I checked out some of the prices for the beans at Cash & Carry and was pleasantly surprised by how much I can get for about $100.00. The shopping list is a mix of Black beans, great northern beans, split peas and lentils. Doing this mix I can get 175 pounds on the start of the “drum” and that is a lot more than I thought I could get on a my start for the bean barrel. If you are just getting started on building your “pantry” of food you can start off with 5, 10 or 25 pounds and repackage the food in another bag with a little DE and place in a Tupperware type bin for storage. That is how I started out on my prepping and I still use those bins. The ten and eighteen gallon bins hold a lot of stuff, fit great in a closet and don’t look like you are prepping if you nosy kids and people over. Food buckets, shelves full of canned food will sort of stand out. Plus if you are located in a place where you need to bugout the 10 gallon bins are easy to move to your vehicle and can be used for rain water collection, a small sink/tub, laundry or use for starting plants.
I’m blessed that God decided to smack up side the head to wake me up a few years ago. I have plenty of food already in the pantry and I can dedicate almost all of my monthly food budget to this project. It might sound a bit odd me getting so thrilled by getting these barrels done. But for me the peace of mind and the reduction in stress is worth more than all the toys, gadgets and the other stuff that people think means you are rich or succesful.
I have always found Joseph from the Old Testement in the Bible a very intriguing character. He is a bit of a jerk, a trickster and counted on other people’s sense of honor and integrity in order to get what he wanted. Even as a kid I wondered “Why am I being told this story” and why is Joseph consider a bit of a hero of the Bible. I was lucky that I had a pastor that explained that God could use anyone for his purpose and that even heros are human and have their flaws. I think that helped me a lot when both good and bad things happened to me as that is how life works. God didn’t love me more when good things happened in my life and he didn’t love me less when bad things happened!
Perhaps this is why I am on the seven year food storage idea! I am in very good shape compared to many people as far as preparing for the future. But I think the feeling I got was another smack upside the head from God saying stop comparing if yourself to others, get back to work so that you can be a blessing to others. As flawed and handicapped as I am physically and finacially, if I can get this done it will show others how to get prepared for the future too! Your family and freinds don’t listen when you tell them bad times are coming. Well they didn’t listen to Noah or Isaiah or Jeremiah or most of the other prophets so we are at least in pretty good company. No, I’m not comparing myself to those guys, other than say if they could not get people to wake up with all the miracles they preformed, I’m doing a good job educating/helping a few folks via this blog.
Now for my screw ups I let myself get low on AAA batteries and muscle heat rub. So I need to get to work on those items though I’m doing a bit better on my C cell batteries than I thought I had on hand. I’m adding the generic version of Mucinex to my first aid items as it seems to help with Fybromyalgia pain along with cough and colds. Mom says it helped a bit with her Fybro in the short-term but she is very sensitive to drugs and the side effects. It’s still early days on the research but I love multi-taskers of all kinds. Now that the flu season is starting to wind down it’s a good time to stock up on cold/flu items on sale.
Remember these are ideas I have tried out to see if they can work for me. If they work for me I let try to let you all know the upside and the downside of each idea. I’m hoping to bug in because of my handicap and that will work out but there is no guarantee that is what will happen. All you can do is keep stacking the odds in your favor, test, practice and add real life skills that can help you to survive. Anything you do to prepare “might” help. Just having 3 months of basics on hand will get you through any minor disaster such as a snow storm or hurricane and save you the stress of going to the store or ATM in the event of Mama nature letting us humans know “we ain’t all that”. We are all going to die, even Jesus died. Ask yourself are you doing all you can to really live?
Let’s imagine I have to bug out for a couple weeks or even a couple of months in my RV while the” Zombies” might clean out my canned goods I doubt many of them would have a clue on how to use most of the grains or the patience to cook the dry beans. While they might use some of the water I have stored or even dump it out. Those big barrels of water would probably stay put because of weight. The “Zombies” will take what they can carry off fairly easily in a “smash and grab” and both food and water are very bulky and heavy. Sad to say there will be a lot of easy “targets” for them to hit.