May 17, 2017 at 11:19 am #51861
OK. Someone walks up to you and hands you $100, with the only qualifier being you have to spend it on preps.
How do you use it?May 17, 2017 at 3:21 pm #51862
You would axe that.May 17, 2017 at 5:52 pm #51863
Put it towards getting my pickup fixed. It is going the shop next week for repair work. A good running pickup is one of my main preps.May 18, 2017 at 4:34 pm #51873May 19, 2017 at 3:19 pm #51875
I don’t understand. Why is no so difficult to say. Nobody gives you anything without wanting something in return. A smile a nod a wink. Quid pro quo?May 19, 2017 at 4:03 pm #51876
Okay, first because the word “axe” was used instead of “ask” one might assume that you were referring to the purchase or choice of an actual axe without any other details.
Secondly, you didn’t say no.
Thirdly, this was posted as a mental exercise to see what various people might come up with that is different, each of us could come away with a few new ideas that are reasonably inexpensive.
To the rest of the forum, still looking for ideas.May 19, 2017 at 6:25 pm #51877
I would by an additional CDI (ignition controller) for my motorcycle. Store in a F-cage of course.May 19, 2017 at 10:36 pm #51878
Okay… A mental exercise, got it now.
5 – 1 oz. Silver Eagles. You don’t know what they will be worth in the future but odds are they would hold some value. Even as a momento of a certain year their authentic quality would be valuable. Something that would be hard to counterfeit.May 20, 2017 at 2:28 am #51879
You can get a vacuum sealer for less than $100 . A vacuum sealer makes you more versatile . It gives you the ability to solve certain problems . It can not only take the bulk out of food items , and make them last longer by sucking all the air out , but can also be used to pack small items together . I have used it on clothing , its a one time deal , but again , takes the bulk out of it . You can also put together fire and medical kits with that thing , keeping everything dry until you need it . They now make bags for use in stashing firearms for vacuum sealers . Light coat of oil , suck the air out , sealed and protected .May 20, 2017 at 3:36 am #51881
All excellent choices.
Little thing about vacuum packing firearms and ammo, unless you pad them somehow, they will poke holes in the bag.
Even the heavy duty “storage bags”.
Learned that one the hard way.May 20, 2017 at 10:13 am #51882
On the vacuum sealed no food items. There are reusable vacuum bags on the market for compressed storage. Any vacuum cleaner with a hose will work with them. They also can be used to vacuum form molded fiberglass parts.May 24, 2017 at 3:43 am #51885
With vacuum sealers (we wouldn’t be without one), remember you can also get canning jar attachments to seal regular canning jars. That could be VERY useful for some items where breakage of the jars isn’t too likely. We store a good bit of food in vacuum-packed 1-qt and ½-gallon jars (don’t even THINK about the small mouth jars, though – get the wide mouth jars). If you use a FoodSaver device, you can get the wide mouth adapter at Amazon for about $10:
Once sealed, you don’t even need the screw-on cap – if you’re using decent canning lids, they won’t be knocked off the jar, they’re really sealed solidly by the outside air pressure on the lid. CAREFULLY use a bottle-opener, with minimum pressure to pry up an edge until air starts seeping in (you’ll hear it distinctly), and you can re-use the lids many, many times if you don’t distort them by trying to just quickly pop open the tops with a lot of force.
If I just had a spare $100 right now to spend on prepping, I’d get 6-7 more “LifeStaws.” They’ll filter 1000 gallons of water each to nearly perfect safety. You can be prepped to the hilt, but without safe drinking water, you’re done.
Finally – though bulky, consider spending some of that money on toilet paper. I suspect that will be a HIGHLY appreciated barter item in a widespread SHTF situation – either that or paper towels, or both. Of course that assumes you expect (or hope) to be relatively stationary, given the bulk.
"Ye hear of wars in far countries, and you say that there will soon be great wars in far countries, but ye know not the hearts of men in your own land."
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