Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Prudent Prepping: Odds and Ends

The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.

Yet another collection of topics too short to become stand-alone posts. Many are follow-ups or updates to previous posts, and some are things that catch my attention for a moment.

General Prepping
Being a Prepper is more than having emergency stores of food; it is also looking for everyday items that will come in handy, which is why I buy warehouse club packs of paper towels and toilet paper, even if they're a seriously large amount to store. I have the space, and compared to buying smaller packs in the grocery store, four times the quantity is about three times the cost.

Since I'm in a Big Box store every day, I see bargains and markdowns when they are just being rolled out. One such is the pending change from Phillips brand light bulbs to FEIT branded ones. Most Home Depot stores are in the beginning stages of the change now, with more markdowns (yellow tags) going on the shelves every day. Soon there will be a buyback and the remainder of the Phillips bulbs will be removed and replaced overnight. Some of the current listed prices are reduced as little as 10%, while others are now as much as 50% or more! I can tell you that types and quantities vary by location, so checking around for your most commonly used bulb could pay off in a big way!

I Can't Even
There are some things that seem too obscure to ever make it into common usage, like steel take-down chopsticks*, "all the lumens" tactical flashlights, and tactical tomahawks and axes.

Well, two out of three ain't bad.

 Exhibit 1a:

Exhibit 1b:
The Axe of Major Injury

When items that previously graced the back pages of "Tactical MARSOC Special SEALS Monthly" suddenly appear on your local Home Improvement store shelves, it's time to admit they're not as cool as first thought.

* I have a set of those chopsticks in my EDC Lunch Box. For reasons.

Walking Stick Update
Last weekend was previously booked up with activities, so there was no chance to take the almost Staff of Knife out for a Field Test. This coming weekend is open and the trails in a local regional park are calling! I will have a full report next week.

The Takeaway
  • Prepping is more mainstream than most people know. Having a budget, finding bargains and saving money all qualify as Prepping in my book! 
  • The "Trendy Tool Shark" has clearly been jumped. 

The Recap
  • I've got my shopping list of light bulbs, and also several friends' lists too. 
  • Nothing was purchased this week, especially not a tacti-cool tomahawk!

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    NOTE: All items tested were purchased by me. No products have been loaned in exchange for a favorable review. Any items sent to me for T&E will be listed as such. Suck it Feds.

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