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  • 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

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