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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: 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

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: Pennies for Prepping, Prepping on a Budget, Urban Girl, food storage

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