December 12, 2018

What is “Normal?”

The ongoing crisis in Japan is getting a lot of people thinking and talking about preparedness.   Sitting around the lunch table recently, some co-workers were talking about possible disasters, and their take on preparedness. Two ladies mentioned they had bought handguns and were starting to go to the gun range.  This produced an amused, slightly nervous reaction from the table, as someone chimed in, “Well if things fall apart, we are going to your house!”  One guy mentioned he is […]

Bargain Shopping Tip

We are watching every penny these days, but still want to continue adding to our emergency supplies.  Before buying a new item, we compare prices between local area stores and internet sources like Amazon.  While we were at the store, I was starting to write all the items and prices down  when my husband came up with a good idea.  He said, “Why not use your cell phone and just take a picture of the item and price?”  I don’t […]

Taste Test: Backpacker’s Pantry Chili Mac with Beef

Time for another taste test.  This time, we picked up Chili Mac with Beef by Backpackers Pantry.  We like to try out prepared freeze dried food from time to time to see if it would be a good addition to our emergency food stash. The Chili Mac was super easy to prepare:  after you remove the oxygen absorber, add the specified amount of boiling water and let stand for a few minutes. It looked too soupy for a macaroni dish […]

Testing Out Our Gear

It was the first weekend of spring and the weather was perfect to do something outdoors.  So we took the opportunity to try out some of our gear, in case we ever have to walk out of the city on foot. We had purchased hiking boots a while ago but had not gotten a chance to wear them.  Comfortable hiking boots that don’t pinch or cause blisters are important if you ever have to walk out of the city in […]

A Book Review of Getting Out Alive: 13 Deadly Scenarios and How Others Survived

  This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com When I first heard about the subject of Scott B. Williams new book, Getting Out Alive:  13 Deadly Scenarios and How Others Survived, I wondered how I would feel, reading about these deadly scenarios.  Although I have started to prepare for potential emergencies, I am someone who avoids thinking about scary situations.  As it turns out, I had nothing to worry about, as this book is written in a way that shows […]

Find Extra Cash by Reviewing Your Bills

We want to add to our preparedness fund, but the budget is tight.  So we are reviewing every bill to see if we can either lower or eliminate them altogether.  One bill that got a lot of scrutiny was the bundled cable/internet/phone bill. One reason we went with one provider was the “bundled” plan offered a hefty introductory discount.  After one year, the monthly bill went to the regular price. As a result of our line by line scrutiny, we […]

A Gap in my Preparedness

Watching all the Japan earthquake coverage made me realize I’ve neglected one aspect in my preparedness efforts.  There is a big likelihood a disaster can happen while you are away from home and emergency supplies. Most of my supplies are at home.  I already have a car kit, and recently upgraded my office kit.  But I don’t have much in terms of the EDC -or everyday carry.  So I would be sorry indeed if an emergency were to happen while […]

Expiration Date Experiment

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I was looking for something to make for dinner and found this Rice A Roni in my pantry.   I’d had it for a while and it was well past the “Best By” date, in this case, 10/2009.   How did this get past me?  I thought, “Hmmm.  Should I or shouldn’t I?”  So I did some research on the internet about “Best by” dates. Technically, the item was not expired, it was past its […]

The Health Supplies Bucket

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com If you have been reading my posts for a while you know we had set aside a few bulk food storage items in 5 gallon buckets.  If you have not seen the post, check out Survival Food Storage. We had one bucket left and no more bulk foods to pack so we decided to pack Health and First Aid supplies in the last bucket.  Here is what it contains: Aspirin and acetaminophen Zyrtec […]

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 […]

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