August 4, 2017

Beware of Prepper Overload

There are a few stages you may go through when you first start the preparedness journey. 1.  You notice things that never caught your attention before.  You look at your pantry and begin to calculate how many days your food and water will cover.  You notice the grocery shelves get low on Sunday night, and know that there isn’t any stock left in the backroom until the delivery trucks arrive.  You watch the news and wonder how much of it […]

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 […]

Do You Have Apartment Insurance?

This is a boring but necessary subject for apartment dwellers. Homeowners are required by the bank to carry homeowner’s insurance, but apartment insurance is something that is completely optional for us renters.  I actually did not have apartment insurance at one time, thinking it was an unnecessary expense. Until I started thinking about what would happen to the family if we lost my belongings for some reason or other. I did not really want to think about it, but it […]

I Read The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse

  I finished reading The Modern Survival Manual:  Surviving the Economic Collapse by Fernando “Ferfal” Aguirre.  He runs the Surviving in Argentina Blog (I don’t know him personally, just giving credit.) An economic collapse is one our our fears; this is a book written by someone who has already experienced it.  Argentina, a once prosperous country, went through its economic collapse in 2001 and it has never been the same since.  Mr. Aguirre describes in detail the aftermath of the […]

How Do You Get Started with Prepping?

I am starting to see more people becoming concerned about preparing.  Within the last month or so, I have been seeing more visits resulting from readers looking for information on prepping or becoming more self sufficient while living in an apartment.  I am glad more of us are starting to prepare.  One of the most frequently asked questions is how does someone get started. I don’t claim to be an expert on the absolute best way, but I can speak […]

Apartment Inspection Time – What was that Really About?

Another note from building management was stuck to our door when I got home today:  “Tenant is hereby informed that your lease and security deposit is hereby transferred to blah blah blah…”    Our building just got sold! I immediately called the property manager to confirm.  Yes, our apartment just got sold, but building management and everything else stays the same for now. Now we know the real reason for the second round of inspections.  This was not just a […]

What We Prepped in December

With Christmas over and the New Year almost upon us, I was trying to think if I got any prepping activities done this month.  I have been busy with work, and, like everyone else, shopping for gifts, getting ready for Christmas, but that is no excuse to slack off.  So I was trying to think what did I get done, and I realized that I did most of my prepping activities earlier this month: Took advantage of grocery sales and […]

Where did all the Freeze Dried Food Go?

I saw the article “Mountain House Confirms Freeze Dried Food Shortage” over in SHTFPlan  and read it with interest.  It mentioned that many small distributors are out of Mountain House #10 cans.  The large distributors have a few cans, however, many of the popular choices such as Spaghetti with Meat Sauce (shown in the photo above) are out of stock or back ordered.  So I thought, what about MREs?  Well, I found that MREs are also out of stock at […]

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 […]

Is Ignorance Bliss?

While I was away on a recent business trip I met a lot of colleagues from various states.  Spending a week sequestered with these folks in conference rooms morning til night, you can’t help but get to know a few details about each others’ lives. Since we traveled up north to a state known for snow storms, I was very concerned about the weather and watched the morning and evening news on a regular basis.  However, I cannot say the […]

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