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We are all in a tough time in America so it seems a good idea to share tips, ideas, for economical living, how do we afford new 'stuff' and where can we get good 'used stuff '..be interested in any ideas to cope .what may be a long haul.When the going gets tough the tough get going '

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I have been getting some essentials in as I think we are in for a rough ride economically or possibly from other problems .I am not good at storing not having had to , I also am apt to buy things then use them.This week I am concentrating on liquids, water, soda as we need  that first any ideas , I have put water into 3 large containers and change it every few weeks and I have some bottles stored ..,  
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We had a meeting here from the Red Cross.  They had a few ideas.  Go online to their site and you will get a lot of good ideas.
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I dint know that I will check it out, thanks .
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I recently bought a couple of large plastic bins.  They're large enough that a child could easily fit inside.  Fortunately for me, I don't have small children who might get inquisitive enough to try that kind of thing.  I didn't get them all at once, because they're still nearly $15 each and anyone on a fixed income or who is out of work...  Anyway, I bought two, because one needs to store so much water even for just one person and one small pet.  I have to stack them on top of each other and there certainly isn't room for any more than the two, as I can't reach any higher than that and there is no more horizontal space for more.  But, they are sturdy enough that one could actually sit on them.  I bought them at Big Lots.  They probably would've cost twice as much or more elsewhere.  This is just for the water and food supplies.  I have most of the first aid supplies elsewhere, and I'm working on creating the "grab 'n run" kit one needs for a natural disaster or such.

Anyway, I brought it up because I thought it was a clever enough idea for storage when space is at a minimum.  If you have a house and/or garage, you should be able to get more of these bins for households with more people and pets without so much trouble for space.

Watch the dates on your canned foods, especially the items you place in your emergency supply kit.  Most have dates stamped right on them these days.  This wasn't always the case.  I would advise only placing canned items that have at least two years or later for the expiration date.  This way your well-thought out plans aren't a waste of money, time and effort.  You obviously want foods that don't need to be cooked and foods that you usually eat anyway.  What someone reminded me of recently is that as it becomes closer to the expiration dates of some of your stored foods, you buy new stuff and just eat from the older stuff in the emergency stash.  That way it won't all be expired and unusable when it comes time that the stuff is actually needed in an emergency.  While salt is a necessity, do try not to have foods with a lot of salt in your emergency supply, because such foods only make one thirsty, so one would need a lot more water.  You obviously want your water to last you for as long as possible during an emergency.  If the emergency is such that you can stay in the home, such as an extended power outage or one is cut off from being able to go anywhere for supplies due to floods, make sure you start stocking the emergency supplies up again once the emergency is over.  It's always good to store more water than the Red Cross suggests, if possible.  Water is the most important supply to have in your emergency kit.  Far more important than food is even.

I'm mainly talking about the food and water portion of the emergency supplies, but I thought I should share my idea about these bins.
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