Fred Meyers has the store brand coffee for sale at $5.99 for the big can. Progresso vegetable soups on sale $1.00, no coupon and no limits. I like Progresso soup and even a kid is capable of heating up the soup and making a sandwich for lunch. I’m hoping to score on some of tomato and minestrone flavors.
I am looking to spend about $30.00 at Big Lots for the paper products and batteries. Awhile back I got a got a good buy on the regular rolls of TP now that they are shrinking in size I prefer the “double” rolls and moving the single rolls to the barter box and charity buckets. I’m thinking about starting a sanitation bucket to hand out or barter. These poo buckets could be stored in the shop without worrying about extreme temp. changes. A few items would go a long way in helping to keep people healthy and hopefully not doing anything stupid. I know they will will still do dumb stuff but a girl can dream!
The basic setup for the poo bucket would consist of:
- A 5 gallon paint bucket from one of the big box stores. Cost $3.50
- A bucket toilet seat from a camp store or Emergency Essentials. Cost $8.00-$10.00 Most of these seats close so I don’t think you would need to buy a lid for the bucket. I need to double check and see how well the seat actually seals.
- Four construction grade garbage bags (6 mil thick) for lining the bucket and short term storage of poo. I know that places sell bio-degradable poo bags but they degrade in storage after a year or less. Use one of the garbage bags to store the everything in the bucket so you only have to unpack the bag instead each item. Cost $14.00 for a box but you get about 8-10 bags per box. These bags are great multi-tasker so having extra on hand is good thing!
- Ten-fifteen regular garbage bags for trash of feminine hygiene products, disposable diaper and things that should not be flushed. Cost $2.00
- Eight single rolls of TP should be enough for about two weeks for a family of 4. Females will use more and the guys will use less but hopefully that would be enough to last about 14 days. If a disaster lasts longer than that everyone will need to work on a long term poo solution. Cost about $2.00
- A large package of baby wipes. Cost $1.00 at the dollar store.
- Wood chips or shredded newspaper, dry leaves and straw for covering “your stuff” after you use the bucket. I hope any disaster would be on a short time frame or that sewage treatment keeps functioning but I don’t plan on it. These items will help keep down odors and if you need to switch to a long term solution they should help break down human waste. Cost Free-$10.00
- Diatomaceous Earth (DE) food grade 4 oz. container, for controlling flies and it also helps with odors. Cost $15.00 for five pounds and this is something you need to have on hand for everything from food storage to pet and kid safe bug control. Five pounds will last a long time. http://www.gardenharvestsupply.com/productcart/pc/Diatomaceous-Earth-Food-Grade-p39.htm
- Misc. Items. What I’m doing is setting these buckets up for friends and neighbors first so I have a good idea if they need baby diapers, female products or even adult diapers and barter in general.
That first fully stocked poo bucket will cost about $35.00-$50.00 but some of the items can be used for your other preps. If you have priced a porta-potty you know these buckets are still cheaper and you can always use these items yourself. If you have to build an outhouse these buckets could be used as the seat after the bottom of the bucket is cut out and save you both time and money on construction. If you decide to go with a humanure compost type of set up these buckets are great for transporting waste.