Monday Potpourri: Tidbits plus Link to Cashing In at Christmas

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wreathIt is once again time to get caught up with various things I have been meaning to pass on.

But first, I would like to welcome our new sponsor Camping Survival.  They are  a 55 year old company located in upstate New York.  Veteran-owned and family-run business, they sell all kinds of neat stuff and are a great source for camping supplies, survival gear and survival food.


All Backdoor Survival customers will get a 5% discount if they use the coupon code “backdoorsurvive” at checkout.  And the best thing is that you can use the code over and over again, not just with the first order.  With over 16,000 items, there is something for everyone so be sure and hop on over to check them out.  Be sure to let them know you heard about them at Backdoor Survival.

Facebook and LinkedIn Requests:  I have been receiving a number of friend requests from both Facebook and LinkedIn.  Many, I suspect, are coming from Backdoor Survival readers.  I would be thrilled to confirm your request but please include a short message so that I know who you are.  Otherwise, if I do not recognize your name, I will hit the ignore button.  Thanks for your understanding with this.

Survival Top 50:  You have probably visited the Survival Top 50 and seen Backdoor Survival listed in the rankings. Yay!  Did you also know that they are also having a reader poll?  If you are so inclined, I would appreciate your vote – you will find Backdoor Survival listed a bit more than half way down on the right hand side of the page.

Reader Tip:  Winter has officially arrived.  I want to thank one of my readers, Aura, for the following tip:

If the forecast calls for freezing weather you should always fill your bathtub with water and keep a bucket close by. Why? When your pipes freeze and the water stops flowing you will have no way to flush your toilet and I know from experience that your living quarters will soon become uninhabitable after a couple of days if you can’t dispose of waste. I learned the hard way about 4 years ago.  If you don’t have a bathtub, invest in a couple of large plastic tubs and fill them before the cold weather arrives.

Cashing In on Christmas:  In case you missed it, yesterday’s article on Strategic Living was all about dealing with the cost of Christmas and those unwanted gifts.  I think you will like it:  Cashing In On Christmas.

The Final Word

Check out the Bargain Bin below where I have listed some of the Backdoor Survival top sellers on Amazon during 2011.  Back to our regular programming on Wednesday!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!


From the Bargain Bin: Survival is all about learning to fend for yourself. Growing your own food, cooking and building stuff are all essential. Here are some of the top sellers for 2011.

Lodge Logic 12-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet: Cast iron items were at the top of the list. My readers love cast iron and so do I. Also at the top were Lodge Set of 2 Pan Scrapers and the Lodge Max Temp Handle Mitt.

All New Square Foot Gardening: I put in a Square Foot Garden last year and was pleased with the results. It is not too early to start planning for spring planting.

Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking: At an average cost of 50 cents a loaf, this bread is easy, delicious and inexpensive to make.

Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day: 100 New Recipes Featuring Whole Grains, Fruits, Vegetables, and Gluten-Free Ingredients: Ditto.

How to Live on Wheat:  Everything you need to know about wheat.

Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets (Pack of 10): For less than $8, this pack of 10 is a great deal. Free shipping too.

Fiskars 7855 8-Inch Hatchet: The Fiskars products are easily sharpened and will last a lifetime. For less than $25, what is not to like? Oh, and while you are at it, you might also like the Fiskars Axe & Knife Sharpener for an additional $10.

Kaito Voyager KA500 Solar/Crank Emergency AM/FM/SW NOAA Weather Radio: A lot of different hand crank radios were sold but this was by far, the most popular.

MAGLITE XL50-S3016 LED Flashlight: I own a number of these. Small, sturdy, and easy to handle.

Sabre Compact Pepper Spray with Quick Release Key Ring: The portability of this pepper spray adds to its appeal since it can be easily carried on a key ring or in a handbag or backpack.

The Dukan Diet: 2 Steps to Lose the Weight, 2 Steps to Keep It Off Forever: Survival Husband lost over 10 pounds in two weeks on this diet.

The Prepper’s Pocket Guide: 101 Easy Things You Can Do to Ready Your Home for a Disaster: Written by Bernie Carr at the Apartment Prepper blog, this is highly readable guide to all things preparedness.

60 – 1 Gallon Mylar Bags & Oxygen Absorbers: A staple for long term food storage.

Rothco 550lb. Type III Nylon Paracord: As far as I am concerned, paracord ranks up there with duct tape and zip ties. I wish I had know about this stuff years ago.


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Monday Potpourri: Tidbits plus Link to Cashing In at Christmas — 2 Comments

  1. Just another suggestion for avoiding frozen pipes. If you have unlimited water, or it isn’t metered, leave a tap running at all times, the flowing water won’t freeze. If you have unusually cold water opening cabinets under sinks can increase warm air circulation to the drain and pipes. I have an efficiency toilet that only uses about a gallon of water to flush and I can tell you from this weekend, a seven gallon water jug will flush my toilet six times.
    I can also tell you that at 20 below my propane will work and that at 30 below my propane won’t work, it’s been a cold winter.

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