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  • Each Monday in January, we’re sharing our Preparedness New Year’s Resolutions for 2014. If you’d like to make some Prepping Resolutions of your own, but don’t know where to start, borrow some of our resolutions or use this series to get some ideas.

    This week we are talking about Outdoor Gear. Click here to check out Last week’s resolutions for Indoor Gear.

    Here is what our Emergency Essentials’ bloggers plan on getting to take with them into the great outdoors in 2014.

    Prepper Style New Year's Resolutions: Outdoor Gear

     

    Prepper Style New Year’s Resolutions : Outdoor Gear

    Sharon

    I resolve to get some good fire-starting supplies, such as the nifty little Sparkie Fire Starter, a can of Fired Up!, and some Waterproof and Windproof Matches. This would make it so much easier to start a campfire or get the charcoal grill going quickly, especially in windy conditions.

    Sarah

    If you’ve followed the Pennies for Prepping series, you may know that I bought a bit of outdoor gear last fall, including the Teton Outfitter XXL 1-Man Quick Tent and a Klymit Static V sleeping pad. I already have a sleeping bag, but I’d like to get something warmer this year, ideally before I go winter camping—maybe to something like the High Unita Gear Sleepy Ridge 10-Degree Sleeping Bag. I also want to get an Optimus Vega canister stove. Because, if I’m going to get a canister stove, it might as well be one that will work during all four seasons.

    Angela

    My New Year’s Resolution for outdoor gear is to learn how to make awesome shelters for different situations. I want to read and research about different shelters and how you make them in the Sense of Survival. Then, I want to go and test it out with a few materials I already have on hand at home. I want to do this so I can figure out what items I would need to make a stellar, warm, and insulated shelter. So I already know that I really want a ripstop tarp or two, duct tape, and maybe a tent like the Mountainsmith Morrison Two-person Tent if I can’t figure out how to make a shelter from natural materials. . .

    Kim

    This year, I’m going to learn how to start (and extinguish) a campfire. To learn this new skill, I want to add fire starting tools to my family’s emergency kits and camping supplies. Our family loves to camp, but not knowing how to build a fire can ruin the adventure pretty quickly on a cold night.  We will be adding the Sparkie, Spark-Lite, and H-25 Strike Master fire starters to our kits. We want to have a variety of fire starters on hand to ensure that we have a reliable method of lighting a fire, no matter the situation. (What if I lose one? If that’s my one and only method of starting a fire, I’m in trouble). By the end of 2014, my family will be campfire starting (and extinguishing) experts!

     

    What’s Your Advice?

    If you had to survive in the outdoors, what else would you bring?

    This is our last week for New Year’s Resolutions.  Now, let’s see how many of them we can keep! Check back here to see how we are making progress on our goals in the coming months.

    Check out all the Prepper Style New Year’s Resolutions from the beginning of January on our blog.

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  • Pennies for Prepping: 2013 Year in Review

    At the beginning of 2013, I had very little in the way of preparedness gear or food storage. But I also had (and still have) school loans to pay, so I couldn't budget too much toward building my supply each month.

    After a year of saving all my spare change, the small bills I had in my wallet at the end of the week, and (after I got smart), setting $20 or more aside at the beginning of the month (with the understanding that if I needed it for something I could use it), I was able to save over $450 to spend on survival gear and emergency food!

    Let's check out my 2013 year in review. Here’s a list of everything I purchased this past year. I mostly shopped sales and group items, and the total amount I (and those who gave me gifts) spent was right around $457.11. For all of this goodness :

    Pennies for Prepping: 2013 Year in Review

    The picture might not look like it includes that much stuff, but it does. Here it is as a list (you can find these items at beprepared.com):

    • 1- 3600-Calorie SOS Bar
    • 2- BurnFree single use packets
    • 2- ReadyBath wipes
    • 1- Aqua Towel 4 pack
    • 2- Fresh & Go toothbrush
    • 1- Grey GSI Fork
    • 1- Grey GSI Knife
    • 1- Grey GSI Spoon
    • 1- LED Glow Stick Combo
    • 4- HotSpot
    • 4- Fresh & Go Floss
    • 1- high Uinta Night Sight Headlamp
    • 1- MRE Garlic Herb Chicken
    • 1- MRE Ratatouille
    • 1- 10 pack Hydropack pouches
    • 1- 8 pack Utility Flame Gel Packets
    • 1- #10 can Mini Meatballs (cooked)
    • 2- 4 oz. bottle of BurnFree
    • 1- MC can of Vanilla Pudding
    • 1- Static V Sleeping Pad
    • 1- Teton 1-Man Quick Tent
    • 1- Goal Zero Switch 8 Charger
    • 2- Splinter Out 10-pack
    • 1- 11-Function Survival Tool
    • 1- Wool Blend Blanket
    • 1- P-38 Can Opener
    • 1- MyChoice BBQ Sauce Mix
    • 1- #10 can of Apple Cinnamon Pancake Mix
    • 1- Fox 40 Classic Whistle
    • 1- Mobile Washer
    • 1- Organic Sprouting Seed Combo
    • 3- Sparkie Fire Starter
    • 1- Gerber Shard
    • 1- Teton Scout Backpack
    • 5- Adhesive Toe Warmers
    • 5- Insole Warmers

    So, if you think your budget is too small to get prepared, think again. Even $5 or $10 a month can get you started with some of the most basic items. The main things I suggest you keep in mind are:

    1. Keep making progress—even a little at a time is better than nothing
    2. Work with a plan in mind so you can track which needs you’re meeting and those that still need to be addressed (I use a spreadsheet)
    3. Start with basic gear and upgrade when you can.

    If you’re not on a tight budget, you can get a lot of your preparedness needs taken care of in no time at all, and at great prices, too. Emergency Essentials offers a Low-Price Guarantee, and we’re here to help answer any and all of your questions. Reach out to one of our preparedness consultants by phone or in our stores for customized suggestions to meet your needs.

    If you’re looking to make a big dent in your preparedness needs pretty quickly, then this month there’s a great option for you. Our year supplies are always a great value, and this month we’ve taken our Gourmet 2000 supply one step further and added a bunch of gear to it… for $100 LESS than the normal price. That’s right. Check out our Gourmet Plus Supply for all the details.

    I’ll be back with more Pennies for Prepping in 2014, plus some other goals and projects. But for now, this is Urban Girl… signing off.

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  • Pennies for Prepping: December Update

    You guys, I can’t believe it’s January already!

    Time for an update on my December Pennies for Prepping selections. I’m also ready to give a short yearly overview so you can see what I was able to buy on my “spare change” budget in 2013—so look for that tomorrow.

    In December I was able to save up some extra money because I got some cash for Christmas, plus I got some great preparedness-related gifts, so the total cost for this month is a little more than usual.

    December Pennies for Prepping Purchases (and Gifts):

    I bought a Mobile Washer so I can do laundry if my water or electricity goes out in an emergency. It would also be great for a long-term camping trip so you don’t have to wash your clothes in the river and send suds downstream to the next camp.

    The Mobile Washer works really well with one of our 4-6 gallon buckets and features a special agitation motion that pushes and pulls water through your clothes to get them really clean. It’s just $14.95—so it’s a great and affordable way to do laundry when your washing machine or a Laundromat isn’t an option. (You can see the Mobile Washer in action on our YouTube page.)

    Pennies for Prepping: Mobile Washer

    I also bought the Organic Sprouting Seed Combo and Sprouting Lid. I love salad, you guys. In an emergency where fresh produce isn’t an option, salad is one of the first things I would miss. I’m getting creative and planning to use sprouts as a lettuce substitute on sandwiches and burgers, in tacos… you get the idea. Sure, the texture is different, but you still get the crisp freshness you find with lettuce—and a hefty dose of nutrients, too.

    The combo is just $16.99 (lucky you, it’s on sale this month!) and includes a lid that fits any standard wide-mouth jar. You can also buy the components separately if you’ve already got some of the items on hand.

    If you followed my Pennies for Prepping series in 2013, you know I’m working on building out my everyday carry. One thing I added to that in December (thanks to “Santa”) was the Gerber Shard multi-tool. It’s a great little tool to keep on a keychain for everyday issues that may come up where you need a screwdriver, mini pry-bar, bottle opener, or wire stripper. $4.79 will do it. Easy peasy.

    Santa also brought me a couple of Sparkie Fire Starters. Now this is my idea of what a fire starter should be.  It’s not only easy to use, but it’s easy to use one-handed, so you can block the wind, keep your tinder in place, or make other adjustments with your free hand. (Santa obviously knows my skill level.) Each Sparkie is just $7.95 and can start up to 100 fires.

    I bit the bullet and bought a Teton Scout Backpack in December, too. I don’t say “bit the bullet” because of the cost—it was only $59.99. It $62.95 in January, which is still a total steal for an internal frame backpack of this quality (totally adjustable with lumbar support, compression straps, and a built-in rain fly).

    I say “bit the bullet” because I’m not a backpacker. I don’t really even camp. But I’m committing to in 2014, because I think hiking, camping, and backpacking are great ways to learn about preparedness, get comfortable in the outdoors, and learn what skills I need to add to my arsenal in case I get stuck outside without a bunch of gear. Practice is the name of the game in 2014 for this Urban Girl.

    Warmth is also the name of the game, though. I am not winter’s biggest fan, but I realize that by being prepared and dressing properly for the winter weather, I can enjoy it more. So that’s where my last December purchase comes in: I bought 5 each of the Adhesive Toe Warmers (1.25 each) and the Insole Warmers ($2.50 each). Because getting cold feet is the worst. With my little piggies all toasty warm in my boots, I’ll be ready to face the weather.

    So, the total you would spend this month on those items (since some of them are no longer on sale) is about $130 (if you bought 5 of each warmer and two Sparkie fire starters). Not bad, my friends.

    What did you get in December? Did you splurge on something for yourself? Get any good prepping-related gifts?

    Check back tomorrow for my 2013 recap, showing exactly what I got and how much I spent in 2013.

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    Hi, friends.

    For my prepping this month, I set aside $30 at the beginning of the month, and so far I’ve saved an additional $4.09. Adding that to the $9.08 I had left after my October purchases, I had $43.17 to work with this month (anything I save for the rest of November will go toward December purchases).

    Here’s my haul for the month—a lot of smaller purchases, but good’uns that I really needed to add to my supplies.

    2 - Splinter Out 10-pack ($3.98 for both)

    Pennies for Prepping: Splinter Out 10-pack

     

    I got a splinter earlier this month, and it took me about 15 minutes to get the stinking thing out of my finger. I had a pair of tweezers, but they were still too bulky to be helpful. I wished 2 or 3 times during that process that I would have had a Splinter Out on hand.

    1 - 11-function Survival Tool ($1.29)

    Pennies for Prepping: 11-Function Survival Tool

    How genius is this? 11 functions in one flat, credit-card-sized tool. I can slide it right into my wallet and always have it on hand. I’ll probably end up getting one for each of my emergency kits, but for now I’ll just get one for my everyday carry. Looking for a super-affordable holiday gift for your friends or coworkers? This is one that is functional, doesn’t take up a ton of space, and is easy to wrap (just slap a sticker-back bow or gift tag on it).

    1 - Wool Blend Blanket ($11.49)

    Pennies for Prepping: Wool Blend Blanket

    I’ve been eyeing this wool blanket for a while now, and I finally snagged it this month. I’m going to drop it in the trunk of my car to go with the rest of my car emergency kit. Being stranded on the road in the winter won’t seem quite as bad with this puppy in my trunk (and the plethora of hand warmers I’ve got stashed in my car kit).

    1 - P-38 Can Opener ($0.50)

     Pennies for Prepping: P-38 Can Opener

    I’m going to include the super-awesome crank-turn can opener in my emergency supplies, but for now I’m just going to grab this P-38 to stick in my emergency kit. I don’t have any canned foods in my bug-out bag—mostly MREs and Milennium bars—but it may be helpful if I find canned food (or in some other application).

    1 - MyChoice BBQ Sauce Mix ($8.99)

    Pennies for Prepping: MyChoice BBQ Sauce Mix

    No explanation needed. It’s delicious. You should get some. (BBQ chicken, pork, or beef in an emergency? Yuuuuuuum.)

    1 - #10 Can Apple Cinn. Pancake Mix ($9.99)

    Pennies for Prepping: Large can Apple Cinnamon Pancake Mix

    What is better than hot pancakes on a crisp morning while camping? Apple-cinnamon pancakes, that’s what! This tasty mix brings a fun flavor to your flapjacks, and all you need to do is add water and get the griddle going.

    1 - Fox 40 Classic Whistle ($5.95)

    Pennies for Prepping: Fox 40 Classic Whistle

    Since I’m at the office as I type this, I’m trying to remember if I have a whistle in my emergency supplies. I don’t think I do, but even if this Fox 40 Classic Whistle ends up being a duplicate, there are so many applications for a whistle, I plan to have several anyway. This particular whistle is going in my purse so I can use it for personal safety or emergency situations I may encounter every day (can you tell I’m building up my everyday carry?).

     

    So, that’s what I bought with my to-date November savings. I can’t wait for next month, when I’ll not only show you my December purchases (I’m eyeing a few things, but haven’t made any final decisions), but I’ll provide a recap of how much money I spent over the whole year and what I was able to get with just my spare change and extra cash I was able to set aside each month.

    What items have caught your eye this month? Anything you’re saving up for? Let me know in the comments!

    --Urban Girl

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    Hello, Friends!

    I hope this fall is treating you beautifully—the leaves around here are changing to vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows. It’s time to pull out my winter wardrobe and pack away my flip flops, peep-toes, and capris until next summer.

    Speaking of summer, I’ve saved an average of $44.82 a month since June (July was a really good savings month for me). In addition to the $4.66 I had left from my May purchases, I had a total of $183.97 to use on prepping gear and food storage. I’ve wanted to save up for a couple of (relatively) larger purchases, and I finally bought them! Let me tell you all about them:

    I’m too impatient to save the best for last—my favorite prepping purchase is going right into the spotlight, folks.

    Pennies for Prepping October - Goal Zero Switch 8

    I got the Goal Zero Switch 8 power pack. And I’m a huuuuuge fan. It’s $39.99 this month ($31.99 if you have a catalog—just enter the promotion code from the back page of your catalog—right by the mailing address—to get the additional savings). I personally think everyone should have one. Here’s why:

    • It will charge practically any phone with its USB port

    • It will charge my iPhone from being totally dead to almost 100%

    • It’s small enough to fit in a purse pocket, day back, or glove compartment and not draw attention to itself—it's about the size of a fat highlighter or a chunky permanent marker—which means it’s a great fit for hiking and camping. You’ve been there: experiencing the beauty of nature, wanting to snap a picture to remember the experience or share it with friends… and your phone/camera dies. No more, my friends. Just plug your device into the Switch 8 and you're back in business. Capture that sunset. Take video of your kids splashing in the lake.

    • It’s so easy to charge the Switch 8. I just plug it into my computer’s USB port every night, and drop it into my purse every morning. Then I know I’ve got two full charges worth of life on my phone every day (especially helpful if you have an iPhone and updated to iOS7, which is sucking the life out of your battery right now, amiright?)

    • If I’m going to be outdoors and using my phone a lot, I can bring along my Nomad 7 solar panel to charge the Switch 8, my phone, or other USB-compatible devices right from the sun.

     

    I also bought a Teton® Outfitter XXL 1-Man Quick Tent. Oh, man... I can’t wait to try this one out—you’ll see why when you check out the video below. Simplest setup and take-down I’ve ever seen (except for you brave people who sleep out under the stars in just your sleeping bag). And I’m all about simplifying the process of setting up so I can focus on other things—like roasting marshmallows.

    You want one now, don’t you? I can’t say I blame you. It’s good design put to use to make your life easier. What’s not to love about that?

    If you need something a little roomier, for just a few dollars more you could get the Slumberjack Trail Tent 2—it’s a two-person tent, and a great buy. (There are also a 3-person and 4-person tent available—see all our Slumberjack tents here.)

     

    My final purchase using my summer savings was a sleeping pad. The Klymit Static V, to be exact. Not only is it incredibly light, it’s incredibly comfortable. Don’t believe me? (Or more likely… Don’t care about my opinion because I’m not a big camper?) Check out the customer reviews.

    I’m gearing up to spend some serious time camping next summer. I used to go camping with my family all the time when I was younger, but over the past few years I’ve spent more time in high heels than in nature, and I think it’s about time to change that. Camping is a great way to practice prepping skills, and I’ll take all the practice I can get. I’ll keep you posted on my outdoor adventures. Wish me luck!

    Until next time, friends. Happy prepping!

    --Urban Girl (Sarah)

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    Hi, friends!

    Is it Spring where you live yet? Or are you getting Summer weather already? Mother Nature hasn't quite decided what she’s up to here in Utah—we had record-breaking heat for several days, then an almost-constant drizzle with overcast skies. Now it's high 70's, low 80's for the next little while. So we’re teetering between Spring and Summer-like weather around here.

    Have you been saving your spare change this month? I’ve added $36.00 to my Prep Jar so far this month, so in addition to the $2.65 I had leftover last month that means I’ve got $38.65 to work with. Here’s what I’m going to buy:

    Freeze-dried mini meatballs (cooked)

    One can of Freeze Dried Miniature Meatballs. I’m really looking forward to experimenting with these—I think they could be great in sandwiches, pasta dishes, casseroles, and on pizza. We’ll be testing them in the Emergency Essentials Test Kitchen pretty soon, but I’m staking my claim on a can now, since they’re a limited-time item—once they sell out, they’re gone without a guarantee of coming back. They’re on Group Special this month for $23 per can if you (or you + any number of other people together) buy 6 cans. And don't forget that you get free shipping when you meet the minimum on even a single group sale item. If you aren't part of a group, find one in your area or start your own! You don't even have to technically be a "group" as long as you meet that minimum purchase amount in a single order. Click here for info about the Group Program.

    MF-B515 BurnFree 4 oz. Gel

    You’ve probably caught on that I’m a big fan of BurnFree® Pain Relieving Gel. It’s also on Group Special this month—for $3! Total steal. I’m going to try not to hoard all of it—I want to leave some for the rest of you, after all— so I’m sticking to 2 bottles.

    MyChoice can of Instant Vanilla Pudding

    The last thing I’m going to grab this month is a MyChoice™ can of Vanilla Instant Pudding. Because it’s good. And easy to make. And did I mention good? Mmmmm… (It may not even make it into my long-term storage, if I’m going to be honest with you. I’m a total sucker for pudding. So easy. So tasty.)

     

    If I had some extra money this month, here are a few additional things I would snag:

    MyChoice can (#2.5 can) Fortified Peach Drink Mix

    Peach Fortified Drink Mix. Because sometimes plain water is just boring, so this would add a little boost of flavor and nutrients I could use in an emergency.

    A can (or, if I had even more extra money this month, a SuperPail) of lentils. I think lentils are delicious, and they can be used in so many ways (I love making quinoa and lentil "burgers", making curried lentils over rice, or adding them to soups).

    Mountain House Pouches to fill every nook and cranny of my storage area.

    What about you? How much did you save this month? What are you planning or saving up to buy next?

     

    Happy prepping (and have a great weekend)!

    Urban Girl

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    Hi, friends!

    Did April fly by for you? It did for me, so I’m juuuuust sneaking in under the deadline for posting my Pennies for Prepping update in time for you to take advantage of the April sales! In April I followed the plan I had in March—take out a $20 bill in advance, and if I need it, I’ll use it. But I didn't need it, and I was able to save another $6.37 on top of that. Combined with the $1.28 I had left from last month, my budget for April was $27.65.

    There were a lot of great items on sale this month, but I’ll tell you what: if you can get in on a group order, do it! That’s what I did this month, so I got the Eight Pack Utility Flame Gel Packets (because I probably couldn't start a fire from scratch to save my life—no pun intended [okay... some pun intended]).

    Utility Flame fire-starting gel

    I also got the Hydropack 10-pack. If you don’t know how these work, they might seem a little weird to you—but they are awesome. You just drop the pouch into water (NOT salt water, anti-freeze, or water rife with spilled chemicals), go about your business, and 8-12 hours later come back and get hydrated! The water gets pulled through the pouch's membrane by forward osmosis, and the filter holes are so small, no viruses, protozoa, or bacteria will even think about making it through. (Do they think at all? Probably not. But you knew what I meant anyway, right?)

    10-pack Hydropack

    So, that’s what I got this month. If I hadn't joined in on a group order this month, I would have bought these items instead:

    The Nokero N200 Solar Powered Light. Solar power is awesome, and this lil’ light o’ miiiiine, I’m gonna let it shiiiiiiine. As soon as I buy one. You should today, before the sale is over. Right now it’s $11.99 on sale (MSRP is $19.99). I’m thinking I’ll get a couple in the next few months, and hang them off my patio railing during the day, then use them for reading lamps at night so I can save on the electric bill. Every little bit helps, right? Plus, then I’ll have them on hand for power outages. I’m all about killing two birds with one stone when it comes to preparedness.

    Nokera N200 Solar-Powered Light

    At least one, but probably two, packs of Emergency Essentials Nylon Emergency Rope. $1.99? Awesome. Having rope on hand in an emergency at home or on the road is so beneficial—how many times have you wished to yourself that you had a length of rope handy to stabilize something or tie something to the roof of your car to get it home? (Or tie your trunk lid down once you’ve finally managed to maneuver said item into your trunk?)

    Emergency Essentials Nylon Emergency Rope

    I would also want to buy a Bear Grylls Fire Starter. On sale this month for just $10.99. I would have to spend a little time practicing my fire-starting skills to make that purchase worth it (remember that I have no fire-starting skills whatsoever), but it’s a great investment—and I should learn how to start a fire anyway.

     Bear Grylls Fire Starter

    Alright, my preparedness peeps. That’s it from me. What did you get this month? If you’re saving pennies like me, were you able to save much in April?

    Let’s meet this time tomorrow to talk May sale items, shall we? See you then!

     

    --Sarah (a.k.a. Urban Girl)

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    Hi, friends! Urban Girl here with my Pennies for Prepping update. How did you do this month?

    I decided to take a little different approach to saving my preparedness cash in March. Since I use a mostly-cash system to pay for things, I decided to set aside a $20 bill at the beginning of the month, and then if I absolutely needed to use it for something, I would pull it out of my Pennies for Prepping jar. (And by need I do actually mean need—like gas in my car to get to work, or shampoo. [Though I do realize that some people think those needs are debatable.])

    As it turns out, I didn't need to break into the bank, and I put away a few additional dollars throughout the month for a total of $26.52. Adding that to my balance of $4.56 left from February, I had a total of $31.08 available for preps.

    I was looking over the things I’ve purchased since January, along with the things I’ve collected since I started thinking about preparedness. I realized that I was missing items in a few crucial areas:

    -warmth (I had hand warmers, but they were expired, so who knows how good they would have been)

    -light (I have flashlights in my kits, but nothing for around the house, and nothing that would leave my hands free for getting things done)

    -food (I have a 3600-calorie ration bar in each kit, and wanted to add more options)

    There are, of course, other areas I need to add to, but these are the ones I chose to focus on for now.

     

    So, here’s what I got in March:

    An LED Glow Stick Combo. I split the glow sticks between my at-home and car emergency kits so I have another option for light if my flashlight isn't enough—especially if I’ve got someone else with me who will need their own source of light.

    LED Glowstick Combo

     

    Four HotSpot Hand Warmers. They were a killer deal in March at 1.99 each. So I stocked up. For now I think reusable hand warmers will be enough to get me through spring, summer, and fall. But before winter gets here, I’ll get some single-use 18-hour hand and body warmers for my car kit in case I have some problems on the road in bad weather.

    Hot Spot Reusable Hand Warmer

    Four packs of Fresh & Go floss. These individual packets of floss are genius, in my opinion. Stick some in your kits, stash a few in your purse, or pack a couple in your wallet so you can always have dazzling chompers…spinach salad and freshly-cracked pepper notwithstanding.

     Fresh and Go Pocket Floss

    One of the new High Uinta Gear™ Night Sight™ Headlamps. I wouldn't necessarily say I’m a klutz, but if I were ever asked to hold a flashlight and try to change a tire simultaneously, I think only failure and injury would result. So, I’m investing in headlamps for my kits—one at a time for now. This time the headlamp is going in my car kit, and next time it will go in my at-home kit.

    High Uinta Night Sight headlamp

    A couple of MREs. Have you tried the new Garlic Herb Chicken MRE? (technically it's called Chicken Breast Fillet Seasoned with Garlic and Herb Sauce, but who has time to say all that?) If you haven't tried it, order it now. You’ll thank me later, I promise. This meat has delicious flavor and will go well with almost anything. Eat it alone for some quick protein, or eat the chicken and sauce over some rice for a great entrée. Serve it with veggies, wrap it up in a tortilla with some refried beans, etc., etc., and so forth. (Yum.)

    Chicken Breast Fillet with Garlic and Herb Sauce

     I also grabbed a Ratatouille MRE—because Ratatouille is awesome.

    So that’s it for my March purchases. I am left with $1.28 toward April purchases. And I think I’ll check back with you guys to tell you my planned purchases before the month is over—I tend to buy sale items, so in case you want to take advantage of the sales, too, I’ll post while they’re still valid.

    What about you? Saving up for anything specific? If you don’t live near a store, consider saving up for a longer period of time and just placing one or two orders a year with your Pennies for Prepping to save on shipping costs.

    Until next time, happy prepping!

    --Urban Girl

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  • Friends, can you believe it’s March already? February absolutely flew by. And good riddance, right? I’m ready for spring to start.

    In February my plan was to save $5 toward preparedness supplies since I only saved about $2 in January. Well, guess what? Since I was thinking about it more, I actually saved almost $20! Here’s how I did it:

    1)      I took out cash for my monthly expenses (outside of larger expenses, like rent, that I pay for by check).

    2)      I requested the cash in $20 bills.

    3)      When all that was left of a $20 was loose change and $1 bills, it all went into my prep fund jar and I broke the next $20.

    4)      The end result was that I never even missed that extra change or the $1 bills.

    So, my ending balance from January was $1.01. In February I saved $19.55, bringing my total to $20.56. Here’s what I bought:

    I’m going to try saving just as much in March—we’ll see how it goes. Eventually I want to buy a small stove, a tent, a bivvy, and some MREs. But I’m also going to consider items that are on sale each month (like some of the great sale items this month), so I have to be patient and pace myself.

    What about you? Were you able to save some pennies and get something for your preps in February? What’s your goal for March?

     P.S. Guess what? I got a Katadyn Vario™ water filter as a gift in February! I couldn't believe it—what a blessing! I would have had to save my pennies for the rest of the year to buy that!

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  • Hi, friends!
    How did January go for you? Did you save any pennies towards prepping gear or food storage?
    I started off with the existing spare change I had in my jar and spent this month adding my leftover cash to it. There wasn't much to spare this month, but here’s the breakdown:

     

    Starting Balance (what was already in the change jar): $5.48
    What I added in Janurary: $2.22
    New Total: $7.70

     

    So, with $7.70 available to spend on preps, I decided to get some things that I’ve been meaning to buy for a while:
    First, I got an SOS 3600-calorie food ration bar to put in my car emergency kit. I’ve got a whole car kit put together, but until now I’ve just had some granola bars in there—which is better than nothing, but not great.
    The SOS bar will stay safe and edible even in extreme temperatures, so I can leave it in my car during the freezing Utah winters and hot Utah summers and it will still be in good condition if I ever need it. It provides one person with 1200 calories per day for three days.
     
    I also got two single-dose packets of Burn Free Gel. I love this stuff. I got a terrible sunburn a few years ago (when I thought sunscreen was lame—little did I know!). I tried everything I could think of to help the burn and to deal with the pain, but nothing was really helping. The burn was so bad that I missed two days of work—my legs were so burned and swollen that I couldn't bend them to drive or sit at my desk.
     
    A friend who worked at Emergency Essentials told me to get Burn Free gel and promised me I wouldn't regret it. Boy, was he right. The gel helped almost instantly with the pain, and helped dissipate the burning feeling quickly. I wish I would have known about Burn Free on day one instead of day three or four.
    If you've never tried Burn Free, drop everything and get some now. Whether you get a burn from cooking, curling your hair (ladies, you know what I mean), working on the car, or not using enough sunscreen, Burn Free will help soothe and heal your burn. It’s better than anything I’ve ever used, hands down.
     
     
     
    So, that's what I bought with what I've saved so far. That left me with $1.01 in my jar, and my goal for February is to add at least $5 to my prepping jar. We’ll see how it goes.
    How much did you save in January? Are you going to spend it right away, or save up for a few months to buy something a little bigger?
    --Sarah (a.k.a., Urban Girl)

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