Fertilizing Container Gardens: A Beginner’s Guide

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When you’re new to growing vegetables and herbs in pots, figuring out the how, when, and what of fertilizing container gardens can feel overwhelming. This article is the second in a three-part series that offers a beginner-friendly guide to feeding your potted edibles.

In part 1 of the series, I talk about fertilizing basics, including the special challenges plants face when growing in containers and why feeding them is essential to their health.

This article, part 2 of the series, provides my four-part recommendation for fertilizing and offers three sample schedules you can follow depending on the plants you’re growing and your gardening goals.

Part 3 of the series is designed to give you in-depth information about the four types of fertilizers and supplements: liquid fertilizers, liquid supplements, granular fertilizers, and granular supplements.

A 4-Part Recommendation for Fertilizing Container-Grown Vegetables and Herbs

All of the following recommendations can easily be classified into one of four main categories:

  1. Liquid fertilization
  2. Liquid supplements
  3. Granular fertilization
  4. Granular supplements

For a basic beginner’s approach, you can get by doing only the first one, liquid fertilization. I think this is the bare minimum if you want to grow healthy food in a pot.

If you’re overwhelmed by this information, or if you’re just too busy to fuss with it, simply pick up a bottle of liquid organic fertilizer and start there.

That alone will probably take care of most of your problems, and greatly improve the quantity and quality of the food you grow.

An ideal fertilization regimen for container plants would include all four of these categories. If you have a special baby in a container, do all four. Your plant will thank you for it.

I do all four of these for some edibles that I grow in pots—especially fruit-intensive plants like tomatoes.

There are a few key exceptions that I’ll talk about below.

As you learn more, you’ll figure out which bits and pieces are most important for different plants, for different problems, and for different uses.

  • When I first noticed the visual difference in my aloe plants after they got a handful of mineral sand, something clicked, and I haven’t planted aloes without trace minerals since.
  • When I saw how much resin accumulated on a calendula plant that grew in a tomato pot with regular high-potassium fertilizer, something clicked, and now I always use high-potassium fertilizer on calendula.
  • When I first saw the visual difference in my strawberries after they were treated with liquid seaweed, something clicked again. I don’t grow strawberries anymore, but if I see someone else’s strawberries suffering, I know that a little liquid seaweed will probably fix them right up.

This is the learning curve, and with each new experiment, you’ll add another piece to the puzzle.

Schedules for Container Plant Fertilization

As I said above, I think the best basic, beginner’s plan for fertilizing container plants is to use a simple, well-balanced, organic liquid fertilizer. There is more information on specific fertilizers below.

The Basic Schedule

Regarding the schedule for using fertilizers, I generally would recommend one application every two weeks.

So, a basic schedule would look like this:

  • Week 1: Liquid fertilizer
  • Week 2: Skip
  • Week 3: Liquid fertilizer
  • Week 4: Skip
  • Repeat indefinitely

An Intermediate Schedule for Certain Situations

If I notice that the soil smells off in a certain pot, I will often apply aerobic compost tea to restore healthy microbial life to the container. I apply this on the off weeks when I am not giving liquid fertilizer.

If I am growing a crop that specifically appreciates some liquid seaweed, like strawberries, or leafy spring greens that have survived into the heat of summer, I will also apply the seaweed on the off weeks.

So, an intermediate schedule might look like this:

  • Week 1: Liquid fertilizer
  • Week 2: Liquid supplement
  • Week 3: Liquid fertilizer
  • Week 4: Liquid supplement
  • Repeat indefinitely

An Advanced Schedule for Special Plants

If I am growing tomatoes in a pot, I go all out. I use all four categories, and I give the plants everything in my arsenal to ensure a healthy life and a good yield.

An advanced schedule for special plants would look something like this:

  • At planting: Granular fertilizer and granular supplements
  • Week 1 after planting: Skip
  • Week 2 after planting: Liquid supplements
  • Week 3 after planting: Liquid fertilizer
  • Continue to alternate a week of liquid supplements and a week of liquid fertilizer until fruit set, then:
  • At fruit set: Granular fertilizer and granular supplements
  • Week 1 after fruit set: Skip
  • Week 2 after fruit set: Liquid supplements
  • Week 3 after fruit set: Liquid fertilizer and liquid supplements
  • Continue applying liquid fertilizer and liquid supplements each week until the end of the growing season.

Any time I’m applying a lot of fertilizer and supplements, as in the example above, I cut back on the dilution strength of the liquids and the volume of the granular. The general idea is to give less, more often.

A Few Key Exceptions

I distinguish between leafy annuals and woody perennials in my fertilization schedules.

Some woody perennial plants don’t appreciate the extra nutrients, and you can cause more harm than good by overdoing it with regular fertilization.

Woody herbs like rosemary and lavender are especially sensitive to this. I fertilize rosemary about half as often as I fertilize other plants, and I fertilize lavender rarely if ever.

Blueberries benefit from special treatment in a container. They love seaweed, iron, and acidity. Watering with vinegar is beneficial here. Give your potted blueberries some extra love and they will pay you back with plenty of tasty berries.

When I’m growing tomatoes in a pot, as I said above, I go all out. I use everything in my arsenal to get the plant as productive as possible. I normally don’t worry about burning plants with too much fertilizer, because I only use mild organic fertilizers and I dilute them well. In this case, however, I always keep a close eye on the leaf margins to make sure that I am not overdoing it with the tomatoes.

 

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(This is an updated version of a post that was originally published in October 2015.)

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Wondering How Many Pounds Are in a 5 Gallon Bucket?

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Ever wonder how many pounds are in a 5 gallon bucket of rice? Knowing how many cans or buckets to buy of a given food storage item can be confusing. Often, food storage calculators recommend so many pounds per person of different foods, but those same foods are usually sold in gallons and cans, not by the pound. Read here and use the included printable to learn how many pounds of some common food storage items are inside the containers in which they are normally sold.

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Wondering how many pounds are in a 5 gallon bucket?

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Everyone involved in food storage has wondered at one time or another – “How many pounds are in a 5 gallon bucket?” How many pounds of wheat? Of oats? Of sugar? Beans? If you haven’t asked yourself how many pounds are in a 5 gallon bucket – or a #10 can for that matter, you […]

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The Weinstein Saga

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THE HARVEY WEINSTEIN SAGA
[Nyerges is a teacher, and author of such books at “How to Survive Anywhere,” “Til Death Do Us Part?”, “Extreme Simplicity: Homesteading in the City,” and others. He can be reached at www.SchoolofSelf-Reliance.com, or Box 41834, Eagle Rock, CA 90041]
The Harvey Weinstein saga was the opening salvo in what can be described as the latest Pandora’s Box to be opened for public viewing.  Why now? Who knows? The timing was right, apparently, and the pendulum has swung – in a good direction.
I’ve had many discussions in the past month as revelation after revelation has come forth, almost at a dizzying speed. The nature of this particular Pandora’s Box is unique, and it has ignited deep-felt discussions by both men and women.  I’ve had discussions with just men, just women, and with mixed groups.  I’d like to share some of my observations.
First, by whatever divine timing occurs to allow such nasties to be revealed, it is clear that women have had enough!  Women everywhere know how they have been treated for so long, almost automatically, and they want it to end. After all, let’s face it — the world is largely run by men, and many of them haven’t gotten used to the idea of a woman in the work place which is his equal, and should be respected as such.  Or, the men who have been running things for so long have come to expect – even demand – certain perks from the women who are part of their solar system. 
Once, many years ago while having lunch with my mentor at the time, he noted that I glanced over at a very attractive woman in the next booth over. My mentor said nothing at first. Then, in a short while, he said, “Most men have no clue how hard it is to be a beautiful and attractive woman.”  He did not specify the woman that I  had glanced at, but let’s just say that she had all the assets that a man seems to not be able to not stare at.   “Imagine if you  were such a woman,” he continued.  “All day long, men would whistle at you, yell at you, taunt you, and they would interpret your every move as a flirt or an invitation to them.”   Honestly, I’d never quite thought about it that way before. I’d figured, as a male, that it would be quite awesome to be the most attractive woman in the room where every guy wanted to… well, you know.
My mentor continued.  “The curse of being highly attractive is that it is nearly impossible for most men to see beyond your body, and get to know the person inside.” I had to admit that was true. Sad, but true. 
In our recent Weinstein-related discussions, most of the women were a bit surprised when I declared that nearly all men are natural predators, and that they have to work hard to overcome their animal nature. Women are not that way, and so they are too often surprised when a man’s animal nature strikes.  That’s no excuse for the man, of course – it’s just a fact.
I found it interesting that not a single man challenged my assertion that nearly all men are predators.  Why? Because they are men!  They know what it is like to be inside a man’s body. 
I was asked if I thought any of these women were lying with their sexual allegations.  I said no, I didn’t think so.  I mean, maybe there are one or two exaggerations, but I didn’t see any reason for deceit in this matter.  One man asked me, “Well, don’t you think it’s odd that some of them waited 30 years to speak up?”  No, I didn’t find that unusual at all. After all, if you lived in an environment where you had to prove something happened, you would end up in the so-called he-said-she-said situation, where it could not be decided by a court who was lying or telling the truth. So why would any woman under such difficult situations bother to again put herself through the wringer of the courts?  I believe most of the women.  The timing was right and they are speaking up, saying, I didn’t like what you did to me. I did not consent. What you did was wrong.
And men should really sit up and listen.  A woman does not like a man to push himself on her. A woman who rejects a man (for whatever reason) is not playing “hard to get.”  Guys, get over it. If the woman does not care for you, keep  your hands to yourself and move along smartly. The world is a very big place.  Remember, it is always the woman who chooses in a relationship.  Get that into your head.
The Weinstein saga has brought up a lot of touchy issues, some of which will probably not be resolved any time soon.  For example, there are some who want to revisit some of Bill Clinton’s sexual allegations. But, they aren’t interested in Bill’s extramarital affairs – something that occurred between two consenting adults and therefore only their own business – but only in cases where Clinton forced himself on a woman, and used his power to influence her to do something she did not want to do.
As since the beginning of time, men like women, women like men, and we all need each other, as friends, partners, and associates.  Learn to give the respect that you want and expect others to give of you.
These are some of the things that my friends and I discussed.  I think it’s good that the cat came out of the bag, and I hope that we might see positive changes in the male-female relationships of our society as a result.

The Weinstein Saga

THE HARVEY WEINSTEIN SAGA
[Nyerges is a teacher, and author of such books at “How to Survive Anywhere,” “Til Death Do Us Part?”, “Extreme Simplicity: Homesteading in the City,” and others. He can be reached at www.SchoolofSelf-Reliance.com, or Box 41834, Eagle Rock, CA 90041]
The Harvey Weinstein saga was the opening salvo in what can be described as the latest Pandora’s Box to be opened for public viewing.  Why now? Who knows? The timing was right, apparently, and the pendulum has swung – in a good direction.
I’ve had many discussions in the past month as revelation after revelation has come forth, almost at a dizzying speed. The nature of this particular Pandora’s Box is unique, and it has ignited deep-felt discussions by both men and women.  I’ve had discussions with just men, just women, and with mixed groups.  I’d like to share some of my observations.
First, by whatever divine timing occurs to allow such nasties to be revealed, it is clear that women have had enough!  Women everywhere know how they have been treated for so long, almost automatically, and they want it to end. After all, let’s face it — the world is largely run by men, and many of them haven’t gotten used to the idea of a woman in the work place which is his equal, and should be respected as such.  Or, the men who have been running things for so long have come to expect – even demand – certain perks from the women who are part of their solar system. 
Once, many years ago while having lunch with my mentor at the time, he noted that I glanced over at a very attractive woman in the next booth over. My mentor said nothing at first. Then, in a short while, he said, “Most men have no clue how hard it is to be a beautiful and attractive woman.”  He did not specify the woman that I  had glanced at, but let’s just say that she had all the assets that a man seems to not be able to not stare at.   “Imagine if you  were such a woman,” he continued.  “All day long, men would whistle at you, yell at you, taunt you, and they would interpret your every move as a flirt or an invitation to them.”   Honestly, I’d never quite thought about it that way before. I’d figured, as a male, that it would be quite awesome to be the most attractive woman in the room where every guy wanted to… well, you know.
My mentor continued.  “The curse of being highly attractive is that it is nearly impossible for most men to see beyond your body, and get to know the person inside.” I had to admit that was true. Sad, but true. 
In our recent Weinstein-related discussions, most of the women were a bit surprised when I declared that nearly all men are natural predators, and that they have to work hard to overcome their animal nature. Women are not that way, and so they are too often surprised when a man’s animal nature strikes.  That’s no excuse for the man, of course – it’s just a fact.
I found it interesting that not a single man challenged my assertion that nearly all men are predators.  Why? Because they are men!  They know what it is like to be inside a man’s body. 
I was asked if I thought any of these women were lying with their sexual allegations.  I said no, I didn’t think so.  I mean, maybe there are one or two exaggerations, but I didn’t see any reason for deceit in this matter.  One man asked me, “Well, don’t you think it’s odd that some of them waited 30 years to speak up?”  No, I didn’t find that unusual at all. After all, if you lived in an environment where you had to prove something happened, you would end up in the so-called he-said-she-said situation, where it could not be decided by a court who was lying or telling the truth. So why would any woman under such difficult situations bother to again put herself through the wringer of the courts?  I believe most of the women.  The timing was right and they are speaking up, saying, I didn’t like what you did to me. I did not consent. What you did was wrong.
And men should really sit up and listen.  A woman does not like a man to push himself on her. A woman who rejects a man (for whatever reason) is not playing “hard to get.”  Guys, get over it. If the woman does not care for you, keep  your hands to yourself and move along smartly. The world is a very big place.  Remember, it is always the woman who chooses in a relationship.  Get that into your head.
The Weinstein saga has brought up a lot of touchy issues, some of which will probably not be resolved any time soon.  For example, there are some who want to revisit some of Bill Clinton’s sexual allegations. But, they aren’t interested in extramarital affairs – something that occurred between two consenting adults and therefore is their own business – but only in cases where Clinton forced himself on a woman, and used his power to influence her to do something she did not want to do.
As since the beginning of time, men like women, women like men, and we all need each other, as friends, partners, and associates.  Learn to give the respect that you want and expect others to give of you.
These are some of the things that my friends and I discussed.  I think it’s good that the cat came out of the bag, and I hope that we might see positive changes in the male-females relationships of our society as a result.

Weekly Watchman & Current Events – November 27, 2017

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This weekly post provides you with a select section of Current Events and Prophecy Update videos from current prophecy teachers. Be prayerful and line everything up against the Word of God.

But when these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is near!  Luke 21:28 HCSB

Disclaimer: I don’t agree with everything I post here.  However, I try to keep an open mind and definitely don’t want to be like the religious leaders of Jesus’ day that had the Son of God right in front of them, but didn’t recognize Him because He didn’t come the way they thought He would come!  Stay Alert!

In this week’s WW:

  • John Haller’s Prophecy Update “Many Earthquakes” – 11/26/17
  • Jacob Prasch THIS WEEK IN PROPHECY – 11/25/17
  • Amir Tsarfati – Update from the Israeli-Syrian border – 11/26/17
  • JD Farag – Mid-East Prophecy Update – 11/26/17
  • Jason A – The Biggest Lie in America! (2017-2018)
  • Calvary Melbourne Australia – WE ARE LIVING IN PERILOUS TIMES– 11/26/17

 

John Haller’s Prophecy Update “Many Earthquakes” – 11/26/17

 

Jacob Prasch THIS WEEK IN PROPHECY – 11/25/17

 

Amir Tsarfati – Update from the Israeli-Syrian border – 11/26/17

 

JD Farag – Mid-East Prophecy Update – 11/26/17

 

Jason A – The Biggest Lie in America! (2017-2018)

 

Calvary Melbourne Australia – WE ARE LIVING IN PERILOUS TIMES– 11/26/17

 

Peace
Todd

4 Tips to Prevent Sleep Deprivation during an Emergency

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When the world is crumbling around you, sleep may not seem so important. However, if you don’t pay attention to your body and its needs, you’ll end up dehydrated, weakened and/or sleep deprived. And we can all agree that there’s not much you can do in this state! […]

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“But Wild Food Is…”

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I lecture on wild food frequently, discussing various issues that concern this subject to a wide variety of people. For years, the information was received with interest and people appreciated learning about this part of our collective human history and what wild food can mean for human and ecosystem health. In the last year or so, there has been an increasing number of criticisms about the message of wild food. While these arguments center on important social issues, they are representative of a broader narrative that has become very pervasive and sometimes applied to topics that may not be core to the subject of privilege and power. In fact, it has become customary to disparage anyone who does not demonstrate perfect agreement with all arguments against those assumed to be in power—regardless of the intentions and merits of the arguments presented.

Here, I suggest that views linking wild food to power and privilege have, perhaps, been taken too far by those who seek social accountability. The two most frequently raised arguments are as follows.

1. “But Wild Food is Not Abundant Enough to Feed the World.”

That’s correct, the world is too populated and the wild places too fragmented to feed the entire world strictly on a wild food diet, even though anatomically modern humans consumed wild food exclusively for ca. 315,000 years (i.e., for over 97 percent of our time on this earth). Despite the fact that agricultural and industrial societies consistently degrade the land base through over-population and poor ecological practices, many believe cultivation and animal husbandry are the only strategies that should be used to feed the world’s population. Let’s discuss this idea a bit further.
I generally answer this concern (regarding the abundance of wild food) by noting that there is also not enough organically raised food to feed the earth’s population; however, no one is suggesting we should stop growing organic produce.

Why?

For them, agriculture is our cultural norm—and they always start from this context when discussing food availability (rather than our species’ biological norm—wild food). Because there is not enough undomesticated food does not mean those who can procure it should cease doing so. In fairness, this would mean that some hunter-gatherers would have to stop eating their ancestral diet (though, in general, the indigenous are considered to have rights to local wild foods, but other people living in the same area are not). It would also mean that those of us living in industrialized countries do not get to consume some of the only foods that leave the forests standing, the prairies untilled, and the marshes filled with water. The conscientious gathering of wild foods does not degrade landscapes.

Keep in mind, this argument could be used on a variety of scales. Should those who practice permaculture (a strategy that also cannot feed the entire world) consider ceasing their craft? Likewise, are there enough pumpkins to feed the world? Of course not, but some people still grow these foods and make them available to those who can pay without criticism. It may be important to offer here that there are not enough computers or iPhones for all the world to have one (but we are sure to keep such devices for waging our social concerns).

2. “But Wild Food is a Privilege.”

No, it is not. It is a birthright, one (unfortunately) that very few people today get to experience. It is the biologically appropriate diet of Homo sapiens, and without it, people experience a host of chronic diseases (e.g., cardiovascular disease, obesity, cancer, diabetes, neurovascular disease, depression, digestive disorders) that were essentially absent in populations who consumed wild food (i.e., in hunter-gatherers). Because only some people can now acquire wild food, as any proportion of their diet, it is considered a social privilege by those who do not fully explore the topic at hand. By assuming wild food is a privilege, it can be regarded as something no one should have access to unless everyone has access to it.

Let’s us use a comparison to understand how this argument (that wild food is a privilege) might not be well-supported. Breast milk is the biologically normal food for a human infant (and, in part, for toddlers and young children). However, for a variety of reasons, many children are not breastfed. Approximately 19% of children (according to the most recent CDC breastfeeding report card) are not breastfed in the United States, and, instead, receive some type of formula through a bottle. Formula feeding has a variety of impacts, including an increased incidence of leukemia in people who received this form of nutrition as an infant (see below). Breastfeeding is sometimes influenced by education level, income bracket, ethnicity, and nutritional status of the mom. For example, poorer moms may need to work soon after birth and are not available to breastfeed their infants or pay for a breast pump, malnourished moms do not always produce adequate milk, and some minority women don’t breastfeed because they believe it creates the image of being poor. These issues mean that breastfeeding could be regarded (by those seeking to create a negative label) as a privilege of the wealthier people of European decent. Now, the manner in which human infants have always been fed can be considered a privilege (i.e., provided a negative label).

Using the breastfeeding example one more time, it can help illustrate an important concept in this entire discussion: historical normalcy. Recently, an article was published with the title of “Breastfed children have slightly lower risk of childhood leukemia”. The study demonstrated a 14–19% decreased risk of pediatric leukemia in breastfed babies. You may have missed how this title distorts the idea that humans have a biological norm. Breastfeeding is how Homo sapiens have always fed their infants (until quite recently). To create the image that breastfeeding has benefit misses the point entirely. It isn’t that breastfeeding has benefit, it is that deviating from our ancestral patterns has detriment. The title should have read “formula-fed children have a slightly higher risk of childhood leukemia”. We should start from the perspective of our biological standard, and then discuss deviations from this. Titles worded like this provide evidence of contemporary humans not understanding the ancestral context and how it relates to our health. Likewise, arguments that consider wild food to be a privilege fail to grasp this is how humans have nourished themselves and their offspring for most of our existence. It is not a privilege to consume wild food—it is the re-establishment of our natural diet.

I understand that many people, for various reasons, cannot consume wild food. I truly wish this were different. However, the way we view many issues is becoming harmful to respectful dialogue. When one group of people experience poor conditions, it doesn’t automatically mean that those who don’t experience those conditions are privileged. It may mean, in some cases, that those who experience poor conditions are simply unfortunate. Are cows who are pasture-fed and consume green plants privileged over those that are captive-raised and eat grain? I would emphatically state “no”, the grass-fed cows are receiving the diet they should experience, and the captive-raised cows are unfortunate. (Note: you may not like the example of cows, but it is quite relevant given that both cows and any human reading this are domesticated.)
I would love to have ostrich eggs to consume regularly, but my landscape doesn’t provide them. Are the residents of the Kalahari Desert privileged because this food source is available to them? Of course not.

People always want to apply negative labels—and many who do represent the world’s one percent (in terms of income and privilege). Further, they constantly suggest blanket strategies to solve the world’s issues. However, these rarely succeed in realizing tangible benefits because the lands and people are different. The juxtaposition of locally available foods and the diversity of world views held by the area’s inhabitants means that each region needs to find its own unique solutions to human and ecosystem health.

Suggesting that people follow a diet (of cultivated foods) that harms landscapes and creates chronic illness in such a high proportion of the population isn’t a solution that should be followed by anyone who has a better option, especially when you consider that sick people use more of the world’s resources.

And what about the privilege to purchase cheap food made from crops sprayed with harmful chemicals? These foods have significant external costs and create illness in humans and other-than-human persons who reside near and downstream or downwind of the fields the plants are grown in. Isn’t that a privilege worth discussing (one of no accountability)? I recently met a person who refused to purchase organically raised foods, despite knowing the harm that chemical agriculture causes, because they felt the higher cost associated with these foods represented privilege they did not want to partake in. Using social privilege concerns as a justification to pollute landscapes (when other options were present to the individual) is another example of how slanted this discussion of power has become.

While I do feel this conversation about wild food abundance and social privilege has value, the criticisms waged speak volumes to an attitude that is pervading the entire discussion of privilege and power, overlooking ideals such as personal sovereignty, ecological responsibility, and the need to apply regional solutions. Further, this attitude usually ignores our biological norms. I am not intending, with this writing, to suggest social hierarchy and the consequences of such be ignored. I am meaning to propose that when a conversation becomes more about condemnation than about finding solutions, it loses some of its original values and alienates people who would otherwise be allies.

By: Arthur Haines
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On Relationships…

ON THE NATURE OF RELATIONSHIPS
Your “friends” should never tell you who you can associate with

Human relationships are forever fascinating.  I’ve long been interested in the interplay between two partners, and what can be called the “chemistry” between them.  What, for example, really brings two people together?  Is it common interests, or different interests?  What makes the relationship tick, and what tears it apart? 
I have concluded that each human relationship is very much like a chemistry experiment, whereby different chemical-soup mixtures combine or don’t combine with any of the other chemical-soup mixtures that we call the dynamic human.  One day I hope to publish a book on relationships and perhaps I’ll be bold enough to make some meaningful comments and suggestions.
For today, I want to explore one issue that I have experienced all my life in various relationships, though it tends to pop up the most in business relationships.
Someone will say, “If you do business with that person, you cannot do business with me!”  I have had it said to me, and my knee jerk reaction is nearly always, “OK, then I will not do business with you. I do business with whom I choose, and if you have a problem with X, that is your problem alone.” 
I can recall as a child in grammar school when one of the popular boys told me the same thing.  “You cannot be my friend if you are going to pal around with so-and-so.”  Really? I was usually too frightened as a child to openly challenge such a statement, and I would maintain my friendship with the outcast anyway.  I  learned – in time – that the bossy boy was very insecure and he wasn’t really my friend anyway, not in the ways that mattered. 
And as I continued to “pal around” with the new kid in school, who I was told to not associate with, I found someone who was different, unique, and who became a lifelong friend.  It is perhaps because I often felt like an outcast myself growing up that I have found myself attracted to the so-called oddballs and misfits of the world, most of whom are far more fascinating and interesting than the so-called normal people.
More recently, where I conduct a regular outdoor public event, some of the local residents would hang out at my booth where I conducted the administrative aspects of the event. My assistant told me privately that I should not allow one particular person to stay around my booth.  The young man in question lived locally, and was known to be affiliated with a notorious L.A. gang.  Some people felt intimidated by this man’s presence. 
However, it has never been my policy to expel or repel anyone based on such things; as long as his behaviour in my presence was appropriate, I had no reason to repel him. I gradually got to know this man.  He needed income, and so little by little I put him to work doing various small tasks at the weekly outdoor event, much to the dismay of my assistant.  Plus, this was a public space, not private property, so I did my best to make this a good situation for everyone.  Through my comments and suggestions, this young man gradually was able to refine his communication skills when talking with my customers, and even began to dress a little better when he came to our market.  From my perspective, I may have been one of the few people who interacted with him in a positive way, even encouraging him to get more work, and where to find it. I never looked down my nose at him, so to speak.
To my surprise, there were a few times when other individuals harshly criticized me or our market, and this young man strongly  and eloquently defended me.  I was shocked because I didn’t expect it, and it was not necessary, and yet, nothing more needed to be said or done.  I chose to view it as “what goes around, comes around,” as this young man felt so much a part of our market that he would stand up to defend us.
This is just one small example where something positive flowed from a situation that others viewed as negative.
Yes, like everyone, I like to surround myself with good friends. And yet, I have never forgotten the insightful words of Moshe Dayan, who said “Keep your friends close, but keep your enemies closer.”

Anti-Gun Supreme Court Screws Gun Owners Again: Refuses to Overturn ban on assault weapons and open-carry

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The Supreme Court has yet again shown their disdain for gunowners, making way for more anti-gun governors to enact state bans on so-called assault weapons and open carry. […]

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Anti-Gun Supreme Court Screws Gun Owners Again: Refuses to Overturn ban on assault weapons and open-carry

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The Supreme Court has yet again shown their disdain for gunowners, making way for more anti-gun governors to enact state bans on so-called assault weapons and open carry. […]

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Compass Navigation – Using A Compass

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 A quality compass is an integral part of the backcountry navigator’s kit.  Sighting with a compass is an important skill that can determine direction to an object or help the hiker locate and identify his position in the backcountry.

This post discusses the steps to be taken to use a compass to plot one’s location on a topographic (topo) map in the back country.  In the vocabulary of navigation this is also known as “fixing” or determining “position.”

The first step is to ensure that the hiker has adequate maps both in quality and quantity.   I recommend carrying a set of maps that include 7.5’ United States Geological Survey (USGS) maps and a second map type such a United States Forest Service map.  The USGS map gives me the detailed information of the immediate area while the other map covers a much broader and larger area. 

Before heading for the trail, take a look at the maps at home.  Scouting from your desk allows you to find significant land features that will surround the direction of travel.  Features such as distinct mountain peaks, a stream, and a ridge line are just of few topographic “hand rails” that can be of value in the field.  By spending some time at home with the map the hiker develops a mental map, a mental picture of the trek in advance of the actual journey. 

Account for declination before leaving the trailhead.  I like to keep my navigation simple and personally use a compass that can be adjusted for declination such as the Brunton 8010G.  Declination information found at the bottom of a topographic map is frequently out of date.  Check the web site www.magnetic-declination.com  for the current declination.

 “A compass is basically a magnet mounted on a pivot, free to turn in response to the pull of the earth’s magnetic field.  The housing protects the needle and helps you relate the direction in which the needle points to directions on the map and on the land.  A compass by itself can’t tell you where you are or what you are looking at but it can tell you about direction….”

Staying Found, The Complete Map & Compass Handbook, by June Fleming

Sighting with a compass allows the hiker to do several things.

First, sighting on a distant object can provide direction to that object and repeated sightings can provide course corrections along the way.  Secondly, with several sightings on different objects a person’s position can be determined and plotted.

Compass direction to an object is known as the “bearing” or azimuth.   Bearing is the more common term in outdoor recreation and is a term used heavily in GPS navigation.  For example, if a mountain peak is due north of you, the bearing to the peak is 000° (read as zero zero zero degrees.)  A compass can also assist the hiker by orienting a map and following a line of bearing taken from a map.

The picture below offers a quick review of the components of a baseplate compass.

To sight or take a bearing do the following:

  1. Using the owner’s manual, adjust the compass for declination.

  2. While holding the compass at waist level, turn squarely towards a distant object.  Hold the compass so that the direction of travel arrow points directly at the object. (Point the direction of travel arrow away from you, perpendicular to your body.)

  1. While holding the compass, turn the compass housing (the dial) and align the orienting arrow (a red arrow engraved in the rotating housing) underneath the red magnetic needle.

 To determine and plot or “fix” a position, the next step is to plot bearings on the map. In a “nut shell” this means that bearings to three clearly identifiable features are used.  Ideally, objects that have a bearing separation of 30° – 60°.  Good bearing separation provides better fixing information and plots on the map cleanly.  The bearings are then plotted on a map and where the three lines cross is the hiker’s location.  This complete process is called triangulation.

The following are suggestions for triangulating a position in the back country.

  1. Identify three (or more) distinct objects to sight on.  Note that the objects need to be on the topo of the area. 

  2. Orient the topo using the compass.  Orienting the topo means that the map’s left or right border is pointing to true north or 000° degrees true. 

  3. Sight on an object such as a mountain peak or church spire.  (Note that not many objects in the backcountry are so distinct and crisp.  Do the best with what you have.) Ensure the direction of travel arrow is pointed towards the object.  Be as accurate as you can, point directly at the object.

  4. Turn the compass housing until the orienting arrow is directly under red magnetic needle.  Do not move or rotate the compass housing, keep the new bearing in place.

  5. At this point, and while plotting the bearing on the map, the compass will now be used like a protractor.  Importantly, the movement of the magnetic needle is not important.

  6. Lay the compass on the map with either the top left or right corner of the baseplate on the landmark.  This will be a pivot point while aligning the compass.

  1. With the edge of the baseplate in position, rotate the compass (swing) left or right until the N (north) of the compass housing aligns with map North (the top of the map.) 

  2. Draw a line (along the baseplate) from the object (e.g., the mountain peak) to your approximate area.  Draw a nice long line.

  3. Repeat the process two more times using other distant objects to sight on.

  4. Ideally the three lines will intersect in the immediate area; this is the hikers location.  But because of compass error and human error the point of intersection maybe spread out.  Still, triangulation will put you in the ballpark.  Use terrain association to help narrow down your position.

   

Car Emergency Kit: Setup and Content Details

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Car kt content

I was recently asked to show my Car survival kit.

This gave me the chance to go through everything I keep there and sort a few things out.

Its amazing how in what it seems to be no time food and meds expire, batteries go bad, water bottles get used up and the spare clothes no longer fit the kids!

I even managed to misplace and lose some of the stuff along the way. No doubt brought out to be used at some point only to be left God knows where.

Your Car survival/emergency Kit works as a system, of which your actual vehicle is the foundation. I believe that your daily driver is your “first responder” when there’s an emergency so it’s much more important to have that vehicle ready than to have a loaded up off-road truck at home while driving a compact sedan with just a spare tyre and little else for emergencies.

The car must be very reliable, well serviced, large enough yet practical enough. Have 4×4 or AWD. Not necessarily an off road truck, but capable of dealing with some snow, mud or doing some light off roading if the situation requires it.

In my case I believe the Honda CRV balances these very well. Being diesel it also means I get considerably more miles per gallon of fuel. It’s also safer in case of an accident, diesel stores better than gas and diesel cars have roughly twice as much torque compared to similar cylinder engines.

I would also like to point out that both the vehicle and kit depend on the specific location, climatic conditions and family group. Living in the middle of nowhere in Alaska probably means your daily driver needs to be a 4×4 truck, in cold climates the spare clothes would be more winter oriented or if you have a baby in the family you’ll need a baby bag.

I used the list from my book “Bugging Out and Relocating” as a guide to make sure I was covering the important points.

Here’s the list:

  • First Aid Kit
  • Food (I’ll be including some of the long term rations)

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  • Clothes and footwear
  • Water
  • Flashlight and spare batteries
  • AM/FM radio
  • Tool Kit
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Duct Tape
  • Spare Tire, Lug Wrench and Jack
  • Jumper Cables
  • 50 Feet of 550 Paracord
  • Tow Strap
  • Lighter
  • Work Gloves
  • Map
  • Compass
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wet Wipes
  • Sunblock
  • Bug Repellent
  • Toilet Paper
  • Cell phone with charger
  • Shovel (managed to lose my shovel, so I bought a folding E-tool to replace it)

Gerber E-Tool Folding Spade, Serrated Edge $44

  • Ice Scrapper
  • Tire inflator
  • Emergency Flat Tire Repair
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Reflective vest
  • Reflective triangle or road flares

I also included a Cold Steel Kukri machete and keep a can of Sabre Red OC spray on the driver’s door storage compartment for quick access.

FerFAL

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

 

How To Find The Best Emergency Water Storage Tanks For Drinking

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A Guide To Help You Find The Perfect Drinking Water Storage Tanks and Emergency Water Storage Tanks.

Emergency Water Storage Tanks

Water is the source of all life on Earth. Without it, anything living will die.

Without it, there would be no civilizations, people, plants or animals. No chance of survival on this planet. Nothing but inorganic stone and wind.

Water is the most essential, and most essential survival resource known to man.

In fact, we’re so dependent on water it can be described as a burdensome necessity. Right?

  • Water is heavy
  • It’s easily contaminated
  • It evaporates over time
  • Dehydration kills

My point is, water is life. Our daily lives depend on it.

That’s why everyone, whether you’re a prepper or not, should keep a supply of survival water in your house.

When disaster strikes, it often takes out municipal water systems and electricity grids first. Both of which are needed to keep municipal water running. And if that goes down, your access to clean drinkable water goes out the window.

Unless of course, you have stored water at home.

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Buying cases of plastic water bottles or using old milk jugs works but it’s not the most efficient method.

Soft plastic bottles will leach chemicals over time (especially if exposed to sunlight).

It’s far better to use water storage tanks. These handy aquifers come in all shapes and sizes so you can pick the right ones to fit your survival needs.

The better ones designed to hold water with no chance of chemical contamination.

Not just that, but they’re easy to refill. And you can rig water storage tanks to collect and filter rainwater to replenish your supply.

So today we’ll be deep diving into the following water storage tank topics:

  • The Coming Water Crisis
  • How Much Water Should You Store
  • Best Drinking Water Storage Tanks
  • Connecting A Rain Collection System
  • How To Maintain Your Water Tank System
  • Emergency Water Storage Tanks Wrap Up

Drinking Water Storage Tanks

The Coming Water Crisis


 

There are no two ways about it; the world is facing a water crisis.

It may not happen tomorrow, or next year, but in the future, there’ll be conflicts over freshwater.

In fact, war is simmering on the Indian-Pakistani border over access to freshwater. And water wars will be ugly conflicts.

Human will fight for any resource they can’t live more than a week without it.

The same goes for neighborhoods, towns, and cities all around the world. When freshwater becomes scarce, people will fight with their lives for it.

Neighbors turning on neighbors and friends turning on friends to get their hands on some.

But you won’t have to because you’ll have your own supply safe at home, stored safely in your emergency water storage tanks.

How Much Water Should You Store


For every person the answer to “how much water should I store?” is different.

It’s something that involves many factors:

Are you storing water for just yourself? Or will you be providing water for lots of friends and family members? Do you have any pets?

The more people and animals that need water in your household, the more water you should store.

How long do you want your independent water supply to last?

The average person should drink about 2 liters a day (minimum). That means that, if you ration it out perfectly, 1 gallon will last you 3.785 days.

Keep these answers in mind when you’re shopping for your emergency water storage tanks.

They will determine what size/kind of tank you should buy.

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Best Emergency Water Storage Tanks


There are so many different kinds of water tanks out there that it can be overwhelming to find the right one.

Big tanks, small tanks, stackable tanks, underground tanks, packable tanks, pillow tanks, etc.

The list is almost endless but here are the most popular options on the market.

So here’s a list of all best water storage tanks for preppers – from smallest to largest.

Hard-Sided Plastic Stackables

These are another common water storage option and particularly useful because they store so well.

Designed to stack neatly on top of open another you can build a “wall of water” in your basement.

If you add enough of these up, you get the equivalent of a large water storage tank with added portability and space-saving flexibility.

1 – Water Bricks (3.5 gallons each)

A single water brink is far from a tank but what if you stacked 16 of them? At 3.5 gallons each, 16 of these would add up to 56 gallons – to me, that’s a tank.

Here are a few highlights of the Water Brick:Water Bricks Stacked

Holds 3.5 Gallons of Water, Dry Foods, or Ammo

Stackable to Maximize Storage Capacity

Easy-Grip Design Makes it Easy to Carry

Virtually Indestructible!

They are a solid investment and one of the best long-term survival water storage solutions.

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2 – Saratoga Farms Stackables (5 gallons each)

These rectangular mini-storage tanks are designed to stack together like Legos. So you can fit as many as possible with as little space as possible.

They are made from 100% non-toxic, food grade plastic (that’s the good stuff that doesn’t leach chemicals).

Click Here To Check Todays’ Price

Drinking Water Barrels

Sure, these are technically called “barrels” and not “tanks” but they serve a similar purpose – storing lots of emergency drinking water.

These are the standard issue blue plastic barrels that are popular for water storage. They are simple, effective, that’s why they’re so popular.

3 – Eagle Straight Sided Drum Water Barrel (55-gallons)

The Eagle Straight Sided Water Barrel is your standard issue drinking water container. It’s a rigid blue plastic barrel that comes with a built-in spigot.

This particular model stores 55 gallons of water. That’s enough to last an adult a couple of weeks (with excellent rationing).

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Water Bladder Storage Tanks

Much like the bladder inside of you, these are stretchable bag containers. They fill up like balloons when filled with water.

One important feature of a water bladder is when they’re empty, you can easily pack them in for travel.

4 – Aquatank2 Water Storage Bladder (60 to 300-gallon tanks)

Aquatank2 has a water pillow that holds 300 gallons of fluid. This is ideal for keeping inside of cars, RV’s, campers and other vehicles but also at your home.

The Aquatank2 packs away into almost nothing, it’s light, and it’s made of highly durable rubber that won’t easily rip or tear.

You can also find this same tank is smaller sizes of 60 gallons and 150 gallons.

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Hard-Sided Enclosed Plastic Water Storage Tanks and Cisterns

You need to have space outside for one of these, but it’s a huge advantage to use a cistern system for two main reasons.

1) They store A LOT of water (often hundreds of gallons worth).

2) They can be rigged with rainwater collection systems for ongoing replenishment.

5 – Norwesco Horizontal Water Tank (35-gallon tank)

Norwesco tanks are manufactured using resins that meet FDA specifications to ensure safe storage of potable water so it’s safe to use as a drinking water storage tank.

This Norwesco Water Tank is rugged, corrosion resistant and lightweight with no seams, welds or joints to leak or rust.

But you’ll need to store this somewhere where there’s a lot of space – like in the backyard, garage, or in a big basement area.

It holds 35 gallons of water, which is more than enough to sustain you through a semi-serious disaster.

You can buy one of these today and then buy more over time to grow your system over time without breaking the bank today.

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6 – RomoTech Horizontal Water Tank (65-gallons)

The RomoTech is another water tank that’s approved for potable water storage.

The RomoTech Water Tank is a hard-sided plastic tank that’s about twice as big than the previous one.

You probably won’t be able to store this water storage tank inside a typical house but it’s made to handle the outdoors.

What’s nice about this tank (and the previous one) is that they are small enough to fit in the back of most pickup trucks. This means you can move them to a new location if necessary.

It’s always good to have that option for future-proofing your survival options.

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7 – Polymart Rain Harvest Collection Tank (100-gallons)

If you’re interested in using your emergency water storage tank as a rainwater collection system it’s hard to best this tank.

This 100-gallon water tank includes a 12″ stainless steel strainer basket. It’s added to the top of the tank to keep out large debris (like sticks and leaves).

The tank also includes a stainless steel screened overflow assembly. The screened overflow is designed for directing overflow water (during large rainstorms).

The tank is made from polyethylene and is 100% Food Grade. It’s approved by the FDA with zero BPA.

Here’s the Polymart 250 Gallons Tank if you want a larger option for your rainwater harvesting.

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8 – Emergency Water Storage Tank (260-gallon)

This drinking water storage tank is designed to fit in your basement while taking up a minimum of floor space.

Note: Measure your ceiling. These are 82 inches high.

These Emergency Water Storage Tanks are made of a single composite piece of BPA free plastic, which means it’s safe for water storage and it has no seams that can leak.

They are molded from a polyethylene composite independently certified by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF).

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9 – RomoTech Vertical Polyethylene Reservoir (550-gallon)

This monster of a tank holds a massive 550 gallons!

It has thick, durable white plastic walls, which are semi-translucent. This allows you to easily check how much water you have left.

You can’t fit this badass RomoTech Reservoir container inside though (unless you live in a stable).

So to host a reservoir of this size, you’ll need a large backyard or some land.

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Connecting A Rain Collection System


Refilling your water storage containers can be a pain, especially if you’re in a position where freshwater isn’t readily available.

How can you re-up your water supply when there’s no running water to use?

Well, the most obvious (and most natural) way to do that is via a rain collection system!

In most places, drinkable water falls straight out of the sky. Don’t waste that resource!

Collecting rainwater is an incredible survival practice. And it’s straightforward too.

There are a few core principles to keep in mind when you start planning how to set up your collection system:

  1. The more surface area your system has, the more water it will collect.
  2. Water that’s collected must be transported efficiently.
  3. Water that is transported gets filtered.

When it comes down to it, a roof is probably the best rain collection you have. Every house has one, and they all cover a large surface area to catch the falling rain.

With a simple gutter system, you can turn your roof into a water collection tool. Collecting the water that falls on it is funneled into one place: your water storage tank.

Now, this works a lot better if you have a large, outdoor water storage tank or a series of water storage tanks.

Then you can just direct your gutter system to move water directly into your tank.

Note: Transporting water to an inside storage location is not only complicated, but it’s also risky. If something malfunctions, you could find yourself facing some serious flooding.

Tarp Rainwater Collection

If you don’t have access to a roof, you can still rig a rain collection system using other materials.

Survival tarps are particularly useful for this. They are waterproof, light, packable, and offer lots of surface area.

Tie up three of the four corners of the tarp, and use the third corner to funnel water into your water storage tank.

You can also tie up all four corners and cut a small hole in the center. Place your storage tank under the hole, and water will spout out of the hole directly into the tank.

Maintaining Your Drinking Water Storage Tanks

Fortunately, maintaining your drinking water storage tanks is straightforward.

Once you’ve filled them up and stash them somewhere safe, you’ve already done most of the hard work. However, this is one major issue you might need to overcome.

Preventing Freezing

The best place to store water to prevent freezing is in a garage or basement area. Water stored outside is prone to freezing.

That’s bad news for two reasons.

  1. You can’t drink frozen water.
  2. It will expand when it freezes, which can damage your emergency water storage tanks.

Storing water inside can be tricky, too, though. You should elevate the storage tank(s) on a palette, so they are up off the ground.

And regularly check for leakage as that could cause flood water damage inside your home.

Preventing Emergency Water Storage Tanks From Freezing

If you store water outside and you live in colder regions, you have a big issue.

There are a few options to keep your liquid water from freezing.

You can bury the cistern which will keep the water at underground temps which is above freezing if you go down far enough.

Or you can wrap your tank in insulation and then use some thick plastic (used for greenhouses) to trap solar rays helping to keep your water above freezing temps. But this still won’t work on long cold stretches on cloudy days.

So you may also need to add a tank heater as well.

Here’s a video that talks about all these options.

BONUS: Keep Water Purification Around

Even if you’re using water straight out of the tap, you still need water purification.

Too many people trust their water supplies – it’s a dangerous mistake.

Water purification allows you to collect water from external, natural sources safely.

That means you can collect water from streams, lakes or rainfall all for general use. That is particularly useful when water lines go out.

Without tap water, you’ll have to fill your emergency water storage tanks with water from somewhere else. This is dangerous if you don’t have a means to purify it.

Some of the best purification methods are simple. Water purification tablets are my personal favorite because they are cheap and easy to use.

There are also some fancy new ultraviolet filters that use light waves to kill all biotic life. But these are only used for smaller amounts of water.

Here’s our post on all your water purification options.

Emergency Water Storage Tanks Wrap Up


It doesn’t matter what kind of disaster you find yourself in; clean, safe water is a survival necessity. Any prepper checklist that doesn’t include a water storage is lacking.

So make sure you have some kind of emergency water storage tank or water storage containers on hand, full, and ready to use.

Without a proper amount of water storage you can consider yourself part of the unprepared masses or you can protect your families future with a water storage tank system.

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How To Find The Best Emergency Water Storage Tanks For Drinking

A Guide To Help You Find The Perfect Drinking Water Storage Tanks and Emergency Water Storage Tanks.

Emergency Water Storage Tanks

Water is the source of all life on Earth. Without it, anything living will die.

Without it, there would be no civilizations, people, plants or animals. No chance of survival on this planet. Nothing but inorganic stone and wind.

Water is the most essential, and most essential survival resource known to man.

In fact, we’re so dependent on water it can be described as a burdensome necessity. Right?

  • Water is heavy
  • It’s easily contaminated
  • It evaporates over time
  • Dehydration kills

My point is, water is life. Our daily lives depend on it.

That’s why everyone, whether you’re a prepper or not, should keep a supply of survival water in your house.

When disaster strikes, it often takes out municipal water systems and electricity grids first. Both of which are needed to keep municipal water running. And if that goes down, your access to clean drinkable water goes out the window.

Unless of course, you have stored water at home.

As A Way To Introduce You To Skilled Survival, We’re Giving Away Our #78 Item Complete Prepper Checklist. Click Here To Get Your FREE Copy Of It.

Buying cases of plastic water bottles or using old milk jugs works but it’s not the most efficient method.

Soft plastic bottles will leach chemicals over time (especially if exposed to sunlight).

It’s far better to use water storage tanks. These handy aquifers come in all shapes and sizes so you can pick the right ones to fit your survival needs.

The better ones designed to hold water with no chance of chemical contamination.

Not just that, but they’re easy to refill. And you can rig water storage tanks to collect and filter rainwater to replenish your supply.

So today we’ll be deep diving into the following water storage tank topics:

  • The Coming Water Crisis
  • How Much Water Should You Store
  • Best Drinking Water Storage Tanks
  • Connecting A Rain Collection System
  • How To Maintain Your Water Tank System
  • Emergency Water Storage Tanks Wrap Up

Drinking Water Storage Tanks

The Coming Water Crisis


 

There are no two ways about it; the world is facing a water crisis.

It may not happen tomorrow, or next year, but in the future, there’ll be conflicts over freshwater.

In fact, war is simmering on the Indian-Pakistani border over access to freshwater. And water wars will be ugly conflicts.

Human will fight for any resource they can’t live more than a week without it.

The same goes for neighborhoods, towns, and cities all around the world. When freshwater becomes scarce, people will fight with their lives for it.

Neighbors turning on neighbors and friends turning on friends to get their hands on some.

But you won’t have to because you’ll have your own supply safe at home, stored safely in your emergency water storage tanks.

How Much Water Should You Store


For every person the answer to “how much water should I store?” is different.

It’s something that involves many factors:

Are you storing water for just yourself? Or will you be providing water for lots of friends and family members? Do you have any pets?

The more people and animals that need water in your household, the more water you should store.

How long do you want your independent water supply to last?

The average person should drink about 2 liters a day (minimum). That means that, if you ration it out perfectly, 1 gallon will last you 3.785 days.

Keep these answers in mind when you’re shopping for your emergency water storage tanks.

They will determine what size/kind of tank you should buy.

As A Way To Introduce You To Skilled Survival, We’re Giving Away Our #78 Item Complete Prepper Checklist. Click Here To Get Your FREE Copy Of It.

Best Emergency Water Storage Tanks


There are so many different kinds of water tanks out there that it can be overwhelming to find the right one.

Big tanks, small tanks, stackable tanks, underground tanks, packable tanks, pillow tanks, etc.

The list is almost endless but here are the most popular options on the market.

So here’s a list of all best water storage tanks for preppers – from smallest to largest.

Hard-Sided Plastic Stackables

These are another common water storage option and particularly useful because they store so well.

Designed to stack neatly on top of open another you can build a “wall of water” in your basement.

If you add enough of these up, you get the equivalent of a large water storage tank with added portability and space-saving flexibility.

1 – Water Bricks (3.5 gallons each)

A single water brink is far from a tank but what if you stacked 16 of them? At 3.5 gallons each, 16 of these would add up to 56 gallons – to me, that’s a tank.

Here are a few highlights of the Water Brick:Water Bricks Stacked

Holds 3.5 Gallons of Water, Dry Foods, or Ammo

Stackable to Maximize Storage Capacity

Easy-Grip Design Makes it Easy to Carry

Virtually Indestructible!

They are a solid investment and one of the best long-term survival water storage solutions.

Click Here To Check Todays’ Price

2 – Saratoga Farms Stackables (5 gallons each)

These rectangular mini-storage tanks are designed to stack together like Legos. So you can fit as many as possible with as little space as possible.

They are made from 100% non-toxic, food grade plastic (that’s the good stuff that doesn’t leach chemicals).

Click Here To Check Todays’ Price

Drinking Water Barrels

Sure, these are technically called “barrels” and not “tanks” but they serve a similar purpose – storing lots of emergency drinking water.

These are the standard issue blue plastic barrels that are popular for water storage. They are simple, effective, that’s why they’re so popular.

3 – Eagle Straight Sided Drum Water Barrel (55-gallons)

The Eagle Straight Sided Water Barrel is your standard issue drinking water container. It’s a rigid blue plastic barrel that comes with a built-in spigot.

This particular model stores 55 gallons of water. That’s enough to last an adult a couple of weeks (with excellent rationing).

Click Here To Check Todays’ Price

Water Bladder Storage Tanks

Much like the bladder inside of you, these are stretchable bag containers. They fill up like balloons when filled with water.

One important feature of a water bladder is when they’re empty, you can easily pack them in for travel.

4 – Aquatank2 Water Storage Bladder (60 to 300-gallon tanks)

Aquatank2 has a water pillow that holds 300 gallons of fluid. This is ideal for keeping inside of cars, RV’s, campers and other vehicles but also at your home.

The Aquatank2 packs away into almost nothing, it’s light, and it’s made of highly durable rubber that won’t easily rip or tear.

You can also find this same tank is smaller sizes of 60 gallons and 150 gallons.

Click Here To Check Todays’ Price

Hard-Sided Enclosed Plastic Water Storage Tanks and Cisterns

You need to have space outside for one of these, but it’s a huge advantage to use a cistern system for two main reasons.

1) They store A LOT of water (often hundreds of gallons worth).

2) They can be rigged with rainwater collection systems for ongoing replenishment.

5 – Norwesco Horizontal Water Tank (35-gallon tank)

Norwesco tanks are manufactured using resins that meet FDA specifications to ensure safe storage of potable water so it’s safe to use as a drinking water storage tank.

This Norwesco Water Tank is rugged, corrosion resistant and lightweight with no seams, welds or joints to leak or rust.

But you’ll need to store this somewhere where there’s a lot of space – like in the backyard, garage, or in a big basement area.

It holds 35 gallons of water, which is more than enough to sustain you through a semi-serious disaster.

You can buy one of these today and then buy more over time to grow your system over time without breaking the bank today.

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6 – RomoTech Horizontal Water Tank (65-gallons)

The RomoTech is another water tank that’s approved for potable water storage.

The RomoTech Water Tank is a hard-sided plastic tank that’s about twice as big than the previous one.

You probably won’t be able to store this water storage tank inside a typical house but it’s made to handle the outdoors.

What’s nice about this tank (and the previous one) is that they are small enough to fit in the back of most pickup trucks. This means you can move them to a new location if necessary.

It’s always good to have that option for future-proofing your survival options.

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7 – Polymart Rain Harvest Collection Tank (100-gallons)

If you’re interested in using your emergency water storage tank as a rainwater collection system it’s hard to best this tank.

This 100-gallon water tank includes a 12″ stainless steel strainer basket. It’s added to the top of the tank to keep out large debris (like sticks and leaves).

The tank also includes a stainless steel screened overflow assembly. The screened overflow is designed for directing overflow water (during large rainstorms).

The tank is made from polyethylene and is 100% Food Grade. It’s approved by the FDA with zero BPA.

Here’s the Polymart 250 Gallons Tank if you want a larger option for your rainwater harvesting.

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8 – Emergency Water Storage Tank (260-gallon)

This drinking water storage tank is designed to fit in your basement while taking up a minimum of floor space.

Note: Measure your ceiling. These are 82 inches high.

These Emergency Water Storage Tanks are made of a single composite piece of BPA free plastic, which means it’s safe for water storage and it has no seams that can leak.

They are molded from a polyethylene composite independently certified by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF).

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9 – RomoTech Vertical Polyethylene Reservoir (550-gallon)

This monster of a tank holds a massive 550 gallons!

It has thick, durable white plastic walls, which are semi-translucent. This allows you to easily check how much water you have left.

You can’t fit this badass RomoTech Reservoir container inside though (unless you live in a stable).

So to host a reservoir of this size, you’ll need a large backyard or some land.

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Connecting A Rain Collection System


Refilling your water storage containers can be a pain, especially if you’re in a position where freshwater isn’t readily available.

How can you re-up your water supply when there’s no running water to use?

Well, the most obvious (and most natural) way to do that is via a rain collection system!

In most places, drinkable water falls straight out of the sky. Don’t waste that resource!

Collecting rainwater is an incredible survival practice. And it’s straightforward too.

There are a few core principles to keep in mind when you start planning how to set up your collection system:

  1. The more surface area your system has, the more water it will collect.
  2. Water that’s collected must be transported efficiently.
  3. Water that is transported gets filtered.

When it comes down to it, a roof is probably the best rain collection you have. Every house has one, and they all cover a large surface area to catch the falling rain.

With a simple gutter system, you can turn your roof into a water collection tool. Collecting the water that falls on it is funneled into one place: your water storage tank.

Now, this works a lot better if you have a large, outdoor water storage tank or a series of water storage tanks.

Then you can just direct your gutter system to move water directly into your tank.

Note: Transporting water to an inside storage location is not only complicated, but it’s also risky. If something malfunctions, you could find yourself facing some serious flooding.

Tarp Rainwater Collection

If you don’t have access to a roof, you can still rig a rain collection system using other materials.

Survival tarps are particularly useful for this. They are waterproof, light, packable, and offer lots of surface area.

Tie up three of the four corners of the tarp, and use the third corner to funnel water into your water storage tank.

You can also tie up all four corners and cut a small hole in the center. Place your storage tank under the hole, and water will spout out of the hole directly into the tank.

Maintaining Your Drinking Water Storage Tanks

Fortunately, maintaining your drinking water storage tanks is straightforward.

Once you’ve filled them up and stash them somewhere safe, you’ve already done most of the hard work. However, this is one major issue you might need to overcome.

Preventing Freezing

The best place to store water to prevent freezing is in a garage or basement area. Water stored outside is prone to freezing.

That’s bad news for two reasons.

  1. You can’t drink frozen water.
  2. It will expand when it freezes, which can damage your emergency water storage tanks.

Storing water inside can be tricky, too, though. You should elevate the storage tank(s) on a palette, so they are up off the ground.

And regularly check for leakage as that could cause flood water damage inside your home.

Preventing Emergency Water Storage Tanks From Freezing

If you store water outside and you live in colder regions, you have a big issue.

There are a few options to keep your liquid water from freezing.

You can bury the cistern which will keep the water at underground temps which is above freezing if you go down far enough.

Or you can wrap your tank in insulation and then use some thick plastic (used for greenhouses) to trap solar rays helping to keep your water above freezing temps. But this still won’t work on long cold stretches on cloudy days.

So you may also need to add a tank heater as well.

Here’s a video that talks about all these options.

BONUS: Keep Water Purification Around

Even if you’re using water straight out of the tap, you still need water purification.

Too many people trust their water supplies – it’s a dangerous mistake.

Water purification allows you to collect water from external, natural sources safely.

That means you can collect water from streams, lakes or rainfall all for general use. That is particularly useful when water lines go out.

Without tap water, you’ll have to fill your emergency water storage tanks with water from somewhere else. This is dangerous if you don’t have a means to purify it.

Some of the best purification methods are simple. Water purification tablets are my personal favorite because they are cheap and easy to use.

There are also some fancy new ultraviolet filters that use light waves to kill all biotic life. But these are only used for smaller amounts of water.

Here’s our post on all your water purification options.

Emergency Water Storage Tanks Wrap Up


It doesn’t matter what kind of disaster you find yourself in; clean, safe water is a survival necessity. Any prepper checklist that doesn’t include a water storage is lacking.

So make sure you have some kind of emergency water storage tank or water storage containers on hand, full, and ready to use.

Without a proper amount of water storage you can consider yourself part of the unprepared masses or you can protect your families future with a water storage tank system.

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Direction Without GPS – How To Instinctively Know

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In our modern world nearly everyone has GPS in their smart phones and GPS navigation systems in their vehicles. It can be really useful technology. But how would you know your direction without GPS? Would you be lost without a clue? When I was young there was no GPS (Global Positioning System) for public consumers. I had no choice but to learn how to navigate in other ways. I can remember those years ago when my dad would teach me about having a “sense of direction” and understanding / visualizing maps for navigation. A Sense of Direction Without GPS Today

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Direction Without GPS – How To Instinctively Know

In our modern world nearly everyone has GPS in their smart phones and GPS navigation systems in their vehicles. It can be really useful technology. But how would you know your direction without GPS? Would you be lost without a clue? When I was young there was no GPS (Global Positioning System) for public consumers. I had no choice but to learn how to navigate in other ways. I can remember those years ago when my dad would teach me about having a “sense of direction” and understanding / visualizing maps for navigation. A Sense of Direction Without GPS Today

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Movie Monday – The Colony Season 1 Episode 1

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The Colony Season 1 Episode 1

The Colony is a “survival experiment” broadcast on The Discovery Channel, in which ten people (and later more) must rebuild after a simulated viral outbreak kills most of the human population. They are given several blocks of abandoned industrial park bordering the Los Angeles River in downtown Los Angeles, where they are allowed to do anything they want and scavenge any supplies they can find.

Emphasis is placed on dealing with resource scarcity, novel uses of common (and not-so-common) found items to provide for the group in such a situation, and weighing the survival of other groups against the survival of one’s own (i.e. stealing). There are several semi-scripted encounters with others (various wanderers, raiders, and a trader), which demonstrate possible social interactions in such an environment and the play between compassion (give them food because it’s the right thing to do?) and pragmatism (keep it for yourself because you need it more?). All actors are forbidden to directly harm the Colonists (lest they risk an insurance nightmare and subsequent cancellation), but panic, emotion, and malnutrition (on the Colonists’ side) meant that accidents could still happen.














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Camo Patterns Compared

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Today, there are numerous camo patterns available to choose from such as: Woodland, Multicam, Marpat, Krytek, Flecktarn, Digital Flora and many more. Every military branch of every country has there own preferred patterns.
The problem I have is which one is overall best for My Area of Operations (Florida)? Camo clothing and equipment isn’t cheap and to buy then take out in the field just to find out it makes you stand out rather than not be seen is a waste of money.

Today, I came across some very good YouTube videos comparing the above-mentioned camo patterns side-by-side, in actual use, in my area of operations (always green and dense). They tested two patterns at a time with two guys. One was given a 2-minute head start to hide and the other 3 minutes to hunt and find him. Then they switched where the other guy would hide and the other hunt him.

The video work was very good and visually revealed the good and the bad of each pattern. If you’re thinking about buying some camo you will find the video’s helpful.

Below are the links to the three tests. Now, these are young guys and specialize in paintball games, they are intelligent and do a good job with these comparisons, the best I’ve found:

Camo Vs. Camo – Woodland Vs. Multicam


Camo Vs. Camo – Flecktarn Vs. Digital Flora

Camo Vs. Camo – Marpat Vs. Kryptek Mandrake

Handmade Holiday!

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Handmade Holiday!

Handmade Holiday
Cat Ellis “Herbal Prepper Live” Audio player below!

On this episode of Herbal Prepper Live, we’re talking about handmade herbal and natural gifts for the holidays. If you’re like me, you probably shun the stores between the Thanksgiving to Christmas shopping frenzy. But, I still like to give gifts people will actually want- gifts that make people feel better, gifts that help make the home cozy during the winter, and gifts that help people be more prepared.

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Best Herb Dehydrators for Drying Herbs at Home

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Part of great cooking is using herbs to accentuate flavors in meats, pastas, vegetables and soups. Many home chefs have a gardens filled with a variety of fresh herbs. Dehydrating herbs preserves the harvest. Whether you have grown too much to use right now or need to collect everything before winter’s frost takes control, dehydrating. . . Read More

Cyber Monday 2017 Knife & Outdoor Gear Deals

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Cyber Monday 2017 Knife & Outdoor Gear Deals

Back again with a Cyber Monday post, and just as I’d hoped, Amazon’s deals are a lot better for knife aficionados – and hell even for outdoor gear junkies & survivalists – than Black Friday’s sales were. Concentrating on Amazon & Blade HQ this time, because honestly they had the best deals we’ve seen today. […]

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27 Crucial Smartphone Apps for Survival Amazon Kindle Book FREE

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About a month ago I’d mentioned that I was beginning to write Amazon Kindle books and that I was looking for review team members (you’re still welcome to join if you like). Not only have I had some wonderful responses from folks, I’ve now written my second Kindle book, 27 Crucial Smartphone Apps for Survival, and … Continue reading “27 Crucial Smartphone Apps for Survival Amazon Kindle Book FREE”

What Has Happened To Our Fear Of God?

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     I know I am not the only one who is receiving new and previously undiscerned perceptions of the Nature of our Lord Jesus.  So, what I am about to share has been carefully gleaned from Scripture and reflects how He is widening and stretching my field of vision, so to speak, and allowing me to see a bigger picture of Him through God’s Word.  And I’m afraid that what I am about to write will be met with resistance by many in today’s Church. But I hope you will read with a heart to receive and accept the Word of God.
     I’m sure that some of you will be way out in front of me on these revelations, while others may not be as far along the path of your own journey.  And that’s okay — I am not writing this so that we compare ourselves to each other, but rather, to rejoice in the fact that these revelations are being shared in stages throughout all of our lives.  In fact, I am beginning to see clearly just how far the Body of Christ has come in knowing Jesus … and how far we have to go.
     So, I’m going to try to express my latest revelations in easy-to-understand premises, and then unpack it all to share why it is important that we not lose our fear of God.  Here is the new discernment that I have received, and while it may not seem earth-shattering at first, when I looked at the implications of it, I was actually astounded … Let’s start here: We should be able to acknowledge that Jesus existed as God before His birth to the virgin Mary. And while the Body of Christ is coming into a fuller understanding that Jesus experienced everything on earth as a human being — at no time did He invoke His privileges as Deity to deal with demons, disease, or difficulties with man — He has now returned to His original identity as God, seated on His throne at the right hand of the Father.

     So here’s what I found so amazing: Out of all the immense vastness of infinite time, those three-and-a-half years spent as a man changed the dynamic of everything that came before and all that has come, and will come after.  BUT … and here is where we must be careful in our discernment; we cannot become stuck on the image of Christ as a man, and must now [more than ever] see Him in His fullness and greatness as Deity.
     While we honor Him as our Redeemer and Deliverer, I’m afraid we may cling to an image of Him as He was on earth — the precious baby in the manger; the prophet and teacher who performed signs and wonders as God; the sinless man who was willing to die to save us from the wrath of Almighty God.  True, He was all that and more! But He is greater than He was while on earth, and we must respond to Him as Supreme Creator of all (1 Corinthians 1:16-17); King of Kings (Revelation 17:14); Mighty God and Everlasting Father (Isaiah 9:6); and Righteous Judge (Acts 10:42)!
     Because, you see, as John says in the first chapter of his Book, Jesus was God. And He loved the world so much that He sent a part of Himself to earth to live as a man, not only so that He could identify with our struggles, but also as the payment due God for our sins. God established in Leviticus 20:26, “You are to be holy to Me; for I the Lord am holy, and have set you apart from the peoples (nations) to be Mine”. This was spoken to the nation of Israel, but Peter reiterates it to the Early Church, who are our ancestors in the Faith, “But as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”  He then goes on to say, ” If you address as Father, the One who impartially judges according to each one’s work, [then] conduct yourselves in [reverent] fear [of Him] and with profound respect for Him throughout the time of your stay on earth” (1 Peter 1:15-17). We must discern that God takes sin very seriously, and that Jesus [who is called Everlasting Father in Isaiah 9:6] will be the One who judges us!
     And here is where it all comes together….  In John 1:21-22, the Apostle makes God’s position clear: Just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life [and allows them to live on], even so the Son also gives life to whom He wishes. For the Father judges no one, but has given all judgment [that is, the prerogative of judging] to the Son [placing it entirely into His hands] And here is where the Modern Church has been tempted to be deceived.
     How many of you have spent your church lives under the teaching that we are no longer under the Law, but under God’s Grace?  That is certainly true, but do we know the full implication of that premise?  John 1:16-17 says, For from His fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 

We must first understand that God’s grace abounded under what we commonly call the Old Covenant in the Old Testament. (I have come to understand that the covenants found in the Pentateuch are principally agreements made between God and the Biblical Israelites, while the covenant He made with Noah applies to all of humanity and to all other living creatures. In this covenant, God promises never again to destroy all life on Earth by flood and creates the rainbow as the sign of this “everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth”).
     Back to the premise that grace was evident in the Old Testament… the Bible abounds with examples of God’s grace. I think we can all agree with A.W. Tozer, who says that grace is “the good pleasure of God that inclines him to bestow benefits on the undeserving.” It was certainly the case with Adam and Eve, who received grace after sinning in the Garden.  And how many times were the Israelites disobedient to God’s commands as they came into the Promised Land?  Yet, He continued to offer them His grace.  King David is another good example. He killed Uriah, and lusted after his wife, yet God called him “a man after His own heart”.  And Jacob, who cheated Esau out of his inheritance was a man that God declared He loved, while Esau, He hated.  So, we cannot deny that God’s grace existed in the Old Testament under the covenants He held with the Israelites.
     Here’s what we need to understand about Grace in the Old Testament…. It did not set you free from the consequences of sin.  In fact, sin had dominion over the people because the Law of Moses couldn’t do what Jesus did; it couldn’t set us free!  Death was often the consequences of your sin under the Law of Moses.  For instance, any Israelite who offered their children as sacrifice to Molech was to be put to death; anyone who cursed their mother or father, or committed adultery, or any number of sexual perversions were all to be put to death.  And King David certainly suffered the consequences of his sin, with the death of his son with Bathsheba. Sin had sovereignty over one’s life.
     But Jesus’s sacrifice on the Cross proved to be greater than the Law for setting us free from sin, and offered man a greater concept of God’s Grace. So, what is different about the Grace offered in the New Testament?  This [New] Covenant of Grace is where God promises eternal salvation to Man based upon the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. Blood sacrifices in the Old Testament [where the High Priests used the blood of animals] could not take away our sins.  It only cleansed the outer man, and that’s why they had to be done every year.  Jesus is now our High Priest and is greater than the Priests who were under the Law, and who died and had to be replaced.  He is eternal and He never dies. And we understand that His sacrifice was “one time for all”, and with His own blood.  His blood has the power to forgive everyone on earth, and we are now under the Blood.
     But here is the danger of deception in the understanding of God’s Grace versus the Law.  Yes, we are forgiven our sins, and we no longer have to worry that we could be put to death if we sin.  We confess our sin, repent, and ask for God’s forgiveness.  BUT, we must not forget that God, from the beginning, has called us to be holy, as He is Holy. That why Paul warns in Romans 6, “we can [not] go on sinning so that God’s grace abounds”.  In fact, the writer of Hebrews warns, “For if the message given through angels [the Law given to Moses] was authentic and unalterable, and every violation and disobedient act received an appropriate penalty [death], how will we escape [the penalty] if we ignore such a great salvation [the gospel, the new covenant]”? (Hebrews 2:2-3).

      Remember, Jesus is greater than the angels, greater than Moses, greater than the High Priests of old.  So, here is what I am afraid the Modern Church has ignored in Scripture; a passage that should have every Christian examining themselves to see if they are living a holy life … and what is plainly declared in Hebrews 10:26-31: “For if we go on willfully and deliberately sinning after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice [to atone] for our sins [that is, no further offering to anticipate], but a kind of awful and terrifying expectation of [divine] judgment and the fury of a fire and burning wrath which will consume the adversaries [those who put themselves in opposition to God]. Anyone who ignored and set aside the Law of Moses [was] put to death without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much greater punishment do you think he will deserve who has rejected and trampled under foot the Son of God, and has considered unclean and common the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and has insulted the Spirit of Grace [who imparts the unmerited favor and blessing of God]?  For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine [retribution and the deliverance of justice rest with Me], I will repay [the wrongdoer].” And again, “The Lord will judge His people.”  It is a fearful and terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God [incurring His judgment and wrath]”.
     I’m afraid the Church thinks we are under Grace and we won’t be punished like the people of God were under the Old Covenant and the the Law of Moses.  But that is not what the aforementioned verses in Hebrews says! We should understand that Jesus is so much more in Heaven than He was while on earth!  Yes, He is our Mediator and Advocate, but we cannot ignore Luke 12:10, which says, “And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but the one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven”.  This is affirmation of what is declared in Hebrews 10… the one who insults the Spirit of Grace [who is the Holy Spirit who imparts God’s grace to us] will be repaid with vengeance by the Lord. We have ample evidence of what that looks like in the lives of Ananias and Sapphira when they lied to the Holy Spirit in Acts.
     I know there will be those who accuse me of being legalistic and corrupting the concept of Grace according to the Church.  But a complete and exhaustive study of the Book of Hebrews will give you a more accurate understanding of what Scripture says, instead of following Church culture.  And I am NOT saying that if you are sincerely trying to live a righteous and holy life and encounter struggles, which result in confession and repentance, that you will suffer vengeance by the Lord. 1 John 1:9 shows the heart of God and Jesus: If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. But if you are a Christian that is indifferent or callous towards your own sin, thinking you have nothing to worry about because we are under the new covenant of Grace, then I would suggest that you examine your attitude and see if you willfully and deliberately continue to sin, without any consideration of consequences, or just because you think all you have to do is continue to ask for forgiveness and it will be yours.  And I would recommend you take to heart Psalm 25:14:  The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him, and he makes known to them his covenant.
     In conclusion, I just want us to be aware that the fear of the Lord is not only awesome reverence for who He is and what He has done for us, but should be seriously considered if we, who have received that knowledge of Truth [of eternal salvation due to His sacrifice for us] should willfully and deliberately continue to sin. For Scripture very clearly states that there is no further atonement to be made for us, and there is a terrifying expectation of divine judgment. Just as Jesus is greater than the Law of Moses, so is the punishment greater for us than it was under the Law.  This is the undeniable truth of Scripture and no amount of 21st Century Church doctrine or softening of the language can negate the Word of God.  That is why we should all work out our salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12).  It is a process, and your eternal life [and my Lord] are worthy of this admonition.

2 Corinthians 7:1    “Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God”.

   
   

20 Ways To Winterize Your Apartment On A Budget

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Winterizing your apartment can be a chore even in the best of times, especially if you don’t want to complain to your landlord or create problems that will cost money if you move out.

On the other hand, dedicated apartment winterization products can be quite expensive.

If you are tired of high electric bills and drafty rooms, you can try these 20 inexpensive methods to winterize your apartment on a budget.

Find out Where the Drafts and Cold Spots Are

Before you start any winterization project, figure out where all the problem spots are. This will help you discover which areas need addressing so that you don’t waste time or money on areas that don’t require attention.

These simple tests can also be used to help you determine whether or not you were successful in deploying any given solution.

Drafts from the outside are likely to be the biggest cause of heat leaks in your apartment, so you will need to find out where they are so they won’t drain your heat out of the house and the money out of your pockets!

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Start off by making sure all fans and incoming heat/cooling registers are closed off.  Next, light some incense and walk around your apartment. Pay attention to areas where the smoke moves, as well as which direction it is going. Make notes on a sticky note and put them where attention is needed. You could also note each area in a notebook so that you can follow each one more easily.

Temperature and humidity levels vary from one part of a room to another, so it will be to your advantage to see exactly how these changes develop over time. You can purchase inexpensive battery powered thermometer/barometer units and place at least 5 or 6 in each room.

Observe the temperature and water vapor changes over time to get a better feel for the air currents and circulation in the room. As you seal off leaks or make other changes, see how this affects the temperature and water vapor in each area.

Replace Energy Efficient Bulbs With Incandescent Bulbs

Even though incandescent bulbs require more electricity, they also release a good bit of heat. Therefore, when you use these bulbs at night, they will give you light, and also increase the temperature in the room.

If you cannot seal up a particular draft, the heat from the lamp will also result in warmer air being pushed inward instead of cold.

Remove Lamp Shades

When using incandescent light bulbs, it never hurts to remove the lamp shade. This will allow heat to escape all the way around the bulb and release it into the rest of the room faster.

Use Plastic Bags to Create Wall Hangings

Chances are, you have already heard about wall rugs or other fabric wall hangings that will cut off drafts from the outer walls. Unfortunately, even less than attractive wall hangings can be a bit expensive. To add insult to injury, if they are too heavy, you may not be able to install them without ruining the wall.

Rather than purchase pre-made wall hangings, you can use rope or “yarn” made from plastic shopping bags, and then braid that into mats, as the plastic will still trap cold air and act as an insulator. Just make sure you keep the wall hangings far enough away from lamps or other potential sources of heat, and also from light and power sockets that may emit sparks.

Cover Floors With Rag Rugs

If your apartment is on the first floor or in the basement, a good bit of cold may be coming up through the floor. While it is possible to find area rugs at a reasonable price, you can also make a heavy rug from old rags. Just cut the rags into strips and braid them, much as you would braid plastic bags for wall hangings.

Needless to say, if you are on the second floor or higher, it may actually be a bad idea to have rugs or floor insulators. As long as your downstairs neighbor is using heat in the apartment below, it may suit your needs to simply let it rise up through the floor boards.

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That being said, you will still need to evaluate the impact of crawl spaces that may have air leaks from outside the building. Incense testing and thermometers will give you more information to work with.

Make Sure Heating Ducts and Registers are Clean

Dust and debris will always accumulate in central heating ducts. You can still try to eliminate some of the blockage by reaching down as far as you can to vacuum out any dust you can reach.

In a similar fashion, if the fins on heat registers are bent or warped, it is time to replace them. These fins help transmit heat, but they will be inefficient if they are bent or ruined.

Use Heavy Drapes or Curtains at Night

Since windows tend to be one of the biggest problems in the winter months, you will need to block them off and insulate them as much as possible during the evening hours. Use drapes, heavy curtains, or anything else that will block off as much air flow as possible.

Choose white or light colors because they do not absorb heat, so it will stay in the room. If you can’t afford heavy drapes, fill a trash bag with smaller shopping bags and fit it into the window.

Insulate the Ceiling

Regardless of the floor you live on, insulating the ceiling is very important because warm air always moves upward. Rather than let the heat escape, you can use foam insulating sheets or even tape plastic bags to the ceiling.

Just make sure no flammable material is near lamp fixtures, fans, or air registers.

Use Tin Foil to Keep Heat In

If you are using incandescent light bulbs, try putting some tin foil behind them. This will reflect more light and heat back into the room. Tin foil can also be used on walls near windows to help redirect light and heat into the room.

Simply put the tin foil up in areas where you see light hitting the wall.

Reverse the Direction of Your Ceiling Fan

During the summer months, ceiling fans will pull warm air upward and away from your living area. When you reverse the direction of the fan, warm air that has been rising will be pushed back down.

Just keep the fan set to low for the best effect.

Let the Sun in During Daylight Hours

If you pay attention to the movement of the sun around your apartment, you will see that there are times when a good bit of sun flows into each window. Open the curtains or drapes during these hours, and you will get a good bit of heat at no extra cost.

Don’t forget to shut the drapes when the sun moves out of an optimal position.

It is also possible to store some of the heat from the sun so that you can use it later on. Simply put hot water bottles or bricks on the windowsill at peak light hours. Even if the bricks or bottles only get a bit warm, they can still be carried to other parts of the apartment to cool off and release heat into the area.

Use Fireproof Material to Insulate Electric Outlets

As you test for air leaks in your apartment, you may be surprised to find some fairly large ones around electrical outlets and wall switches. Contrary to popular belief, there is something you can do to insulate these areas.

Most hardware stores sell fireproof insulating material that you can use safely around electricity boxes. Just remove the plastic face plate and follow the directions on the package.

Do not forget to throw the circuit breaker or pull the fuses so that no current is flowing through the box while you are working.

Increase or Maintain Water Vapor in the Air

When you increase heat in the air, it drives away moisture. Aside from making your apartment uncomfortably dry, the lack of moisture also reduces the capacity of the air to retain heat. Keep tubs of water near heating vents or near fans to increase the water vapor.

You can check on the results with barometer thermometer combos to see if cold spots improve from the addition of this water vapor.

Stop Air Drafts Around Doors

Next to windows, your biggest problems will come from doors. Air leaks can be stopped with folded up paper that you can remove and replace as needed. If you have especially large leaks under the door itself, you can use towels or rags to create a door “snake”.

Simply wedge the fabric under the door to keep warm air from escaping.

Place a Screen or Other Barrier Behind Doors

Doors can also be complicated because of the hinges. Since there can be a good bit of air space in this area and leaky molding, it will be to your advantage to find some way to block off these drafts.

If you cannot use caulking or other theorization aides, it may still be possible to place a screen or other barrier just inside the doorway. Just angle it so that the cold air cannot get as far into the room or move as quickly. Even though these screens will not completely cut off the draft, they will keep more of the cold in one area.

Insulate Windows With Plastic

There are many ways to insulate windows with plastic. First, you can use the pre-manufactured kits that make use of hair dryers to form-fit the plastic to your windows. You can also make window covers from clear vinyl, wood, and felt.

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If the molding is very new, or you don’t want to disrupt it, then simply use masking tape to hold the plastic in place. Use wood spaces under curtain rods to create an airtight seal that won’t leave marks on the molding or walls.

Use Foam or Caulking to Seal Window Cracks

Over the years, more than a few tenants have found themselves wishing they could caulk up an air leak in a window or door. At the same time, dealing with a landlord that doesn’t want this kind of work done by the tenant can create all kinds of problems.

Today, there are all kind of non-permanent foam and caulk products that can be used for this purpose. Just try them on a hidden area to make sure you can apply and remove the material easily.

Once you are certain you understand how the product works, you can go ahead and seal off all the cracks and problem areas. Later on, if you decide to move, all you have to do is take down the foam or caulk before leaving.

Make Sure Storm Windows and Doors are Closed

As simple as it may sound, you may not even realize that your screen windows have a second pane of glass that can be lowered over the screen during the winter months. If you do notice a second pane of glass, simply lower it into place to create an airspace between the inner window pane and the storm window.

Check on your storm door to see if it also has a pane of glass that can be lowered. It should be noted that lowering storm windows will help some, but will not cut off all drafts from windows and doors.

Loose molding, worn window tracks, and lost insulation between the window and the wall will still let heat escape. These issues will also have to be addressed by other means such as using caulk, plastic covering or wall hangings.

Run a Box Fan by Vents and Electric Heaters

Once you have a good sense of the air flow around each room in your apartment, you are bound to realize that most of the heat from air registers and radiators won’t go very far from the source. On the other hand, even using a box fan on a low setting will pull the air much further into the room without requiring more heating effort.

Set the fan up so that the motor side of the fan is facing the air register. In this orientation, the fan will be pulling warm air forward into the room as it is released from the register. You should feel a warm breeze in any direction that you point the fan.

Do not forget to allow enough room for the fan motor to have plenty of ventilation and access to cooler air. Even though the heat registers will not produce enough heat buildup to start a fire, a fan motor can produce a good bit of heat while it is running. It is best to leave a little bit of space in order to further extend the life of the motor.

If you are using an electric heater, you can cut down as much as 1/3 off the heater usage by putting a fan behind the heater. Just make sure the fan is pushing air from behind the heater and into the area that you want to warm up. High to medium settings can also be used on colder days and nights to create a warm draft instead of a cold one.

Use a Good Quality Filter on Furnace Inlets

Depending on where your apartment is located, you may have an inlet in your room that takes air into the furnace. Even though your landlord may supply the filter for this vent, it never hurts to see what kind is installed.

Since this vent is the main source of dust entry into the central heating system, it may be to your advantage to use a better filter. This will reduce the amount of clogging in the system that ultimately reduces the air flow in the registers.

Most, if not all air handler systems can handle at least a Merv 10 filter. By contrast, most of the blue fiberglass filters are, at best, a Merv 4 or 5.

If you have problems with odors in the apartment, see if you can get permission to install a Merv 9 filter with activated carbon in it. In most cases, your landlord will probably change the filter every three months. This is one place where you may need to ask permission to make a small change as part of your winterization plans.

You can winterize your apartment without spending a fortune or asking your landlord to make dozens of changes. In most cases, you can do these tasks in just a few minutes, or develop a new and rewarding hobby. And the best thing is, that it will save your budget too!

This article has been written by Carmela Tyrell for Survivopedia.

20 Ways To Winterize Your Apartment On A Budget

Winterizing your apartment can be a chore even in the best of times, especially if you don’t want to complain to your landlord or create problems that will cost money if you move out.

On the other hand, dedicated apartment winterization products can be quite expensive.

If you are tired of high electric bills and drafty rooms, you can try these 20 inexpensive methods to winterize your apartment on a budget.

Find out Where the Drafts and Cold Spots Are

Before you start any winterization project, figure out where all the problem spots are. This will help you discover which areas need addressing so that you don’t waste time or money on areas that don’t require attention.

These simple tests can also be used to help you determine whether or not you were successful in deploying any given solution.

Drafts from the outside are likely to be the biggest cause of heat leaks in your apartment, so you will need to find out where they are so they won’t drain your heat out of the house and the money out of your pockets!

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Start off by making sure all fans and incoming heat/cooling registers are closed off.  Next, light some incense and walk around your apartment. Pay attention to areas where the smoke moves, as well as which direction it is going. Make notes on a sticky note and put them where attention is needed. You could also note each area in a notebook so that you can follow each one more easily.

Temperature and humidity levels vary from one part of a room to another, so it will be to your advantage to see exactly how these changes develop over time. You can purchase inexpensive battery powered thermometer/barometer units and place at least 5 or 6 in each room.

Observe the temperature and water vapor changes over time to get a better feel for the air currents and circulation in the room. As you seal off leaks or make other changes, see how this affects the temperature and water vapor in each area.

Replace Energy Efficient Bulbs With Incandescent Bulbs

Even though incandescent bulbs require more electricity, they also release a good bit of heat. Therefore, when you use these bulbs at night, they will give you light, and also increase the temperature in the room.

If you cannot seal up a particular draft, the heat from the lamp will also result in warmer air being pushed inward instead of cold.

Remove Lamp Shades

When using incandescent light bulbs, it never hurts to remove the lamp shade. This will allow heat to escape all the way around the bulb and release it into the rest of the room faster.

Use Plastic Bags to Create Wall Hangings

Chances are, you have already heard about wall rugs or other fabric wall hangings that will cut off drafts from the outer walls. Unfortunately, even less than attractive wall hangings can be a bit expensive. To add insult to injury, if they are too heavy, you may not be able to install them without ruining the wall.

Rather than purchase pre-made wall hangings, you can use rope or “yarn” made from plastic shopping bags, and then braid that into mats, as the plastic will still trap cold air and act as an insulator. Just make sure you keep the wall hangings far enough away from lamps or other potential sources of heat, and also from light and power sockets that may emit sparks.

Cover Floors With Rag Rugs

If your apartment is on the first floor or in the basement, a good bit of cold may be coming up through the floor. While it is possible to find area rugs at a reasonable price, you can also make a heavy rug from old rags. Just cut the rags into strips and braid them, much as you would braid plastic bags for wall hangings.

Needless to say, if you are on the second floor or higher, it may actually be a bad idea to have rugs or floor insulators. As long as your downstairs neighbor is using heat in the apartment below, it may suit your needs to simply let it rise up through the floor boards.

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That being said, you will still need to evaluate the impact of crawl spaces that may have air leaks from outside the building. Incense testing and thermometers will give you more information to work with.

Make Sure Heating Ducts and Registers are Clean

Dust and debris will always accumulate in central heating ducts. You can still try to eliminate some of the blockage by reaching down as far as you can to vacuum out any dust you can reach.

In a similar fashion, if the fins on heat registers are bent or warped, it is time to replace them. These fins help transmit heat, but they will be inefficient if they are bent or ruined.

Use Heavy Drapes or Curtains at Night

Since windows tend to be one of the biggest problems in the winter months, you will need to block them off and insulate them as much as possible during the evening hours. Use drapes, heavy curtains, or anything else that will block off as much air flow as possible.

Choose white or light colors because they do not absorb heat, so it will stay in the room. If you can’t afford heavy drapes, fill a trash bag with smaller shopping bags and fit it into the window.

Insulate the Ceiling

Regardless of the floor you live on, insulating the ceiling is very important because warm air always moves upward. Rather than let the heat escape, you can use foam insulating sheets or even tape plastic bags to the ceiling.

Just make sure no flammable material is near lamp fixtures, fans, or air registers.

Use Tin Foil to Keep Heat In

If you are using incandescent light bulbs, try putting some tin foil behind them. This will reflect more light and heat back into the room. Tin foil can also be used on walls near windows to help redirect light and heat into the room.

Simply put the tin foil up in areas where you see light hitting the wall.

Reverse the Direction of Your Ceiling Fan

During the summer months, ceiling fans will pull warm air upward and away from your living area. When you reverse the direction of the fan, warm air that has been rising will be pushed back down.

Just keep the fan set to low for the best effect.

Let the Sun in During Daylight Hours

If you pay attention to the movement of the sun around your apartment, you will see that there are times when a good bit of sun flows into each window. Open the curtains or drapes during these hours, and you will get a good bit of heat at no extra cost.

Don’t forget to shut the drapes when the sun moves out of an optimal position.

It is also possible to store some of the heat from the sun so that you can use it later on. Simply put hot water bottles or bricks on the windowsill at peak light hours. Even if the bricks or bottles only get a bit warm, they can still be carried to other parts of the apartment to cool off and release heat into the area.

Use Fireproof Material to Insulate Electric Outlets

As you test for air leaks in your apartment, you may be surprised to find some fairly large ones around electrical outlets and wall switches. Contrary to popular belief, there is something you can do to insulate these areas.

Most hardware stores sell fireproof insulating material that you can use safely around electricity boxes. Just remove the plastic face plate and follow the directions on the package.

Do not forget to throw the circuit breaker or pull the fuses so that no current is flowing through the box while you are working.

Increase or Maintain Water Vapor in the Air

When you increase heat in the air, it drives away moisture. Aside from making your apartment uncomfortably dry, the lack of moisture also reduces the capacity of the air to retain heat. Keep tubs of water near heating vents or near fans to increase the water vapor.

You can check on the results with barometer thermometer combos to see if cold spots improve from the addition of this water vapor.

Stop Air Drafts Around Doors

Next to windows, your biggest problems will come from doors. Air leaks can be stopped with folded up paper that you can remove and replace as needed. If you have especially large leaks under the door itself, you can use towels or rags to create a door “snake”.

Simply wedge the fabric under the door to keep warm air from escaping.

Place a Screen or Other Barrier Behind Doors

Doors can also be complicated because of the hinges. Since there can be a good bit of air space in this area and leaky molding, it will be to your advantage to find some way to block off these drafts.

If you cannot use caulking or other theorization aides, it may still be possible to place a screen or other barrier just inside the doorway. Just angle it so that the cold air cannot get as far into the room or move as quickly. Even though these screens will not completely cut off the draft, they will keep more of the cold in one area.

Insulate Windows With Plastic

There are many ways to insulate windows with plastic. First, you can use the pre-manufactured kits that make use of hair dryers to form-fit the plastic to your windows. You can also make window covers from clear vinyl, wood, and felt.

???????????????????????

If the molding is very new, or you don’t want to disrupt it, then simply use masking tape to hold the plastic in place. Use wood spaces under curtain rods to create an airtight seal that won’t leave marks on the molding or walls.

Use Foam or Caulking to Seal Window Cracks

Over the years, more than a few tenants have found themselves wishing they could caulk up an air leak in a window or door. At the same time, dealing with a landlord that doesn’t want this kind of work done by the tenant can create all kinds of problems.

Today, there are all kind of non-permanent foam and caulk products that can be used for this purpose. Just try them on a hidden area to make sure you can apply and remove the material easily.

Once you are certain you understand how the product works, you can go ahead and seal off all the cracks and problem areas. Later on, if you decide to move, all you have to do is take down the foam or caulk before leaving.

Make Sure Storm Windows and Doors are Closed

As simple as it may sound, you may not even realize that your screen windows have a second pane of glass that can be lowered over the screen during the winter months. If you do notice a second pane of glass, simply lower it into place to create an airspace between the inner window pane and the storm window.

Check on your storm door to see if it also has a pane of glass that can be lowered. It should be noted that lowering storm windows will help some, but will not cut off all drafts from windows and doors.

Loose molding, worn window tracks, and lost insulation between the window and the wall will still let heat escape. These issues will also have to be addressed by other means such as using caulk, plastic covering or wall hangings.

Run a Box Fan by Vents and Electric Heaters

Once you have a good sense of the air flow around each room in your apartment, you are bound to realize that most of the heat from air registers and radiators won’t go very far from the source. On the other hand, even using a box fan on a low setting will pull the air much further into the room without requiring more heating effort.

Set the fan up so that the motor side of the fan is facing the air register. In this orientation, the fan will be pulling warm air forward into the room as it is released from the register. You should feel a warm breeze in any direction that you point the fan.

Do not forget to allow enough room for the fan motor to have plenty of ventilation and access to cooler air. Even though the heat registers will not produce enough heat buildup to start a fire, a fan motor can produce a good bit of heat while it is running. It is best to leave a little bit of space in order to further extend the life of the motor.

If you are using an electric heater, you can cut down as much as 1/3 off the heater usage by putting a fan behind the heater. Just make sure the fan is pushing air from behind the heater and into the area that you want to warm up. High to medium settings can also be used on colder days and nights to create a warm draft instead of a cold one.

Use a Good Quality Filter on Furnace Inlets

Depending on where your apartment is located, you may have an inlet in your room that takes air into the furnace. Even though your landlord may supply the filter for this vent, it never hurts to see what kind is installed.

Since this vent is the main source of dust entry into the central heating system, it may be to your advantage to use a better filter. This will reduce the amount of clogging in the system that ultimately reduces the air flow in the registers.

Most, if not all air handler systems can handle at least a Merv 10 filter. By contrast, most of the blue fiberglass filters are, at best, a Merv 4 or 5.

If you have problems with odors in the apartment, see if you can get permission to install a Merv 9 filter with activated carbon in it. In most cases, your landlord will probably change the filter every three months. This is one place where you may need to ask permission to make a small change as part of your winterization plans.

You can winterize your apartment without spending a fortune or asking your landlord to make dozens of changes. In most cases, you can do these tasks in just a few minutes, or develop a new and rewarding hobby. And the best thing is, that it will save your budget too!

This article has been written by Carmela Tyrell for Survivopedia.

Money Mondays: Homemade Cards and Gifts

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com   The day after Thanksgiving, we started decorating for Christmas.  This year, we are reusing decorations from previous years. Also I started to make Christmas gifts and cards. Cards We grew up thinking that store bought cards are better, but over the years I found handmade cards are appreciated by the recipients.  I like to draw Christmas images free-hand, but for variety, I am also trying these ideas out:  Fingerprint Christmas lights card […]

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Money Mondays: Homemade Cards and Gifts

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com   The day after Thanksgiving, we started decorating for Christmas.  This year, we are reusing decorations from previous years. Also I started to make Christmas gifts and cards. Cards We grew up thinking that store bought cards are better, but over the years I found handmade cards are appreciated by the recipients.  I like to draw Christmas images free-hand, but for variety, I am also trying these ideas out:  Fingerprint Christmas lights card […]

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Top 100 Bug Out Bag Items

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Here it is, the ultimate list of bug out bag items! Now to be clear, this is not a checklist. It would be very difficult to squeeze every one of these items into a single bag, nor should you. Rather, it is a list of suggested items from which you could create any number of […]

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