Welcome to this week’s all new Sunday Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.
I had a big blooper I would like to share with you this week. I was out of unbleached flour and was not in the mood for grinding some wheat so I pulled a Mylar bag of flour from deep storage. So far so good and yes, the pizza was delicious!
Anyway, being thrifty, I was not going to let a perfectly good Mylar bag go to waste so after dumping the flour into my canister, I put the bag in the dishwasher. Surely the dishwasher would be easier than hand washing, right? Oops! This is not something that you want to do since the dish washing process separated the layers that make up the bag, making it unusable.
If you are interested in learning more storing bulk foods in Mylar bags, see How to Seal Food in Mylar Bags.
Preps this week included making up a cheat sheet for my Kaito Voyager. Actually, I had Shelly do it for me since every time I go to use the Kaito, I forget which setting to use and have to dig out the manual with its eensy teensy print. This should make things a lot easier. The cheat sheet is hand written at the moment, but as soon as I get it formatted on my laptop, I will share it with you.
Tip: if you have infrequently used equipment, consider making up your own cheat sheets. I like to put mine on 3 x 5 cards which are easy to stash in my equipment bins and bug-out-bags.
About the only other thing I did this week was make up a new batch of DIY laundry soap. If you have not tried it, I encourage you to do so. Not only will you save a ton of money, but your clothes will come out fresh and clean without the use of a bunch of unpronounceable chemicals.
That about covers it for me this week. Now for some announcements.
My friend Todd at Prepper Website wrote an article titled The SAD Way of Preparedness Websites – Possibly An Analogy of the Preparedness Life! In his conclusion, he said:
Stay Balanced – If you are an extreme prepper, but sometimes miss the “fun” stuff that others seem to be doing, just go do it. Spend the money, bite the bullet and do it. You might have a ton of fun and you might regret taking the time and money to do it. But you might not ever know unless you do it!
Also, you should never sacrifice your marriage, family or job for preparedness. If you are hurting people around you because you HAVE TO PREP, then you are doing something wrong. Find more info. on maintaining “balance” at Prepper Website.
Plan and Make Goals – You might be able to make big goals or you might have to make small goals. It always helps when you know where you want to go. Find more info. about “making goals” at Prepper Website.
Prep without Money – Purpose to find ways to prep without money. This means that you don’t need all the fancy gear! Many have done it. You can too! Find more info. about being “frugal” at Prepper Website.
Stay Consistent – This is bigger than you might think! Just a little, over time, makes a big difference!
Refresh Yourself – You know what you need to stay fresh. Pray, get outside, unwind, take your spouse on a date or whatever. Take some time and don’t be afraid to live your life. Find more about supporting your “relationships” and managing prepper “stress” at Prepper Website.
Be sure to read the complete article at Ed That Matters.
Someone left a comment this week telling me that Backdoor Survival had the best giveaways. Talk about a bit of motivation after feeling a bit of giveaway burnout. So thanks for that!
These two giveaways are currently active:
AND THE WINNERS ARE . . .
I have a number of winners to announce this week. June Simpson was the winner of the group giveaway for a 72 Hour Survival Bucket, and Rick Rice was the winner of the group giveaway for the Waterbricks.
Sara Hathaway, the author of “Day After Disaster” authorized a one-day flash giveaway to commenters to “Living Life the Old Fashioned Way”. Jim W was selected at random as are all of the winners on Backdoor Survival.
And finally, the winners of the two books by Steve Konkoly were “Dairy”, “WandaV”, and “Lisa”. Check your email and if you were one of the winners, be sure to claim your copy of the two book set including The Perseid Collapse and Event Horizon.
Congratulations to all of the winners.
ESSENTIAL OILS: TIP OF THE WEEK
Heartburn is something that happens to all of us from time to time. Many find relief from peppermint essential oil but that does not work for everyone. Other essential oils to try include lemon or the Spark Naturals “Digest” blend.
I happen to use SN Digest but whatever you use, mix a couple of drops into a carrier such as coconut oil or almond oil and rub onto the chest area or tummy. Sometimes, because I always I have it available, I mix a few drops into my healing salve. That works too.
Also, just a reminder that I have started a Facebook page that will be exclusive to Essential Oils and Natural Remedies. This is my new passion and while I will not be posting daily, I hope to post a few tips and some of those “free at the moment” eBooks weekly. Here is a link: Strategic Living is on Facebook.
THE FINAL WORD
It has been cloudy and overcast all week in my neck of the woods. Surprisingly, leaves are falling from the trees in my yard making me wonder whether there will be an early Fall. Regardless, I am delighted with my cherry tomato crop so something, weather-wise, must be right.
So what about you – what did you do to prep this week?
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Bargain Bin: For your discernment, here are of some personal and BDS reader favorites and items from the current Amazon Top 10.
Tac Force TF-705BK Tactical Assisted Opening Folding Knife 4.5-Inch Closed: This is a great knife that is currently priced at $8.73 with free shopping. Not only that, it is ranked as the #1 best seller at Amazon in both the camping and hunting knives categories. The reviews raved about this knife so I bought one, used it, and and can recommend it.
Dorcy LED Wireless Motion Sensor Flood Lite: Don’t let the $20 price lead you to think this wireless flood light is wimpy. I have two of these and feel that these lights are worth double the price. Using D-cell batteries, the Dorcy floodlight will light up a dark room or a dark stairway in an instant. I can not recommend these enough.
Coghlans Waterproof Matches 10-pack: There are 10 boxes of 40 matches each for about $7. That is a good deal for 400 waterproof matches.
Morakniv Craftline Q Allround Fixed Blade Utility Knife: PERSONAL FAVORITE! Also known as the Mora 511, this is now my favorite knife. It is made of Swedish steel and is super sharp. Many Backdoor Survival have emailed me indicating this is now their favorite knife too. I paid $12 for this knife; it was worth $12 and of course is a steal at $8.77.
FordEx Group 300lm Mini Cree Led Flashlight: PERSONAL FAVORITE! Here we go with another flashlight. At the time of this writing, this one is only $3.80 with free shipping. It is super mini sized, bright and waterproof. Plus, it uses a single, standard AA sized battery.
Shop the Emergency Essentials Monthly Specials: The monthly specials at Emergency Essentials feature discounts of up to 40% off sometimes a bit more. This month Emergency Essentials is having a fantastic Mountain House sale with savings up to 40% on their entire stock of canned products.
Not only that, they are featuring a buy one get one 50% off on Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner Buckets. This is the month to stock up and save some money on food storage items and a whole lot more!
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Are You Interested in Essential Oils?
The Spark Naturals Oil of the Month Club is the best value out there – all oils are 15ml bottles – shipped out to you once a month (on the same date you ordered the product). The price is $15.99 a month and includes shipping and tax. This is a great way to collect oils at a discounted price. Be sure to use the code BACKDOORSURVIVAL at checkout.