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  • A Surprising Use for Freeze-Dried Fruit

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    A Surprising Use for Freeze-Dried Fruit

    One of the unexpected ways I've learned to use freeze-dried fruit is in baked goods—and I don't mean adding freeze-dried fruit to muffins or quick breads, although those are delicious options, as well. In addition to the traditional ways of using freeze-dried fruits in baking, use them to flavor frosting, cream cheese filling, buttercream, or even your batter!

    Using fresh fruit in these items can prove... runny. You know what I mean—you want the delicious flavor of your favorite fruits, but when you get the strawberries (raspberries, etc.) into the frosting, the water in that fresh fruit ruins the consistency.

    Using freeze-dried fruits can give you all the delicious fruit flavor you're looking for without any of the watery aftermath. Just measure out the amount you think you'll need, crush them in a food processor or blender (do NOT rehydrate... remember, we're trying to avoid additional liquid), and stir them in! It's that simple.

    Trust me. You'll want to give it a try. You can thank me later (preferably in the form of freshly-baked cupcakes...).

    --Urban Girl

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: baking, cooking, Food Storage Tips, Urban Girl, food storage

  • 3 Easy Food Storage Dinner Parties

    3 Easy Food Storage Dinner Parties

     

    Hi, friends. Urban Girl, here.

    We’ve been experimenting with food storage more and more here in the Emergency Essentials Test Kitchen, and we hope you’ve been enjoying the recipes coming through in our emails (if you aren’t signed up for those, click on the blue button near the top of the blog to sign up!).

    I’ve been thinking about having a dinner party in the next couple of weeks, and I decided I want to kill two birds with one stone and have a food storage dinner party. So I’ve been looking through the recipes on BePrepared.com and I’ve come up with three dinner parties I could pull together. Here’s what I’m thinking (click each image to see the recipe):

     

    Mexican

    Appetizer: 7-layer Dip 

    Food storage 7 Layer Bean Dip

     

    Entrée: Beef Brisket Taco

    Mexican Food storage Dinner Party: Beef Brisket Taco

     

    Dessert: Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Crisps

     Food Storage Dinner Party Dessert: Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Crisps

     

    Italian

    Appetizer: Creamy Tuscan Tomato Soup

    Creamy Tuscan Tomato Soup

     

    Entrée: Linguini Chicken with Vegetables

    Linguini Chicken and Vegetables

     

    Dessert: Peach "Shortcake" with Strawberry Basil Sauce 

    Peach Shortcake with Strawberry Basil Sauce

     

     

     

    Southern-inspired

    Appetizer: Zucchini Corn Fritters

    Zucchini Corn Fritters

     

    Entrée: Cajun Chicken and Pasta

    Cajun Chicken and Pasta

     

    Dessert: Strawberry-Banana-Peach Cobbler

    Strawberry-Banana-Peach Cobbler

     

     

    And for drinks, I’ll make one of the delicious food storage mocktails we whipped up in the Test Kitchen. Yum!

     

    I’ve tried all these recipes, and I love every single one. So now I just have to decide which menu to use. I’m leaning toward the Southern-inspired dinner, but man… I really love 7-Layer Dip.

    Which of these dinner parties would you throw? Or would you go a different route for a food storage dinner party?

     

    Bon appetit!

     

    P.S. Need to get more familiar with food storage? Try some of these recipes out, or check out our Recipes page for other options. (We’ve also got a photo contest going on with our recipes… we’ve got a lot of recipes that need photos and we’d love to see what you come up with…Winning pictures will be featured and credited on our site, and if your photo is chosen you get to pick a free MyChoice can of food storage! Click here for the contest details.)

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  • Pennies for Prepping: 2013 Year in Review

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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.

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: 2013, emergency preparedness, Pennies for Prepping, Prepping on a Budget, Urban Girl

  • Pennies for Prepping: December Update

    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.

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: emergency preparedness, Survival, Pennies for Prepping, preparedness, Urban Girl

  • 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

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: tools, Prepping on a Budget, Urban Girl

  • Video Games + Cockroaches = Disaster Rescue?

    Researchers hope remote controlled cockroaches can help find disaster victims.

    Hi, friends.

    Remember this story about remote-controlled cockroaches? Well, the research team who made that story possible has kept at it, and they've improved the process so the roaches are a bit easier to keep on track if sent on a “rescue mission.”

    Using video game technology, researchers have figured out how to put the roaches on autopilot, directing them along a pre-designed path. They hope that one day, the technology could be used to send the bugs into areas that are unsafe for humans to enter, such as collapsed buildings or other disaster areas.

    And by fitting the roaches with microphones and speakers, rescuers could detect the voices of individuals trapped in buildings, researchers said.
    "We may even be able to attach small speakers, which would allow rescuers to communicate with anyone who is trapped," said co-author Alper Bozkurt…
    Read the full story: Researchers Use Video Game Software to Steer Cockroaches

    What do you think? Does it give you the heebie-jeebies? Or do you think it’s cool? I’m intrigued, especially with their idea of attaching tiny microphones and speakers so rescuers could communicate with trapped victims. Although, it might be a good idea for the first thing to come out of the speakers to be, “Please don’t smash the cockroach, it’s going to help us rescue you…”

    Just in case.

    --Urban Girl

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: cool research, Disaster Rescue, animals, Urban Girl

  • Pennies for Prepping: May Update from Urban Girl

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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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  • Pennies for Prepping - Urban Girl's April Update

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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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  • Pennies for Prepping: March 2013 Results

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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

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: light, MRE, emergency preparedness, Pennies for Prepping, Budget, Prepping on a Budget, warmth, Urban Girl

  • Pennies for Prepping: February 2013 Results

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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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