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Thinking of purchasing SHTF food and silver (total VANITY)

Posted on 11/13/2012 2:54:29 PM PST by bayliving

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My wife and I have a limited amount (approx $4000) of expendable money and are looking to hedge our bets on the inevitable coming collapse of our economy.

We are looking at getting an 80 day supply of food from "Foodinsurance.com" (if there is a better source for emergency food please let me know) and using the rest of our funds to purchase silver.

We already have the firearms and ammo thing covered.

I just want to know if there is a better use of our limited funds other than food and silver?

1 posted on 11/13/2012 2:54:37 PM PST by bayliving
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To: bayliving
If I am wrong about our economy collapsing please let me know that too.

I would much rather use that money in other (fun) ways if I can.

2 posted on 11/13/2012 2:56:38 PM PST by bayliving (I suffer from democrat induced tourette syndrome...)
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To: bayliving

I think that 14 days to 30 days of food, water and medicine is fine for disaster preparation. I think that more is a waste of time, and I think that purchasing silver (which is historically expensive at the moment), is unnecessary and a poor investment.

If you think we’re on the brink of some sort of Depression or economic reset, my advice would be to spend the money acquiring some sort of recession-proof skill. Go to night school to learn skilled machining, or get your EMT or Paramedic certification. Skills are the best trade goods, and once you have them, no one can take them away.


3 posted on 11/13/2012 3:01:03 PM PST by altsehastiin
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To: bayliving

If I knew what was going to happen with certainty, I would be a gazillionaire.


4 posted on 11/13/2012 3:01:03 PM PST by marvlus
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To: bayliving
Don't forget Seeds, blankets, wood burning stove, and other survivable essentials.

Remember NO GAS, NO HEAT, NO PLUMPING!

Also try http://www.efoodsdirect.com/

They are similar to Food Insurance.

5 posted on 11/13/2012 3:02:14 PM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: bayliving

Do you have a reliable, independent source of water?


6 posted on 11/13/2012 3:04:35 PM PST by Rio (Tempis Fugit.)
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To: Rio
This is the best place I have found: The Ready Store
7 posted on 11/13/2012 3:06:41 PM PST by Free America52 (The White guys are getting pissed off. We beat Hitler Hirohito and Krushchev. Obama will be easy.)
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To: bayliving
I've bought 'storable' food from Costco, online. Can't beat the price on bulk powdered milk, and that's what I use for cooking. I also use the dehydrated stew mix for lots of stuff. Some of the 'storable' foods are crap. Don't buy bulk unless you sample it.

I've got that stuff from Costco, because I'm a cheap barstid, and I use it, not for SHTF, even though it would be handy to have.

Toilet paper is another bulk purchase I like. It's never going to get cheaper, and you are always going to need it.

/johnny

8 posted on 11/13/2012 3:08:18 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: bayliving
I agree with another post that silver is not a good investment for a crisis. If I want a substitute for cash, I'd rather have food, which everyone will want, rather than metal, which has limited practical value.

In terms of food, I like my local grocery store for emergency food. We store what we normally eat - just buy one or more months in advance. Spaghetti is good for a long time, as is rice, canned food, and a long list of other foods that you already eat. It's also cheaper than "emergency food", and you know how to cook it. A pound of starch (whether pasta or rice) has about 1600 calories, almost enough to feed one person for a day. Thus two 20 pound sacks of rice will feed a family for a month (not really, but it's a month's worth of food if it's paired with an equal number of calories from canned tuna/chicken/spam, canned tomato sauce, canned soup, canned fruit, etc. All I would do is freeze the rice and pasta for three days to kill any bugs or eggs, and then store it in a plastic container. Otherwise, the shelf food from your local grocery is ready for your emergency pantry.

If you have a month of emergency food (or three months, or a year) and rotate it with new purchases, eating 1/12 of the stored food every month or two, your stored food is always in date and fresh.

9 posted on 11/13/2012 3:09:09 PM PST by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: bayliving

Nobody knows for sure, but I think the precious metals are due for another rise soon, and I think that silver is probably a better bet than gold at this juncture.

Also, if you’re talking about survival, then I’m not sure how much good a gold bar would be, especially if you’re talking about moderate funds. Most likely silver coins would be a better bet, and nothing fancy at that, but just something you could exchange with real people in the neighborhood.

You might also want to give some thought to useful stuff that will keep, like toothpaste, aspirin, bandaids, toilet paper, soap, razor blades. If the S doesn’t HTF, then you can always use that kind of stuff, and it will probably keep going up in price, so the money’s not wasted. FWIW, I find that beer will keep in a cool place out of the sun for at least a year.


10 posted on 11/13/2012 3:12:04 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: bayliving

Advise to title threads with something like ‘Thinking of purchasing emergency food’, or ‘preparedness food’ and silver’.


11 posted on 11/13/2012 3:15:18 PM PST by ansel12 (Todd Akin was NOT the tea party candidate, Sarah Steelman was, Brunner had tea party support also.)
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To: bayliving

It’s always a personal decision based on what you are preparing for. You build a matrix of what might happen and the impact of what happens vs. the likelihood then direct your resources accordingly.
1. 10 mile diameter asteroid impact is not very likely but devastation would be complete, so you’d have to get off the planet. If you had $4000 Billion dollars you could build a compound on Mars. But since it isn’t likely and you can’t afford to mitigate it, look to see what you can do for another item in the matrix.
2. Bank failures leading to a month of financial chaos, food shortages and urban riots. Given where we are, odds might be 20% that could happen. So extra money (silver), food, and protection (guns and ammo)could help you weather that.
3. SHTF - EOTWAWKI - maybe less than 1% chance, but part of mitigating it overlaps with #2 on your list, so makes sense to start with that prep anyway. You’d have to add some self sustainability, like being able to grow you own food, etc. in this scenario.

Bottom line, you have to eat, you don’t want to end up in the middle of a food riot to do that, or a FEMA camp, so I’d go with as much food as you can store if you are in a safe area, and as much as you can carry with the balance in silver if you are not in a safe area. Even if you have weapons and know how to use them, if you end up having to it will be a bad day.


12 posted on 11/13/2012 3:16:51 PM PST by JTHomes (28th: Congress shall make no law respecting economics , or prohibiting the free exercise of markets)
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To: bayliving

In a serious collapse, silver would be hard to barter with. Generally, silver has value due to manufacturing needs (among others), and in a bad downturn, that would obviously be lacking.

Now gold, in small allotments such as coins, not bars, would have some value in bartering. But, generally you should think of it as a hedge against the devaluing of the currency, not necessarily a SHTF type situation.

But funny you post this, as I’m currently looking into buying gold finally, along with the assorted costs (safe deposit bank rental, insurance on same) which all have a price. But, I finally pulled everything out of the stock market (except for one stock that involves the WAMU bankruptcy, remember that?). Buying of gold is just a hedge, not a alternative to a total meltdown. In that case, yeah, food, water, ammo, medical supplies, although not necessarily in the order...


13 posted on 11/13/2012 3:18:54 PM PST by tickedoffnow (No more...)
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To: Pollster1

“...freeze the rice and pasta for three days to kill any bugs or eggs, and then store it in a plastic container.”

I’m with you on everything else - but have never heard of putting the starches in my deep freezer for 3 days - makes sense though.

I do think a small amount of silver coins would be a good thing - not an investment; just as recognizable currency (well) after SHTF.


14 posted on 11/13/2012 3:20:17 PM PST by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: bayliving

Food is food. By more of what you already eat. If you want to really cover you butt, buy some filler in bulk. 40 lb. bags of rice are relatively cheap.

Make sure you have several firearms and plenty of ammunition. Silver is an iffy proposition. Supposing a real SHTF situation, I don’t care much about precious metals.


15 posted on 11/13/2012 3:25:20 PM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Psalm 73

http://www.google.com/#hl=en&tbo=d&sclient=psy-ab&q=freeze+rice+to+kill+bugs&oq=freeze+rice&gs_l=hp.1.1.0l4.0.0.1.9452.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0..0.0.les%3B..0.0...1c.k6ZlNIGtiVY&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&fp=93c6387f664f6181&bpcl=38093640&biw=1039&bih=719

Google search: “About 2,060,000 results (0.37 seconds)”

It’s not supposed to be perfect, but it helps a whole lot, depending on how cold and how long you freeze it for. I have had bugs on rare occasions in rice/flour/pasta that had not been frozen, but never in something I froze, even when stored for over a year.


16 posted on 11/13/2012 3:28:15 PM PST by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: Rio
Do you have a reliable, independent source of water?

No. We have "city" water. However, I do live close to the bay and have a very low water table so I guess I could dig a hole and dip water out of it to sterilize.

Probably not a good idea though...

17 posted on 11/13/2012 3:30:59 PM PST by bayliving (I suffer from democrat induced tourette syndrome...)
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To: bayliving

Good luck and God Speed!

Before you go blow a bunch of money, read through some online lists/advice like http://www.survivalblog.com/

You’re not the first, so borrow other people’s knowledge.

For my own 2 cents, I’d avoid buying “survival foods” and having them shipped to me. Those companies are good outfits and decent people, but you can do much better economically stocking up in local big stores/discount stores. Just think about it, why would you pay a premium and shipping charges to have a #10 can of rice mailed to you? For MRE’s and the like online it’s fine, but for survival basics just go to the dang store and load up on staples that last. Your study of survival blogs will tell you what to get and how to store it. And as always, integrate basics into your diet before the crunch, so you don’t go directly from McDonald’s to beans and rice with the not too fun digestive consequences. And start gardening!

As for metals, again just my 2 cents, instead of buying some online outfits silver bars or micro mint pieces, just start a silver coin collection if you have that hankering. Pre 1964, let’s say. It’s recognized and likely to be honored everywhere. If the SHTF scenario doesn’t come, you have a nice little investment. If it does, US coins with recognized silver content will be easier to trade than some dubious hunks of metal from Joe’s Website.

JMHO, best of luck to ya!


18 posted on 11/13/2012 3:33:06 PM PST by Will_Zurmacht
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To: bayliving
There are some key essentials when preparing for a SHTF scenario. You've got the right mindset - to be prepared. Beginning with food is a wise move. Wait for a while on the silver, in my opinion. You cannot eat silver.

Don't allow yourself to get overwhelmed by all of the essentials. I, myself, have spent ten years prepping. If I had tries to acquire all that I have now instantaneously back then, I would have sat down and cried and just given up. Plan your purchases, do it briskly but within your means and keep your eye on the objective.

Food Insurance is a decent line, but you can save quite a bit of money by purchasing individual essentials from Emergency Essentials. They are now my ONLY source.

19 posted on 11/13/2012 3:33:14 PM PST by RobertClark (Inside every "older" person is a younger person wondering what the hell happened?)
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To: bayliving

I went to LDS purchased cans lids and oxygen absorbers.
they lent me the canner.

i then bought 50 pound bags of milk flour sugar rice beans and oatmwal. canned them up in a few hours. costs 400.
i have several months of food. most cans last up to 20-30 years..
do not use ox absorbers in sugar.
bought 275 gallon water cistern for 100.00.
bought rain diversion kits for 80 at amazon.
invested in 10 bags of calcium hypoclorite(pool shock 78%) for water treatment. Cost 40.00 . does 100,000 gallons.


20 posted on 11/13/2012 3:35:24 PM PST by Donnafrflorida (Thru HIM all things are possible.)
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To: bayliving

BJ’s, Costco or Sam’s Club. Pallets of canned ham, canned beef, canned pasta, canned soup, canned vegetables that are at least one year away from expiration. It is cheap. It doesn’t look weird to buy large flats of cans. They are easy to stack for storage. You save money over freeze dried while building up stores. It is easy to rotate by using up each layer of the flat. Buy what you’ll eat, then eat some while putting the rest back in a storage location. Canned items also overwhelmingly save effort, since much of it can be eaten without cooking or requiring additional water, a major issue if utilities are shut down.


21 posted on 11/13/2012 3:36:03 PM PST by tbw2
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To: Cicero

Lighters, and smokes.


22 posted on 11/13/2012 3:36:46 PM PST by JCBreckenridge (They may take our lives... but they'll never take our FREEDOM!)
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To: bayliving

www.providentmetals.com


23 posted on 11/13/2012 3:37:00 PM PST by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: JCBreckenridge

And Chew! Here in my part of the Redneck Redoubt a gift of chewing tobacco can earn you a friend for life, if he is out! It stores fairly well and it’s 1/3 the costs of pre-rolled cigs. While not a dipper myself, I can see chewing tobacco as something pretty useful in a crunch type situation for trade or to help those unfortunate souls who are suffering nicotine fits. Now a serious prepper would order some tobacco seeds, but I’m not that serious ;)


24 posted on 11/13/2012 3:46:52 PM PST by Will_Zurmacht
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To: tbw2; All
Thanks everyone!

I have a lot to look over and some very good approaches to "prepping" for what I see as some very bad times ahead...

25 posted on 11/13/2012 3:48:04 PM PST by bayliving (I suffer from democrat induced tourette syndrome...)
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To: bayliving

Food before silver if your budget is limited.

My fave is www.waltonfeed.com

They sell grains, powdered milk, etc. in #10 cans and 6 gal. pails. Some of the stuff will keep for several decades unless you open it.

I bought a grain mill and make my own 8 grain flour with grain mix from them. Along with a bread machine that means top quality, very healthy bread. Keep your flour in the fridge to prevent spoilage (no preservatives).

I also eat a lot of their organic brown rice which I keep in the freezer.

You will save enough money in a year to pay for a pallet of food from them. A few hundred dollars will provide enough basics to feed a family for a year.


26 posted on 11/13/2012 3:48:52 PM PST by darth
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To: bayliving

I am with the others. If $4000 is all you have, then buy food. Everyone has to eat and food will be the ultimate barter good. Buy bulk bags of rice, pasta and lots of cans of tomato sauce, and don’t forget multivitamins.


27 posted on 11/13/2012 3:49:14 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Why is the government more concerned about protecting a microbe on Mars than an unborn baby here?)
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To: Cicero
I’m not sure how much good a gold bar would be, especially if you’re talking about moderate funds. Most likely silver coins would be a better bet, and nothing fancy at that

An ounce of gold is very compact and has tremendous purchasing power but would be useless in a barter situation as how would anyone make change for a $1700 bar of gold?

Coins, preferably of US mint of pre-1964 vintage, are 90% silver. They are easy to recognize, come in small enough increments which makes it reasonable to barter, and are easy to acquire (APMEX for one) any amount from one at a time to sacks of a specified face value, priced at current spot price for silver content.

If your looking for a hedge against hyperinflation either gold or silver bullion is preferred over junk coins. Know your dealer, fake bullion (loaded with tungsten) is out there.

Regards,
GtG

28 posted on 11/13/2012 3:49:23 PM PST by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: bayliving

Gold and silver make you a target (especially for the ruling elite). Seeds, fertilizer, sprayers, garden tools, and food storage equipment are a much better investment. Put in a chicken coop if you have room.

The best investment is to insure that you live among trustworthy people. I moved a few years ago from Suburban DC, to that small community in Kentucky where I grew up. Not much going on here, but I’m surrounded by people I’ve known all my life, and can trust in a crisis.


29 posted on 11/13/2012 3:50:57 PM PST by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: bayliving

For an 80 day supply why not buy stuff you normally eat at the grocery. Set up a spreadsheet noting when the item was bought, what box it is in, and what the expiration date is. After you get to the point where you have six months worth then look at foods that have a shelf life of at least a decade. There are lots of foods in buckets that are not too price. Look at Emergency Essentials, the Survival Mom, efoods, and Capt Daves. Don’t just compare prices, compare calories per day. BTW, for $4,000 you can buy more than a year’s worth of regular food.


30 posted on 11/13/2012 3:51:11 PM PST by rcofdayton
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To: bayliving

google selco bosina shtf. Guy has a survival blog from living in Serbia during the war. One of his comments was how even cash money quickly becomes worthless. If he had spent his money on candles, toilet paper, etc. BEFORE the crisis he would have been in great shape to trade. Although he did mention how early on in the crisis he payed $50 for a loaf of bread.

I recall one of his blogs where he talked about how the women would prostitute themselves for a tin of spam.

note: some people don’t think he is real. However, all of the accounts seem VERY believable, and probably have/do occur in such extreme situations.


31 posted on 11/13/2012 3:55:49 PM PST by 21twelve (So I [God] gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices. Psalm 81:12)
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To: bayliving

Focus on water first. Food grade buckets to collect water from a nearby source, garbage cans for rain water, water for washing. Water filter, like a Berkey for purification. Water storage such as 55 gallon food grade barrels. If you have your own well, try to get an independent power source to run the well.


32 posted on 11/13/2012 4:03:20 PM PST by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est; zero sera dans l'enfer bientot)
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To: bayliving

Oh, one other thing, if you are going to spend 4 grand on “survival”, set aside a few hundred for books/library fines. Why? Knowledge beats gadgets/stuff in the long term.
Get the old reader’s digest Back to Basics, Country Living, etc., browse survival blogs for other good books. Books on gardening, canning, a few simple trades/repair books. Then PRACTICE!

Most people in America today couldn’t sprout a seed to save their lives. Even if they got lucky and somehow grew a garden after SHTF, could they preserve their harvest?

The fact that you are even thinking about the future puts you ahead of most, so best of luck and hope to see ya on the other side!


33 posted on 11/13/2012 4:04:09 PM PST by Will_Zurmacht
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To: tbw2; All

I had a question on canned food expiration dates, my Spaghettio’s are “Best by 10-21-10”, can I still eat them? (I didn’t ever consider having to rotate stock, but never considered some voters were really continually that stupid and the fraud.)

Here’s my search result;
http://www.foodreference.com/html/tcannedfoodshelflife.html

Canned food has a shelf life of at least two years from the date of processing. Canned food retains its safety and nutritional value well beyond two years, but it may have some variation in quality, such as a change of color and texture. Canning is a high-heat process that renders the food commercially sterile. Food safety is not an issue in products kept on the shelf or in the pantry for long periods of time. In fact, canned food has an almost indefinite shelf life at moderate temperatures (75° F and below). Canned food as old as 100 years has been found in sunken ships and it is still microbiologically safe! We don’t recommend keeping canned food for 100 years, but if the can is intact, not dented or bulging, it is edible.

In a well-run supermarket, foods on the shelf will be rotated on a regular basis, so there is continuous turnover. Each canned food manufacturer has a unique coding system. Some manufacturers list day, month and year of production, while other companies reference only the year. These codes are usually imprinted on the top or bottom of the can. Other numbers may appear and reference the specific plant manufacturing or product information and are not useful to consumers.


34 posted on 11/13/2012 4:06:20 PM PST by Son House (Romney Plan: Cap Spending At 20 Percent Of GDP.)
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To: SampleMan

Laterday saints are stocking 2 yrs food....good instructions there..http://lds.about.com/od/preparednessfoodstorage/p/foodstorage.htm.

Silver is historically 15 to 1 with gold so it should be at 114.98 today..if it were following historical trends...


35 posted on 11/13/2012 4:09:20 PM PST by Therapsid (Communism has killed 50-60 Million people in only 50 yrs.)
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To: tickedoffnow
safe deposit bank rental, insurance on same

If it is truly a SHTF event, Banks will be locked up tight in the first few hours making "safe" deposit boxes of little value. Insurance companies will probably be swamped with claims as well and I would have doubts as to any help from that avenue.

Invest in a good safe, bolt it to the basement floor, and keep your own council as to what you do or do not have on hand. You might consider building a false wall in front of the "stash".

Regards,
GtG

36 posted on 11/13/2012 4:10:51 PM PST by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: 21twelve

There is also http://ferfal.blogspot.com/
He documents events during the economic meltdown in Argentina, coming soon to a nation near you!

Wrote a book on how it went down and how people are trying to survive now, but his blog is free with some interesting observations. You don’t have to agree with everything, but it is interesting. Pretty horrific economic collapse tale. Could it happen here? I am beginning to think that the econ collapse scenarios is by far the most likely SHTF event we will face in the next five years.

But I ain’t ruling out mutant zombies.


37 posted on 11/13/2012 4:17:42 PM PST by Will_Zurmacht
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To: bayliving

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38 posted on 11/13/2012 4:19:51 PM PST by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: Gandalf_The_Gray

One thing I would highly recommend is don’t tell anyone what your doing ever - even immediate family members outside of your spouse and kids and sometimes not even them. I have seen them turn crazy abscessed when I showed them some precious metals (only a small amount) and they told everyone. Keep things to your self.


39 posted on 11/13/2012 4:21:57 PM PST by ezoeni
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To: Will_Zurmacht; bayliving

Ditto for alcoholic beverages. A good supply of whisky and wine might help you in bartering in a crisis. Keep it well-hidden.


40 posted on 11/13/2012 4:22:25 PM PST by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: bayliving; All
If you want real milk - get the kind of dry milk that bakeries use. Bob’e Red mill sells them - find a discount store that sells Bob's

I defy you to tell the differece, once mixed and cooled overnight, from regular milk.
Bob’w also has dried whey powder, powdered buttermilk, lots of gluten-free mixes (GREAT pancake mix), buttermilk biscuit mix, corn grits, on and on.

theses are things you can eat regularly, no waste.And they are delicious.

Aslo, you can OVEN CAN them and they will last 20-30 years. Super simple way to store dry goods. Only needs canning jars and an oven.

I would avoid buyng online. There will be record - and if TSHTF, you can get a knock on the door. You are now a ‘hoarder’ not a storer. That makes you a felon - and they will take your food.

Stay under the radar.

I plan by the way I grew up - I’m a great grandmother - on a little farm on a ridge road with no electricity. We lived well.

If you can sell without being ‘under’, you may want to think about moving to where you have your own well for water and a spot for gardening. Or take half your money and make a deal for a piece of land - land is mostly sold through owner finance. If you have a piece of land, even if only a couple acres, with wood and garden space - near some source of water and/or can hand dig a shallow well, put on a pump...put up a shelter, put in a wood stove: shelter, waer, food, heat.

Learn the edible wild foods in the area. Learn how to fish, if you don’t know. Raise chickens for meat/eggs and rabbits for meat. I.e. foods that ‘reproduce” themselves...and good for bartering.

And for G’ds aake, don’t buy MRE’s!

41 posted on 11/13/2012 4:29:06 PM PST by maine-iac7 (Christian is as Christian does.)
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To: bayliving; All
If you want real milk - get the kind of dry milk that bakeries use. Bob’e Red mill sells them - find a discount store that sells Bob's

I defy you to tell the differece, once mixed and cooled overnight, from regular milk.
Bob’w also has dried whey powder, powdered buttermilk, lots of gluten-free mixes (GREAT pancake mix), buttermilk biscuit mix, corn grits, on and on.

theses are things you can eat regularly, no waste.And they are delicious.

Aslo, you can OVEN CAN them and they will last 20-30 years. Super simple way to store dry goods. Only needs canning jars and an oven.

I would avoid buyng online. There will be record - and if TSHTF, you can get a knock on the door. You are now a ‘hoarder’ not a storer. That makes you a felon - and they will take your food.

Stay under the radar.

I plan by the way I grew up - I’m a great grandmother - on a little farm on a ridge road with no electricity. We lived well.

If you can sell without being ‘under’, you may want to think about moving to where you have your own well for water and a spot for gardening. Or take half your money and make a deal for a piece of land - land is mostly sold through owner finance. If you have a piece of land, even if only a couple acres, with wood and garden space - near some source of water and/or can hand dig a shallow well, put on a pump...put up a shelter, put in a wood stove: shelter, waer, food, heat.

Learn the edible wild foods in the area. Learn how to fish, if you don’t know. Raise chickens for meat/eggs and rabbits for meat. I.e. foods that ‘reproduce” themselves...and good for bartering.

And for G’ds aake, don’t buy MRE’s!

42 posted on 11/13/2012 4:29:55 PM PST by maine-iac7 (Christian is as Christian does.)
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To: bayliving; All

If the TSHTF, the real ‘silver/gold’ will be bartering goods, especially food.
a bag of dried vegetables makes a better soup than a silver dollar.
a bar of soap, a box of matches, a candle - a kerosene lamp would worth it’s weight in silver.


43 posted on 11/13/2012 4:33:55 PM PST by maine-iac7 (Christian is as Christian does.)
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To: bayliving

Don’t be an idiot.

Just buy 6 or 10 times what you normally buy of dried and canned goods.

If TSdoes’tHTF you’re saving money on future food bills, if it does you’re ready (food-wise).

So spend the four grand to save.


44 posted on 11/13/2012 4:36:37 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: bayliving; Kartographer
Bay,

Check out this guy. He runs the SHTF ping list and has a preparedness manual (free I believe?).

My advice is make sure you have a few firearms of common caliber and a good deal of ammo before the prices go up.

From there, I recommend adding to your food stores at each shopping trip; I try to use one, buy two (or three) and sometimes more so when there are sales. Buy what you eat and eat what you buy.

It is nice to have MREs for emergency, but you'll want "normal" food too; trust me on that one.

One thing with prepping, it is a marathon, not a sprint. You can always ALWAYS ALWAYS use more; just don't go for broke all in one go.

Lastly, I saw a few folks recommend bulk food....if you go the freeze dried route, be careful of some companies (WISE) that claim a 25 year shelf life, but would be lucky to get 3-5 years.

45 posted on 11/13/2012 4:42:25 PM PST by Repeat Offender (Official Romney/GOP-E Platform - We suck less)
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To: Gandalf_The_Gray

Yep, completely agree, which is why I pointed out to him he should not be worrying about that.

I’m only looking into in case SHTF does NOT happen, but our currency sill gets devalued.


46 posted on 11/13/2012 4:43:23 PM PST by tickedoffnow (No more...)
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To: bayliving

Hands down for silver- Gainesville Coin at gainesvillcoin.com. Best deal online.

Food- Emergency Essentials at beprepared.com. Shipping will usually eat you alive for food. Not here. Good Luck.


47 posted on 11/13/2012 4:50:13 PM PST by rwh
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To: Will_Zurmacht; bayliving

Oh and one other valuable thing to hoard: feminine hygiene products. Most people won’t think of hoarding these, but women will want them in a crisis.


48 posted on 11/13/2012 4:54:03 PM PST by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: bayliving

Instead of silver I would buy Liquor and matches- Easy to store and I could sell these items or barter with them.


49 posted on 11/13/2012 5:03:08 PM PST by Truth2012
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To: bayliving

I drink scotch but am stockpiling quarts of Jim Beam.
It’s quality generic, holds its value, doesn’t go bad and since drunks often seem to be the only ones carted away alive from the catastrophic car wrecks they cause, I’m banking the same for apocalyptic conditions.
Liquid gold, series. But keep your shootin’ iron handy.
(And if things really go south, you’re covered there too.)


50 posted on 11/13/2012 5:06:06 PM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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