Prepper Top 100 "TO DO" list

Prepper Top 100 "TO DO" list:
Here is our popular prepper's checklist of things TO DO today towards your prepping goals:

#1: Be happy and grateful.
Take a moment to be grateful for your current life of abundance. Be grateful for the toilet paper! Be grateful for a cup of coffee, chocolate or bacon. Be grateful as you take a shower, take a drink of water, or wash your clothes. Relish the abundances of a life unaffected by disaster.

#2: Get free prepper stuff on Amazon with Visa and American Express.
Your VISA card may have a point system for purchases. Bank of America provides options to receive Amazon gift certificates. Shop for prepping supplies with points.

#3: Create a food and supplies journal.
Get a pad of paper and write down exactly what your family eats for an entire week, right down to the snacks. You'll be amazed at your family list and it can serve as a personal guide to food storage. This will help you build your food storage.

#4: Check the list of 37 critical foods for the pantry.
Have you stocked the 37 essential pantry food items? Check your pantry against our list and get them before they're gone from supermarket store shelves.

#5: Shop for bug-out clothing.

Everyone looks better in camouflage; even so, you shouldn't wear camouflage clothing directly after a disaster or you could compromise your safety if you live in an urban setting. Looking too much like military personnel is a signal to potential marauders that you have things to take.

#6: Turn that brown thumb into a green one.
Who says you need a garden? In five days you could sprout seeds in a seed sprout tray, and add a crunchy home grown goodness to your sandwiches, pastas or salads. Antioxidants found in seed sprouts help protect your body against free radicals. Try sprouting lentils, green peas, garbanzo, and mung beans, too.

#7: Learn to make fire in more than one way.
A BIC lighter is an excellent tool, but the day may come when it cracks or runs out fuel rendering it useless until you fix it. A magnifying glass is a good option for starting a fire if you don't a have a lighter. A good magnifying glass is around $4 and available with free shipping. Other good firestarters include a magnesium stick, fire ribbon or waterproof matches.

#8: Do today's laundry (just get caught up).
Get all your laundry caught up. Yes, it's an everyday task, but today is the day to air your dirty laundry! Suppose the power grid goes down, and you're laundry is stacked to the hilt. You'd
be wasting precious water and time laundering by hand tomorrow. Discover off the grid laundry techniques and never wait until tomorrow what you can do today.

#9: Do tomorrow's laundry (off-grid method).
Get an inexpensive washboard and do your laundry the old fashioned way. The Maid-Rite washboard, pictured right, will do the trick. Or try the green Laundry POD, which has an easy to
use spinning, washing and draining system, clean clothes by hand in less than 10 minutes. While you're at it, get some clothes pins, hangers and a wash line!

#10 Do your dishes (enjoy the dishwasher).
Be happy and grateful in the goodness you enjoy everyday, like the convenience of a dishwasher. Know that the dishes you pile into the dishwasher today could be your last. While you're at it,
you may as well check your supply of paper plates, napkins, and disposable utensils. You won't want waste precious water doing the dishes by hand if the power grid goes down! Also, get yourself some basins so you can do the dishes by hand.

#11: Make doctor's or dentist appointments.
Get a checkup while you can. Never delay surgeries. Kep current on prescriptions. Talk with your doctor and stock your cabinets with extra supplies. Smile knowing you know what to do when there is no dentist.

#12: Hold a yard sale or garage sale.
Shedding your home of non-essentials will not only create more space for you to stock your prepping essentials, but it will provide funds to buy more prepping gear, hunting equipment,
camping equipment, or food storage. Or sell your collection on eBay. Would you rather have a collection of freeze dried food for your pantry or a collection of Beanie Babies? Enough said!
eBay is the perfect venue to convert collections into supplies and food to meet your Prepper's list of essentials.

#13: Go to a garage sale.
Now that you've held your own garage sale to get rid of things you don't need, head to a garage sale to find the things you do need with your profits. You'll find plenty of emergency preparedness supplies, including used camping equipment, survival books, inexpensive bicycles and shelving, or hand-crank tools and more at a garage sale.

#14: Get a Grain Mill (hard wheat grinder)!
Grind your own wheat and save money baking your own breads. A Wondermill Grinder, pictured immediate works with wet/oily grains; legumes, coffee, garbanzos, seeds, nuts, also!

#15: Check your bicycle (and have repair tools on hand)!

Your bike might be the only mode of transportation in an extreme power grid failure. If you don't have a bicycle head to Amazon (we recommend getting an adult tricycle to load your essentials). Of course you can always procure a used bicycle at a garage sale. Extras would be great for bartering or backup! Ensure you have a bike lock for every bike and at one bicycle repair kit on hand. The bike tool kit left is just about everything you need. Add patches, extra tubes, chains, oil and a bike pump and you're just about good to go. You'll need some expertise in repairing bikes.

16: Count how many cans you have that contain liquids.
Your food shelf space should contain 10 percent liquid foods. Any liquid foods you have will help you conserve your water supply. For example, you can make rice with chicken, beef or
vegetable stock or and as mentioned above, coconut milk. Pineapple juice has an especially long shelf life (4-5 years). Other liquid cans include; vegetable juice (such as V-8 Juice) or tomato juice; and evaporated milk.

17: Fill a pitcher of water for the refrigerator.
Everyday, stock your refrigerator with ordinary tap water (even if you only drink filtered water). Filter it if you like, but fill a pitcher or jug. This will be your first source of water in the event of a disaster. Make the habit of putting water in your coffee maker in the evening, so it's ready in the morning and you'll have that much extra water in your supply.

#18: Stay thirsty my friend.
Enjoy a glass of water, right now. Most of us just don't drink enough water. If a survival scenario commences, most people will be operating at a deficit. You can tip the odds in your favor by quenching your thirst. Walk away from the computer and do it now, then go on to read the rest of this survival checklist.

The Big Berkey Water filter, right is a prepper favorite for clean drinking water.

A check on your water supply is on the Prepper TO DO list!

#19: Rotate your canned goods.
Prepare a meal from eligible stock or donate items that haven't yet met their expiration date to a food bank. Look for dented, rusted, or cans that have bulged and throw them out. While you're at it, check out the Food Rotation System: can food torage rack at the top of the page. It will fit in just about any pantry.

#20: Assemble something.
Take something out of the box and test it. Assemble the camp cooking stove or try out the new solar oven. You may find it's missing or broken part or it doesn't work as well as you thought. It's better to find out sooner than later.

#21: Clean a closet or drawer.
There's a closet you've been meaning to re-arrange, isn't there? You don't need to take on the chore all at once. Take it one drawer, box, shelf or compartment at a time.

#22: Buy an extra bucket opener.
You already stock extra can openers, right? If you've got buckets of stored foods, purchase some extra bucket openers and Gamma Lids. Gamma lids will make opening your buckets easier without a bucket opener. They seal up nicely. With an ordinary bucket lid, you might not be able to open them up without an bucket opener.

#23: Check for leaks in your water supplies.
Perhaps you've stacked water too high or a notice that a bottle has sprung a leak. Monitoring could save the day! If you neglect water supplies, the leakage could damage floors and possibly ruin your food sources and other supplies, like toilet paper and paper towels.

#24: Learn a new skill.
Preppers always have new skills to master. Take up a new hobby today whether it's coin collecting, gardening, fishing or charcuterie! What the heck is Charcuterie? Find out how this skill could help you as a Prepper.

#25: Start chopping some firewood!
You know you'll need seasoned firewood, right? Your wood must be a half year old to burn it. Get chopping, my friend! This will be the most difficult part of an off-grid life: keeping firewood stocked.

#26: Get a firestarter and Build a fire.
Hawke's Special Forces Survival Handbook has an excellent 30 page guide in chapter four on how to build a fire. In it, Hawje discusses the importance of lighters, goes over the fire hierarchy and shows you how to produce a spark and build a fire. You'll need to have stockpile many different kinds of firestarters, so you'll always have backups.

#27: Fill your car with gas.
A tank is never more than half empty in a prepper household. Keeping vehicles prepared also means having regular maintenance, and checking the oil and water levels. You'll be your own mechanic in the event of a major catastrophe. (Learn how to save money on gas.)

#28: Stock up on car maintenance items.
You'll always need oil changes, coolants, spark plugs, and air filters. While you're at it, check your spare tires. Stock a fan belt and a timing belt. A tow strap is immensely useful and often overlooked. Grab one today. Also, every car should have Datrex emergency food ration bars on hand. They are non-thirst provoking and will give you the calories you need until you are out of harm's way. Most people think of them for boating, but Datrex provides smooth sailing for your vehicles too.

#29: Take a hike!
Preppers and their families are in their best possible physical condition because they walk, run and exercise everyday. Hiking is a skill that may be required in the event the unthinkable happens. Do something active with your family to keep in peak shape! Or hold a drill and bugout by bicycle!

#30: Say Howdy to "Double Doodie".
Poor hygiene in the aftermath of a catastrophe could be one of the biggest killers for mankind. Because of the risk of infections of poor sanitation, it's important to get your portable toilet set up and go "Double Doodie." Plan your sanitation today, before the stuff hits the fan tomorrow.

#31: Get to know your neighbors.
Perhaps there's a medical doctor, nurse or an EMT down the street. Ask him or her to review your first aid kit. Dentists and hygienists could provide some dental assistance. Just remember
the first rule of Prep Club: don't talk about Prep Club. Be a good neighbor. If you are public about your prepping plans, which we don't advise, then you must integrate neighbors in your
planning efforts. Help them develop their own means of survival! An acceptable way to approach neighbors is to set up or participate in a neighborhood watch. This is equivalent to
pioneers banding together and "circling their wagons" to defend themselves on the prairies.

#32: Read a Prepper's books and articles.
Pick up a book on prepping. Visit regularly for new articles. Surf Bing, Google or Yahoo for Prepper blogs. Head to YouTube for Prepper videos. There are always new ideas to consider to enhance your Prepper lifestyle!

#33: Try out a new Prepper recipe.
Make dinner tonight with ingredients from your Prepper's pantry and stored Water you've never tried that sun oven? Now is the time to try a recipe and to calculate how long it will take to get that meal prepared from foods in your pantry. You may discover that you need some new recipes or to expand the ingredients of your everyday pantry. Here's our preppers list of foods to stock.

  • Splurge on a Prepper's Cookbook. There aren't many good prepper's cookbooks around and the Prepper's Pantry, pictured left is a good one. Where else are you going to learn how to cook those dehydrated potatoes?

#34: Spend ten bucks.
You can prep on any budget and the dollar stores are a great place to start. Read 99 ways to spend a buck at the dollar stores. Or shop online: we'll help you with prepping on the cheap for $10 or less.

#35: Head to the drug store to get some canned meat.
You'll find canned meat inexpensive at the local pharmacy. DAK canned hams are sometimes two for $5. That's one pound of excellent Danish ham for $2.50!

#36: Live off your freeze dried foods for a week.
Buy the individual sizes so you can sample a variety. Calculate how much water you'll need and how much food you need to eat as a family to feel satiated. Often the recommended serving size on the package will not match your actual needs. You'll also quickly discover the need for variety and you'll also recognize that your stomach will feel differently. Take heed and get some fiber pills!

NOTE: With freeze dried foods, you'll need to store more water.

#37: Consider adding a jar of Vaseline to your supplies list.
Petroleum jelly is an excellent fire-starter when paired with cotton balls soaked in the stuff. Paired with gauze it's also an effective ointment for scrapes, burns, and cuts for your first aid kit. Additionally, it can soothe chapped lips, and prevent chafing between legs minimizing friction between skin and clothing for walking or running long distances.

#38: Learn sign language.
You may find yourself in a situation where communicating with family members covertly will be the best course of action. Practice a few essential signs (made up or real ones) to help you communicate should marauders threaten your family and supplies. Learn words in American Sign Language.

#39: Clear the condiment shelf of your refrigerator!
Use the added shelf space for bottled drinks. You can never have enough water stored and this is a way to squeeze in some extra space. While canned foods can last well beyond the use by date, condiments in open bottles can be dangerous to your health. There's no need to store a salad dressing from 2009 or a hot sauce that's too zippy for your families tastes. Get rid of it.

#40. Take a self defense Class. Get some defense tools.
Even a simple self-defense key chain, pictured immediate right, could save your life.

#41: Test your Prepper knowledge.
See if you know the glossary of Prepper terms in our Prepper's Dictionary. It means you're about halfway to becoming a Happy Prepper. " Ghee" there are a lot of words defined there.

#42: Talk with Great Grandma or Grandpa.
Perhaps someone you know survived the Great Depression. Lend an ear to an elderly person to find out how they stocked their pantry in the old days or how they survived hard times. The Great Depression wasn't so great, but people made do with what they had or did without.

#43: Shop a farmer's market and can something.
Supporting locals may not at first seem like a Prepper thing to do, but when you shop a farmer's market, you are supporting local families and you may find the perfect ingredients for your home canning or dehydrating projects. Most farmer's markets are organic: that's a total bonus!

44: Check the sodium content of your canned goods.
FEMA warns the public that salty foods increase the amount of water you want to drink. This extra thirst threatens your water supply by depleting it faster than if you had low sodium goods. Donate the foods with high sodium to food banks, and find alternative canned products.

45: Add more iodized salt to your shopping list.
Iodine is an essential trace element; and salting is an important task in preserving. Check the label as you'd be surprised that many sea salts do not contain iodine.

46: Boil some rice.
Seriously, you don't know how to boil rice? You may rely on the directions for box of rice, microwave frozen rice dishes, or plug in a rice cooker, but none of these options will work if there's a power blackout. It's better to work on this skill now before you need it. Now come up with some recipes around this inexpensive staple. Learn about rice and beans.

47: Make some food with grains, beans and legumes.
Sure, you've stocked-piled long term survival foods, but do you know how to cook something with them? Make some lentils with rice, mill some flour and bake some bread, sprout something. Practice making something edible from samples of your food storage. Legumes (including beans, lentils, peas, and peanuts), are rich in protein and also a good source of fiber. Plus they're low in fat. But if you don't know how to cook something, then they are worthless in your pantry. Rice and beans will probably be your staple, so you'll need to know how to make something tasty. Brown some rice in butter, then add some diced tomatoes and brown sugar and you'll have a wonderful Mexican style rice, that will be very tasty with beans.

48: Stock up on board and card games and books.
How will you pass the time with your family when they watch T.V.? Buy books and games early for the holidays and keep them in reserve for the day the lights go out. Here is a list of our favorite family board games for prepper families.

49: Save seeds and sprout them.
Stockpile NON-GMO survival seeds before they are no longer available, and Monsanto controls you. Enjoy sprouting seeds. They are healthy and fun to grow.

#50: Learn how to read a map.
Figure out how to navigate without a compass. A compass might not work and GPS might not be available. Your bug-out plan may require that you check alternate routes.

#51: Learn how to navigate with a compass.
The Silva lesson on how to use a compass is a great use of just six minutes of your time. Bookmark this page and watch the video if you don't know how to use the bezel ring on your compass. If you don't already have a compass, know that the Silva compass, left is highly rated. Keep your compass in the car or on your person so that you always have one with you.

#52: Get products to repair punctures and inflates your tires.
Some newer cars have the capability to driver 80 miles with a puncture! if you don't have such tires, get help in a can to inflate your tires. Two popular products include "Fix a Flat" or Slime "Quick Spair" either is great to have in your car to help you get to your destination. See our Car Essentials page.

#53: Be thankful if you love meat, consider eating bugs, and say goodbye to vegetarianism.
Americans could certainly learn to live on less meat. Mykel Hawke, Captain, U.S. Army Special Forces, and star of "Man, Woman, Wild" on the Discovery Channel, says that "About 90% of bugs and animals can be eaten by humans, but 90% of plants cannot." That's enough information to know that you simply can't beat meat when it comes to your prepping plans. One can only stay a vegetarian thanks to a stable agrarian society. Once we've been knocked off the power grid, survival kicks in an sustains itself through meat. Americans could certainly learn to live on less meat.

#54: Super-size your food storage.
Super-size your prepping and buy food in bulk and put into food-grade buckets. Mylar bags will keep your food safe for the long term. Plastic Bags will help protect macaroni and flavored rice products from moisture and vermin; plus you can identify expiration dates quickly.

#55: Get into the medical stuff.

#56: Switch toilet paper brands.
If you're not buying Scott's 1000 toilet paper, then you're changing the roll too often! Test this product and you'll see. You may prefer the fluffier stuff, but because Scott's is concentrated and is not fluffed up, it will store away more compactly for your emergency toiletry supplies.

#57: Cut your old garments.
On the homestead nothing goes to waste. Cut up your old garments and make a quilt. If you're not going to donate or sell them, then start snipping your old clothes into quilt sized sheets to use when the toilet paper runs out! This material will surely store better than toilet paper.

#58: Check your tarps and supplies.
Do you have enough plywood to patch up a broken window or to batten down the hatches in the event of a world in chaos? A tarp can help you in a pinch. Tarps have many other uses! A tarp can help you temporarily patch a roof. The thing is ordinary blue tarps may attract too much attention. Prepper's often want to stay under the radar. The camouflage tarp, right can help you hide many things. Be sure to have enough duct tape, bungee cord and stakes on hand. Yes, they make camouflage duct tape. Get some camouflage nets, too!

#59: Buy non-food supplies at the grocery store.
Toilet paper: check. Paper towels: check. Trash bags: check. Can-opener: double check! Get extra can openers and spread them throughout your supplies. Consider disposable vinyl gloves for sanitation, and dish washing gloves to help protect your hands. Then there's disinfectant wipes, and freezer bags.Get the non-food supplies to hoard while they are still available.

#60: Have cash on hand.
Be the only one on the block with cash that you can use at the grocery stores when credit cards for everyone else won't work.

#61: Head to the pawn shop.
Pawn some useless stuff and get into junk silver coins or hard cold cash. Investing in precious metals could pay off the day the dollar devalues to next to nothing, just the way it did during the Great Depression, (owning pre-1964 coins can be considered a collectible, and likely won't be confiscated).

#62: Save silver, start collecting nickel and copper.
Now that you've got some junk silver, find a good spot for safekeeping. Next on the list is to go through your coins and start sorting the old copper pennies and nickels from the new ones. Nickel certainly has more value as nickel than the 5 cents it's worth. Likewise, so does the copper penny. These raw materials may prove to be a barter item in the new world.

#63: Bake biscuits from scratch.
Bob's Red Mill has wheat and wheat-free varieties of biscuit and baking mixes. Add some cheese, butter, water and salt and you can have tasty cheddar biscuits. Yes, they make canned butter. Try baking biscuits with a stick on an open fire by wrapping it around the stick.

#64: Roll some tortillas.
With masa harina, some warm water and salt you can make delicious homemade tortillas. This will certainly be a welcome addition to all those rice and beans you've stored.

#65: Explore some new canned meats.
Put down the SPAM and start salivating when you see canned bacon. See the list of meat to stock in the Prepper's pantry.

#66: Start a Prepper's Binder (Survival Manual).
Gather all your favorite articles, recipes, instructions and checklists in one place. This personal resource will be invaluable to your family in the event you are not able to continue preparing and protecting your family.

#67: Review your homeowners insurance coverage.
FEMA says everyone lives in a flood zone. Ask your insurance agent to advise you on proper coverage for floods and earthquakes too. What is FEMA hiding? Find out FEMAs secrets.

68: Stock up on pet supplies.
Prep for your pet (and you simultaneously).

  • Fish antibiotics might be useful for humans when there is no doctor and you can't get your hands on prescription drugs to save a life.
  • Kitty litter is good for home made toilets and will get your car out of the snow.
  • Dog and cat food. Get dog and cat food, but not for your personal food storage silly! Although, we've heard of some crazy Preppers who plan to eat this inexpensive meat source (not us); however, surely, it's better than eating crickets.

#69: Get some thermal under wear under there!
Available year round on Amazon, see what they have right now for family, including thermal shirts and pants. Now those are some Prepper's panties! Think about your bugout clothes.

#70: Crank it up with a crank radio.
Information could be the difference between life and death. If you have a crank radio, then you're able to stay on top of important news if it should surface. Best of all, all the power you need is available in your hand.

#71: Join like minded friends on Social Media.
Visit HappyPreppers on social media and hook up with others who are preparing for the best case scenario. Remember the first rule of Prep Club is "Don't talk about Prep Club!" Many preppers are on Facebook and Twitter, two other good place to try are Pinterest and Google+. If you like this article, please Google+ us at the top right of the page. That's also where you'll find the links to our Google+ page.

#72: Get a fire extinguisher and learn how to use it.
Let everyone in the family know where you've stashed the fire extinguisher and give them a quick lesson how to use it. You just may have to play firefighter someday.

#73: Think with your head !
Lice will probably be more prevalent if the world goes off the grid. If you don't want to take on the harsh chemicals of the traditional lice treatments, then at minimum get a special lice comb.

#74: Plan ahead for your growing kids.
Buy stuff in advance of kids growth spurts. For little kids, buy the next size up of diapers, and plan ahead for toddler foods. Get more powdered milk to replace the formulas. Set aside sturdy shoes for each of your kids in a size larger than they currently own. Garage sales are a great place for such finds. Stock up also on larger sized socks (find them inexpensively at the dollar stores) and underwear. If you have prepubescent girls, consider stashing an extra supply of menstrual pads. Hume schooling might be necessary, so get some material, such as an illustrated dictionary and some work books a few grades ahead. Ensure they have the right size gas mask.

#75: Watch a Prepper video.
See our list of Prepper television shows and movies. Noah had his ark, Curtis had his bomb shelter. When all the world thinks you're crazy, the movie "Take Shelter' certainly will at least make you feel normal in the insane world where most people don't prepare!

#76: Consider the art of self defense: using psychology.
There is an art to using the right tactics to defend yourself. Anyone can avoid, hide and disguise, diffuse, surprise and retreat. Read our guide to self defense on these very principles.

#77. Grow your own and Buy NON-GMO foods.
Stock your pantry with non-GMO foods:

Look for the "Non-GMO project verified" label to ensure that food you buy is not genetically modified. High risk crops include alfalfa, canola, corn, papaya, soy, sugar beets zucchini and yellow summer squash. Look also for grass fed meats, and milk. Cows/cattle should eat grass, not corn, barley, wheat, soybean, or rye, because these grains are an unnatural diet for them. Cows bloat eating those foods and need antibiotics. Preppers are concerned with non GMO foods. That's why they buy heirloom seeds that art non GMO. Besides, the protein can be dangerously low in other seeds. You'll have to make some choices about foods in your survival pantry, including buying more organic. Thankfully change is starting through awareness. People are buying organic foods. Even Wal-Mart, which now carries organic products! Learn the truth about food production in the United States. Want to learn more about how cows eat feed pumped with toxic chemicals? Watch Food, Inc. to learn exactly why.

#78. Discover Scoutcraft as an adult.
You're never too old to pick up scouting skills. Pickup a Boy Scout Manual and learn how to "be prepared" the original Boy Scout way. The original aim of Boy Scouts was to promote the ability in boys to do things for themselves and others. They were the original Preppers! "Scoutcraft" includes first aid, lifesaving, tracking, signaling, campcraft, woodcraft, chivalry and patriotism among other subjects. Learn to make a sundial and more.

#79: Know what you'll do to survive.
Watch this short urban survival video featuring survival expert Cody Lundin. You may not take his advice, but at least you'll know what he's doing. Get to know Cody, the shoeless survivalist from Seattle. You may just want to purchase "When all Hell Breaks Loose: stuff you need to survive when disaster strikes," pictured right. In it you'll learn the various uses of ordinary freezer bags and the realities of food plan.

#80: Duct tape something.
There's nothing you can't fix with duct tape, WD-40, paracord or a bottle of whisky or vodka! Of all these things, duct tape is most popular with preppers.

#81: Dump your Teflon (and get into cast iron).
When you know the facts, you'll want to get rid of any Teflon product you own. Teflon emits toxic particles that has been known to kill birds. Invest in a cast iron skillet, which provides a healthy does of iron and is available to cook on any kind of heat source. You can throw an iron skillet right on the fire!

#82: Know how to make your own electrolytes.
A pinch of salt, a fistful of sugar and a half liter of water could prevent you from a diarrhea death in the event you don't have any Vitamin Water or Gatorade on hand. Learn more about drinks for survival.

83: Learn how to tie knots.
Teach your kids how to tie knots, too. With all the Velcro around, it's an art that has gone by the wayside and yet tying knots is av very useful skill.

#84: Prepare for nausea, diarrhea, upset stomach.
Your diet will certainly change in a survival situation. Plan now for worms, diarrhea and general stomach upset.

#85: Go to target practice.
Enjoy your 2nd amendment rights while they still exist. Build your marksmanship. You're only as skilled as your last shooting session. Your husband may get on board now that you want him to have a gun in the house. Don't like guns? Learn archery or pick up a sling shot and practice.

#86. Eat chocolate and stash some.
Chocolate is an antioxidant and superfood and better than fluoride at fighting tooth decay. Really! Learn how chocolate is a superfood for your teeth. It is also a luxury to savor for boosting morale. Stash chocolate in your preps, but know the expiration date is limited, so enjoy it.

#87: Make an extra credit card or mortgage payment.
To reduce debt, start with the card balance that's smallest and make an extra payment to get that debt paid off. Then work towards your next goal. Ideally preppers should have no debt. It is possible!

#88: Read the Richest Man in Babylon.
Not your ordinary prepper book, this is a book of parables on money written in the 1920s by George Clason that's easy to read and imparts secrets of the ages with regards to finances. In just 145 pages, you will learn how to "fatten thy purse, control thy expenditures and make thy gold multiply." This is invaluable information for Preppers, though it's not the typical of books recommended for Preppers because with more finances, you can buy more preps.

#89: Order canned butter, bacon and hamburger.
Yes, they make pure creamery butter, the real stuff and packaged it in a can. Really! And while you're at it, consider Yoder's canned bacon. Prepper's don't have to suffer. Yoder's also makes grass fed hamburger meat in a can.

#90: Buy distilled water (the purist form of water).
Reconsider your water supply. Get the facts about your local tap water and start drinking distilled water and storing it instead of tap water. Take some time to learn why fluoride is deadly in your water. There may be more lead and minerals in hard water, so get the facts about water softeners too.

#91: Get your water supplies off the cement.
Storing water bottles directly on cement of your garage may be dangerous. If the cement heats, which it often does in an unventilated garage space, the cement may leach chemical. Store your water on a pallet or platform to prevent lye leaching. Even a plank of plywood is fine.

#92: Check your freeze dried foods in relation stored water.
On average you'll need to store 1 cup of water for each individual serving of freeze dried food. Grab pen and paper and jot down the servings per #10 can and add it up. You may be surprised where you stand. Of all the preps, water is the most critical. Discover the 7 Lessons on Water for Survival.

#93: Start saving your pennies: quite literally!
The copper value of a penny is two or three times its value as copper than as a penny. Think of it this way, copper is a metal you might be able to barter. Learn the copper value of pennies, and start saving them. The value of nickels is approximately the same equivalent of .05 cents. Interestingly, nickels aren't 100% nickel (they are actually 75% copper).

#94: Enjoy National Geographic Doomsday Preppers.
Sometimes controversial with the prepper Community, because of the sensationalized nature of the program, the Doomsday Prepper show is entertaining. Look on YouTube or search On Demand with your cable company to find it. Enjoy it as comedy and compare strategies just for fun.

#95: Take refrigeration seriously.

  • Make a Zeer pot. A zeer pot is a simple refrigeration system that starts with clay pots, sand and water. See survival manual links for more information on how to make a zeer pot.
  • Realize they make solar freezrs! The price will probably come down, but if you've got a spare $1,200 lying around, then buy a solar freezer. It sounds a bit like an oxymoron, but they really do make a solar freezer appliance. Ideal for off-grid solar homes or applications where grid electricity is not readily available, you'll get used to the idea of adding solar appliances to your home. Try a solar powered battery charger or a solar oven, or an inexpensive solar flashlight.

#96: Build a Faraday cage.
Okay, now we're getting in to the fancy stuff. A Faraday cage is shielding device intended to protect electronic equipment from an intense interruption of solar radiation.

#97. Turn off the grid!
Have a drill with your family and bug in for the weekend without electricity. Light some candles and see what you learn from a bug-in weekend. This is a graduation to advanced Prepper status and you won't soon forget the experience.

#98. Set up an inventory spreadsheet.
Once you've amassed enough supplies, create an inventory. Soon you'll feel better knowing that you've prepped well or you'll know exactly what you still need, so you can create a wish list. At the top left hand of the page is a free Android app to help you make your TO DO list.

#99. Keep quiet.
The first rule of Prep Club is "Don't talk about Prep Club." Avoid the unwanted commentary you'll receive from friends and family by simply keeping prepping secretive. Rest assured, you're not a crazy Prepper! People of the past were always Preppers. They stockpiled food and supplies for lean times and for winter. The way of our past has simply been forgotten by the convenience of our current economy.

#100. Do something with a five gallon bucket!
If you don't have a five-gallon food-grade bucket, head to your local bakery and ask for one, then get started prepping! There are dozens of do-it-yourself ideas for a five-gallon bucket.

Be happy! Be a Happy Prepper! Realize that you're never done learning and never done prepping, but you can be happy knowing you are protecting your family. Yes, Prepping isn't always easy, but Prepping will surely ease your mind.

Happy endings...
While it's true the list of prepper chores is never complete, you can be happy in knowing that everything you to today (while there's still time) will help you survive whatever comes your way tomorrow, whether it's a job loss, sickness, or local disaster. There's power in preparedness!


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