Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Are You Still There?

It's been a minute since I last posted.  Nothing really excited to report from the ole' frugal homestead...........LOL!  I wish I had a homestead but I digress.


We've just been plugging along, paying more towards the car to get it paid off early, putting more money into an emergency fund because HELLO-we all know that Murphy will come along at the least affordable time, putting money into an account to pay for vacation.  Yes, you read that correctly.  This is where we diverge from good old Dave Ramsey.  We take vacations while paying off debt.  A big however-HOWEVER we pay cash for it.  Well we do charge the hotel room but I quickly pay that off the first day that I can which is usually the next day after arriving home. 


I've recently decided to put some cash in an envelope to keep at home.  I don't know how much cash we will accumulate but....this could come in handy if the power is out for any period of time and stores can't take debit cards and ATM machines are down.  Do you do this? If not, I urge you to think about it.  Yes I know that having cash around can be dangerous in more ways than one.  Firstly I may spend it but...........it is something I think we should do.


Speaking of preparing, I attended a Carolina Preppers meeting this past Saturday.  Now those folks are preppers.  I don't know if will ever be at their level or if I want to be at their level but it did give me something to think about.  They not only talk about it, they live it.  They practice by having camping weekends with no access to electricity etc..........I would fail that experiment for sure.  It's like I told this one guy- I do not want to be off grid.  That is not the kind of homestead I want but hey it is what he wants so more power to him.


I know it's a bit early but are you getting prepped for Fall?  I saw in Walmart this Heater Buddy contraption that I keep saying I am going to buy well I will buy one this year.  It uses those small containers of propane gas to heat a small room and they are safe to use indoors.  I've read many rave reviews.  I am not a fan of kerosene due to the scent of it so I am going to try this.


So how are all ya'll?  Anything exciting going on in your world?

13 comments:

  1. I save dollar bills. If there is no power , then people cant make change. I learned this from an older lady. We keep other cash too.

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    1. that's a good idea to keep smaller denominations.

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  2. I am not going to practice for my worse nightmare--no ac. I will face it when it happens, have food, water, and lights for an emergency. I had a five-day off-grid experience when a tornado left us without electricity for 5 days. Another time, I had no water for 19 months and had to carry all water into my house for nineteen months. So, I have practiced!

    I WILL NOT CAMP!

    Kerosene would kill me before freezing to death. I am so highly allergic to the fumes. I worry more about no ac and my allergies.

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    1. kerosene just smells so bad and I can smell it clothing. I too won't practice going without A/C due to my asthma but we did go 8 days without power due to Hurricane Fran in 1996. In September. North Carolina in September can be brutal with the heat and humidity.

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  3. I am still trying to prep for spring! No where near fall preparations yet.

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  4. I wouldn't bother spending money on the heater buddy, especially if I lived in the Carolinas. A functioning fireplace would would keep you somewhat warm, as well as well as provide you a way to cook food.
    When we lose power, we generally stay home, and eat from our pantry. So, I don't worry about cash on hand. And if stores can take money, they can make change, assuming they know how to count it back.
    I speak as a prepper, because we can and do live where power outages of several days are a yearly occurrence. For us, as we have a well and septic this means no water. We can force a toilet flush, but as we have a septic, only do that when absolutely necessary. In any case, prepping shouldn't cost tons of money....if any, really. And, I have said it before, if you're not going to store water, don't even bother wasting resources on anything else. At this point, our prep consists of making sure we have firewood, and putting the water bottles in easily accessible places....pa try floor, bathrooms, etc. And by water bottles, I mean cleaned, recycled containers, (ie, a two liter come bottle) filled with tap water.

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    1. I do store water. In fact, I need to store more. Just this past weekend my husband asked me why all the water. I told him it would come in handy one day.
      In addition I buy paper products like paper plates, cups etc to use so we don't waste water on washing them. Yea, I know that is not good for trash piles but.............

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    2. Meg-since you are a prepper I kind of want to pick your brain, if that is okay. Your food storage......is this food you canned or do you use freeze dried? There was some Thrive Food at the meeting this past Saturday. Thrive Food is freeze dried with a very long storage life.

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    3. I have gone to some sponsored "parties" for freeze dried food, and have seen it at Costco, but have never purchased it. My food storage consists of bargain bought cans, ie: $0.49/cans of soup, $0.25.cans of veggies, peanut butter, tuna fish, etc. I do home can some garden produce, but for fun, not for prepping. I also have some cans of coffee, pre-ground. Basically, my prepping is just a case of knowing that we can and will lose power for a good number of days, with little notice. We don't eat much differently without power as we do with.

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    4. I am not LDS, but will tell you that the BEST information I got, (after my first 5 day power outage) came from our local stake's community preparedness seminar. You don't need to plan for hell, fire and brimstone. (I don't believe in it anyways). Planning for Armageddon is a waste of time, and resources which can be better put to use planning for what most likely will happen. What is most likely to happen is usually very mundane problem...power outage from wind, illness, job loss. It's life, and these things happen. I think some of these "food security" companies advertised on talk radio prey on people's very irrational fears. When we lose power, life goes on pretty much the same as ever... except for showering. (To hear the teens tell it, this is the worst thing EVER.)

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  5. Great post. We like to be prepared however have no desire to be offgrid. There is no way I could survive the summer heat/humidity of NC without a/c. :) I would love to attend one of the Carolina Preppers meeting just to get some different perspectives, where are they held? We store several months worth of food and water.We are not LDS but have bought several things from them(rice flour oatmeal etc) We always have cash at home just in case and I have started withdrawing certain amounts and using that instead of swiping a debit card for everything. It makes me realize just how much money is going out.
    Speaking of vacations, we do the same as you. Save, pay cash or pay off as soon as bill arrives. Just because someone has debt doesn't mean they should sacrifice everything to pay it off. Some enjoyment in life is needed regardless of ones situation. Have a great day and looking forward to another post. :)

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