When Do Burglaries Occur?

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Our apartment complex has been experiencing an increase in burglaries.  One resident even reported getting home and finding the intruder, who then escaped out of the second floor balcony.   Because it is happening right where I live, I thought it might be a good time to take a look at when most burglaries occur. When Do Burglaries Occur? Written by Matthew Wilson According to the FBI, a burglary occurs every 18 seconds in the U.S., adding up to nearly […]

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This Book will Help you Fix your Money Issues: Your Playbook For Tough Times, Vol. 2

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I was excited to learn Donna Freedman has released Your Playbook for Tough Times, Vol. 2:  Needs and Wants Edition.  I reviewed Vol. 1 and it was full of actionable tips. The author Donna Freedman is an award winning personal finance expert who has lived through hard financial times herself.  I’ve been reading and taking notes from her money tips since she wrote for MSN Money when she was attending college, raising a […]

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Sharpening a Knife with No Sharpener

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Having a knife available at all times is handy for unforeseen chores and other small emergencies.  That’s why I keep two.  But if the knife is dull, it is not only useless, but can be dangerous.  You have more risk of cutting yourself if your knife is dull.  You can carry a knife sharpener too, but what if you don’t have one available?  Here is a way to sharpen your knife without one. […]

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Sharpening a Knife with No Sharpener

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Having a knife available at all times is handy for unforeseen chores and other small emergencies.  That’s why I keep two.  But if the knife is dull, it is not only useless, but can be dangerous.  You have more risk of cutting yourself if your knife is dull.  You can carry a knife sharpener too, but what if you don’t have one available?  Here is a way to sharpen your knife without one. […]

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Stay Cool: 4 Tips to Help Renters Beat the Heat This Summer

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Summer officially starts this year on June 2017.  But to many of us who live in warmer climates, it started weeks ago.  If you have air conditioning, you can easily stay cool.  But if you don’t have a/c or want to cut down on utility bills, you can still find free or cheap ways to stay cool. My latest post at the Allstate Blog gives these tips.  Check out Stay Cool:  4 Tips […]

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4 Smartphone Apps for Personal Safety and Home Security

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Written by Maile Timon Home and personal safety are very important. Protecting yourself and your loved ones is always a major priority. Did you know, however, you have one of the best tools for personal safety right at your fingertips? Your smartphone can help you call for help, find your way when you’re lost, or act as a flashlight when you can’t see in the dark. In addition to the pre-installed applications, there are a number of useful apps that […]

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How to Get your Apartment Ready for Hurricane Season

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Hurricane season begins June 1st, and lasts until November 30th, with the peak between August and October.  This year is predicted to be an active one:  the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts: 11 to 17 named storms five to nine are projected to strengthen to hurricane status two to four are predicted to become major hurricanes.  As long time readers know, I started this blog soon after I experienced Hurricane Ike, […]

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Money Mondays: When You Don’t Have Time to Cook

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com One of the biggest reasons people give as to why they don’t cook at home is, “I don’t have enough time.”  I can certainly relate.  I work full time, and write this blog after hours.  After a busy day at work, it is really hard to get motivated to do anything, much less cook a dish that takes a long time to make.  But the family still has to eat dinner and eating […]

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Make Your Own Waterproof Matches

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com We recently stocked up on matches from the Dollar Tree- we got 16 boxes for just $1.  I thought it would be a good idea to make some of them waterproof. Why would you need waterproof matches? Fire is necessary for survival, for warmth and as a way to cook food.  In case of flooding or even extreme humidity, matches can get wet and you will be unable to use them.  They also […]

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Money Mondays: 10 Tips to Help When You’re Too Broke to Prep

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com A lot of people worry about not being prepared for emergencies yet feel they cannot get started because they are short on funds.  They could be facing unemployment, are on a fixed income or are in a lot of debt.  However, not getting started will just make things worse when there is a true emergency. Here are some tips that might help: Start small.  It is easy to get overwhelmed and feel like […]

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How to Make an Emergency Light

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com When you live in a small space, you don’t have a lot of room to store a lot of supplies.  But you can learn an unlimited amount of survival skills and tips you can use if an emergency were to come up. If you find yourself in a power outage at home or at a friend’s house and you don’t have any candles or flashlights, here’s a quick way to make an emergency […]

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How To get Started With Fishing

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Although most of our readers live in the big city, I always recommend spending time outdoors and learning a survival skill or two.  Even if nothing happens, you’ll have a relaxing time, and learn to find food for the family in the outdoors.  Last month, we featured getting started with hunting.  This month, we take a look at fishing as a hobby. How To get Started With Fishing Written by Lisa Summertime is finally here; it’s now time to go […]

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Huge Cyber-attack and Other Notable News

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I haven’t done a Monday Musings links share news segment in a while but there is just so much going on I had to do one today. Widespread Cyber Attack First off, there was this worldwide cyber attack with ransomware yesterday that hit at least 100 countries.  So many people were affected; hospitals could not even see patients and a lot of people’s computers were held hostage until they paid.  See Ransomware:  World […]

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How Hackers Gain Access to Your Home

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by Joseph Mack The popularity of the smart home has been growing in leaps and bounds in recent years and while that should be a good thing for consumers it does raise some concerns. Unfortunately there will always be some unscrupulous individuals out there determined to take advantage of innocent people at every opportunity – that includes both the real world and the cyber universe. There have been several high profile incidents in which hackers have used smart devices in […]

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Money Mondays: Borrowing from the Emergency Fund

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Yesterday was a normal day until we got inside our truck.   I noticed a huge crack running across the front windshield.   It started on the bottom right corner (passenger side) pointing up, then curved across toward the left, ending on the driver’s side.   We never saw anything hit the windshield or any point of impact.  It just cracked.  I researched the internet for clues on what might have caused it.  Most of […]

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Survival Hax Paracord EDC Keychain – Review

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Today we are reviewing the Survival Hax 10 in 1 Paracord EDC Keychain with Waterproof Pill Bottle. What is it? It’s a key chain (comprised of woven paracord and carabiner), with a waterproof pill container that contains a survival kit.  I opened the pill container and found: cotton tinder fire starter rod fishing line hooks weights floaters sinkers swivels eye knife safety pins wire saw I’m amazed they were able fit all these […]

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5 Non-Lethal Defense Products to Protect You During a Break-In

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Written by Jessica Thiefels One of the most frightening experiences that someone can go through is to be in your home during a break-in, which is why preparedness is key. It’s important to plan out how you could protect yourself if this should ever happen to you. The following non-lethal self-defense products should be included in any plan for protection during a break-in. One thing to be aware of, with each of these items, is that you should always practice […]

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Spring Cleaning for Preppers

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Whether you are just getting started to prepare for emergencies or a veteran prepper, you need to declutter in order to make room for emergency supplies. Why you should de-clutter To motivate you, think of all the advantages you gain by de-cluttering now: Sell unwanted but usable items and get extra money for your emergency fund or for preparedness supplies.  Even kids get excited about getting rid of unwanted books and toys if […]

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If You Have to Evacuate, What Would You Grab First?

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Most people are not prepared to evacuate on a short notice.  Yet there have been recent instances when people have had to leave their homes in a hurry.  Mandatory evacuations are ordered due to tornadoes, fires, floods, chemical or radiation leaks etc. Think about this situation for a moment:  You get awakened at 2 a.m.  The fire department is knocking on your door telling you to get out within 15 minutes.  You get […]

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Don’t Forget to Include this Essential Ingredient in Your Food Storage

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Besides basic things like food and water, we take for granted many other items we use on a daily basis such as toilet paper, soap, toothpaste, trash bags, clothing, etc.  One item that came to mind is salt.  I decided we need to store more salt:  it is inexpensive and plentiful now, but if we were to run out, we would really miss it.  For hundreds of years, salt was not readily available […]

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Jesus said to his disciples: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27   I’d like to wish everyone all the joy and hope that Easter brings.

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Can People Eat Pet Food in an Emergency?

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com One of my co-workers, a devoted mom and pet owner, told me her toddler accidentally ate a dog biscuit and liked it.  She had turned her back for a minute as the little girl grabbed a dog biscuit from the counter, placed it in her mouth and ate it.  I was a bit taken aback but she said it had all natural, organic ingredients.  And. she tasted it herself after it happened.   […]

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Money Mondays: 10 Ways I Save Money with Baking Soda in My Apartment

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com We haven’t had a Money Mondays feature in a while so it’s time for another one!  Everyone knows about using a box of baking soda to avoid odors in the fridge, but many people stop there in spite of all the known uses for baking soda. I’ve read hundreds of tips, and not all of them work for me.  I know you can brush your teeth with it, but I am not ready […]

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The Stranger in the Woods – Book review and giveaway

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Today we are featuring a new book, The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel. What is the book about? The book is about the the North Pond Hermit, Christopher Knight, who lived alone in the Maine woods, without any human contact, for 27 years. Having seen the stories about his capture in the news back in 2013, I thought it would make for an […]

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The Stranger in the Woods – Book Review and Giveaway

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Today we are featuring a new book, The Stranger in the Woods:  The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel. What is the book about? The book is about the the North Pond Hermit, Christopher Knight, who lived alone in the Maine woods, without any human contact, for 27 years.  Having seen the stories about his capture in the news back in 2013, I thought it would make for an […]

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How to Get Started with Hunting

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A lot of survival sites advise “learn how to hunt for food” in the event of a collapse.  Indeed, in Venezuela, where there is widespread hunger, desperate people are killing animals that are not normally considered as food.  However, unless you have a family that hunts, many city dwellers would not know the first thing about hunting.  I thought it would be interesting to find out how do you get started with hunting for readers who are curious about what’s […]

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34 Primitive Survival Skills All Survivalists Should Know

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This article was shared with us by Colin, freelance writer and editor at Basis Gear Maybe you’ve got a few tricks up your sleeve when it comes to outdoor survival, or perhaps you are searching for some? In any case, it goes without saying that as an earth-dweller, surviving outdoors is a matter of extreme importance. When it comes down to this, preparation is everything. How should you prepare? By taking into account the variety of skills and information essential […]

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What if You Have to Walk Out of the City in an Emergency?

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com If you live or work in the big city there is always a chance you may have to walk out in an emergency.   This is not something that I hope ever happens; trust me, walking out of a sprawling metropolis does not appear anywhere on my wish list.  However, we know that the possibility exists that even in the most developed cities, transportation systems can be disrupted at any time. Besides knowing how […]

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Many Preppers Fail to Do this One Thing

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com A lot of people are paying attention to prepping.  We’re even seeing articles in the mainstream media that more and more “regular” people are getting involved.  I’m glad about that. But after a recent visit forums and review boards, I know there is one step that’s not being done.  People get all excited about getting gear for emergencies, maybe even do a ton of research before purchasing.  Then they stash it away.  They […]

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Why I Keep Two Knives with Me

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com   One popular topic around the preparedness community is the “EDC” or every day carry.  These are items we keep with us wherever we go.   I have a number of items I consider part of my EDC, but today, I’d like to talk about knives.  I have two favorites that I keep with me: My Swiss Army knife Gerber Knife Why do I have two knives? It might sound a little redundant, but […]

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Pine Needle Tea

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com   I got the idea about pine needle tea from watching old episodes of Bear Grylls in Man vs. Wild.  He picked out some pine needles, boiled them then drank the tea.  He said pine needles are full of vitamin C.  In a survival situation, if fruits and vegetables are scarce, you’ll need a good source of vitamin C.  I also read it can be a good decongestant.  Spotting a nice looking pine […]

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10 Easy Tips to Avoid Food Storage Problems

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com A lot of people want to store food for emergencies but feel they have obstacles that prevent them from doing so.  Perhaps they feel they don’t have any free space, or become overwhelmed by the task. Having limited space and living in a hot humid climate for at least 120 days out of the year, I am very familiar with storage problems. Ideally, food should be stored at around 50-55 degrees, with no […]

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How to Prepare for Job Loss

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Recently, a large grocery chain closed its store in our area.  I spoke with some of the employees and expressed my dismay that they were closing.  Although some of the workers managed to transfer to another branch, many were let go.  During the same week I found out that My Fit Foods a popular prepared food chain, abruptly closed all their stores nationwide, leaving many employees jobless.  I felt bad hearing about people […]

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How to Prepare for Job Loss

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Recently, a large grocery chain closed its store in our area.  I spoke with some of the employees and expressed my dismay that they were closing.  Although some of the workers managed to transfer to another branch, many were let go.  During the same week I found out that My Fit Foods a popular prepared food chain, abruptly closed all their stores nationwide, leaving many employees jobless.  I felt bad hearing about people […]

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Daylight Saving Time: 4 Maintenance Tasks for Renters

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com It’s almost time to spring your clocks forward. Besides changing your clocks and testing your smoke detectors, this may also be a great time to tackle some of those maintenance tasks you’ve been putting off in your apartment. Here are four to-dos you may want to consider this time of year.   Read the rest of my article here:  Daylight Saving Time:  4 Maintenance Tasks for Renters, up on the Allstate Blog.   […]

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Krav Maga Tactical Survival Book Review and Giveaway

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Krav Maga Tactical Survival is about using Krav Maga techniques in real life situations.  It is all about evaluating a dangerous situation and neutralizing attackers before they get the upper hand. As a reader who knows very little about Krav Maga, I thought the book was very interesting.  I liked the section on Armed and Unarmed Self Defense Scenarios.  The author goes over how an angry person responds and also talks about de-escalation.  […]

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Survival Tips for the Senior Apartment Prepper

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I heard that one of my favorite aunts and her husband recently moved to an assisted living facility.   They have a one bedroom unit in a complex that has medical personnel available to check on the residents periodically.  One of the things she mentioned about her new abode is the small size, so storage is an issue just as it is with other apartment preppers.  We have not discussed the subject of senior […]

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5 Tips to Start Your Apartment Garden with Very Little Money

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I’ve been seeing Facebook posts about starting up this year’s garden.  I know it is still early March and in many areas the cold is still lingering.  But it is not a bad idea to start thinking about growing a few herbs and vegetables in your apartment balcony or patio. With a little planning, you can get your apartment garden started a minimal cost.  That’s why it’s best to get started early. Set […]

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An Insight Into UK Prepping

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Apartment Prepper has readers all over the world and I have seen an increasing number of visitors from across the pond.  I’ve often wondered what it might be like to prep in the UK.   In this article, UK prepper, guest writer Martin Anderson offers us an interesting view into what’s it really like. An Insight Into UK Prepping Written by Martin Anderson   Like many a UK prepper, I often find myself on US Prepper websites looking for the latest […]

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Does the Travel John Work?

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com My last post discussed possible alternatives for dealing with liquid waste while trying to bug out without having to stop.  We found the Travel John, a popular product among campers, online.  Before I recommend anything I always try out the item to make sure it works. What is the Travel John? It is a disposable urinal that is portable, is said to be leak proof, and odor free. The box came with 18 […]

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Dealing with Liquid Waste While Bugging Out

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Close to a year ago, while we were focused on building our home preparedness items, I wrote about toilet paper substitutes in this post.   These days we are focusing on “bug out” supplies. Houston residents still talk about their nightmare trips right before Hurricane Rita, when people were trying to leave the city all at once.  Thousands of people were stuck in traffic for hours, as freeways turned into parking lots.  Drivers just […]

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Is it a Cold or the Flu?

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Our local news announced that statistics for the number of flu cases has spiked this week.  I’m not surprised.  I’ve noticed a lot of co-workers coming to work while sick.  The most common comment when asked about their condition is, “I’m so miserable, I don’t even know what I have.” How can you tell whether you have a cold or the flu?   (I am not a doctor; so this is not medical […]

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5 Myths about Apartment Break-Ins

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com A few days ago, we got a notice from the apartment manager that one of our neighbor’s units got broken into.  I went to the leasing office to find out the scoop.  Our leasing manager has worked there for 25 years so I knew I could get some information. Some of the most common widely held beliefs about burglaries in apartments turned out to be myths. 5 Myths about Apartment Break-Ins: Burglaries happen […]

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How to Prep Like the Rich

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I recently came across such as Doomsday Prep for the Super Rich and a few others that say the elite are preparing for disaster.  Many are concerned about widespread unrest and other large scale catastrophes.   We’ve been writing about preparedness for some time now so I am not surprised.  Anyone who considers how dependent we are on technology, electricity, transportation and infrastructure quickly realizes our way of life can be interrupted by a […]

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7 Emergency Water Sources for Apartment Dwellers

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  This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Water is such a crucial need – you can only go three days without water. A lot of people who prepare plan to fill the bathtub before a hurricane, ice storm or other predicted emergency. However, if a disaster were to happen suddenly, it would not be possible to fill the bathtub ahead of time. To be sure you are prepared for a sudden water emergency, store enough water for drinking as […]

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TV Series for Prepper/Survival Store – Casting Now

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This is a sponsored post. Do you own a survival/ prepper/or custom outdoor gear store?  If so, Glass Entertainment Group wants to hear from you! Glass Entertainment Group, a premier reality TV production company is currently casting for a survival store for a new television series with a major cable network. The store they are looking for is a jack of all trades shop that is centered around wilderness and survival. Please submit a brief bio and include the following […]

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Ice vs. Heat for Injuries

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com A few weeks ago, I went to the chiropractor for an adjustment.  My lower back had been bothering me so I asked for some tips for self care.  The chiropractor told me I can use ice to relieve inflammation when needed.  I asked him about applying heat, and he indicated heat is fine for pain relief, but must not be used when inflammation is involved.  I thought it would be good to sort […]

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10 Emergency Uses for Your Smart Phone

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com A couple of nights ago, my beeping phone alarm woke me up at 2:30 a.m.  At first I was annoyed about getting woken up, but when I checked what was going on, I found out there was a good reason.   The Weather Service issued a tornado warning in our immediate area.  Sure enough, the winds had picked up considerably.  When I turned on the TV news, the pictured showed the path of the […]

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Interested in Living Off-Grid? This Book will Tell You How

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    Living in an apartment in a big city, I wondered what it would be like to make a complete change and live off grid in a nice piece of land somewhere.  That’s why I was excited to read Tammy’s Trayer’s new book, How to Embrace an Off-Grid Lifestyle. Who is the author? The author of the book, Tammy Trayer, blogs  at TrayerWilderness.com.  She is also a radio show host at Mountain Woman Radio. Tammy and her family live […]

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Should You Keep Prepping When Things are Good?

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  This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I’ve seen postings in social media that people no longer feel the need to prep because Donald Trump is now in the White House.  Or, they feel good about the economy, gas prices are a lot lower than they have been in years, therefore, things are good.  Many people seem to be really optimistic about their finances. Should you keep prepping when things are good? It may be tempting to ease up […]

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Make Hibiscus Tea from Dried Flowers

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com   I never knew flowers were edible until my mother in law told me about edible zucchini flowers and hibiscus flower tea. At first I thought it would be gross to eat a flower, but now that I am interested in self sufficiency skills, it actually makes sense. I thought it would be a good skill to learn how to make tea from dried flowers. I think it’s great to be able to […]

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Food Storage Just Got Easier with My Patriot Supply

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I am excited to welcome our latest sponsor, My Patriot Supply. Who is My Patriot Supply? My Patriot Supply is a store specializing in self-sufficiency and emergency preparedness.  It was established in 2008.  The store’s founders live the preparedness lifestyle and understand the needs of this community.  They believe that true freedom comes from attaining a certain level of self-reliance and their survival store was created with this truth in mind. Products My Patriot Supply features only the finest quality […]

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Financial Emergency: 12 Ways to Raise Cash

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Everyone faces the need to raise cash at some point:  unplanned medical bills, car repair expenses, legal troubles etc.  It can get so dire that rent gets behind or utilities such as water and power are being threatened with disconnection.   Pretty soon, TV or radio commercials singing the virtues of payday loans start to sound tempting. If you find yourself starting to wonder whether a payday loan may help you in the short […]

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Survival Hax Tactical Flashlight Review

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I had an opportunity to try a review sample of the Survival Hax Tactical LED Flashlight. What’s included? Flashlight Rechargeable 3.7v 18650 battery with plastic sleeve Charger AAA adapter How does it work? Operating the flashlight is very simple.  To turn it on and off, you simply press the green button at the bottom of the flashlight .  Lightly pressing the green button also allows you to switch among the following lighting modes: High […]

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How to Keep a Low Profile in Urban Situations

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Written by Dan Stevens, Modern Survival Online Spoiler alert: keeping a low profile in urban settings is a lot harder than if you lived in a small town. The bigger the head count, the more likely it is to be spotted, attacked and so on. Nevertheless, there are ways to become a gray, as us preppers like to say. There are a number of things you can do and they aren’t hard but need to be practiced. Keep in mind […]

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Prepare to Help Your Community in an Emergency

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com There have been several large disasters in recent memory – Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, the 2016 Louisiana floods, tornadoes, ice storms, where hundreds of people lose vital infrastructure, or are displaced.  It take several weeks or months to recover.    Even though a state of emergency is declared, sometimes even ahead of the event, people bemoan the fact that the government wasn’t around to provide much needed help.  Well, the truth of the […]

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13 Signs of a Societal Collapse

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by Tess Pennington Ready Nutrition There are times when I sit and think about the collision course this country is on and the so-called leaders who put us here. It is excruciating to watch and see the signs that no one wants to see. Rather than being perceptive to what is going on around them, many have chosen to blindly go about their life and spend their hard-earned money on what the television tells them to buy instead of what they need in […]

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DIY Hand and Foot Warmer

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Although winter 2017 officially started on Dec. 21st, thousands of people have been experiencing the bitter cold for several weeks.  I thought I’d post a season appropriate project anyone can do. Some days I have really cold hands and feet and cannot seem to get warm no matter what I do.   So I decided to try making my own foot warmer. I originally saw this project in Surviving and Thriving a while back […]

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Best Way to be Prepared While Traveling: Advice from Scott Finazzo, Author of Prepper’s Guide to Knots

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Today we are featuring Scott Finazzo’s latest book, Prepper’s Guide to Knots. Prepper’s Guide to Knots  provides clear directions on tying various knots to help you in survival situations such as: Creating shelter Transporting an injured person Moving logs Protecting your home against intruders Hanging food bags to store or keep dry Except for using paracord, I have to admit I have not spent much time tying knots until I read this book.   […]

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Should You Include Fish Antibiotics in Your Survival Kit?

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This post contains sponsored links from Camping Survival. I have been seeing articles about fish antibiotics in the preparedness community for years now but I have not previously addressed them in this blog.  But now that changes are being made in regulating animal antibiotics for 2017, a lot of readers are wondering about them.  I am not a medical professional and cannot tell you the way to go in this matter but thought this would be a good time at […]

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8 Ways to Charge your Phone When the Power is Out

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com A few weeks ago, we had a power outage when a transformer in our neighborhood blew out.  At the time my phone was low on battery life and needed to be charged.  I wasn’t too worried about it, since I have a few sources of backup power.  With our reliance on smart phones, I thought it would be helpful exercise to figure out ways to charge the phone in an outage. Portable charger […]

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DIY Heater for Emergencies

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Each year, as the weather gets colder, I receive emails from readers who lose power in their homes or apartment.  They are worried about heating their space when the power is out.  I have written about keeping your apartment warm in the winter without power.   The following article provides some good instructions on making a homemade heater with items that are easy to obtain.  Please note this DIY heater is not meant to replace a heating system.  The flower pot […]

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5 Ways to Make Candles Last Longer

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Candles are both decorative and functional.  We tend to use more candles beginning in Thanksgiving and throughout the fall and winter seasons.  They give a great ambiance at the dinner table or throughout the house, and can be used as emergency lighting in a power outage. Soy candles are said to last longer than regular wax candles.  Quick tip:  For emergencies, choose long lasting candles, and don’t forget to store matches next to […]

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Berkey Sport Bottle Christmas Giveaway

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com LPC Survival, aka The Berkey Guy has sponsored our latest giveaway:  Enter to win two Berkey Sport Bottles (for one winner)  by submitting your entry below. What is the Berkey Sport Bottle? Bottle is 22 ounces, is portable and durable. Made from a safe, non-leaching material.  It is non BPA/BPS. Ideal for exercising or travel The filter is designed to remove or dramatically reduce toxic chemicals, heavy metals, volatile organic compounds, trihalomethanes, detergents, […]

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50 Alternative Uses for Coca-Cola

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I found this infographic interesting so I thought I’d share it with you.  I’ve tried Coke as a marinade, as a Coke float (instead of root beer) and as a popsicle, but I have to admit I had not tried these other uses.  And, when I do try them I’ll be sure to let you know how it turned out! The infographic ’50 Alternative Uses for Coca-Cola’ is courtesy of Varooma

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How to Make a Realistic Urban Bug in Plan

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Written by Dan Stevens, Modern Survival Online It is said urbanites cannot bug in. Bugging out seems to be the first choice for people who are trapped in cities that will become death traps. Bugging in seems to be a luxury if you either live in the burbs, a small town or the wilderness or… if you’re willing to move there. Allow me to prove those people wrong. Well, in part, because there are limits to what you can do […]

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Watch Your Back Book Review and Giveaway

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Every year, as we get closer to the holidays, we hear news reports about people being victims of crime.  We are also hearing about possible terror threats.  With all these possible hazards, I thought this book is worth a look:  Watch Your Back:  How to Avoid the Most Dangerous Moments in Daily Life by Roger Eckstine. What is the Book About? The author presents various potential risky situations that come up in every […]

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Thanksgiving Blessings to You

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You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Corinthians 9:11-12   This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Thanksgiving 2016 comes only a few weeks after one of the most divisive elections in our country.  […]

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Track your Prepping Goals with this 2017 Emergency Preparedness Calendar

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I felt overwhelmed when I first started preparing for emergencies.  It seemed like there was a lot to do and I did not have the money or time to do it.  Even when I got started there were days when I got discouraged and slacked off my preparedness goals.  I wished I had something to help me stay on track.  Now there is.  I am excited to welcome our new sponsor, Turning the […]

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Should You Keep Potassium Iodide in Your Emergency Kit?

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com For years, I had not really considered keeping potassium iodide in my emergency supplies.  I didn’t really consider nuclear threats to be on my list of “must prepare for” scenarios.  But that is in the past.  I was recently speaking with a co-worker whose father was a nuclear physicist.  The topic of preparing for nuclear disasters came up.   We looked at nuclear power plants within 50 miles of our locations and found we […]

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5 Life-saving Emergency Procedures You Should Know from the Author of Prepper’s Survival Medicine Handbook

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  Today we are featuring a new book by Scott Finazzo, Prepper’s Survival Medicine Handbook: A Lifesaving Collection of Emergency Procedures from U.S. Army Field Manuals.  The book is designed to help you in an emergency when no doctor is available.  It covers various types of health emergencies and what you have to do to survive.  Each condition includes symptoms to help you identify what you are facing, prevention, as well as treatment. About the Author Scott Finazzo is an […]

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8 Fall Back Prepping Chores

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Sunday, November 6th is the end of Daylight Savings Time for 2016, in which most of the country sets their clocks back by an hour. Besides resetting all your watches and clocks, today is also a good day to  do a little maintenance on your emergency supplies. Do these chores today Check the batteries in your flashlights, touch lamps and other emergency lighting and replace if the battery is looking weak.  While your […]

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Brushfire Plague Retribution Review

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Brushfire Plague Retribution is volume 3 of the Brushfire Plague series.  We reviewed the first book and found it to be riveting.  The third book does not disappoint; it continues to deliver as much, if not more action as the previous books. What is it about? The Brushfire Plague series is about a world falling apart as a result of a widespread plague.  Millions of people have died and violence is rampant. Cooper […]

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What Spooked Me this Halloween

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Many families have some kind of Halloween tradition, and ours is Scary Movie Night.  There are certain movies we like to see year after year.  One of my favorites from when the kids were little, is Hocus Pocus, with just right amount of scare but not so much as to give the kids nightmares.  As an adult, I’ve always been creeped out by “It,” having read the Steven King book and watched the […]

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Epic Wipes Review

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I am always on the lookout for products that can help you maintain good hygiene in an emergency.  When a representative from Epic Wipes contacted me with an offer for a sample, I thought it would be a good fit for a review. Here is what a box of 10 and an individual packet looks like:   What are Epic Wipes? Epic Wipes are individually wrapped wet wipes that are 16 times larger […]

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Can Hackers Use Your Appliances as Weapons?

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Yesterday, a huge attack caused many popular sites such as Twitter, Reddit, Etsy, Spotify to go offline for a period of time.   The companies that were affected used a company called Dyn, which helps users to find sites online.  Dyn was a victim of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.   DDos attacks work by inundating a site with huge amounts of data, rendering their servers to be overwhelmed. What does this have […]

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Feeling More Urgency to Prepare?

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com It seems that there has been no shortage of bad news in the recent weeks, and things are sounding more and more worrisome. A few weeks ago, I had already written that several governments around the world are telling their citizens to prepare.  Hurricane Matthew brought flooding and destruction to many areas in the U.S. and the Caribbean.   But it has not stopped there. This past week, Russia test fired three ballistic missiles […]

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Basic Survival Gear for Long Term Treks

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By Jack Neely, The Tactical Guru. As a hiker, outdoorsman or a survivalist enthusiast, you’re basically as safe as your survival gear. The same way a fisherman cannot go fishing without a good fishing rod or a hunter without a crossbow, you also shouldn’t venturing out in the wild without a survival gear. And in this case, we are talking about a homemade survival gear. The best thing about creating your own survival gear is that it allows you the […]

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Apartment Evacuation Checklist: 3 Things to Take

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com If you only had 30 minutes to evacuate your apartment, what would you take? Your computer? Your birth certificate? Your grandmother’s ring? Having to evacuate your home quickly is stressful enough, let alone having to decide what belongings to grab in a short amount of time. Read the rest of the article here:  Apartment Evacuation Checklist:  3 Things to Take, up on the Allstate Blog. Blog update: I have been working on switching to another email […]

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Five Habits that Help Improve Your Survival Chances in a Random Attack

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com In the past couple of weeks, there have been several attacks where innocent people going about their day got hurt or killed. Minnesota mall knife attack – On Sept. 17, a 22 year old man stabbed 10 people in a Minnesota mall before police killed him as he tried to lunge. Washington mall shooting – On Sept 23, a 20 year old man went on a shooting rampage and killed four women and […]

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Natural DIY Remedies for Stings, Bites, Scratches, and Sunburns

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The crisp fall weather has not yet appeared where I live.  It still feels like summer and we are still seeing stinging bugs such as wasps.  I wrote about Apt Prepper son got stung before and it is not pleasant.  Back then I did not know about natural remedies or essential oils.  They really work! DIY Remedies for Stings, Bites, Scratches, and Sunburns Here’s a neat infographic from Fix.com (shared with permission) that gives some great tips.   Source: Fix.com […]

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What if You Lose a Filling Just as SHTF?

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com A few days ago I was enjoying a Butterfinger chocolate bar when I noticed one of my back molars felt really sharp and sensitive.  I could not see all the way back there but it felt like I cracked a filling.  It was a weekend so the dentist office was closed.  I endured a weekend of pain and not being able to chew my food properly.  That Monday I called and made an […]

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Autumn Safety Tips for Renters and Other News

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com   A good Tuesday to everyone!  The first day of the fall season starts this Thursday, Sept. 22.   Fall seems to be the mildest season and we’re all anxiously awaiting it but there are still safety issues to watch out for.  I wanted to share my latest article, Renters:  6 Autumn Safety Tips over at the Allstate Blog. Have the recent events such as the bomb plot in New York/New Jersey and […]

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How to Explain Emergency Preparedness to Kids

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Being prepared for emergencies involves the whole family, whether you are buying supplies and gear, or developing new skills.  Young children quickly notice a change in routine or behavior.  They will become curious about what’s going on.  Kids get anxious whenever anything interrupts the familiar schedule.  If there is an impending emergency such as an ice storm or hurricane, they may become fearful. Here are a few tips on explaining preparedness to kids: […]

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Money Mondays: Money Hack to Help You Stay on Budget

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com If you are trying to stay on budget but seem to be having difficulty succeeding, here is a hack to help you get there. Money Hack to Help You Stay on Budget:  The Debit Card Diet We tried the debit card diet during the month of August in our own Apartment Prepper household. What is it? The Debit Card Diet involves using cash for all shopping transactions.  Mr Apt Prepper and I agreed […]

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