October 14, 2017

Monday Mondays: Extreme Couponing to Prepare for Emergencies

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I caught a few episodes of Extreme Couponing on TLC and have to admit I am fascinated.   Although there has been some criticism of some of the featured measures that go the “extreme,”  this could be a way to save money or to start an emergency stockpile.   If done in moderation, and never to the point of obsession, I can see how using coupons, combining deals and taking advantage of store sales could really […]

Money Mondays: How to Get Free Containers for Emergency Storage

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com If you are trying to build up your emergency food storage, you may be concerned about the costs associated with storage containers along with the food itself.  There is some expense involved, but it does not have to break your budget.  There are free or inexpensive ways to obtain emergency storage containers. Here are a few tips: Water Containers You don’t have to spend a lot of money on water containers. 2-liter soda […]

Hide your Emergency Supplies from Strangers

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Living in an apartment, you frequently have strangers coming to your space:  the “once a year” inspection, fire and smoke alarm inspection, pest control and let’s not forget the maintenance guy coming in to change vent filters and what not.  Apartment dwellers are not the only ones who have visitors, anyone can have pizza delivery, cable installer, plumber and other repair technicians may enter your house. Emergency supplies are your own business, and […]

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 […]

Minimalism and Preparedness

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 of them seem very drastic:  living on […]