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Pallet Wood Projects

Frequent Prepography contributor Grumpy G is nothing less than a pallet aficionado and has had me taking a second look at pallet wood as a low cost resource for building pallet wood projects. I’d previously dismissed this abundant and low cost building material from an outdated worry surrounding introducing toxic chemicals into my immediate environment.  I can still hear one of my sergeants yelling at then Private Jackson…”Jackson, take that damned pallet off the fire, don’t you know they’re treated with toxic chemicals!” Grumpy G and others over the years have shared pallet wood project stories with me and I’ve been concerned with their safety but have had my concerns brushed off by those in the know…that doesn’t mean every pallet is safe to build from (or burn nearby) but some of them certainly are and you can find out which ones by reading this short article from Instructibles or this article for expanded information. …anyway, on to the purpose of this note to our readers…Grumpy G has shared a cool website with me called 1001 Pallets but would more appropriately be titled 1001 Pallet Wood Projects.  It’s a great place to view the possibilities for this most humble of recyclable materials.  You can see pictures of pallet wood projects for the garden, the workplace, the home or anyplace else you can imagine…check it out. FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

Dehydrating Store Brand Frozen Vegetables

An Introduction To Dehydrating Store Brand Frozen Vegetables Dehydrating store brand frozen vegetables is a quick and easy way of creating inexpensive long term preps. They are less expensive than freeze dried, or prepared dehydrated vegetables and they are quicker and easier to prepare than fresh vegetables. They also offer more flexibility in your preparation schedule as well as providing a good, uniform quality in the end product.   There are certainly some negatives to using them but the benefits outweigh the negatives by a wide margin. The Cost Saving Of  Dehydrating Store Brand Frozen Vegetables Anyone on budget or is cost conscience knows that freeze dried or prepared dehydrated foods can be an expensive choice for long term food storage. Recently, an online store had #10 cans of freeze dried sweet corn on sale for $12.95. The suggested 23 servings per can cost $.56 apiece. That is on the low end, as regular prices can be upwards of 50% higher. In comparison, I recently bought all the store brand frozen veggies pictured to the left  for $.89 each, that’s five bags for just $4.45. Each bag contained ten servings, giving me a total of 50 servings. Broken down, that is $.09 a serving. Sometimes, you can even find store brand frozen veggies on sale for as low as $.69 each; driving the cost down even more. Dehydrating Store Brand Frozen Vegetables Gives You Flexibility I think almost everyone would agree that eating preserved home grown vegetables is preferable to eating store bought. The problem is that once most vegetables are picked, you have a very narrow window to preserve them in before they go bad. For someone in a time crunch this could be an issue. You are also limited by the amount of your harvest. If you have small garden, you may not be able to raise the amount...

Paul on Bipartisanship – Today’s Quote

I think we have passed that point of no return where we can actually get our house in order…I believe there is too much bipartisanship on the spending. Nobody is talking about cutting any spending. Representative, Dr. and former Air Force Captain Ron Paul FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

Boyle on 41:1 – Today’s Quote

According to the Congressional Budget Office, the last-minute fiscal cliff deal reached by congressional leaders and President Barack Obama cuts only $15 billion in spending while increasing tax revenues by $620 billion—a 41:1 ratio of tax increases to spending cuts. Matthew Boyle via Fiscal Cliff Deal: $1 in Spending Cuts for Every $41 in Tax Increases. FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

Williams on Bogus Rights – Today’s Quote

The way our Constitution’s framers used the term, a right is something that exists simultaneously among people and imposes no obligation on another. For example, the right to free speech, or freedom to travel, is something we all simultaneously possess. My right to free speech or freedom to travel imposes no obligation upon another except that of non-interference. In other words, my exercising my right to speech or travel requires absolutely nothing from you and in no way diminishes any of your rights. Contrast that vision of a right to so-called rights to medical care, food or decent housing, independent of whether a person can pay. Those are not rights in the sense that free speech and freedom of travel are rights. If it is said that a person has rights to medical care, food and housing, and has no means of paying, how does he enjoy them? There’s no Santa Claus or Tooth Fairy who provides them. You say, “The Congress provides for those rights.” Not quite. Congress does not have any resources of its very own. The only way Congress can give one American something is to first, through the use of intimidation, threats and coercion, take it from another American. So-called rights to medical care, food and decent housing impose an obligation on some other American who, through the tax code, must be denied his right to his earnings. In other words, when Congress gives one American a right to something he didn’t earn, it takes away the right of another American to something he did earn. Dr. Walter E. Williams via Bogus rights FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

H Clinton on the National Debt – Today’s Quote

…our rising debt levels…poses a national security threat…. And it also sends a message of weakness internationally. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, September 8, 2010 FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

Veterans Day Discounts 2012

Veterans Day is tomorrow.  Here’s a list of Veterans Day 2012 Discounts and Freebies available to U.S. Military veterans and service members: OLIVE GARDEN Veterans Eat Free. Olive Garden Restaurants offer a free meal (with proof of service) from a list of several entrees on a special menu. This special is scheduled for Monday, November 12, 2012. Additionally, some Olive Garden restaurants will also give out a $10 gift card to veterans for a future visit.   APPLEBEE’S Military Veterans and Active-Duty Service Members will be able to eat FREE at any Applebee’s across the U.S. on Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11, 2012. There will be six entrées available from the menu. Guests will be asked to show one ore more of the following as proof of Service: a U.S. Uniform Services Identification Card, a U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement, Veterans Organization Card, a photograph in uniform, or wearing a uniform in person. For more information about Veterans Day at Applebee’s, visit the Applebee’s websitehttp://www.applebees.com/vetDay/default.aspx   GOLDEN CORRAL Golden Corral’s 9th annual Military Appreciation Monday dinner will be held on Monday, November 12, 2012, from 4 to 9 pm in all Golden Corral restaurants nationwide. The FREE dinner meal is a special “thank you tribute” to any person who has ever served in the United States Military. If you are a veteran, retired, currently serving, in the National Guard or Reserves, you are invited to join us for Golden Corral’s Military Appreciation Monday dinner. To date, Golden Corral restaurants have provided over 2.2 million free meals and contributed over $3.3 million to the Disabled American Veterans organization.   CHILI’S FREE meal, Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov 11, 2012. Chili’s is offering all Military Veterans past and present their choice of one of 6 meals. This offer is available during business hours at participating Chili’s...

Don’t Follow the Judas Goat – a Tax Commentary

A ‘Judas Goat’ is a goat trained to associate with other herd animals, primarily sheep or cattle and lead them to slaughter.  By following the Judas Goat the unsuspecting livestock calmly walk right up to their own demise.  When it comes to taxation, make sure that you don’t follow the Judas Goat! I’m consistently amazed at the stupid things that celebrities say and the questionable causes they support.  Just look at how many celebrities have been hoodwinked by the extremist group PETA into endorsing their agenda and even posing naked to support it.  I understand the need to ‘make a difference’ in the world but do your homework folks!  The worst of these celebrity ’causes’ is the recent rash of celebrity ‘tax the rich’ and last year’s ‘support Occupy Wall Street’ celebrity endorsements. These tax-increase celebrities remind me of that Judas Goat…with their expectation that we will be so star-struck that we calmly follow them into taxmeggeddon.  Even seemingly rational businessmen like Warren Buffet have chosen to play the Goat.  My only guess is that if you’ve accumulated all the wealth you’ll ever need than it’s worth it to deflect the animosity of the class envy by saying “no, really, I should be taxed more” or maybe the motivation is just guilt. The problem with the Judas Goat is that his or her approach doesn’t lead to the Goat’s slaughter…just the rest of us.  If you really believe you should pay more taxes it’s easy to do…just look how hard most U.S. citizens work to keep their tax burdens manageable. The late President, Ronald Reagan (Republican & Union Boss…go figure) once described how at the height of his acting career (when our top tax bracket was 90%) he just went to the ranch to hang out for half of each year.  He could have been working on additional pictures...

Fisher on Central Bankers – Today’s Quote

Nobody really knows what will work to get the economy back on course. And nobody-in fact, no central bank anywhere on the planet-has the experience of successfully navigating a return home from the place in which we now find ourselves. No central bank-not, at least, the Federal Reserve-has ever been on this cruise before. Dallas Federal Reserve President Richard Fisher in a recent talk before a Harvard Club audience FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

Top 10 Items to Buy Before The Election

The economic, environmental, religious and political stressors on society are compounding in ways not seen since at least the 1960’s.  These forces will have an affect on the prices (and likely the availability) of a number of the goods and commodities you use regularly as well as those important for preparedness.  Of course, the big elephant (or donkey) in the room is the upcoming U.S. presidential election.  I urge you to consider Prepography‘s Top 10 Items to Buy Before the Election: Meat & Dairy:  This summer’s severe drought has significantly decreased the cost and amount of available fodder for livestock causing many farmers to cull their herds.  While herd culling will create some downward pressure in the short run on prices it will be somewhat offset by the government’s plan to spend $170 Million on meat in order to give it away in an election year bid for more agricultural votes.  Even so, the next few months will be the time to stock up on meat and dairy.  Just make sure you can adequately store it if you don’t buy canned for long term storage.  I still talk economics with folks who claim there’s no inflation but consider these retail price comparisons provided by the USDA for the two years leading up to August 2012:  ground beef +19.5%, pork products excluding canned sliced +11.3%, whole fresh chicken +14.3%, Grade A eggs +24%, cheddar cheese +18.1% Veggies and Grains:  Again the drought is having a significant affect.  We’re still eating off of last years harvest but the futures markets are heating up and this year’s harvest looks like a bust.  In my area farmers are bringing in 5-10 bushel per acre (BPA) corn instead of 120-180 BPA and a big portion of the crop must go to ethanol production by law.  There are few certainties in life but the likelihood...

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