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Emergency Essentials monthly sale…..

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Emergency Essentials is having another great monthly sale. I am proud to have them as an official sponsor.

This month a wide variety if items are on sale. A couple of items of particular note include their 4-person/72 hour food bucket for $124.99 as well as a Kaito 4 power AM/FM/shortwave radio for only $29.99.

Both these items are representative of numerous other selections including:

If you are looking for survival and preparedness supplies – check out Emergency Essentials.

 – – Rourke


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Reminder: Emergency Essentials sale almost over

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

I have posted about past Emergency Essentials special sales previously – for good reason: They offer up some of the best bargains in survival and preparedness products…..PERIOD!

For the month of Preparedness they have outdone themselves with their LARGEST monthly sale ever. Over 170 items on sale.

Here are a few examples:

Mountain House® Freeze Dried Oriental Style Spicy Chicken with Vegetables – only $24.99


IOSAT™ Potassium Iodide Tablets – only $8.99


4 Person 72-hour Food Supply – only $54.99


Emergency Essentials® Peanut Butter Powder – 44 oz – $16.95


Personal™ 72 Hour Emergency Kit with MREs – regular: $124.70 / SALE: $69.99


Check ut the rest of the sale items by clicking the banner below: 

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Thursday, August 21st, 2014

deals, preparedness, prepare, survival, supplies, cheap, value, quality,,

I have an announcement……and an invitation.

Just a reminder about a sister site to ModernSurvivalOnline…

Like many preppers I have been trying to stock up on various supplies over the past few years. Prior to each purchase I would do a substantial amount of research to get the absolute best price possible. After all – I am on a budget like many others and try to stretch my dollars as far as possible. The purchasing power of the dollar is down while the need to purchase supplies is up.
The purpose of BestPreparednessDeals is to highlight a survival & preparedness product every day and communicate these products to the prepper community. Pretty simple really.
Where are these products coming from?
Looking ahead is likely to be a significant source of products. The low Amazon prices combined with Free Shipping on many orders over $35.00 and to Prime Members is very attractive and adds value to the products. Other sources of survival & preparedness deals will be many popular online suppliers – possibly including sponsors from this site. The requirement of a product to be listed is that it cannot be found cheaper anywhere else. Period.
I hope that will become one of those sites that preppers will visit daily and check out the current deal – and of course take advantage and increase their purchasing power.


Being frugal……homemade laundry detergent

Friday, July 18th, 2014

This post was originally published back in 2012 – other than the prices everything is still accurate. – Rourke

Many preppers today are doing so out of fear of inflation and the economy. More and more people are shopping sales, using coupons, and shopping discount centers. Part of my inflation protection system is stocking up on many commonly used household items such as shampoo, body wash, soap, toilet paper, dish detergent, and laundry detergent. I buy when on sale and stock up. 


With two action-packed boys we go through a lot of laundry detergent. My wife and I typically buy large containers of liquid detergent at SAM’s. I had heard of people making their own detergent and decided to give it a shot.


There are lots of instructions available online and I choose to make a powdered version.


Here is the lowdown – 

The detergent is made from three ingredients – 

  • bar of soap (Ivory, Fels-Naptha)
  • Borax (20 Mule Team brand)
  • washing soda (Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda)


I bought everything at Wal-Mart.



Putting it all together:
  1. The first step to making the detergent is shaving the bar of soap into little pieces. A cheese grater works great. Shave the whole bar into a bowl.
  2. Add 1 cup of Borax to the bowl.
  3. Add 1 cup of washing soda to the bowl.
  4. Stir thoroughly
  5. Done.


Usage is pretty simple. For each load add 1 tablespoon. If clothes are real dirty – 2-3 tablespoons will work just fine.


The 20 Mule Team Borax cost $3.38. The Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda cost $3.24. Grand total was $6.62 plus the cost of bar soap.  Actual cost per load with this recipe is about .05 cents – a nickel. About the cheapest I can buy commercial detergent for is .08 cents per load. 


Not bad.


I plan to make up a few 5 gallon buckets of this mixture. Should last a few years.


 – Rourke


Free Shipping for ModernSurvivalOnline readers…..

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

 Ready Reserve Foods is running a sale on many of their survival & preparedness products AND offering FREE SHIPPING to all ModernSurvivalOnline readers.

Ready Reserve Foods is a leading supplier of emergency preparedness products and a sponsor of this website. Their current sale has featured items such as food storage products, ammunition, Potassium Iodate tablets, seeds, and more.

Here are a few examples (supplies are limited):

Ammo IN A Can Professional


5.56x45mm NATO 62 Grain XM855 Penetrator Full Metal Jacket – 30 Round Can


AE 45 ACP 230 GR-200x200

Federal American Eagle Ammunition 45 AUTO 230 Grain Full Metal Jacket Box of 50 (NOT CANNED)



Promo code “MODERN” and receive FREE SHIPPING on orders over $100.

Expires July 31, 2014



Potassium Iodate Radiation Blocker (90 Tabs)



SureFlame Fire Disk




Remember….use promo code “MODERN” and receive FREE SHIPPING on orders over $100.

Expires July 31, 2014

Visit their website…..


REMINDER: offers special 30% discount to MSO readers

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

Hey there fellow survivalists! 

Wallet Survival has joined the team at Modern Survival Online to bring you a special offer. As an exclusive member, for a limited time, you can have access to anything in the store for an additional 30% off. This discount is good for the ENTIRE ORDER! You can even like us on Facebook for future discounts and promotions 

To receive the discount, put in the coupon code MSO30%OFF when prompted at the checkout. 

Visit the website at to check out all the products and get your discount!



ccknifeThe Credit Card Knife


The Credit Card Knife is a survival knife created using ultra thin materials. The knife itself looks similar to a credit card and it is so thin and lightweight it can be kept inside a wallet or pocket for easy use. The folding knife is a one of a kind design that has been improved upon since the original design was released several years ago.

The credit card knife was created under the supervision of master inventor and designer Iain Sinclair. The credit card knife from Wallet Survival is one of many different credit card knife designs and is a member of a family of devices which are miniature and functional. Other items in the Wallet Survival catalogue include Razors, Multi Tools and more which are all easily concealed and only the size of a typical credit card.

When it comes down to specifications, The credit card knife is a very impressive knife. It features a 2.2 mm with easy gripping handle. You gain a perfect precision blade for any cutting task or survival need, as well as a comfortable folding handle, which ccknife2makes this a great tool to use at any time. The design is also extremely lightweight. Every credit card knife is designed to be comfortable for use and easy to conceal or take with you in a wallet or bag. The total weight for the credit card knife is a staggering 13 grams. When we compare this to some of the other leading pocket knives in this market, there is no room for competition, with its lightest alternative weighing in at 23 grams. The lightweight nature of this knife means that you won’t even notice you are carrying it and you can use it with comfort for as long as you require.

Safety is also heavily considered with the folding blade design. Every model comes with a blade protector hilt so that the entire knife can be folded up without issue and stored without any potential injury. The hilt is very easy to use and simply allows the blade to fold inward, completely concealing the cutting surface and blocking it in so the entire knife is safe to handle and store.

The blade thickness and weight is impressive, but so is the sharpness of the blade as well. Every credit card knife is created with surgical precision to create long lasting sharpness that you might find from top quality surgical tools. Each knife is crafted under intense quality control specifications to ensure that it remains sharp for survival situations.

If you are looking for the ultimate convenient  survival knife, consider the credit card knife from Wallet Survival today.

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Free solar panel promotion from Endless Sun Solar

Saturday, April 12th, 2014


ModernSurvivalOnline sponsor is having a special promotion giving away a portable solar panel with the purchase of qualifing items. 

Here are the details:

 “We are currently running a limited time promotion for the beginning of the summer by offering a free 6.5w Solar Charger with any purchase of 30 watts or more of solar panels! This could be a single 30 or 55 Watt Military Grade Panel, two or more of our 15 Watt Military Grade Panels, or six or more of our 5 or 6.5 Watt Panels. We will include this automatically in every qualifying order, no coupon code needed! This promotion will last until our current supply of 6.5w Panels is exhausted, so don’t wait too long!”


Free Solar Panel pictured above and below….$64.99 Retail Value


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Reminder: Special sale at Emergency Essentials

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

Every month Emergency Essentials puts many of their products on sale. Often these highly reduced items can receive even a larger discount when bought in quantities of 6 or more.

Here are a few highlighted items for January – 

pb-powderPeanut Butter Powder – 44 oz. cans – Regular Price: $16.75

SPECIAL SALE: $13.39 (only $12.99 when ordering 6 or more)







fd-pet-foodGourmet Freeze Dried Pet Food with Real Beef – 13 oz – Regular Price: $29.99









freeze_dried_garden_vegetable_combo_small_cansFreeze Dried Garden Vegetable Combo  – Regular Price: $46.80









year_supply_of_grains_2091x1500_1_1Year Supply of Grains – Regular Price: $450.68

SPECIAL SALE: $334.95 








chopped_onions_30_oz_1588x2007_1_1Chopped Onions – 30 oz. can – Regular Price: $10.95

SPECIAL SALE: $8.99 (only $8.49 when ordering 6 or more)








katadyn_base_camp_gravity_filter_1500x1500_1Katadyn Base Camp Water Filter – Regular Price: $79.95









To see more survival & preparedness products that Emergency Essentials has on sale – click HERE to visit their website.




Letter Re: No more cable….no more satellite!

Friday, December 20th, 2013


  I admire you on your plan on cutting the cable with Direct t.v. or any t.v. company, it really is a lot  money, the money you spend per month you could put it away for a “Prepper” day.


My wife and I had just talked about doing the same thing starting Jan. 2014, we have Roku and we listen to Pandora, the music channel, also she like to watch the Hope channel along with Crackle. Also you can get Hulu for $7.00 per month. The only thing she will miss is the Joyce Meyer channel.


Another way we save money is by NOT turning on lights at  night, if I want to read I use an oil lamp, we eat dinner by oil lamp, so far we have gotten our electric bill down to $30.00 per month. We used to heat our hot water by a furnace (oil heat ), and oil was running me $125.00 per week, so went out and bought an electric hot water tank, problem solved. In our bed room we have a small gas log fire place that we keep on low, have only used 15 gallons since Nov. 19. Just filled it up Tuesday to 80 gallons should last me till Feb. In the main living room we have a pellet stove.  Keep it set for 50 degrees at night, during the day will have it on at 75 till the sun comes around the back side of the house then we turn it back down and leave the curtains open and let the sun warm the room. We use the kerosene heater in my wife’s office and then we keep it low.


On real cold days we turn the kerosene heater on with the pellet stove as our living room is rather large and it takes quite a bit to warm, but that is only when we have family a friends over!!


We do have radiant heat but like I said oil is very expensive!! Any way to save money helps and I know with children it can be a challenge!!


- name withheld


From Rourke: Thanks for sharing your experience. I cannot begin to imagine a $30 electric bill. You right though – with having two boys in the house it is pretty difficult keeping electricity usage down.


No more cable….no more satellite!

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

I just got off the phone with DirecTV cancelling my satellite service. So – no more cable and no more satellite. Many people I know have told me that they just could never do it, exclaiming….”I just couldn’t live without all those channels!” Well – I can. I have been spending around $100 a month for over 2 years now totaling in excess of $2400. I can afford it but I just don’t want to.

A few weeks ago I realized that the vast majority of my time in front of the TV was spent watching movies  – not the news and not even using satellite. I have some serious expenses coming up in 2014 and looking at my budget it just made sense to get rid of it. Now – I have a wife and two boys, 10 and 14. They are not the happiest about this but I have been able to put some things in place to satisfy them.

Here is what I have done:

1. Internet – Due to most of my “entertainment solutions” involving the Internet I have made sure that I have the fastest Internet service that my provider offers. I have already been paying for that service so there is no cost increase involved. My current service provides up to 50 mbps.

2. Roku boxes – If you are not familiar with what a “Roku” is – it is basically a small computer that connects to your Internet and can provide access to thousands of TV shows, movies, and documentaries via streaming right on your TV. It works incredibly well and the Roku starts at around $50. The Roku has hundreds of channels with many of them free. Within each channel tons and tons of TV shows and movies can be watched on your command. Premium channels such as Netflix, Hulu plus, and Amazon Prime provide access to more content than you could watch in a lifetime for as little as $8.00 per month.

3. HD antenna – In many areas local TV stations broadcast their lineup into the airwaves and can be picked up – 100% free – using a simple antenna. These antenna’s can cost as little as $7.50. The model that I have is the RCA Basic Indoor Antenna and I can pick up 15 local channels in high definition – free!


Living without cable or satellite is not as simple as having it. I cannot just turn on the TV, pick up the remote and watch The Walking Dead when it airs. Most shows are available on services like Hulu plus the day after they air on satellite and cable. Not bad. I have found a few shows that I have yet to find a way to watch for free – including my favorite The Walking Dead.   In these rare circumstances I can access the latest episodes via premium services such as Amazon Prime and Vudu at a cost of around $2.00 per episode.

Although there are some costs involved in my system – they are nothing compared to the $100 a month I was paying. My 10 year old watches Netflix most of the time, while my 14 year old does the same as well as YouTube on his laptop. Most all the bases are covered.

A few notes:

  • Probably my biggest concern and it shouldn’t be is trying to watch Fox News. I can stream many of the shows such as The Five, O’Reilly, and Hannity however just turning it on and watching what is happening now I have not found a method for yet. It may be there but I haven’t discovered it. 
  • Netflix is awesome. Tons and tons of TV shows and movies. I have really enjoyed watch some older series at y leisure and discovering many movies and documentaries that I had never seen. Netflix lacks most of the newest releases however every couple weeks a gem will show up. 
  • Amazon Prime is also awesome. Besides the fact that being an Amazon Prime member gets you free 2-day shipping on most Amazon orders – it also gives you access to a huge library of movies and TV shows similar to Netflix – for $79.00 a year. You can also rent and buy movies – including new releases.
  • There are other methods to streaming content to your TV besides the Roku. These include built-in options to newer televisions and also game consoles such as the Playstation and Xbox. Google recently came out with the Chromecast which I own – and think is terrible. Roku boxes are tiny, simple to set up and use – and inexpensive.  They can stream content to your TV is the highest of definitions – so choose the right Roku based on your TV. 


Looking to fine tune your budget and get some extra money for preps? Cutting the cord to cable or satellite miht be part of the answer.

Anyone else joining the club?





Food Storage? Here is a great deal……

Friday, November 1st, 2013

SAMS2A few weeks ago I came across this deal while visiting the Sam’s Club website. A 30-day supply of food for one person – for less than $80 and Free Shipping? That is a deal!

Mine arrived about a week after ordering in perfect shape – no problems.

Here are a few details about the available package:

– 30 Day Food Supply
– 1 Person
– 1,857 Average Calories per day
– 1 Pail with 8 Mylar Food pouches
– 1 Fire starter disk
– 1 Water bottle with Filter

From the product website – 

Augason Farms 30-Day Food Storage Emergency All-in-One Pail is your survival solution. This waterproof pail contains enough food to provide 1,857 calories per day for 1 person for a month, or a family of 4 for a week. The pail also includes a safe, stable fuel source and a self-filtering water bottle that can clean up to 100 gallons of water. With the Food Storage Emergency All-in-One 6 Gallon Pail you’re not only getting a reserve supply of food, you’re getting delicious peace of mind.


Augason Farms crafts their food for both everyday and food storage use. You can rest assured that your family will love their tried and true recipes. Whether it’s a hearty oatmeal breakfast or filling cheesy broccoli rice, these foods are easy to prepare and have home cooked flavor. The included 30-Day Meal Planner offers a wide range of appetizing combinations, making it easy to mix and match meals. If you’re looking to extend the number of days the meals will last, a 45-day meal planner with a lower calorie per day average is also included.



The self-filtering water bottle removes up to 99.99% of bacteria, viruses, contaminants and pollutants. The filtering bottle is simple to use. Just pop the top, fill the bottle, and let the Miraguard filter do the rest.

I am planning on picking up a few more.

If you interested – follow any of the links above or click HERE.


PS – Oh…by the way you do not have to be a SAM’s member to take advantage of this deal. If you are not a member you just have to pay 10% more – which is still a good deal.


New website: launches today!!!!

Monday, October 14th, 2013

DSC_1732Exciting information – officially launches today.

Like many preppers I have been trying to stock up on various supplies over the past few years – including quite a few knives. Knives can run from cheap to very expensive and once I decide on a blade I look for the absolute best price possible. After all – I am on a budget like many others and try to stretch my dollars as far as possible. The purchasing power of the dollar is down while the need to purchase supplies is up.


The purpose of is to highlight a knife every day(give or take) and communicate these products to the prepper community. Pretty simple……really.


Where are these products coming from?


Looking ahead, is likely to be a significant source of products. The low Amazon prices combined with Free Shipping on many orders over $25.00 is very attractive and adds value to the products. Other sources of knife deals will be many popular online suppliers – possibly including sponsors from this site. The requirement of a product to be listed is that it cannot be found cheaper anywhere else. Period.


I hope that will become one of those sites that preppers will visit daily and check out the current deal – and of course take advantage and increase their purchasing power.




Reminder: HUGE Mountain House Freeze Dried Food Sale – up to 50% off

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

This is the biggest sale I have ever seen at Emergency Essentials. HUGE discounts on Mountain House Freeze Dried Foods – up to 50%. 

Here are a few examples:

  • Mountain House Scrambled Eggs with Bacon – Regular $33.99   Sale $16.99   Wow!!
  • Mountain House Beef Stew  – Regular $35.99   Sale $21.59
  • Mountain House Chili Mac – Regular $26.49  Sale $15.89
  • Mountain House Spaghetti with Meat Sauce – Regular $25.49  Sale $12.74
  • Mountain House Teriyaki Chicken and Rice – Regular $30.49  Sale $18.29
  • Mountain House Diced Beef – Regular $60.49   Sale $36.29


 Click on the Banner Below to Check out the Deals!!

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Massive food storage sale at Emergency Essentials…..

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

This is the biggest sale I have ever seen at Emergency Essentials. HUGE discounts on Mountain House Freeze Dried Foods – up to 50%. 

Here are a few examples:

  • Mountain House Scrambled Eggs with Bacon – Regular $33.99   Sale $16.99   Wow!!
  • Mountain House Beef Stew  – Regular $35.99   Sale $21.59
  • Mountain House Chili Mac – Regular $26.49  Sale $15.89
  • Mountain House Spaghetti with Meat Sauce – Regular $25.49  Sale $12.74
  • Mountain House Teriyaki Chicken and Rice – Regular $30.49  Sale $18.29
  • Mountain House Diced Beef – Regular $60.49   Sale $36.29


 Click on the Banner Below to Check out the Deals!!

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Special offer at The Marketplace….

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

ModernSurvivalOnline sponsor has a special deal over at Glen Beck’s The Marketplace – James Talmage’s latest edition of the preparedness bible…… Making the Best of Basics: Family Preparedness Handbook.



This offer is special due to the book’s DEEP discount down to $24.99.

Great book and great offer. Wanted to pass this limited time offer on to everyone. Click HERE for more information.


The Top 5 Preparedness Items you MUST own NOW—and cost less than $20.00 each

Monday, July 15th, 2013

The Top 5 Preparedness Items you MUST own NOW—and cost less than $20.00 each


People spend thousands of dollars on the latest and greatest preparedness equipment in their preparations for when the SHTF. Too often the most common sense and inexpensive items are overlooked. 


 Here are the Top 5 Preparedness Items you MUST own NOW—and cost less than $20.00 each.


No excuses.


matches#1. Matches—Fire provides heat. Fire provides the ability to cook. Fire can boil water. Fire can sanitize medical instruments and provide protection. A lifetime supply of matches to start a lifetime of fires can be bought for less than $20.00.


Vacuum pack or throw in zip-lock bags to provide some protection from moisture.



candles#2. Candles—No batteries and no solar panels are required to obtain light from a candle. For less than $20.00, hundreds of hours of light can be bought via inexpensive jar and pillar candles. Best sources include dollar stores and your local “Wally-World”.


Candles can be stored for decades and have a variety of uses besides illumination.


Don’t spend extra money for more expensive name brands and special scents. A $4.00 jar candle will burn much the same as a $28.00 jar candle.




TarpTent#3. TarpsTarps, as well as painters plastic drop cloth’s, have a multitude of uses. Foremost is their ability to be turned into   expedient shelters. Another is they can be used to temporarily patch roof leaks from fallen trees and bad storms.


Tarps are available in a many sizes and can be purchased from places like Northern Tools & Harbor Freight very inexpensively.



LifeStraw1#4. Water Filter—It is well known that the human being can only survive 3 days without water. Even after 24-36 hours the ability to “perform” becomes difficult without proper hydration.  Having a  water filter which can render found water safe to drink is a critical  component to any preparedness system.


The LifeStraw is highly recommended as it is portable, effective, and is less than $20.00. Do not rely on home water filter systems.


trash_bag#5. Trash Bags—Trash bags can be used as emergency poncho’s as well as shelter. They also can be used to collect and transport water. Disposal of waste and other hazardous material can be made much easier with trash bags. Lacking a backpack to carry supplies? Throw a couple of trash bags inside each other and get going!






The 5 items mentioned here are not miraculous, top secret things. They are but a few of many things that can make surviving a disastrous situation just a little bit easier.

Good luck all!!



Emergency Essentials awesome sale!!!!!!

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

If you are not familiar with Emergency Essentials – they are an industry leader in the preparedness industry. For years they have been offering an excellent choice of preparedness supplies at great prices.

Emergency Essentials is also known for having awesome monthly sales with deep discounts. July is no exception.


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Click on the banner above to take a gander at this months sale.

There are some great deals to take advantage of.


Reminder: &

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Just a reminder that and are websites that are within the “Rourke” circle of sites. showcases daily deals Monday through Friday (and an occasional Saturday or Sunday) of preparedness-related products such as freeze dried food, flashlights, knives, water filters, etc.  Each product is researched to ensure that the best possible price is found  – saving the most money. 

bpdealswebsite features “tactical” and firearm related products such as hearing protection, magazines, ammunition, stocks, optics, etc. Deals are typically run Monday through Friday.


Know of any good deals? Let me know……


New Sponsor: Dan’s Depot

Saturday, April 27th, 2013


New on the preparedness supplies scene, Dan’s Depot is generating some excitement. Combining excellent customer service, a massive and growing selection, and great prices – it does not take long looking around their website to see these folks have their act together.

Dan’s Depot is run by a team of professionals with experience in customer service, marketing – and survival and preparedness. Kinda makes sense, doesn’t it? Often running contests – Dan’s Depot right now is hosting a giveaway of one of their survival kits that they put together themselves. To enter – just click the banner below:


From freeze dried food to knives to backpacks to paracord – they have it all.

Enough of me drooling over all the stuff they have, go check ‘em out!



20 Uses for Borax

Monday, April 15th, 2013

20 Uses for Borax was submitted by Matthew from


Sometimes I’m shocked at how expensive typical household cleaners have become. Recently my wife and I decided to do some spring cleaning. We went to the store with a rather long list of cleaning supplies: tile cleaner, drain opener, bleach spray, air freshener, mouse traps, bug spray, floor cleaner, dish soap, spot remover… You get the idea. When I realized just how expensive all this was going to be, I decided to look for alternatives.


It wasn’t long before I discovered the many household uses for borax. The beauty of borax is it’s so affordable that you can stock up on it right now and have plenty after the next disaster or (God forbid) economic collapse. During disasters and long-term depressions, sanitation and hygiene can become a serious problem. Here, then, are 20 uses for borax.

1. Clean patio furniture. Mix 1 teaspoon of dish detergent, 1 teaspoon of borax, and a quart of warm water in a spray bottle. Spray your patio furniture and wipe it down.

2. Clean pots and pans. A couple teaspoons of borax in a basin of warm water and a scrubber should do the trick without damaging the surface.

3. Clean your bathroom. Sprinkle it on a damp sponge and wipe down shower stalls and tubs to remove soap scum.

4. Clean your garbage disposal. Pour several tablespoons down the drain and let it sit for an hour, then rinse with warm water.

5. Clean your toilet. Mix ½ cup of borax with a gallon of warm water. Scrub your toilet with this solution and let sit for 15 minutes.

6. Deodorize the litter box. Mix ¼ cup of borax in with the cat littler to reduce odor.

7. Deodorize your trash can. A little bit sprinkled on the bottom absorbs moisture and stop odors from forming.

8. Get rid of bed bugs. Sprinkle it on your mattress, wait an hour then vacuum it up.

9. Keep mice away. Sprinkle it along walls or anywhere you’ve seen mice. It’s a great repellent.

10. Kill ants and cockroaches. Mix equal parts borax and sugar and sprinkle it in areas where bugs are getting in.

11. Kill fleas. Sprinkle it on your carpet, wait an hour then vacuum it up. However, this might take several tries because it won’t kill the eggs.

12. Kill weeds. Sprinkle it on the cracks where weeds grow to kill them. Don’t use it in your garden though because it will kill your plants.

13. Make an all purpose cleaner. Just mix four cups of hot water with four tablespoons of borax in a spray bottle.

14. Mop the floor. Mix together 1 gallon of water, ½ cup of borax, 1 tablespoon of ammonia and 1 teaspoon of dish detergent for a great floor cleaner.

15. Remove carpet stains. Dampen the stain then rub borax on it. Vacuum it up and scrub with a mixture of water and vinegar.

16. Remove rust. Mix ½ cup of borax, 1 cup of warm water and ½ tablespoon of lemon juice. Scrub away the rust.

17. Remove shirt stains. Mix ½ cup of borax and 1 cup of warm water, spread it on the stain, let it sit for 15 minutes, then wash as usual.

18. Unclog drains. Mix ½ cup of borax with 2 cups of hot water, pour it down the drain and let it sit for 15 minutes.

19. Wash your clothes. This is what borax is usually used for. A cup of borax will significantly boost your store-bought detergent.

20. Wash your dishes. You can make your own dishwasher detergent by mixing 1 tablespoon of borax and 1 tablespoon of baking soda.


Do you have an Emergency Fund?

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Blast from the Past: This post was originally published here –

I am not the most financially sound person in the world. One thing I do know – is just when things seem to be going well something unexpected always seems to happen where money is suddenly needed.

I make decent money and typically have “disposable” income to pick up a little of “this” or a little of “that“. Typically go out to eat once a week, and pick up some preparedness supplies. Kids needs clothes, car taxes need to be paid, prescriptions need to be picked up, etc.

This may be a preparedness blog – but as the title says – “Thoughts on survival and the world today“. Well, many people today live from paycheck to paycheck. Many people also constantly complain about being broke but the reality is they just spend money on frivolousness things. With the economy today and the future uncertain – we all need to take finances more seriously. If you already are – congrats as you are one for the few who do.

Experts generally recommend starting an Emergency Fund for those “just in case” moments. An Emergency Fund consists of a sum of money sitting in a bank account or other secure location which is to be accessed when some type of emergency comes up. Now – here is where I have to put a preparedness-spin on this topic. Depending upon the emergency which requires your extra money – having it sitting in a bank might not be the best location for it. If there is some type of power outage where “cash is king” – a debit card or check may not be acceptable forms of payment from many vendors. Options? How about a fire resistant lock box at home – possibly bolted to the floor? Being able to get to cash at anytime may be important depending on what transpires.

My point with this post is if you do not have an Emergency Fund – start one. Set a goal – maybe $500. Stop renting movies, don’t go out to lunch so often, sell some stuff on eBay -whatever – just start saving. Once you reach your first goal – set another. Many financial experts suggest having 6 months worth of expenses put back. That sounds impossible I know – but start small.

Take care all –




Guest Post: Fast Food Store Bargain Hunter

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Fast Food Store Bargain Hunter

by Jennifer S. in Sparks


There will be different opinions on the morality of this article once it has been read and I will accept that.  Some people will consider it stealing, while some will consider it borderline.  Others will agree with me and say go for it. Whatever your thoughts are, we all need to prep and get new folks into prepping and with the cost of food and other supplies where it is today, I believe this is a great way to get people started and to continue to beef up your own supply list without abandoning the idea entirely since the bills still need to be paid. My thought is that these items are built into the cost of our bill anyhow.


I went through a pretty nasty divorce about 8 years ago.  It got to the point that I had to move out of my own home in the middle of the day using a large u-haul and many friends.  A restraining order was put into place and I had to have my children stay with their grandmother.  I had lost my job due to the issues I had to deal with everyday and had nowhere to live.  I ended up moving in with my boyfriend (don’t worry; I wasn’t dating him until the marriage was over and he had nothing to do with the breakup).  We were pretty tight on money since I didn’t have a job.  My boyfriend was working of course but money was still tight.  That’s when I started to snag extra napkins at a fast food joint to save as extra toilet paper when we would order off the dollar menu.


I got back into the working world shortly after that, saved up and moved into an apartment with my kiddos.  I was only down for about 2 months which was great.  As a single mother of two (boyfriend and I were maintaining separate places at this time – not that serious yet), I felt the purse strings get pretty tight.   Once in a while I would grab an extra couple plastic forks from the fast food places when my kids would be treated with a happy meal.  This would help me use less water.  Little things like this seemed to help and just kept adding up in the kitchen.


Fast forward about 5 years.  That boyfriend of mine has turned into a husband and he convinces me that we need to start prepping.


Okay look, I’ve been through some rough times financially.  There is a huge difference not working, then working and supporting two kids on your own.  Then getting married and having two incomes and health insurance – BUT, once a poor single mom, always a poor single mom in the mind.  Prepping, while very well received by me, was horribly expensive and intimidating – I have built up a decent stock.  We have canned food, dehydrated food, water, frozen food (lets hope the power stays on!), extra medicine and medical supplies, I have even splurged and bought an army bag which keeps frozen food frozen for up to 5 days.  I’ve got a bug out bag for each of my kids with meds and enough clothes to last a week.


What about the smaller food stuffs?  You know, the necessities that we don’t really think about?  Oh no….I’ve reverted back to being a fast food store bargain hunter.


This is a list of items that you can grab to add to your preps – little things that add up and will make life a little more enjoyable – my children have embraced the prepper life and will grab some of these for me when they are out with their grandmother to add to our stock (what a wonderful way for them to get involved and feel prepared instead of scared!) – it’s also a great suggestion for people who don’t think they can afford to prep – get started small!


1.)    Napkins – We have already touched on this – napkins will be much better than newspaper or leaves when nature calls and you’ve run out of your rolls.

2.)    Plastic Silverware – Yup, we’ve touched on this one too but grab yourself a couple of extra forks, spoons, knives and even straws when you order out.  This is going to save your water usage so you will have more for drinking – wipe them off with your prepper napkins when your done and you are good to go!

3.)    Salt, Pepper & Sugar Packets – These are very necessary to add to your food preps.  Not only will they spice up your meals when you start getting bored but they will be a great barter item!  (I wonder how many pre 82’ pennies you could get for a packet of salt?)

4.)    Lemon Juice, Vinegar, Jellies, Salad Dressing, Soup Crackers – Yeah, we are not stopping with salt and pepper. Just think about all those little packets of condiments that are at different places when you go out!  Grab them up!

5.)    Wet Wipes! – This is one of my favorites – nearly every place to eat out at gives you wet wipes now a days and if they don’t, just ask for some – great for cleaning up when you are in a pinch.

6.)    Lotions, Shampoos & Conditioners – I gotta get off topic of fast food places for these last two items – whenever ever you are a hotel snag these items.  The soaps too.  Have housekeeping come in each day and replenish the stock and take those also – these are in fact built into the price of the hotel and if you are paying an amenity fee which is very popular in Las Vegas you are paying extra for them.  I’ve got a large shoebox full of these items and I’ll be getting more very soon.

7.)    Coffee packets & oatmeal – these are two food items that I pick up at hotel stays as well – the coffee packets from the hotel room and the oatmeal from the continental breakfast.  Great shelf life on the oatmeal and the coffee packets are in their own little filters so you don’t have to worry about filtering your coffee in a SHTF situation!!!


There are tons of other things that you can take a few extra of each time just to stock up on.  One that I left off is taco sauce – seriously, you can have a stock of hot, mild, medium  and green sauces – I actually washed out 3 old spaghetti sauce jars and labeled each one hot, mild or medium and I keep a regular sauce of extra packets in my kitchen and use those instead of buying sauce from the store.  Ketchup?  Mustard?  What other things can you think of?


For me, this is a great way to beef up your existing stock with supplements to barter with.  It’s also a great way to get a new prepper into it because they will be amazed how fast it builds up which can inspire them to get a tad more serious and it’s a great way to gets the kids involved!




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MH Freeze Dried Food 20%-25% Off – LIMITED TIME!!

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

Emergency Essentials is have a special sale through March 21st. ALL Mountain House cans are discounted 20% – 25% off.

Great time to take advantage of deep discounts and stock up now.

High Recommendation!!

 – Rourke


Emergency Essentials/BePrepared Mountain House 25% Off Sale

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

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Currently all of their offerings are 25% off. Check out their current line up here –


Good deals!

– Rourke