Monday, July 23, 2012

If you want a good deal on bottled water...

You might want to check out the Albertsons store nearest you. They have Arrowhead water, 24 pack, 16.9 fl. oz water bottles at 2/$5.00. You have to love prices like that, especially since according to my sales receipt, a single 24 pack usually goes for $7.29....

Usual mention that: 1) I am not related to anyone that works at Albertsons, nor do I work there myself; 2) you may want to check to see if your Albertsons is offering this deal before you go; 3)and you will need an Albertsons card to get the deal as far as I understand. But still, it will probably be worth the effort if you need some bottled water--if memory serves, I've seen similar bottles for $2.50 a piece in amusement/tourist/whatever venues. (I know that I'm paying for convenience, cold water, etc. in these venues, but at the rate of 24 bottles for $2.50, wow. I'm just sayin'....)

I have no problem giving Albertsons free publicity when they give me a great deal--thanks Albertsons!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Freezing is one option...

Well, not right now weather-wise, since it's kind of really really hot where we are, but in terms of food storage, it is. I never think of freezer storage as a huge option, because one of the emergencies I think of is losing power, and of course, in a scenerio including that, your freezer storage won't last very long. Or, say your refrigerator decides it doesn't want to cool up inside, but would rather start burning up its inner workings, like ours did last week. (True story. None of our refrigerator or freezer things was ruined, but we were lucky enough to get the early warning of it just not being its regular cold self, so we called out a professional who said that the whole thing would be more expensive to fix than to replace, so replace we had to--before it entirely died. If it had gone totally off, there may have been a different outcome...) Anyway, there may be some really good reasons to make part of your storage freezer storage, one of which I was reading about this week.

You have probably heard about the drought situation--you can read more about it here, or here among other places. The prices on the crops will go up, of course, but here is an article that states that meat prices will go up as well. This would make sense, as the price to feed herds would go up, which is something I also read elsewhere (thanks to whomever mentioned it) and is not an idea original to me. Sooo, if you don't can meat, freezing it while it is still affordable and there is little chance of a power outage may be an option to be considered.

You may even want to get an entire headstart on meals by not only freezing the meat, but putting it together with all the other items like vegetables and grains that will also most likely go up in price. A while back I found this link on the Our Best Bites blog, and talk about convenient! At the bottom of the post you will find a link to bring up an entire mini-cookbook for freezer meals! I have not yet tried these, and know which ones I am most likely to try. However,I don't know the preferences of the readers of this blog, so I will leave it to your perusal, and not bias you with my choices. Thanks, Our Best Bites!

If you only came here for strictly preparedness purposes, you may want to skip the remainder of this post, although just about anything can be related to preparedness... :) Seems to me that I mentioned on one of my blogs that I don't try to be political on my blogs ( I should blog more often so that I could keep better track, huh? ) but I guess sometimes what I think is just plain American could be taken as political. I know that on this blog I have written about the importance of the 2nd Amendment, and the importance of upholding the Constitution. From what I understand, there is a Small Arms Treaty set to be signed a week from today, the aim of which is to take the 2nd Amendment (the right to bear arms) out of effect. The thing is, it won't go into effect unless it is ratified in the Senate. I have already called the Senators from Idaho, but it will take all of us working together to stop this. I was sent an e-mail with this link, explaining what this treaty would mean. On the video there, they ask for donations, etc., but that is not why I am providing the link. I am providing it because it begins by clearly explaining the situation. If you want to contact your state's Senators (Idaho's Senator Risch and Senator Crapo included, of course! :) the capitol switchboard number is 202-224-3121. Just give your Senator's name, and they will connect you... I, of course, hope that you will ask them to vote this treaty down, but it's a free country, for which I am unspeakably grateful. Whatever your opinion, make it known.

Oh, and I guess there is  one more preparedness thing--Peter the pepper has continued to grow, but there is only the one pepper with lots of green leaves above it. Sad, but it is one more pepper than last year. Hope everyone's gardens are doing well!



Wednesday, July 4, 2012