September 13, 2018

Get Rid of Cable = Save Money for Preps

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Today we returned the cable boxes and unhooked ourselves from Comcast cable. It all started out when we moved to a smaller unit a few months ago (part of the plan to downsize).   We weren’t on a contract but we had one of those “bundled” plans that was discounted.  At the same time, we were aggravated by their service issues.  We realized that out of roughly 200 channels, we were really only watching […]

Downsize Before You Have To

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I don’t know about you but my finances have been feeling the pinch lately.  I’m not even talking about all the dire economic warnings, but on a personal level, it feels more of a struggle this year than last year.  For one thing my paycheck is smaller:  health insurance premiums as well as taxes increased.  When I go grocery shopping, the same budgeted amount of money buys less food – beef prices have […]

Surviving an Economic Collapse – Advice from Mark Goodwin, Author of The Economic Collapse Chronicles

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Mark Goodwin, who runs Prepper Recon has written two books in The Economic Collapse Chronicles:  American Exit Strategy and the recently released American Meltdown.  With all the fears about economic collapse, I was glad to have the opportunity to interview Mark about his thoughts on the best way to prepare. 1.   What do you think are the most likely disasters to prepare for and what is the best way for a beginner to […]

Spooked about What Happened in Cyprus?

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Everyday we hear about the banking developments in Cyprus, where bank holidays were declared and a “tax” on deposits is being instituted.  Depositors stand to lose a large amount of their accounts. It seems preppers are not the only ones wondering about this – even at work, concerns about Cyprus are being discussed in conversations at the break room.   Seeing the long lines, reading accounts from residents makes you wonder if this can […]

Can You Evacuate Your Home in 90 Minutes?

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Listening to the news today about flooding in the wake of Hurricane Isaac, we heard about residents near Lake Tangipahoa Dam in Mississippi being ordered to evacuate, due to damage to the dam and possible flooding.  About 60,000 people were affected.  Fortunately, as of this writing, the dam has not failed as emergency management personnel are trying to patch it. Mr. Apt Prepper and I had a long discussion about what we would […]

The Emergency Cash Stash

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com We were going over the budget not too long ago and trying to find yet more ways to cut back on expenses. At the same time, we decided to take inventory of our accounts. The last “account” we checked on was the Emergency Cash Stash kept in the house for emergencies. I’ve always recommended keeping a some cash in the house in case the ATMs suddenly become unavailable due to any of the […]

Not Good News – Price for Peanut Butter is Going Up

I just heard over the radio today that peanut prices are about to jump up this year, and with that, the price of a staple at our house, peanut butter.  Of course, this does not apply to you if you or someone in your family has a peanut allergy, but for thousands of households, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are some of the cheapest, fairly nutritious food that kids love to eat. The reasons for the price hike are two […]

Should You Prep while Deep in Debt?

According to creditcards.com, the average credit card debt per household that hold credit card debt is $15,799 for 2011.  This number does not include households that are credit card debt free, this is only households that hold credit card debt already.  If you are among the debt-free crowd, you have planned well.  However, if you feel you are in a lot of debt, you are not alone.  Many people are in denial about how much they owe, but a whole […]

Pressure to Go Paperless

Every time I pay a bill, or check my account balances online, I get messages from the financial institution to “Go Paperless!”   They’ve tried various tactics: Contest opportunities and prizes Money, such as a one time check for $5 Scare tactics about identity theft Guilt trip route- “Go green” or “Save the environment.” I have not given in.  I am still resisting the idea to go completely electronic, as I like to see proof. In a previous post, I talked […]

Find Extra Cash by Reviewing Your Bills

We want to add to our preparedness fund, but the budget is tight.  So we are reviewing every bill to see if we can either lower or eliminate them altogether.  One bill that got a lot of scrutiny was the bundled cable/internet/phone bill. One reason we went with one provider was the “bundled” plan offered a hefty introductory discount.  After one year, the monthly bill went to the regular price. As a result of our line by line scrutiny, we […]

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