Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Stocking up

Buy amounts that you can afford.
Stock up on items like;
socks, blankets, outer ware clothing / work in the yard clothing, gloves, first aid, food storage and supplies.
Make a list of items you will need and shop for them when they are on sale. End of summer you can usually find garden supplies, camping and clothing discounted. Same goes for winter supplies. At the end of a season many things you would not normally think about storing are being discounted to get out of the stores inventory. Don’t forget the toilet paper and other hygiene products. You don’t have to by a bulk all at once just watch for ads and what you can afford and storage space.
Can food is good, chili, stew or ravioli is fine.
Even better canning your own food. Glass jars are less likely to omit the can flavor into the food. Smoked foods such as fish last for a long time and are relatively easy to store. Pancake mix, flour, oil, rice, pasta, beans and many other items that can be kept in dry storage.
House hold items such as;
detergent, batteries, matches, slow burning candles and disinfectant for emergencies are very handy. Don’t forget kitchen items such as aluminum foil and dish soap. Get mop buckets and wash boards for cleaning. Vinegar is good to cook with and clean.
Above all have a plan to store and filter water for drinking.
FOOD AND SURVIVAL ITEMS 100 Items to Disappear First
1. Generators (Good ones cost dearly. Gas storage, risky. of thieves; maintenance etc.)
2. Water Filters/Purifiers
3. Portable Toilets
4. Seasoned Firewood. Wood takes about 6 - 12 months to become dried, for home uses.
5. Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps (First Choice: Buy CLEAR oil. If scarce, stockpile ANY!)
6. Coleman Fuel. Impossible to stockpile too much.
7. Guns, Ammunition, Pepper Spray, Knives, Clubs, Bats & Slingshots.
8. Hand-can openers, & hand egg beaters, whisks.
9. Honey/Syrups/white, brown sugar
10. Rice - Beans - Wheat
11. Vegetable Oil (for cooking) Without it food burns/must be boiled etc.,)
12. Charcoal, Lighter Fluid (Will become scarce suddenly)
13. Water Containers (Urgent Item to obtain.) Any size. Small: HARD CLEAR PLASTIC ONLY - note - food grade if for drinking.
16. Propane Cylinders (Urgent: Definite shortages will occur.)
17. Survival Guide Book.
18. Mantles: Aladdin, Coleman, etc. (Without this item, longer-term lighting is difficult.)
19. Baby Supplies: Diapers/formula. ointments/aspirin, etc.
20. Washboards, Mop Bucket w/wringer (for Laundry)
21. Cook stoves (Propane, Coleman & Kerosene)
22. Vitamins
23. Propane Cylinder Handle-Holder (Urgent: Small canister use is dangerous without this item)
24. Feminine Hygiene/Hair care/Skin products.
25. Thermal underwear (Tops & Bottoms)
26. Bow saws, axes and hatchets, Wedges (also, honing oil)
27. Aluminum Foil Reg. & Heavy Duty (Great Cooking and Barter Item)
28. Gasoline Containers (Plastic & Metal)
29. Garbage Bags (Impossible To Have Too Many).
30. Toilet Paper, Kleenex, Paper Towels
31. Milk - Powdered & Condensed (Shake Liquid every 3 to 4 months)
32. Garden Seeds (Non-Hybrid) (A MUST)
33. Clothes pins/line/hangers (A MUST)
34. Coleman's Pump Repair Kit
35. Tuna Fish (in oil)
36. Fire Extinguishers (or..large box of Baking Soda in every room)
37. First aid kits
38. Batteries (all furthest-out for Expiration Dates) rechargeable by solar power
39. Garlic, spices & vinegar, baking supplies
40. Big Dogs (and plenty of dog food)
41. Flour, yeast, sugar & salt
42. Matches. {"Strike Anywhere" preferred.) Boxed, wooden matches will go first
43. Writing paper/pads/pencils, solar calculators
44. Insulated ice chests (good for keeping items from freezing in Wintertime.)
45. Workboots, belts, Levis & durable shirts
46. Flashlights/LIGHTSTICKS
47. Journals, Diaries & Scrapbooks (jot down ideas, feelings, experience; Historic Times)
48. Garbage cans Plastic (great for storage, water, transporting - if with wheels)
49. Men's Hygiene: Shampoo, Toothbrush/paste, Mouthwash/floss, nail clippers, etc
50. Cast iron cookware (sturdy, efficient)
51. Fishing supplies/tools
52. Mosquito coils/repellent, sprays/creams
53. Duct Tape
54. Tarps/stakes/twine/nails/rope/spikes
55. Candles
56. Laundry Detergent (liquid)
57. Backpacks, Duffel Bags
58. Garden tools & supplies
59. Scissors, fabrics & sewing supplies
60. Canned Fruits, Veggies, Soups, stews, etc.
61. Bleach (plain, NOT scented: 4 to 6% sodium hypo chlorite)
62. Canning supplies, (Jars/lids/wax)
63. Knives & Sharpening tools: files, stones, steel
64. Bicycles...Tires/tubes/pumps/chains, etc
65. Sleeping Bags & blankets/pillows/mats
66. Carbon Monoxide Alarm (battery powered)
67. Board Games, Cards, Dice
68. d-con Rat poison, MOUSE PRUFE II, Roach Killer
69. Mousetraps, Ant traps & cockroach magnets
70. Paper plates/cups/utensils (stock up, folks)
71. Baby wipes, oils, waterless & Antibacterial soap (saves a lot of water)
72. Rain gear, rubberized boots, etc.
73. Shaving supplies (razors & creams, talc, after shave)
74. Hand pumps & siphons (for water and for fuels)
75. Soy sauce, vinegar, bullion/gravy/soup base
76. Reading glasses
77. Chocolate/Cocoa/Tang/Punch (water enhancers)
78. "Survival-in-a-Can"
79. Woolen clothing, scarves/ear-muffs/mittens
80. Boy Scout Handbook, / also Leaders Catalog
81. Roll-on Window Insulation Kit (MANCO)
82. Graham crackers, saltines, pretzels, Trail mix/Jerky
83. Popcorn, Peanut Butter, Nuts
84. Socks, Underwear, T-shirts, etc. (extras)
85. Lumber (all types)
86. Wagons & carts (for transport to and from)
87. Cots & Inflatable mattress's
88. Gloves: Work/warming/gardening, etc.
89. Lantern Hangers
90. Screen Patches, glue, nails, screws,, nuts & bolts
91. Teas
92. Coffee
93. Cigarettes
94. Wine/Liquors (for bribes, medicinal, etc,)
95. Paraffin wax
96. Glue, nails, nuts, bolts, screws, etc.
97. Chewing gum/candies
98. Atomizers (for cooling/bathing)
99. Hats & cotton neckerchiefs
100. Goats/chickens
I am not saying the world has to come to this. Preparedness is always good. Knowing that if things got bad for even a couple of weeks you can survive comfortably. One thing I didn't really think much of at first was toilet paper. What did the cowboys and Indians do for toilet paper. No offense to cowboys or Indians, just the closest reference to the days of being self sufficient on the land.
We as a community have crumbled to the daily convenience of electronics and big chain stores. Not to mention all the food chains and people forgetting how to cook for our self. Macaroni and cheese can very easily be made from scratch at home. While a box of Craft Mac and Cheese is so much easier. I see people spend $6 a sandwich for 4 people coasting $24.00 to feed 4 for one meal. How much cheaper would it be to buy the bread, lunch meat, and condiments to have more then one meal.
It use to take a village to raise a child. Now it takes multiple electronic gadgets to keep the kids preoccupied. I really think that the smart phones and social media are enabling us from connecting to each other. My step daughter has gotten so involved with having to have a phone and the newest iphone that is all she talks about. As it is she rides in the car texting and never stopping to speak with her family. What are we to do if we rely on electronics and no longer know how to communicate with each other.
All though, I do appreciate my computer and the internet that allows me to research information and share with so many people. Nothing wrong with technology just the use of and abuse of. After all with the inventors and dreamers of the world where would we be.
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1 comment:

  1. That is how I shop for family & friends, for Christmas.


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