emergency preparedness


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*I received the product mentioned free of charge for the purposes of this review.  The opinions are mine alone.  I will NEVER recommend something I don’t truly believe in.     Affiliate links support Better on a Budget.  Thank you!   Most of you know that I am into emergency preparedness.  I don’t go as far as to worry about living in tent cities or storing items I don’t use for barter, but I do like to have items around […]

Personal Water Filters – Emergency Preparedness


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This week let’s add some HAND SANITIZER to our emergency/72-hour kits.   via   Hand sanitizers can help prevent the spread of disease and germs almost as well as soap and water…and in emergency situations where you may not have a lot of water to spare, it can come in very handy.  Of course, if water IS available, then washing the traditional way is always best.   You can buy hand sanitizer just about anywhere.  I usually buy mine at […]

Emergency Kits – Hand Sanitizer



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This week we’re going to focus on purchasing ponchos. The best price I found on Amazon.com was for the above pictured 4-pack of emergency ponchos for $7.58.   I also found a 3-pack of children’s emergency ponchos for $3.99. Ponchos are such a great item to add to your kit for a few reasons.  They don’t take up much space at all, they are easy to use, and they not only can keep you dry, but they can help keep […]

Emergency Kit – Ponchos


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Since we talked about comfort items last week, today we’re going to be going back to some of the basics.  Last week it was suggested that we look for items of comfort; i.e., stuffed animals, soft and small blankets, comfort food, etc.  Today we’re going to focus on blankets of another sort.   Emergency Blankets   The pack of 10 pictured above can be purchased at Amazon.com. Many times you can find these on sale at hardware stores and grocery […]

Emergency Kits – Emergency Blankets



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This week we are going to be focusing on gathering for our emergency kits:   Comfort Food/Items   Now that we’ve got many of our most basic needs in our kits (first aid items, food/water, personal hygiene, etc) it’s time to start thinking about some of the things we may not see as a necessity, but that can make a HUGE difference in how an emergency plays out in your family.   A tragic situation can become manageable when we […]

72-hour Kits – Comfort Me


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This week for our emergency kits, we’re going to focus on   Dust Masks   The one pictured above has all positive ratings on Amazon.com, and can be bought in packs of 10 for $13.99 currently. You can also purchase simpler masks from the Dollar Store, and although they are thinner and more flimsy, they are still better than nothing, and obviously will not cost you as much out of pocket!   Why should we keep Dust/Allergy masks on hand?  […]

Emergency Kits – Dust Masks



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Welcome to another edition of our “72-Hour Kit” Series.  Each week I will share ideas for items to add to your emergency/72-hour kit(s).  The hope is that by taking small steps every week, we will become better prepared without spending a fortune.   This week we are focusing on KNIVES.   Why is it important to have a knife in your emergency kit? And what kinds are best?   Typically, having a multifunction knife is best.  Of course, before you […]

Emergency Kits – Need a Knife??


How to Waterproof your Matches
This post contains affiliate links.   Welcome to another edition of our “72-Hour Kit” Series.  Each week I will share ideas for items to add to your emergency/72-hour kit(s).  The hope is that by taking small steps every week, we will become better prepared without spending a fortune.  This week we are talking about how to waterproof matches.         Now we all know that waterproof matches are more expensive than the regular ones, but it’s not tough […]

How to Waterproof Matches – 72-Hour Kit