Local Day After Christmas Sale Idea For Preppers

by David Morris on December 26, 2011

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas.  Thanks to all who sent me such heartfelt emails and notes.  I’m trying to spend as little time in front of my computer as possible for a few days, but I wanted to get this quick TIMELY tip out to you today.

It’s a tip that I’ve suggested for the last couple of years on the day after Christmas that a lot of you have taken advantage of…

If you’ve got the time, head to your local Home Depot, Lowes, Ace, Target, etc. and buy some LED Christmas lights on closeout.

Home Depot even has sets this year that are solar powered and come with a solar charger, Lithium Ion battery, a light sensor to turn them on automatically at dusk and a timer to turn them off 6 hours later!

If you’ve got 120 volt emergency power, these are a great cheap way to keep your house lit during an emergency.

A great accompaniment is the SMALL 1 plug cigarette adapter inverters that you can buy from Radio Shack so that you can power the lights with a 12 volt battery.  (FYI, the inverter probably draws about as much power as the LED bulbs do.)

And, if you want more adaptability, you can spend another $3 and get a battery harness that will hold 8 AA batteries (1.5vx8=12v) so you can run your LED strings on AA batteries.  The model I like is from Radio Shack, has a 9v type connector, and works like a charm.  It’s current model number is 270-387.

As you’re searching, you might want to look for these features:

-strings of lights rather than “icicle” lights

-a female plug at the end so you can run multiple sets in series

-wired so that the set will still work if a bulb goes out

-LED

If you’ve got any other after-Christmas prepper deals that you’re finding, please share them below 🙂

 

God bless & stay safe!
David Morris

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+3 Vote -1 Vote +1Rita
December 26, 2011 at 2:18 pm

this is a perfect time to get bath sets, right after Christmas the sales start, also blankets always good to have extra for emergency’s.

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+3 Vote -1 Vote +1Josiah
December 26, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Mom always had the right idea when it came to clothing shopping. No other time of the yeah will you find good summer cloths then winter. as well as vise versa, This summer I will be personally investing in good durable winter gear this summer, keeping in mind to go one or even a couple sizes bigger for my family. It surely can’t be a bad idea beIng that the clothes will eventually be used and considering the impending apocalypse, I doubt retail store will be stocked in the event of global catastrophe.
Thank you Mr. Morris for your insight and desire to pass your knowledge on to those less wise in an effort to preserve life. The true definition of a hero. We all owe you our gratitude.

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Jakoubeks
December 26, 2011 at 2:39 pm

We usually pick up on wrapping paper, cards, ornaments, and Christmas themed serving platters etc, for gifting Christmas goodies the next year. Last year I was able to purchase the multiple yards of Christmas Fabric at a considerable discount for all my Christmas sewing this year. REALLY a huge savings for all our Grandgem fun items!.

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+2 Vote -1 Vote +1Sally
December 26, 2011 at 2:55 pm

A lot of “Christmas” type of food on clearance too….some are already 75% off. I like the plastic containers of pretzels dipped in choc, and the bonus is the container with a screw on lid. There are gingerbread and cake mixes…. and don’t forget the seasonal candles at close out prices. Coffees and teas that are holiday blends are marked down too.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Ed
January 3, 2012 at 5:20 am

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all,
Speaking of prepper foods, is fruitcake the ultimate? It certainly seems to have an incredibly long shelf life…
All the best,
Ed

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Vote -1 Vote +1Heidi Wilson
December 26, 2011 at 3:06 pm

How do you plug the lights into the AA battery harness?

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+2 Vote -1 Vote +1Meathead
December 26, 2011 at 4:03 pm

Along with the Christmas clear LED’s, you can order LED’s with a conventional base to screw into a lamp socket. LED’s draw a lot less current than conventional bulbs or the new mercury poison bulbs.
A couple of good solar panels to charge a couple of marine batteries and a converter will power these LED lights for enough hours. You might also entertain the idea of purchasing a couple of 12 volt fans to help keep you cool in the summer.
When, not if, the dollar collapses and the grocery shelves are bare, you’ll fully realize what a “Long Hot Summer” really is.
Good luck in surviving the upcoming financial crisis.

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+2 Vote -1 Vote +1STAN
December 26, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Many thanks for your LED tip I had been wondering how to solve the lighting problem without having to resort to candles.I like your website nothing like it in the UK keep up the good work.Regards Stan

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Vote -1 Vote +1Gordon Brown
December 26, 2011 at 4:56 pm

First–all white lights are boring and shows no creativity.
Second–I’m sticking with old fashioned lights as long as they’re around.
Third–The prettiest Christmas trees have only the 3 primary colors, red, blue and green with white or yellow at the top in the form of a STAR OR AN ANGEL.
Guess I’m old fashioned. But so is Christmas!!!

Got a patriotic side? Try a tree with bottom third all re3d, middle all white and top 3rd all blue and fly an American flag of an appropriate size on top. Here, you can use a small solar powered spot light so the flag remains illuminated all night if the rest of the tree is on a timer.

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+5 Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
December 26, 2011 at 9:30 pm

If you’re as old fashoned as Christmas, then why are you using light bulbs at all? Shouldn’t you be using candles? 🙂

Seriously…LED Christmas lights use a tiny FRACTION of the electricity of “old fashoned” bulbs. And unless you’re sitting on an incredibly cheap and plentiful source of long term power that you can use after a disaster, you want to get as much light per watt as possible.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Speedy
December 27, 2011 at 4:32 am

Seriously, in the trucking business we are aware that (10) LED marker lights take the same amount of battery as (1) small regular (incandescent bulb) marker light with MUCH less heat/load on the wiring. The vibration on trucks have very little effect on the LED’s life.

So, less load, less heat & less trouble.

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Geo
December 27, 2011 at 6:45 am

We have gone to the Amish way of life, have purchased oil lamps and lamp oil for our emergency lighting. We alos have a battery/ crank lantern as another idea.

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Lamont
December 26, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Candles are also great deals from now through New Years. Places like Pier One & Bed Bath and Beyond sell the big ones for 50-85% off so they can get the “Christmas smells” moved.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Mary
December 26, 2011 at 5:39 pm

What is 120 volt emergency power?

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Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
December 26, 2011 at 9:25 pm

A generator, solar panels, wind generator, some other type of crank generator, a battery array, or other emergency/off the grid power sources.

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1jon
December 26, 2011 at 5:41 pm

merry christmas. Dave thanks for another great year of info looking forward to the next one

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Vote -1 Vote +1J Payne
December 26, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Another thing to pick up after Christmas is the reflective wrapping paper in the silver, it can work in a pinch if you are caught out in the cold.

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Smith
December 26, 2011 at 8:00 pm

David,
Saw a string of 200 LED lights at Sam’s today for about $9.80. Thought about it then, but you’ve solidified the concept for me. Thanks

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Vote -1 Vote +1kaytee
December 30, 2011 at 8:33 am

By the afternoon of the “day after Christmas”, our local Home Depot was out of everything except a few boxes of plug-in lights and giant outdoor ornaments. The Ikea was out of almost all Christmas stuff a couple of weeks BEFORE Christmas. The CVS also was out of almost everything except knicknacks– my son who works there, said people were lined up a couple of hours before opening, and there were even a few out there when he arrived at 6AM to prepare for the “daC” sale (opened at 9).
Retailers don’t seem to be ordering as much seasonal stock now, & therefore are not having to have 50-90% off sales to get rid of the excess. I’ll definitely look for solar light strings next year, and keep getting solar yard lights when I find them on sale.

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Vote -1 Vote +1David Beaumont
December 30, 2011 at 9:58 am

Guess I got lucky, even though I did end up going to four different stores before finding a pretty good selection at half price off at Walmart. What shocked me was that the price was not lower like I’d seen in the past at levels as low as ten cents on the dollar. Just a reference point for pricing.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Shirley
December 26, 2011 at 8:20 pm

David,
Are you talking about a generator? The house, I thought, was 120 volt. But, you have the word “emergency” in there, and that makes me wonder. I am very interested in this. We have the christmas lights, like you speak of. I always wondered how they can work. I have a crank lantern, also, but cannot figure how to connect the lights to it to make that system. I would like a cheap but efficient generator. Can you, or someone, suggest one or two, and where to purchase them? I am highly interested in the Mojo motor. That type of generator sparks the power through movement of things inside the motor, back and forth. So, no need to hide the generator outdoors where people can steel the generator. Has anyone had any experience with this motor? Keep up the good work. Happy New Year!

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Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
December 26, 2011 at 9:27 pm

That is one option..A generator, solar panels, wind generator, some other type of crank generator, a battery array, or other emergency/off the grid power sources.

If you get an 8 AA battery harness and hook it up to a low wattage cigarette adapter inverter, you can power your string(s) of LED lights.

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Kathleen
December 27, 2011 at 11:58 pm

I just purchased a goalzero (TM) solar panel, inverter and lights. I then purchased led lights as Dave suggested. The inverter has outlets for usb ports, AC plug (household type) and special plug for a big light. They often have special exhibits at Costco, which is where I purchased my set plus an additional solar panel.

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+2 Vote -1 Vote +1kaytee
December 26, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Those solar yard lights also make pretty good emergency lights– and they’re available year round.

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Vote -1 Vote +1walt davis
December 26, 2011 at 10:57 pm

Great idea. I’m sure there’s a lot more out there that could be helpfull.
Thanks for the great news letter.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Kyle Largen
December 26, 2011 at 11:00 pm

I don’t know about any after Christmas sales, but I do know of a good little flashlight that also makes a fairly good ‘electric candle’. I bought it at a PX durring my short stint in the Army(was discharged due to not being able to run 2 miles fast enough), if I remember correctly, it was a mini maglight, one that takes 2 AA batteries and, again, if I remember right, a LED bulb. The housing for the reflector and the lense screws off to replace the bulb, and that’s how it turns on/off and focuses the light beam. If you unscrew that part and completely expose the bulb, it makes a fairly good battery powered electric candle. As a bonus, it’s water resistant, if not water proof, due to some rubber O rings. Another good source of portable ememergency light is any of these battery opperated LED light arays you can find at Wal-Mart in the hardware section or in the automotive department. Also, those glow-sticks they sell primarily around Halloween do great for portable, cool-to-the-touch lighting. If nothing else, just look at stuff in the store while you’re shopping and see if you can think of how it could be useful after a disaster, you’ll be suprised at what you can come up with.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Carol
December 26, 2011 at 11:11 pm

David, I live on half a shoe string here, how can I acquire electricity source. I’m not to mechanically inclined. I’ve heard about using 5 batteries and doing some kind of loop but I don’t know how that works. thanks

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Vote -1 Vote +1Century22
December 26, 2011 at 11:30 pm

Yup, I was kicking myself last year because I didn’t buy any. They were about 75% off at Sears!
WalMart had several kinds, one listed on the package a model that was 12volt powered.
All the rest were 120 volt AC.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Lorraine
December 26, 2011 at 11:32 pm

Why buy anything at all? My first Christmas Trees were decorated completely with homemade items. Cookie ornaments, circles made from construction paper (or any other available material), popcorn strings, homemade art work, old Christmas card cutouts and lights from Salvation Army Store. Even now, 38 years later, I wrapped my grandchildrens gifts in comic papers. Did they notice? No! They were too busy tearing then apart. Save all kinds of this and that, but keep it orderly or else you’ll end up with a space and time consuming mess! Happy New Year everyone. It’s going to be a great one!

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Rita
December 26, 2011 at 11:57 pm

I decided to go to the store today, waited til evening was amazed how bare the clearance shelf’s were usually takes a couple weeks for the stores to get rid of stuff so if you want any good deals go soon, made me think about how fast everything will go in an emergency, did manage to get a couple things. heres a tip for you in an emergency have extra baking soda when tooth paste runs out it is a good substitute, vinegar is an extra you will need to -good for rashes, cleaning windows, and conditions hair.

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Premo Ames II
December 27, 2011 at 5:22 am

I always shop for Christmas stuff AFTER Christmas! Just picked up several new rolls of 150 LED lights from Home Depot. I suggest that if you are shopping for LED lights as much as possible try testing them there in the store. I am glad I did because a box of LED lights I tested had about half the lights not working. By testing you can also see what color the lights are, I found yellowish LED lights mixed in with the white, and how bright they are as well. Also getting lights rated for outdoor use would be better than those rated for just indoors, Hope my two cents makes sense!

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+3 Vote -1 Vote +1Robinofinglenook
December 27, 2011 at 6:40 am

Great idea for all those looking for food-grade plastic buckets: My friend and I have been collecting them from the local bakeries at the grocery stores for over a year now. This is not exactly Christmas related, but with the volume of baking the local supermarkets are doing, it would be a good time to take advantage of it, and also do our bit for recycling. You may have to clean out the chocolate frosting (HO!HO!), but it’s worth it to have buckets for your grains that have not been exposed to toxic chemicals (other than those used in commercial bakeries!). Be sure and get the lids, as they have a gasket inside to keep the food sealed against contaminants. Hope this helps!

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Vote -1 Vote +1Linda
December 30, 2011 at 11:08 pm

ive been looking for just that! thank you so much.

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+2 Vote -1 Vote +1leonard
December 27, 2011 at 9:37 am

we have a chain of big hardware stores here in the midwest named “MENARDS”. every month they give away 1 car, and every week they have store rebates on items, most are FREE after the rebate. rebate is in the form of a check for store credit. when you buy with the check you do not pay sales tax on the amount of the check. you have no idea of the number of free (3) led crank lights i have gotten, the free digital thermometers, led flash lights, heavy duty shelf brackets, huge candles, packages of 5 face masks( particulate and dust) free gallons of flat interior paint, tools ,etc… then there is the low cost after rebate items such as nut driver bit sets, drills etc…. i personaly invested $5,000 i borrowed from the government in the for of a student loan, in these rebate items, i use spreadsheet software to keep up with it all. so far i have purchased over $20,000 worth of items with the $5,000 i invested. if the government fails ill never have to pay back a cent. i sell lots of these items at huge discount to put currency in my pocket. $5 for $15 a gallon paint. currently my energy company has a rebate program to help pay for insulating your house of 70% of material cost. can you geuss how many rolls of insulation i bought that was $12.99 for $8.99 and got a 70% rebate from company and then $3 a roll rebate from the store? it is a 30 cent per roll profit, for making my house more energy efficent, ie: less heating cost every month.
i do alot of scraping. a local convience store makes donuts to sell 7 days a week and sells deepfried foods along with piza. the iceing comes in 3 gallon pails (foodgrade) which they fill with the used vegitable shortning. i currently have 100 pounds of shreaded soap for use in home made laundry soap. this shreaded soap if put in a sock will make the best soapy wash cloth you ever used, and best of all, it is all natural, biodegradeable, and super cheep. ive used less than 5 pounds of lye to make this 100 pounds of soap. i get these buckets of shortning for free. ive got 200 buckets of it in my basement right now for only my labor of stoping buy once a week and picking up the buckets.
there is an auction house that auctions off estate sales. after every sale they throw away all unsold items, the boxes, newspapers, etc… for last 3 years i have exclusive access to these items. there is a recycling center in this small town, so i recycle what i can for them. think of how many candles and candle stubs ive aquired in last 3 years. free candles!! i currently have 2 very expensive all glass vacume coffee pots that are brand new. i sold 1 deck of cards on ebay for $28. lots of tools etc. 2 yard sales neted $1,500 in curency. i hauled off a led sign for a store, lots of aluminum, 5 pounds of 22k gold plated pins and 5,000 leds!!!!
every week i get lots of free stuff from the curb on garbage days. lights, stainless steel sinks, etc… lots of money to be made, oh yeah, i have the checks from scrap yard written to a fictious name, sign the name on the check with pay to the order of “my name” then cash it for currency at my bank with out even depositing it. it is NOT ran threw my account, im just getting it cashed for a friend. oh yeah, i forgot to mention all the great condition real name brand canning jars and equipment ive gotten for free!! even brand new unopened cases of canning jars!!! lots of presure cookers and oil lamps!!!
DO NOT LET THESE RESOURCES IN YOUR AREA GET WASTED!!! GIVE AWAY OR RECYCLE WHAT YOU DO NOT USE OR SELL!!! RECYCLING KEEPS THESE ITEMS OUT OF THE LANDFILL, HELPS THE ECONOMY IN YOUR AREA, AND MAKES YOU LOOK LIKE A SAINT TO PEOPLE AND BUSINESSES IN YOUR LOCAL AREA!!! WHO CAN NOT USE A FEW EXTRA BROWNIE POINTS!!! LOCAL ANIMAL RESCUE WILL APRECIATE OLD BLANKETS, ETC… FOR THE ANIMALS, I GET FREE DOG FOOD FROM TIME TO TIME AFTER REBATE AND GIVE IT TO SHELTER. EVERY YEAR I BUY LOTS OF BACKPACKS FOR $1 AFTER REBATE AND SCHOOL ITEMS FOR FREE AFTER REBATE AND DONTATE TO LOCAL FREE STORE FOR CHILDREN TO HAVE SCHOOL SUPPLIES. CAN YOU SAY BROWNIE POINTS? yes, this gives their druggie and alcoholic parents more money to spend on their adictions but at the least these children get some of the supplies they need and maybe a little less ridicule for not having stuff, i give tons of clothes and housewares to this free store and recycle electronics and other stuff for them.
i want you to know that i am mentaly ill because i have wanted to be self sufficent since childhood. the very first book i ever bought in my life was a book by bradford angier, on wild edibles, read the first foxfire book at 16 years old, bought the first issue of M.E.N off the news stand and read organic gardening back when it was organic gardening and farming!!!

if you do not learn something new every day, then that day was wasted!!!! your library is a vast resource. there is a program called interlibrary loan. ive borrowed books threw it from library of congress, military instalations, etc… if a library has the book and is willing to loan it, you can at least preview it before you buy a copy for your collection. also when you read a book that has footnotes, look at those footnotes, lots of times they are research papers published in journals, such as the journal of wildlife management, order threw the interlibrary loan program, the article and they will photocopy it an send it for free. for instance while in prison 20 years ago, for defending my family, i ordered a paper from the afore mentioned journal on how to make your own blowgun fired hypodermic needles and suringes, from regular syringes and needles that upon penetration of the needle it will inject the trankuliser or other drug.
this letter was not ment to boast or brag, but to give you food for thought on inproving your knollege and supply of needfull items. if you have extra funds to spend because of this or learned something then it’s purpose was served. check out a free sample issue of “FARM SHOW” magazine, it is loaded with nothing but info on how to do, or make something, with contact info of the person who did it, so you can get more info or buy their plans or items. no advertisements from companies and you can buy 40 years of back issues on cd rom for verry little $ . also i got my grants and student loans to get certified in “organic crop production” at local community college, and currently taking alternative energy technicnition training at same community college. i never intend on working for a company, but i will have the qualifications so i do not need to hire anyone to install alternative energy systems inorder to satisfy building permit inspections etc… use tax money paid to government to YOUR ADVANTAGE!!!! and no need for spell check as science has proved that you instantly know what is spelled except for words with diffrent meaning by just 1 or 2 diffrent letters.

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-1 Vote -1 Vote +1Debtdumper
December 28, 2011 at 4:40 pm

WO W !!!!

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Vote -1 Vote +1Heidi Wilson
December 27, 2011 at 9:38 am

The LED lights powered by the AA battery harness from Radio Shack sounds like an excellent idea, but how do you plug the lights into the harness, do I need another piece of equipment?

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Vote -1 Vote +1Bill
December 27, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Yes. As mentioned somewhere above, you need a small inverter, such as the ones that Radio Shack has. Converts 12vdc to 120vac. Need to wire the battery output to the input of the inverter, which might be just a cigarette lighter plug.

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+2 Vote -1 Vote +1leonard
December 27, 2011 at 10:31 am

another bargain that is available 24/7 is penneys. weight out $1.00 (2) rolls of pennies. then call local scrap your and get current price for #2 copper, then multiply by the weight of the pennies. this is the value of that 2 rolls of penneys, well sort of anyway. any penny made after 1982 is 99% zinc. currently, just 1 pre 1983 penney is worth 2 cents. the value of metals are subject to change every day, 24/7/365.
take a few dollers of currency to bank and buy a few rolls of penneys, sort them into 2 piles by date. pre 1983 in one and 1983 to infinity in another. then take the 1983 and later ones back to YOUR bank along with other coins and they will sort them and count them for free. then give you paper currency for your change. it is illegal to deface the pennies, but there is talk from treasury department about doing away with the 1 cent coin. if this happens you can sell the 1982 and earlier coins for the copper and most likely doubling your investment. if you ever need some quick currency you can spend the pennies at face value with only loss ofvalue of the inflation rate. which all investments except items to sell or barter or personal use will be affected by. and if you know like minded people(now known as prepers), you can sell the already sorted pre 1983 pennies to them so that this resourse will not be wasted.
by the way, anything that uses electricity (ac or dc) has valuable metals in it. take it apart if it is broke instead of throwing it away. the wires are mostlikely copper and if too small to strip, do not burn. not only will burning pollute the air but your copper will disapear too. scrap metal b uyers will buy “dirty” copper wire ( wire with insulation still on it, but connectors removed) for about 25% of #2 price. any place on circuit board that you see yellow colored metal it is 22k gold plated..you can process or sell this on ebay. just regular circuit boards currently sell for $200 per ton in my area. that is 2 cents per pound for stuff that would otherwise go to landfill to never be seen again. a 30 or 55 gallon barel of circuit boards does not take up much room to store.
my state department of natural resources has a website called (state name) waste exchange. it is a database that lists items that industries have to give away for free that they would other wise have to pay to get rid of. you can get food grade buckets, barrels and even foodgrade 275 gallon and larger square plastic containers with metal pallets and cage, that might cost you $50 or more to buy used, heck you can sell this stuff on craigs list. there is one company that gives away chips of blue styrofoan insulation board in 4 foot cube totes made of canvas. they cut the styrofoam pannels into shapes with cnc routers, this blue styrofoam is the same as you buy at building supply. a leaf vacume will blow it into a area that could use extra insulation, which also reduces the infrared heat signature of the insulated building or item, possibly a generator? i got (1000) 3 foot fiberglass rods 4 foot long that did not meet inspection for arrow shafts, to use for tomato stakes. if it is used in industry, it is listed!!! sometimes the items are just leftovers or items that have a flaw of some sort, such as the fiberglass rods!! just do a google search for (your state) waste exchange)
happy hunting!!

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Vote -1 Vote +1BJO
January 13, 2012 at 3:54 pm

I like your style! any more tips? i especially enjoy the workarounds, where you can convert everyday items in survival situations. You are an inspiration!

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1dog
December 27, 2011 at 1:03 pm

alot of good tips and thanks aplenty.
don’t forget the solar lights for walk ways, they are great for some lighting inside where
you live if you loose power and it’s dark.

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Vote -1 Vote +1martha
December 27, 2011 at 5:58 pm

at summer’s end I buy solar path lights to use indoors for emergency lighting. Make sure the light has an “off switch”, then charge, turn off, and store where they will be easy to find! I use the space under the track for my mom’s stair lift — unused space otherwise, and items stored there won’t get covered up or moved — always handy. The “off switch” is really important if they are to be used without immediate charging, remember that if there is no light, they come on otherwise, and not all the solar path lighting comes with the switch. so always check before buying!

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Vote -1 Vote +1: kurt
December 28, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Re: LED Christmas lights
Some strings are wired to use 120V, some are wired to use batteries.
To repurpose the lights for “emergency” lighting, the voltage of the
available LEDs must be matched to the voltage of the available battery.
Here’s a good overview of the “hacking” possibilities:
http://michaelbluejay.com/batteries/dc-christmas-lights.html

If you want to expand beyond the “emergency” box, especially for ANY
new construction, and for some retrofits run separate circuit(s) purely for lighting
(using conventional electrical components) and energize the circuit with a
12V battery+automatic_charger and use 12V LED screw-base lights.
Power-failure proof lighting – super simple and pretty cheap.
This DC-power concept can be extended to plugins as well, though that
requires more expertise. Minimizing the EM fields in one’s living space can yield
benefits even for those who are not hypersensitive. Run separate AC circuits for
high-power loads, and DC circuits for everything else.
Most of the plug-in stuff these days is DC inside – so one can either use
distributed point-source inverters/UPSes to create the AC to go through the Wall-Wart,
or skip the AC and use DC-DC converters to feed the gizmos. Tinkererville.

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Vote -1 Vote +1David Beaumont
December 30, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Thanks for the heads up on Michael Bluejay!! I had worked through much of the issue myself by experimentation. (The hard way of course.) While I will conceed to Michael’s expertise, and high level of experience, I want to offer up one alternative for expediant LED lighting with christmas lights. Take two batteries, D, C, AA, or AAA in size. (Bigger will last longer.) Tape them together with plus to minus. From your string, cut out a single WHITE LED leaving enough wire length to reach the ends of your taped batteries. Strip bare 1/2 inch of the ends of the wire to your LED. Momentarily connect the bare wires across the ends of your two batteries taped together. If it lights, the polarity is correct, LEDs are sensitive to the direction of current flow, if it does not light, reverse the wires to your batteries. Once it is working, tape the wires to the bare ends of the batteries. If you need more light, connect more WHITE LEDs across your battery pack. I have gone up to eight LEDs per battery stack. By using three WHITE LEDS in a row you can use a single 9 volt battery. But don’t add any more than this to the 9 volt battery, you could overheat it and perhaps cause it to burst. I’m sure you noticed that I keep saying “WHITE” LEDs, to fully understand this issue, read Michael’s article and his LED technical section. If all else fails, and you have the funds, do as David Morris suggested with the small inverter, I tried it and it was pretty much “plug and play”. Direct connection to the batteries will work if you are short of funds, but you have to hassle with cutting the lights apart, etc.

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Vote -1 Vote +1juan o aguirre jr
December 29, 2011 at 1:02 pm

yes i got a lot of stuff on sail and starting with a back packs for three dallars a piece and a three pack of led flashlights for 2.50 and a 3 fire extingushers for 15.00 each i made a killing in pararation to possialbe unrest and by the way i bought 9 30 round magazines for may ar 15 sporter this ia a very good product and i recomend you by as meny and you can afford i did will type more later bye

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Vote -1 Vote +1brett
January 1, 2012 at 11:32 pm

was able to pick up several rolls of led lighting at biglots today and killed all the lights in the house and hooked up to a inverter as was amazed at the light they provided great tip thanks

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Vote -1 Vote +1Eddie Vidrine
January 2, 2012 at 8:10 am

Check out Harbor Freight Tools for lighting items, tools, tarps, rope, generators, etc. Their stores are located nationwide, and I know you’ve seen their coupons inserted in newspapers and magazines. Two other excellent sources for preppers would be Tractor Supply Company, and The Sportsman’s Guide. All have websites and online purchasing.

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