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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Costco Basement List

Heres' the list of items that I keep in my basement from Costco. The great thing about this list is that it's the things we use on a normal basis. So even if the rest of our lives go perfectly smooth, I stay employed, Connecticut continues to miss out on natural disasters, theirs no more terrorists attacks, no domestic strife; I haven't wasted a penny, just pre-spent a little bit. It will all get used and I have the peace of mind knowing that we can survive for 3 or 4 months without needing to go anywhere.

I started small with 1 months worth of stuff and worked my way up each trip to 6 month mark. Take it slow, don't over extend yourself and before you know it, you'll be shopping to replenish stocks rather than because your out of anything.

Keep in mind this list is for myself and my wife, based on the things we actually use. You should make your starting list based on the things you actually use and the number of people you have in your household:

advil 4 bottles
aleve 4 bottles
alka seltzer 4 boxes
Body Soap 4 packs (2 bottles each pack)
Cat litter 6 boxes (we have 3 cats)
cinammon 3 large bottles
condensed milk 4 packs
Conditioner 6 bottles
cough drops 4 packs (6 bags per pack, assorted)
Dish soap 6 bottles
Dishwasher soap 4 jugs
Dog Food 4 bags (40 lbs each, supplement dog food with l/o table scraps)
foodsaver bags 4 packs
Hand Soap 6 bottles
honey 3 jugs
Kitchen Trash Bags 6 boxes
lemon juice 4 packs (2 bottles per pack)
Liquid Plumber 6 packs (2 bottles per pack)
listerine 4 packs (2 bottles per pack)
Mountain dew 6 cases (slightly addicted)
Outdoor Trash Bags 6 boxes
Pam Spray 4 packs (2-Pack)
paper plates 6 packs
Paper Towels 6 packs
peppercorns 4 bottles
qtips 6 packs (4 boxes per pack)
Rice Bagged 4 bags
Rice Boxes 6 packs (6 boxes per pack)
salt 6 containers
Shampoo 6 bottles
Spaghetti 6 packs (6 1-lb boxes per pack)
sponges 4 packs
sudafed 6 packs
Toilet Paper 6 packs
vitamins Mens 4 bottles
vitamins Womens 4 bottles
ziploc bags gallon freezer 4 boxes
ziploc bags quart freezer 4 boxes
ziploc bags sandwich 4 boxes

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Easy, Painless First Step

The first step to take in prepping is simply to increase the items you keep on hand. Most of us go to the grocery store every couple of days and only pick up whats needed for the next few days and only purchase dry goods such as paper towels and toilet paper when we actually run out.

The easiest step to take is to simply purchase items with a long shelf life in larger quantities and make sure you maintain at least a months worth always. If you don't already have a membership to one of the warehouse type stores, you should pick up a Costco membership right away. I recommend the Executive level membership as you get a 2% rebate on all your purchases. Simply put, if you purchase $5,000 worth of stuff from them in a year, you'll receive a rebate check for $100 which means a free membership. Since you'll be buying most items in bulk from them over the year, it will be pretty easy to hit the $5,000 mark in a year.

Tomorrow I'll share my list of items that I purchase from Costco and keep on hand at all times.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Prepping in CT

If you've searched for information, and come across any of the message boards on prepping, I'm sure you've run into the stereo-typical prepper. Backwoods cabin/house with acres of farmland, 5 years of food set aside, etc...

Not to knock anyone, I wish I had that kind of setup in the backwoods of Vermont. Reality is that's not a possibility for most of us here in Connecticut, even if we would love for it to be. So this blog will be dedicated to preparing at a reasonable pace for the most likely events to occur in Connecticut, without dedicating all our time or resources to doing so.

I'll be posting resources I find and info on companies I've actually purchased from. Along with suggestions on how to prep sanely. It's also a great way for those of us in Connecticut to get the chance to discuss these issues with someone nearby.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

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