Budget Preps

This week in preps


Can you believe that Christmas is 2 days away?! It will be exciting for us this year because our 2 year old will kinda know what’s going on. I’m sure it will be entertaining!

Because of Christmas, I didn’t get much prepping work done this week. Wah wah. Here’s a little bit of what we accomplished:

  1. Made survival/Christmas gift candles. They were so easy and so fun! My husband even got in on it 🙂 My family and friends are saving all of their jars for me and I will be making plenty more. As I said in my previous post, I plan to keep the lids for any recycled jars, throw a book of matches in when the candle is made, re-cap, and there you’ll have a little lights out mini emergency kit! (I apologize for the low quality cell phone photo, the memory card for my camera has vanished. I blame the deer hunting, trail camera checking husband.) I’m also going to start experimenting with alternate fragrances. 20151220_215223
  2. I read more of One Second After.  It is starting to get really, really good. Now I understand why people have said this book has changed their lives.
  3. I bought $10 worth of canned peaches and pears, and a bag of chicken ramen at Aldi for our stockpile. However, I ended up dropping it off to a needy family today. Due to our unseasonably warm Winter here in Ohio, the father’s snowplowing job has been pretty uneventful and they are subsequently struggling these few months. Here lies another reason I love being prepared, we have enough extra that if a family is in need, we can help. Community and neighbors will be your biggest allies in times of a disaster, you can’t do everything on your own. Linda over at Food Storage Moms recently shared her amazing thoughts on the role community plays in survival. We might not be experiencing a wide spread crisis or emergency, but sometimes emergencies are restricted to a family, like the one I donated some food to. We will all have different definitions of a crisis and it will be unique to each family.
  4. I am still working on the Family Emergency Binder. I need to make copies of important documents and I keep forgetting to bring them to work. I promise to have it finished over the holiday break and share the results.

That’s all I have for this week! It may not seem like much, but I reassure myself that it’s definitely better than nothing. I’m sure most people’s online activities will be lacking due to the holidays (as they should be!) so things will probably be pretty quiet here on the blog homestead.

I hope you and yours have an amazing and Merry Christmas, and ring in the New Year with love, smiles, and hope!



  1. Dayna

    I’m supposed to be packing so I won’t write much!

    1) I told my hubby I hate the taste of iodine and if he insisted on putting it in our stored water I’m buying some flavor packets. Added flavor packets to list.

    I’m sure I can think of more. We’ll probably talk about prepping in the car on the way to the in-laws that I should already be packed for but am not.

    Have a great holiday!

  2. Survival1586 (Post author)

    I’ve not yet tasted iodine in water, I’ll try it out and let you know what I think!

    Have a safe trip and Merry Christmas!


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