The Survival Buzz #196: Organizing Prep Purchases – Again!

Gaye LevyGaye Levy | Updated Jul 2, 2019 (Orig - Nov 21, 2015)



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Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps plus news and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

For the past few weeks, I have been purchasing this and that and stashing the items in a closed off room.  Who has not done that from time to time?  This week I decided it was time to start putting things in their proper place so that is what I did.  It probably took more time to organize after the fact than if I had done it from the get go but heck, at least it is done.

Organizing Prep Purchases Again | Backdoor Survival

Here are some the preps that arrived by Mr. UPS recently:

Mobile Washer:  I use the mobile washer at my Washington home weekly for one thing or another.  It is especially useful for pre-washing messy grimy rags.  Alas, I left it there so I need another one for my desert home.

50 feet of paracord: I have paracord in all of my emergency kits but wanted some to use around the house.  This stuff is so useful for so many things. See 44 Fantastic Uses of Paracord for Prepping and Survival.

Another Ultra Fire Mini Cree:  These are cheap, sturdy flashlights and you can never have enough.

2 cans of instant milk and a “milk mixing pitcher”:  The pitcher was a bonus so I basically got it for free.  I needed the milk to add to my DIY Biscuit Mix and also as an addition to my food storage pantry.

Large bottle of red food coloring:  This is used to periodically test that the black filters in my Royal Berkey are working properly.  This huge bottle was only slightly more than the cost of a tiny bottle at the supermarket.  When is the last time you performed a red food dye test on your Berkey>

Mini LED flashlights:  I am adding these mini LED flashlights to all of my key rings  Note that I am replacing the included rings with my own that are fashioned from tie wrap (also called zip ties).  I was lucky enough to find these red mini-LED flashlights for the same price as the black ones.

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In addition to these items, I picked up another 25 pounds of pintos and 25 pounds of white rice at Costco.  And finally, I found large box of matches, where else? The Dollar Store.

Still left to do are packaging of the beans and rice, and also filling those 2 large, 160 gallon water tanks I purchased last month.

That about covers it for me this week, prep-wise.  Now for a few  announcements.

Current Backdoor Survival Giveaways

Before I list this week’s giveaways, I want to remind you to check your email (and your spam folder) to see if you have won last week’s giveaway.  I am seeing some familiar names show up as winners and yet not getting confirmation within the allotted 48 hour period.

Another way to check is to go to the giveaway article and check the Rafflecopter.  Once selected (and it is a random process), the winners are displayed.

Okay then.  In case you missed them, here is what is up for grabs this week.

What Is In That Can of Freeze Dried Food? + Mountain House 3-Day Kit Giveaway

Prepper Book Festival 10: Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life + Giveaway

With all giveaways, winners are notified by email and have 48 hours to claim their prize or an alternate will be selected.  Once selected, the names of winners are also displayed in the Rafflecopter on the original giveaway article.  This usually happens on the Thursday or Friday following the end of the giveaway.

Other Announcements

If you are a subscriber (meaning you get email updates), be sure to check your email after 3PM Pacific on Sunday. You will be receiving a fresh copy of my recently revised “Emergency Food Buyers Guide”.

Not a subscriber?  You can sign up here:  //


The Final Word

With Thanksgiving coming up, we are all very busy so I am going to keep things short this week.  On Thursday, Shelly and I are going to spend a quiet day alone, cooking, eating, and enjoying a glass or two of the sparkly.

What about you?  How will you be spending Thanksgiving?

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Bargain Bin:  For your convenience, here are the items mentioned in today’s Survival Buzz.

10 Pack Mini LED FlashlightsThe Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 127 Backdoor Survival:  10 mini flashlights on a key ring including button batteries.  I happen to like a more sturdy ring so I remove the one that comes with and use a small bit of tie-wrap instead.   The included battery seemingly lasts forever and at this price, you can stash them in the car, purse, pocket, tool box and by the circuit breaker box, and still have some left over for other uses.

Shipping is free.

McCormick Food Coloring, Red, 16-Ounce: The price for this huge bottle of red food coloring was just a dollar more than a one ounce bottle at the local grocery store.  If you have a Berkey Black filter system, be sure to include red food coloring in your survival pantry.

Mobile Washer:  I love my mobile washer which serves as a hand operated washing machine. Like a plunger, it uses a technique of pushing and pulling the water through clothes to clean them well without wearing them out. It uses a minimum of water and less soap due to the agitation motion. Use in a bucket (5-gallon suggested), sink or tub.

UltraFire Mini Cree LED FlashlightFAVORITE!  At the time of this writing, this one is with free shipping.  It is super mini sized, bright and waterproof.  Plus, it uses a single, standard AA sized battery.

mini Cree_0         

Paracord Planet Type III Nylon Paracord:  An ideal all-around utility cord in the field, paracord is tough and long lasting. It is made from 550-pound test nylon and features a seven-strand core for maximum strength. Also, it is manufactured in the United States.  Note that some colors may be more expensive than others.

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Help support Backdoor Survival. Purchases earn a small commission and for that I thank you!


Essential Oils: Deal of the Week

Each week I update a special page with the Spark Naturals item of the week?  You can find it here:  Essential Oils from Spark Naturals – Weekly Deals. Every once in awhile there will be free shipping or a free gift offered as well as a product discount.

20% Off Discount Code:  BACKDOORSURVIVAL
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And remember, you can always use the code BACKDOORSURVIVAL for an additional 10% off your entire SN order.  When it comes to saving money, every little bit helps.



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Updated Jul 2, 2019
Published Nov 21, 2015

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13 Responses to “The Survival Buzz #196: Organizing Prep Purchases – Again!”

  1. Lots of good info as always!

  2. Happy Thanksgiving to you and all your readers! Much to give thanks for in our family this year. A year of many blessings to you all!

  3. You always say to look on the rafflecopter but I have no idea what it is or where it is. For those of us that are tech challenged could you make it more apparent.

    • In the giveaway section of the article (usually marked with a header saying “The Giveaway”, there is a widget/form that shows the prize and the options you have for making an entry. You must sign in using your email address or Facebook. That is so I have some way to reach you if you are the winner.

      After signing in, you will see the option. There is always a question (which I call the giveaway question) that is equal to 5 entries. Woot woot. That said, if you don’t want to bother, there is a free entry – all you need to do is click – and a bunch of others.

      At the end of the giveaway, a winner is selected at random. Unless it is a “free for everyone entry”, I verify that it is valid. For example, if someone says they left a comment, I check. No cheaters allowed and sometimes I do find some.

      I hope this explanation is helpful. Good luck!

  4. Thank you for the comment about using your plunger for pre-washing greasy rags. I went online yesterday to figure out what other uses I can find for a 65 count container of Cascade Platinum dishwasher action pods I received free from a P&G giveaway (List price $18!) I don’t use a dishwasher since it’s little ‘ol me and few dishes, but the pods have Dawn dish liquid in them and found others just dissolved them in water to do greasy cleaning around the house! I’ll do the same with the clothes detergent pods I received from them (Tide). If anyone has unique uses for these dish washing and detergent pods I’d appreciate it. Some people have had issues with them dissolving properly in their machines but I don’t want to throw them out–always looking to repurpose things you know!

  5. Gaye, I was wondering where your desert home is in AZ? It would be wonderful if those of us in AZ could meet up with you and share info. I am feeling an urgency to get more prepared and possibly get a small place in the mountains to bug out to. Any suggestions and possibly a get-together? It would be great to meet you as you are down-to-earth with your info not a doom and gloom person who is trying to sell something. It upsets me so much that when someone posts that they have great info to share and then you click the link and all they want you to do is buy something to get the info. Not on your site though, just info and great reviews on products you have personally tried. If there is a chance of a meet-up please email me. Thanks, Ruth

    • For the time being, I want to stay under the radar screen and maintain some semblance of privacy. My location in Washington is very public and while that has only been a problem on one occasion, I wish to remain an anonymous resident at my desert location – at least for now.

      I will try to address this in more detail in a future Buzz.

    • Gaye, I totally understand and hope that you have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving. I really didn’t want your location made public unless you were considering it. This time of year is a beautiful time to be in the desert. We went to Overgaard Sunday and the desert landscape is gorgeous. Enjoy your time here. Ruth

  6. Happy Thanksgiving to all. Every year we go to my SIL’s house as she hosts Thanksgiving for the family. We all bring a dish to pass and we have our annual Xmas gift draw. My Hubs family draws names and whomever you pick is the person you buy for but of course the grand kids get gifts from everyone till they turn 21. Back when times were tough for my husbands family that is what they did. Rules are you can’t get yourself or your spouse(if any). One of my SIL’s hopes we can break our record of trying 17 times to “get it right”. IT is always a hilarious time trying not to get oneself or the spouse because if you do ALL the names go back in the hat and we start all over. Quite a few years ago, one of my BIL’s and I got each other three years in a row so my mother in law decreed the next year in addition to not getting your self or spouse he and I couldn’t get each other that next year.

  7. Don’t know why this process won’t let me leave the comment I want to leave…it complains that I’m duplicating my comment but I’m not.

  8. Wishing everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving. Everyone that can, gathers at our home and they bring a covered dish. We are thankful for our family.

  9. Just curious Gaye, why did you replace the metal ring on the mini flashlights with zip ties? It is just personal preference?

    • I purchased a similar item last year and lost of couple of them because the included ring was so flimsy that the flashlight fell off. Zip ties are indestructible so I replaced the rings simply as insurance.

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