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Old 02-22-2011, 16:46   #251
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but 40 boxes of Cheerios? wow.
There's some expiration dates that need to be adhered to. Cereal
WILL go stale even in sealed packages.
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Old 02-22-2011, 18:14   #252
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There's some expiration dates that need to be adhered to. Cereal
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I generally keep 80-100 boxes of Cherios in the house at any given time. The best by dates are about 1 year and I eat 2-3 boxes per week. I eat the stuff for breakfast and before I go to bed. I friggin love Cherios and I like to keep a 1 year supply of food on hand.
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Old 02-22-2011, 18:19   #253
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I only go to Wal-Mart about once a month. Was in there this weekend picking up some seeds, and walked by the ammo counter without buying anything. Feel so much shame.
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Old 02-22-2011, 18:58   #254
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There's some expiration dates that need to be adhered to. Cereal
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It will, but it can be slowed greatly if kept in as dry an environment as possible. We keep the dehumidifier in our 'pantry' at 35% humidity, and things like cereal, pasta, crackers, etc, stay fresh well past their 'use-by' dates.

For us it's cheerios & rice chex both, and they stay good until a good six or eight months past the marked date.
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Old 02-22-2011, 20:02   #255
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I generally keep 80-100 boxes of Cherios in the house at any given time. The best by dates are about 1 year and I eat 2-3 boxes per week. I eat the stuff for breakfast and before I go to bed. I friggin love Cherios and I like to keep a 1 year supply of food on hand.
now it makes sense knowing your Cheerios addiction. store what you eat and eat what you store. i have three kids, I understand Brother.
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Old 02-22-2011, 20:17   #256
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Bought 75 ounces of silver (1 OZ and 5 OZ bars) about a month ago when silver was in the $28s. Love to say I have a crystal ball but to be honest a friend was buying from APMEX and I piggy baked on him to get shared shipping and some volume discounts.

Bought a case of 45ACP and 9MM FMJ. This was to beat the mail order law that California was about to start enforcing in Feb, but then was blown out in the courts. I actually bought the ammo a few hours before the announcement came out on the courts acting on it. I probably could have cancelled, but those cases went on top of the other cases.

Bought some more bottled water.

Actually hit the range with my 13 year old daughter for a science fair project she is doing comparing different calibers and penetration into our home made ballistic gelatin. That was a LOT of fun and she wants to get back out there ASAP! She has moved up from her 22lr Cricket rifle and had a blast taking out Zombie Bowling Pins with all sorts of firearms after we finished her project work.

Training a teenage Zombie fighter is probably my best prep of the month!
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Old 02-22-2011, 21:21   #257
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I generally keep 80-100 boxes of Cherios in the house at any given time. The best by dates are about 1 year and I eat 2-3 boxes per week. I eat the stuff for breakfast and before I go to bed. I friggin love Cherios and I like to keep a 1 year supply of food on hand.

Well, thats great until you don't. I used to eat quaker crunchy cereal of some type with oatmeal until I burned out. Had half a dozen
boxes go stale before i knew it.

The stuff is made with oats though. (cheerios) I was raised on the stuff. It's one of the "good" cereals as opposed to capn crunch which made more infrequent appearances.

I just mainline straight oatmeal now. Gets baked into oatbran muffins with walnuts and cranberries.

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Old 02-23-2011, 06:48   #258
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Put back another ten buckets of staple foods. Three of pintos, five of rice, and two of popcorn for meal & such. Four gallon square buckets this time, as they'll stack & store much more space-efficiently than the 5-gallon round ones that I've (and most others have probably) used in the past.

First time using the four-gallon size but they actually work out stunningly well for planning 'this many pounds to that many buckets'. Twenty pounds of pintos, or twenty-five of popcorn, fit exactly right. Rice took ~118 lbs for five buckets, between 23 & 24 lbs per bucket.

Like to find smaller bags - the five-gallon size ones are enough too wide that it makes it a little awkward when heat sealing. Doable, just awkward.


Ran the first batches of 160-grain loads thru the new .45LC snubnose. Five rounds each of six different recipes using titegroup & bullseye, run over the chrono as a baseline starting point. May try working some up with faster red-dot powder; haven't decided yet, just getting started on the experimenting at this point.

Also got our company set up as a DirecTV installing dealer. Just a minor side thing now, but if people start more & more staying home due to economic reasons, it might be nice to have that side business already in place.
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Old 02-23-2011, 07:12   #259
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Doing research on FTA satellite systems. If anyone here has done as well please chime in. Thanks.
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Well, thats great until you don't. I used to eat quaker crunchy cereal of some type with oatmeal until I burned out. Had half a dozen
boxes go stale before i knew it.

The stuff is made with oats though. (cheerios) I was raised on the stuff. It's one of the "good" cereals as opposed to capn crunch which made more infrequent appearances.

I just mainline straight oatmeal now. Gets baked into oatbran muffins with walnuts and cranberries.
I know just what you mean brother. I have given away large quantities of food that I have grown tired of eating but that makes me feel good too.

Cheerios on the other hand I have been eating for decades and I am not really worried about appetite fatigue. I have to have my Cheerios.
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Old 02-23-2011, 10:20   #261
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New SHTF bag came yesterday - see that thread on the LA Police Supply 3-day pack.

Sitting down since I'm home with my sick kid and organizing a list of supplies.
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Old 02-23-2011, 11:38   #262
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Bought a couple of pistols, more dehydrated veggies, a few homesteading type books, some surgical sutures, and a Bosch kitchen mixer part.

We're pretty solid preppers (I was raised with the food storage mentality; gardening, home canning, boy scouts n' such). These last two weeks have been fairly major purchases for us (not our every day purchase type things).

A bit of side info; we drive/keep in running condition old cars (newest is 11 years old, oldest 22 years old), live within our means, and prep things we'll use/eat.

What with the earthquake in New Zealand, it's time for the fam to review our earthquake prep plans.

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Old 02-23-2011, 12:11   #263
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Took delivery of a storage building about 3 weeks ago. The building allows me to store many items which were outside and in closets (freeing up more room for food and other items which I can't store outdoors).

I was about to buy a generator (I was waiting for the building so I wouldn't have to store it outside) but they raised the price on the one I was about to buy from $650 to $800. I am going to wait it out to see if they will drop the price back down.

2 weeks ago I practiced fire starting using a magnesium bar and battery/steel wool combination. This was my first time using either method. Key to magnesium bar: sufficient shavings in a pile on top of plenty of tinder (wind was a huge problem as it EASILY blows the shavings) as the magnesium burns FAST. Key to steel wool/battery: I created a cavity deep inside the wool and stuffed plenty of tinder inside. That method easily created fire and was completely unaffected by the wind. The steel wool/battery combo is simply, effective, and reliable. I may add this method to my 3day packs as it is extremely easy and a very light weight addition (right now, each pack has 2 lighters and 1 magnesium bar).

Last week, I got some 1911 replacement springs to put away for future use.

On Friday, I shipped out by ambi G21SF to Glock. The mag release was sticking. Glock has been extremely helpful so far. They emailed me a prepaid shipping label. All I had to do was box it up and drop it off at the local Fedex outlet. Glock said they would replace the frame with a standard SF frame. All of this is no cost to me. I should have the gun back in about 3-4 weeks.

Purchased another G30SF Saturday. I like extras/compatibility with parts/magazines of guns I already own.

Bought another holster and dual mag carrier.

Yesterday, received 2 more 55 gallon water barrels from emergency essentials. Washed out, filled, and put them in the storage building. This brings my water supply up to 80 days. My food supply is around 80-90 days currently. My goal for the immediate future is to get my food and water supply over the 90 day mark.

I am heading to walmart in a few minutes to pick up some more canned goods, hand sanitizer, paper plates/spoons/cups, etc. I already have a lot of sanitizer on hand. However, I am stocking more. If we ever have to go an extended period w/o water, I plan to conserve as much water as possible by the use of sanitizer for cleaning/bathing (I know this is not ideal but it is better than smelling bad and spreading germs).

That is all that I can think of at the moment. I know I will have some more stuff to add soon.
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Finally got my food preps going after much procrastination.

Bought a 50 lbs bag of rice and two 20 lbs bags of beans along with a package of Spam cans. Still a ways to go but this should get me through short term.
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That is all that I can think of at the moment. I know I will have some more stuff to add soon.
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Or at the very least, use a picture of a SMOKIN' HOT socialist. Not that hag.
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Old 02-24-2011, 11:18   #268
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I finally replaced my Mr. Coffee cheepo electric coffee grinder with a manual Hario ceremic burr travel grinder. I also bought a single burner Coleman Dual Fual 533 stove at Wall Mart for $46 as my '65 Coleman 413G suitcace stove is huge.
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manual Hario ceremic burr travel grinder..
Thanks for this major find.

I have already perfected power failure coffee with Bialetti stove top espresso maker, and a coleman gas stove or the MSR pocket rocket.

But if I have no coffee ground, I'm f'd.

Lone exception is if one of my UPS has enough juice to power the electric one I have. The hand grinder will complete the circuit...if I have a supply of beans stored, (starbucks bagged have about a 6 month expiration date) I can hang for a bit.

I cannot function through armageddon without morning coffee.
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collected all flashlights to check batteries and start consolidation.
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If you promise to stop using bold font then I promise to change my avatar.

I used to have this one as my avatar
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Yesterday, I picked up about 30 canned goods. Some of them were corn and fruit. The majority were stews, soups, spaghetti & meatballs, etc. I also got some more jerky.

Rearranged the pantry by rotating in the new stock.

I bought plastic cups, spoons, and plates. I also got more sanitizer.

A few weeks ago I purchased 2 stainless, 24oz water bottles (1 for each 72hr bag). Originally, I was just using plastic bottles. In my opinion, the stainless is far superior. The weight increase is negligible (not even worth mentioning) and I can now boil water in the bottle itself. It is hard to go wrong with a $5 stainless bottle that has a screw-on top and seal.
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If projectile vomiting is your goal...

I said, pleasant, human or funny.

Maybe you're just a socialist or are a fan of the destructive Left. They usually don't hang out here because they expect the .gov to take care of them.
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If projectile vomiting is your goal...

I said, pleasant, human or funny.
How can you not laugh at two faces that look that hideous?

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Maybe you're just a socialist or are a fan of the destructive Left. They usually don't hang out here because they expect the .gov to take care of them.
Not sure why you would think this. The only thing that helps me through the day is to try and laugh at them..........and that doesn't often work. Did you look closely at the stupid looks on their faces?
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