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Old 10-25-2008, 05:35 PM
 
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I would like to join this thread, too. We do have some things, but nothing like the pictures I saw. We have A LOT in freezers, but that would do no good if the power went out. I talked to DH about stocking up, and he thinks I'm crazy, but said OK.

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I first started feeling compelled to be more prepared for whatever after reading a post-apocalyptical (sp?) novel Dies the Fire which takes place in the area I live.
The book is actually the first of a trilogy. The other two aren't quite as good, but it's an interesting read to see how important community is. As much as stocking up is key, so too is finding people you can trust and people you know will keep their mouths shut.

For example, I put up my pics for a short time, but would never keep them up for others to see IRL. The only people IRL who know I prep are my next door neighbors, with whom we would hunker down in a bad situation, and my family members that are welcome here in a desperate situation. The next door neighbors are key for us because we are not comfortable owning firearms and they are... and know how to use them for hunting. They are also hard workers and would not sponge. Likewise, we have the heat and cooking source they don't have and we're equally as hard working with a completely different set of talents. They are also good friends that we dearly love.

It's important to include in your preps people you will want around you in a crisis. YKWIM?
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Velochic - I missed your pic. If you put it back up again please let me know. I'd love to see it!

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Velochic - I missed your pic. If you put it back up again please let me know. I'd love to see it!
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The book is actually the first of a trilogy. The other two aren't quite as good, but it's an interesting read to see how important community is. As much as stocking up is key, so too is finding people you can trust and people you know will keep their mouths shut.

For example, I put up my pics for a short time, but would never keep them up for others to see IRL. The only people IRL who know I prep are my next door neighbors, with whom we would hunker down in a bad situation, and my family members that are welcome here in a desperate situation. The next door neighbors are key for us because we are not comfortable owning firearms and they are... and know how to use them for hunting. They are also hard workers and would not sponge. Likewise, we have the heat and cooking source they don't have and we're equally as hard working with a completely different set of talents. They are also good friends that we dearly love.

It's important to include in your preps people you will want around you in a crisis. YKWIM?
That's a very good point. Not many people know what I have stocked up on, really the only people who know what we've got are the people who we would be expecting to weather bad times with. Even on here, I don't think I've ever posted any specifics about how much of anything we have, I just don't think it's necessary to share that much detail, although I sure do appreciate you sharing your pics with us!

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Does anyone use food-grade diatomaceous earth on their grains/rice/beans to keep them bug-free? If so, do you have to rinse/dry your grains/beans/etc before use?

Yes, I've used it on my grains and some beans (although I mainly drypack with oxygen absorbers for beans). There's no need to rinse. Your body processes it just like calcium. HTH!
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So, all the food storage sites talk about storing dry milk, and I've done that for the kiddies. But I'm lactose-intolerant and suspect DD#2 may be heading that way, too. Do any of you mamas know of a powdered soy or rice milk that can be stored? And maybe even tastes a little bit OK?
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So, all the food storage sites talk about storing dry milk, and I've done that for the kiddies. But I'm lactose-intolerant and suspect DD#2 may be heading that way, too. Do any of you mamas know of a powdered soy or rice milk that can be stored? And maybe even tastes a little bit OK?
This is the first thing that popped up when I did a Google search for bulk powdered soy milk, and it looks like there are lots of other brands/sites selling it out there.

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This is the first thing that popped up when I did a Google search for bulk powdered soy milk, and it looks like there are lots of other brands/sites selling it out there.
Ha, it's all in the google search parameters! I hadn't used the word "bulk" in my searches and kept getting sites that sold little 16 oz. packages. Thanks, Pariah! Now, has anyone tried any of these brands? It looks like Now and Better Than Milk are the most popular ones. I'll ask on the food forum, too.
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Ha, it's all in the google search parameters! I hadn't used the word "bulk" in my searches and kept getting sites that sold little 16 oz. packages. Thanks, Pariah! Now, has anyone tried any of these brands? It looks like Now and Better Than Milk are the most popular ones. I'll ask on the food forum, too.
I bought 10 packages of the NOW brand. But I haven't tried it yet. I think I got them for around $4.75 each.

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So, all the food storage sites talk about storing dry milk, and I've done that for the kiddies. But I'm lactose-intolerant and suspect DD#2 may be heading that way, too. Do any of you mamas know of a powdered soy or rice milk that can be stored? And maybe even tastes a little bit OK?
What about DariFree? http://www.vancesfoods.com/darifree.htm

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We don't have our BOB either.
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Thanks for posting that, it was interesting.
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I like this thread, It's motivating. I'm not fearful but it is good to be prepared. I think I would just have rice, beans, flour, yeast, and powdered milk on hand.

and of course water.

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I hadn't even thought about having cash on hand - mostly because if there is cash, DH will spend it.

I'm working for my mom right now so the earnings I make from that I think I will keep in hand. We do have a spare change jar with about $50 in it but who wants to lug that sucker around?
money won't be any good in a depression. It might help just before the huge crash if there is even time for that. The best thing would probably be to keep the car full with gas and have 2 gas cans with some money to fill them taped to them.

What will be of value and trade able during a depression would be jewelry/gold. If you have money I would suggest using some of it to buy gold.
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money won't be any good in a depression.
This isn't necessarily true. In the Depression of the 30s, cash was still king. Most people just didn't have any.

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This isn't necessarily true. In the Depression of the 30s, cash was still king. Most people just didn't have any.
You are right. I guess I'm thinking this would be a different type of depression since the American dollar is already not valued at much. I'm not sure how money was so different back then but I'm guessing it was...I think that coin was still made with silver and not just plated like ours is today.

Here is a video that a friend sent to me that is suppose to be really good and educational. I haven't watched it yet but it might be helpful in educating some of us about what we really need to do/don't need to do to prepare.
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Wasn't the dollar still tied to gold back then? So every dollar was 'worth' a certain amount of gold.

Honestly, either way, I don't think I'd be investing in gold right now - its WAY up in price, which makes it just not worth it for the vast majority of the population, you know? Now, if you invested in gold 10, 15 years ago, when it was cheap, your probably pretty happy. But I just really don't see hte logic in buying into gold when its up SOO high!!
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There was a new thread started here.

We can move the Gold vs. Cash discussion there!

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Also, what do you guys think of joining a gym? ...
... I want to work out but I don't want to lose $200 either, kwim?
What would you guys do?
I know this is old, but I don't think it's a bad idea even if the gm went under in 6 months. the fitter you are the better off you will be in case of emergency.

I'm wondering if anyone has seen http://www.efoodsdirect.com . My dh heard about them and wanted to order, but shipping is so much and I don't like the food options so we want to just find things locally. I'd be interested to hear what you thought.

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