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  • vanoonoo
    • #2
    • 11th Jul 12, 7:05 AM
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    • 11th Jul 12, 7:05 AM
    for anyone that would like to join our membership clan
    known as C.R.A.P R.O.L.L.Z
    please message me
    (details can be found here http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showpost.php?p=55959153&postcount=1625 and http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showpost.php?p=55960249&postcount=1629)

    C.R.A.P R.O.L.L.Z members so far:

    (secret password for members only: TOPSECRET OLDSTYLE PARANOID DUNGBEETLE MAD MUTANT ZOMBIE EEGITS. Emergency alternate password: brrraaaaaaiiiiiins backup emergency password: safety pins!)

    #13 vanoonoo - founding member and complete loon
    # 2 2tonsils - international roving reporter
    # 3 ginnyknit - camp stove coffee drinker
    # 4 rosieben - head sharpener
    # 5 GreyQueen - can do attitude aka Motivator for positive mental attitude and Bus Driver
    # 6 Helen2k8 - bunny boiler & string saver
    # 7 craigywv + OH - Norn Iron splinter group co-ordinator + OH = On Hanger
    # 8 bupster - potential undercover member
    # 9 annie123 - head of defence
    #10 D&DD - marketing manager
    #11 elona - shopkeeper
    # 1 prepareathome - baker, premium prepper (hence member #1), topic keeper
    #12 meme30 - rough, camp, batty
    #14 maryb - Inventory Manager
    #15 joolzred - potential slippery member aka marg
    #16 Softstuff - riding shotgun
    #17 Jojo the Tightfisted - Head of Entertainment
    #18 VJsmum - Chief novice milk monitor
    #19 wondercollie - highly trained secret medic
    #20 Cheapskate - Head of Hunting (family membership co-ordinator)
    #21 Sunshine4 - Norn Iron deputy head
    #22 valk_scot - Textile Coordinator specialising in Sheep Spinning. KaleKnitter
    #23 mrs lds - latter day saint special food storage novice. pantry builder
    #24 medusasmummy– Crocheting Caregiver
    #25 thriftwizard– lid1 looroller
    #26 betony – Fully Appreciative
    #27 born blonde – Able Archer
    #28 the cake – Potential Prepper
    #29 mardatha – soapy scenario supremo
    #30 Katkin – Fire starter
    #31 Caterina – Vestless Italian Interpreter of Bullsh!t. Head of Hippy Slop and Scone Supplies
    #32 westlothianlass – winemaker and sweetie creator
    #33 MrsLurcherWalker & Docky- Champion Squirrel Foragers & Cookout Co-ordinator
    #34 jeanniefaethecarse - sound advice supremo
    #35 Butterfly Brain + OH - foraging fixers
    #36 Fifer73 - potential radio hack
    #37 SpikyHedgehog - waterproof wearing cage customiser, chief of cable ties and duct tape
    #38 fuddle - Queen Quester
    #39 Charlylovesphil - water carrier
    #40 Dippypud - spanner supervisor
    #41 Alison Funnell - co-ordinator of useful things
    #42 loopychriss - loopy loyalty list lover
    #43 cornishchick - laughing first aider and coffee monitor
    #44 The Dragon - twisted firestarter
    #45 BigMummaF - CSI CrimeSceneInvestigator/CommunitySingingInstigator
    #46 dawemouse - Biscuit Munching Camper Van Driver
    #47 PipneyJane - Brain Harvesting Body Counter
    #48 lally666young - Soylent Green Supervisor
    #49 ALIBOBSY - Chief Chicken Hypnotiser & Choc Brownie Baker
    #50 BessieBooBoo - Head Hairy Garden Twine Wrangler with OH Spade Splatterer and Crazy Dog as Hunting Hound
    #51 catznine - Chief recycler
    #52 Morganarla - Veterinary pro with OH and ratting Jack Russell
    #53 katieclampet - zombie expert
    #54 lovefullshelves - toilet paper tunneller
    #55 herbily - seasonal prepper
    #56 JayneC - cooler maker
    #57 S_Wales_Saver - food forecaster
    #58 charlies-aunt - The-duct-tape-&baler-twice-Mrs-Fixit
    #59 womble_lancs - Hexy heater upper
    Last edited by vanoonoo; 17-10-2014 at 8:07 AM. Reason: members list
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  • vanoonoo
    • #3
    • 11th Jul 12, 8:28 AM
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    • 11th Jul 12, 8:28 AM
    oooh yes i much prefer that!
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  • adelight
    • #4
    • 11th Jul 12, 8:52 AM
    • #4
    • 11th Jul 12, 8:52 AM
    I only consider high probability scenarios such as stranded car, minor flood (where i live anyway), house evacuation due to gas leak, rushing to see injured family etc. So I do have a bag ready containing spare clothes, water, pain killers, money, some food, torch. Maybe a few other bits I can't think of right now. And keep a similar bag in OH's car + blankets and car bits.
    Living cheap in central London
    • DebtFree2012
    • By DebtFree2012 11th Jul 12, 10:07 AM
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    DebtFree2012
    • #5
    • 11th Jul 12, 10:07 AM
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    • 11th Jul 12, 10:07 AM
    Interesting - how often do you change the bag to refresh it? Kids outgrow clothes, moth eaten, food goes off, water stales, check batteries etc?

    I have a car winter bag so may extend..
  • sonastin
    • #6
    • 11th Jul 12, 1:12 PM
    • #6
    • 11th Jul 12, 1:12 PM
    As I said on the other thread, surely education is the most important bit. It matters less that you don't have all the kit to hand if you understand how it all works, where it all comes from and what the component parts look like. Rather than going without because you didn't pick it up off the shelf when someone else was making it, learn how to make your own so you can have it when you need it.

    A torch will only last as long as you have batteries for it. Understanding what you can rip apart to re-build into a dynamo will let you create your own electricity to use in a torch, fan, heating element or whatever.
  • vanoonoo
    • #7
    • 13th Jul 12, 7:53 AM
    • #7
    • 13th Jul 12, 7:53 AM
    debtFree2012 - you could stick a couple of those mothball cedar wood balls in the bag, the main trick, along with rotating your food is to swap out the clothes and rotate them too - monthly or seasonally maybe? I used to keep a bag of clothes and essentials in the car when I travelled for work at short notice quite often and I used to change the bag every time the car got serviced (company car so it was a couple of times a year minimum).
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  • vanoonoo
    • #8
    • 13th Jul 12, 7:54 AM
    • #8
    • 13th Jul 12, 7:54 AM
    As I said on the other thread, surely education is the most important bit. It matters less that you don't have all the kit to hand if you understand how it all works, where it all comes from and what the component parts look like. Rather than going without because you didn't pick it up off the shelf when someone else was making it, learn how to make your own so you can have it when you need it.

    A torch will only last as long as you have batteries for it. Understanding what you can rip apart to re-build into a dynamo will let you create your own electricity to use in a torch, fan, heating element or whatever.
    Originally posted by sonastin
    I agree sonastin - I'd like to use this thread as a resource for this sort of thing. The video that made me think of this thread suggested a collins gem book, so links to things like that would be great - I'll get started by editing the first post to add resources.
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  • j.e.j.
    • #9
    • 13th Jul 12, 8:08 AM
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    • 13th Jul 12, 8:08 AM
    A torch will only last as long as you have batteries for it.
    Originally posted by sonastin
    apropos torches, does anyone know if those wind-up ones are any good? They're expensive in camping shops but they pop up 2nd hand from time to time.
  • vanoonoo
    we've got a wind up lantern and that is brilliant and has a long charge from very little winding. I bought a windup torch radio combi for my mum a few years ago from robert dyas and that was really good but had the old style bulb which I am sure now would have been superceded by the LED style ones.
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    • Popperwell
    • By Popperwell 13th Jul 12, 8:28 AM
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    Popperwell
    As I said on the other thread, surely education is the most important bit. It matters less that you don't have all the kit to hand if you understand how it all works, where it all comes from and what the component parts look like. Rather than going without because you didn't pick it up off the shelf when someone else was making it, learn how to make your own so you can have it when you need it.

    A torch will only last as long as you have batteries for it. Understanding what you can rip apart to re-build into a dynamo will let you create your own electricity to use in a torch, fan, heating element or whatever.
    Originally posted by sonastin
    Just bought a wind up lcd torch so no batteries required...thinking about some wind up laterns, even a wind up radio.
    • Popperwell
    • By Popperwell 13th Jul 12, 8:31 AM
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    Popperwell
    apropos torches, does anyone know if those wind-up ones are any good? They're expensive in camping shops but they pop up 2nd hand from time to time.
    Originally posted by j.e.j.
    Mine is...under a fiver at Tesco's...
    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 13th Jul 12, 9:07 AM
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    JackieO
    I have in the past couple of years bought my DGS Ben a wind-up torch from the local fishing shop as he often goes night fishing and last year my DD bought him a wind-up radio for Christmas and it seems to work very well .saves him a fortune in batteries as well.Often Wilkinsons sell them around Christmas time for about a fiver
    Quot Libra,Quam Breve Tempus.
    • Popperwell
    • By Popperwell 13th Jul 12, 10:02 AM
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    Popperwell
    Someone suggested having two torches(one for upstairs, one for downstairs)at that price it's affordable.

    The same might be said of the wind up lanterns(safer than candles and tea lights)but there are mixed feelings about the lanterns and lots of choice mostly at Amazon it would seem. Then again you could use two in a room and carry one as required around with you as they have a handle...

    They can be quite bright as many have 12 LED lights...
    Last edited by Popperwell; 13-07-2012 at 11:33 AM.
  • kettlenic
    I am not sure I understand why we need to have the bags? natural disaters? car broken down in snow?
    • Popperwell
    • By Popperwell 13th Jul 12, 11:37 AM
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    Popperwell
    I am not sure I understand why we need to have the bags? natural disaters? car broken down in snow?
    Originally posted by kettlenic
    As I am unlikely to be in the woods, in the middle of nowhere, I would not need one but some items that you have in the bag could be useful at home in an emergency.
    • Justamum
    • By Justamum 13th Jul 12, 1:45 PM
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    Justamum
    apropos torches, does anyone know if those wind-up ones are any good? They're expensive in camping shops but they pop up 2nd hand from time to time.
    Originally posted by j.e.j.
    They're quite good really, and would be ideal for an emergency. I bought my DDs one each for Christmas last year - one was a duck and the other a pony. I got them in Milletts for about £2.50 each (it was on a special offer) so it's worth looking out for them there. They're led lights so very bright.

  • j.e.j.
    Thanks, I think I will keep an eye out for a wind-up lantern. I first read about them when reading The Moneyless Man by Mark Boyle. He was living off-grid, and used one at night to read by. Actually the book might be of interest to people on here, not for going 'moneyless' but there's lots of ideas in there for spending as little as possible and living sustainably.
    • Popperwell
    • By Popperwell 13th Jul 12, 3:36 PM
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    Popperwell
    Thanks, I think I will keep an eye out for a wind-up lantern. I first read about them when reading The Moneyless Man by Mark Boyle. He was living off-grid, and used one at night to read by. Actually the book might be of interest to people on here, not for going 'moneyless' but there's lots of ideas in there for spending as little as possible and living sustainably.
    Originally posted by j.e.j.
    As you'll see they can go from approx £15-£30+and some have better reviews and specifications than others same with wind up radio's...
    • Fruball
    • By Fruball 13th Jul 12, 6:02 PM
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    Fruball
    I use my wind up lantern as a reading light in winter. The way my finances are atm then I might well be using it even more!

    I love the feeling of being reasonably prepped for SHTF scenarios - whether it is economic disaster or being stuck in the car in the snow (happened in 2010 and I spent a very comfortable few hours with snacks and warmth lol)

    I have a long way to go though and love threads like this, esp the links to various sites

    So, thanks x
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