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  • Pennies for Prepping: Urban Girl's November Update

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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

  • Pennies for Prepping: Urban Girl's October Update

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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)

  • New Product! Sunburn Rescue by BurnFree

    Have no fear! Sunburn Rescue is here!

    The amazing, quick-action relief of BurnFree is coming to a sunburn near (or on) you. For nearly 20 years, BurnFree has been a leading first-aid burn care product used by militaries, EMTs, and medical professionals across the globe.

    Urban Girl vouches for BurnFree. “It’s better than anything else I’ve ever used, hands down.” Read the rest of Sarah’s story here. (It’ll make you want to run out and get BurnFree now.)

    Bottle of Sunburn Rescue gel by BurnFree

    Burnfree’s Sunburn Rescue has tea tree oil to help cool and soothe topical burns. It’s formulated to stop the progression of burns, not just alleviate pain. The hydrogel stops burns by pulling the heat out of burn; the heat in the gel causes evaporation so the heat moves into the air, and away from the burn.

    You shouldn’t use Sunburn Rescue on any part of a burn that has broken the skin (it will sting like the Dickens), but for all your sunburns this summer, BurnFree Sunburn Rescue is the product you want. Be generous in applying it to your burnt skin, and apply as frequently as you like. You’ll see the result and feel things cool down quickly.

    Enjoy the summer sun! (But safely, of course. Don’t forget your sunscreen!)

    Emergency Essentials is BurnFree’s exclusive vendor for Sunburn Rescue. You won’t find it anywhere else. Click here to order or to learn more about Sunburn Rescue and other BurnFree products.

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