Archive for May, 2011

Advice and Beans Food Storage Preparedness Article Contest – $500 in Prizes

To give folks a chance to particpate we’re going to run a little contest over the next couple of months!  I’ll be including a flier with all new orders letting people know as well as providing up-to-date information about goings on at the store and blog.

Here’s how it will work.  In 300-500 words (about 1 double-spaced page in Word or Wordpad), answer the question ‘If you could offer 1 piece of advice about food storage, what would it be?’  Alternately, describe a situation where your food storage came in useful in a real emergency scenario.  Feel free to include pictures of your food storage pantry or video as well!

I’ll post the articles as often as I get them, and at the end of 90 days, 3 entries will win a combination of $500 at the store ($250, $150 and $100)!  I’ll also toss in some goodies I have lying around, including a spool of paracord, an awesome bug-out backpack from Rothco and some other great stuff!  And everyone who enters will get at least a cool coupon.

The fine print:  All entries must be new content and become the property of Advice and Beans, though of course you’ll be more than welcome to cross-post on your own personal blog if you have one.    We reserve the right to edit out any personal information and correct minor spelling mistakes.  Send your entries to admin@adviceandbeans.com and if you have any questions please let me know!

Good luck everyone!


05 2011

A Long Weekend Behind and a Long Week Ahead

My wife told me yesterday that she was actually tired of shopping; I couldn’t help but laugh!  That is probably not something a guy hears every day, but she spent several hours with her mom at Walmart on Friday and came out with 2 buggies full; she said the cashier actually took a break she had so much stuff.  She went to Costco yesterday and got another full load.  Basically, we doubled up on the staples in our storage pantry.  Oils (olive and corn), peanut butter (both my organic and her Jif), nuts, flour (both regular and gluten free), Bisquik, light bulbs, paper towels, tissues and toilet paper, and on and on.  Let’s say we took the advice given 2 posts back literally…I’d rather have basics and consumables in my pantry than excess cash in the bank right now.   We even got a little gas pump like they use for boats (14 gallons) and filled that up as well.

This article in the Wall Street Journal is just one of dozens I’ve read recently about rising food inflation; so if you are going to eat it anyway, folks, you might as well buy it now.  I’m going to take another look after we get our backorders out tomorrow and make another run myself to fill in any gaping holes…maybe another propane tank or two, some charcoal for the Bubba Keg, and some 5-gallon water jugs, for starters.

The enemy in my mind is not ‘the end of the world’, but simple inflation, which is in full bloom (and has been for at least a year).


05 2011