How much is $100? I think most people would agree it's not chump change, but at the same time, it's not an enormous amount of money. I bet *most* people here would feel comfortable spending a hundred dollars if they knew it was for PAW preparation. I hadn't bought any food or water yet for the PAW, so today I decided to go to Sam's Club and see how much I could get for $100.
Q. What can you buy for $100? A. A good start.
Here's a picture of what I got.
Here's what's in the picture:
23 gallons distilled water $14.95
32 pounds pasta $7.38
108 packets Ramen $11.04
6 pounds green beans $2.58
6 pounds, five ounces turnip greens $2.88
4 pounds, four ounces mushrooms $2.98
50 pounds rice $14.26
7 1/2 pounds Tuna $10.94
24 6-hour heating fuel (that's 144 hours of cooking fuel!) $24.26
2 - 18 gallon totes $10
17-pound cat $free
Total - $101.27
Okay, now I have to say a few things. First of all, I got more water than anything else since you'll die real fast without water for cooking and drinking. It expires in February 2009. Maybe you folks can tell me - will the water last longer than the expiration date? I don't care if it tastes bad.
I know I don't have a ton of vegetables. The reason I didn't buy many vegetables is that I hate them. However, on the next run, I think I'll get a lot more veggies and some more meat/fish. I realize that mushrooms have no calories. However, mushrooms are a great source of protein and are loaded with vitamins and minerals.
I'm sure some people will be all down on the fact that I bought all that Ramen. I'd like to rebut (haha, funny word) those haters by pointing out that Ramen lasts practically forever. While it has little nutritional value, it IS a good source of calories, the stuff you really need to keep going. I bought a lot of it for only eleven bucks.
The totes are for protecting the more delicately packaged items, such as the Ramen and pasta. As far as I know, we have no mice in our house, but I'm not going to take chances on some critters getting in there. As for the rice, we're going to use old kitty litter buckets. Now don't get all grossed out - kitty litter is just clay. The buckets have only held UNUSED kitty litter. Once we've emptied the buckets (which are about four gallons) from normal use, we'll clean them out with soap and water, let dry, and then store the rice in there. The lids on the thick plastic litter buckets seal so tightly, it sometimes hurts to pry them off. It should keep bugs and everything else out. I figure if you're grossed out by keeping rice in containers that used to hold clay, you'll never make it in the PAW.
Free honey! http://zombiehunters.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2682
My wife works with a woman who has a friend who's a beekeeper. The beekeeper is always trying to push her extra honey on her. Tonya is going to see just how much she can get.
Also, before GunDown shoots me a PM asking me, the cat isn't for sex. It's a pet. It could also be used for food in a pinch.
Lastly, Sam's Club was selling a "survival food bucket" for $99.99. They claimed it contained 90 complete meals. I figured I could buy at least that much myself. What do you guys think?
I'd like your opinions on what I bought. Thanks!