Economic news is so grim I want to go on a shopping spree to prep! What a crummy time for my husband to be unemployed, when I want to prep.
-I got a bag of charcoal for free when I bought sausage for dinner. I already have some heavy-duty tinfoil, and I finally got my hands on an empty copy-paper box so I can make an outdoor oven, I need to find a few wire hangers to finish up collecting supplies for making an outdoor oven. I don't think I'm going to make it right now, just put the materials together. Here's some examples.
-I got 50 pounds of chicken feed FOR FREE! I asked at the feed store if they had any ripped bags that I could buy for a discount, and he gave me two 25# bags!! Gotta check more frequently!
-I want to get our propane tank filled soon, although when I think about how little meat we eat, I think I can leave that task for "last." I really do want to fill my 5-gal gasoline can. I'd like to be able to keep the car's gas tank full, and also keep the 5-gallon in the garage (rotating it out, of course). Five gallons is better than nothing, I guess. Gas here fell to $2.55. When I started driving, gas was always .79, .89, or .99 for premium. Those were the days!
-I felt really productive when I tackled my pantry with a stack of empty cardboard boxes. I put one of each staple food in a box (oatmeal, flour, sugar, beans, rice and macaroni). Now, instead of dunes of Mylar bags, I have them ready to use, give, or go. Getting them out of piles and into boxes makes my pantry and my mind alot more clear. I can see progress and quantity instead of disaster and mess.
Making a "shopping spree" list when I have little to no money really makes me weigh the value of each item. Here's my wishlist:
- 2 55 gallon drums for water
- 3 15 gallon drums for water (more transportable size)
- 2 12-inch loaf pans
- 3 seed packages from Everlasting Seeds (half off for disabled vets!)
- another set of Berkey water filters
- my sustainable living/prepper book wishlist
- fruit trees/strawberry plants/garlic bulbs
I really want to beef up my medical supplies. I was reading on some mother/ community leader epidemic-prepper website and there is a lot more I can do besides having an unopened Motrin, some Gatorade, and a 12-pack of ginger ale.
- N95 masks
- 1st aid supplies
- iodine tablets
- suture kit
Since this is a wishlist, I'd like to jump off the deep end of reality for most people and bite the bullet and say that I'd love to get
- 6 mos of staple foods (oatmeal, flour, sugar, beans, rice and macaroni) from the LDS food storage
- 50 large (5-gal) Mylar bags for staples
- 4 55 gallon drums for storing staples
If I was able to compile all this before TSHTF I would feel successful.
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