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11-25-2008 03:56 PM
weliveintheforest
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Originally Posted by JTA Mom View Post
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.
11-17-2008 03:23 AM
JTA Mom There was a new thread started here.

We can move the Gold vs. Cash discussion there!

Ami
11-16-2008 04:13 PM
mamadelbosque 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!!
11-16-2008 01:33 PM
janasmama
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Originally Posted by A&A View Post
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.
11-16-2008 01:26 PM
A&A
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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.
11-16-2008 02:58 AM
janasmama 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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Originally Posted by Krisis View Post
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.
11-09-2008 08:44 AM
aihcalappa
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Thanks for posting that, it was interesting.
10-29-2008 01:22 PM
loveandmore We don't have our BOB either.
10-28-2008 06:19 PM
Satori
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Originally Posted by mugglemom View Post
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
10-27-2008 01:03 PM
Ianthe
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Originally Posted by mugglemom View Post
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.
10-27-2008 11:00 AM
mugglemom
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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.
10-27-2008 10:38 AM
Pariah
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Originally Posted by mugglemom View Post
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.
10-27-2008 09:21 AM
mugglemom 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?
10-26-2008 06:06 PM
Vanessa
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Originally Posted by mamadelbosque View Post
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!
10-26-2008 05:13 PM
CameronsMama
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Originally Posted by velochic View Post
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!
10-26-2008 05:09 PM
loitering
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Originally Posted by wife&mommy View Post
Velochic - I missed your pic. If you put it back up again please let me know. I'd love to see it!
: Please!
10-25-2008 11:18 PM
wife&mommy Velochic - I missed your pic. If you put it back up again please let me know. I'd love to see it!
10-25-2008 10:59 PM
velochic
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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?
10-25-2008 04:35 PM
wife&mommy 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.
10-25-2008 01:08 PM
love2all I am joining in ..
dh has been buying extra 'cheap' foods and stocking it away along with gallons of water..
he has
peanut butter
beans
rice
just add water meals
cans of fruit and veggies
probably about 2 weeks worth of stuff for a fam of 5
we can cook and heat on our woodstove or on the propane grill- he has 4 tanks full of propane- along with battery powered lights, loads of candles, and plenty of wood..
we also have friends in the country with loads of food growing and an area we could set up our 24ft dome for longer term living- like if the sh$# really hits the fan....
it is good to feel a bit prepared
10-25-2008 12:59 PM
A&A where Kunstler thinks we're headed, economically: (it's relevant to this discussion, I think)

http://www.alternet.org/workplace/10..._has_to_offer/
10-25-2008 10:56 AM
LeighB From what I have heard, 72 hours is enough time for the government to establish relief centers and start with rescue efforts.
10-25-2008 01:50 AM
StacyL
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Originally Posted by allielb View Post
But why is 72 hours the magic number? Or some sites that were linked are stocking for 2 months or a year, how did they come up with that conclusion?
I wonder about this too. Maybe Jim Rawles has someting about this on his website. Maybe it has to do with having enough to get you to safety, and that's the average time/distance?
10-24-2008 05:33 PM
edamama Whoo! It has taken me several days, but I've gotten through the whole thread!

Like a PP mentioned, I don't really keep up with the news, or the horror stories that are our world keep me up at night. 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. I do listen to NPR occasionally and all they have been talking about is financial stuff, so I realized it might not be so crazy to get organized.

I have a ton to do, so am starting small. I got 10 gallons of water at the store and almost have the car-kit completed. Next I will work on the go bags.

But why is 72 hours the magic number? Or some sites that were linked are stocking for 2 months or a year, how did they come up with that conclusion?
10-24-2008 02:23 PM
Jenivere I did my dry pack canning last night! Now that my bulk goods are stocked back up I can concentrate on all the canning I need to do.
10-24-2008 01:02 PM
LeighB I think lentils are .98/lb at the cheap grocery store. If I go to the health food store they are about 1,50-2/lb.
10-24-2008 09:59 AM
mamadelbosque I've been buying lentils from my health food store out of the bulk bins, but I just orded 25# of red lentils & brown lentils from my co-op. They were $2.45 & $1.72 per pound respectively. I do need to find some moong dal again. I think I bought that at giant eagle, though I don't know what I paid for it.

ETA: BTW those are all organic lentils.
10-24-2008 08:52 AM
dancebaraka I get lentils at the Indian grocery. I think I just paid around 4-5 bucks for a 2 pound bag of yellow lentils (for dal).
10-24-2008 01:54 AM
chio88 Thanks for this thread. I really need to learn t stock up for a rainy day
10-24-2008 01:51 AM
Ianthe I got back on WIC, and even though I generally don't really eat cereal like cheerios and kix, and none-natural peanut butter, It wouldn't be bad to get those things for my stockpile.. well, I actually do eat the cereal, but when I buy cereal, I get better kinds They also give one whole pound of beans a month! And since lentils are the most expensive, usually, that is what I'll use it for!

Speaking of lentils.. how much are they were you live? They seam to be sooo much more expensive here lately.
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