March 23, 2018

Reusing Zipper Plastic Bags

This post is by Bernie Carr,   Part of becoming self sufficient is learning to make things last as long as possible, so you don’t have to keep buying replacements. I like the convenience of zippered plastic bags, but don’t like the expense.  I resisted rewashing them because they took so long to dry and there is a chance for mold during our humid summers.  So I figured a way to let them air dry the quickest way possible. […]

Prepping Items at the Dollar Store

This post is by Bernie Carr, I passed by a new Dollar Tree so I thought I’d check it out.  I had visited the 99 Cents Only Store a while ago, and wanted to see if there were items I could pick up to add to the stockpile.  I took photos of various items that caught my eye. Water Spring water was going for $1 per gallon, which is cheaper than our supermarket, where a gallon is going for […]

Self-Sufficient Saturdays: How to Make Banana Muffins without an Electric Mixer

Welcome to the latest Self-Sufficient Saturdays feature, where we try out projects that can easily be done in an apartment. Breakfast muffins are a staple at our house for busy weekday breakfasts.  I used to buy them at the store until I found out how easy it is to make muffins yourself.  There are no special ingredients, and you can rescue overripe, black bananas from getting thrown out. Just one problem:  my cheap hand mixer that I’ve had for six […]

How to Brew Coffee without Electricity

This post is by Bernie Carr, We all have our preferred morning beverage; for me, the daily cup of coffee is a must.  A coffee drinker who is missing his or her daily coffee knows a caffeine withdrawal headache is coming.   That’s why I made sure I include coffee in my emergency supplies.  A few options for storage: Instant coffee – the “just add a heaping teaspoon to hot water” kind that comes in a jar (not my preferred […]

Home Remedy for Sinus Allergy Sufferers

This post is by Bernie Carr, My allergies have started bothering me, with itchy, watery eyes, early morning congestion, sneezing, signaling the start of the fall allergy season. At my last physical check-up my doctor asked me if I’ve had any health issues bothering me, and I did mention my sinuses bother me every fall and spring.  I can always tell the seasons by my chronic sinus congestion.  I told him I already take antihistamines, but sometimes they don’t […]

Bartering For Preppers

Bartering for Preppers is a Guest Post by Robert Creech As everyone who engages in some form of prepping knows, it’s expensive. Most of us will never have all of the gear and resources we want, instead we prioritize and get by with what we can. However I’ve found that many people are leaving money on the table, so to speak, because they have skills (and maybe resources) that they aren’t fully utilizing. Yes, I’m talking about bartering. You have […]

Short on Cash for Preps this Month? Here are a Few Ideas

This post is by Bernie Carr, I had to do a double take when I noticed my paycheck this year has gotten much smaller. No, I am not working less hours, in fact, I have had to put in some late nights finishing up projects.  I compared the deductions line by line to see what had changed from last year:  health insurance went up, and mostly, taxes went up.  The country may have stepped away from the dreaded fiscal […]

Learning to Repurpose Items

  This post is by Bernie Carr, It’s no surprise that with prices for food increasing, and income shrinking, families are having to cut back on expenses and find even more ways to save.  Lately, I have been trying to avoid buying new stuff, but rather finding ways to reuse items in other ways:  repurposing.  Not only am I trying to save space, but also trying to save money by giving old items a new use. So far it’s […]

Make your Own Cleaning Supplies

This post is by Bernie Carr, In an effort to become more self-sufficient, I decided to try making my own cleaning supplies.  Keep in mind, I am used to having multiple cleaning products under the sink:  grease cutter, glass cleaner, floor cleaner, air freshener, etc.  If it wasn’t a known name brand I avoided it. THE PLAN:  Use only home made cleaners for one week, no harsh detergents and see if there are any notable differences. PROCEDURE:   I acquired […]

Powdered Milk Experiment

This post is by Bernie Carr, I ran out of regular milk and was waiting til the weekend to restock.  So I decided to try using one of my powdered milk supplies.   A real emergency is not a good time to be testing unfamiliar food items or supplies, since you cannot afford to waste time or resources at that point. This brand is a whole milk product.  I followed the instructions and mixed the powder with water and tried […]

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