Skip to comments.10 Lower Prices Solutions to Survivalism
Posted on 04/05/2013 7:00:51 PM PDT by Kartographer
A few ways to make preparedness fit your budget a bit better.
1. Prioritize. I know this is is a far bigger thing and really arguably negates the rest of the article but I do need to touch on it briefly. Choosing preparedness stuff instead of other things is a very valid option. I find it easier to have the goal in mind and do the math working towards it. Example doing the math that at 4 bucks a pop you would need to choose drip from home instead of fancy coffee 15 times to get the medium fixed blade knife you want or 10 nights out at $50 a pop to buy a rifle or whatever. For me this makes it a choice to prioritize that specific goal instead of just general budget tightening which kind of sucks.
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Johnny PING! Post #3 this thread!
It has an optional water coil and/or an optional water reservoir. We are getting the coil to attach to a tank w/ 2 heat exchangers....one to feed infloor heat to supplement or replace the geothermal system and one to attach to a future source...solar or boiler or whatever.
I lived in a cabin at altitude in Idaho for six years back in the early ‘70’s. No electric, no piped-in water. A good wood cookstove makes life grand.
Will this beauty be your primary cooking source? Inquiring minds... :)
What kind of stove pipe are you getting? We’re looking at triple wall but it’s very pricey.
I’ve got my grandmothers wood cook stove. She cooked many a biscuit in that stove.
If not, it will be a close second. We have other options at the moment.
Chimneys are very pricey. We are getting a triple wall chimney which is darn-near required in the US. Beware of insurance company costs prior to deciding.
We’re looking at Duravent which is handled by Home Depot. It’s one of the big four chimney manufactures and is most convenient for our rural location.
I love it.
Best bread I ever baked was on a wood-fired mud brick oven in NM at altitude, but the second best was on a store-bought cast iron wood stove that was pre-civil war.
Modern cooks mainly wouldn't have the patience to deal with it, but it sounds like yours found a good home.
All day pork roasts... all day beans... mmmmm. And heat for the house, besides.
Yeah, so we’ve found. We knew local codes demanded it but I was curious about elsewhere.
We got the stove for free. None of my cousins wanted it as it looked a little too much like work. But the idea of spending $1000 for stove pipe is kind of scary. We’ve started the stove pipe cash envelope though so hopefully before next winter we’ll have enough.
“They’re from the government and they’re here to help” or so I’ve been told. There’s a point at which one must start putting an equal amount in envelopes and then, when sufficient cash has been collected, self insure.
This looks like my grandmothers. Minus what looks like a water reservoir on the right hand side.
Very nice! I hope you get it hooked up and get to enjoy its utility as well as its looks.
I suggested to my wife that instead of buying more 5.56 for the AR, I should get an AK-47. Based on ammo cost, about 2,000 rounds of 7.62 would save enough to pay for the AK.
Umm, she didn’t jump at the idea. I don’t understand, it seems so sensible to me.....
I was dumbfounded none of my cousins wanted it. One kind of hemmed and hawed she might want it for ‘decoration’. But when her boyfriend tried to pick it up that little discussion ended. LOL. My stove is a bit smaller than the one in the picture. I think. It’s difficult to judge based on those pictures.
My grandmother got it in the cold war in the early 70’s. She used it in the summer to can her veggies though. She didn’t have it in her house but she did build a little ‘canning house’ behind the main house. If the sky had fallen we could easily have set up beds out there to stay warm and had hot food besides. My grandmother was a prepper before prepping was cool.
We’re just trying to save money on electricity bills.
The reason I brought my AK 74. I brought it 3 years ago with 3 magazines less than $350. Now it’s hard to find them at $700
Found a new one at my local shop for $899. WPA classic at around 40 cents a round versus AR at 80 cents and up, not hard to do the math.
An AK at $400 (not going to happen) would really be a no brainer. Watched it get knocked down in 20 seconds, it was all I could do not to buy it right then. Fear of my wife was all that kept me from doing it.
But my local store has WPA classic .223 at $460 a thousand which goes through the AR fine, I think he’s making the real money on cleaning supplies now that I’m using it.
Unfortunately, I have to pay a large amount (to me) of income tax and didn't realize that was going to happen (I lost a deduction due to husband's death). That has to be paid by April 15, of course. How do Hussein's people who work in govn. in Washington, owe millions of dollars in income tax and don't get thrown in jail? I remember hearing several months ago how much those people owe in back taxes. If I didn't pay mine, ON TIME, you can bet the IRS would be after me. Anyway, April is pretty much shot for buying a large amount of preps. When I have to go to the grocery, I buy the cheapest paper towels and toilet paper to store. I buy both every time I hit the grocery. I have scaled back buying more expensive food and get simple food so that extra can go for more prep food.
I am cutting every expense possible to have more for preps like the guy says in the article.
I keep the house temperature at 75 during the day and I must have it at 70 at night in order to sleep. Most days and nights have been cool so that saves on the power bill but that is going to change soon in southeast Texas.
What I'd like is an incinerating toilet (or some other way of burning the waste without having to carry it anywhere first), that uses twigs instead of electricity.
Anyone have experience with anything like that?
If not, I can put my inventor’s hat back on. There's a lot of work to be done on this idea, but I could come up with something handy.
I am so jealous!
I’m working on a rocket stove set up from an old propane cylinder. Karts ammo can stove is a beauty but I want a bigger rig.
Gifting to yourself or spouse is one thing but you don't want to advertise you're prepping.
I delayed keeping my canned corn stocked due to the budget and now our one and only grocery doesn't stock the cheap brand. The best lower priced solution is to keep abreast of situations.
That is one impressive stove. I’m not entirely sure where I could add that to my house, though I do have a woodstove in the basement that could be a good location.
Just a heads up:
We just noticed that some of our Clorox bottles were the “X2” version, and some were the “low splash” version.
After reading the fine print we discovered that only the “regular” Clorox should be used for water purification. The low splash version has something else added to reduce splashing, and the “2X” version is hydrogen peroxide. We don’t want either one in our water.
Side Note: We stock a bit of Clorox for short term water purification needs, and granular swimming pool chlorine for longer term use. If you get the granular stuff you can solve the long term chlorine storage problem (Clorox starts losing effectiveness after about six months of storage). Be sure to get the right kind of granules.
(Our own granules are stowed away and hard to get to right now and I don’t remember the details, so someone else will need to provide that info.)
I believe the granules- come with Algecide (sp?) or non Alegicide- If I remember correctly- for water purification one would need the non algecide version
Beautiful stove. I’m hoping to get an amish farmhouse when we move in three (!) years. (We’ve now narrowed it down to 3 years, unless something unforeseen happens - yeah!).
Amish houses tend to come with woodstoves. And lovely barns and outbuildings as well.
And they are typically smart enough to have added electricity, for resale purposes.
That's a good idea - there is a dollar store very near me. I'll do it. I go through so many paper towels I had worried about running out in an emergency.
Wow - making our own bricks wasn’t even something I thought of.
The Italian pizza oven needs to get to around 800-900 degrees. I wasn’t sure what kind of bricks could withstand those temperatures.
I'm making sun-dried mud bricks, though, and I'll just patch if they crack. I've got plenty of material.
Make a mud slurry with the clay and slap it on. Repeat as required.
I can promise you that the Mestizos don't go to a lot of trouble making their bricks. It's not high-tech.
ok, thanks. Sounds like he can just go ahead and make one and save us thousands of dollars ;)
Well, we won’t be making our own bricks. That should make it a lot easier.
I never even considering doing so! You are one of a kind, Johnny. I’m waiting for your book because your mind operates in ways different than most - you catch me by surprise often ;)
When that project starts, and if I'm still around ping me, and I'll give you the benefit of all my screwups so you can made different ones.
I’m hoping it won’t happen until I’m ‘ready’, but....
In the meantime I have a mountain retreat as a backup. And won’t sell it until we have the homestead with plenty of acreage. But mountains aren’t great for growing things so I hope things will collapse slowly, ala Weimar, instead of overnight. But, it’s all in His time, isn’t it? When I get nervous, I try to remember that fear and faith cannot coexist, and that I need to drop the fear.