Time is getting short, you got to get busy!

It’s sure been a interesting watching what has happened the last week and 2013 is just getting started and folks are reacting in a less than positive manner! Hey lets just add an additional challenge gas prices are going up! I don’t know about all of you but I know I have a few projects I will have to adjust because things are changing so fast.

I didn’t think so many people would suddenly find such a desire to own an AR-15 type rifle or extra mags. Perhaps it’s because I was in the Army and carried the M-16 and M-4 for over a decade that the bloom is off that rose. Please don’t think I’m bad mouthing the AR platform it’s a good weapon, but I wouldn’t pay a grand or more for the privilege to carry one. The AK types are great for what they were built for and I wouldn’t pay a grand plus to carry one around either!

People have been in panic mode and buying up everything gun related. I suppose they are a few folks that are looking to make few extra bucks speculating that people will pay anything to get….. I think they overbought and this panic reaction will start to die down a bit.  I hope it taught a few folks about us preaching get ammo, guns and stuff related to them for the last few years that we have shown how right we were in that message.  It’s not about gloating and saying “I told you so”. It’s  about you getting self-reliant and if you have been following the blog and doing at least a few of the things I suggest you would have had plenty of guns, ammo, mags and a good start on all those needs before the price spike. I was at the local farm store and picked up another box of shotgun shells and a box of 9mm for about $13.00 for each box. But that’s about the price I always pay for that ammo and I did not need to buy it if it had gone up in price. The store clerks were remarking how crazy the ammo buying was the last few days.

The same kind of thing we have seen over and over again. Back in 2008 it was rice, even Costco was rationing how much rice a person could buy.  It may get bad as folks have smaller paychecks and I expect food prices to go up a lot this spring. Add in rising fuel and energy costs and and the new Obamacare taxes and mandates people will get peeved.  The PTBs will look for any target besides themselves for focus of that anger. I expect a lot of us that have been warning folks will become targets in the old “blame the messenger” tradition.  That is a lot easier than blaming yourself for being a dupe or actually taking responsibility for your life.

There are still plenty of great buys to be had if you stop focusing on what people are panic buying and shift your focus to other parts of your preps.  If you are willing to drop a few grand on weapons and ammo just think how much of your future daily needs you could get for a grid down or economic collapse for that same money?  If you have some or most the other stuff you will need in the future on hand you can buy/trade for some guns and ammo after the panic buying has subsided!

I have seen the Mr. Buddy Heaters  on sale and I think this is just about the best backup heater on the market today!  Gas and oil are starting to go up again so it’s a great time to rotate and old stored gas and refill those gas cans. Add an extra full propane tank for cooking and or heating, and or 5 gallons of kerosene and some lamps if you don’t have any on hand. Perhaps add a solar oven or some solar panels for a small solar power set up. Top off your oil stove now instead of waiting for next fall.  I think an investment of $200-500.00 could be a heck of a bargain come next fall or winter!

Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink! Look at getting some rain barrels, a good water filter and a few water barrels/jugs  to store your potable water for cooking and drinking. I just got a 50 gallon collapsible rain barrel from Amazon for $35.00 and free shipping. My farm store offer a real nice 50 gallon rigid rain barrel with the spigot installed for about $36.00 that was used to transport olives  so I think it is food safe but I can’t confirm that!  Spring is coming and you could collect a lot of rain water in your barrels for your lawn and garden for the summer.  How about a small laundry system made of 5 gallon buckets, or a janitorial mop bucket and wringer or antique wringer washer?  Investing $300.00 in water/rain barrels,  a good water filter will pay off right away as your water bill should go done or at least stay about even if the cost the utility charges goes up!

Rice, beans, grains and sugar prices have held steady for the last couple of months.  Meat and dairy items are still relatively low price along with jars, pressure canners and dehydrators.   Put some of that money to work today getting stuff to preserve your food without using a fridge or freezer or buy a freezer if you don’t have one yet!  How about a nice smoker and stocking up on charcoal along with some hardwood chips or logs.  I’m starting to see some good buys on canned goods and stuff for holiday meals. Get a bin or two and fill them up with all the canned/dry goods you normally buy for Holiday meals. Most items will last 1-2 years and if the go on sale again after the holidays you just rotate via first in/ first out. Figure about $300.00 for whatever is your most critical need be it food or food preservation you can still get a heck of a big bang for your buck!

I have been getting a lot of 1st aid items as well as some stuff for minor surgery.  Stethoscopes and and some stuff you see in the Doctor or nurses office/station. With the Medical device tax everything from sterile gloves on up will be going up in cost so best to get them now!  I’m fairly knowledgeable on 1st aid from my Combat Life saver course I got in the Army and I’m always learning/keeping up to date for any changes. But let’s say we add a nurse or doctor to the tribe they are going to need supplies.  It’s best that you have the supplies on hand for them to use even if you don’t know how to use those items.  Same thing about getting 1st aid supplies for all your critters. Spending a hundred dollars at a dollar store can get you a lot of vitamins,  OTC meds along with chemical cold/heat packs, bandages, masks, gloves as well as powders, ointments and muscle rubs. You can pickup some nice stuff at your local drug store like BP cuffs, all kinds of scopes the Medical profession uses to look at the “holes in your head”. So another $100.00 invested in the medical devices.

All of that shopping will cost less than $1500.00 which is the less than the going price of most “Assault rifles” if you can find one for sale.  It will also give you and your family most of what you will need for the next 3-6 months and get you quite a few tools for becoming more self reliant. I’m betting a few folks put all that gun and ammo buying on the credit card or took out a loan! Once those bills start hitting the mailbox after the panic has gone away, I think we might see some lower prices coming up in the next few months.  We got the rest of our lives ahead of us so use your brain and don’t follow the herd!

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15 Responses to Time is getting short, you got to get busy!

  1. T says:

    A good supply of sugar, salt (non iodized), white and cider vinegar, along with canning lids for your jars are always a good investment. Even if you only get salt and vinegar, you can use those to preserve a lot a food.
    Miss Violet

    • Jamie says:

      Miss Violet, I have picked up several 50 pound bags of non-iodized salt at Cash & Carry for about $6.00 a bag. I know a lot of people don’t think you need to store that much salt but at that price you might as well have extra on hand.

  2. Reblogged this on doublebhomestead and commented:
    I have been considering a post on all the gun buying panic going on, but all I could really think to say is DUHH! I have been preaching preparedness and taking small steps to stock up and I knew many people did not heed that advice, so now they are suffering the consequences. Your post hit the idea right on the head so I am going to reblog it. Well done!

    • Jamie says:

      double h, Thanks! I don’t panic a lot and there is always something else you need to do or have on hand. Having my goals for the year keeps me focused. Usually when panic buying happens for one item a lot of other stuff in stores gets ignored and then goes on sale.
      If you can be flexible and move on to the next few items it saves you both time and money, plus keeping your brain from siezing up on just one problem.

  3. Excellent post, I reblogged it at my blog doublebhomestead.wordpress.com. Keep up the good posts!

  4. riverrider says:

    well, it is a LITTLE bit about “i told you so”, LOL! saw a thing on texas rice production being hammered. them and arkansas are the biggest producers in the u.s. , no water. a lot of grain producers went with soybeans last year and sold most of it to china and others, so thats a large chunk of next years supply gone there. i got a strange feeling everything is coming together to kick our butts late this year. its like i’m watching a horror flick in slow motion….anyway my advice is FOOD! a 300 dollar shotgun will do in a pinch for security, so buy food and lots of it. i’m stocking up on grain, rice and beans. figure that’ll keep us alive and we can grow/trade for other stuff when our stored extras run out. and salt, they don’t call it salary for nothing. figure on ten times what you think you need. i don’t care how tough you think you are, you’re not gonna watch a child starve, so get enough to feed a few extra. say you get 5 years worth for yourself, another person cuts that in half. so sis, bil and two kids and you’re down to a year at best.toss in granma, things are getting tight. i think we’re gonna need more than a year myself but to each their own. great post, great advise as usual, jamie.

    • Jamie says:

      river, I’m starting to think the 7 years of food that Joseph stored in Egypt is not quite the arbitrary number I thought it was at first.
      I will be adding some more whole grains, sugar, honey, rice and beans to get me to 7 years worth of the staples that can be store for 20 + years.

      • riverrider says:

        good deal. i’m with you on the 7 years, 7 plagues, too much of a coincedence. people have to realize the climate changes over long terms. 100 years ago you couldn’t grow a weed in texas. then a rainy period came along of about 40 years. since then its been slowly going down hill. i think the mayans, aztec, anastasi all perished because of prolonged drought that they hadn’t prepped for. i don’t want to be like them, plus, i might have to feed my militia platoon 😉

  5. Jamie says:

    river, I have a book that talked about the the long droughts going back in time to the Anizazis as well as the Mayans and Aztecs along with our own 1930’s Dust Bowl in the Americas and the average of 7 years tends to happen a lot in history. If you look at many of the cycles like locust, rabbits, predators in nature the 7 year cycle is repeated a lot. Perhaps it is a natural cycle of the land to bring nature back into balance, but it is seems to be to constant to be ignored. There is always a die off be it animals or humans but the survivors are the ones that adapt and or plan ahead.
    Kind of sad us humans seem to need the same lessons again and again even though we have history to look back on to assist our planning. Rabbits don’t have a written history that I know of and go through this cycle and they some how manage to survive as a species. I think us humans as a species will survive it’s just going to suck as we learn some basic truths again and we don’t have any excuse to fall back on but hubris and willfull ignorance.

  6. Karen says:

    I agree with everything said here, but I can’t even imagine 7 years of food for my immediate family-6 adults and 2 kids. Oh well, I’ll just keep chugging along-maybe dig a root cellar?

    • Jamie says:

      Karen I agree it’s a heck of a lot of stuff, I think about the best a person can do is try to get 7 years worth of beans, grain and rice. Then add fruits and veggies that you grow yourself.

      I read about a guy that would store his grain for beer making in 55 gallon metal drums in his garage and even though the temp varied a lot, he didn’t notice any drop in quality.

      A 55 gallon drum will hold about 350 pounds of grain and you can fit about 4 of those drums on a pallet. If you filled the drum with 100 pounds of Wheat, 100 pounds of oats or dent corn, 100 pounds of rice that would cover the grains for 1 person for a year. The last 50 pounds would be beans. That would be about the best I think an average person could store for a bunch of people for the long time frame.

      • riverrider says:

        j, roger that, and those 6 gal superpails stack well too. lotta bita food in a superpail:) stack it and forget it!

  7. Jamie says:

    Karen: now you have done it! Now I want to figure out how to do four 55 gallon metal drums on a pallet. Make 2 of the drums Grains, one drum rice and last but not least one drum of beans. Theoretically that woud be about 1400 pounds total of the basic staples and based on 300 pounds of grain/rice and 100 pounds of beans per person per year that is over 3 years worth for 1 person

  8. Karen says:

    Just did a real quick search- the 55 gallon drums aren’t terribly expensive-very doable!

    • Jamie says:

      Karen, the more I think about this idea of storing bulk goods in 55 gallon drums the smarter and more practical it seems to be. When I changed my water from the soda bottles to the big blue 55-60 gallon water barrels and 4 of those barrels fit on a 4 foot x 4 foot pallet with just a little bit of the barrels hanging over the edge of the pallet. I freed up a heck of a lot of floor space in my basement compared to storing the bottles in a double layer. Plus I was able to store a lot more water with a smaller “footprint”.
      A person could add a sheet of Plywood or fiberboard on top and you could make a start for a storage shelf and counter top/ work space. Or you could add a mattress and bedding for an additional sleep area on top of the barrels.
      With all that mass of grain and water it might even make a respectable start for a bunker/safe area in case of a tornado/hurricane, if you left a little space between the pallets. Have a couple of tie down/ rachet straps to hold the plywood sheet to the pallets and a few bags of sand/salt for overhead protection tossed on when you get a “Storm” warning. Not perfect, but better than just huddling in the bathtub if you don’t have a saferoom or storm cellar.
      If you are storing all the food in food safe bags, use DE and have the barrels up on pallets I don’t think you would have much of a moisture or rusting problems using the metal barrels/drums.

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