March 12, 2019

The Fine Line between Redundancy and Clutter

“Two is one and one is none” is a survival maxim that we picked up early on when we started finding out about preparedness.   The saying applies to keeping a backup for a tool or item at all times.   For example, what if you only have one can opener, and a disaster happens.  You need to open some canned food to feed your family, but your one and only can opener breaks.  How are you going to open the canned […]

Revisiting the Balcony Garden

I posted a while back my balcony garden did not fare so well in the intense heat we had the last several months. Now that the fall weather is finally upon is, I have another chance.  Experienced gardeners tell me Texas actually has two growing seasons, one in the spring, and one in the fall.  We’re down to 80 degrees in the daytime, and mid-50s at night. So I decided to give the garden another shot.  This time I am […]

Mainstay Energy Bars Product Review

By:  Clay Good day fellow preppers. Bernie has been so gracious to allow me to post reviews on products and ideas to help fellow apartment preppers. I myself live in a small apartment in a very populated urban environment and have been prepping for some time. I have been financially prepping longer than with supplies, but all the same, I have been researching and continuously revising several plans for different scenarios. I have learned through my hunting, fishing and outdoor […]

When Reading Gets in the Way of Doing

Years ago when I first got interested in frugality, a friend introduced me to the Tightwad Gazette books.  They are great resources for anyone learning how to pinch pennies.  I also immersed myself further by reading personal finance blogs.  Unfortunately, that’s all I was doing:  reading.  While I was spending all that time reading, I was still living beyond my means.  In other words, reading made me feel productive, but I wasn’t accomplishing anything.  It was just making me feel […]

A Prepper’s Pocket Guide Project in Action

Just a quick post today as we get ready for “Back to School” activities. Urbivalist Dan made the “hollowed out book safe” project # 60 from my book, The Prepper’s Pocket Guide.  He shows every step from start to finish, including shopping for the materials.  He did a great job with the finished product.  Check out the fun project at Daily Prep Episode 10:  Make a Hollowed Out Book Safe http://www.the-urban-survivalist.com/daily-prep-episode-10-hollowed-out-book-safe/ By the way, since there are lot of Back […]

Should You Prep while Deep in Debt?

According to creditcards.com, the average credit card debt per household that hold credit card debt is $15,799 for 2011.  This number does not include households that are credit card debt free, this is only households that hold credit card debt already.  If you are among the debt-free crowd, you have planned well.  However, if you feel you are in a lot of debt, you are not alone.  Many people are in denial about how much they owe, but a whole […]

If Your Partner Doesn’t Want to Prep

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com For many reasons, the majority of the population is not concerned about preparedness.  Even when faced with facts and news about what happened to other people who had been in disasters, they refuse to do anything to prepare.  There are a lot of reasons for this: Prevailing attitude that someone (government, family) will be around to help Wanting to live for the moment, unconcerned about the future Does not want to think about […]

Basic Recipe: Plain White Rice

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I received an email from reader Angela from Italy who had a some great suggestions for future articles:  back to basics recipes, and cooking over an open fire.   Because of my living accommodations, I can’t always cook over an open fire (except at a campground), but I do plan on improving that skill.  This time I wanted to cover a very basic recipe for an item most of us keep in our emergency […]

If You Haven’t Started Preparing by Now

I was chatting with the owner of our neighborhood pizza restaurant last night when he switched subjects and told me he was fearful of the the future of his business.   We are not close friends, he knows me as the regular customer who normally orders the same pizza special with coupons.   He said he no longer sees his lunch and dinner time regulars and orders from company catered lunches have all but disappeared.  He is now barely breaking even.  But […]

Preparedness Habits I’ve Acquired

In the year of becoming interested in preparedness and starting this site, I picked up a few habits: Acquire a few emergency items each time I shop For everyday commonly used items, we now go by “Two is one and one is none.”  I get anxious when only one is left of a commonly used item so I no longer wait to resupply. Fill up the gas tank as soon as it is half full.  I used to let the […]

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