Thrive Food Storage

One of the best things you can do is spend alone time with the person you love. A great example is a fun camping date night – even if it’s on the floor by the TV. Add a two person sleeping bag and a great tin foil dinner over a campfire or oven and you will always remember it! Whether it’s the fall cool weather or spring flowers – a great date night will really bring you closer together!

two person sleeping bagAmerican Trails Ozzie and Harriet Double 2 Person Giant Sleeping Bag, 80-Inch x 66-Inch

Normally around $70 – Right now this two person sleeping bag is on sale at 32% OFF – As low as $47.41 and free shipping

  • Giant Double Sleeping bag 7lbs of Super Soft Filling
  • Great from 35-45 temp comfort zone
  • Durable poly outer
  • Soft liner with micro peached poly head section
  • Machine washable

2 person airbed air mattressIntex Classic Downy Queen Airbed with 2 Pillows and Double Quick Hand Pump

Normally around $50 – Right now it’s 49% off – As low as $24.99 and free shipping

  • Location, temperature, and humidity will affect the airbed?s firmness. Airbeds will need to be occasionally re-inflated (topped off) to maintain desired firmness when used for more than a few days as vinyl tends to relax over time.
  • Measurements will vary based on customer?s inflation. Airbeds are measured from the widest point including the beams (bulges) on the side and off the tallest point from the floor including built-in pillows if applicable.
  • Inflatable Queen airbed, includes two inflatable pillows and hand pump
  • Cozy flocked top cleans easily and is waterproofed for camping use
  • Wave beam construction for a uniform sleeping surface
  • 600-pound weight capacity; 2-in-1 valve with extra-wide opening
  • Measures 60 by 8.75 by 80 inches (WxHxD); 600-pound weight capacity



LED camping lantern12 LED Portable Camping Camp Lantern Light Lamp with Compass

As low as $5.68 and free shipping

  • LED – battery saving technology
  • 12 LED’s super bright light to light up anywhere
  • Great for camping, survival, and power outages and more


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So awhile back I posted about some very yummy EASY macaroon cookies. Well since then Matt and I have expanded! We have always know the importance of having some kind of food storage and emergency preparedness supplies on hand. And with that we have always strived to be thrifty which has also has thrown a few bumps in my path. Not that I couldn’t find foods to store that are cheap or on sale, it was that when I would find them, they were always expiring in just a few short months and packed with sugar and preservatives.

  1. that doesn’t work well for long term storage
  2. they all contained things I didn’t want to feed my family

Q-stepsWhen we first stumbled upon Thrive Life (aka Shelf Reliance) we were very excited about The Q!  The Q is a program that allowed us to pick the foods that we wanted (strawberries, pineapple, blueberries, cheese, yogurt, chicken, etc) and put them in a Q (like Netflix for food). After we did that, we then set a budget amount, this would be the amount we would spend on those food products that we  just added into our Q.

Do we have $200.00 extra to spend on these foods??? NO, so we looked at our current grocery budget and replaced those food items which we are always throwing away (celery,green onions, green chilies, spinach etc.) and put those into our first shipment. We totally reallocated our wasted grocery money into foods that would no longer get wasted!!  The last step was to pick the ship date.

Freeze Dried food

In summary we were able to choose the YUMMY Freeze Dried foods that have no preservatives, additives or sugars and have a shelf life of 25 years, set our budget amount and picked the ship date. We feel very in control and at ease that we are finally getting foods that are worth storing. And we are able to do it within our budget! YAY!!! We encourage you to do the same…

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Survival emergency disastersMatt here- We see it all the time in the news but never really realize the impact of what it actually means in our own life. Ever wonder what it would be like without power? How about with out running “clean” water or better yet with out water at all. How about even surviving without shelter.

No matter if it is a natural disaster or man made, there will be a point in everyone’s life where you are without power or with out any of the basic survival needs. In the late 80’s we lived without power for weeks due to Hurricane Hugo. Bet you didn’t realise that without power you can’t make ice and all of your food in the fridge and freezer will go bad in about 2 days. I remember it well, we had a neighborhood BBQ just to cook off the food before it spoiled.

Just like every hurricane we see the damage on TV, we say ahh those poor people and then the toaster pops up and the microwave distracts us from the news. And in just a few days there is something else on the news that changes the focus and we easily forget the people still struggling. Without getting into politics too much, I feel the nation has become reliant on someone else to come to their aid. As an Eagle Scout of about 25 years – I got mine at 13 and half – I still remember the Scout Motto – Be Prepared.

Be Prepared does not mean – Wait till some one helps you, or make sure you know who to yell at for food and shelter. It means get it yourself  “before” something happens to you or your family. Get your life in order before the order is taken from you. Before mother nature or deranged people take away what you know to be safety and security.

Being Prepared does NOT take a lot of time, nor does it take much money either. The other thing is that it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure it out either. When any human is put in a survival mode – most likely their inner caveman will come out when they realise their hair dryer or their cell phone stops working. At one point or another we have all seen an episode of the TV reality show Survivor. Without basic supplies and basic tools the human body will shut down. So how do you do it? Where do you start?

Start small, but be consistent.  Make it a goal that every paycheck or every month you purchase at least one thing to add to your survival kit. Start with a Backpack. You need something that can store items, that is easy to grab, and can be carried easily. A box is nice but a backpack is much better. If something happens where you need to hike for safety or hike for help it is best to bring your survival bag with you at all times.

Once you assemble a bag for yourself, make sure you continue to build on that. Each person in your family should have their own bag that they can carry. If you have children, make sure you pack age appropriate supplies. Like a 5 year old shouldn’t have to carry a fire starter, but should have their favorite toy thats is small and their favorite blanket or something to help them feel safe. Also if you have young children, there is no reason why they can’t carry their own small backpacks with diapers and powdered milk and baby wipes.

Below is a list of items to start off with. Whether you know how to use it or not is not what you need to worry about right now, you just need to have these basics to survive.

emergency backpack kitEmergency Backpack – any will do, but one big enough to hold many items, rugged enough to withstand abuse. They can start as low as $10

emergency blanketEmergency Mylar Thermal Blankets (Pack of 10) ( on sale for as low as $6.99 for a pack of 10 and free shipping) An emergency blanket can help not only keep you warm but will help you get warm. Just like a wrapping of aluminum foil will keep the heat in on your picnic lunch, it can help you if you are becoming hypothermic. And can be used to flag down help!

firestarter kit emergency survivalFirestarter – No matter the season, a fire will help with warmth at night, to signal for help, and what many do not realise it will help you feel secure. Why not a lighter? The gas in the lighters can leak, evaporate, and in heat might combust.

water proof matchesWaterproof Windproof matches –  Having a fire is a key to surviving as well as a way to signal for help. And with something that is high on the list it is best to have backups in order. A good match that will light when wet and also you don’t have to worry about wind is a key to any good fire.

 water filter straw emergency survival

Water Filter – A good water filter will help you simply live. A human on a normal day needs between 2-3 liters of water per day. In survival circumstances you are working hard, hiking and stressing your body so much that you need much more to live. A water filter straw is only about nine bucks and should be one of the first things in your kit.

water purification tablets emergency survivalWater Purification Tablets – Water is a must in a survival environment. Having more then one backup is key to coming out healthy and alive. Water purification tablets are one of the most reliable ways to make sure your water is save to drink.

survival paracord emergencySurvival RopeParacord – Why do you need rope? The real question is what can you not do with rope? Use this to tie up a signal for help – Fishing line – Anchor – boot strap – Backpack strap – First aid brace – Use it on a stick to help start a fire – Sewing thread – Tourniquet in First Aid – Snare to catch food – Hammock – Trip line and more…

survival knife emergencySurvival Knife – From the ole 80’s movie Crocodile Dundee – That’s not a knife – This is a Knife – Use it to cut food, cut cords, chop trees for a fire, shave wood for tinder for a fire, break glass, clear a path, make a shelter, and more….

There is always something else you can add to your Survival packs like hand wipes to feel clean, toilet paper for the comfort of home but make sure you zip it in a plastic bag. Also don’t forget the snacks like trail mix for the protein and carbs, a good protein bar collection for energy, and a can of chicken chunks or tuna or some meat or your favorite meal in a can. Mainly you want to think of storage. Think of how long it will last and how often you actually will rotate the food or perishable items out of your survival bag.

One thing that many people forget about is to save your memories. If there is a disaster that wipes out your home, what about all of the family pictures that you see people rummaging through their torn down home to save! Take the time after the kids go to bed and scan or take digital photos of all of your memories. Over Christmas one year I scanned every old photo album, every birth certificate, and every colored elementary picture I brought home when I was a kid and my mom saved. Scan, photograph or copy every thing that you can. Save it on a Solid State Drive, or High capacity SD card or USB memory stick. Why only those and not a normal and cheaper hard drive? Hard Drive have spinning parts that are more likely to break and malfunction then a chip inside of a USB drive or SD card. They have no moving parts, they are lighter weight, and are easier to carry with you. This way you can always replace a home, but the memories you will always carry with you. Now once you make one, make sure to make a duplicate copy and store it at your relatives home. Just incase your’s is destroyed or lost you still have a backup in a separate location.

Make sure you put your survival bag close by where you can grab it and go. We have ours on the outside, front edge of our garage. So if there was a fire in the house and we all ran out, it would be easy to grab it from the garage. Just remember that in an emergency you will not have time to plan out where and when you will need to grab it.


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Easy Macaroon Cookies recipe

With the holidays comes yummy desserts! One of the best ones to make are Macaroons. There are a lot of ways to make it, and you can go and drive to the store and buy all of the ingredients  then have to drive home and cook and bake them. But why not just go to your food storage pantry and grab your can of ingredients that have a 20 years shelf life unopened ! With our new Thrive store you can have your #10 can of Macaroon ingredients shipped directly to your door in just 4-6 days! So order now and you will have plenty of time to bake these and give them to your friends as presents for Christmas!


  • Mix 3 1/4 cup of Thrive Macaroon Cookie Mix with
  • 1/2 cup of boiling water
  • Blend on low speed until smooth
  • Let batter sit for 5 mins.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  • Drop dough by spoonful onto greased or paper-lined cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 15 mins or until the edges are golden brown
  • Makes 1 dozen cookies!

how to make macaroon cookies

  • To order your #10 can of Macaroon Cookie mix go to our Thrive Food Storage Shop Here
  • Hoover on the SHOP tab – click on your location Main (for USA) Alaska or Hawaii or where ever you are.
  • Click on the Food Storage – Shop Now button
  • Scroll down till you see the Desserts Button – shows the same can of Macaroon Mix
  • Then scroll through the desserts and you can see the Macaroon Cookie Mix on sale. It is cheaper to go through our store then to by directly from Shelf Reliance.


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Any couponer will know that stocking up in bulk usually is the best way to save. With that stocking, many people develop a stockpile. Like many people a grocery stockpile is a well spent investment. Having a stockpile or food storage is one of the best ways to protect yourself in times of need. Either when a family member is laid off, or maybe the stores are closed like after a natural disaster, having a food storage that you can fall back on is a heaven sent blessing.

In our home we have about a 10 month to one year food storage at any given time. We try very hard to keep it stocked. One of the hardest things to do is estimate which food item is going to go bad first, and how long will it last. The best way is to buy freeze dried food. Freeze dried foods in many cases can last over 20-25 years or more! The company we trust and choose to buy our long term food storage is Shelf Reliance. We have used their shelving units and food for a long time now.

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Save up to 55% off freeze-dried food!

And one of the best storage racks is their Harvest 72″ food rotation system!

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