This is an non-shopping week, but I sure seem to be buying a lot a lot of stuff with my “Mad Money”! I don’t suppose the two sleeping bags count as I got a rain check from Big 5 Sporting goods when they ran out during my normal shopping day. I have been looking for a light weight sleeping bag on sale for quite awhile. Since I have plenty of blankets and my Arctic weight Army sleeping bag I could wait till they went on sale. These bags are regular type and not a like my “mummy” bag from the Army. The new bags only cost $12.50 each and with liners I got at a yard sale they should give me the ability to add or subtract layers for comfort. I got a twin size air mattress and small tent that I can use to sleep on it if for some reason I can’t use the RV for Bug out.
Albertson’s had a great buy on Hamburger for $1.69 per pound, so I bought 6 pounds and froze half of it. I got a a little handheld FRS radio for a dollar at a new thrift store. I had to replace the spring in the battery compartment to make it work but I had the spring on hand. First step to almost all trouble shooting is power applied? I should replace the spring properly and solder it back in place. Of course that means I need to buy a good solder iron. I really should have one already as they tend to be cheap and can help you with a ton of little repairs.
What a great time it is to learn new skills! From sewing to repair, baking and cooking from scratch to making a fire , learn now when your life does not depend on it and you can afford to screw up! Most people screwup when learning a new skill, or relearning an old one. Cut yourself a little slack and know that the process of learning takes time and practice. Remeber there is a big difference in the words simple and easy. Trust me they don’t mean the same thing and most everything takes a bit of practice.
I have been using a “charcoal chimney” to start my BBQ. It costs about $15.00 to $20.00 to buy, but I have not had to buy starter fluid for my BBQ for about five years and I don’t have that lighter fluid smell or taste to deal with any more. I can tell you I still haven’t hit a consistent “sweet spot” for firing up the chimney. Some stuff is simple that does not mean it is easy or you don’t have to practice.