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8 Reasons Why Upgrading to an iPhone is a Good Idea for Emergency Preparedness

SourceTry as I might NOT to do so, about a month ago I finally succumbed to peer pressure and upgraded from my ancient slide-to-open cell phone to a fancy new iPhone 4. Yes, I was purposely avoiding doing so for years. Honestly, I probably wouldn’t have even bothered now if we weren’t looking to change cell phone providers and for the fact that my wife’s previous iPhone was having “technical difficulties.” The point is that I’ve got a darn smartphone and now the powers that be can track me wherever I go… oh, wait… they can do that already? Drat! Guess they can do it even easier now. On the plus ... continue reading...

Brown Rice Does NOT Go “Bad” in 6 Months!

riceThis has been bothering me for some time now as it seems I’m always seeing people stating that you should NOT store brown rice because it will go bad within six months. I’m calling B.S. here! In my experience, brown rice will not go bad that fast whatsoever. It’s similar to expiration dates on canned goods and/or medications. You know good and well that these are more like “best if used by” dates. The same can be said about brown rice… it’s best if used within 6 months. Granted, this is largely due to storage conditions. If your home/kitchen/pantry is kept hotter and/or more humid then your brown rice will be more ... continue reading...

The Biggest Weakness of Basement Storm Shelters

SourceWhere we used to live (in the Midwest) basements and storm shelters we common place and for good reason: tornadoes and human bodies don’t mix real well. As such, a storm shelter is a wise addition to most any home. I’d certainly recommend one if you take your family’s safety to heart. Now, the typical image most people conjure up of storm shelters look like this: And it’s true these do exist, especially in older or more rural communities. The thing is that many storm shelters I’m accustomed to seeing in newer communities look more like this: Aside from the fact that the rest of the house hasn’t been constructed yet, there’s ... continue reading...

The Double Edged Safety Razor: Saving up to $100 a Year Shaving!

safety-razorI’ve had a love/hate relationship with my Mach 3 Razor for many years now. I’ve tried different options over the years, from alternative disposable razors to an electric razor for my face and even the HeadBlade for shaving my head, I’ve always come back to the trusty Mach 3 blade. While easy to use and relatively safe on my skin the blades are super expensive! Even buying them in larger packages of 15 still costs me over $2 online and nearly $3 in stores per blade. That sucks. Sadly, they only seem to last me for a handful of good shaves at most. A helpful solution to extend Mach 3 blades Fortunately, I ... continue reading...

IMO, Bunker Survival is Crazy!

bunker-survivalI can only imagine trying to survive in an underground bunker post-SHTF or for any reason, really. I know it sounds like a workable plan but it is, in my opinion, likely a horrible experience, to say the least. Granted, it’s probably better than death by nukes or hordes of zombies. Regardless, I’d imagine it takes a special kind of person to be willing to stay in one for more than a few days at most. In reality, most of us would likely go stir crazy if days turned into weeks, months, or longer. As such, I feel that those who built bunkers to survive in specifically for TEOTWAWKI+1 are ... continue reading...

Buy These Wireless Battery Powered Ultra-Bright LED Spotlights

SourceAbout two months ago I linked to a video on these Mr. Beams MB360 Wireless Motion Sensing Spotlights which I feel are a very good deal for the price at about $20 each (a 3-pack is $50 total). In the same post, however, I mentioned the fact that I choose to go with a more powerful Mr. Beams MB390 Wireless Motion Sensing Spotlights (3 pack) which I feel are a better upgrade. For starters, both models run on D-cell batteries, the MB360 uses 3 D-cells whereas the MB390 uses 4 D-cells. This makes either option able to be recharged fairly easily depending on the type of battery charger you buy and if you purchase some AA to D-cell ... continue reading...

Thoughts on Maximizing Your Prepping Efforts

power-upOne of my more favorite prepping “solutions” is to utilize an inverter connected to a car battery to power the refrigerator/freezer. So long as you have gasoline to run your vehicle this idea can work for a long time. After all, a vehicle’s engine is a rather efficient generator. (note: I didn’t think of this on my own but, rather, heard it from Steven Harris of Solar1234.com.) And since the only investment is in a power inverter (an 800-watt inverter should do nicely) which can be had for about $50, an extension cord (here’s a decent 50′ 12/3 cord) for about $30, and gasoline in gas cans which you should be ... continue reading...

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