Be Prepared

We all like to have what we need when we need it. And it is those times that we need to prepare for now before something happens. Maybe the power goes out, maybe it will be out for days at a time due to a disaster .

If you have Cub Scouts or Boy Scouts these are practically a must have for campouts

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As low as $2.42 and free shipping – Why a bracelet  This can be unwoven to tie up gear or help tie up a shelter. It can be used in first aid as a tourniquet and also used to help hang and clean your dinner. The inner cords can be used as fishing line. It is a must have in preparedness equipment.

41ADCPQOEEL._SL500_AA300_Ranger FIRE STEEL Flint & Striker SAS Survival Tool Kit – Outdoor Camping Living Survival Tool As low as $1.96 and free shipping – A fire starter is used to make fires to keep warm, signal for help or cook your food. A good fire will always boost your moral.

41QJyRYI0EL._SL500_AA300_ Portable Extra-large Head Windproof Waterproof Matches As low as $2.12 and free shipping –  Windproof matches are a must have when it it time to start a fire. With out them in a water proof container, starting a fire can become very frustrating. Having multiple ways to start fires is basic survival 101.

51-IdezreiL._SL500_AA300_SODIAL- 7w 300lm Mini Cree Led Flashlight Torch Adjustable Focus Zoom Light Lamp As low as $3.89 and free shipping – A low energy consumption LED flashlight will last for a very long time. This means your batteries will go and go and go and you can find your way around at night, or even signal for help.

 

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Alternative to using Wood Logs or Pellets in your fireplace or wood stove.

fireplace woodstove

Ever wonder why we all use wood for all of our heating. Sure they look pretty sitting there crackling away. But there has to be another way to heat your home and save money at the same time. Sure you could go out and spend all that money buying wood pellets or corn, or all the other small pellet type fuels. But what if there was a way to burn something that we all have in our home and usually end up throwing away into the garbage? Especially in the coupon world we tend to have more then the other homes.

newspaper logs newspaper brick

Thats right NEWSPAPER. Now I bet you’re thinking what do I just crumple the paper up and throw it in? Actually yes and no. Yes it’s just paper all crumpled and ripped up. And after just a little bit of work, you can then just throw it in. So what are we making? Newspaper logs! Burn that paper in your fireplace! By using a Newspaper Brick press you can turn newspaper into bricks or logs to burn in your fireplace or woodstove.

Make newspaper brick logs

Here is how you can save money burning newspaper in your wood stove or fireplace.

 

First collect all of your newspapers. The more the merrier, which means less work through out the year.

By collecting more newspaper you can combine all of the work into one processing day.

Grab a 5 gallon bucket of water

Tear, shred or rip your paper pile into pieces. The size really doesn’t matter, and your kids will have tons of fun making a newspaper shred pile.

If you have any sawdust, wood shavings you can add them to the water. It is not needed or required. It is just a great filler item.

You can add a tablespoon of bleach to help the breakdown process but it is not required.

Place your newspaper shreds and sawdust if you have it, into the bucket of water and let it sit for three to four days. You are trying to get it to a pulp slush or mush type state. The newspaper will easily fall apart into smaller pieces. You do not need to have it in total mush, just entirely soaked through so it will adhere to each other.

Gently mix the paper mulch to breakdown anything that will and to stir up the portions on the bottom of the bucket.

Now bring your brick maker over to the bucket out side. Scoop your mulch into the brick maker to level it up to the top of each container. Place the top screen on the mulch and place the handles over the screen and press out all the water you can. You may need to add more mulch to the top of each log or brick you made depending on the size you are looking for. The larger the brick the longer they will last.

Now remove the top screen and pull out the handles holding the bottom screen. Remove your brick and place on an old cooling rack or place on anything that the air can circulate under the bricks. Leave the bricks out over the summer in a dry place. Once fall comes and the cooler weather is here the bricks or logs you have made will be completely dried out.

Now you can burn just the newspaper logs or bricks with the wood logs to cut down on how many you are burning and save your wood pile. Or you can burn the newspaper logs all alone. Just place them criss cross in the wood stove or fireplace just as you would place your wood logs.

You can get single brick presses

how to make newspaper bricks or logs

Newspaper four brick makerOr you can make four Newspaper Bricks or Logs at a time

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Water Filter survival emergencyIn a Bug Out Bag or a 72 Hour Kit backpack – a Water purifier or filter is a must have! Aquamira Frontier Emergency Water Filter System is one of the smallest and lightest filters I have seen and is also very inexpensive! It is as low as $9.86 with Free Shipping on the super savers free shipping. Now you can place one on your car in case you are stuck in the middle of now where. You can get one for your emergency kit and get extra as back up. This light weight filter will filter out 99.9% of the two most common and dangerous bugs – cryptosporidium and Giardia. This one unit can filter out up to 20 gallons of water!
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How to make butterIt’s Matt. I made Butter in a Jar back when I was a kid as a youth activity. It was very easy and just took some time. So the other day at the store I grabbed some Heavy Whipping Cream and planned a night with the kids to make butter. It is really easy and will provide some tasty and easily home made butter!

home made butter in jar

Ingredients:

  • Heavy Whipping Cream – any amount 6 cups makes about 1 pound of butter
  • Salt – 1/2 teaspoon per pound of butter- optional, used for preserving butter
  • Jar – with lid, any size, baby food jars are great for kids to make it with

home made butter heavy whipping creamDirections:

Pour Heavy Whipping Cream into jars no more then 3/4 the way full. It is best to leave room for the shaking and turning action. Next begin shaking! And Shake and Shake. Some music to shake too makes it fun for the kids and helps pass time. Something with a fun and quick beat. The best way I figured to shake the jar was to hold it length wise in my hands with the lid in my palms and the base of the jar wedge in my forearms.

It takes about 5 minutes before you notice a thickening forming in the jar. This heaviness is the beginning of the fat changing and sticking together. At this point you really just have a thick whip cream in the jar. Keep shaking. At this point the jar edges will look like:
home made butter foam

 

As another 5-10 minutes pass you will notice the jar filling with the foamy cream.  It feels as if there is no room in the jar as the thick Heavy Cream is aerated even more with the shaking, but keep shaking. It will look like this:

home made butter cream

Keep shaking and don’t stop you are almost done when it gets thick. I have heard some add a large marble to the thick foam. But I don’t think it really matters. Just the pressure of the shaking will continue the fat to congeal together. Don’t worry if you don’t think the foam is “churning” or rotating in the jar, gravity and pressure is still working to form the butter.
Before you know it you will see the foam separate and a thin liquid forms in the jar. That thin liquid is buttermilk! The butter is in the last few moments of shaking. Keep shaking until the butter or mass inside is a consistent size.
home made butter buttermilk
At this point you can separate the buttermilk out and save it for biscuits or pancakes and other fun recipes. Then you can add the 1/2 teaspoon salt which is optional. Some say the taste is different, but the main reason is to preserve the butter. Now with the remaining butter you can place it in a small container for refrigeration and easy of using it. So congrats you just made you own butter!  Enjoy your work!
home made butter bowl
As the butter sets you may see drips of buttermilk on the butter. Just let it drip off and drain.
home made butter
If you enjoyed making your own butter, then you will enjoy making your own cheese!

 

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With summer setting in hard, and everyone’s AC cooling bill climbing, we are all looking for ways to cut cost. And many of us have rooms that we do not use that much. Why not cut off the air in that room. By simply moving the flaps on your air registers won’t do it. Heat will still blow around. Place a magnet cover over your register to cut off the air so that you can use the air where you need it most. Doing this and cutting the AC cooling from rooms that don’t need the air will allow your furnace to take a break and save on your cooling bills.

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 Natural Tick Repellent Spray 

natural tick repellent spray

Spring is here and with the warm weather comes bugs and ticks. Here is a simple recipe for an all natural:

Mix:

  • 10 drops of Lemongrass oil
  • 10 drops of Eucalyptus oil
  • 2 ounces of water

Simply add or take away based on the number of ounces your spray bottle holds. Spray around your socks, shoes, pants, and anything that will come in contact with tall grass or the ground. See the bottom of the post for a couple different bottle options available.

Lemongrass Essential Oil. 10 ml. 100% Pure, Undiluted, Therapeutic Grade as low as $5.99 and free shipping

  • Botanical Name: Cymbopogon flexuosus
  • Aromatic Scent: Lemongrass Essential Oil has a fresh earthy, citrusy scent.
  • 100% Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil- no fillers, additives, bases or carriers added.
  • Packaged in dark amber glass bottle with euro style dropper cap.
  • For your convenience all Plant Therapy Essential Oils have an oil identification sticker on the cap. This is especially beneficial if you use a top load carrying case.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil. 10 ml. 100% Pure, Undiluted, Therapeutic Grade as low as $6.99 and free shipping

  • Botanical Name: Eucalyptus globules
  • Aromatic Scent: Eucalyptus Globulus Essential Oil has a very herbaceous scent with soft woody undertones.
  • 100% Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil- no fillers, additives, bases or carriers added.
  • Packaged in dark amber glass bottle with euro style dropper cap.
  • For your convenience all Plant Therapy Essential Oils have an oil identification sticker on the cap. This is especially beneficial if you use a top load carrying case.

4Norpro Stainless Steel Oil Mister as low as $10.32 and free shipping with orders over $35 or with Prime

This is our favorite choice. Because you can hand pump the bottle to pressurize the mixture to spray evenly.

  • Measures 7.75 inches/19.5cm
  • Holds 6 ounces
  • Stainless steel satin finish; easy-to-grip, grooved sides; suits left and right handed chefs

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Aluminum Spray Bottle – 4 Ounce by InterDesign as low as $7.48 PRICE DROP $1.99 

  • Holds 4 ounces
  • Size: 1 3/4″ diameter x 6″ high

3Soft N Style Fine Mist Spray Bottle, 5 Ounce as low as $3.49 and free shipping as an add on item

  • Holds 5 ounces
  • Mist spray
  • Light in weight
  • Durable

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