October 14, 2017

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 […]

Find Cheap Emergency Lighting Before the Next Power Failure

  This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com A couple of weeks ago, the main energy provider for the city had two transformers blow up and over 13,000 residents in one part of town suddenly lost power.   It happened right around dinnertime – I am sure a lot of people were caught unawares. So I thought, why not take a weekend and put together a bin or bucket of emergency lights, so you are ready for the next power outage. […]

7 Cost-Cutting Moves that can Backfire in a Disaster

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Everyone is trying to save a few bucks these days and I can certainly relate.  But there are certain instances when the cheap route is not the best for surviving a disaster.  Fortunately there are workarounds. Buying the cheapest gear. The temptation to buy the cheapest item is strong, but not good for the long run.   You run the risk of the item breaking down on you when you most need it.  For […]

Save Money! Make Soda at Home

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Although I like an occasional glass of Coke, I prefer a glass of sparkling water with a twist of lemon or lime.  La Croix Sparkling Water was a regular item on the grocery list. Until we spotted the Soda Stream and started to calculate whether it would save us money.  After adding up what we spend on sparkling water, we figured we’d recoup the cost of the Soda Stream in four months.   I […]

Homemade Dog Biscuits

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com We were looking for all-natural, made in the U.S. dog treats at the pet store.  The affordable brands had a long list of unpronounceable preservatives and additives, and were made in China.   (I haven’t forgotten about Deaths of 500 dogs blamed on jerky treats, FDA says  so we don’t buy pet food from China.)  I found some that fit the bill at the farmer’s market, and at specialty stores, but they were too […]

Prepping Items at the Dollar Store

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com 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 […]

How to Brew Coffee without Electricity

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com 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, apartmentprepper.com 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 […]

8 Everyday Tips For Frugal Apartment Living

 A Guest Post by Mark Russell In this economy, everyone is thinking about saving more money and spending less. Whether you are a millionaire or a starving artist, times are probably tougher than they were ten years ago. This has led a lot of people to try to pick up extra work here and there, doing odd jobs like babysitting for the neighbor or gardening for the man down the street. In addition to trying to earn more, other people […]

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