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  1. Jeepers, These are genius. Some I already use but some are new to me. I, too, need to figure out how to use digital coupons. Coupons used to be a great way to save money. If you used them correctly you could get products free. Now they are not as helpful but still a savings. Lately, with supplies being limited we have been getting rain checks for the sale items. We have no credit cards, only a debit card which basically puts us more on a cash basis. One way I save money is to anticipate our needs and buy almost everything on sale before we need it. I buy only what we can use before expiration dates. Some times that’s only a couple weeks, sometimes six months but most times it’s a lot longer. I try to keep a year’s supply of most things and only have to replace what we use when it’s on sale. It is amazing how much can be saved when buying only at sale prices. It takes a while to get the inventory built up to that year but what you save on sales frees up money to put towards the next sale. It becomes a self perpetuating system. Another savings came with buying our vehicle. When we bought a nice used one many years back we were able to put a sizable down payment on it due to the fact that I had started to set money aside because I knew we were going to need one. We had the rest of it paid off in a short time but instead of spending the money we were no longer paying monthly I figured we had been doing okay without it so far and I continued to set that amount aside. When we wanted a large van to customize into a camper van we had enough saved to pay for it and the changes to it outright. No interest on loans, no paperwork for anyone to follow. I continued putting away what we had been putting into savings and this year had enough to buy another very good, still used, vehicle to replace the first one. That money is still being saved for either repairs or perhaps another vehicle in a few years. The one problem with having no loans is that we have no credit rating. Our land was bought with a private contract and did not go on our records. So not a poor rating, just no rating. I like Jeepers ideas for earning money. I believe that’s the ideal. But there is something to be said for frugality, making-do, substitutions, and doing without for making your money go further. Or perhaps freeing up money to earn money.
  2. My thoughts too. When those of us considered to be obsessed with prepping suddenly become the “go to” person to help them figure out how to be prepared we know it’s getting seriously dire. That has happened to me twice just in the last two weeks. One a young family member who has always been interested in my preps but now is really concerned. The other an old acquaintance who has always thought I was “crazy for wanting to have stuff ahead when I could find whatever I needed at a store and it would always be fresh”. i, too, am thankful for those who are finally seeing the prudence of prepping.
  3. Loved that, Jeepers. He is one really cute and talented grandson.
  4. David, perhaps you missed this reply. This really isn’t the forum to post this in. You might want to post it in the Pinching Pennies one to see if you get more responses.
  5. Darlene, I love that you are sharing your prepping journey with us. It will encourage others to take their own journeys into being prepared. May I share my own journey with wood heat? Mine started many many years before Darlene started hers but provided no less of a learning curve which I am also able to look back on with gratitude. We have heated our home with (and cooked with) wood for well over fifty years. We have used everything from a simple box stove to a fireplace to a whole house ducted wood furnace and there is definitely a learning curve not only with fires but with individual stoves as well. I loved my more modern thermostatically controlled, sort of, wood furnaces (we have had three or four different ones) for pure ease of use. Fill with wood morning and night and mostly forget them, mostly. Some of those years we had a back-up electric heater or gas furnace for emergencies but rarely used them. I have been unable to help cut and haul wood for many years. DGS helped DH for most of those years but eventually we paid to have wood brought in. Three years ago we had an LP gas furnace installed. It does the job but is noisy and though a necessity now it’s not nearly as satisfying as heating with wood. We still have a Franklin fireplace and a modern efficient wood burning stove with a blower that we use as often as we are able. DGS makes sure we have split wood near the house and fills the wood box inside when it needs it. When either of those are burning I cook on or in them instead of using our electric and gas stoves. This year we have contracted a paid ahead LP supply at $1.55 a gallon for 1000 gallons, more than enough to see us through the winter, but are already getting set up to use the wood stoves as much as possible, thanks to DGS. The wood is from our own property but we have given DGS as much as he will accept for his costs and labor. It’s definitely not what he should have. Wood heat, as Darlene said, can be costly if you have to buy the wood. This year it may be cost prohibitive, especially in those areas where fires have taken their toll. Even in our area the prices have been high for many years. Still, it might be cheaper than gas and there are places to get wood cheaper, like from pallet or tree trimming companies. There are still a lot of used wood stoves available just be sure they are safely installed and vented. We have numerous wood stoves stored in outbuildings we felt might some day be needed either by our family or for barter. This might be that someday. Something to consider though. If you are going to buy a wood stove and can afford a new one, you might want to check out the Amish made ones. Though some are as costly as a gas furnace they have designs that are very efficient and incorporates both cooking, baking, and water heating capabilities. Some even have glass fronts do you can enjoy watching the flickering flame on a cold winter evening. It’s my belief that everyone should know how to build and start a fire even if you have no intentions of heating your home with wood. Learning to cook on a wood fire is another important survival skill even if it’s just in your back yard. The satisfaction of self sufficiency alone is worth it.
  6. MM, I thought the same thing years ago and bought a couple packs. They are a bit rough even after years of using them as wash cloths, dish cloths, and finally rags but will work. I had not seen the softer version you show. Flannel is smoother and softer. The problem with either is they so often are not pure cotton and I prefer that. Something I do buy is older flour sack type dish towels and cloth diapers. I have dozens but still want some nice thick cotton flannel . I want to make some long skirts which I often wear around the house. I hold over from my ‘hippy’ days most likely but they are comfortable and with leggings are warm in the winter. The scraps left over from them will make excellent family cloths. And I don’t mind hemming them. With my health I’m not as active as I was and have time to do those things. 👵🏻
  7. You had me ready to run for a minute there, Mt R. I thought it was one if your Without Warning scenarios that always manage to happen in real life. Imagine my when I realized it WAS in real life!!! One of the first similar tests I read about was from 1935 where a non lethal biologic that caused a flu-like illness was released over a large area and doctors were required to report the number of those illnesses they were treating within a certain period after. There was NO warning given and it wasn’t even known until years later when some of those “files” were required to be made public! could you move over?
  8. Excellently said, Darlene. My thoughts exactly. Even we preppers in that third category can use reminders.
  9. Great reminder Jeepers, to buy flannel for family cloths. We have a good supply of t-paper but that won’t last forever and to restock could be expensive. Flannel is now on my list. IF I can find nicer cotton flannel. So much of it is blended and not as absorbent. I also did what you did and bought leggings to wear under clothing to stay warmer. With fuel prices set to rice it will cut down on the heat needed. We are seeing a box of canning lids here and there and I’ve bought what I could but the prices are unheard of. I am turning more and more to dehydrating, fermenting, and freezing.
  10. Mt. Rider, this explains a lot of the ‘why’s’ and some of what should be done to ‘fix’ it in the coming years. What it doesn’t explain is what those people who are affected now can do while waiting for that fix. It talks about the demand from consumers as one causative factor but I hardly believe that would have been unexpected. We have been bombarded by the news warning of shortages long before this bottleneck occurred. The shortages during the pandemic have taught most people, world wide, to distrust the ‘just in time’ modality that has been the normal supply chain of the past decades. Staggering unemployment numbers, businesses by the thousands closed, visual images of empty shelves and huge lines of cars waiting in line for food have all added their lessons. Preppers have always known this was one of the possible scenarios to be prepared for. Others, who believed this would be a temporary situation, are just now coming to realize this might be the new normal and are scrambling to be better prepared. Now of course, during this crises, it’s going to be progressive more difficult to find needed supplies. At least on the things most people believe are necessary, like technology and electronics that have become such a huge part of their lives during the pandemic. As I said, this article explains who or what might be to blame but it doesn’t address the issue of what people could do to make it through the next year or two while TPTB are attempting to change/fix this crises. Even we preppers, as our supplies dwindle, will need innovative suggestions for that. Thankfully some of our members here are bumping up past threads that could help but we may need to put our heads together and come up with ways to implement those strategies to work in this new crises. Be sure to read and comment on those old threads so we can all benefit.
  11. Wow, Beryl. Thanks for the info on what is happening in the EU to those people just trying to make ends meet. It almost seems as if we are all in the Depression years. Many of the same issues were seen then. Thankfully we don’t need to let it defeat us. Time to start putting our make-do knowledge to work.
  12. Knowing first hand the horrors of having Lyme disease I had a bunch of questions but I might be the first in line for the human trials. So far the existing treatments have often proved worse than the disease, or were so expensive as to be unobtainable for most people. Even the natural treatments were complicated and time consuming and none appeared to be long lasting. (One of the questions I would have) This would be a blessing to so many. Thanks for posting this.
  13. Hi, Beryl. Thanks for the info. I’ve been trying to fathom the real reasons the whole world is having shortages. There is certainly more to it than just lack of immigrated workers, lack of truck drivers, and ships being bottle necked along coast lines. Certainly those things are part of it and the pandemic has taken its toll too but there is a piece or pieces of this puzzle missing. It’s my feeling that more pieces are still going to be coming and we aren’t going to like the picture that emerges. Christmas: One thing I do know is that Christmas doesn’t depend on “things”. We think of it so often in terms of ‘gifts’. We are warned that if we don’t order now the kids will be disappointed if they don’t ‘get’ this or that. Yet it really was the merchants who pushed that idea centuries ago to make a profit. They are still doing it now. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Christ. It might surprise a lot of people to realize we CAN celebrate that without a lot of gifts. .
  14. We have had one for years. We got it from Menard’s. We paid almost a hundred dollars for it then. I’ve seen them advertised now in different sizes for less money. The blades aren’t real big but they move warm air a surprising distance. They truly are automatic. The blades start moving as the stove gets warm enough and quit when the heat subsides. No worries about it blowing cold air. We have two wood stoves and have one of the bigger fans on our list to get before winter.
  15. Homey, can this be verified? I’m not familiar with the Liberty Council.
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