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Re: The Poor Man’s Prepping

Post by zombiepreparation » Sat Mar 29, 2014 9:29 pm

^^ Agree

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Re: The Poor Man’s Prepping

Post by LyraJean » Wed Apr 02, 2014 9:55 pm

I figure this sorta fits here.

We recently had to remove all our DVDs from their rack because our two year old wouldn't leave them alone. We didn't want our DVDs to get ruined. So they went into plastic tubs with lids. Now I have an DVD rack. It's the perfect size for a can rack. I have very tiny pantry and little cupboard space in our apartment so this was the perfect solution. Now I have room in my pantry for more food.
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Re: The Poor Man’s Prepping

Post by zombiepreparation » Wed Apr 02, 2014 10:25 pm

Nice tip! :clap:

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Re: The Poor Man’s Prepping

Post by goofygurl » Thu Apr 03, 2014 8:36 pm

Hey ya'll,

Have a request...

I'm wanting to do a post on my blog of EXTREME frugal tips and tricks, but I'm stuck at like 3...lol.

Would you guys mind pitching in on some of the stuff you've done that might be considered extreme? (LOL I've already got the washing clothes thing that ZP has us all doing...lol)

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Re: The Poor Man’s Prepping

Post by zombiepreparation » Fri Apr 04, 2014 12:36 am

LOL

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Re: The Poor Man’s Prepping

Post by goofygurl » Fri Apr 04, 2014 12:40 am

Well! You were the inspiration behind that! :lol:

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Re: The Poor Man’s Prepping

Post by NamelessStain » Fri Apr 04, 2014 5:51 am

Extreme imo is using a condom as a water bottle.
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Re: The Poor Man’s Prepping

Post by LyraJean » Fri Apr 04, 2014 7:32 am

Also the zinc oxide sunscreen that is famously seen on lifeguard noses is the same as Desitin which is used for diaper rash.
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Re: The Poor Man’s Prepping

Post by prtp3warrior » Fri Apr 04, 2014 7:45 am

goofygurl wrote:Hey ya'll,

Have a request...

I'm wanting to do a post on my blog of EXTREME frugal tips and tricks, but I'm stuck at like 3...lol.

Would you guys mind pitching in on some of the stuff you've done that might be considered extreme? (LOL I've already got the washing clothes thing that ZP has us all doing...lol)

A DIY hammock from a bed sheet or scrap fabric may be considered extreme. Also very cool.

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Re: The Poor Man’s Prepping

Post by goofygurl » Fri Apr 04, 2014 11:52 am

NamelessStain wrote:Extreme imo is using a condom as a water bottle.

Yeah I would say that's pretty extreme....ew. LOL

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Re: The Poor Man’s Prepping

Post by goofygurl » Fri Apr 04, 2014 11:52 am

Ty LyraJean and prtp3warrior :)

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Re: The Poor Man’s Prepping

Post by NamelessStain » Fri Apr 04, 2014 12:19 pm

goofygurl wrote:
NamelessStain wrote:Extreme imo is using a condom as a water bottle.

Yeah I would say that's pretty extreme....ew. LOL
A little note: Non-lubricated and no spermicide. Ribbed is optional. :rofl:
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Re: The Poor Man’s Prepping

Post by prtp3warrior » Fri Apr 04, 2014 12:46 pm

goofygurl wrote:Ty LyraJean and prtp3warrior :)
Oh and a penny alcohol stove.

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Re: The Poor Man’s Prepping

Post by Murphman » Fri Apr 04, 2014 1:38 pm

goofygurl wrote:Hey ya'll,

Have a request...

I'm wanting to do a post on my blog of EXTREME frugal tips and tricks, but I'm stuck at like 3...lol.

Would you guys mind pitching in on some of the stuff you've done that might be considered extreme? (LOL I've already got the washing clothes thing that ZP has us all doing...lol)
Not sure how EXTREME these are to you, but I have done them all.

1. Dumpster diving for vegetables to can.
2. Road kill for dinner.
3. Washing styrofoam plates and plastic utensils for re-use.
4. Getting the last hit from someone else's cigarette that was previously in an ashtray.
5. Pallet (free) garden filled with black gold from #6.
6. Pallet (free) compost bin filled with the cast off parts from #1.

In my defense, I was much younger, and a LOT more broke than I am now for a few of those, although I still see too much decent produce wasted at grocery stores, and not enough people taking home that deer that just trashed the front end of their car now lying in the ditch.
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Re: The Poor Man’s Prepping

Post by zombiepreparation » Fri Apr 04, 2014 3:57 pm

Something I now consider indispensable and possibly not ordinary for many newbs:

-->hydrogen peroxide in regular size bottles.... in large numbers. Sanitation & wound. I use it daily to sanitize my toothbrush. Keeping your toothbrush sanitized daily is now strongly recommended for... of all things, reducing an infection of the body's heart. There is a large body of unequivocal research in peer reviewed medical publications that connect this gum/heart connection.

Hydrogen peroxide can sanitize many many other items during an Event. And the wound/scratch sanitization in an Event is of course paramount! It is a cheap sanitization item that covers many bases and takes up little space.

I keep no fewer than a dozen bottles of hydrogen peroxide stocked at all times. $12

-->regular apple cider vinegar for Event cleaning adds an added level of sanitizing property. It does not disinfect totally, but can be an added 'level'. It is easy to store for emergency use only in jugs. (I keep three. Abt $12 and takes up little space)

-->I also keep and use daily raw, unfiltered, unprocessed, apple cider vinegar... ingested, as an aid to the body's ability to utilize more of the nutrients available in the food I consume. Invaluable in an Event if I am having to rely on store purchased canned goods that come with reduced nutrient content because of processing methods. When living in an Event body nourishment is paramount to combat stress caused deficiencies, as well as the possibility of reduced food 'quantity' available, and/or limited nutritional foods are what I am relying on to survive.

I keep four back-up bottles at all times.

-hydrogen peroxide in quantity... in regular size bottles for wounds/scratches, sanitation, and gum/heart health.
-regular apple cider vinegar in large jugs for cleaning and added level of sanitation.
-raw unfiltered unprocessed apple cider vinegar for increased nutrient metabolism available in whatever food and/or quantity of food an Event throws my way.
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Re: The Poor Man’s Prepping

Post by goofygurl » Sat Apr 05, 2014 1:24 pm

NamelessStain wrote:
goofygurl wrote:
NamelessStain wrote:Extreme imo is using a condom as a water bottle.

Yeah I would say that's pretty extreme....ew. LOL
A little note: Non-lubricated and no spermicide. Ribbed is optional. :rofl:

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Post by goofygurl » Sat Apr 05, 2014 1:25 pm

zombiepreparation wrote:Something I now consider indispensable and possibly not ordinary for many newbs:

-hydrogen peroxide in regular size bottles.... in large numbers. Sanitation & wound. I use it daily to sanitize my toothbrush. Keeping your toothbrush sanitized daily is now strongly recommended for... of all things, reducing an infection of the body's heart. There is a large body of unequivocal research in peer reviewed medical publications that connect this gum/heart connection.

Hydrogen peroxide can sanitize many many other items during an Event. And the wound/scratch sanitization in an Event is of course paramount! It is a cheap sanitization item that covers many bases and takes up little space.

I keep no fewer than a dozen bottles of hydrogen peroxide stocked at all times. $12

-regular apple cider vinegar for Event cleaning adds an added level of sanitizing property. It does not disinfect totally, but can be an added 'level'. It is easy to store for emergency use only in jugs. (I keep three. Abt $12 and takes up little space)

I also keep and use daily raw, unfiltered, unprocessed, apple cider vinegar... ingested, as an aid to the body's ability to utilize more of the nutrients available in the food I consume. Invaluable in an Event if I am having to rely on store purchased canned goods that come with reduced nutrient content because of processing methods. When living in an Event body nourishment is paramount to combat stress caused deficiencies, as well as the possibility of reduced food 'quantity' available, and/or limited nutritional foods are what I am relying on to survive.

I keep four back-up bottles at all times.

-hydrogen peroxide in quantity... in regular size bottles for wounds/scratches, sanitation, and gum/heart health.
-regular apple cider vinegar in large jugs for cleaning and added level of sanitation.
-raw unfiltered unprocessed apple cider vinegar for increased nutrient metabolism available in whatever food and/or quantity of food an Event throws my way.

:lol: Are you still going through all of that peroxide you picked up at Target a while back?

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Post by goofygurl » Sat Apr 05, 2014 1:28 pm

Murphman wrote:
goofygurl wrote:Hey ya'll,

Have a request...

I'm wanting to do a post on my blog of EXTREME frugal tips and tricks, but I'm stuck at like 3...lol.

Would you guys mind pitching in on some of the stuff you've done that might be considered extreme? (LOL I've already got the washing clothes thing that ZP has us all doing...lol)
Not sure how EXTREME these are to you, but I have done them all.

1. Dumpster diving for vegetables to can.
2. Road kill for dinner.
3. Washing styrofoam plates and plastic utensils for re-use.
4. Getting the last hit from someone else's cigarette that was previously in an ashtray.
5. Pallet (free) garden filled with black gold from #6.
6. Pallet (free) compost bin filled with the cast off parts from #1.

In my defense, I was much younger, and a LOT more broke than I am now for a few of those, although I still see too much decent produce wasted at grocery stores, and not enough people taking home that deer that just trashed the front end of their car now lying in the ditch.

LOL :lol: Road Kill might have ME made into road kill if they read that, but I really like the styrofoam plates one. That'll fit nicely. The cigarette thing I too have done in a former life. As for the deer? I agree. When I was living in Ohio we had one that ran head first into the fence between my house and the neighbors. Unfortunately, my landlords (who lived on the same property as me), got to it first, took it and dumped it. Why? "It ran into the fence, it could have been sick"

Uh no, it ran into the fence b/c there are no lights whatsoever there and that fence is damn near invisible. That thing could have fed me, my kid and their entire family of 5 for at least a few months. I literally almost cried over that amount of waste.

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Re: The Poor Man’s Prepping

Post by zombiepreparation » Sun Apr 06, 2014 12:35 am

goofygurl wrote: :lol: Are you still going through all of that peroxide you picked up at Target a while back?
I'm quite embarrassed. I actually never got around to using the coupons and buying a supply at that time. :oops: The coupon thing is still beyond my capabilities. I am quite in awe of you.

I have created my supply by purchasing a bottle every now and then, stopping when I reached 12 for storing and one more as a working bottle. It takes me months to go through even one bottle. I don't have to use the product for sanitation or wounds or anything like that normally. Just my toothbrush, and a splash in my water pic water now and then.

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Post by goofygurl » Sun Apr 06, 2014 1:18 am

zombiepreparation wrote:
goofygurl wrote: :lol: Are you still going through all of that peroxide you picked up at Target a while back?
I'm quite embarrassed. I actually never got around to using the coupons and buying a supply at that time. :oops: The coupon thing is still beyond my capabilities. I am quite in awe of you.

I have created my supply by purchasing a bottle every now and then, stopping when I reached 12 for storing and one more as a working bottle. It takes me months to go through even one bottle. I don't have to use the product for sanitation or wounds or anything like that normally. Just my toothbrush, and a splash in my water pic water now and then.


Shhhh....don't tell. I haven't really done couponing on a regular basis for over a year. I don't really have the time, although I'm making it a point to do so after we get moved in July. I'm just really tired of paying retail.

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Re: The Poor Man’s Prepping

Post by zombiepreparation » Sun Apr 06, 2014 3:34 pm

LOL. Thank goodness you're human. It comforts me. For a while I was beginning to think you were a superwoman and by comparison (in your fields of expertise) myself being a mere lowest rung kind of person because of my inability to even marshal coupons, much less organize them, then use them. At least 'you' can get back to couponing after taking some time off. I'm still trying to wrap my head around the concept you and others do with ease. :lol:

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Post by goofygurl » Sun Apr 06, 2014 3:55 pm

zombiepreparation wrote:LOL. Thank goodness you're human. It comforts me. For a while I was beginning to think you were a superwoman and by comparison (in your fields of expertise) myself being a mere lowest rung kind of person because of my inability to even marshal coupons, much less organize them, then use them. At least 'you' can get back to couponing after taking some time off. I'm still trying to wrap my head around the concept you and others do with ease. :lol:

LOL I'm very much human. That is proven to me by the sink full of dirty dishes and the TWO baskets full of dirty laundry that I'm too tired today to even care that they need done...lol.

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Re: The Poor Man’s Prepping

Post by zobmiedown » Wed Apr 09, 2014 10:52 am

I guess it all depends on ones definition of extreme. Saving seeds from produce would be extreme to some but now normal to me as is growing my own produce and now growing it in old tires. I have friends that fish but would never consider keeping and eating their catch but I do every time I get to the lake. I know others that shoot regularly but would never consider reloading their own ammo. That works for me because I get their fired brass to load for my self. I don't have a fire place in my house but still trim the mesquite trees and cut and stack the wood. Why because if something happens and I need it to cook or boil water I have it to do so. I try to salvage anything I can figure out a purpose for. I am now growing herbs in reclaimed Folgers coffee cans. Around here we have lots of quail running wild. People look at them and think they are cute and amusing. I look at them and think yummy and even have feed out to attract and keep them here. Same with the doves we have. So again extreme is all in ones perspective. Some think merely getting on an airplane is extreme while others jump out of them into hostile enemy fire.
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Re: The Poor Man’s Prepping

Post by raistlin » Thu Apr 10, 2014 3:38 pm

Lynn LeFey wrote:I'm not sure about where to get powdered hummus, but since hummus is mostly garbonzo beans (chick peas), you can get Garam flour, which is just finely ground chickpea. Alternate spelling on Garam is 'Gram'. International markets will have it, but the spelling on the package may be different. It cooks up in about the time it takes to boil water. Awesome stuff. I highly recommend it.

Zombiepreparation... I can certainly see how powdered foods give you some advantage if you're carrying the stuff. I think you've got a different angle on carrying food than I've ever seen. However, I'd say that bouillon cubes and plain white flour would be better than grinding ramen. Probably a good deal cheaper, too. And, I should note that I've made meals of the Gram flour I mentioned above, a bouillon cube, and flour made into little dumplings/pasta.
I just wanted to bring this back up because I got a 10lb bag of gram flour from my local Indian market today for $15. So at $1.50 a lb, this an easy way to add a cheap variation on using beans in one's preps because it allows you to make a high protein flatbread out of it or use it in other ways as a substitute for flour.
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