June 11, 2018

Clearing out the Balcony Garden

Last spring, I had a thriving balcony garden with tomatoes growing in the Topsy Turvy that I bought online “as Seen on TV.”  I had hoped the contraption would last a few growing seasons.  Well it didn’t.  I left it out in the balcony, as I have no room whatsoever to store it.  It held up fine at first, but the hard freeze came and must have frozen the material.  It then thawed and got brittle and you see what’s […]

Media Now Recommending Stockpiling Food

Last week, one of our local channels had a segment on stockpiling food by using coupons.  A local coupon expert was featured; the interviewer followed her around the grocery store as she picked up sale items and combined coupons for impressive savings.  The segment concluded that we should all use coupons and store sales to stockpile food as a hedge against inflation. Today Fox News featured Tess Pennington of Ready Nutrition.  The report recommended that anyone can start their emergency […]

Coping with High Gasoline Prices

I should have filled up the tank yesterday.  But I was tired and decided to wait one day.  When I pulled up to the gas station, the price had just increased by an additional $0.20 a gallon.  It was the same over at the next block, so there was not much of a choice. All over the country, people are cringing as they see gas prices rapidly increasing.  I won’t tell you to go out and buy a more fuel […]

Offsite Storage

One huge challenge to preparing in an apartment is the storage issue.   What if there is absolutely no room left in the apartment for storage; after you have purged stuff and added creative space savers, what else can you do for storage?  One possible solution that may work for some is to rent a storage unit. The storage unit must be: Easy to access.  You must be able to get to the unit quickly in an emergency. Clean.  Inspect the […]

Taste Test: Backpacker’s Pantry Pad Thai

It’s been a while since I reviewed a prepackaged freeze dried food so I decided to be adventurous and try Backpacker’s Pantry Pad Thai.  It is a vegetarian noodle dish, and the family elected to eat other foods so I was the only one who tried it.  I was a little “iffy” about the dish at first, but since it was so easy to prepare I figured, “Why not?” The first step is to take out the peanut butter packet […]

Are There Advantages for Apartment Preppers?

Now that I have been preparing for a few months, I am well aware of the disadvantages for us apartment dwellers in the big city:  lack of space is a big one, followed by management rules and inspections, overcrowding, crime, massive traffic, partnered with the ever looming possibility of getting trapped in a chaotic city when the SHTF.  The list is long, something we just have to deal with on a daily basis, so I had to pause and tell […]

Book Review: How to Live on Wheat 3rd Edition

I received a reviewer’s copy of How to Live on Wheat, 3rd Edition by John Hill, which was released December 2010.  I must admit I had not heard of this book before, and likely would not have read it:  in my mind, “living on wheat” seems like one of those “advanced” activities, far above my preparedness skills. As it turns out, I am happy to admit I was wrong about my initial impression.  Live on Wheat has a lot of […]

Welcome UK and Canada Readers

Welcome new readers and subscribers!   These last couple of days, there has been an influx of visits from the UK Preppers forum http://uk-preppers.co.uk/ When I started this blog, I was not sure if anyone would even be interested in apartment prepping.  Now I see readers from the UK and Canada (hello to you in the 55th parallel) Wherever we hail from, we all have something in common, trying to prepare while living in an apartment in the city–there are a […]

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

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

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