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How to Thoroughly Clean Your Berkey Water Filter Inside and Out

Step 1: Drain Berkey FilterIt’s been several months since we took the plunge and purchased our Berkey Water filter system. Thus far it’s been super easy to care for… we’ve done literally nothing to it except fill it with water each day. Regardless, I figured it would be a wise decision to give it a thorough cleaning inside and out. According to the manufacturer, you don’t need to clean the Berkey filters unless the water begins to come out less than clear. To me that’s waiting way too long. After all, it’s always better to be proactive than not. The process really only takes ... continue reading...

Ohio Water Problems Could Have Been Prepared for!

Image CreditTo be honest, I don’t watch much of the news (haven’t in a long time) and about the only way I learn of things like this are from other survival blogs and videos. And when I watched the following video from Ferfal titled “Ohio Can’t Even Boil Their Water” I got intrigued because that strategy is usually touted as the best way to make water safe to drink during an emergency… Yeah, he can be long-winded, I know. I should point out that some of the suggestions he gives won’t work for this very specific problem (toxins form algae bloom) but they ... continue reading...

Saving 70% or More on Printer Ink: Frugal Friday

save-printer-inkIf you’re still buying your printer ink at the local stores like Walmart and Best Buy you’re really missing out and worse yet… spending way too much money on printer ink. Instead, you should be shopping at discount retailers such as PrinterInkWarehouse.com and dozens of other places. Honestly, Amazon.com is where I still choose to buy most of my ink. Now, in my opinion, there is no need whatsoever to purchase OEM toner. The stuff is WAYYYYYY too expensive and there’s no need when you can purchase aftermarket ink for a fraction of the cost! Considering that most ink cartridges cost somewhere between ... continue reading...

How to Make a Bucket Survival Kit, 34+ Items to Add to Your “Bucket List”

bucket-survival-kit-1As I’ve been having fun at making water bottle survival kits recently I figured it only made sense to try a five-gallon bucket survival kit. After all, I LOVE buckets and think one can never have enough of them. As you can see I was able to shove it all in there but to get the lid on required a bit of… persistence: Here’s what I was able to stuff and shove. I was going to number them but the numbers started to really get in the way so I’ll just list the items out roughly in order starting ... continue reading...

Ditch the Gym Membership, Save $1000 a Year or More!

Image CreditWe’ve been trying to workout more the past month or so and it’s super easy to do at home with a few supplies and little willpower. Whereas once upon a time we used to have a fancy YMCA membership and probably paid $85 or more each month for the family plan. Add that up and we spent a good $1000 a year! Thankfully, we don’t do that anymore. The sad thing is that, like most “new” habits, we used the membership a lot the first few weeks and then gradually stopped going but still paid the fees. I shutter to think how much ... continue reading...

6 Ways Long Term Preps Give You Options Sheeple Never Have

6-ways-long-term-prepsWhen I first got “into” prepping several years ago now (if not longer) I saw it merely as a way to keep from being totally screwed in the short term until things got back to normal. You know, I’d have flashlights and lanterns if the lights go out, food in then pantry in case we couldn’t get to the store, a way to briefly stay warm until power comes back… that sort of thing. In the past few years I’ve added to many of those preps and really tried to take things a bit further as is seemingly inevitable the further down the ... continue reading...

Guest Post: Stay Prepped and Debt Free

Image CreditAlthough we see things for what they are, preppers aren’t immune to many of the problems that regular Americans find themselves in. Even though we seem to be coming out of the great recession, too many of us are still suffering from large amounts of debt. And the problem keeps growing. Among these numbers are certainly many preppers. But for a prepper, the decision between what they need and what they have is a bit more complicated than for the average American. For example, while many Americans consider going into debt for such things as a new TV or computer, preppers ... continue reading...

How to Make 3000+ Calorie DIY Survival Food Ration Bars (per batch)

diy-survival-barsHave you ever had those Datrex or Mainstay Emergency food ration bars? If so, you may have realized that they aren’t the best of survival rations for taste but they will keep you alive. Nuff said. And hard tack? Yikes! You may as well be eating a brick. Well, I came across this article a while back on making survival bars and I thought I would give it a shot myself to see what they tasted like. Please read the original article if you like, though, I will post the ingredients and steps below, as well as my own experience making them. Also note ... continue reading...

The Ultimate Camping Checklist: Leave Nothing Behind!

camping-checklistDo you enjoy going camping but find that you don’t quite go often enough to remember everything you need and, without fail, you forget a handful of useful items? I know I have that very problem. If you can say the same then this camping checklist is for you! DOWNLOAD FILE: Choose to download the following camping checklist as a PDF file for easier use. Right-click here to download now. Note that if the file opens in your browser instead then you still need to save the file by choosing “File -> Save” or something similar. DIRECTIONS: It’s easy to use, categorized, and sorted ... continue reading...

10 Ways to Use Less of Stuff We Use Everyday: Frugal Fridays

10-ways-use-lessSince we’re still uber broke I’ve been trying to do what I can to save money. While I’ve learned to try and use less of our utilities, use less paper goods, less plastic goods, there’s still more that can be done and a part of that means using less of those things that we know we have to replace on occasion, including items like dishwasher detergent, laundry soap, toothpaste, and so on. Here’s a few things I’ve learned over the past few months: Dishwasher detergent – You do NOT need to fill the little dishwasher’s cubby hole completely full. Dishes get cleaned just fine ... continue reading...

How to Make an Improved Water Bottle Survival Kit

water-bottle-survival-kit-v2-featuredI had fun making the water bottle survival kit a few weeks back and I thought I would try one more time. This time I choose to use an old Sawyer Water Filter bottle (here’s a link to the newer version) such as this one 0n the left (as compared to the 16-ounce bottle from last time): Obviously, the Sawyer bottle is much larger (at 32-ounces if I remember right). As such, I should be able to get a lot more in there but there’s one big problem: the giant water filter element in the middle! Well, it’s kind of necessary since ... continue reading...

16,800+ Home Fires Preventable With This One Tip: Safety Saturdays

Image SourceSince we’ve been visiting my in-laws this month I’m generally the handyman that gets to fix all the little things around their house even though I’m not really that handy. As such, my mother-in-law mentioned that the dryer was taking much longer to finish drying than it should and the first thing that popped into my head was a clogged dryer vent. I’d asked when the last time they had cleaned it and it had probably been a long time. Sure enough the dryer vent was seriously clogged! This was no laughing matter. It’s actually a major fire hazard… According to this ... continue reading...

8 EASY Ways to Save Money on Your Cooling Bill Without Breaking the Bank: Frugal Fridays

8-ways-save-coolingWe’ve never lived in a place where you didn’t need a heater in the winter and air conditioning in the summer… until our recent move to the Seattle area. Here, homes don’t have centralized air conditioning because they say you don’t need it. While that may be true, we’ve noticed the interior of our home can be a bit too hot these days, hotter than even the outside! Enough to make you sweat, in fact. As such, we’ve been learning to strategically open windows and doors to get a good breeze so a handful of the suggestions below will be about maximizing ... continue reading...

What REAL Chicken Eggs Look Like

real-chicken-eggsI’m back in Kansas City visiting my in-laws for a while and one of the many benefits of doing so is that they get farm-fresh eggs from a friend who raises their own chickens. When making breakfast this morning I realized that many of you may not know what REAL chicken eggs look like so I snapped a photo… As you can see they’re VERY different from their store-bought counterparts. They’re different sizes, different colors, not always shaped perfectly, and the worst part… they’re DIRTY! Try selling these in the store. Although you cannot see from the photo, the yolks are ... continue reading...

How to Make an Uber Match Even Better!

uber-match-featuredNote: This post was written by me and originally featured more or less as shown below at SurvivalLife.com. If you’ve yet to see how to make an “Uber” match, you’re in for a treat. To see the original article on how to create one, click here. If you want a self-contained fire-starter that you can rely upon to get a fire going when you need it the most the Uber match is where it’s at, in my opinion. To be sure, an Uber match is a near brilliant mesh of DIY materials that you may find around the house (matches, cotton balls, ... continue reading...

What Type of Hunting Knife do You Need for Survival?

survival-knife-tang-2Editor’s Note: This article was written by Scott Moses of TheSharpestEdge.net. Please visit his site for articles on knives, reviews of knives, a sharpening guide, and more. What type of hunting knife do you need for survival? When it comes to thriving in the wilderness, you’ll want a hunting knife that will help increase your chances of survival – not something that looks nice or something that makes you feel cool. In this article we are going to cover some key points to look for when you buy your next knife. Should you go with folding blade or fixed blade? While both have their advantages, ... continue reading...

Did You Know?: There’s a Berkey Water Filter to Fit Your Family’s Needs

Image CreditEver since I purchased my first Berkey water filter several months ago I couldn’t be more impressed. I choose the Royal Berkey filter system at the time and it seems to work out well as I only really need to fill it once a day most days. That said, I probably could have opted for a bigger system since there are five of us. If it were our only source of water then I would have definitely gone bigger AND added more filters. Anyway, the point in today’s post is because many people don’t seem realize there are different sized units when the refer ... continue reading...

How to Make a Water Bottle Survival Kit

water-bottle-survival-kit-featuredI thought I would see how many useful survival items I could stuff into a small water bottle like this one (it’s 16-ounce, hard-sided): At 16-ounces it’s not a very big water bottle and that was a part of the challenge! Of course, you could choose a larger water bottle if you prefer and it doesn’t have to be hard-sided either. Since a water bottle is relatively small you could easily toss it into a bag, backpack, or the console of your car and not think twice about it. Here’s what I was able to stuff inside: In no particular order: Vaseline and cotton ... continue reading...

3 Ingredient Homemade Deodorant My Wife Approves Of!

homemade-deodorantAbout a year or so ago I started making my own deodorant and haven’t looked back. Personally, I was fine with buying store-bought deodorant but my wife never liked the stuff much. In fact, she’s always had a hard time finding deodorant that both works AND didn’t make her break out… seems she’s sensitive to various chemicals in them. So, she searched and searched and found deodorant from Penny Lane Organics that she thought would finally work, and it did for the most part. Problem is that it was a bit expensive for deodorant and even this organic deodorant could make her break out. ... continue reading...

We Came to Conquer: The Continuous Rise of The Preppers

Photo via Pinterest They have been called many names: alarmists, over the top doomsters, mad, crazy. They call themselves the “preppers.” They are regular people with regular lives, who, just like all of us, would do anything to protect their homes and families—even protect them from the ... continue reading...

3 Easy Ways to EDC Duct Tape!

3-ways-edc-duct-tapeDuct tape is wonderful stuff. It’s so useful, in fact, that you should have some on you at all times and include it in your EDC. After all, if it was good enough for MacGyver, it’s good enough for me. Here’s my 3 most favorite ways to carry it… 1. Wrapped around a credit card This is without a doubt the easiest way to carry duct tape on your person. Just wrap it around a credit card several times (lengthwise) and slip it in your wallet, purse, or whatever. You could use any card that you like, from an old library card ... continue reading...

3 Simple Tricks to Stick to a Grocery List and Stay Under Budget: Frugal Fridays

Image CreditI’ll admit it, when I was in charge of going grocery shopping years ago, I was VERY bad about purchasing items that were NOT on the approved grocery list my wife so diligently prepared. I know what you’re thinking and I’m not an impulse shopper! Not that I’ll admit, anyway. It was never really about the impulse buys walking down the aisles or even at the checkout counter–though I’m sure there was some of that–for me it was always more about having a stocked pantry and having more… of everything, from food to hygiene supplies and more. If they sold ... continue reading...

DIY Ranger Pace Beads With a “Manly” Twist: Make it Mondays

range-beads-finalI was bored the other day and decided to make my own Ranger-style pace counting beads for hiking and bug out. But, rather than using the traditionally accepted method of paracord and “girly” beads I figured I would “man it up” a bit and use paracord and machined nuts, you know, the kind that are used with machined screws. Why? Because I could! Note: if you’ve got some time on your hands and want to use ONLY paracord, check out this idea. Step-by-step to make beads Here’s how (click images below to enlarge) and follow along in step-by-step instructions below the images:  Cut a ... continue reading...

72 Hour Survival Kit GIVEAWAY: Food Fire Filter Bucket by Food Supply Depot!

The folks at SurvivalBased.com reached out and asked me to share their giveaway of three 72 Hour Survival Kits! I said “Sure” and you can enter to win below… a Rafflecopter giveaway continue reading...

Having a Great Time Camping Among Redwoods in Little Basin Park

6. My boys admiring a treeLast weekend we had a wonderful opportunity to camp among some of the most majestic trees on the planet: the great redwoods of California. Specifically, Little Basin state park in Boulder Creek, California. We also had an opportunity to sit in on a campfire and listen about some of the history of Little Basin… Apparently, it had been logged, was a ranch, HP used it as a campground for it’s employees, and some guy even owned it who liked WW2 memorabilia! I was amazed that so much had taken place there in only a hundred years or so. Anyway, I can say ... continue reading...

Guess What Silly Problem Kept Me Stranded 300 Miles from Home?

SourceI figured I would take a break from Frugal Fridays and briefly discuss my return trip from California (to Seattle, Washington). While I intend to share photos tomorrow of the fun time we had at Little Basin park in Boulder Creek, I did have a minor “hiccup” on the way home. Fortunately, everything turned out fine. And since my wife and I didn’t have our kids with us things were easier, but it was still frustrating being stranded 300 miles from home and having to spend the night in a hotel! What happened, you ask? We had another flat tire. If you’ve stuck around ... continue reading...

Delicious Homemade Banana Bread

homemade-banana-breadIf you paid attention to last week’s “Make it Monday” post on the makeshift tea light oven then you will have noticed that I made some delicious homemade banana bread and so I figured I would share that recipe with you here. Personally, I LOVE banana bread and it’s always been a treat when my sister-in-law or my wife makes it. It’s so delicious, in fact, that I refuse to eat the store-bought stuff anymore… ever. I should point out that this recipe is adapted from a vegan banana bread recipe but can be easily made with “regular” stuff which is mostly what we had around ... continue reading...

Did You Know: Not All Fire Safes Protect Your Most Precious and Sensitive Valuables

Image SourceNot all fireproof safes are created equal. Gone are the days where the only “important” things that went inside them were paper documents, such as birth certificates, wills, deeds, and more. These days people put all sorts of things in them, from photographs (my wife is super guilty of this) to digital media such as CD backups and USB drives (my weakness). Since paper has a higher burning point than plastics fire safes didn’t need to be as good at keeping the inside temperatures down. With plastics being added to the mix, fire safes needed to be better able to keep the ... continue reading...

5 Silly Things I’ve Stopped Doing Now That I’m Broke: Frugal Fridays

Image CreditNow that we’re super-tight on money and we definitely have to watch every penny, I started to truly pay attention to the habits I have and it seems I have some silly ones, especially with regards to our utility bills. Granted, many of the following changes won’t amount to much besides a small difference in our overall bills but it never hurts to try and, besides, I feel better about myself already… 1. I stopped letting water running all the time It doesn’t seem to matter what for, from washing dishes to washing my hands, shaving, and even letting the shower heat up to a ... continue reading...

America Unplugged Airs Tonight! See Scott Hunt (Engineer775 from YouTube) Go Off-Grid

Image CreditSeems I’m going to miss this one as I’ll be out having fun camping, but if you’re at all familiar with Scott Hunt (Engineer775 from YouTube) and you should be then you’re not going to want to miss this one! Hopefully they don’t try to sensationalize it too much. Here’s a bit about the show: “Sportsman Channel, a national television network, has a new show premiering this Thursday called America Unplugged. Hosted by former Navy Seal, Cade Courtley, America Unplugged is a new series that takes viewers on a cross-country journey to meet the folks that are unplugging from society. ... continue reading...

The Audacious Risk Taker Theory by Dr. Alton of DoomAndBloom.net

Image Credit: http://news.bbc.co.uk/by Joe Alton, M.D., aka Dr. Bones of www.doomandbloom.net You’ve seen it on TV and elsewhere. Young men ride bulls in the rodeo, a young woman jumps off a skyscraper with a parachute, a diver swims with a great white shark.  Are these people just Audacious Risk Takers, or is there a survival advantage to being a huge risk taker?  Also, could this be relevant to the type of survival scenarios that Preppers worry about? What could possibly be the benefit of taking big risks in times of trouble?  It’s hard to say, as the vast majority of people today haven’t been put in ... continue reading...

How to Makeshift a Candle-Powered Tea Light Oven!

makeshift-tea-light-oven-collageFirst, let me state that I’m not a big fan of using candles for much of anything during an emergency situation. I think they’re a significant fire hazard especially after a disaster when people do dumb things… possibly like this. There are better, safer ways to light up the night and cook food during an emergency. That said, a week or so ago I read this post that Bev at SeasonedCitizenPrepper.com put up about makeshifting a tea light-powered oven with an old toaster oven. Well, since I happen to have a toaster oven I figured I would give it a shot myself. Here’s ... continue reading...

12 Wildfire Safety and Prevention Tips You Should Know

colorado-wildfireA week or so ago a commentor pointed out that there are always so many articles on starting fires and not enough about preventing them. Considering the most recent round of wildfires in San Diego and Arizona, it’s obvious this topic is a good one to discuss going into prime wildfire season. And, though home fire safety is related and equally important–if not more so–this post is solely about wildfires. What exactly constitutes a wildfire? According to wikipedia, a wildfire is: A wildfire is an uncontrolled fire in an area of combustible vegetation that occurs in the countryside or a wilderness area. Other names such as brush ... continue reading...

5 Body Lotion Alternatives – What Worked the Best: Frugal Fridays

5-alternative-lotionsCall me a girl if you want–ok, don’t do that–but I do like to use body lotion most days, often on my face, hands, and feet. My wife tends to use quite a bit and my youngest has needed some over the winter but seems to use less and less of it these days. The problem is that the stuff my wife likes can get expensive! What We Used to Use… Like I said, in the distant past my wife has purchased and used some very expensive lotions but in recent years has been willing to use some lesser expensive lotions, such ... continue reading...

Make it Mondays: DIY Vaseline and Cotton Ball Fire-Starters Without the Mess!

cotton-ball-vaseline-fire-startersHave you ever wanted to make your own Vaseline and cotton ball fire-starters but don’t want your hands to look like a mess after coating just one? Then you’re in luck because you can easily make your own Vaseline-impregnated fire-starters with ease. Here’s how in roughly four steps: It’s really easy, here’s how: Gather your supplies. A bottle of Vaseline, a handful of cotton balls, and a small bag. Any small Ziploc bag will suffice but I used small bags similar to these since I have plenty for some unknown reason. Invert the bag so that the outside is now inside and the inside is ... continue reading...

Fired and Frugal Fridays: Plastics, Difficult to Live Without! But You CAN Do Better…

no-plastic-goodsPlastics are everywhere and we interact with them all the time, often in the kitchen. Most kitchen plastics, it seems to me, are reusable but there are some which are not. Reusable plastics includes things like hard plastic cups, bowls, plates, Tupperware, utensils, plastic silverware, and more. The disposable ones include things like garbage bags, plastic storage bags (Ziploc bags), and straws. Let’s look at the disposables… Plastic garbage bags Personally, I feel that plastic garbage bags–especially the ubiquitous 33 gallon bags–are worth their weight in gold in a true SHTF scenario as they have so many uses. The 13-gallon bags aren’t quite as useful but still worth ... continue reading...

WTF? Wednesdays: Do NOT Buy Pants from LAPoliceGear.com!

operator-pantsFirst, do you see anything wrong here?… Right, the pants are different lengths. Despite what it may look like in the photo they are lined up evenly at the top. Let me explain… When I first saw the following video on Bombproof $20 Outdoor/Tactical Pants! from Chris at PreparedMind101 I was excited! So excited, in fact, I went online to LAPoliceGear.com and purchased two pair of these operator/tactical pants (in different colors). Of course, that was before we went super broke a few weeks back. Here’s the video so you understand my excitement… Second, I ordered two pair to save on shipping and they arrived ... continue reading...

If You Haven’t Seen This Yet, Check it Out!…

summer-of-survivalI just signed myself up for an interesting new summer event, called Summer of Survival. Seems there’s a whole lot of FREE webinar training to be done over the course of 12 weeks from June 3 through August 21. The fun thing is that it involves all sorts of good people in the preparedness community, including: David Kobler (“Southerprepper1″ on YouTube) Dr. Cynthia Koelker (she writes good articles on medical topics often at SurvivalBlog.com) Joe Nobody (writes books on prepping) James Talmage Stevens (“Dr. Prepper” and has his own talk show) Marjory Wildcraft (writes a lot about living a sustainable life) …and plenty of others. If you recognize these names–and ... continue reading...

Make it Mondays: The “Big 3″ Homemade Cleaners

big-3-cleanersWhen we clean the house we usually only use three cleaners to get most everything: an all-purpose cleaner, glass cleaner, and floor cleaner. Currently, we’re still using some leftover toilet cleaner that eventually I’ll have to replace but, by and large, these three cleaners do it all. And, obviously, I’m excluding homemade cleaners for doing the dishes and laundry. As you can see from the photo above, they’re all stored in standard 32-ounce cheapo spray bottles I got from Wally-World a while back. Eventually, I wised-up and decided to write the recipes on the bottles so that whenever I needed to ... continue reading...

Fired and Frugal Fridays: Say Goodbye to Paper Goods, Here’s How

no-paper-goodsThink you can’t get along without your paper plates, napkins, and paper towels? Think again. You most definitely can… and probably should try it. I know it’s possible since we’ve been doing just fine without them! Well, most paper goods, that is. Here’s what we’ve done thus far… Paper plates, bowls, and cups By and large we rarely used paper plates around our house unless we had friends with messy kids over. These days they never see the light of day anyway. Regardless, any and all paper plates (and bowls) we had lying around have been rounded up and saved for a real emergency. ... continue reading...

My Weaknesses List is a Heck of a Lot Longer Than My Strengths List! How About You?

Image CreditMy kids were finishing up their homeschooling lessons and one of them happened to be a final report on themselves. To be included in the report was a list of strengths and weaknesses. My youngest was having a bit of trouble thinking up some ideas to include in the weaknesses report so I tried to help. Whereas he had several strengths listed he had only one weakness which got me to thinking: “Man I wish my list could look like that!” Then I got to thinking what my list might actually look like (with regards to preparedness) and so, in no particular order, ... continue reading...

4×4 Off-Road Vehicles Make Little Difference in a Bug Out

Image SourceRecently I linked to an article on bug out route planning that reminded me why it’s so important to have good alternate routes picked in advance of any significant disaster scenario. There’s no doubt in my mind that ANY and ALL major roadways–be they highways or city streets–will become an impassable parking lot in no time flat. You really do need to have a better plan. Of course, there are those very rare circumstances where the ability to go off-road is a benefit but, IMO, I’d say they’re far and few between. As such, the oft-touted advice that you should include a 4×4 for ... continue reading...

If There’s ONE Thing I’ve Learned About Dehydrating, It’s This…

Source“Low and slow” is almost always better than fast or hot. Specifically, longer dehydrating times and lower dehydrator temperatures will often produce the best results when dehydrating. (Note that there is an exception to this rule and that is when dehydrating meats. In this case, hotter temps are better.) If you simply followed the directions in the manual–or those printed directly on the Excalibur dehydrator–you’ll see a range of temperatures, from 95 degrees for dehydrating things like herbs up to 155 degrees for dehydrating meats and jerky. Vegetables are somewhere in the middle at around 130 degrees. My experiences When I first started dehydrating I ... continue reading...

The Thing is, Nobody Likes Peas or Spinach…

Image CreditI was at the grocery store the other day browsing for some frozen vegetables to dehydrate since I recently started dehydrating again. If you’re unaware, frozen vegetables are THE best way to get into dehydrating on the planet, hands down. Coupled with an Excalibur dehydrator and Foodsaver (remember an appropriately-sized mason jar attachment) and you’ll be in business before you know it. I started with our favorites–carrots and broccoli–a few weeks back and now I was looking for something else to dehydrate. Normally, I would also choose green beans and corn but we actually have enough of that in cans so I figured ... continue reading...

LED Solar Rechargeable Area Lantern: D.Light S20

SourceThis D.Light Solar Lantern (the d.Light S20 Lantern to be specific) was brought to my attention by the Rev. Dr. Harris who occasionally comments here. I was intrigued so I recently ordered one but haven’t had it long enough to thoroughly review the light. That said, I still wanted to point it out here today. According to the dLightDesign.com website: The d.light S20 provides 8 hours of light on a full battery and uses proprietary, highly efficient LEDs. It provides 360-degree space lighting for any environment or focused light for studying, working, or cooking. The d.light S20 is designed to be extremely ... continue reading...

Dorcy LED Headlamps: Remarkably Nice Lights for Hiking, Camping, Bug Out, and More

dorcy-headlampsI was sent two Dorcy LED headlight flashlights–I prefer to call them headlamps– the 41-2096 and 41-2097 a few weeks back to review and, to be frank, I’m glad I got them. They’re quite nice for the cost (at less than $20 each) and may likely supplant my current favorite headlamp, the Energizer Pro 7. Ever since I purchased my first headlamp years ago I’ve never looked back. Gone are the days of holding a flashlight between my legs, wedged in my armpit or, dare I say… my teeth. Headlamps are wonderful inventions to say the least. If you don’t own one or several ... continue reading...

Almost Purchased LifeLock, Glad I Choose Another Option

SourceLast month on of my extended family members got their identity stolen and had several credit cards opened up, lots of charges… it’s a big ass mess. Sadly, it was an “inside job” of sorts and, as a result, has forced me to finally decide to do more to protect our financial security. As a result, I started searching for ways to be alerted to potential financial credit problems. Fortunately (or not) we don’t have much in the way of assets to protect, it’s more that we don’t want our credit destroyed. Obviously, the first thing I did was a healthy Google search which ... continue reading...

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 ... 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 ... 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 ... continue reading...