Long post back at cha!
zombiepreparation wrote:Right! I'm a low low income prepper too, who also lives in a tiny 5th floor apartment.
Yep, I'm impressed too already. And that's before we get to the bit where you've got more days of water stored than I do in my (relative to yours) barn of a house. And you've practiced doing your laundry (tub, I have. Washboard, not so much...) Which goes to show that money and space may be helpful or make some things easier, but they're neither necessary or sufficient unto themselves.
zombiepreparation wrote:I simply have no place I can think of to go, on a bicycle or otherwise.
Well, like you said, you're preparing to bug in and keeping an eye out for places to go. The only other things I can thing of are (relatively) cheap - acquire skills and "network". If you're forced to bug out without a preplanned destination, the skills may help you find a place with one of your networked contacts, or provide a respectable point of entry into a new community. (To me, network means, do stuff and have fun with people you share some interest with. No power lunch required.)
zombiepreparation wrote:Then I stumbled onto the ZS thread "Mom's Journal of the Zombie Years" and began reading.
I lost so much sleep when I found that story. <3<3<3. OK, back OT...
zombiepreparation wrote:455 sq. ft. doesn't readily offer up suggestions. But it is a lovely apartment and I want to focus on keeping it as lovely as I can while keeping in mind my prep needs.
A bunch of the food storage blogs have stuff on making your preps into furniture, but it's not my style of furniture either.
zombiepreparation wrote:I'm working on alternate ways of cooking if electricity isn't available. [snip] The apartment building has 'rules' about using the balcony for storage so I'm currently disquising the pine cone fuel as balcony decoration. [snip] I'm trying to organize a solar stove.
I made my own solar panel cooker this summer - asked a furniture store to save me a big piece of cardboard, but there are plans out there for using many smaller pieces of cardboard and hinging them together. I'm still working on solar box oven. Husband is getting annoyed about collection of cardboard boxes and cans in basement...
The only thing I would add is the "magic box" or "hay box" oven. (description and pattern)
Saves fuel on 1 pot meals and lets you make bread. Strikes me that the insulator "bags" could be stored empty if you had a beanbag chair for sitting on. I have the thrift store cotton material, but I haven't managed to thrift a bean bag chair yet - I can't claim to be poor but I'm cheap and occasionally stubborn, and I'm not paying that much for polystyrene pellets...
Could you get something like bamboo for your balcony decorations? And my other thought, is try to make sure your furniture is wood or otherwise burnable.
Not what you'd want to do, but in a true emergency you'd have an option.
zombiepreparation wrote:I'm getting ready to do some experimenting with sprouting to suppliment my canned and dehydrated foods in an Event. Please. Anybody. Give me some suggestions!
Sprouting is easy! I had never done it before,I followed directions on a food storage blog, (using an old nylon stocking over mason jar with wheat in it, turn upside down in bowl in kitchen cabinet.) Worked like a charm! No fancy sprouting racks needed.
Along the line of simple, cheapish skills - can you make bread? If not that's an easy, cheapish thing to do, and may save you even more money if you substitute it for store bread. (Also a cheap but classy thing to bring to potlucks & group meals). I started out with the 5-minute artisan bread here (viewtopic.php?f=50&t=40324&hilit=artisan+bread
) and was later gifted some sourdough starter, followed the directions, and ended up with sourdough bread. I think bread's made out to be more complicated than it is.
Keep going, I am sure I will learn more from what you figure out.