JesterODX wrote:So now that I got my tax money back, and I had to pay out too much on other expenses to get the two or three long guns I wanted, I ordered my food dehydrated and FoodSaver vaccum sealer. I am getting ready to order me some mylar bags and o2 absorbers and when every thing gets in, were gonna start playing around with the dehydrator.
I guess phase 3 is going to be my water and heating oil supply. I'm wanting to do 100 gallons of keroses in two 50 gallon drums. I figure I can buy 10 gallons a week during the spring or summer. Prices usually are a bit lower when people arent using heating oil. Picked up a crank pump at an auction for cheap back int he fall so thats ready. We heat a decent bit with K1 so we can figure our usage fairly well. 100 gallons aint enough for a full winter. I want to get at least this much so I have something. I mean we have fairly mild winters. This year, so far 100 gallons would do it. But on occasion we have a real winter. Then there's water. Again I am wanting to do two 50 gallon barrels. Its not enough for an extended period for three people but its a start. But I am looking into getting a solar power pack that can be used to power the well pump and other things.
Congratulations! I am of the opinion that the first solid steps are the hardest, after a while, it just becomes second nature to "put a little extra back", whether it be food, money, or gear. Small steps...
Depending on which part of NC you are in, I may could help on the water/fuel storage bit. I have access to a lot of 55gal plastic barrels, at a good price. PM me if you think they would be of use to you and we can work something out. Water is absolutely CRITICAL, by the way. It would do you no good to have heat, food, and weapons, if you are having to abandon the house 3 days after the tap water dries up. Just sayin'. I would aim for at least 1 months worth per person in the household, just as a start. My goal (havent quite reached it yet) is 3 months potable water stored onsite. And I would supplement that with rainwater and purified sources from a nearby lake. If you have a water source nearby, consider just making your own filter system
for water purification.
Sounds like you have a plan and making progress to ensure that plan is met.
On thing I do suggest you look at and I base this on this comment:
JesterODX wrote:So now that I got my tax money back...
I assume like many people (too many actually) that you over withhold on your income taxes and filed for a refund. You can legally reduce your withholding so that you get your tax "refund" with each paycheck. What you do is compute your tax liability at the end of this year and reduce your withholding by adding dependents on the withholding form until you have reduced your refund amount to a more reasonable number. Your net paycheck will be larger and you can simply route these "excess" funds into a separate savings account so you do not see and cannot spend the "excess/refund" amount. This way you have access to the money when you need it and do not have to wait for the refund of your money for the interest free loan you are giving Uncle Sam.
Amen, brother. Amazing how many people just dont get this.