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1. Toilet paper takes up WAY more room than wheat.

2. Never let your mother in law look under your bed.....she really wanted to know what we were doing with that spaghetti sauce in the bedroom.

3. oxygen absorbers cost less than the time spent trying break your sugar back into granules with a hammer.

4. Don't try to seal your vacuum seal bags with a woodburning tool

5. Don't fill the 55 gallon water barrel in the kitchen unless you plan to use it for an island

6. TVP is not fit for consumption by man or beast

7. Don't expect your kids to cooperate cheerfully when you suggest they use old phone books instead of toilet paper as an experiment.

8. There are some things even a dog won't eat.....

9. Snakes love new root cellars

10. Never, ever, ever store crayons in the attic.

Anyone else?? They don't have to be funny.......

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LOL RockyGlen! You crack me up!

Ok, I will give it a shot…

!. Never tell you son that there is really no such thing as Zombies if you want him to be crises prepared.

2. Tin foil can be used for much more than just making tin hats.

3. Alan is actually a famous published author and lives in a mansion in Beverly Hills.

4. Never, ever eat Snickers at my house because I can’t figure out when the darn things expire.

5. Comfortablynumb will NOT deliver his for-sale water tank to you if you live far away, no matter what you are fixing for dinner.

6. RockyGlen can not tell the difference between porn and TEOTWAWKI fiction.

7. Angie wears slipper socks all the time and you can never hear her sneak up on you.

8. Only idiots feed canned chili to babies.

9. Elkhound has the best deer ham in the United States and there is a big BBQ at his place at the end of the month.

10. When there are little crawly things in your Ramen Noodles, chances are it’s a good time to throw them out.

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Just a few:

1. If you use those wire shelves for storage, put something flat on them to stack jars and cans on top of.

2. Never admit to a friend that the French press is actually a prep item.

3. If your spouse is 'financially conservative' about the money you spend on preps, just say "oh, I bought that Big Berkey AGES ago....".

4. On a related note, it's impossible to sneak buckets of wheat into the house.

5. Hide the chocolate and pudding cups.

6. You can never have too much TP.

7. When the inevitable power outage comes, resist the urge to say, "I told you so....".

8. Heavy duty aluminum foil makes the best hats but an old aluminum stock pot is even better.

Don't Tase me, bro!?!
1,358 Posts
I've learned:

1) How to can meats (boneless or bone-in) by using the dry-pack method.

2) I've learned how to pickle.

3) I've learned that I am NOT really well prepared.

4) I've learned that I have to watch my wife closer so she doesn't eat the tuna.

5) I've learned that I have much to learn.

6) I've learned that most non-perishables last longer than the date claims.

7) I've learned that my canned stuff lasts WAY longer than store bought canned stuff.

8) I've learned that planting native, edible plants on your property is an awesome compliment to your preps.

9) I just now learned that I haven't learned 10 things yet.

10) TBA when I learn it.

4,117 Posts
1) Fifty kilos of bran is more than enough

2) Your social life is finished, the first time a visitor sees the preps

3) Child Protection Services might want to protect the children from the preps

4) One can never prep enough chocolate

5) Out of date products taste perfectly good

6) The smell of dehydrating onions can get social services to call

7) The dog will get an earache and use up your fishmeds

8) There are interesting vacations to be taken less than ten miles from home

9) 'Social distancing' sounds like a nice excuse for an looong nap

10) Preps freak kids right out, no matter how you try to spin it

Cheap but not free
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1) Be willing to kill or die defending what is yours

2) Don't tell anyone about point 1.

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All kidding aside, (so happy we have so many good sports on here with a fun sense of humor!), I have learned…

1. That my hardest challenge so far is figuring out how to store enough water.

2. That running out of water is my biggest personal fear (that and not having my family here in an emergency).

3. That being a crises preparedness person can be a solitary endeavor, but that in this forum there is a never ending fountain of information with folks happy to help you figure things out.

4. That stockpiling is not as easy as it sounds.

5. That thinking about crises and disasters can become a bit overwhelming if you let it, so don’t let it become a problem. Just incorporate it into you life in a healthy manner.

6. That yes (after deep inner reflection) I would protect those I love with all I am without hesitation or regret. There is nothing on this planet that means more to me than them.

7. That I believe it is smart to prep and feel there is too much uncertainty in the world not to.

8. That planning for a crises without the possibly use of electricity is a mental and physical challenge, to say the least. Makes me realize how comfortable I am (and those around me) with things we take for granted.

9. That education is key to crises and emergency preparedness.

10. That without exceptional moderators like Angie, this forum would not be the special place that it is; rich in information and guidance.

Big Front Porch advocate
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Now let’s try this again:

1. That TP will become almost a currency in the right severe circumstances.

2. That many memebers make interesting threads that get the group to think and try new things.

3. that A.T. Hagan writes stories that cause deep thinking; then provides information to help when there’s a question about the deep thinking

4. that preps are good for when you get laid off, have a localized weather condition (such as Cyng./Kim and the flooding)

5. That prepping really is just going back to our roots that our grand parents or great grand parents already knew, but we’ve lost in modern society

6. that working flashlights are good to have everywhere, and carry in your purse

7. being a mod of a survival & emergency prep forum broadens my mind and education and gives me things to think about and try

8. modern tools are nice but it’s good to be able to do get basically the same results without them (sewing machines vs hand sewing).

9. that knowing the capabilities and temperaments of neighbors and family is important should problems occur

10. believing in yourself and your capabilities goes a long way to surviving.

11. and as a Mod – you can please some of the people most of the time, and a few of the people none of the time.

#12 - mod can never have too many slipper socks for sneaking up on people :) :)

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I'm still learning a lot, so my list is short...

1. Our city won't allow woodburning fireplaces in new homes, but they will allow just about any home, new or old, to install a wood burning stove.

2. When I first decided to start prepping, I told a few people. They didn't think I was as enlightened as I thought I was.

3. If I think too much about prepping and TEOTWAWKI, I start having lots of strange and disturbing dreams...including another one last night.

4. One of my biggest fears is running out of water.

5. It's great to have a wonderful husband that is willing to stand by me, even if he thinks nothing will ever happen.

6. I have a lot of lists, and not enough preps.

7. Just as in #3, if I think to much about it, I feel overwhelmed and hopeless, so I write lists and try to tackle them a little at a time.




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1. Even though we aren't wealthy in monetary ways, our way of life is a blessing that I hope we never have to give up. I no longer take the light switch and water faucet for granted since pondering ways to live without them for the last few years. AC is something to really be thankful for in the south.

2. A years worth of food is not only costly but takes up a lot of room in a modest house.

3. I've finally overcome my fear of a pressure cooker and learned to can meat.

4. A nice water purifier is no more expensive to use than the cheap models. My Berkey filters are cheaper than the Pur when you consider how long they last plus the water quality is better and completely consistant.

5. A 12 pack of Scott tissue (the soft version) will last longer than any other TP and the quality is very good. One 12 pack is good for a month for us so 12 of those and I have a years worth.

6. We use four pounds of coffee a month and 72 family sized tea bags. Also coffee in the plastic cans loses it's flavor in 6 months and is barely fit to drink by the expiration date so I'm now buying the vac sealed bricks.

7. Check the quality of any new food before buying a lot of it.

8. Think long and hard before making those big purchases and only buy things that will improve your quality of life now. The other things can come when you have enough food and meds. The exception may be firearms and ammo. That pricey generator that I would love to have won't do me much good if all I have to eat is two cans of beans and a box of crackers.

9. People think you are a crazy survivalist...they aren't ready to hear why they should prep or spend their extra money on something they don't need this week. Don't get discouraged. Come to places like HT where you can find like minded far sighted folks. Also, never show your preps to anybody outside the immediate family unless you would trust them with your life. If you do, they will really think your off the deep end LOL. On the other hand, get to know your neighbors and their strengths and may need their help someday. You know they will need yours so buy a few extra cases of ramen noodles.

10. You will never fill that prep list because you will always think of something else that would surely be nice to have in SHTF kind of situation.

11. After reading through the other lists I decided to add an extra number to my list. It is only natural to become anxious in the early months of serious prepping. This passes so try to take it in stride and don't let it scare off the whole prepping lifestyle. After living with an awareness of all the possibilities we face for SHTF situations in the world today for a while, you kind of develope a tough skin. Put all that newfound energy to educating yourself and getting prepped...try to make it more like a challenge or a game. The anxiety will resurface ever so often but won't be as scarey but rather motivation to get your preps as complete as you can. Lists were comforting for me too and still are.

1,700 Posts
1- If you are doing it right, then except for fresh kills and garden vegtables you are always eating one year old stuff.

2-You need to date everything and also put the date opened. Something in the fridge with a year old date on it would automatically get toss out if you don't know when you actually opened it.

3-No matter how much stuff you have stocked up you still have to go to the store for something you don't have but need.

4- stocking up saves money.

5-you don't need to worry about TSHTF or storms or anything else if you have done your work right.

6-The only time that stocking up can be a real problem is if you have a flood comming.
No way can you get that stuff all loaded and out of there in time.
7- even if only a couple of inches of water gets in your house you will have to toss all that stuff.

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1) It's difficult to sleep when there's no AC and the dogs use you as a pillow.

2) A small solar panel and a small battery will run a small fan.

3) A gas powered generator is not half as useful as you think it would be.

4) That gasoline not being available for love nor money will coincide with having to use your gas powered generator every time.

5) Hand tools don't need electricity.

6) We use a huge amount of water.

7) Huge amounts of water fall from the sky.

8) I'd be quite happy if all of my meals consisted of soup and bread .

9) We know far more than we think we do, about everything. We just never turn the TV off long enough to realise this.

10) We are all capable of extraordinary things, we just never turn the TV off long enough to do them.

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1.. that I need to buy more TP
2.that my basement is a great place to store everything
3. that i need a propane tank of some sort for heating one room or cooking
4. that I can go for days eating tuna and cottage cheese, but no one else can.
5. that during the winter I will be closing off 2 rooms upstairs--one stoage bedroom and my art studio when not in use.
6. That my bedroom will also be shut up during the day, and open right before bed. i like to sleep cool.
7. I really need to get more medical supplies asa there are oly 3 of us here that have any medical knowledge (one was a medic in Nam) and we may need all we can handle
8. That no of us should forget Tylenol or whatever, Betadine, and lots of other things medically like--

4x4 squares,
blood stoppers
large badnages that stick ot your arm
a BP cuff if you know how to use it
tongue depressors for splints
ace bandages
bandage scissors
seat belt cutter
heat and cold packs--activated ones
powdered charcoal
syrup if ipecac
ora jel
and a good months supply or more of the daily meds you need to take!!!

a quilt or other blanket in the car (for the dog)

I'm done.
I am now knitting wool socks like a woman possessed. Since we are poor, these will be Christmas gifts, along with the hats, mittens, fingerless gloves, scarves and hoods I will knit. Thank God I spun all my own wool last summer.

I really need to get a sub zero coat snow pants and boots--everyone else is okay...
And this is all just for this winter!!!!


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hillsidedigger said:
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Most people think that the future is bright an just getting better and I generally do not even try to discuss it with them.

I agree, no one really gets it. They are happy in their comfort zones.

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1. Never Tell DH where the chocolate preps are stored.
2. Hide the 72 hour kits because DH will eat what ever is in them if he's hungry and they are closer than the fridge.
3. Cans of soda may seem like great comfort foods for 72 hour kits, but they will explode in the summer and the winter and ruin everything thats packed with them.
5. Never buy 100lbs of something you have never eaten, EEEWWWW TVP!!
6. Powdered eggs do not taste like eggs and you must store adequate salsa to dump on top to hide the taste.
7. Never tell anyone before you ask them to move that you have preps because they will look at you and run when they find out you have a ton of wheat to move.
8. Ball has a canning book for a reason, never make up your own recipes it wastes food!
9. 480 #10 cans make a great bed frame for a kind size bed
10. Chocolate dose not store well in car kits.

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1. Store what you use and use what you store. Rotation is important.

2. Water is easiest to store in a covered well with a hand pump.

3. Meat can be canned, but it's nice to know how to store it on the hoof, ready to harvest when it's needed.

4. Bread can be made with egg whites instead of flour, and I have chickens. :)

5. Being prepared isn't just stocking up, it's being as self-sufficient as possible. Growing a garden, raising meat, learning old fashion ways of building and doing things, basically being able to live a relatively normal life if the grid goes down, the stores don't open, and the neighbors go nuts.

6. Expecting the unexpected, and having a plan so you don't end up being a sheeple staring into space waiting for BB to take care of you.

7. Stealth gardening is very hard to do. Most plants will die without being tended regularly, animals find the surviving plants, people spray chemicals and kill plants without even knowing they are there.

8. Doing your best to be ready both physically and mentally to defend you and yours, and continue your lifestyle no matter what happens.

9. Save EVERYTHING. As soon as you toss some piece of junk, you’ll need it.

10. Herbs are for healing, not just cooking.

11. Always be open to learning new things, sometimes a great idea will be missed because you think you already have that subject covered.
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