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Old 04-04-2012, 02:29 AM
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Hello everyone. I am yet another newbie just wanting to introduce myself. My name is Mandy and I live in a small town in Oregon. No hubby or kids. But I am from a large family. Finding it hard to prepare for when SHTF. Like everyone else money is my biggest set back. Everyone in my family that I talk to agrees that we should be stocking up but then its left at that. Nobody seems to want to help me out with this and I feel that it is essential to stock up. I can say that even if SHTF tomorrow we would be better off than most. My step dad raises pigs for meat, and my grandpa is a gunsmith with many many guns and ammo. Our plan is for everyone to meet up at my mothers house (with gunsmith grandpa living next door). There we have access to a year round creek for water. So that would cover some of the basics. Food,water,and defense. Does anyone have any advice on the best place to start? I was thinking it would be most important to worry about the food aspect first. Such as stocking up on seeds for things that can be easily grown in this area but im not sure?
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Old 04-04-2012, 02:37 AM
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Also I have thought about what my family can gain from trading with neighbors. I figured we could trade pigs for other livestock such as chickens,goats,alpaca's, and horses. These are all animals that are raised by neighbors living near my mother.
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Welcome and Aloha from Hawai'i!

Just do what you can - buy a water purifier first for that creek water. Then begin stocking up on stuff you eat right now. You are definitely at a great start, especially with your whole family acknowledging the need to store and prep! Also, just grow in your knowledge and have things on hard copy.

Like you said, stocking up on seeds with plants that grow well in your area is important. I would begin experimenting with planting so you know what grows well and at what times.

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Just do what you can - buy a water purifier first for that creek water. Then begin stocking up on stuff you eat right now. You are definitely at a great start, especially with your whole family acknowledging the need to store and prep! Also, just grow in your knowledge and have things on hard copy.

Like you said, stocking up on seeds with plants that grow well in your area is important. I would begin experimenting with planting so you know what grows well and at what times.

Welcome once again!
Thank you for the input I plan on stocking up on important things like matches/flints and blankets as well. Luckily my grandma has lived on the same patch of land for decades and has always been a gardener so I am sure she has the knowledge of what grows/when. I will have to sit down and go over those things with her for sure. I also plan on buying some books and printing a lot of information to store in my survival binder as well. And I read that fish mox can be given to humans for infections so I am looking into that at the moment. Hoping to get a good start but it sure is hard with such a limited income! I used to be an avid couponer, I may have to pick up that habit again.
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Old 04-04-2012, 04:26 AM
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Welcome to the Forum from London UK.

I would sit down and brainstorm what the sort of **** The Fan (SHTF) events would take place in your area. Then from this work out all the equipment you would need if the event happened. That is your basic list.

Most work on their Bug Out Bag (BOB) or 72 hour kit first. This is an escape kit that you take with you if you have to leave home for 72 hours. Theres lots of threads on those and examples on You Tube.

This is the acronym I use to help remember the things I need:

FACES SM

Fire - fire starting, lighting, carrying, keeping warm, having light to read by etc.
Aqueous (Water) - Bottles to carry, filtration/tablets,
Clothes - Seasonal clothing, but also specialist stuff (gardening etc).
Edibles - Food but also cooking utensils, kit, stove, carry boxes, pet food etc
Security - Anything needed to secure your area.
Shelter - Tents, sleeping bags, tarpaulings, para cord and so on.
Misc - These are the kits that dont fit in any other section:

Things like FA Kit, Hygiene Kit, Sewing Kit, Pet medicines and grooming, Prescription drugs, spectacles etc.

I would write out your list of things needed to get or learn (skills) and then put them into priority order (must haves, needs, wants) and then work through them.

You can prep on a budget ( I do) but it does take time to do the research on pricing and products. Iv found Amazons reviews are key and then I go look at the other websites like Ebay etc to find the cheapest version.
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Thank you Purdy Bear. Your tips have opened my eyes to more things I need to concentrate on. I agree with the Amazon reviews, I read through them before buying anything! And free shipping is always a big help. I find it very frustrating though, not having the funds. I feel strongly about the need to prep not only for myself but for my extended family, but $700.00 dollars a month doesn't get me very far, especially since my rent alone is $425.00. But I am trying none the less.
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Hi OregonGal,
I live in Klamath Falls, also a small town! LOL
Couponing is a good way to get started prepping. Just buy extra stuff when you have a coupon and it's on sale!
I'm new to prepping also, but I have been finding good prepping items at my local thrift stores. I'm still looking for a vacuum pack food saver though. I did find a very nice pack to use for my "BOB" (bug out bag). I also found an extra pair of tennis shoes to thru in my pack. It's a good place to find wool blankets also. Today I found some plastic canvas sheets to make trays out of for my Nesco food dehydrator. I purchased it on sale last week at Freedies.
There is a lot of info out there on the forums and on youtube. As for prepping on a budget...you can do it.... a lot of us do! Julie
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Thank you Julie Once I get the main items i need for prepping I will be looking in thrift stores for things as well. Planning on stocking up on lots of blankets for the winter time. I appreciate the encouragement. It can be discouraging because I am the only one in my family actively trying to prep.
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Welcome the the group (and esepcially the ladies group!) I used to be on this board a couple years ago and kind of gave up "prepping" and have come back to it full force and I love the girls in the group here!

It sounds like you have a good destination spot, water and food is IT. My personal belief is that no one is going to have anything I want to trade for because we're learning to live more simply. everything has become so out of hand in the world with the bad economy and fuel costs that my focus as Mom (I'm married too - but I am inspired to do this because of kids) has been to learn everything that I can about making our own food. Since you mention seeds, get some. Grow some stuff and save the seeds from your foods this year for next year. Basically we are working toward a place for our family that we dont have to go out and buy seeds or collect seeds because we have a nice garden space (and you don't need acres and acres to do that either!)

I'm ranting. Everyone here is friendly and can offer information on various things so take advantage and ask questions. Good job getting involved.
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I'll just add this to the discussion. I'm not sure if you know about this in relation to the seeds for your garden, but look for 'heirloom' or 'non-gmo' seeds. From these you can harvest the seeds and the next year you will get the exact same produce. Any of the genetically modified seeds out there, which are most, will not produce the same from last years seed = fail. Hoping to help anyone I can.
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Would those seeds keep or do you have to plant them the same year you get them and then store the seed.

I know the seeds can be frozen, but how long do they last in the freezer.

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Welcome. You'll find a lot of resources on these boards to help you out.

You're good on ammo and guns, pretty good on water but I'd stock some extra because you never know when that creek could be contaminated or dry.

If you're going to stock seed, do you know how to garden? Try planting a garden now, while you can practice and if you're not familiar with canning I'd learn that skill as well. Gardening and being able to preserve what you grow are important skills.

Also, stock up on what you eat normally. When I go grocery shopping I pick up extra cans of whatever is on sale that we like and add it to the pantry. Often I don't have to shop for canned veggies or fruits, muffin mix, spaghetti sauce, etc until they go on sale again. I save whatever extra money I didn't spend buying this stuff on a regular basis and when it goes on sale again I've got the money to take advantage of it.

There are certain stores here that offer good prices on things, but I wouldn't shop there for whatever reason. My daughter goes through the store ads and makes a list of stuff we'd buy and then goes to walmart and price matches stuff there and this helps a lot with the grocery bill as well as keeping the pantry well stocked.

Good luck!
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Would those seeds keep or do you have to plant them the same year you get them and then store the seed.

I know the seeds can be frozen, but how long do they last in the freezer.

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The seeds are just seeds so they will store in the freezer as soon as you get them unless they have sprouted in the mail or however you obtain them. I ordered all of mine from gurneys.
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