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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Duplicate Supplies

How and why we have seconds, thirds and more of supplies is sometimes a mystery. I mentioned a few entries ago that I had a shovel and matches in every out building. I did not go out and buy three or four shovels and purchase a load of matches just have one hand. Those items grew slowly over the years. One of the shovels I have has a broken handle. It was being used to pry on a rock or stump and the handle cracked. My father glued it back in place and then wrapper the handle with some wire to strengthen the crack. As long as we only use it in the field were having looser soil to work that shovel works fine. The other shovels have arrived on the farm from various sources. I think one came home from a farm auction as part of a group of stuff my Mom bought. Another came from my Grandfather’s place after he passed away.

The Special Forces teach the philosophy that “two is one and one is none”. Having back-ups are important in most aspects of life. When we find ourselves in that future SHTF situation having extras of any supply might turn out to be a life saver. I might be able to trade extras for items I didn’t think I might need.

I am not suggesting that as a prepper you need to have duplicates of everything nor am I suggesting that you go out and start buying double of items. What I am saying that if life presents you with a second of an item at a good price, or better yet, free, it doesn’t hurt to put it away. I for one am a big proponent of duplicate supplies.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I couldn't agree more. IF you learn to keep your eyes open all the time you'd be surprised at what you can find for cheap or free. People are so spoiled I am amazed at what I find out at the curb the night before garbage pick-up.

FREECYCLE is another great way to find free items - again....amazing what folks throw away. Recently someone in our area had an entire list of nearly new tools....unfortunately I saw the ad too late and everything was gone...but someone got lucky!

THANKS for the post...keep up the good, hard work!

MaMaBear in the Mitten

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