Budget Preps

This week in budget preps

It’s that time of week again, the time where I summarize what we did this week in preps. I know you’re dying to know. I’ve been slacking on the blog (sorry!), so if the list seems a like a lot to you…it’s probably because this is what’s been happening over the last several weeks!

this week

  1. We bought a few more water storage containers. I sanitized them with bleach last night, they’re air drying now, and I’ll fill them up later this evening. This will put our current water storage at 65 gallons! We haven’t quite hit our goal (at least 85 gallons), but if disaster struck we would be okay. In addition to our stored water we would fill sinks, fill the tubs, fill other pots and containers, and drain the hot water tank if we needed.
  2. My husband has been experimenting with making and using char cloth as a means to start fire. We made some this past weekend and tested it out with his new fire starter and it worked like a charm. We will definitely be making some more to add to our safety kits and bug out bags. I hope to have a tutorial up later this week with some photos!
  3. finally finished our Family Emergency Binder! I’ve been talking about it for weeks and obviously slacking. Thanks to Linda over at Food Storage Moms for the free template to get me started!
  4. Speaking of Food Storage Moms, Linda has a great blog series going on right now called Back to Basics where she shares her invaluable information on going back to the simple basics…like grinding wheat and making bread. I’ve learned so much from reading Linda’s blog, so please check her out!
  5. I received my first product offer for a review, which is so exciting as a new blogger! I received this BlizeTec Survival Fixed Blade Knife: 3-in-1 Full Tang Hunting Knife with Magnesium Fire Starter, LED Flashlight & Belt Pouch; Classic Pakka Wood Handle from BlizeTec at a discounted price in return for my honest and unbiased review.  We were overall very pleased with the set from BlizeTec. The knife was lightweight, easy to grip (even for my small hands), and arrived very sharp. The fire starter worked on the first try and subsequent tries after. The LED flashlight is great for a survival situation – it’s lightweight and bright. The pouch itself was a little stiff, but I attribute that to the fact that it’s simply new and unworked leather. The combo overall was very light and manageable and no heavier on my belt than a cell phone or a holster.
  6. I have started to do research and plan my garden for the year. This year will be my first year starting seeds indoors. I’m nervous but also very anxious! I don’t expect a huge yield as I’m sure it will be a year full of learning. If you have experience, I’d love to hear about it! I’ve been consulting my Encyclopedia of Country Living (which is amazing, by the way). Learning how to garden and be more self sufficient is at the top of my goals/to do list. We can stock and store all the food we can afford and have space for…but what if it runs out? I want to be sure that I have as many bases covered as possible in order  to care for my family.

What have you been up to these past few weeks? Comment below, I would love to hear! 

1 Comment

  1. Julie@frugallyblonde.com

    I haven’t done much with gardening, I tend to kill plants really quickly. But, this year I would love to try more than just my regular basil and green onions. I will have to see if I can find the Encyclopedia of Country Living at my library. Sounds very helpful to learn more about gardening. Thanks for the suggestion.


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