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  1. 18 pints of apple sauce - done! more apples cooking on the stove - will can it up tomorrow. The remaining apples (from my 100lbs + purchase) will be apple pie filling in quarts Then I need more for Apples with Carmalized Onions to go with pork. THEN ~ 40# OF CHICKEN! MY MOM THINKS I AM INSANE - LITTERALLY!!!
  2. I need your opinions! My sister and I were talking yesterday about SHTF situation and although we each have a family member in their late 80's obviously we are including them in our group. We have concluded that since I have the house and am out of NY City, it is obvious this will be the BO location. My group is growing! So, since only God actually knows when SHTF will happen, there are now 8 in our core group. I guess it makes sense to can in Quarts vs. Pints? Hmm, now that I am thinking more, even if we lost our seniors, quarts makes more sense since more than half our group are adult males.
  3. Today and tomorrow I am making Jam. My mom is actually coming and I got 4 10# bags of chicken leg quarters for less than $5 a bag, I am going to teach my mom who is a REAL CHEF how to can meat next week!!! We are going to get apples too and do that apple pie filling/applesauce/apples with onions that I have been thinking about too. Who knows, maybe she will get bitten by my bug and buy me 20# of HB and I will can that up too!!??
  4. Tonight I am making sweet and sour meatballs and inviting my older son, he requested it earlier in the week.
  5. I will start canning tomorrow - I have 10lbs of mixed berries for jam, then I am going to go get a few bushels of apples, time for apple pie filling and apple sauce, (I haven't done any of this since before my husband passed away 2 years ago) then hamburger and some chicken. With mom not coming out for her extended stay, I need to stay busy so I don't completely loose my mind! If I didn't have company coming for dinner tonight, I'd start NOW! I was really looking forward to doing this with my mom, she has never canned before!
  6. Hi Wychwoood! Welcome to one of the greatest places on the web for women who want to be self suficient! I lived in Washbrook near Ipswich a million years ago. I miss the UK!
  7. YESTERDAY I went to KMart and bought the following: 50 rolls of TP 3 gal of bleach 25 rolls of paper towels 2 large bottles of hand sanitizer 2 large bottles of dish soap 2 large cans of Lysol Spray cat food for mom's cat cat food for my cats kitty litter 12 gal water duct tape (3) 5 paracord bracelets (.50 ea) Ramen noodles in 6pks got the last 3 paper dishes/plastic cups 2 large rubbermaid totes to store stuff in TRASH BAGS, TRASH BAGS AND MORE TRASH BAGS Borax x3boxes 100 vinyl gloves Tissues Then I went to the supermarket and got: 12 more instant dinners for my BOB's Instant Soup for BOB'S SINGLE PEANUT BUTTERS FOR BOBS 25 cans of tomatoes and veggies for pantry Pasta 5# Rice 6 Tuna and 6 Chicken salad "meals" for Bobs Toothpaste Toothbrushes Mouthwash (OK, I AM FIGHTING A BAD TOOTH WITH AN INFECTION HENCE ORAL HYGENE) 12 BOTTLES OF SHOWER SOAPS Shower scubbie pouffes DISH SOAPI l also got 2 new sleeping bags off of Ebay I TREATED MYSELF TO A PAIR OF TIMBERLAND BOOTS SINCE MINE WERE LOST/STOLEN DURING MY MOVE (I saw someone wearing them but she said her mom got them for her!) I AM IN THE PROCESS OF GETTING MY CAR BOB PREPARED FOR WINTER AND BLANKETS ETC IN THE CAR, I HAVE LOTS AND LOTS OF STUFF THAT HAS BEEN LOST WHEN WE MOVED, AND WHEN I GOT SICK AND PEOPLE (KIDS) DECIDED TO MOVE STUFF FROM MY KITCHEN TO THE GARAGE - I HAVE A LOT OF SEARCHING TO DO IN HOPES I WILL FIND WHAT I NEED SO I DON'T HAVE TO SPEND ANOTHER FORTUNE I JUST DON'T HAVE THIS TIME TO GET IT ALL DONE AGAIN Last spring my boys took apart all 3 of our BOB's so they could go camping overnight - they LOST EVERYTHING! I am now rebuilding for me, my mom and my one son still living at home, the other one is on his own with his fiance and I'm not doing 2 more for them from scratch! I don't actually ever plan to use my BOB's since my mom is 85 with Dementia and coming to live with me, but at least I will have preps, and if my son feels as though he wants to leave he will have a bag
  8. Go check on my mom (she will be living with me) and make sure there are enough blankets to keep her warm with the down quilt on her bed (possibly move her into my room for extra warmth) Call my sister and ask her how I turn on the new generator that is solar powered. Crawl into bed, get warm and worry about everything tomorrow. Hopefully my sister and her hubby will be here by tomorrow and we can all work on stuff together. I'm the dumb bunny in the family. I could get my camp stove out and cook the food in the fridge so it doesn't go bad, then move the food from the freezer to coolers and put outside to keep it frozen until I can et it all cooked. PRAY, PRAY, PRAY
  9. Well, it's been a fun few months here (NOT!), but I think I am starting to come out the other side - several of my friends have been referring to me as the 2014 version of Job Back in July, my mom finally decided to come to my home for her first visit - naturally I was working in the garden and oops, I fell and broke my foot! The broken foot led me up to the attic to get my orthopedic boot - little did I know I am HIGHLY ALERGIC TO DUST MITES I drove to MD to see my best friend and was supposed to be home that night, but I blew up like the fat lady at the circus and my eyes swelled shut for 3 days before I could even drive! Then, mom comes, and my dust mites decide to turn to SCABIES!!! I CRIED! (AND I ITCHED AND I SCRATCHED FOR WEEKS!) One night we were having the Bishop from my church for dinner and while we were laying on my bed resting, I noticed the curtain above my desk wasn't hanging right (it still isn't!). I got up on a chair and my broken foot got lonely so it kicked me down and I dislocated my elbow! Wile at the ER the staff lost my engagement and engagement rings. I was in a brace for 4 weeks. (it came off yesterday and now I am able to drive again) Two days after the trip to the ER my home was burglarized while we were sleeping upstairs- they took my flat screen tv and my mom's crocodile purse that was a gift with about $400 cash. My cat brought in fleas and the house needed to be exterminated, professionally. I was a human flea picnic for weeks. The exterminating didn't work and we had to bomb the entire house again yesterday. Fleas GONE My poor kitties (3) were suffering from upper resperatory infections - $375 later and they are finally sounding better. My 15yr old son broke the front door off my house, destroyed several hundred dollars worth of windows in the garage and got arrested for underage drinking (I DON'T DRINK AT ALL! HE DIDN'T GET IT FROM ME!) ALL IN ALL, I AM GRATEFUL, although I miss my TV, no one was hurt and I am finally on the mend. God is soo good!
  10. Hurray! I can't wait to see your pics In a few weeks my sister and I are going to start sanding the floors in my house and then we will stain them. In the meantime, I am waiting to get a contractor (my original one bailed on me!) to come and install a new vintage door I got at a salvage/antique place we found. It is solid walnut and we will stain it with 7 coats of tung oil! With my mom moving in before Christmas, we are sanding floors in 99% of the house (not my room yet) and re-staining them, and painting the remaining 3 rooms in the house. My sister also wants a new ceiling installed in my shop in the garage (we will finish the shop this winter). We will then have space to store some of mom's stuff that she won't be using in my house. Since buying my home, I have learned to love learning to DIY things to fix up my home. Maybe someday it will actually be finished, but since when I bought it I didn't have a heating system and now I do, I think I've accomplished a lot!
  11. Hi Everyone! It's been a LONG time since I've been here - probably not since I bought my home 16 months ago? Things have really changed. So we have been in the house almost 18 months. It's a work in progress, but we have heat! (no we didn't have a working heating system when we moved in) One son, moved out and got engaged, got a good job and is planning an returning to school. He wants to become and underwater welder. My younger son is still driving me crazy - I have learned that I can't fix him, I can't make the good decisions for him, he's been in and out of court, it's up to him now. He is safe in God's hands. My mom is 85 and suffers from Trigeminal Neuralgia - it's called the Suicide disease because the pain is so bad people contemplate killing themselves. MOM IS COMING TO LIVE WITH ME!! We are preparing to sand and refinish floors and paint her room. LOTS AND LOTS of work is scheduled to start ASAP and when I get done my house will be almost exactly what I want it to be if it were compleated all except for the country kitchen I want. oh, and Mom has Dementia - it's going to be interesting! But I will NOT put her away in a place no matter how good it could possibly be for someone else to take care of her. She is MY Mom and I am going to take care of her just the way she always takes care of me. That's the news in a nutshell for now. I hope to be spending more time here in the future, I swear I'm going to write myself a note and stick it to the computer! I have missed all of you and I can't wait to get back into the swing of things again
  12. I don't know where it would hit if it landed here, but I know that if they set it to go off in the atmosphere, an EMP could cripple the entire US or a good portion of it! I know that I have good food storage, and ways to cook food, but for me, that's about it. . . I hope to move soon and then I will plan on getting a garden started with chickens and goats and maybe a pig or two, who knows, maybe a cow?? Depends on how much I can save. . . It scares the bejesus out of me but I am preparing in any way I can, so I do my best and leave the rest to Heavenly Father to figure out.
  13. We are really lucky! My boys FINALLY GOT WITH THE PROGRAM and we are already living on the farm at out BOL and are self sustaining. We actually just moved in about 6 months ago and we are getting ready for our first real planting season. It was a rough winter and I am ready for a new beginning. So happy I took the time to get into shape and loose weight, I am now in the best shape of my life and I can easily put in a long day of hard work on the farm. With my morning chores done, I had just had lunch with the boys when we heard the news. time to get into action. . . . My sister and her husband who finally retired from their jobs in NYC are coming down the road with their two moving trucks, they are getting ready to settle in with us in our big farm house. Harry, being a lawyer in NYC saw the stuff getting ready to go splat and had for many years, been stocking guns and ammo. He unloads that stuff first into the basement where, when he was out at Christmastime, he built a storage area that was sturdy enough to keep people out of it! I sent the younger son to the farm store with enough cash to buy as much feed for the cows, goats, horses and chickens he could get his hands on. He is also told to get any supplies for fencing, and gas cans and water barrels if he sees any (we have a pond on our land so we have a water source along with our well). Also on is list are antibiotics and animal meds. I call him and tell him that if there are any chicks to get those too. The older one is headed out to the hardware store to get supplies for more fencing and any of the supplies we still need for finishing off the solar pannels we started last month.I told him to get nails, nuts, bolts, screws, saws, propane canisters and any building supplies he can find. I call my neighbor Sam, that I bartered for some hay for the horses and told him to expect us to be by later today to pick up a load. I tell him that my boys will be willing to do anything he needs help with and ask if there is anything he thinks of that he needs. I also invite him for dinner. He says he needs his scripts from the store so I call DS1 and tell him to stop by the pharmacy on the way back to pick them up before coming home, and that I will have our refills there too. I tell him to get some coffee, filters and sugar and cigarettes from the store too, I know my neighbor is on a restricted income and who knows if he has any stocked. I remind him to bring Sam along with him. The FedEX truck with the delivery of my fruit trees just came 'round the corner, so I will have that dropped near the barn, we will have a lot of work ahead of us but it will be good for everyone. (just in time!). I was planning on planting a nice orchard on our new land to add to the few fruit trees we have there already. So glad we got the tractor and all the tools we will need for the farming aspeickct of our new life. I head into the house, with my sister, we put on a pot of coffee and stoke the fire in the woodburning stove. I feel safe and confident knowing that my family is all here where I dreamed of this day, KNOWING IT WOULD ACTUALLY HAPPEN, and it took me so long to get my kids on board. Kowing that the community is going to be flourishing soon and we will all be working together makes me grateful that God put so many wonderful people into my life for me to learn from and who always encouaged me. I tell her "we need to start some bread so we can have it for dinner tonight". I get out the oil lamps and make sure they are all filled and all the flashlights have batteries in them too. If an EMP hits, I want to be as prepared as we possibly can be. So glad we did serious canning before moving and the pantry is still stocked despite the winter. Harry walks in and says "wow, you were really right all along, so you ready for the journey into the future?" I tell him that his first new chore on the farm is to learn how to milk Rosie and Pauline our cows and Lilly and George the goats ( Rosie and Lilly having been named for the two most stubborn and ornery women in my family hate to be milked, he has no idea what he is getting himself into) "aww gee, thanks!" Harry decides that despite the fact that we have 2 moving vans that need to be unpacked, that can wait. We need to go over what we stil might be needing. Out to the shed we go to check on the inventory. Fortunately having been prepping for a long time, it's not as bad as I originally thought, still, we are going to be part of a larger community now, so we need to think of others. We figure out that we probably have enough canning jars, lids rings etc. . (over 1000 empty jars and several thousand lids and rings both regular and wide mouth). I was always buying them by the case so that's not an issue. Harry has his brother back east who has connections (like black market connections and drivers who go cross country regularly transporting things for his business - we don't ask what it is, we just know he has connections. We were lucky to get a signal for a brief time and gave him our list, along with an invitation to come out with his family. He tells us he will get a truckload of whatever he can together for the new community, he wants to help, and if he and his family needs to evacuate NY in the future, he wants to know that he has somewhere safe to head to). . .. We don't know where we would put everyone, but we know that we want to make the offer anyway. This is the list we give to brother who says he will get what he can and get it to us for the communtiy as quickly as possible. We already know that this is not just for our family, but to share with the community, our list is long: pillows, sheets, blankets, sleeping bags, fabric to sew with, needles, thread, buttons, safety pins, straight pins good scisors Batteries, flashlights lamp oil and wicks fishing gear, poles, fishing line, hooks, sinkers etc. bleach and antiseptic cleaners rubbing alcohol, peroxide, and any and all first aid supplies he can get. Drugs too (legal ones for those with diabetes etc. . . his wife's sister is a doctor!)and any and all kinds of supplements building supplies just about anything he can get at any time (just in case we have to do some serious re-building in the community and add onto what we already have for our growing family) animal feed, hay, oats etc. . . flour, salt, yeast, dry milk, baking soda and baking powder, cornstarch, sugar, oil, coffee, cigarettes, alcohol box cutters and blades paper products, dishes, plastic ware, trash bags, paper towels, napkins, fem products, TOILET PAPER soap, soap making supplies cast iron cookware notebooks, pens, paper any school books available (we have to keep the kids educated) toys Diapers, wipes, diaper ointment, baby formula dry beans, oats Glad we got the fruit trees, but know that it will take a few years to get good fruit off of them.
  14. I read this yesterday and was furious! What is in this that will protect Americans? Will he use this as a way to start wiping out Americans serving in war zones and claim "war related deaths?" (and that will be justified b/c we are fighting the "enemy" and everyone has casualties of war?) What will keep him from just going out and claiming some sort of "Martial Law" and start rounding Citizens up and killing them (us) with no legal standing. I think he has granted himself too much power without theh proper "checks and balances" we all learned so much about while studying History in school. I THINK HE IS ONE VERY VERY DANGEROUS MAN AND I PRAY FOR OUR COUNTRY - EVERYONE WANTED CHANGE, AND WHILE CHANGE IS GOOD THIS IS WAAYY OVER THE TOP - REMEMBER "YOU HAVE TO READ IT TO FIND OUT WHAT'S IN IT? SOME AMERICANS ARE HAPPY TO BE SHEEPLE AND BE LEAD AROUND BECAUSE THEY THINK THAT SOMEONE WILL TAKE CARE OF THEM. THEN I READ ABOUT OBAMACARE - $20,000 A YEAR FOR INSURANCE AND FINES IF YOU DON'T BUY IT? WHY BOTHER WORKING IF YOU DON'T EVEN EARN THAT MUCH MONEY? WE HAVE LOST THE WILL TO LIVE ON OUR OWN TERMS, THINK ABOUT WHAT IS BEST FOR US AS INDIVIDUALS ETC. . . BECAUSE SOMEONE HAS SAID "I'LL TAKE CARE OF YOU, DON'T WORRY ABOUT IT" UNFORTUNATELY, IT MAY ALREADY BE TOO LATE! AND HE'S ONLY TAKING CARE OF HIMSELF (AND HIS ELITIST FRIENDS) NOT ANYONE ELSE! OK, SO I WILL STEP DOWN FROM MY SOAP BOX NOW.
  15. I'm gone! I live 2 mi from the Captial and 6 miles from TMI - if I lived where I wanted to, that would be different, but I don't have my house with a basement yet and every room in the house has windows in it! We unfortunately wouldn't have time to even put plastic up on a window. . . My youngest son would survive, he is 3 hours away at school. My older boy is home with me. . .
  16. Thanks everyone. My son is 17 and said he would stay at the hospital with me just like I stayed with my husband when he was dying. . . lovely thought! The 14 yr old leaves to go back to school tomorrow. So far I am feeling ok now. Lots of tea and soft foods. If the nausea kicks up again though, I am going to the ER at the hospital my dr. practices at.
  17. I have my $ at the Credit Union and I can't get cash unless I go to the ATM - they just don't "cash" checks. . . I have everything I have left in a checking account since I am planning on buying a house, maybe I should take $10K out and send it to my sis to hold onto in CASH in NYC - scary stuff!!
  18. I must confess, I am one of those who lives on SSDI and I panic when I hear stuff like this. Then I get really . Makes me want to push someone named O down one of these . I know that I am blessed with the fact that I just got DH's insurance money and I am debt free. I am paying rent and I hate it and now that I am saving for a house of my own so I don't have to rent anymore this really upsets me. At my age I thought things would finally be getting better, now it's the SSDD. . . I think we need to march on DC and get the moving vans BEFORE the inauguration but that's not going to happen!! I grew up nicely and never had any worries about money, then I went out on my own and walked away from my family who liked to control with money. I've never had much of anything on my own, and even married, I never married for money or security. The only reason I am debt free and have ANYTHING at all is b/c DH died last month. It would KILL me to have to just survive for as long as possible on it when we had talked about getting a house with it so I wouldn't ever have to move again. My boys are still very young and foolish. I can't depend on them to do chores, so depending on them for their help in a survival situation just wouldn't be a possibility. The only thing I can do is pray and trust Heavenly Father to take care of us, knowing full well that only HE can after all!!!!
  19. I will if I don't feel better - unfortunately I can't leave my kids home alone and one is home from school for a long weekend. . . I will have to be unconscious to be taken by ambulance if something gets critical. . . SCARY thoughts. Will put the kids on alert just in case. I don't want to scare them but if I need them in an emergency, I will have to depend on them.
  20. so I have a hernia, just lovely. . . but the vomiting and constant nausea are driving me nuts and I have to wait 2 weeks to have a CT Scan and see the dr again. I am going on a soft diet, then if I am still sick, will go to liquid. Anyone have any thoughts on how to deal with a mean hernia that is strangling my intestine until I can see Dr. again and get the surgery scheduled. (Wish he wasn't waiting soooo long?!)
  21. I agree with both of you, have a skill (I am going to learn how to sew, and I know how to cook and can, and I am taking a First Aid course after the first of the year and a CPR course. Thinking of getting CERT course and getting certified there, but not sure I want to get involved with civilian groups that may end up being controlled by the govt. Keeping a low profile and only bartering or trading with people I know is something I will do. If they know someone who needs something and I have it, they can be the middle man. So far, I don't have a lot of stuff to trade but I am working on things. Someday I will have a place with Chickens and goats for milk and eggs and meat. Rabits too maybe. For now, I gather household goods, sewing notions, fabric, and my sweet Scott got me started on gold and silver coins. I am building my food storage which is always an issue with me. I hope to buy a few cases of freeze dried meats next month and some veggies and fruit too. . . However, my main goal is a house where I can feel safe and I can "disappear" from people while being in plain sight.
  22. Course About Questions Surviving one year in a city surrounded by the enemy army and cut off from the rest of the world. I'm Selco and have been through this SHTF school I never wanted to attend during the Balkan wars 1992 - 1995. I write about this here. I GOT THIS INFORMATION FROM THE SITE LISTED ABOVE, I HOPE IT HELPS SOMEONE, I KNOW IT IS MAKING ME THINK EVEN MORE ABOUT THINGS I NEVER CONSIDERED. Home / Trading / 10 Rules for Trading in Long Term Survival Scenarios 10 Rules for Trading in Long Term Survival Scenarios Posted by Selco on December 29, 2012 in Trading | 8 comments 70 1 118 208 All of us rely on our skills when SHTF. So we all hope that we can cover all of major skills that can lead us trough all basic needs in order to survive. So we choose to learn lot of things, how to fight , how to can, how to grow food, how to heal people. And we are buying equipment and learn things. We choose different approaches, someone chooses to learn just basics from one skill, or someone chooses to learn one particular skill in depth. Like to be very good in growing food when SHTF. But most of the people take trading and bartering in long term survival scenarios for granted. Most of the people see trading like scenes from the movies. So there is some kind of accepted picture that man gonna be able to go out with bag of potatoes for example and trade it for something, for batteries or whatever. Or there is gonna be something like trading place, where you can go and check what is on offer there. It is actually strange how lot of things are covered good at lot of places on forums and blogs when it comes to some skills and equipment, but when it comes to trading it is accepted more or less that it is common sense that it is gonna be easy to trade things. When SHTF we all going to trade things, no matter how great we are prepared, because it is gonna be way of living, one of the few ways of obtaining the things we need, especially for long term survival. It makes sense to think today about trading when SHTF. It can be major source of resources and provide for your living in hard times, and if you prepare carefully and act smart when SHTF, you can live much better than other folks around you. Because differences between regions in the world some things about trading can not apply everywhere, just like advice about which weapon you should have. But some things are common everywhere, just like you can say that shot in the head can kill you, no matter what kind of gun we are talking about. So here are some things to keep in mind. 1.SHTF (real SHTF) = no law anymore When you are taking your time today and think about being trader when SHTF, you need to stop for a moment and accept the fact that there is no law when SHTF. After you accept that fact, only then start with thinking how you can improve your role as a trader in collapsed world. You can see what I store for trading in my supply list in course area. What you pick for trading depends on many things I also mention later in this article. The point here is that you have to really understand how drastically things change when there is no law. It is hard to imagine but you look at life from whole different angle and from that angle you have to approach trading. 2. Look around you, today Some common sense again. When people struggle to survive they gonna need everything. But use common sense. So there is no too much sense in storing something that can be found easily around you. 3. Small things, always Whatever you trade, and whenever you trade do only with small things and small portions. For example you are not offering 5 liters of alcohol, you are offering ½ liter of alcohol. And thats it. Do you have right bottles for that? Why are you doing this? Other people might not take your life because it is not worth half liter of alcohol, but for more, or when they think that you have more at your home it is maybe worth. Also it is much easier to go somewhere and carry with you 50 flints for trade than to go and carry 10 liters of fuel. 4. You wanna be big trader? Dont If you have some big plan to do very well when SHTF and you store whole bunch of interesting things you need to keep absolutely low profile. So if you want to be big trader that means that nobody outside your house can know that you have whole bunch of things for trade. Only thing that is standing between lot of nasty people and you and your storage is fact that you are not interesting for them. You can say that you are very good armed and prepared, and that you have friends with you, and that they are armed too. I will tell you that sooner or later someone will come with more friends and more arms and you are dead and your stuff gone. So stay low. You can not be anything like „big trader“ for other people around you. Whatever you have to trade you are gonna need to have some kind of smart strategy to trade / distribute that. Watch your ego too. Having resources means power, but showing that power gets you killed. 5. Middle man- golden solution For best results in trading over longer period of time, you need to be something like „middle man“ in process of trading, not a guy who owns things. And of course this means that people need to think that you are only middle man, not a man who actually has things. So if you are prepared for trading and you have lot of different things to trade, you can not go and offer things as yours, you need to be the guy who can obtain things. If you have 1000 lighters for trade, and SHTF tomorrow, and after a month you realize that lighters have good price for trade, and you want to go and offer lighters, best solution is to be something like a man who knows a guy who has lighters for trade. So when you walk with few lighters in your pocket and trade them, they are „not yours“. You are acting as a guy who has information where something can be found for a trade, you can „go there“ and find things for trade. 6. Basic security rules Again and again, you need to be not interesting, so common sense again about security of trading: Never trade in or in front of your house When you trade with unknown people, always watch carefully if someone is following you on your way home No matter how great deal you can make never do too much trading with one person in short period of time (for example, do not trade 10 liters of fuel 3 times at week with same person, or in the same street) Make compromise. Trading with known people increases risk because known people know where to come if they conclude that you have lot of interesting things at home, on the other side trading with unknown people has risks too, because you do not know them. I never trade bigger amounts of things, or some really interesting things with folks from my really close neighborhood unless I trust them 100%, which I usually dont. If I need to trade something bigger and interesting I take risk and go in other parts of city and do trade with people who do not know where I live. 7. Pricing, value of things It can be very specific depending on the regions what things will have more value, and what lower. You may think that food will have biggest value, but there is a difference from what will be always wanted and what will have BIGGEST value. So yes, probably you will be able to trade food always for something usable, but better idea is maybe to have some interesting valuable things that YOU can trade for food. Sources of light and energy: lamps, batteries, candles, burning cubes (paraffin cubes for starting fire), lightsticks, flints, solar chargers, fuel… Always have things stored that people in your region use in everyday socializing rituals. You may think that when SHTF people habits gonna be erased and everything connected to that will be stripped to bare simple survival living, basic food and water intake. Yes, for great number of the people it was like that, but reason was that because they did not have these social / comfort things stored, or they did not have enough items to trade for them. If they could they would have got these comfort things. What that meant in my case, people here drink coffee… a lot, 3-4 times per day, and most of the folks smoke cigarettes or tobacco. Drinking the coffee is more like ritual where good friends, or family sit down and have some special time. When SHTF people were in hard situation of course, and some habits or rituals from normal life gain even much more importance. I mean when everything falls apart around you, to have some special moment with your family with coffee becomes even much more important. As a result, coffee was very valuable. I mean very very valuable. Even some poor substitutes for coffee were very important and valuable. Same was with cigarettes. So depending where you live, check for those things, and have it in your storage. It can be coffee, cigarettes, tea, beer… Have some kind of system in your storage to know what things you use for yourself, or for trading. For example you store food for yourself and your family only, but you store great number of batteries for yourself and for trading too. 8. Charity There is no golden rule about trading process, other than those security measures that I already mentioned. But few more things to have in mind. Charity in good times is good, charity when SHTF is wrong and dangerous. I know I disagree here with one big survival blogger but my advice is never do real charity when SHTF. I mean it is crazy if you give things away for free if others struggle to survive. What do they think? This guy has a lot so we get what we can and then more even if that means taking with force. You can give things to people but it can not look like charity. You need to get something if you give something. If you do real charity and word go around, you are done. I saw this happening several times. Even people everyone thinks who are always good went out to “convince” charitable guys to give them something and this ended up very bad sometimes. If you see your kids starve to death but this one guy has food but is not giving it to you what do you do? Exactly… 9. Scams Of course always expect scams, people will do lot of wrong things in order to get things, plaster in baby food is only one example from my time (they take out half baby food, stuff plaster in there and cover it to make it look like full). I know how to make 1 kg coffee with just 20 % of coffee and 80 % of other stuff, and it looks and smells like real coffee, 90 percent of people will not notice difference, bad is that that mixture screws up people’s blood pressure really bad. That’s one example. So common sense is to trade with „unchecked“ persons only for „canned“ or sealed things. If man gives you half bag of powdered milk for something, you only have his word that he did not mixed that with something in order to make it more heavy. Different dried plants mixed with tobacco and sold as a tobacco, different seeds grinded with small amounts of coffee and sold as areal coffee, alcohol… I have more examples of this in my course. 10. Pick the right moment for trading Value of things changed during my year in war, depending of lot of things like entering of goods in area, rumors and word on the street, state of black market or simply security situation, so in first month pack of batteries were worth maybe 5 kilos of flour, but in third month it was worth 15 kilos of flour. Or another good example would be that candles were worth more in first few months of SHTF then after that. Example would be that people find some substitute for light in house like oil lamps, and also realize to have light in every room is just unnecessary luxury. Watch carefully for rumors and word on the street. I mean do not go and trade some of your precious stuff for few gas masks just because someone told you on the street that you gonna need them really hard. Luckily he is knowing someone who has few of them of course. Word on the street or rumors will work for you, but also against you and there will be moments when people or groups of people produce specific news in order to gain something or sell something. This is basic advice for trading during long term survival scenarios. How do you prepare for trading part of SHTF?
  23. So as many know, I am now a widow, one of the good things that comes from that is that my old worn out vehicle will be replaced soon. (my husband wanted that and made plans to have it taken care of before he passed). I have decided that although I have had mini-vans since 2003, it's time for a change. My boys are getting older, I won't be hauling them and their junk around as much and it's time for a 4WD vehicle. Why? Several reasons. 1. I HATE DRIVING IN SNOW - I just don't feel confident and safe anymore, I am not as young and confident as I once was. 2. If things get worse, which we know they can at any time, I don't want to be stuck not being able to get around people stuck in traffic, if I an drive off road, I sure as heck will. 3. I have always wanted a Jeep - so that is our first choice. We will what our friend comes up with, We are thinking Grand Cherokee So, my question to you is IF YOU HAV A 4WD, WHY DO YOU LIKE IT AND WHY WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT? IF YOU HAVE A JEEP, DO YOU LIKE IT, IS IT RELIABLE AND WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT?? THANKS LADIES, I NEED TO GET MY INFORMATION FROM SOURCES I TRUST!!!!!
  24. praying here for safe travel, wisdom and lots and lots of love!!!
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