Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps plus news and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.
For the past few weeks, I have been purchasing this and that and stashing the items in a closed off room. Who has not done that from time to time? This week I decided it was time to start putting things in their proper place so that is what I did. It probably took more time to organize after the fact than if I had done it from the get go but heck, at least it is done.
Here are some the preps that arrived by Mr. UPS recently:
Mobile Washer: I use the mobile washer at my Washington home weekly for one thing or another. It is especially useful for pre-washing messy grimy rags. Alas, I left it there so I need another one for my desert home.
50 feet of paracord: I have paracord in all of my emergency kits but wanted some to use around the house. This stuff is so useful for so many things. See 44 Fantastic Uses of Paracord for Prepping and Survival.
Another Ultra Fire Mini Cree: These are cheap, sturdy flashlights (usually less than $4) and you can never have enough.
2 cans of instant milk and a “milk mixing pitcher”: The pitcher was a bonus so I basically got it for free. I needed the milk to add to my DIY Biscuit Mix and also as an addition to my food storage pantry.
Large bottle of red food coloring: This is used to periodically test that the black filters in my Royal Berkey are working properly. This huge bottle was only slightly more than the cost of a tiny bottle at the supermarket. When is the last time you performed a red food dye test on your Berkey>
Mini LED flashlights: I am adding these mini LED flashlights to all of my key rings Note that I am replacing the included rings with my own that are fashioned from tie wrap (also called zip ties). I was lucky enough to find these red mini-LED flashlights for the same price as the black ones(about $4 for all 10).
In addition to these items, I picked up another 25 pounds of pintos and 25 pounds of white rice at Costco. And finally, I found large box of matches for $1 at, where else? The Dollar Store.
Still left to do are packaging of the beans and rice, and also filling those 2 large, 160 gallon water tanks I purchased last month.
That about covers it for me this week, prep-wise. Now for a few announcements.
Current Backdoor Survival Giveaways
Before I list this week’s giveaways, I want to remind you to check your email (and your spam folder) to see if you have won last week’s giveaway. I am seeing some familiar names show up as winners and yet not getting confirmation within the allotted 48 hour period.
Another way to check is to go to the giveaway article and check the Rafflecopter. Once selected (and it is a random process), the winners are displayed.
Okay then. In case you missed them, here is what is up for grabs this week.
With all giveaways, winners are notified by email and have 48 hours to claim their prize or an alternate will be selected. Once selected, the names of winners are also displayed in the Rafflecopter on the original giveaway article. This usually happens on the Thursday or Friday following the end of the giveaway.
If you are a subscriber (meaning you get email updates), be sure to check your email after 3PM Pacific on Sunday. You will be receiving a fresh copy of my recently revised “Emergency Food Buyers Guide”.
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The Final Word
With Thanksgiving coming up, we are all very busy so I am going to keep things short this week. On Thursday, Shelly and I are going to spend a quiet day alone, cooking, eating, and enjoying a glass or two of the sparkly.
What about you? How will you be spending Thanksgiving?
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Bargain Bin: For your convenience, here are the items mentioned in today’s Survival Buzz.
10 Pack Mini LED Flashlights: 10 mini flashlights on a key ring including button batteries. I happen to like a more sturdy ring so I remove the one that comes with and use a small bit of tie-wrap instead. The included battery seemingly lasts forever and at this price, you can stash them in the car, purse, pocket, tool box and by the circuit breaker box, and still have some left over for other uses.
As of this writing, all 10 are under $4.00 in red and even less in black. Shipping is free.
McCormick Food Coloring, Red, 16-Ounce: The price for this huge bottle of red food coloring was just a dollar more than a one ounce bottle at the local grocery store. If you have a Berkey Black filter system, be sure to include red food coloring in your survival pantry.
Mobile Washer: I love my mobile washer which serves as a hand operated washing machine. Like a plunger, it uses a technique of pushing and pulling the water through clothes to clean them well without wearing them out. It uses a minimum of water and less soap due to the agitation motion. Use in a bucket (5-gallon suggested), sink or tub.
UltraFire Mini Cree LED Flashlight: FAVORITE! At the time of this writing, this one is only $3.09 with free shipping. It is super mini sized, bright and waterproof. Plus, it uses a single, standard AA sized battery.
Paracord Planet Type III Nylon Paracord: An ideal all-around utility cord in the field, paracord is tough and long lasting. It is made from 550-pound test nylon and features a seven-strand core for maximum strength. Also, it is manufactured in the United States. Note that some colors may be more expensive than others.
For my personal food storage, I have recently purchased a large supply Legacy freeze-dried food from Buy Emergency Foods. I did so for these reasons:
- I have confidence that their food products are sourced from the USA
- They are 100% GMO free plus there are 100% Gluten-Free options
- Pound per pound, and calorie per calorie, BEF delivers the best value out there
- Every single order, regardless of size, is shipped free
Over the next couple of months, I will be sharing some taste tests so that you can see for yourself how Buy Emergency Foods stands out as one of the best values out there in food storage.
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