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Old 10-18-2011, 11:31 PM   #301
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I washed out my 5 gal. Coleman water containers this morning. I also moved a bunch of canned goods around to more easily identify what we have. I moved four boxes of canned goods that are dated '09 &'10 to the basement. They can either be used first or used for barter.

I bought two wool army blankets at a yard sale a while back and just picked them up from the cleaners. For what it cost to clean them I could've bought new ones.

I dug out an old corded telephone and put it here in the cave for just in case.

I picked up some more Hydrogen Peroxide, Hydrocortisone cream, Oral analgesic gel and antibiotic ointment.

I bought some old fashioned spring trap mousetraps and I also picked up a couple more Mini 14 mags.

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Okay, don't laugh...I am fairly new to some of this. I bought some waterproof boots after learning last winter that 'water resistant' boots meant I had to also stick my feet in plastic bags while shoveling snow.

It seems to me that a quality pair of waterproof shoes is very important.

Yeah, sticking my feet into ziplock bags before putting on my boots is a little funny in hindsight. It wasn't so funny at the time.

The lady at the store recommended the ones I ended up buying- she said she has a pair and they are also well insulated and can withstand low temperatures.
Not funny. Dry (and warm) feet are a serious thing. My boots were old and leaked (just like me...haha) so a couple of weeks ago I got a new pair of insulated and waterproof boots (Chippewa's) We'll see how they do when the snow flies. Didn't think of them as a prepping item but I guess I am prepping for winter.

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BTW, this place has some excellent quality boots on sale for dirt cheap: BotachTactical.com

I bought these for $19.95 Corcoran 4000 Safety Toe Boots - Clearance

and these for $29.95 Matterhorn 1266 Mach Boots - Clearance

With Free Shipping!!!

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BTW, this place has some excellent quality boots on sale for dirt cheap: BotachTactical.com

I bought these for $19.95 Corcoran 4000 Safety Toe Boots - Clearance

and these for $29.95 Matterhorn 1266 Mach Boots - Clearance

With Free Shipping!!!
Great find on these Boots CA. I have now taken several of my officers to this site so they can order affordable boots.
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Great find on these Boots CA. I have now taken several of my officers to this site so they can order affordable boots.
I hope they all have freakishly small feet like CA357.......just sayin'
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Oddly all the females and 2 of the males do have small feet. I found a pair of size 12 though.

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Default Expanded my plans

I had posted earlier about expanding my plan. I've created a spreadsheet. It won't be much use after the SHTF, but one of my many skills is planning. It'll allow me to be better prepared for when it hits. The compulsion to plan is can be a curse at times, much like my ability to wake up at 5:50 every morning without an alarm clock, but it is what it is.


1. Estimate what I'll need to survive for a year, then multiply by 1.5.
a. Not just food. matches, propane tanks, storage, etc.
b. This will allow me to hunker down until it's safe to find a place to homestead. I'll be able to hold out at least until the beginning of the next growing season. at which point, I have the skills to make it.

2. Estimate the cost of what will be necessary to put aside
a. putting money away for a retirement that I'm unlikely to live to enjoy is a waste of valuable resources. I'll stock up for the lean times. At least I know where my money is. Further, I'll be spending money while it still has value.

3. create a purchase plan
a. How much can I afford on a biweekly basis. I shop once every two weeks. This is how much I need to spend live for the next two weeks. This is how much I need to spend for another month of prep.
b. I shop sales. Whether it's store brand cans of condensed soup, jugs of bleach for water purification, little propane tanks, 10 lb bags of rice or beans. Whatever if it's on the list, and on sale, I toss a couple in the cart and they go right into the basement pantry.

Right now, I'm good for about 4 months on just food, so about 1/3 of where I want to be. Water is still an open question. I've got a couple weeks worth but I'm researching filters as well and purification is at the top of the list.

Based on "The Plan", if we can stave off Armageddon for another 3 months, I'll have my year of food and water and perishables.

Anyone who wants to take a look at my preparedness spreadsheet, PM me and I'll be happy to email you a copy.

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20x progesso soup (on sale $1.49 @ wally world)
1x 7 gal aquatainer
2x wool blend blankets
2x stone knife sharpeners
1x block style diamond knife sharpener with different grit on each side
4x 8 LED Flashlights
4x 1 lb propane tanks
1x Bear Grylls Gerber large folding knife with sheath ($30 couldn't resist)
1x vaccum sealed Quikclot
1x 100% Deet spray can ($1 on clearance)
1x Military tourniquet
1x Stethoscope
1x Blood pressure cuff
2x Dentemp-temporary filling repair
1x 6 piece set of dental tools
1x throat mic/invisible ear piece for my dual band radio
1x mini antenna for the same radio
2x Dynamo LED flashlights
1x Custom AK47 and added some goodies to it
1x new mainspring housing with mag well for my 1911
1x new set of custom grips for my 1911
1x JOIN or DIE ejection port cover for the AR15
1x never quit grip for the ar15




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Hey drgonzo, wat did you use to paint that AK and how hard was it to do. I have a WASR10 and got it ready to go with new collapsible stock alluminum quad rails and a more egronomic pistol grip. Would love to give it a pain job just for kicks!

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Love the SAW grip on the AK. That would feel real natural to me.

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