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KingGlamis

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Expanding your prep to the real world...
« on: November 17, 2021, 07:46:25 pm »
I think it's important to remember we don't  just prep for the SHTF but we also must prep for worsening supplies at retail stores. Most of us have food, water, guns, ammo, medical supplies, flashlights, batteries, etc. And thanks to 2020 we now have plenty of toilet paper. But do you have deodorant? Shampoo? Tooth paste? Q-tips? Razors to shave with? Super Glue? Tape? Gun oil? Epoxy? Paper towels? Pens or pencils, paper? Gasoline? Oil for your car? Solar panels? Solar battery chargers?
Feel free to add to the list...

Also, are you prepared to barter some of those things? Good idea to have lots and lots of items that can be bartered once money is worthless. And it doesn't take societal collapse for money to be worthless. In the middle of a natural disaster or the middle of social unrest, money is likely to be worthless. That could happen tonight.

Here's a tip, the next time you need something and can't find it, ask yourself if that item needs to be added to your preps. I did so recently with eye drops. Couldn't find any, ordered several to add to my preps.
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    Re: Expanding your prep to the real world...
    « Reply #1 on: November 18, 2021, 08:57:42 am »
    I would add a solar generator to the list. With panels you can have a decent backup when there are no others. I think the one thing we really lack in our stash are antibiotics and other basic hygiene items like toothpaste, deodorant, floss etc. All important to stash away.

    I do have one resource I have used in the past and all of the books are free to download. Check out:  http://www.survivorlibrary.com/index.php/library-download
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    Re: Expanding your prep to the real world...
    « Reply #2 on: November 18, 2021, 09:41:53 am »
    i would add health. Invest in your health over items. I see alot of overweight and medicated "firearms" enthusiasts that buy all this shit but havent exercised in years.
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    Re: Expanding your prep to the real world...
    « Reply #3 on: November 18, 2021, 10:00:07 am »
    All good points to consider.  We have covered a lot of this ground before in our archived threads but it is good to have it out on the table for discussion considering the number of new members lately.

    This being Arizona, we can't get around the fact that water is probably the number one thing we all take for granted.  None of us will live long without it and if you don't have it THAT generally becomes your overriding concern.  Two things that must be done are figuring out how much you and your family absolutely need to survive and figuring out how much you are actually using to live your life normally today.  If you have never lived without the ability to provide more water than you can carry it is an eye opener. 
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    Re: Expanding your prep to the real world...
    « Reply #4 on: November 18, 2021, 07:27:25 pm »
    i would add health. Invest in your health over items. I see alot of overweight and medicated "firearms" enthusiasts that buy all this shit but havent exercised in years.

    I agree. I walk a minimum of 3 miles a day but over the last two years my average has been over 5 miles a day. I'm not trying to preach by saying this, but I feel amazingly better than before I started walking every day. Plus my job involves physical labor every day. It makes a huge difference than just being a couch potato.
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    Re: Expanding your prep to the real world...
    « Reply #5 on: November 19, 2021, 05:25:25 am »
    We have a pantry and a closet for this kind of stuff.  Need Toothpaste?  It's in the pantry - go get it.  Put Toothpaste on the list and restock the pantry next time you are at the store.  It's like having a small convenience store in the house.  We got there by the same methodology.  Any time we couldn't get something it got added to the inventory.

    Another thing that helps with this is Extreme Coupon-ing. </announcer voice with reverb>
    There are a few sites and forums dedicated to it that will help out but if you use coupons, sometimes you can get 12 deodorants for less than you normally pay for a 2-pack.  When we got started building our reserves up 15 years ago, we got into this a little bit and very lightly.  But there is a robust community that supports each other through the process out there.  I think it cost us next to nil to get out stocks up, and in cases where we bought so much it would go bad before we could rotate through it, we traded with others or gave it to neighbors to get their stocks up.
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    Re: Expanding your prep to the real world...
    « Reply #6 on: November 19, 2021, 04:28:41 pm »
    I bought a case of 100 (i think) bic lighters for trading.  Also i picked up a bunch of dehydrated water for emergencies. It's pretty sweet... i just add water. 😁
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    Re: Expanding your prep to the real world...
    « Reply #7 on: November 20, 2021, 07:19:02 am »
    An item not many think of is condiments in single use packets. Salt, pepper, mustard, ketchup, BBQ sauce, hot sauce, soy sauce and a lot more in single use packets. Condiments in bottles will go bad if not refrigerated after opening. The single use packets don't require refrigeration. Spices and condiments will keep the rations from being bland and tasteless. You can also grab a handful when you go to a fast food joint.
    Also yellow mustard is good on light burns.
    We stock a lot of spice and herbs in large jars. The Dollar stores have SMALL jars of spices and herbs which would be good for trading at a much lower price than the markets. 2 oz of black pepper corns $1. Small sealed jars will trade a lot better than large jars. The pepper corns will last a long time but you need a grinder. They also have a lot of good 1st aid items.
    « Last Edit: November 20, 2021, 07:21:14 am by JT »

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