August 4, 2017

Spring Cleaning for Preppers

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Whether you are just getting started to prepare for emergencies or a veteran prepper, you need to declutter in order to make room for emergency supplies. Why you should de-clutter To motivate you, think of all the advantages you gain by de-cluttering now: Sell unwanted but usable items and get extra money for your emergency fund or for preparedness supplies.  Even kids get excited about getting rid of unwanted books and toys if […]

Money Mondays: Should You Keep Receipts?

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com One of the challenges of staying organized in a small space is dealing with receipts.  Receipts from purchases, bank transactions seem to keep multiplying and cluttering up pockets, wallets and purses.  It is tempting to just get rid of them.  However, I have found you need to keep receipts for a certain period of time before discarding them. Dealing with receipts: Cash machine transactions:  When I use the ATM I keep them for […]

Do this One Tip and Avoid Wasting Money

Last week I was paying bills when I noticed the electric bill was $25 higher than last month’s.  I didn’t think our usage changed that much so I called the power company to find out what changed.  I was right, our usage didn’t change that much.  But one thing did change:  the discount electric plan I had subscribed to had expired.  I’m usually pretty good about keeping track of such things so I asked why wasn’t I notified?  Well, it […]

Don’t Wait ’til Springtime to Do This

It’s January, the season when it’s customary to make lofty, yet unattainable New Year’s resolutions, then inevitably break them…  I’ve done it year after year.  This year, let’s just skip the self defeating process and do something different. Let’s put our well-meaning intentions to good use:  Instead of waiting until spring to do spring cleaning, do it in January.  Whether you are just getting started to prepare for emergencies or a veteran prepper, you are bound to acquire additional supplies.  […]

Decluttering Distractions

Feeling the lack of space is hindering my ability to add to my emergency supplies, I restarted my decluttering efforts.  I went to the garage and found two large boxes of files and miscellaneous items that have been sitting there for two years.  Why haven’t I gone through them before?  Procrastination, that’s why!  I dread going through these boxes because I don’t want to deal with what’s inside. I finally made myself open them and deal with the contents. Old resumes and […]

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 […]

Avoid a Hard Drive Disaster

We are having a spectacular thunderstorm as I write this.   A flash of lighting, followed by a loud thunderclap…  Then the lights flickered, I heard a loud ZAP! and my computer turned off.  My heart raced in a panic, as I envisioned my hard drive getting fried from the huge power surge that just happened.  I have a surge protector but somehow it failed me.  A few more angry beeps came out of my CPU.  I restarted my computer and […]

Supply Check

After you have been accumulating supplies for a few months, it is a good idea to do a supply check:  take a few minutes to look over your supplies and check your equipment to make sure they are in working order. We went through a large Rubbermaid container of miscellaneous emergency supplies and found some items no longer worked or were improperly stored.  We had a Coleman lantern that I liked, since it gave off a pretty good light when […]