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As many folks have mentioned, its definitely time to update my About page!

My name is Tobias Truman, middle-aged entrepeneur, Full-Time Husband, father of Coco and Arnold, our two dogs with a combined weight of 13 pounds, and owner of Advice and Beans and Discount Mylar Bags.  I started the blog and business out of my basement over 2 years ago, and it has grown beyond my wildest imaginings, and we recently opened a warehouse in Hendersonville, TN.

I became interested in preparedness/survivalism in 2007, slowly built up over a year’s supply worth of food, water filtration and other items you’ll find in many prepper’s pantries.  I don’t believe the world is going to end, but I know it is prudent to be prepared for whatever may come our way.  Like most prepper’s, I’m not ‘afraid’ of anything and view preparing as just another form of insurance for my family.

I’m not a tinfoil hatter and I don’t believe many conspiracy theories, but I am concerned about the state of freedom in our country.  I would love to see Congress spend several full terms NOT passing new laws, and simply removing outdated ones, ones that have been proven to not work, or ones that waste money (ie. most of them).

Our family is debt-free except for our home, and financial preparedness is an essential part of our overall plan.  My current goal is to pay off our home as quickly as possible, though that is still more than a few years away.
While I love prepping and running the business seems endless sometimes, I have many other hobbies.  I love to hike, camp, shoot, play board and video games, and watch movies with my wife.  I am a Kurzweil-inspired futurist that believes mankind will soon be capable of even more amazing things than it already is.

While for most of my life I pined for the day I could retire, after growing my business I can’t imagine not working on something new for as long as I am able.  I want to write books, design games, build websites, and sell millions of Mylar Bags.  I want to hear from you, listen to your stories, your victories and your failures both.

I am blessed by Providence, beyond all measure.  I believe any person can build a life on their own terms, as we have.  If you need inspiration or motivation, drop me an email at admin@discountmylarbags.com, and I’ll do my best to provide.

I may still fail.  But not today.

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  1. Beverly Tate #
    1

    What are you doing for lunch tomorrow ? I need an ear!

  2. 2

    Hello,

    We have been ordering bags from you for quite some time. What started out as a preparedness plan has turned into a full blown business for us as well. We sell Survival seed banks on our website and Ebay. I’m an artist at first but have now quit my Full time job to pack seed banks. We still run it out of our house and every order is packed by yours truly. It’s just so awesome to see someone else paving their own path to being self-sufficient and having financial freedom. I’m a single Mom of two that busted my butt for a company for over 6 years and now I make a product I am proud of and I’m helping people in a small way. I just wanted to give you a big Thank you from My Seedcellar because we couldn’t do it without our wonderful suppliers!

    Sincerely,

    Chris

  3. Silvia Meyer #
    3

    Question: HOW MANY MYLAR BAGS AND WHAT SIZE BAG WOULD I NEED
    TO STORE 25LBS. OF WHITE RAICE?

  4. 4

    Ma’am,

    You could store 25lbs of rice in 5 1 gallon bags, 2-3 2 gallon bags and or 1 5 gallon bag.

    Good luck!
    Tobias

  5. 5

    Ma’am,

    Thank you for the great story, and sorry about the slow reply…business has been crazy and I haven’t been able to get over here for ages. ‘On the edge of burnout and entrepreneurial vigor’ as I call it! Owning a small business is a blessing, and I preach being a ‘merchant’ to being anyone who will listen. It’s something anyone can do with a little drive can do; for anyone who has been on unemployment for 99 weeks, that’s far longer than it took to get DMB up and running!

    Thank you!
    Tobias

  6. Craig Ramsay #
    6

    Talked to your Dad, Joe, a few nights ago. Sounds like life is a blast for him and exciting as well. Glad about that. Hope to get to dinner with him soon and his new wife & daughter. Jackie & I used to own your old house in CT – 13 Egypt Lane. Loved the house. We now live here in Murfreesboro, TN. Had to leave our daughter & their 5 children to do it. Had three of them here with us last month. What a wonderful time we had. Glad your site is working for you. Sounds exciting. Have been going through the survival literature on-line myself. Seems only normal with all of the potential environmental disturbances available to the environment – Floods, Tornadoes, Hurricanes, Civil Unrest, etc. Need to look your site over more. All the best to you and your growing family. Craig

  7. Scott #
    7

    Can you vacuum seal the mylar bags? If so, are the oxygen absorbers needed?
    Thanks.

  8. 8

    Sir,

    Sorry for the slow reply, I missed this one. Yes, you can vacuum seal many Mylar bags, but I don’t recommend it as Oxygen Absorbers are about 20 times more effective at removing oxygen; plus, some Mylar bags can puncture if put under a full vacuum with certain foods. An oxygen absorber will remove down to about .1% oxygen, while vacuum sealing leaves about 2% oxygen (still good though!).

    Thanks!
    Tobias

  9. Kathy Pichowski #
    9

    Hi Tobias,
    How can I call in an order? Can’t fine a phone number anywhere on your site and don’t want to order online. Please help .
    Thank You.
    Kathy

  10. 10

    could you send me a sample of your 1 gal mylar bag, i have purchased some before from another supplier and they are just to thick, hard to put things is a seal up with iron. They are way to stiff.
    Before i purchase hundreds of these i would like to see for myself what thickness they are and if they can easily hold food and be sealed at the top.

    Thank you,
    Lynn

  11. Rick #
    11

    I purchased your Mylar bags from Amazon. Thanks for all the info on your web site. I’m a disabled Vet, and I saw what you wrote about helping veterans. You’re very kind, I hope God blesses you for your kindness towards my brothers. I am blessed to have means to pay for what I need, but it could use a military discount to help me out. Do you offer a military discount? Thanks in advance
    Rick
    MCPO USN (ret)

  12. CanadianEh #
    12

    Will you ship mylar bags to Canada?

  13. Howard May #
    13

    HI , WE ARE NEW TO THIS BUT WE BOUGHT THE QUART SIZE BAGS FROM YOU AND GOT THE OBSORBERS WITH THEM . WE HAVE PUT OATS , CORN MEAL , FLOUR , GRITS , PINTO BEANS IN THE BAGS WITH 1 OBSORBER WE HAVEN’T HAD VERY MANY OF THE BAGS GET HARD TO LET US KNOW THE OXYGEN IS OUT OF THEM . DID WE DO SOMETHING WRONG OR DO THEY HAVE TO BE HARD TO KNOW THEY ARE WORKING ? DO WE NEED TO DO THEM AGAIN ? WILL THEY SPOIL ? PLEASE RESPOND AS SOON AS POSSIBLE . I WOULD LIKE TO DO SOME MORE STORAGE . THANKS FOR YOUR HELP .



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