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04-12-2020 06:44 PM
BearCreekBees I thought of a couple more things that we should have had. I leave most of our financial dealings to hubby as I have neither the time nor the interest to deal with it. But we do talk and we make a lot of decisions together- like how much cash to keep in the safe. Well, we have cash, but I never thought about keeping some of it in small bills. So early on I wanted to send some N95's to a friend who lives in another town. I called the post office to find out how much it would cost but they could not tell me the exact amount so I was not able to leave the package and a check in the mail box as I normally would. I really did not want to drive into town to take the package to the post office. I decided to just leave the package in our mailbox with some cash- the postman will mail the package and bring change the next day- no problem, right? Except that I realized that we did not necessarily want to touch any money. I was able to scrounge enough in small bills so that we did not have to open the envelope with our change- it went straight into the "mail van" (one of our vehicles that we are not using now since we are not driving very much- hubby uses it to "decontaminate mail and packages. Hopefully!). We have now sent three or four packages this way and realize that we should have converted some of our cash into small bills so that we could make small purchases with a minimum of cash exchange.

The other thing that we should have had was some home-canned dog food. When I make chicken broth I save all of the bones and use them again to make a bone broth for the dogs- along with the bones and broth they get whatever meat/fat/gristle was not picked off the bones after the first round of broth-making. I can this meat/broth mixture, which is about 75% broth and 25% meat, and use it on top of their kibble as an extra source of nutrition and as a bit of a treat. But this is really just a treat- I now realize that I should always have at least 200 quarts of meat/veggie/broth sitting on the shelf for emergency meals for the dogs- and I plan to start working on that next deer season.

I had always imagined that in an emergency I would be able to scavenge road killed deer/squirrels for extra dog food, but I found out the second week of this pandemic that, in our area, where there are normally loads of roadkilled deer, there have been virtually none on the two roads that I usually see them on- and I know that because I went out and looked. I guess that with people driving so much less the deer are getting hit exponentially less- and maybe some people are picking them up for their freezers or for their own dogs. So much for that great idea!
04-12-2020 06:15 PM
BearCreekBees
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Originally Posted by MissFilthyPrepper View Post
I went a bit overboard beginning the second week of January. Bought probably $500-600 worth of medical supplies (tapped some HSA funds for those). Everything from Chucks, bandages, scissors/various tools, skin stapler, suture kits, eyewash station, etc. Topped up OTC medications, switched RX to 90 day mail order. Ordered 100 rolls of TP and 60 of paper towels (well before the mad rush). Couple of Sam's runs to top off the freezers and pantries. Got socks and underwear for the whole family and shoes for the kiddos in their current size and 2 sizes larger.

The only things I am not happy with is the amount of all types fuels and ammunition on hand here. Been bugging hubby to buy additional ammo for all the calibers of guns that we don't keep excessive stock of. He says no, we're good. I have 1000 rounds of 7.62. Dude, really, how about 1000 rounds of EVERYTHING?????

For the poster earlier who mentioned that they have condensed milk and no one likes it. Google coffee creamer recipes made with it. If you like that sort of thing, it comes out really good.
Ha! I am constantly after my husband to buy more amm0- my standard is a minimum of 10,000 rounds of each caliber just for our own use, plus extra for bartering, supplying friends and neighbors, whatever. When we get a little extra cash I always ask if ammo is on sale anywhere. Plus, he reloads some of his ammo so I am constantly reminding him to stock up, stock up, stock up on components.

I don't think it is possible to have too much ammo- unless you live in California.
04-12-2020 09:11 AM
georgeg oddly enough the first thing that jumped out at me when things started getting iffy was my failure to stock tire repair plugs/ patches. so naturally ........... low tire. have air sources but lacked plugs. corrected now in a minimal fashion until later.
04-12-2020 07:44 AM
Sky1950 Flour... I have mega mounds of rice, beans, corn etc all staples except i forgot about flour because i was looking into grinders and getting info on best brand of grinder... whether to buy manual or electric (90% going with manual) type, I got distracted and never came back to it. Now when this is over, I am picking up a grinder and getting some grains for long term storage. Luckily bread was never completely out but seriously short supply.

PS... I see several people talk about cash. I have always kept 8 weeks worth of living expenses in cash hidden in the house. Enough to cover every standard monthly bill or expenditure over 2 months. I did this long before I knew what "prepping" was. I have never regretted it.
04-12-2020 07:39 AM
Buffy As soon as they are available, I’ll get another freezer.
I’ll add more propane tanks.
04-12-2020 07:20 AM
cpttuna This pandemic has given me a chance to rethink things. I got a good chance to see what disappeared from stores and is now hard to come by. I also finally got around to see what i had actually on hand of some things, and also took care of a few projects(like filling propane tanks) before a lot of stores closed. You can't have everything on hand,but you sure can do some things to make your situation better. Finally, I went to the bank and got more cash to have at home. Cash in the bank is not the same as having it in your hand.
04-11-2020 08:27 PM
MikeK
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Originally Posted by merlinfire View Post
Prescription meds is a problem that's hard to overcome legally. At any point that a SHTF occurs that disrupts access, we'll be SOL if we need it. Antibiotics can be overcome, with enough money. Other stuff can be difficult. Best to try to adjust lifestyle to compensate as early as possible, if it can be done. For the rest....if I relied upon some inexpensive-but-prescription-only meds, I'd probably investigate some foreign suppliers, either Canadian or Indian.
I've ordered a lot of stuff from India in years past. It's far cheaper than here and you can order all sorts of things you currently need, or may end up needing.
04-11-2020 07:15 PM
MikeK
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Originally Posted by Pabstman View Post
I'm drinking milk from jan of 2019. Gossner milk. It stores on the shelf until you need it. I buy it at dollar general.
I like that stuff, but it gels up after a couple years. I was hoping it would last longer.
04-11-2020 01:55 PM
MissFilthyPrepper I went a bit overboard beginning the second week of January. Bought probably $500-600 worth of medical supplies (tapped some HSA funds for those). Everything from Chucks, bandages, scissors/various tools, skin stapler, suture kits, eyewash station, etc. Topped up OTC medications, switched RX to 90 day mail order. Ordered 100 rolls of TP and 60 of paper towels (well before the mad rush). Couple of Sam's runs to top off the freezers and pantries. Got socks and underwear for the whole family and shoes for the kiddos in their current size and 2 sizes larger.

The only things I am not happy with is the amount of all types fuels and ammunition on hand here. Been bugging hubby to buy additional ammo for all the calibers of guns that we don't keep excessive stock of. He says no, we're good. I have 1000 rounds of 7.62. Dude, really, how about 1000 rounds of EVERYTHING?????

For the poster earlier who mentioned that they have condensed milk and no one likes it. Google coffee creamer recipes made with it. If you like that sort of thing, it comes out really good.
04-11-2020 01:33 PM
neiowa Fortunately this was slow motion thing so was able to fix the shortages. Except backup for the well. Which of course, have a leak develop in the plumbing (deep well with a jet pump). So poor flow/pressure. Going to attempt a temp fix as not the time to risk being down.

For chainsaw purchases I highly recommend the DeWalt Flexvolt electric (60v 16" bar). LOTS power and great capability. Quite which is a very good thing tactically (vs a 2cycle screamer). Don't even need earpro. BUT chainsaw chaps won't even slow it down (too much torque compared to a 2cycle)
04-11-2020 12:31 PM
merlinfire
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Originally Posted by Sue Doh Myn View Post
1. Full face respirators, with filters. Just couldn't justify the cost for the ones I wanted. Had some disposable dust & N95 masks on hand, but more for evacuating from smoke than a months long virus.

2. Prescription medication. At the mercy of the system, and have from 1 week to 6 months supply at any given time.

3. Dogs. Can't have any where we are at, but should have been moving this summer. Not sure how much this will delay that.

4. Cash. Had money in the bank, but was able to hit up the ATM before things got to restricted.
Prescription meds is a problem that's hard to overcome legally. At any point that a SHTF occurs that disrupts access, we'll be SOL if we need it. Antibiotics can be overcome, with enough money. Other stuff can be difficult. Best to try to adjust lifestyle to compensate as early as possible, if it can be done. For the rest....if I relied upon some inexpensive-but-prescription-only meds, I'd probably investigate some foreign suppliers, either Canadian or Indian.
04-11-2020 12:06 AM
Sue Doh Myn 1. Full face respirators, with filters. Just couldn't justify the cost for the ones I wanted. Had some disposable dust & N95 masks on hand, but more for evacuating from smoke than a months long virus.

2. Prescription medication. At the mercy of the system, and have from 1 week to 6 months supply at any given time.

3. Dogs. Can't have any where we are at, but should have been moving this summer. Not sure how much this will delay that.

4. Cash. Had money in the bank, but was able to hit up the ATM before things got to restricted.
04-10-2020 11:01 PM
BearCreekBees The big thing we fell down on was dog food. We normally feed raw, but feed kibble when our show dogs are on the road so we had a few bags on hand. But our four 90 pound Rhodesian Ridgebacks seem to burn through the kibble when they are all eating it. sigh. We had tried to buy it in Feb but both of the stores we get it from were sold out because they had it on sale (we feed two different brands). Luckily we got rain checks from both stores and when they restocked they kept the bags we ordered in the customer service area and called us to let us know it had arrived. I had to break lockdown 2 weeks in to go get it, but I got enough to last 3-4 months at least.

And milk, which we simply had no room in our freezers for. Big problem at the start of a pandemic, right? Not enough room in any of our four deep freezes or two combination fridge/freezers for an ice cube, let alone a supply of liquid milk. I got seven cases of shelf stable milk at Costco and wished I had gotten 20 of them! But they do expire, and they were very close to the expiration date and so were on sale. Reg price $14.97, marked down to $4.97. I was able to get 5 gallons of fresh milk when I went back for the dog food- and by then we had made room in our freezers because we had been feeding the dogs their raw meat/bones during the interim.

We did purchase a few small things through amazon once the pandemic was underway, but they were things we could have survived without.

The only other biggie is fuel. Our two 300 gallon bulk tanks are empty because hubby wanted to replace the shut off valves on them. The valves just arrived yesterday so he will get them replaced right away. Luckily we can still get fuel, and at a lower price than if we had ordered it a month or two ago. But this has been a pretty "civilized" pandemic so far, for us. It could have been much worse, in which case we would have definitely been caught out on fuel.

The dogs could survive on people food if they had to, so even without the dog food run we would have been okay, but I prefer them to eat meat/bones or kibble as long as we can get either of those.
04-10-2020 06:41 AM
ackbob I found a few things that were slacking as things progressed - mostly toilet paper and paper towels because the bride had decided we did not need as much on hand.

That has changed. There will also be more cured meats on hand for sure - got to keep proteins on hand. Have not dig into the freeze dried food so far and hope to not have to but there will be more of that coming once/if things stabilize
04-10-2020 01:19 AM
bunkerbuster Fortunately I have had a foot locker full of pandemic PPE for years.
I wish I had 4X that much now.

A couple years back a few family members laughed about the box full of swim goggles I bought at a goodwill store for very little money. They aren't laughing about it now.

04-09-2020 02:08 PM
merlinfire
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Originally Posted by Pabstman View Post
I'm drinking milk from jan of 2019. Gossner milk. It stores on the shelf until you need it. I buy it at dollar general.
we bought quite a bit of evaporated milk when this was all starting up. we probably have enough evaporated milk to make 4 or 5 gallons of regular milk.

but once this is all over, i plan on getting one of those LTS buckets of powdered milk, and an equally large bucket of powdered eggs.
04-09-2020 08:46 AM
Arizona Tom
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Originally Posted by Ole Grunt View Post
Can’t beat the Honda’s for smaller scale. They’re expensive, but like their cars, the tend to run forever. If you want something bigger, like something to run your entire house on, Generac makes a good product. They too are pricey, but you get what you pay for. For a few appliances, I would recommend the Honda.
I often think do I need a generator as good as the Honda no doubt it's the best but you can find a Wen generator for 40% of the price of the Honda, will it last as long probably not but if the Honda last 30 years and the Wen last 25 isn't that good enough?

I'd get the Wen generator for $400 if I needed one, right now I have a Champion that I bought for $100 8 years ago and it's been running great I change the oil one a year and start it up 2x a year to make sure it runs well.
04-09-2020 08:34 AM
Pabstman
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Originally Posted by PromptCritical View Post
The big one for me is who sells local milk? My neighbor has chickens for eggs and I am thinking about doing the same. The chicken coop that was here when I moved in was falling apart. A good wind storm likely would have crushed the chickens to their death so I tore it out and need to replace it.

But, again, local milk is the big issue if major, major SHTF.
I'm drinking milk from jan of 2019. Gossner milk. It stores on the shelf until you need it. I buy it at dollar general.
04-09-2020 08:26 AM
Tac Medic
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Originally Posted by TobyDog View Post
Overall, pretty good. But I completely missed disinfectant wipes. Bought about a half dozen containers of Clorox wipes at the last minute, but would sure like to have more. I haven't seen a single container of them in any store since this thing hit.
Save the containers when empty!!!

My little bride took the blue type "shop towels" that you get on a roll from TSC or any automotive section, trimmed them down just a bit and saturated them with diluted Clorox.
04-08-2020 08:46 AM
woowoo2
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I was pretty well set except for wet wipes, which I use for home care. I have some but not a whole lot and they are impossible to find.
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