72 Hour Emergency to go Kit

With Hurricane Season in full Bloom. I was going to post something about Kits for Emergency. I happened to find a fantastic article by Freebies2Deas.com. I am not going to ruin the incredible informative article that was done.

72 Hour Checklist

It is finally finished!  The list for what you will need for your 72 Hour Emergency Go Bags/Tornado Bags/ or Emergency Kits is below.

The whole idea behind this is to have a backpack for each person in your family. Store a Go Bag under each person’s bed, or hang them in the garage.  If you have a fire, earthquake, tornado, flood or other natural disaster, you can grab the bag and go!  You won’t be running around like a crazy person trying to grab what you can in only a matter of minutes.  It’s SO important to be prepared!! And by using the great deals we get all of the time to create our bags, you will be prepared for just about anything!  In my area alone, we have had a huge fire and 3 earthquakes.  If that isn’t a sign that I need to be prepared, I’m not sure what is. :)

  • Backpack
  • Clothing
      • Long Sleeve Shirt
      • Sweat Pants/Pants
      • Warm Hat
      • Underwear & Socks
    • Water-1 Gallon per person or 4 Liters (rotate every 1-2 years)
    • Food-what you would typically eat (rotate every six months)
      • Protein-Granola Bars, Peanut Butter To-go
      • Trail Mix/Dried Fruit
      • Gum
      • Crackers/Cereal
      • Canned Foods (don’t use the “pop-top lids” they can leak. Also, we don’t really suggest jerky, as it can “flavor” other things)
      • Infant Formula if needed
    • Emergency Supplies
      • Small First Aid Kit
      • Emergency Blanket
      • 6 Hand warmers
      • Whistle/Compass
      • Pocket knife
      • Face Mask
      • Battery Operated Radio
      • Mess kit/Spork
      • Shovel
      • Rope
      • Duct Tape
      • Poncho
      • Can Opener
      • Blanket
      • Axe
      • Sheet (cloth/plastic)
      • Batteries
    • Hygiene
      • Toothbrush/Toothpaste
      • Chapstick
      • Soap
      • Washcloth
      • Antibacterial gel/wipes
      • Tissues (take the cardboard roll out of the TP and you can stick it in a ziplock easier)
      • Sunscreen
      • Shampoo
      • Deodorant
      • Brush
      • Floss
      • Towel
      • Feminine Products
      • Shampoo
    • Light
      • Flashlight/Batteries
      • Matches
      • Candle
      • Glow Sticks
      • Lighter
      • Flares
    • Money
      • Small bills
      • Coins (quarters)
      • Pre-paid phone card
      • Credit Card
    • Fun
      • Post-it notes
      • Notepad
      • Crayons
      • Pen/Pencils
      • Bean Bag
      • Dice
      • Card Games
      • Sharpies
      • Markers
    • Personal Information
      • Copy of records
      • Current Family Picture
      • Social Security Number
      • Addresses & Phone Numbers
    • Emergency Contacts
    • Emergency Plan
    • Medicine
      • Tylenol/Excedrin
      • Ibuprofen
      • Children’s medicine
      • Any Prescriptions you would need
    • Immunization Records

Helpful Hints:

  • This is just a sample of a 72 hour kit. It’s a start. The idea is a little overwhelming in the beginning but if you can get one started and add to it here and there, then it won’t seem like such a hard task. You can add or take out what best fits you and your family’s needs. Remember that these bags may need to be carried, so keep that in mind when you are buying and packing things up.
  • Unfortunately, the battery operated radio is a little on the expensive side, but making sure it’s a good one is better than paying less for one and having it not work. It’s up to you.
  • The thing that makes me the craziest, is rotating…one more thing to remember to do. If you attach a spreadsheet on when it needs to be rotated and when it was last rotated, it will help you keep track. Or pick two important dates during the year and associate them with your 72 Hour Kits- maybe your Birthday and your Anniversary that are about 6 months apart.
  • If you have multiple children, try getting clothing that can be worn by both girls and boys, then you can just rotate the older children’s clothing out and put it in the next child’s pack. Here in Utah, we have four seasons, even if it is summer and you have sweat pants and long sleeves in your 72 hour kit, you can always cut the sleeves off your shirts as well as cut your pants into shorts.
  • If you separate items and put them in gallon sized ziploc bags, it will help you prevent “flavoring” other items, as well as keeping it dry.
  • Remember to buy Snacks that you typically would eat on a regular basis. If there is a disaster, your kids will already be in a traumatic state and having to eat weird or unfamiliar food might make matters worse.
**not all items are shown**

BELOW IS WHERE I FOUND THE ITEMS FOR CHEAP OR FREE.
**Items are linked to FREEBIES2DEALS.com and where the sale price was located.

**Most of these prices are taken from the Riverton, UT Walmart, unless otherwise stated. YMMV

Keep in mind that some of these sales have passed and are no longer available. This is just to give you an idea of how you can get the items cheaper and where I found them on sale over the past year or so. Remember too, that store prices my vary. Sales typically come around every 3-4 months, so if you are in need of something that is unavailable, maybe wait it out and see if it goes on sale again. Samples on the other hand, may be a one time offer.

The total cost of this EXAMPLE 72 Hour Kit will vary by family.  With all of the free things we have gotten on the list lately, it really helps the total cost.  But remember, you don’t have to put everything that I did in your bag.  You can take out or add things that will work for your own family.  This list is just meant to help you get started and get 72 Hour Emergency Go Bags for your whole family!

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Priceline: $62 Bonus Cash (updated)

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Today only, Priceline offers $42 Bonus Cash for free when you sign into your account via this link. That’s the best hotel bonus cash offer we’ve seen from Priceline since December, when we saw up to $50 for free. The bonus cash is good for a future Name Your Own Price hotel stay ($6 per night up to $42). A minimum 2-night hotel stay applies, for hotels of 3-star or above only. Taxes and fees are additional. Other restrictions may apply.Update: Score an additional $20 Bonus Cash for free when you sign into your account via this link. It stacks with the above offer. (Go to “My Rewards” to see the credits.)

Saving Star….

It’s high time we talked in-depth about SavingStar Digital Coupons - they’re pretty new on the scene, so let’s start at the begining.  ANY store that uses a store loyalty card – will accept SavingStar

Coupons. That includes CVS, Rite-Aid, Kroger, Bi-Lo, Food Lion, Ingles, & more

I am adding my CVS card RIGHT NOW so that I can learn the ropes with you – so here we go!

Loading SavingStar E-Coupons:

  1. View all the available SavingStar Digital Coupons HERE
  2. Pick the ones you want and click “I Want This”
  3. They’re asking me to register my CVS card (Doing it…..)  DONE!

That’s it folks – I registered one of my store loyalty cards, put a GUM Flossers coupon on it (FREE at Walgreens this week!) – and I’m ready to shop.  Now, what happens at the store?

Using your E-Coupons:

  • Scan your store card at checkout to activate your Saving Star E-Coupons
  • SavingStar coupon will not come off at checkout – instead, they accumulate until you hit the $5 mark
  • Once at $5, you pick how you want your money:
    - $5 Deposited to your bank
    - $5 Paypal Deposit
    - $5 Amazon Gift card

A few other points:

  • You can still use a paper coupon with your SavingStar coupons.  The SavingStar Coupon acts kind of like a rebate – both from the manufacturer, but both useable together.
  • You can keep tabs on how much $$ you’re earning on the SavingStar website.
  • It usually takes just a couple days for your E-Coupon to register and show up on the site, but it can take up to 30 days in some cases.
  • I probably won’t be able to stay on top of this as well as I’d like – so I plan to just leave all those savings alone for awhile – and then check it when Christmas gets close.  I bet that’ll be a nice little nest egg to help with holiday shopping!

Let me know how you like it!

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Fandago Movie Tickets….

What an AWESOME deal for movie tickets! Groupon has a deal going on that snags you Fandango movie tickets ($12 value) for just $2! With Summer in full swing, this would make a great inexpensive activity for the kids OR bank these tickets for an inexpensive date night! There are lots of movies coming out that I want to see but I don’t want to spend $10 a ticket at the movie theaters!

Be sure to check the Fandango website to make sure that your theater accepts Fandango tickets.

You can get 2 tickets!!

Free Garnier

Walmart is offering a Free Sample fo Garnier Anti-Dandruff Shampoo.  Allow 4-6 weeks to get your free sample in the mail.

Free hot Dogs

Stop by the Oscar Mayer hot Dog Facebook page and leave them a Taste-a-Monial about how much you like their hot dogs.  After August 15th, they will mail you a coupon.  The value of the coupon you get depends on how many people leave a taste-a-monial.  but the value is up to $1.90 off one already and with a sale you should get some free hot dogs with such high value coupon.

Free Movie Codes!

Netflix is increasing there rates.. No worries. Free movies!

Please Note:These codes are only valid on the $1 movie rentals. These Codes Expire July 18 at Midnight.

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Free Yobaby!


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Later this month, we’ll be giving away 2,000 4-packs of YoBaby yogurt to our Facebook fans!
We’ll be sharing the details on our YoBaby Facebook page in the coming weeks, so make sure to like us on Facebook in order to get the news.

Free Sharpie

I have some great news! The Sharpie Coupon was reset on Target.com which means you can grab even more FREE Sharpies this week!

Thanks Passion for Savings!

Target has Sharpie Markers on sale for $1
$1/1 Target Coupon
FREE after Coupon!

I was also able to print the Papermate Coupon again. The Papermate Pens are just $1.02 or only $0.02 after the coupon!

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