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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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!


Monday Musings: 1/13/2014

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Welcome to the first Monday Musings of 2014 where we share blog updates and interesting links.

First the blog updates…

Reviews and giveaways   I am hard at work planning the next few weeks’ reviews and giveaways, with tomorrow being the first one this year so please come back and take a look!

New Facebook page in the works    Another thing I am working on is a new Facebook page for Apartment Prepper (it’s about time!)  I only had my own page that I was using which caused some confusion at the last shared giveaway.  I’ll make an announcement as soon as it’s up and running.

Looking for Web Hosting?  Most of our affiliates and sponsors are prepping related, with just a few exceptions. provides great web hosting services, so we’ve signed on as an affiliate.  See

This is a good movie.  Lastly, this isn’t really blog related but this past weekend the family went to see Lone Survivor at the movies.  We don’t often splurge on the movies, but I have to say this was worth it.  Lone Survivor is based on a true story about a Navy Seals mission in Afghanistan as they go up against Taliban forces.  The mission goes south, but courage and heroism of the men is undeniable and quite moving.

Now for the links…

Prepper Classifieds:  Buy-Sell-Trade   Thanks to everyone who voted their opinion over at Advanced Survival!   I think it’s a great idea to have a place to buy, sell or trade prepper stuff.  They now have the Buy-Sell-Trade page up and running.  As always, please do your own research carefully!

Yet Another Reminder to Store Water  The ongoing situation in West Virginia reminds us water should be top priority in our storage.  You not only need to store water for drinking, but for personal care as well.  Their water after the spill is so polluted you can’t risk inhaling it.  See

West Virginia residents cope, with days of water woes still ahead after chemical spill

It’s Getting Close   We’ve been watching this closely and it sounds like H5N1 is that much closer.  See

First Human Avian Influenza A (H5N1) Virus Infection Reported in Americas

Security in the Home   I’ve always told our readers to be careful whom you let in your house.  Good points brought up over at Modern Survival Blog:

7 Steps To Prepare For A Stranger At Your Home

Even Tinier Spaces  Everyone has heard of the “Tiny House” movement, but now tiny apartments are trending   I don’t think I can handle an even smaller space than what I have but sounds like it works for some folks.

Cut Down on Trash   The more reliant you are on store bought products, the more trash your household generates.  Self-sufficient efforts help you cut down on waste.  See

Zero Waste Tips for Your Home

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Monday Musings 12/16/2013

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

First the blog updates…

It’s been a slow week in terms or blogging or prepping, as our family was struggling with miserable colds this week.  Thankfully, we’re feeling better now, but have some catching up to do.

Now for the links…

Survival Mindset  This family survived 48 hours in freezing temperatures.  They knew just what to do:

Lost Nevada family warmed rocks by fire to survive snow for 2 days

Improve your Chances  No doubt about it- being prepared pays off.  Here’s how to pack your trunk

Next Level Travel Kit: Packing Survival Junk in Your Trunk

If you Lack Space for Pads and Tampons  I don’t know anyone who has tried this, but it sure would help with the space issues of storing pads and tampons for the long term.   Some may say “TMI” but it’s good info to know

Are You Still Using Pads and Tampons?

This Trick Actually Works   I didn’t think I could thread a needle without a needle threader but this trick actually works.  Of course I tried it before I posted the link!  See

The Easiest Way to Thread a Needle

Make the Most out of your Shopping Dollar   This is the most comprehensive article I’ve seen regarding how to get cash back while shopping.

Ultimate Guide to Cash Back Shopping

Take care and have a great week everyone!

Monday Musings: 12/2/2014

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

First the blog updates…

Huge Christmas giveaway starts today  Please be sure to check out the next post that follows after this one.  It announces a huge Christmas giveaway among several preparedness blogs that starts today.

Cyber Monday special sales from our sponsors  If you are doing any shopping today, Cyber Monday, please help support our blog by clicking through my Amazon link  Or, visit our fine sponsors who are all having great sales today:

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Who won Rivers:  A Novel book giveaway?  Jen won a copy of the book, and she had the following comment:

I haven’t experienced the devastation of the terrible storms and floods that make the news but I have been through extreme weather. It definitely brings out a side of people that you don’t normally see.

We also have another book giveaway scheduled for this Wednesday – it’s a good one so please come back and enter.

Now for the links…

Black Friday shenanigans.  We’d be remiss if we didn’t at least include news about Black Friday frenzy.  If people get this crazy over some sales, imagine how they would be in a real emergency when everyone is fighting over food and water to survive.

People Beat Each Other Up Over Towels At Walmart On Black Friday

Black Friday frenzy leads to reports of violence

But it was not limited to the U.S.:  Black Friday madness has spread to the U.K.

Black Friday: arrests and violence as shoppers clamour for discounts

Personal care storage items   Good information to know for the toiletries bucket. 

Do Skin Care Products and Toiletries Ever Expire?

In many cases, items may last longer than their expiration dates, however, there is a shelf life to these items.  A lot of lotions start to get a funky odor when they get old, some moisturizers ingredients separate and get a strange texture.  “Your mileage may vary” is a safe bet- just check it for yourself and don’t forget to rotate your items.

Skills that are no longer practiced  Many of these skills are useful, and several are considered good prepper skills.  Skills Your Grandparents had that You Don’t

Tips to reduce cholesterol  Years ago, I had high cholesterol, fortunately it went down naturally without prescription medication.  I started using a lot of olive oil in cooking and that seemed to help (This is not medical advice)  This article has some good tips.

Naturally Reduce Cholesterol

Simple tips, great results   No one can be totally self-sufficient, but taking small steps help a lot, especially during hard times.  See article below from Gaye of from Backdoor Survival.

Mapping a Road to Self-Sufficiency

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Monday Musings: 11/25/2013

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

First the blog updates…

Sponsor news, announced their Black Friday Sale which has started and will last until 12/1/2013.  Black Friday sale – FREE SHIPPING, with many preparedness gifts Starting at $10.

Great deals at Amazon.  Please consider using Apartment Prepper’s Amazon link for your prepping and Christmas shopping purchases.  Our blog hosting expenses has grown substantially, and I am doing everything I can to keep this blog free to all readers.  We chose not to have a Donate button; blog expenses are covered by sponsor banner ads and affiliates such as Amazon.  This costs you nothing out of pocket but they mean a lot, and I greatly appreciate your support!

Personal GPS update  A while back I tested the Bushnell Backtrack D-Tour and reader Bob S inquired whether the stored locations will reset if you replace the batteries.  I finally got a chance to try it out:  removed the batteries and replaced them, rode out to a new location and checked to see if it would point back to a previously stored location.  The good news is, it actually did not lose the saved areas.  When I turned it back on, and set it to “Home” (not my real home, just the place I had set it to) it as soon as it found the satellite it pointed to the correct direction.   I’ve updated the article as well.

Thanks Bob S for bringing this up.  I appreciate everyone’s questions and comments!

New giveaway tomorrow  We’re having our final giveaway of the month tomorrow, so please check back and submit your entry!

Now for the links…

Author R.P. Ruggiero’s latest book is out:  Brushfire Plague: Reckoning the follow up to his successful debut novel, Brushfire Plague. Recently published by Prepper Press, this book begins as the Brushfire Plague that has crippled the globe slowly loses its lethality, only to be replaced by the harsh reality of its origin and what this will mean for civilization.  I reviewed Brushfire Plague when it first came out and look forward to reading the second book.

For a limited time, readers can pick up at a deep discount the original Brushfire Plague Kindle version.  This won’t last, so take advantage of the sale while you can.

Thugs behaving (even more) badly   This just seems so senseless – teens randomly striking strangers for no reason at all, other than to knock them down with one punch.

  ‘Knockout Game’ Thrives Where Gun Control Has Disarmed Citizens

I hope this one learned his lesson  Teen Playing ‘Knockout Game’ Shot Twice by Victim

A gourmet meal from a coffee maker?!?  I’ve heard of vacationers bringing slow cookers to the hotel for hot meals but cooking in a coffee maker is new to me.   Might be advisable to try it at home first, before attempting it in a hotel.  If you’ve tried it, please let us know how it turns out!

Coffee Maker Cooking: Brew Up Your Next Dinner

Make comforting meals from food storage  See Survival Mom’s How to plan your food storage so you can make your favorite recipes years from now

Great list of doable product replacements  You’ll save money and reduce trash.

12 Simple Reusable Alternatives to Common Household Disposables

Hang on to those good feelings   See 3 Ways to Make Thanksgiving Last All Year Long

Take care and have a great week everyone!


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