: Big Berkey, ProPur, Zen Water Systems and more

15 Organic Fruits & Veggies That Aren’t Worth Paying More For in 2014

Gag Gifts for Preppers – The 2014 Holiday Guide

5 Beauty Products to Stop Buying and Start Making at Home

Take care and have a great week everyone!

© Apartment Prepper 2014

 

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Monday Musings: 11/10/2014

Monday Musings 11102014This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com

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…

We just had our biggest week here at Apartment Prepper in terms of visitors- my post Substitutes for Toilet Paper was the most shared ever, had over 11,000 views in one day, plus lots of comments.  Thank you to everyone who shared the post – I appreciate it!

This past week I have been busy testing gear for product reviews and catching up on reading.  Gear and book reviews are scheduled two to three months in advance in the blog calendar, to give me time to read, test and post about it.

I have not added any items to the stockpile, in fact, I have been using some of the supplies to supplement the weekly menu.  I’d like to replace the food storage soon, but money has been very tight at the Apartment Prepper household lately.   So we make do or do without.  You can bet I am collecting money saving ideas and will be posting about them.  In the meantime, I have a couple of links to frugal posts below.  I can certainly relate!

Practical Tactical posted a review of Jake and Miller’s Big Adventure.  Check it out here!

We have a great giveaway going on – don’t forget to enter!

Now for the links…

Mark Goodwin over at PrepperRecon released his new book, The Days of Noah Book One:  The Conspiracy  I had read his previous books, The Economic Collapse Chronicles which was a good series.  I am adding The Days of Noah to my book list!

Gaye Levy and George Ure’s book, 11 Steps to Living a Strategic Life: A Guide to Survival During Uncertain Times is on sale of just $0.99.  I reviewed this book – it has excellent and timeless advice for everyone.

No-Shopping November Day One

How to Make Mint Extract + 6 homemade extract recipes

20 Brilliant ways to use Paper Rolls (Paper Towel & TP Rolls)
The Budget is Getting Tighter! 15 Ways We Are Making Lincoln Scream and You Can Too!

Situational Awareness – Breathe Like A Navy SEAL

 Take care and have a great week everyone!

© Apartment Prepper 2014

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Monday Musings: 11/3/2014

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com

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 haven’t written a Monday Musings post in a while, since we had giveaways the last two weeks.  Next week we will have another one on Nov. 10th, and I don’t mind telling you we are planning a big one for Black Friday, November 28th.

Sponsor update:
A big “Thank You!”  to LPC Survival Home of the Berkey Guy for renewing with us.  They’ve been with Apartment Prepper since the early days.  Please visit our sponsors – they help keep the lights on around here!  Thank you!

Freedom Prepper Magazine – free trial!  One of my articles is featured in this month’s Freedom Prepper Magazine’s special ebola alert issue, available for I-Phone of Google Apps.  Apartment Prepper readers can try Freedom Prepper magazine for free for 30 days.  Note:  I do not have a financial relationship with Freedom Prepper, nor am I trying to influence you in any way.   This is just a freebie that is available so I am passing it along.  Here are the links if you are interested:

Now for the links…

13 REAL Survival Uses for Altoid Tins – You Can Easily Make One Today!

85 Ways to Eat More Fermented Foods

Pushing Past the Terrifying Dip in Motivation

33 Ways to Maximize a Small Living Space on a Budget

We Prep for Ebola Because of Irresponsible People Like Kacie Hickox

Nutritious Acorns Don’t Have To Just Be Snacks For Squirrels

5 Tips for Correctly Using Hand Sanitizer (From a Nurse Who Knows)

Hackers Probing Financial System’s Defenses Show Why Everyone Should Worry

Take care and have a great week everyone!

© Apartment Prepper 2014

 

 

Monday Musings 10/13/2014

Monday Musings 0132014This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com
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…

As I write this, we are hearing about a nurse who tested positive for ebola in Dallas.  The articles state she was wearing protective gear during the time she had contact with Mr. Duncan the first ebola patient who has died, however there was a breach in protocols.  Seeing a lot of searches on the blog about this; I urge you not to panic but stay informed and read all you can about it.  If you haven’t already, read previous articles I’ve written here and here.  I am sure we will be discussing this more in the coming weeks.

Lot’s of giveaways!  Don’t forget to enter the Cox’s Honey Giveaway that’s going on right now.

We’re doing two more this month, so please check back.  Today’s Monday Musings is likely to be the last one for October, as we will be announcing those giveaways the next two Mondays.  I’ll still be posting my regular articles as usual.

Good deal on non GMO seeds.  We also have the great discount offer from Seeds of the Month Club for Apartment Prepper readers – 25% off their regular price if you sign up through our Link below:

Seeds of the Month ClubBook Tour at Survivor Jane’s  Check out the Book Tour over at Survivor Jane’s site.  I’ve already done one review, and plan to do another one soon!

Now for the links…

How to be a Prepper…But Not One of Those Crazy Ones

Practically Free Egg Carton Dryer Lint Firestarters

Hands-Only CPR and When to Add the Breathing

5 Lessons on Self-Reliance at The Pathfinder School

I want Christmas to be debt-free

21 Survival Uses For Dental Floss

The boiling bag

Take care and have a great week everyone!

© Apartment Prepper 2014

Monday Musings: 10/6/2014

Monday Musings 10062014This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com

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

First, the blog updates…

Preparedness Books Blog Tour

I’m participating in Survivor Jane’s Preparedness Books Blog Tour  There’s always a new one being added.  Check it out!

Now for the links…

Find out: Fun quiz to find out What kind of prepper are you? DailyPrep quiz  Mine came out to be First Responder type

Get your questions heard:  Take this survey:  Preparedness Questions for a Better Online Community

Here’s a great giveaway from Skilled Survival

9 Lessons Learned from Living without Running Water

6 Simple Auto Maintenance Jobs You Should Be Doing Yourself

Bugging Out With Limited Mobility

Talking to your Kids about Ebola

Four Ways to Increase your Survival Endurance

There’s been so much worry going around lately, I thought I’d end with something more positive:

“Pray, hope, and don’t worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer. Prayer is the best weapon we have; it is the key to God’s heart.”
-St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio)

Take care and have a great week everyone!

© Apartment Prepper 2014

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Monday Musings: 9/29/2014

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com
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 haven’t had as much time to work on Apartment Prepper this past week due to a tight work schedule.  I hope this week will be much better.

Fall is here and I am so glad the weather is starting to cool off (not a let yet, but I am grateful)  I have some interesting projects coming up, one of them is how to make a heat retention cooker aka, a wonder oven, thanks to instructions from fellow blogger Megan who runs the My Food Storage Cookbook site.  As always, I will let you know how it turns out.

Now for the links…

One Awesome Article site launch

Todd of Prepper Website has a neat new site: www.oneawesomearticle.com. The idea is that guys will receive one AWESOME article in their inbox a day.  It is geared towards guys, but you ladies will want your guys to get this to make them a better…..guy.  The article will include a link to an awesome article on the web, special offers, book suggestions or cool products.  This great info will only come through the daily email, so make sure you sign up.  This is not a paid endorsement.  I just know that after visiting  Prepper Website for several years now, I can always count on Todd to point me to some great leads on the web.

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New NatGeo show

The new show is called Live Free or Die.  While not prepper focused, the series focuses on self-reliance and homesteading which is always of interest.

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Live Free or Die photo, Courtesy of National Geographic, with permission

 

Live Free or Die examines one of America’s most remote subcultures, following five individuals living in the country’s backwoods and swamps with few of the trappings of modern society. Freed from the constraints of a technology-fueled existence, they are modern-day pioneers who rely only on skill and intuition to harness the natural environment. Here is a clip, courtesy of National Geographic.

Live Free or Die: Road Kill: It’s What’s For Dinner!

North Carolina homesteaders, Tony and Amelia, cook road kill given to them by Amelia’s Dad.

Link: http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/live-free-or-die/videos/road-kill-its-whats-for-dinner/

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More links…

Chlorine Bleach For Sanitizing Raw Fruits And Vegetables

I’m Going To ???

An Open Letter to My Past Female Students Entering College

A Prepared Cook’s Guide To Creating An Ideal Kitchen Space

From Dehydrated to Dinner

17 Clever Food Storage Tricks

Castile Soap – Make Chemical Free Products for Your Family

Getting a Child and Yourself Ready for College

 

Take care and have a great week everyone!

 

© Apartment Prepper 2014