Save 31% on Collapsible Camping Lanterns (2-pk)

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I got an email today from Amazon pointing out that, for a limited time, you can save 31% off a 2-pack of collapsible camping lanterns with promo code 312EA2RH.

Personally, I’ve got a few collapsible lanterns like these and have used them for at least two or three years now and I think they’re great! I wrote about one of them a few years back here, though these are a different brand.

Granted, such lanterns are not nearly as bright as a gas lantern, but they’re really good for being battery-powered since they’re LEDs which make them very efficient. In fact, I think they’re among the brightest battery-powered lanterns I own.

Besides that, they’re also super-lightweight, obviously compact (about the size of a can of vegetables when collapsed), safe for kids and adults because you won’t get burned (ask me how I know that’s a problem with gas lanterns), run on only a few AA batteries, and are nearly waterproof (let’s say quite water resistant).

Anyway, I couldn’t recommend them enough for the price at retail and with an additional 31% off right now… they’re a steal.

Grab a pack of two for your next camping trip or do what I do and keep a few placed around the house for when the power goes out.

You Know What’s Cheap Right Now?

I don’t know about your “neck of the woods” but around here gasoline is getting cheap! I assume it has something to do with deflation and the dropping prices of crude oil but whatever the reason, NOW is a great time to begin stocking up on gasoline for your emergency preps!

Seeing as though gasoline is normally $4 or more where I live in the Pacific Northwest it’s currently a little over $2.20 per gallon. When you’re talking about possibly stockpiling dozens of gallons of gasoline (as you should be) you can save quite a bit of money by doing this prep now.

Of course, if you already do this then perhaps now is a good time to (1) rotate your supply and/or (2) add to your supplies. The ONLY roadblock to doing this is the sad fact that most 5-gallon gasoline cans are absurdly expensive! Currently prices no matter where I look is at least $15 per gas can… you’d almost need a second job to afford them.

Inf act, if I didn’t know any better I’d say there was a conspiracy against preppers specifically to get them to NOT store any gasoline but if I said that I might be labeled a conspiracy theorist. 😉

All conspiracies aside, stock up on gasoline while it’s cheap.

Energizer Weather Ready Compact Rechargeable LED Light 46% OFF – Lighting Deal!

This Energizer Weather Ready Compact Rechargeable LED Light is one of those lighting deals that’s gone when it’s gone!

It just so happens that we’ve had a few power outages over the past week and my youngest dropped one of the rechargeable lights we had and broke it. Sadly, the emergency lights we’ve been using over the years have been through a lot so I wasn’t surprised. Anyway, time to move on…

Here’s some specs on the Energizer Rechargeable LED Light from Amazon:

  • Compact rechargeable LED light stows out of the way in a light socket, and automatically turns on when power goes out
  • Ultra-bright Nichia LED.
  • Two-hour run time on high, and 15 hours on low
  • NiMH battery can be recharged hundreds of times
  • Includes lifetime manufacturer’s guarantee
  • Let Weather Ready be the light in your preparedness plan for emergencies.
  • You’ll be ready to light an entire room with these bright white Nichia LED compact flashlights if the power goes out.
  • Comes on when the power goes down

It seems the light gets very good reviews and is at a wonderful price right now. If you’ve yet to do so pick up one or two while you can and be better prepared for power outages… and avoid tripping over the dog while you’re at it. 😉

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Solo Stove Backpacking Pot a Whopping 53% Off!

For those that have a Solo Stove Wood Burning Backpacking Stove you can pick up the companion Solo Pot 900 for more than 50% off!

Here’s what they say about the Solo Pot 900 on Amazon:

  • Companion pot to the Solo Stove. Extremely durable and lightweight design. Only weighs 7.8 oz
  • Size: Height 4.5 inches, Diameter 4.7 inches
  • Material: Food grade 304 stainless steel
  • Max Volume: 30oz
  • Features: pouring spout, volume markings (oz, mL), foldable handles, lid with lockable lift tab. Includes black nylon stuff sack with drawstring

Even if you don’t have a solo stove the Solo Pot 900 might still be a great little backpacking / hiking pot at a great price right now.

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Baofeng Handheld Radio 72% OFF List Price, Best Time to Buy!

If you’ve yet to purchase yourself a Baofeng UV5RA Ham Radio now is the time to buy one since it’s currently at the best price I’ve ever seen! In fact, when I bought mine a year or two ago I swear it was at least double the price now and I’d say it was a good price then, which means you can buy two and be that much better prepared. 🙂

Or, if you would prefer, you could take a chance on the newer BaoFeng BF-F8HP.

Regardless, you’re going to want a Baofeng Programming Cable and to know how to program it step by step as well as keypad programming.

You may also want to upgrade the antenna with a 14.5 inch antenna, here’s why.

Obviously, you’re going to also want to get the proper licensing and training too. For less than $100 you can get two Baofeng radios, two antennas, and the programming cable… virtually everything you need to get your comms up and running in no time! That sounds like the perfect Christmas gift to me. 😉

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40% Off Sawyer Mini Water Filter 4-Pack

I’ve become a fan in recent years of Sawyer water filters. They are, no doubt, a quality product at a normally good price but today they’re at a great price! In fact, you can purchase a Sawyer Mini 4-Pack at 40% off which makes them a great addition to your bug out bags, vehicle kits, and more!

According to the Amazon specs:

  • The Sawyer Mini is ideal for outdoor recreation, hiking, camping, scouting, domestic and international travel and emergency preparedness
  • High performance filter fits in the palm of your hand, weighs 2 ounces and filters up to 100,000 gallons (30 times more than comparable filters)
  • Attaches to included drinking pouch, standard disposable water bottles, hydration packs, or use the straw to drink directly from your water source
  • Removes 7 log (99.99999%) of all bacteria and 6 log (99.9999%) of all protozoa
  • Sawyer’s certified 0.1 micron absolute filter removes bacteria and protozoa at a higher rate than accepted EPA guidelines

At about $16 each this Sawyer Mini 4-Pack is a steal. 🙂

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Doom and Bloom Survival Board Game + DVD + Backpack!

I’m a huge fan of the Alton’s (of DoomAndBloom.net). Though I’ve never met them in person I’ve had quite a bit of correspondence with them over the years via email and, in my humble opinion, they must be absolutely wonderful people. They’ve always been kind to me as a blogger and, more importantly, have always provided wonderful advice to the prepper community. Believe me I don’t say any of that lightly… I don’t generally like many people. 😉

If you’re unaware, several months ago they started a kickstarter campaign to create a survival board game of which I donated and wound up with my own copy of their game which I’ll discuss below.

I do want to point out that Joe and Amy are selling their Doom and Bloom Survival! Board Game right now along with their Survival Medicine DVD (a $20 value) and a Survival! Backpack (not sure of the value) for $60. At first glance this may seem like a bit much and it would be for just the board game but considering you’re getting the Survival Medicine DVD and a backpack as well it’s a much better deal… perhaps even a steal. If you want just the board game itself you can purchase it via Amazon for $45. You can also learn a bit more about the board game from their own site here but I’ll give my own overview below.

Let me first state that this game isn’t for young children. You’re certainly NOT playing Chutes and Ladders… it’s Survival! With that in mind, my children (now almost 9 and 12) were able to play. We’ve played a few times now and I’m probably the one who forgets the rules most often. Here I am refreshing my memory:

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There does seem to be quite a bit involved at first glace. There’s obviously a board to play on, there are player pieces, three main types of cards (event cards, attack cards, and bonus cards), various game pieces, six dice, and more. That said, once you read the rules thoroughly and play once or twice you’ll get the hang of it.

I can say that I was quite impressed with the details of the entire game. The game board is very nicely designed, the cards and characters are quite intricate for a board game, overall I was impressed with the game quality. Here’s one of the characters, a doctor, who I presume is Dr. Alton (I believe my oldest kid snapped this photo):

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The Goal of the Game

As for the game play, the purpose is to scout one or more towns (there are six total towns) while hopefully collecting resources (food, fuel, ammo) as well as survivors and medical kits. The game ends when somebody is the first one to have the required minimum resources and to have successfully scouted the final destination town. You can play a short, medium, and long version of the game. Longer games simply mean you have to scout more towns and collect more resources. When my kids and I play even a short game–where you scout one town–it often lasts at least an hour.

To Start the Game

To start, everybody blindly chooses a character which offers some number of resources (food, fuel, ammo), survivors, and medical kits. For example, the doctor and nurse start with more medical kits, the soldier more ammo, and so on. There’s a doctor, nurse, cleric, soldier and a few other characters. In this game my oldest wound up with the nurse–he wanted the soldier, of course–sorry Nurse Amy… you just can’t compete with a solider. 😉 I had the cleric and my youngest had the doctor.

You also get a personal board and some clear game markers with which to keep track of your resources, survivors, and medical kits:

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As you can see above, you can collect up to twenty each of food (green fork/knife), fuel (blue gas can), ammo (red handgun), survivors (black/yellow people), and up to ten medical kits (yellow/black cross). There’s also spots in the lower right corner for you to keep track of your destination discs (not shown) and eventually the final destination disc. Like your character you blindly choose towns to scout as well as the final destination town, as such, it’s possible players can end up scouting the same towns.

After a few more formalities the game starts…

General game play

There are some specific rules that you need to remember but for the most part the purpose is to move around the game board toward the town you’re trying to scout all while purposely landing on resource squares. You can easily tell it’s a resource square if there’s a green food, blue fuel, or red handgun icon on that square.

When you land on these squares you draw an Event card and you have to do what it says. Oftentimes that means rolling dice. If you succeed you get the resource shown on the board as well as whatever is listed on the Event card. This can be quite lucrative! If you fail you get nothing.

If, however, you land on an orange square that’s Raider territory! In this case you choose an Attack card and do what it says. These cards, sadly, are MUCH more difficult to succeed on and you usually wind up losing. Not all is lost, however, as you can make choices to help you if need be.

In general, you sometimes have to cross rivers, mountains, or survive a raider attack as noted above all while trying to get to where you want. Though not a great photo of the game board here’s what it looks like:

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As you can see there’s a lot going on and there are rules involved than I’m going to explain here.

Suffice it to say that the REAL fun begins when you start to use the Bonus cards and make the choice to sacrifice your resources to either give yourself an advantage OR stop another player from taking a turn.

For example, I can choose to lose one each of my food, fuel, and ammo during an Event roll in order to use six die instead of five in order to help the odds of me making a successful roll. I can also do things like sacrifice one fuel to add up to three to my movement roll (e.g., if I rolled a two I can add three and make my movement roll a five) and plenty more options. This is the main strategy part of the game because you have to both balance gaining enough resources to win while using/sacrificing them to gain strategic advantages.

Bonus cards allow you do all sorts of things, from catching up on your resources to doubling Event resources, adding to die rolls, and plenty more. Like I said, the the strategy is to figure out when and how to best sacrifice your resources to give yourself an advantage as well as when to play Bonus cards to help yourself or perhaps to hinder another player. My kids and I still haven’t got this part of the game fully down yet but it certainly makes the game fun!

Sadly, I didn’t win this round. My youngest, in fact, won it as he so clearly gloats below:

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Like I said, there is more to the Doom and Bloom Survival! Board Game but that’s the basics. It is quite fun but not for very young children. The game will certainly offer hours of entertainment on family game nights and even teach some survival strategy too. Since you also get the Survival Medicine DVD and a Survival! Backpack, give it shot. You’ll be glad you did.

Save Now on Warm Winter Clothing!

It’s getting colder outside which means people are starting to look for new winter clothing. Advertisers know this and so they also offer deals this time of the year too.

Obviously, the BEST time to purchase such clothing is after winter is over when sellers are trying to get rid of their stock but that time of the year is also harder to find precisely what you want.

Now is the time to both get what you want and to save money too! Searching Amazon for marked down athletic clothing and skiing clothing I noticed some good deals, including the following (in no particular order):

Blendtec Electric Grain Mill: Make Flour Quick and Easy!

As much of a fan as I am of the Wonder Junior Deluxe Hand Grain for anybody that’s done any amount of wheat grinding… it takes quite a bit of work to do so by hand. And, besides, I can only convince my kids to grid wheat for bread so often. After all, I don’t like doing it. 😉

A while back we received a really early Christmas gift from my parents in the form of this Blendtec Electric Grain Mill and I can’t honestly say it’s been nearly a God-send. Honestly, we’ve been super lazy with making bread for the simple fact that grinding wheat by hand is a pain the you know what.

Using the Blendtec Electric Grain Mill

This Blendtec electric grain mill has essentially “saved the day” for our bread-making adventures. Fortunately, it’s incredibly easy to put together and use. The top white part snaps atop the lower clear collection bin and the white cylindrical part that’s protruding below also sort of snaps into place:

Blendtec Electric Grain Mill Put Together

 

The controls couldn’t be easier either. There’s literally an “on/off” switch and flour fineness adjustment knob:

Blendtec Electric Grain Mill Controls

 

To use, just pour from one to two cups at a time into the slide and let the mill do the work. About the only complaint is that it’s quite loud when in use but otherwise works flawlessly:

Blendtec Electric Grain Mill With Wheat Being Ground

During this particular batch of milling, I completely forgot how many cups I had done and I noticed the mill began to slow down after about ten minutes which suggested to me it was getting full:

Blendtec Electric Grain Mill Flour

I didn’t count it perfectly but I think I got about 18 cups or so of milled flour out of the above. After milling, the bottom-side of the Blendtec looks a bit dirty. I simply wiped it off with a paper towel and “commandeered” one of my children’s clean paint brushes to get the hard to reach places:

Blendtec Electric Grain Mill Underside

 

Besides cleaning up the underside of the mill, there’s a small filter on the side of the mill that needs to be removed, washed out, and dried:

Blendtec Electric Grain Mill Filter

I decided to compare what I milled–it was on the finest setting–with some store-bought all-purpose flour:

Blendtec Electric Grain Mill Compared to All-Purpose

Can you tell which is which? I can by color but it was hard to do by feel, which is a good thing. 🙂 The milled flour is on the left. The Blendtec Electric Grain Mill even stores quite nicely like this:

Blendtec Electric Grain Mill Stored

 

Thus far we’re super-thrilled with the  Blendtec Electric Grain Mill and haven’t had a complaint yet. Besides, the noisiness we couldn’t be happier. The Blendtec is FAR superior to grinding grain by hand. Yes, you should have the ability to grind grain by hand and I feel the Wonder Junior Deluxe Hand Grain is a quality option for that purpose. Until you NEED to do so, make your life easier and use the  Blendtec Electric Grain Mill. You’ll be glad you did.

Up to 56% OFF Food Rotation Systems – Only 3 Days Left!

In case you missed it, two weeks ago I pointed out that the larger Food Rotation Systems (such as The Harvest, The Pantry, and The Reserve) were on sale–and they still are–often for between 20-30% OFF the regular price in honor of September being National Preparedness Month.

What I didn’t realize at the time was that the mini versions of the Food Rotation Systems, the Cansolidator series, are even more discounted at between 40-56% OFF!

These are very good deals on a variety of wonderful food storage options. But, since the month is almost over you have only a few days left to act if you want to save good money on great systems. Click here to learn more.

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