About Our Prepping Haul

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Just in case you wanna know? Yep, we are still prepping. LOL! ……a lot. And the reason why I prep is for a possible economic collapse and it’s a hobby and a lot of fun for me. So at this point I don’t feel we can ever be satisfied enough to just stop or come to a complete halt unless I just have no place else to put all of our stores. My problem always is with finding a place to store everything. I love watching prepping videos on YouTube as there are so many to choose from. One of my favorites is this particular lady (I won’t give her handle) whose preps put me to shame. This lady has so much and she is still prepping for more things. I mean her house is spilling over with canned goods, and personal items like soap and toilet paper. I do like how she finds places to put all of her stuff too which helps to give me lots of inspiration and ideas. I also saw one prepper who has started burying some of his stores and so I guess after a while that would be the next step for us.

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Anyway, I feel like at this point to shop until we drop because a lot of these items that are cheap now just won’t be here once the economy takes a dive and as you can see the prices of some things are steady going up and up. So it’s best to prepare, prepare, prepare and prepare some more. Also I am trying to learn as many vital skills for self sufficiency that I possibly can. I don’t think a person can ever stop working on being better prepared and learning the types of skills for survival because it seems there will always be areas where you are lacking and may need to do better in a particular area, especially when we are doing it not only for ourselves but for our family and neighbors. And then you may have family and friends who just are not prepping at all for whatever the reason. I have a family member who says she just cannot afford to buy extra things. But I just do not think she can afford not to prep at least a little bit. I know I am not going to take food out of my own mouth just to give away to people who have not prepared for themselves. After all I had to put in a lot of work to gather it all in the right way. Especially because it took a lot of planning, thought, hard work and sacrifice in order to get it all done within a certain frame of time. But I am thinking that if I have to share with another family member or neighbor or friend, I will probably ask for their help when it comes to doing some gardening and doing other chores in exchange for helping them out with our food or stores because I won’t be giving my things away for GP… (that means general purposes) LOL! As we used to say back in the day.

Anyway so I wanted to share a little about what all we picked up over the past few months as we covered a lot of areas. So we basically had to replenish our canned goods  and a few other supplies but even in all of this I still feel like we still have so much more to get and then I always keep reminding myself to stay encouraged knowing that we are still better off then if we had done nothing at all. So here I go.

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1.A. Canned Goods.

We stocked up on a bunch of canned goods. It was mostly meats like chicken, turkey and fish. We got lots of cans of ravioli, beefaroni, turkey spam, various hardy soups, beef stews, beans, chili, various kinds of vegetables and fruits.

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1. B. Dry Foods And Frozen Juice Concentrate.

And we also picked up some large dry food packets of soups, pasta, flavored rice, potatoes, oodles of noodles and boxed mac and cheese and plenty of orange frozen juice concentrate and other juice flavors like grape, apple and lemon and limeade to put up in the freezer. We do buy the juices in bottles and containers to put in the fridge but I always like to keep frozen concentrate because it is so much less expensive and it stretches the juices as it goes a long way. And I always get at least one box of herbal teas and either a jar of instant coffee or a container of ground coffee each time we grocery shop to put up.

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2. Other Items:

We got an extra set of pots, pans, a food saver set, extra food saver bags, a outdoor camp grill and a pressure cooker. I tell you I have been wanting to get these types of things for a very long time and I was so happy that we were able to pick them up. Especially the food saver which helps out with putting up lots of food storage so we can make bricks of rice, sugar, grits, beans and lentils and store them in our food grade buckets.

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We also got an extra couple of food grade buckets and more food to put in them. We picked up two 25 pound bags of basmati rice and two 25 pound bags of sugar. We have six five pound bags of grits, some spices, pink salt, kosher salt and pepper in bulk.

I have to say this much, that I do not care for grits, I get tired of eating them sometimes but I can tell you one good thing about them is that grits are very, very filling. I prefer the yellow grits if I can find them but we have mostly the white grits. So to tell you the truth any hungry belly during an economic collapse will be grateful to have some of them. I tell you my husband loves them a lot. So then there is what goes along with the grits is creamy butter, you cannot have grits without creamy butter. So I purchased some more Ghee which can store forever in a jar which is amazing and so I do plan to stock up on a whole lot more ghee and coconut oil. Right now ghee is very expensive but what am I going to do, we have to try.

So anybody who knows us know that we prefer basmati rice over white rice any day. One reason is because basmati rice cooks faster then white rice and have less starch. And the same with lentils and grits, they both cook very fast so I want to purchase a whole lot more than we already have. These foods are simple, easy to make and are very filling. So I think it’s better to store more kinds of foods like these that require the use of very little fuel.

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3. We picked up two types of heaters and two battery operating fans. We picked up a kerosine heater and a big buddy propane heater and the two battery operating fans will come in handy this summer for when a storm or two knocks out the electricity and so we are ready this time. Last summer we had no fans and of course no air conditioner on some of the hottest days and it feels so suffocating. So I think these little fans will help to ease some of the pain. LOL! And I have to mention that this past winter was one of the coldest winters we ever had here in the south as everyone including my neighbor complained about how cold it was. We lost power in the dead of winter for the first time this year but thank goodness it was not for long or else we would have been scrambling around to get one or both of those heaters hoping one was available because it seems when you need one they are sold out. Everybody’s mama, cousin and sister is in the stores loading up on these types of things and so if you wait till you need it then it won’t be there.

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4. We purchased some more garden seeds as I want to try to do a lot more container gardening. We picked up a package of “Bug Out Seeds” and “Survival Seeds” from online at amazon. I want to try them out. If we like them we will get more. And we also picked up lots of herbal medicine seeds from a few herbal sites. And although I been saving seeds from some of the fruits and vegetables we eat and storing them in the freezer for years now, I still feel we can never have enough of them so I try to buy some everywhere I go if I see them. I might pick up a pack or two randomly while in the grocery store and dollar store.

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5. We picked up extra bars of various kinds of soaps, shampoo’s, body washes, tooth paste, tooth brushes, mouth wash, dental floss, bandaid’s and first aid kits, household cleaning products, liquid and powdered laundry detergent, laundry boosters and fabric softener, dish liquid, bleach, disinfectant wipes, toilet paper, paper towels, paper plates, plastic forks, spoons, knives, plastic baggies of different sizes and aluminum foil.

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6. We naturally keep up on all vehicles and try to make sure they stay full of gas and are in good repair. We keep extra windshield wipers and store extra containers of gas and Kerosine.

7. We already have several good electric chain saws but we still need to get a gas one. We have a wood splitting ax but need to get an extra one. I told my husband we need to get extra plywood to cover windows for during a storm, and at least two water barrels for collecting rain water. So as you see we still have a ways to go.

8. We have lots of good quality blankets and quilts. But I want to stock up on some additional fabric for sewing all kinds of items, thread, needles and crochet and knitting wool to make socks, gloves, scarfs and hats. And we always pick up extra pairs of underwear, socks, good strong combat type of boots and extra pairs of sneakers.

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9. Right now we are learning about how to prepare the perfect bug out bag and not a heavy one but a light one because I cannot see myself carrying anything over 25 pounds thru the woods trying to escape from zombies. LOL! So things in this bag will have to be small, useful and minimal.

I am learning that the trick to prepping is to make sure to keep your stores up and your pantry full and not allow things to run completely out. Why? You just never know when or what morning we will wake up to hear that the stock market has crashed or whatever. I tell you the state of this world today makes you feel so insecure and unstable. So as we use things we try to put them right back in the pantry and I try to make sure we don’t use up any one item. So when the SHTF we will have what we been prepping for all along.

There are a few major purchases we still need to make. I would like to have a wood burning stove. I’d like to see us with it by the end of the year, maybe not installed but at least we will have it in the shed ready for use. I still want a green house, a guest cabin/crafting shed, plenty camping gear and tents, a chicken coop and baby chicks and a fenced in small orchard to plant a couple of fruit and nut trees and a pumkin patch, LOL! Last summer we did plant as an experiment one lemon tree and one pecan tree in the backyard and to my surprise they are both doing very well. I know it will be a long while before these trees produce any fruit, so we are planning to proceed by planting one peach tree, one apple tree and a lime tree next. So once we see they are growing well and we learn to care for them then we hope to proceed with the next step of planting trees in a designated area to start a small orchard. So we still have a ways to go. Once we get these last few things I will start to feel like we are a whole lot more prepared. So although we have done a lot, we still have a whole lot more to get done. So wish me luck. And good luck to all of my fellow preppers in the world.

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I like to call my self a happy soul, a daydreamer and have a heart of a gypsy. Love to use my imagination. And trying out new things. Life can be so wonderful and enjoyable when I am being positive and releasing.
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