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8/23/14

Updates & What preps have you been working on?


Shop & Survivalist Garage Sale
Leather patches are enroute - should be here within the next couple of days. Those who are waiting won't have to wait much longer. Edit: They're back in stock and glorious!

I'm also kicking around the idea of a 'survivalist's garage sale' of sorts. Made it happen!

I figure I might as well give the tribe a crack at the loot before flipping it over to fleabay. Comment if you'd be interested.

On the survivalism front...
As I blogged a few weeks back, our primary goal at the moment is rebuilding our emergency fund. A portion of that money is allocated towards food storage and Rawles-style tangibles (we have both - this is adding to the stores), a portion is allocated to cash and money in the savings account.

All of that depends on having the leftover money to do so, which in turn depends on having and sticking to a budget.

Budgeting is one of the secrets to preparedness...you won't have the funds to do a whole heck of a lot without it. Increasing your income is another one of those secrets, but that's another topic.


We are generally fairly mediocre at sticking to a budget, and there are always things that can sneak up on ya and decimate your budget for the month. Not that we blow through it by hundreds of dollars, but there's often an extra trip to the store/Costco that bumps us over. TEOTWAWKI Wife has gotten pretty serious about getting our food bill in under budget this month, which will be a big help.

Sticking to our budget, we should be able to make some good progress in the emergency fund/tangibles/food storage front. I've got us getting to where I want us to be (for now) by spring of next year.

Along the way, I'm planning on doing some variety of 'food storage' series here to track our progress when we get things rolling. I'll write up a separate post on that topic.

Production from the garden has slowed, which is probably a good thing. I'm pretty sick of tomatoes at the moment and the garden never really yielded enough to break out the canning gear.

Reloading has been put on the backburner for the moment, in part because I haven't been able to get to the range, and in part due to focusing time on the fam/kiddos. I need to test out my test loads before doing some larger scale production runs, and they're ready n' waiting for me to shoot up.
Otherwise, I'm culling through some of the unused/unallocated gear that we've got kicking around (see above 'survivalist garage sale') and intend to plow those funds back into the emergency fund and gear.

That's about it from me at the moment. Now it's your turn. What are you working on? Let us know in the comments section below!

2 comments :

  1. riverriderAugust 26, 2014

    yep, my main prep right now is rebuilding the fund. an engine for the wife's car, tires on both vehicles, construction of an addition on the house sucked it dry. been adding a little shiny stuff every month though. i feel we'll need cash for that slow slide that comes before the big one. hate to lose the house to unpaid taxes.

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  2. For keeping the food budget low use coupons and price match over at Walmart. We save a ton of money doing so. Just find an ad for any store in your area and they'll accept it. Saves us hundreds of dollars each month. Having a large dedicated freezer helps too--you can pack it full of meat when you get a really good deal. Also serves as good food storage--albeit perishable.

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