Mike the Gardener’s Seeds of the Month Club

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Seeds of the Month Club

I am excited to welcome our newest sponsor, Seeds of the Month Club.

Y’all know I am fanatical about my little apartment garden and encourage everyone to try growing herbs or vegetables no matter how much or how little space you might have.  I also recommend using non genetically modified seeds in your garden.   Saving seeds would be a prudent thing to do — they are easy to store, and don’t take up a lot of room even if you are short on space.

I visited the Seeds of the Month Club website to see if it’s a good value for our readers. I can say that they do offer great prices for their heirloom, open pollinated seed varieties:

    • As low as $3.11 per month when you sign up for a 6 month membership
    • You get 8 packets of seeds on your first month
    • Then you’ll get 4 packs of seeds every month thereafter

Plus they offer a 30 day money back guarantee.

I’ve purchased non GMO seeds from other seed sites myself, and I spent over $2 for just one packet of seeds.   So at $3.11 per month, and getting 8 packets on the 1st month then 4 packs thereafter is a deal.

The seeds they send you are based on your own “hardiness zone” so you can easily grow them.

Their goal is to make home vegetable gardening fun, easy and affordable for everybody and to make sure you have all of the information and tools at your fingertips so that you can enjoy the most benefits from a bountiful harvest.

Please visit Seeds of the Month Club.  Tell them Apartment Prepper sent you!

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Monday Musings: 10/7/2013

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Welcome to the latest edition of Monday Musings, where we share blog updates and interesting links.

First, the updates:

There is still time to sign up to win Expatriates Don’t miss your chance to win the hardcover version of James Wesley Rawles’ latest book, Expatriates.  A quick comment below the Q & A and Giveaway post is all you need to enter.

A new feature here at Apartment Prepper.  This past Saturday we started a new feature, “Self Sufficient Saturdays” where I will test out easy projects with the goal of being a bit more self-sufficient:  articles on making things yourself, reusing, repurposing, recycling, and more.

No one can really be totally self-sufficient, especially when living in an apartment in the city, but even small steps will help you do things on your own, increase skills and ultimately save money.

Now for the links…

Now that the new healthcare law is taken effect, the jury is still out on the implications… Freedom Slides As Health Care Balloons Big Government (And Obamacare Will Make Things Worse)

Obamacare Silver Lining: More Jobs?

Default worries   With government shutdown still going on, there are mounting concerns about default.

What would a U.S. default look like?

Treasury warns default could be worse than Great Recession

 Is it 2008 all over again? Whatever the cause, whether it’s the threat of default or some other threat, the economy is still in a precarious position.

Jobless claims rise, and hiring remains slow

Why in the world do they need all this?  Do Local Police Forces Really Need Mine Resistant Combat Vehicles?

Good news for coin buyers in Texas  For purchases under $1,000 Texas eliminates sales tax on precious metals coins  

File this under “Yet another reason to prep”  A Yellowstone eruption would be disastrous even for those who don’t live nearby.  See

 Yellowstone Supervolcano Alert: The Most Dangerous Volcano in America is Roaring to Life

Don’t raise them to become super consumers  It’s natural to want presents and toys but perhaps learning to manage those desires at an early age will help them avoid debt problems later on.  See Managing and Minimizing a Child’s Wants

Take care and have a great week everyone!
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Self-Sufficient Saturdays: How to Brew Coffee without Electricity

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com

Today I am trying out a new feature, “Self-Sufficient Saturdays” where we take small, practical steps to becoming more self-sufficient.  I used to have a Starbucks habit, but managed to kick it, not by giving up a tasty cup of coffee (I know it’s an acquired taste), but by learning to brew a great cup of coffee at home.  And, at the same time, I have backup plans for my coffee, in case of an emergency.

A coffee drinker who is missing his or her daily coffee knows a caffeine withdrawal headache is coming.   You have a few choices to avoid that pain:

  • Instant coffee – the “just add a heaping teaspoon to hot water” kind that comes in a jar (not my preferred choice)
  • Individual packets of Starbucks or a similar brand (Not bad, even after it expired)
  • Single cup bags of coffee – also just needs hot water (this is good too)
  • tea
  • Give it up (I’m not ready to do this right now)
  • Brew it yourself

I have a few backup plans, including all of the above, but will only give it up if I have to.  This time I am brewing it myself.

You will need:

–campfire popcorn popper (or small covered skillet)

–green coffee beans

–manual grinder

–French press

–measuring cup

–wire mesh colander (optional)

How to Roast Green Coffee Beans

  1. Since I am trying to have a backup plan in the event of an emergency and we are off-grid, I used our propane camp stoveWarning: I do not recommend using a camp stove in your kitchen:  this would be unsafe and can cause carbon monoxide build-up.  Camp stoves should be used outside.  Also, I read from various articles that roasting green coffee beans may cause a lot of smoke.  Our apartment has a very sensitive fire alarm which gets set off very quickly, so we did this outside,  so the fire alarm does not go off.  We don’t want a visit from the fire department from having the fire alarm go off while we are roasting our beans!  If you are roasting on a stove indoors, turn on the exhaust fan or open a window to make sure your area is well-ventilated.
  2. Assemble all your materials in advance:  green coffee beans (I used Kona coffee), campfire popcorn popper, measuring cup, wire mesh colander
  3. To start small,  I measured about a quarter of cup of green coffee beans.
  4. Turn on the fire to low setting.  Preheat the popper on low flame.
  5. Pour the green coffee beans into the skillet/popper, cover and shake.
  6. Keep the popper moving around and start listening for a popping sound.
  7. Check under the lid and look at the beans.  They started to turn brown after about 5 to 7 minutes.
  8. The popping is not constant like popcorn, but happens every few seconds as the beans crack.  This  is about the time the beans start to smoke a bit.
  9. After about 10 minutes, I checked again and it looked like the beans were brown so I turned off the fire.
  10. You will notice some bits of chaff:  pour into a wire colander or just blow on the beans and the bits  fly off.  Now you are ready to grind the beans.
Coffee beans

Roasted coffee beans and green coffee beans

These photos show the difference between the green beans and the roasted beans.  The smell is also quite different: the green beans do not smell like coffee at all, they have a pungent, plantlike smell, while the roasted ones indeed smell like the strong coffee smell we all know.  The aroma does linger long after you have finished roasting them.

Grinding the Beans

  1. I used the Danesco Manual Coffee Grinder.  Adjust the grinder for maximum coarseness, if you will be using a french press.  To do this, take off the handle and adjust the cog wheel up and tighten it back up.
  2. The grinder does not have any cushioning under the bottom, so you will need to stabilize it on the counter by placing a towel or pad underneath.
  3. Remove the cork stopper from under the grinding mechanism.
    Coffee off grid1

    Coffee grinder

  4. Pour the beans and start grinding.  Hold the grinder stable with the left hand and grind with your right hand (vice versa if you are left-handed).
    Coffee grinder

    Grinding roasted coffee beans

ground coffee

Ground coffee beans

I have to say this was the hardest part!  It took a bit of muscle power to continuously grind the beans and hold it down.  All in all, it took about seven minutes to grind the quarter cup of beans.

Brewing with the French Press

  1. I used the Bodum Shatterproof 8 cup French Press Coffeemaker.  Eight cups sound like a lot of coffee, but actually, the “cup” is actually a 4-ounce cup, not an 8-ounce mug that most of us are used to.
  2. The quarter cup of whole beans made about 2 level scoops (measuring scoop came with the french press) of ground coffee.  The rule of thumb is to use one scoop per cup of coffee.
  3. Boil water in a separate pan.  I boiled about 2.5 cups of water.  Turn off fire once the water boils.  Because this is a plastic press, the instructions indicate the water must be hot but not boiling.  I would think a glass french press would work with boiling water.
  4. Remove the cover/plunger of the french press.
  5. Pour the ground coffee into the bottom of the press.
  6. Pour the hot water.
    French press coffee

    Brewing in a French press

  7. Slowly insert the cover/plunger.   Turn the lid so the opening/pour spout is sealed and away from you.  and press the water/coffee gently until plunger cannot go any further.   Do not apply too much pressure or this may cause the water to splatter up.
  8. Once the coffee is pressed, it is ready to drink!

I have to say this was a fine cup of coffee.  It seemed like a lot of work for two cups, but it was worth it.  The result was a very fresh tasting, strong cup of coffee.  Roasting the green coffee beans was not hard at all;  I can roast a larger batch next time.

In a disaster situation, you can’t beat a nice comforting cup of fresh brewed coffee.

Even if we never need to make coffee off grid, knowing how to roast green coffee beans saves money in the long run.

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Q and A with James Wesley Rawles on his latest novel EXPATRIATES, plus a Giveaway

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EXPATRIATES

1.  EXPATRIATES is the fourth novel in your Coming Collapse series. What inspired you to write about survivalism?   Do you believe a real-life collapse is in our near future?

I believe that global economic instability is rising substantially, so the risk of economic collapse is greater than ever before. Along with instability comes the risk of civil wars, regional wars, and perhaps even a Third World War. It is indeed time for people to stock up, team up, and batten down the hatches.

2.  EXPATRIATES is different from your other novels in that it mainly takes place outside the United States, in Australia. What drew you to writing about characters away from their native country?

There are now more than 5.25 million American citizens living overseas. I recognized that the stress that they would go through in the event of a global collapse would be tremendous. There is nothing quite like being stranded in a foreign country. And to be simultaneously cut off from any information about the well-being of your relatives would be devastating. So I saw this as both an opportunity to avoid any trodden ground from my previous novels, and as way to describe some times of truly deep drama.
But it is notable that one of the storylines in EXPATRIATES takes place in Central Florida, where there is also plenty of excitement.

3.  Both survivalism and religion play a large role in EXPATRIATES. How do you see those two aspects balancing in the novel?

I consider them complimentary. Being well-stocked allows survivalists to dispense Christian charity. The deeper your larder, the more generous you can be.

4.  Tell me a little bit about your writing process. How do you begin to formulate your plots and characters?

The plots of my novels are essentially extrapolations of current trends. The characters portray people from all walks of life. By showing both prepared and unprepared individuals, it allows me to show the breadth and depth of what is really required to pull through traumatic times of starvation, infrastructure, disruption, and severe shortages.

5.  Are the personalities of the characters in EXPATRIATES modeled after survivalists and friends you know?

Many of the characters in my earlier novels were drawn directly on the personalities and backgrounds of my close friends. But in EXPATRIATES, I have fictionalized the lives of a few of my blog readers who I’ve never met in person. A few of these characters combine the personas of several people.

6.  Some of the topics that arise in the novel, such as Islamic extremism and gun ownership could be construed as very controversial. Was this your intention?

My intent was not to stir up angst or animus, but I have never been one to shy away from speaking out on key societal issues. For instance, I have been very outspokenly pro-Christian, pro-Preparedness, pro-Gun Ownership, Anti-Racist, and Anti-Slavery. (Most Americans don’t realize that slavery is still being practiced in North Africa.) The rise of Radical Islam is quite troubling. And if observed from a multi-generational perspective, it is genuinely frightening. The right to keep and bear arms is the crucial cornerstone of the Bill of Rights. In effect, it is the right that insures all of our others. I believe that the current statist efforts to disarm the citizenry are not just misguided but inherently evil. It is as if they foolishly want to make us all victims. As I’ve been quoted before: The Second Amendment is about protecting your right to go deer hunting the same way that the First Amendment is about protecting your right to publish poetry.

7.  You have mentioned in the past that you hope readers will learn as much as possible about survivalism through reading your novels. You have also written non-fiction guides in the past, but do you believe that fiction is a better medium to get your message across?

We live in an age of information overload. We are bombarded with television, radio, magazines, billboards, web pages, blogs, and text messages. In this era, most people won’t take the time to sit down and read a survival manual. But there is something captivating about novels. By weaving a lot of practical and tactical tips into a fictional storyline, I can keep people’s attention. Many readers tell me that they read my novel twice: The first time through for fun, and the second time highlighting passages and taking notes.

Now for the giveaway:

A copy of EXPATRIATES is reserved for the winner.

 

I can say there are many survival tips that can be learned from reading this new book.  For a chance to win, just leave a comment below:

- What are some of your favorite survival/preparedness tips that you’ve most recently learned from a survival novel or book?

 

 

The winner* will be chosen at random on Wednesday,  Oct. 9th at 8 pm Central.

 

*Winner will be notified via email.  Winner must reply to email notification within 48 hours or another winner will be drawn.

 

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How to Prepare for Job Loss

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Being prepared is not just for natural emergencies or disasters.  A job lay-off, while not usually considered an earth shaking event by most of the population, could be an “end of the world as we know it” for the person who is losing his or her job.  There are “mass casualties” even though it does not involve physical pain, does involve mental and emotional anguish for those that are affected.  Because it can be devastating and can significantly affect your lifestyle, it should be included in the list of events worth preparing for.

I have been laid off from work a few times in my career, a couple of those times happened within a year of each other.  Because of that unfortunate string of events, I have learned never to feel permanent in any job, even though I like to stay at my jobs for several years.  My co-workers wonder why I do not post personal photos or keep plants and knick-knacks on my desk, and that is because I never want to grow roots and feel complacent.   I learned to be observant and aware of the signs that things are not so stable.

Pay attention to job-related economic news, and keep your eyes open.  By the time you hear the word “reorganization” it may be too late.

Know the Signs

Many people who lost their jobs feel blind-sided, and say comments like, “It came out of nowhere.”  “I thought my job was safe.”  Yet there are always clues.  Knowing the signs to watch for can help you prepare accordingly.  Here are a few tell-tale signs:

  1. Your company is cutting back on expenses, and your boss has announced “no more ordering new supplies.”  This is one of the early signs; it might mean the company is losing money, but it could also be more serious than that.
  2. Managers are constantly getting called to mysterious closed door meetings and are gone for long periods of the day, and they come back subdued.
  3. Many senior leaders have quietly left the company, with no retirement parties or goodbyes.
  4. Business travel plans, even those that were scheduled months ago, are being cancelled.  Perks, even for salespeople are being cut out.
  5. You have been asked to submit a description of your job duties.  Even worse, you are suddenly being asked to train another employee to do your functions.
  6. It is nearing the end of the fiscal year or end of the calendar year.  I observed that lay-offs at least in many industry are common during these periods.
  7. Projects that were top priority are now placed in the back burner, or, projects that were your responsibility are being shifted to others.
  8. You are being left out of important meetings.
  9. Your boss, who used to be friendly and caring, starts avoiding you.
  10. Annual reviews that used to happen the same time every year, have been postponed indefinitely.

If you suspect cut-backs may be happening soon, now is the time to take steps to prepare yourself and your family:

Steps You can Take

  1. Obtain a copy of your position description from your boss or Human Resources.  This is something that can be done at any time, but it may be too late to obtain once you are already being called to the boss’s office and told to clean out your desk.
  2. Update your resume.  This may be a “no brainer” for many experienced career oriented folks, but I have talked to many newer employees who do not maintain their resumes at all.
  3. Review your LinkedIn profile and keep it maintained.
  4. While you are still in contact with respected and trusted colleagues, line up references.  But be discreet about this.  If word gets out to the boss you are taking steps, you may be called out for spreading rumors and being a disgruntled employee which may hasten your departure.
  5. Start networking with contacts within your industry, but outside your own company.
  6. Use your health insurance benefits:  get your doctors’ and dentist appointments done, fill prescriptions for eyeglasses and medicines.
  7. Postpone major purchases such as home, car, and avoid incurring new debt.
  8. If you are a renter and your lease is up, search for a cheaper place, if possible.
  9. Pay off debt.
  10. Lower your living expenses:  cut back now now and get used to living on less.  Save the money that you would have spent.
  11. Review your bills and see if you can negotiate a lower rate.
  12. Save as much money as you can.
  13. Find ways to supplement your income by starting a micro-business.
  14. Prep!  Boost your preparedness level by stocking up on food and everyday supplies.  Your stockpile will see you through a period of unemployment.
  15. Come up with your own worse case scenario personal economic disaster plan.
  16. Acquire self-sufficiency skills now; skills that allow you to repair things or make things yourself will save you money even if you don’t lose your job.
  17. With the holidays coming, start thinking about lowering expectations for gift giving, and start making homemade gifts now.

Stay vigilant but keep a positive attitude.  Taking a pro-active attitude can only benefit you.  If you are fortunate and nothing happens, be grateful that you have been blessed.

 

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Monday Musings: 9/30/2013

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Welcome to another Monday Musings, where we share blog updates and interesting links.  Just a quick one today;  end of the year is a busy time at the day job.

Doctor Prepper radio show.   I had a nice chat with James Talmage Stevens, of Dr. Prepper radio show.  “Dr. Prepper” also wrote Making the Best of Basics-Family Preparedness Handbook, which is a huge, comprehensive volume on preparedness and self-sufficiency.   I’m not sure when the interview will air, but I will keep you posted.

There’s still time to submit your entry  Today is the final day to enter the giveaway for the  Fuel-less Portable Solar Generator by Humless or a One Month Supply Kit by Food Supply Depot. 

I am lining up new giveaways for October, so keep checking back.

Now for the links…

EXPATRIATES

James Wesley Rawles has a new book.  The latest installment in his bestselling Survivor novels, EXPATRIATES: A Novel of the Coming Global Collapse comes out tomorrow, October 1st.  I’ll be reading the book as well, with a giveaway planned later this month.

Can “Total Recall” be far behind?     The article highlights the amazing possibilities and great applications planned, but on the other hand it makes you wonder, what else could it be used for. Scientists Create New Memories by Directly Changing the Brain

The possibilities for fraud are endless  This reads like a spy story, yet it deals with an everyday item we consider to be “local”  The Honey Launderers: Uncovering the Largest Food Fraud in U.S. History

A good items for storage  When I interviewed Glen Tate, author of 299 Days book series, we talked about pancake mix being a good storage food, because it’s so easy to prepare, is versatile, just needs water and is generally liked by most people.  I can’t wait to try a homemade version.  See Premade Pancake Mix

Take care and have a great week everyone!

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Home Remedy for Sinus Allergy Sufferers

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Sinus Rinse IngredientsMy 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 help, and I don’t really want prescription inhalers if I can avoid it.  A fellow allergy sufferer himself, he recommended I try the new nasal rinses in the market.  I told him I was not successful with the Neti-pot, but he said the new ones are actually just sinus rinses that work by spraying.  This is the one I tried:

sinusrinseI gave it a try, and it actually gave me some relief.   I used up the pre-made packets, but instead of buying more, I am making my own.  After doing a bit of research, I found a mix that works.  (Please note this is for informational purposes only and not intended as medical advice.  Check with your own doctor before trying out any health remedies.)

Here are the ingredients:

8 ounces lukewarm distilled water (DO NOT USE TAP WATER or any other water except distilled)

3 tablespoons non-iodine salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

Mix all together, fill in a sterile bulb syringe and use as a nasal spray.  (Discontinue use if you feel any irritation/ discomfort or if it doesn’t work for you)

So far it’s worked for me and it does not feel any different than the store bought kind.  I am still keeping a few of the pre-made packets for emergencies and travel, but for now, I am using the homemade version.  I still keep the antihistamines handy, but in an emergency, I am glad I have a backup remedy for nasal allergies.

 

 

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The Cost of Not Prepping

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$$$

Last week I mentioned my friend who got into debt - she has now off her prepping plans, which is unfortunate.  I am concerned there are lots of others out there who feel the need to prepare for emergencies but have convinced themselves to put it off for one reason or another.  Let’s think it through and see if it would really cost less to NOT prep.

No emergency food in the house

We know a a few families who do not keep much food in the fridge – maybe a bottle of orange juice and a few bottles of beer.  The kids feel lucky to have a few frozen food entrees, otherwise they eat out for every meal.  The next time there is an emergency, these people expect to be able to run to the corner restaurant and demand to order. A cousin who runs a burger place says this happens all the time.  If the restaurant loses power they have to close temporarily and turn away customers.   The customers get frustrated they have to find someplace else to eat.  So they drive around town looking for a place that’s open.  Now they are wasting gas and time, not to mention risking their families driving out when streets are flooded.  And, finding that there is no food to be bought anywhere, just like what happened with Hurricane Sandy, these same people may be forced to go dumpster diving.

No way to filter water

The same people described above rely on bottled water.   But if the bottled water runs out, and tap water gets contaminated, they do not have any a way to filter water.  Right before a hurricane or some other disaster hits, they realize they don’t have any backup plans and they find themselves having to fight desperate crowds to pick up water at the last minute.

Not filling up the gas tank until it’s empty

Let’s say someone who does not want to live a prepared life just lets the tank “run on fumes”  One day that tank is just going to dry out, and the car will stall out.  I see cars like that on the road all the time, with the driver walking with a gas can on hand.  The engine could be permanently damaged and the car will need hundreds of dollars to repair.  It would have been so much easier, had the driver kept a prepared mindset and got into the habit of refilling the tank well before before it registered empty.

No First Aid Kit

If a family does not keep a first aid kit at home, they will be running to the hospital’s emergency room the minute anyone in the family has a medical need, even a minor one.  They may say, “I have health insurance, I can afford it.”  But what about the co-pay?  Let’s just look at a common plan:  An emergency visit costs $100 co-pay; if they have met the deductible, that is.  If not, they’d have to pay for the entire bill.  Many ER visits can run up to $2000 depending on what diagnostic tests are run.  Let’s hope they have an emergency fund.

No available cash for an emergency

But wait, the same non-prepper decided to put off saving for the emergency fund.  He didn’t have the money to pay the ER bill so he put it on the credit card, thinking he can pay it off later.  The visit cost $1500 and it all went to credit.  Now the bank will charge  interest on the $1500 at 18%, adding another $270 on top of the $1500.  Now the debt that was so worrisome to begin with, got even larger.  Additional debt causes sleepless nights, worry, and having to work longer hours at work.  Not being prepared can affect mental health.

Even if there is no disaster or emergency, a simple power outage or bank glitch can cause bank ATMs, credit and debit cards to stop working.  Having just a small emergency cash fund would help the family buy necessities without any issues.

These instances show the cost of not prepping is too high even for common emergencies – consider what might happen in a total grid down disaster.  Seeing the family suffer from lack of food, water and other essentials would be intolerable.

Most of us pay property insurance, car and health insurance.  I look at emergency food, water and supplies the same way:  better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.  I may be preaching to the choir here, but if just one person decides now is the time to take a few steps to be prepared instead of putting it off then I’d be happy to have helped someone.

Prepping may cost a bit of money and time up front, but NOT prepping would cost even more.  And, the peace of mind that comes with being prepared is priceless.

 

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Enter for a chance to win a Fuel-less Portable Solar Generator by Humless or a One Month Supply Kit by Food Supply Depot. 

 

Sixteen preparedness/self-reliance bloggers have teamed up with SurvivalBased.com to offer you this awesome giveaway as a way to say thank you for your support!

 

There will be two winners!

 

The 1st lucky winner will receive a Fuel-less Portable Solar Generator by Humless (Approx. Retail Value $2599) and the 2nd lucky winner will receive a One Month Supply Kit by Food Supply Depot (Food for 2 adults & 2 kids. Approx. Retail Value $1119). 

 

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Start by clicking Easy Entry for Everyone (no social media accounts required) below and after that each +1 that you click is another entry to win!  That equals up to 35 entries per person!

 

The giveaway begins September 23, 2013 and ends on September 30, 2013 at 11:59 PM, EST.  The winners will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is drawn. 

 

You must be 18 years or older to enter.  Prizes will be shipped to U.S. residents only.  Residents of other countries may enter but will be responsible for paying the shipping cost.   (Apartment Prepper has no affiliation with  Survival Based)

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Monday Musings 9/23/2013

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Welcome to another Monday Musings where we share blog updates and interesting links.

First the updates…

Who won the Own the Night DVD Giveaway?  Reader Bob won the giveaway.  He posted the following comment:

Scan through the pages of history books and see what happened to peaceful, non-violent communities/societies or what we think happened to them based on the ruins and bones left behind.

Yes, I think defense is a vital part of prepping. For me, it started with the realization that life insurance wasn’t enough; sure I would leave my family financially okay but how about emotionally, morally, spiritually?  Being there is a huge part of being a father; for me that realization meant I should do what is legally and ethically acceptable to come home every day.

And given that; isn’t being able to defend myself when the police aren’t there to respond even more important?

What I’m doing to defend myself?
First, increasing situational awareness; working to avoid the problems if I can.
Second, working to get to know my neighbors; building a community that hopefully will work together instead of attacking each other.
Third, having sufficient firearms and ammunition in case the first two don’t work.

Final giveaway of the month coming up   There will be two winners for this one.  The details for the next giveaway follows this posting, so please read on.

Now for the links…

A Handy New Book with Tons of Helpful Cures

Alex Smith, author of Getting Home and Staying Home just released his latest book, Home Remedies.  It covers the basics of making infusions, salves, etc., contains nearly 500 remedies and more.  It is meant to be a primer for the individual with limited to intermediate knowledge in this area.  Currently the Kindle Version is priced at  99 cents, but it will go up to $4 in a few days.

To celebrate he has also dropped the price on his other 2 books, Getting Home and Staying Home to 99 cents as well, for a short while.  Don’t miss this price drop, it won’t last long.

Finance news, not so great  

Stocks are about to plunge, Wells Fargo warns

Americans Sacrificing Freedom to Avoid Another Meltdown

All the better to see you my dear   Read Facebook wants to use artificial intelligence for analysis and predictions

Do you know what “slurry” means?  Here’s a clue:  it’s found in food and it’s not pretty.  See

Two Things You’d Rather Not Know About Chicken Nuggets

How to tell if a can has gone bad  Avoid a food storage mishap:  Check your canned goods periodically and see if any of them have gone bad.  Good rules to know:  4 Ways to Tell if a Dented Can is Safe 

Learning how to fix stuff    Read The “Don’t Own Stuff You Can’t Fix” Plan for Life

 

Stay safe and have a great week everyone!

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