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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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  • Resolve To Sleep Well

    It’s the new year and we're all making resolutions. We've come up with a unique take on four common resolutions and have some recommendations we think will help. Check back each Tuesday in January to join the discussion on each resolution. 

    Resolve to Sleep Well During an Emergency
    Sleeping well during an emergency can get tricky. Sleeping is one of the body’s ways of rejuvenating, and good sleep is crucial to your well-being—especially in a crisis. 

    In order to sleep well you need to be comfortable, dry, and maintain a certain temperature, all of which can get tricky in an emergency. When you’re stuck outdoors it may be too cold or too hot for you to sleep comfortably – not to mention that you might be on a cot or the floor. To help you sleep better, add these solutions to your emergency kit.

    Let’s start with the Sportsman Hooded Blanket/Poncho. This versatile item has a lot of features. One is that the blanket/poncho retains up to 90 percent of your body heat. In a situation where you’re outdoors in the cold, the Sportsman Hooded Blanket/Poncho will make a big difference in helping you stay warm.

    Another feature of the Sportsman Hooded Blanket/Poncho is that it’s lightweight and unfolds to 72” by 72” so it’ll give you a lot of coverage. If you’re caught in the rain you can hang up the blanket/poncho as a shelter and keep yourself dry. Or let’s say that you’ve lost power and your home is  overheated. Try hanging the blanket in front of a window, with the reflective side facing out. This will provide much needed shade and give you the chance to rest a little easier.

    The Sportsman Hooded Blanket/Poncho has four layers—one of which is ASTROLAR® reinforcing fabric. This makes the blanket/poncho tear and

    puncture-resistant so you can rough it up and still be confident that it will see you through the night. Plus it’s on sale this month for $12.99.

    Keeping a reliable sleeping bag on hand is a good idea—even for those whose idea of camping is a hotel. All of our sleeping bags work well for camping, so consider their other uses. A sleeping bag might make all the difference on a cold winter night if the utilities go out.

    The Slumberjack line offers sleeping bags for a range of temperatures (rated for -20°, 0°, and 20° F). With draft tubes, collars, and hoods, these bags have what it takes to keep you warm in an emergency at home or in the outdoors.

    Even when you don’t need the sleeping bag for warmth, it can come in handy as an extra layer of padding between you and the ground. 

    If you do have to sleep on the ground, you’ll want a sleeping pad. We have a handful of self-inflatable Therm-a-rest sleeping pads that are small, lightweight, and affordable. Therm-a-rest mattresses are designed with outdoorsmen in mind, so they’re durable and reliable. This portable mattress will also give you another layer of insulation from the cold. In any sort of situation where you’re forced to evacuate, you’ll be glad to have a Therm-a-rest in your emergency equipment.

    It’s unlikely that in an emergency situation you’ll sleep as well as you would at home, but with the Sportsman Hooded Blanket/Poncho, the Slumberjack sleeping bags, or Therm-a-rest mattresses, we can help make that night a little more restful. 



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  • Just over one week after the devastation of Superstorm Sandy, snow from a nor’easter—a hurricane-like storm known to cause coastal flooding, coastal erosion, hurricane-force winds, and/or blizzard conditions—is delaying recovery efforts. In some areas of the region, the nor’easter has knocked out power where Sandy didn’t, leaving more residents without electricity to heat their homes.

    Ice storms and heavy snow can be powerful enough to knock out power in many parts of the country. These blackouts can last hours or days. Luckily, there are space heaters available that can keep us warm at home, work, school, or other types of shelter without electricity.
     Propane heaters made by Mr.Heater® can run safely indoors when operated according to manufacturer directions. These innovative space heaters use either disposable 1 lb. propane cylinders (like those used for camp stoves or lanterns) or 20 lb. cylinders (like those used for barbecue grills). They also have safety features that include tip-over and low oxygen shut-off switches. Here are some models we recommend for winter emergencies:

    - Heats up to 400 square feet
    - Perfect for large areas like great rooms, living rooms, studio apartments, offices, or shelters.  
    - Depending on temperature setting, operates for approx.:
                -1.5 to 6 hrs. on one 1lb cylinder
                -3 to 12 hrs. on two 1lb. cylinders
                -25 to 110 hrs. on one 20lb. cylinder
                -50 to 220 hrs. on two 20 lb. cylinders
    - Low, medium, and high settings
    - Free standing or wall mount
    - Easy to carry
    - Battery or AC adapter operated blower fan
    - Tip-over and low-oxygen shut-off safety switches

    - Heats up to 200 square feet
    - Great for medium-sized areas like living rooms or offices 
    - Depending on temperature setting, operates for approx.:
                -3 to 6 hrs. on one 1lb cylinder
                -48 to 110 hrs. on one 20lb. cylinder
    - Low and high settings
    - Fold-down handle for compact storage
    - Tip-over and low-oxygen shut-off safety switches

    - Heats up to 100 square feet
    - Powerful enough to heat smaller rooms or offices 
    - Operates for approx. 5.5 hrs. on one 1lb cylinder
    - Compact and portable
    - Tip-over and low-oxygen shut-off safety switches

    Whether you live in a large house or a small apartment, these heaters can keep you warm when the power goes out. See more Mr. Heater products at BePrepared.com.

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