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{ Preparedness: Sense of Direction – Real Life }

Photo Credit: The Ad Council, FEMA

One prevailing thought came to mind when I looked closely at the picture... USAToday's Story:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/08/25/fema-launches-push-for-family-emergency-communication-plans/14348855/ I remember working in the telecommunication field when Hurricane Andrew hit FL in 1992. (reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Andrew) We had teams of people on the ground in FL, working on communications, who were reporting back to us folks simply wandering around trying to find where their house once stood. Think about that for a second. There were … [Read more...]

{ New Home for the new Chicks! }

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This is not your typical "chicken tractor" by any means because my husband and I like to use and re-purpose a lot! Last year, this structure made of hog panels, served us well as a green house, but we outgrew it! Back in April 2014, I decided I wanted Golden Comet hens for large brown egg laying purposes and bought 12 for $3.75 each. We had them in a short small run that we normally use for Cornish X hens (the meat bird) but they have now outgrown that structure. So, today, finally, they were introduced to their new home! The structure itself is hog panels bended, with a few wood … [Read more...]

{ Drug Store Reward Cards – Why I DON’T use them! }}

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A friend of mine approached me the other day with the "perfect idea to save money and stock-up" and then she hit me with the punch line. She shows me a very successful "couponing website and her newly acquired Reward Cards from the THREE major DRUG STORES! I threw my head back and said, "You're kidding me right?" Solemn faced... she replies, "Oh, no... I'm going to save to more these cards than you've ever dreamed of and although you did write an e-book on this and have researched it - you're research is wrong!" Hmmm, I thought to myself but didn't go into my dissertation at that … [Read more...]

Kerr Canning Jars – my Facts

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Facts and numbers don't lie, do we agree? If you have facts and you have numbers that are unaltered, then you have a pretty solid idea of what to do and what not to do. My own advice will be my new found pretense with canning jars!   I hate failure and I hate it more when I've spent time prepping the product that goes into a jar just to find this when I open the canner! Ok, granted the potatoes were not all strewn about in the bottom of the canner as soon as I opened it;  but as soon as I grabbed the jar with the tong thingy's ... the suction on the bottom of jar gave way … [Read more...]

Canning Lid Cost & Stocking Up

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This time of year for me means canning the seasons harvest. I had stocked up on some lids, jars, and bands but then found myself running low on lids. Over the last couple of years I had accumulated lots of jars and bands but I was low on lids. One time use lids - I only use 1 time, as suggested, although many folks use these time and time again. I'd rather be safe than sorry so I still only use them once. Anyway... I realized I was running out of lids... so I purchased some from Lehmans.com - 288 wide mouth lids for a total (with shipping) of .27 each or $76.90 total. As a price … [Read more...]

Shortages/Price Increases and Paper Products 2014

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I'm reading a lot in the news about potential food shortages due to various areas experiencing droughts and the pig virus that killed off a percentage of meat this year. Not to mention chickens, are by "head count." being produced less - but they are weighing more, which is suppose to off set the decrease in head count produced. Which is suppose to offset the balance of supply-and-demand from the consumer. However; I've always been one to watch weekly prices on everyday items we all use. Paper products seem to be increase as fast as fuel prices! In November, 2013 I made my last big … [Read more...]

Tips from PreparednessPro.com (good stuff)

I caught these on my Youtube feed and wanted to share in case you missed them. This one is a frugal tip: And this one is a food storage tip: I use both in our frugal lifestyle and food storage techniques!   … [Read more...]

10,000 sq ft to 32 in 12 months!

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One area of prepping that I love is the garden - the stores from the garden - and getting my hands dirty! The picture to the left is one of our gardens in 2013. The second picture is the other garden spot and with the two, we planted roughly 10,000 sq ft of crops.   Unfortunately, 2013 was a bust for us - minus the fact we were able to harvest cabbage, lettuce, onions, and potatoes from the 2013 growing cycle. In our area, we were hit with 60" of rain between June and September last year and that pretty well washed-out/drowned all the crops. 2014 growing season didn't start … [Read more...]