Saturday, August 23, 2008

Prepare: SHTF Weekend hints and tips

A few things to keep you going on your preparedness plans for SHTF or some other equally fun event.


Go out this weekend and buy four big jugs of common bleach. It can be Clorux or the store brand, doesn't matter just as long as it is non-scented. Bleach can be used to purify water, (like from rainfall or the nearby creek). Water is more important than food or firearms for daily survival. Bleach is also used as a disinfectant. Nothing can survive bleach. Plan on needing lots in the event of a pandemic or to clean up after someone of something drops dead in your space.


Hunting season is about to get underway. That means two things: the big box retailers are stocking up on ammunition and shooting irons. It also means that prices have gone up, too. Take advantage of any pre-sales on ammo you may see. Also, take advantage of the larger inventory (I could not believe how many black guns my local big box sporting goods store had lately).


Lots of grocery stores are having final sales on berries, peaches and other summer fruit. I found pints of blueberries this week at Kroger for 1 dollar each. Buy extra and freeze at the very least. If you have a dehydrator, dry it out! If you are feeling particularly homemaking, can a few jars. You will appreciate the fresh fruit this winter.

Seeds and garden supplies

Fall means the big box retailers are cleaning out the garden centers. Pick up seeds (if you can find them) and potting soil at cut rate prices. I saw soil go from a dollar a bag to .39 in two weeks. Get in now and stock up for next spring (if it comes) and be ready for the next planting season. (The same can be said for canning supplies. All should be going on sale soon).

BTW - my corn has come in quite nicely.

School supplies

Many stores are having blowouts on things like pens, paper, workbooks and other things you will need for post-SHTF daily life and homeschooling. Take advantage of these sales.

Look for a post soon on the SHTF home school.

If you see the common thread here, preparedness folks are frugal by nature and save money for tangible supplies whenever possible.

Get busy and then enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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