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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

More About Prepping

Most preppers have a definite political view, not necessarily the same point of view. Some prep because of their religion, some prep to save money, and some prep in the event of a natural disaster. I do it to save money and in case of a natural disaster. In my old house, I did not have a lot of cabinet space, but I did have a space between the refrigerator and my back door to put in a cabinet that faces out sideways. The canned goods that were in there, got us through Katrina after the meat in the freezer had gone bad. The easiest way to figure out what you need, is write down what you eat for two weeks or a month. Then write down all that you need to make those items right down to the spices and multiply that by how many times you eat them in a month and then by the months you want to have stocked up. If you are buying off the shelf at a warehouse club or supermarket, check the expiration date. Some canned goods are only good for six months at a time. You don't have to have a garden to prep but it does help. Grow what you eat! It is easy to be lured into trying something different and exotic...try one, not 10 or 20. If everyone loves it, plant more next year. You can store in small spaces. I saw on a blog how a woman made a nice vanity table in her bedroom and once you lifted up the skirt? You guessed it, cans! You don't need 30 sets of sheets, stock up on you vitamins, shampoo, toothpaste, etc. on linen closet shelves. Bed Risers are popular which are stands that you put your bed on for more room underneath. Don't forget first aid kits, I would buy what you want in it separately and store it all in a toolbox or fishing box. The ready made kits are a little wimpy and you have to be careful that the stuff that is in there isn't already expired when you buy them. Feeling overwhelmed?? One week you can stock up on one item then move on to the next item the next week. After a few weeks stock up on two items at a time. Always rotate, new goes to the back of the shelf, date everything with a sharpie as you put it away if it will help you remember. There is a lot I'm not including right now, but there will be future posts.

1 comment:

Ken said...

...good tips,hell why yer at it,buy a multi-pak of sharpies...we've worn out a few...lol

...we recently bought a few of those plastic snap lid totes(various sizes)find 'em on sale,buy the good ones,i've 'blown out' some of the cheaper ones...

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