Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz – a roundup of preparedness news, tips, articles and recommendations from around the web. But first, an update on my own preps.
Because I was recovering from eye surgery, I did not have much prepping time (actually none) but Shelly pitched in so it was still a productive week. I did have one Amazon purchase of note. This essential oil diffuser uses water and essential oils to make make a mist of micro-particles and disperse them into the air.
Do I feel the healing qualities of the essential oils this way? The jury is still out. I used a combination of lemon and lavender oils and the smell was heavenly plus, the changing lights were soothing. A bit of an extravagance I know, but heck, it was my birthday after all.
Other preps this week were the purchase of a dozen packs of my favorite Bear Creek Soups at our local drugstore. These soups have a long shelf life, are light weight to carry, and super-delicious. They normally sell for close to $5.00 each but were on sale for $2.79.
Why do I mention this? Sometimes you can find prepping bargains in the most unlikely places. Keep an eye peeled and a little extra cash on hand so you can stock up when you find something that would make the perfect addition to your food storage panty.
Okay, enough about me. Let’s get on to the Sunday Survival Buzz.
SURVIVAL NEWS & ARTICLES FROM AROUND THE WEB
Shock Interview: Welfare Recipient: “I Get to Sit Home… I Get to Smoke Weed… We Still Gonna Get Paid”: A welfare recipient in Austin recently contacted a morning radio show and explained that she gets a lot of money from the program. What she does with it may (or may not) surprise you.
The Fatal Flaw With the Dave Ramsey Snowball Method: The debt-snowball method is a debt reduction strategy, whereby one who owes on more than one account pays off the accounts starting with the smallest balances first while paying the minimum on larger debts. Once the smallest debt is paid off, one proceeds to the next slightly larger small debt above that, so on and so forth, gradually proceeding to the larger ones later. Here is one of my favorite blogger’s experience – and something to keep in mind as you work to become debt free.
Hiding your Emergency Supplies from Strangers: This article is a good one to keep on hand if you frequently have workers or even landlords come into your home, condo, or apartment.
JFK Murder: Fifty Years Later And The Cover Up Continues: Shelly and I are of two opinions on the murder of JFK. I leave it up to you to decide which side of the fence you are standing.
Plain white T-shirt for $7 or $70? How wealth gap is changing retail: $70 for a plain white tee shirt? Are you kidding me? Personally, I am a $15 Lands End T-shirt type of gal – even less on sale. You have seen me wear them in most of my photos. As the article says,“The growing wealth gap between the richest and poorest Americans is increasingly creating a shopping chasm between those who are trading up and those who are trading down, experts say. What’s missing is the middle.”
Does a Constitution-free zone really exist in America?: Since 2008, the ACLU has maintained that there is a 100-mile constitution-free zone that wraps around the the external boundary of the United States. Within this area, Americans could be subject to random and arbitrary stops and searches. Is there really a government law that disallows the Fourth Amendment for 200 million Americans? Some people say it’s true, but the reasoning behind a 100-mile “Constitution-free” zone argument is confusing at best. This is a well balanced discussion and something we should all read.
Frustrated Americans Can’t Register for Obamacare, but a Dog in Colorado Got Coverage: This one really hit home with me. My existing coverage is being canceled and I have spent over 10 hours trying to find a replacement. The state website throws me out, the federal website is a joke, and fast talking salespeople at the insurance companies do not give a hoot whether your existing physician is included in their network. I am healthy and I pay the full premium. Don’t get me started. (And kudos to a Costco representative who finally found the perfect plan for me. He did all of the work without keeping me on the phone for hours. Prompt and courteous – I am sooooo grateful.)
North Texas Drivers Stopped at Roadblock Asked for Saliva, Blood: We all know this is coming, but to read about it in the MSM makes it very real and very “right now” rather than later.
Singing show tunes helps fight off dementia, Alzheimer’s disease: A study by U.S. scientists has shown that the brain function of those suffering from dementia can be improved if they belt out their favorite show tunes. Researchers working with elderly residents at an East Coast care home found in a four-month long study found that people who sang their favorite songs showed a marked improvement compared to those who just listened.
BACKDOOR SURVIVAL MAIL BAG & READER TIPS
From Anne via Facebook:
Growing up in Montana, we had a small acreage that was nearly self sufficient as far as food goes… if we didn’t grow it and can it, we didn’t generally eat much of it and believe me, we ate well. My folks had planned out our place based on a book called the “Have More Plan”. (My Dad often laughingly referred to it as the “Do-More Plan”) A few years ago, I found the booklet was still in print and bought a copy of it. It is worth looking at a post-war plan that if you have acreage is doable.
I located a copy that is available as a free download and put it on my RESOURCES PAGE. Enjoy – and a huge hat tip to Anne!
This tip came it from Dave. Has anyone else purchased wheat directly from the farmers?
A bushel of wheat is 60 pounds. Any farmer will sell you a couple of bushels for $6 or $7 dollars a bushel. Pick up a flour mill, used, they are commonly sold for half price or less. Now you have the means to make very nice bread for next to nothing.
And last for today, some additional tips from Ecominer on what to do when the power goes out:
IF POWER IS OUT, WHAT TO DO??
1. If you have a hot water heater there is generally a valve at the bottom you can drain the water heater. This water is drinkable.
2. If you use chemicals in the water tank to your toilet this water is not drinkable in most cases.
3. If you are out of water in your toilet, put a plastic trash bag in the toilet and do your thing in the plastic bag, everyone, in the house, and then change daily. Otherwise you will only be able to fill up the toilet until it is overflowing and then what are you going to do.
4. If you have beef in the freezer, and there is no power, take out the beef and as it thaws, cut it up into thin strips and hang it to dry. This is a basic way to jerky meat.
5. If you have a grill, take your pork and chicken and grill it as it thaws.
6. If the power is out in your refrigerator, take out everything and put it in a cooler. If it is winter, set it out in the garage to keep it cool if you are in a cold weather area. If not, take out the ice in your refrigerator, put it in a plastic bag, tie it off, and stick it in the cooler with your food.
7. If winter, and you have a Big Buddy catalytic propane heater you can use it in your house without being asphyxiated. This will keep your pipes from freezing, and if you close off rooms will keep everyone warm to a certain extent.
8. If you have a couple of five gallon water containers, you can buy at a sporting goods store, you should be able to last three or more days without additional help.
AND THE WINNER IS . . .
Here is how she answered the question “How would you survive if everyone around you was simply out for themselves?”
I would seriously have to give this question some thought. As I and my Mom and brother are all disabled and in wheelchairs, I guess there would not be a lot of options open for us. I would like to hide the stash I have already acquired. I already live in the boonies. I guess just pray to Yahweh and hope that he is in charge.
For those of you that entered and missed out, I have some special news. Early next month I will be holding another A. American giveaway, this time for three books, including Escaping Home! Watch for an announcement on December 7th.
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Can I really say finally? Thanks to the generous proof-reading efforts of a number of BDS readers and especially Sandra (you know who you are), the final edits to The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage are complete and I am sending the eBook up to Amazon for their blessing this week.
Next week this time it should be available for purchase. And hint hint wink wink. It will make a wonderful holiday gift to yourself and your Prepper friends.
THE HOLDAY GIFT GUIDE AND A PERSONAL RANT
Speaking of the holidays, I do have a holiday gift guide coming out this year. I struggled with it, primarily because I hate the commercialism of the holidays. On the other hand, I really do want to point you in the right direction, especially in stocking stuffer department.
Related to that, it seems that everyone has their hands out these days, website wise. If I see one more of those nefarious ads for “Power Companies Hate This” or “37 Things to Hoard” and the like, I will scream. These ads pop up everywhere and seem directly related to my web browsing. I hate that!
Have you noticed that Backdoor Survival does not pop-up any ads related to your previous web browsing? There are no annoying “subscribe now” pop-ups, no cookie tracking, no nothing. Oh – and I never make a plea for donations. I won’t ask for and will not accept donations of any type. You local food bank or your church or temple could use your donation if you choose to make one.
THE FINAL WORD
I have lots of giveaways this month and next – probably more than I can handle – but somehow I will get them all in. My apologies in advance if I have more giveaways than articles but those reviews, if they are honest, do take time. We will just have to see how it goes. Want to see the booty? See Backdoor Survival Winter Blast Giveaway.
For those of you that only check in on Sunday’s, have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends.
What about you – what did you do to prep this week? Until, next time, remember to make every day a prep day!
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Bargain Bin: For your discernment, here are of some items mentioned today as well as some personal and BDS reader favorites and items from the current Amazon Top 10.
ZAQ Dew Aromatherapy Diffuser: This essential oil diffuser uses water and essential oils to make make a mist of micro-particles and disperse them into the air. No heating or burning means the properties of the oil are not broken down.Low energy use. The really cool thing is that the light (which can be turned off) changes colors all by its own self. Very soothing and I love it!
Bear Creek Country Kitchens Navy Bean Soup Mix: These are not as good a deal as the sale price at my local drugstore but worth a peek anyway. These soups are great tasting and good to have on hand for emergencies. All you need to do is add water.
Blocklite Ultra Bright 9V LED Flashlight: I now own six of these little gems. There is a similar flashlight called the Pak-Lite (which is more expensive) but it does not have a high-low switch like this one. Less than $10. These little flashlights just go and go, plus, they make good use of those re-purposed 9V alkaline batteries that you have recharged with your Maximal Power FC999 Universal Battery Charger.
FordEx Group 300lm Mini Cree Led Flashlight Torch Adjustable Focus Zoom Light Lamp: Here we go with another flashlight. At the time of this writing, this one is only $3.55 with free shipping. It is super mini sized, bright and waterproof. Plus, it uses a single, standard AA sized battery.
Morakniv Craftline Q Allround Fixed Blade Utility Knife: Also known as the Mora 511, this is now my favorite knife. It is made of Swedish steel and is super sharp. I paid $12 for this knife last week and today it is $8.95 so I ordered another one. It was worth $12 and of course is a steal at $8.95!
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter: The LifeStraw is considered the most advanced, compact, ultra light personal water filter available. It contains no chemicals or iodinated resin, no batteries and no moving parts to break or wear out. It weighs only 2oz. making it perfect for the prepper. For more information, see my LifeStraw review.
Magnesium Fire Starter: This Campers’ Magnesium Emergency Fire Starter is about $4.
UCO Stormproof Match Kit with Waterproof Case, 25 Stormproof Matches and 3 Strikers: The UCO Stormproof Match Kit is waterproof and holds 25 matches as well as spare strikers. The matches burn for around 15 seconds and are windproof, waterproof, and even continue burning underwater. An integrated striker is attached on the side of the match kit, and can be replaced when worn out.
2 Pack Survival Kit Can Opener, Military, P-51 Model: These can openers makes great addition to any survival, fishing, hiking, or camping pack. They are lightweight and robust and they just work.
Shop the Emergency Essentials Monthly Specials: The monthly specials at Emergency Essentials feature discounts of up to 35% off sometimes a bit more.
Recent purchases from Emergency Essentials
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Spotlight: After a ton of research, I am now using essential oils from Spark Naturals for wellness purposes. There are a lot reasons one of which is their commitment to both quality and value.