By Ray Gano
When you’re walking around a store – any store – and you’re doing your shopping, how often do you think about your survival supplies?
Is it something you make a list of and make a special trip to town?
Or do you incorporate your survival supplies shopping into your everyday life?
You want to know our secret? We try to buy at least $5 of something every time we go to the store.
Let’s take the other day for example, Tracye and I went shopping at the local Walmart here in Conroe.
While we were walking through the store, I picked up a 2 pack of strike on box matches. At 250 matches per box, that is 500 matches. I took inventory of my matches a while back, and it came to like 6 or 7 boxes of 250 matches per box. So that equals out to around 1,500 – 1,700 matches.
I am one who believes you can never have to many means to make fire, so I picked up another 500. I also got a box of Federal 9mm ammo & 12-gauge #4 shot.
When we got to the food section, we checked our grocery list and as I was walking around, I grabbed 2 jars of peanut butter to put up. One can never have to much peanut butter.
Tracye picked up some Jiffy corn bread mix. These are great. One box is good for one meal and all you have to do is add water. They cost some thing like $1.00 each. Our Walmart has them on sale all the time so you can pick them up for .75 cents a box at times.
While we were standing there in the isle, I was wondering “how well corn bread mix would store in vacuum sealed bags with oxygen absorbers? The mix has an expiration date of 2020. So, I bet storing them like that we can extend the life. That is the kind of stuff I think about when shopping. We got $5.00 worth of corn bread mix.
Here is what I added to my preps from this trip –
- 50 rounds of Federal 9mm ammo
- 25 rounds 12-gauge #4 shot – #4 is great for small game – rabbit – squirrel – etc
- 2 jars of peanut butter
- 5 boxes of corn bread mix
- 2 boxes strike on box matches
The ammo is going to be put in their boxes and stored, peanut butter, corn bread mix and matches will be stored.
If I did not get the ammo, the cost of the food and matches was under $10.00.
Easy-peasie, you just have to think about it every time you go to the store. After a while it becomes habit.
I am mentioning this because I see new preppers / survivalist that put a lot of time an effort into their preps. If I put a “lot” of time and effort into it, I would probably get burned out. So, I try to take the slow and steady approach. This is why it has to be a lifestyle. Prepping is what you do all the time, and you do this by taking baby steps. An item here, jar of something there and once you do this for a month or two, you will be amazed at how much supplies you have on hand.
One of the problems that I see especially today, is that people put “too” much time and effort into survivalism. Yea, I know this is an “oxymoron” statement, but hear me out. They feel like they are behind the “8 ball” and they are trying to play catch up. They are prepping in a panic and always on the “go” with their preps. It’s like they jump in with both feet, take off running, but after a while get tired and drop out of the race. This is why I say take baby steps. Think like a turtle and be slow yet steady. Or think like a squirrel, a squirrel buries 1 nut at a time.
It is never too late to start, in fact right now with Easter approaching, it is an excellent time to start. There are many great deals on food as well as supplies. You can save a lot of money because all the stores are competing for your Easter food and gift dollars.
In the prepping world January is when many of the Mormon churches start the preps. Because of this many, prepping companies, like Thrive Life have great sales on their shelves and supplies. In fact, Thrive Life should be ramping up their Super Sale they have every year around this time. This is a great time to buy and get some incredible deals and really stock up.
Now is a great time to start your preps, things are on sale and the ability to take baby steps will allow you to really make a good prepping effort in a short amount of time without burning out. Remember the corn bread mix? When you see sales like that, buy extra, you will be glad you did.
When I find good deals, I will try to share them with you so that you can take advantage of the savings as well.
In the meantime – check out my Thrive Life Store at …
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me and I will be glad to answer your questions.