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Friday, February 19, 2010

FRUGAL FRIDAY

Just wanted to run a money saving tip that I ran across some time ago that may help you in your prepping. For those of you that do not know, Menards has a rebate program, that has enabled us to save money for some prepping supplies. Some of the things we have been able to acquire for free are tarps, candles, led flashlights, plant foods, etc... How to do this: on Sunday, look in your weekly Menards circular and look for the free after rebates. Buy those items and go to the service counter and in front there will be a pads across the front of the desks. Look to the bottom of your receipts and look for the numbers to match the cards. For each rebate product you will need a card. (If you buy up to the limit on tarps, say for example 2 tarps, you only need one card for those items, candles require another card) The workers at the front desk will help you if you need it. Just fill in the card, cut small portion of receipt off the bottom that corresponds with card number and mail. You can put all rebates in the same envelope. In about 4 weeks you will receive a check redeemable at Menard's to roll those rebates back into more free stuff.


On a more serious note, at least this is serious to me, do you have medical supplies or an illness that requires ongoing medications. Now would be a good time to visit your doctor and finagle an extra supply to keep in backup in the event that the economy sours and your left without insurance or in the event there is civil unrest. My youngest son is an asthmatic, and as a family, we have had some close calls. Asthma is a very serious lung condition that over time can weaken lung function. My son uses an inhaler and also a nebulizer machine regularly. The nebulizer machine gives him more relief when he is on the verge of an attack. With that in mind, we asked his doctor if our insurance would cover a portable machine, and it did. This will come in handy if we had no access to electricity and when he is playing sports, as it runs on batteries. If you or your children have asthma, this may be something to look in to.

God Bless,

Shelly

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

SNOW, SNOW AND MORE SNOW

Well it looks like were in for another round of winter weather. The entire state is under a winter storm warning. Today and tomorrow will be good days to map out your garden on paper (if that's how you do it) read a good book, try a new hardship recipe, or watch a good movie. The following report is from the national weather service, and I only included N.W. Ohio as this appears to be where the heaviest snow will fall.

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CLEVELAND OH
319 AM EST TUE FEB 9 2010

OHZ003-006>013-017>023-027>033-036>038-047-091630-
/O.CON.KCLE.WS.W.0003.100209T1200Z-100211T0000Z/
LUCAS-WOOD-OTTAWA-SANDUSKY-ERIE OH-LORAIN-CUYAHOGA-LAKE-GEAUGA-
HANCOCK-SENECA-HURON-MEDINA-SUMMIT-PORTAGE-TRUMBULL-WYANDOT-
CRAWFORD-RICHLAND-ASHLAND-WAYNE-STARK-MAHONING-MARION-MORROW-
HOLMES-KNOX-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...TOLEDO...BOWLING GREEN...PORT CLINTON...
FREMONT...SANDUSKY...LORAIN...CLEVELAND...MENTOR...CHARDON...
FINDLAY...TIFFIN...NORWALK...MEDINA...AKRON...RAVENNA...WARREN...
UPPER SANDUSKY...CAREY...BUCYRUS...MANSFIELD...ASHLAND...
WOOSTER...CANTON...YOUNGSTOWN...MARION...MOUNT GILEAD...
MILLERSBURG...MOUNT VERNON
319 AM EST TUE FEB 9 2010

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 7 AM THIS MORNING
TO 7 PM EST WEDNESDAY...

A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 7 AM THIS MORNING
TO 7 PM EST WEDNESDAY.

LOW PRESSURE WILL MOVE OUT OF THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI VALLEY
TODAY...AND THEN MOVE ACROSS NORTHERN OHIO TONIGHT. SNOW
ASSOCIATED WITH THIS LOW WILL SPREAD ACROSS THE AREA THIS MORNING.
OCCASIONAL SNOW WILL THEN CONTINUE INTO WEDNESDAY MORNING
GRADUALLY TAPERING OFF DURING THE DAY. SNOWFALL TODAY WILL LIKELY
RANGE FROM 2 TO 5 INCHES WITH THE HEAVIEST SNOW OCCURRING IN THE
WEST NEAR TOLEDO AND FINDLAY. ANOTHER 3 TO 5 INCHES WILL LIKELY
OCCUR TONIGHT WITH ADDITIONAL SNOWFALL ON WEDNESDAY. TOTAL STORM
ACCUMULATIONS THROUGH EARLY WEDNESDAY EVENING WILL RANGE FROM 6 TO
10 INCHES.

IN ADDITION...WINDY CONDITIONS WILL DEVELOP LATE TONIGHT INTO
WEDNESDAY CAUSING CONSIDERABLE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW.
NORTHEAST TO EAST WINDS OF 10 TO 20 MPH TONIGHT WILL BECOME
NORTHWEST WEDNESDAY MORNING AND INCREASE TO 15 TO 25 MPH WITH
OCCASIONAL HIGHER GUSTS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN SEVERE WINTER WEATHER IS
EXPECTED. HEAVY SNOW AND/OR ICE WILL CAUSE HAZARDOUS DRIVING
CONDITIONS. IF YOU WILL BE TRAVELING IN THE WARNING AREA YOU
SHOULD CHOOSE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE IF POSSIBLE... OR YOU SHOULD USE
EXTREME CAUTION IF TRAVEL IS UNAVOIDABLE. STAY TUNED TO NOAA
WEATHER RADIO AND OTHER RADIO AND TV STATIONS FOR FURTHER DETAILS
OR UPDATES.


Stay warm and God Bless,

Shelly




Saturday, February 6, 2010

SHOVELS, GOALS AND STOCKPILING

I hope all of you that got some snow are warm and safe in your home. In watching the news the past couple of days, I am just amazed at how many people are not prepared for the simplest of life's events. We'll take this snow storm that is hitting the east coast and parts of the midwest. Fox news was reporting in areas that would be hit the hardest with this storm and the Walmart in this particular area was completely out of meat, milk, bread, and shovels, amongst other items. Lines were at least 30 deep. How long was this storm forecasted? The report said snow shovels were sold out everywhere. I have to scratch my head on that one. Is everyone in the market for a snow shovel, or maybe it was lost in the mess in their garages. I would think people that live in snowy regions would already have snow shovels. Alright, I will give them the benefit of a doubt that they all broke last year.

Well, it's hard to believe we are into February already, and soon the New Year won't seem so new anymore. Did you set any goals for 2010? If so, how are you doing with them. I started gung ho with my goals and have started to fizzle out a bit. One of my big goals was to get organized. I want to know exactly where everything is and everything put in it's place. Think I'm a little OCD, but I function better with organization. That way I can find my snow shovel when I need it. hehehe If organizing is one of your goals for this year, and you are starting to lose your ambition, try taking baby steps. Set aside 15 minutes a day on a project that your wanting to accomplish and by the end of the year, your goal should be done. Hopefully before then, though. I keep telling myself it is better to do inside work during the winter, so I can work and enjoy the outdoors when the weather warms up.

On a lighter note, do any of you get funny looks and reactions at the grocery store when you buy lots of a certain item. Meijers had Lipton cup of Soup on sale this past week for .99 cents. I had sixteen .40 cent coupons and went through the self serve checkout, to make 8 transactions. It took me about 10-15 minutes and the cashier thought I was having trouble and saw that I was buying all these soups, and made the comment that we must really like that stuff. I find myself blushing at these types of transactions, because I really don't know what to say, besides we like to stock up when things are on sale. Do you find transactions like this awkward and do you have a favorite phrase you like to say? By the way I only spent $3.04 for the 16 boxes, and thought these might be good for a bug-out bag. I cannot afford freeze dried food and I am trying to get creative with light, dry food for the BOB that won't weigh a ton.

Now it's time to shovel the sidewalks with the shovel I can't find. (Just joking, I couldn't resist.)

God Bless,

Shelly
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