Archive for June, 2012

Lifestraw, Heck Yeah!

When I first started prepping in around 2007 or so, water was a big concern…probably not as big as it should have been (I say this because almost every prepper I know puts off good water preparedness in favor of just about everything else, even though it should be done first!), but I knew we needed some.  When I was researching filters, storing water in 55 gallon drums or smaller, more portable container, pool shock, bleach and the like, I happened upon an article about the Lifestraw (sorry, the page this goes to is pretty ugly).  It seemed so simple compared to many filters, such as the Katadyn Hiker Pro I’ve had for years.  The sad thing was, the Lifestraw wasn’t available at retail (or online); the company that made it sold it only to NGO’s, charities and the like for use in the 3rd world.  Respectable, but frustrating as it seemed like an auto-include in every bug out bag, food storage kit, 72 hour kit, and other types of go-bags.  About twice a year I would check up on it in the hopes that it was available for sale.  Until this year, it wasn’t.  The good news?  Now it is!  Even better, we have it!

I am so proud to introduce the Lifestraw, now available at Discount Mylar Bags.  The Lifestraw is by far the easiest to use portable water filtration system ever designed.  When I mentioned a few posts back that I wanted to carry only ‘best in class’ survival and preparedness gear, this is the type of item I was talking about.  Some basic specs is that it reduces 99.99999% of waterborne bacteria and 99.9% of protozoan cysts (including giardia and cryptosporidium).  It will filter over 250 gallons of water.  And it is the easiest to use filter…just use like a straw (it will take some effort until the filter is wet).  And at only 2 ounces, it will fit just about anywhere.

Better yet, we have the Lifestraw at the Minimum Advertised Price if you buy 5.  With our Free Shipping, that means we have the Lifestraw available at the absolute lowest price available.  To be more specific, I’ve structured the cost to go down $1 for each additional Lifestraw you buy, so it’s only $23.95 for 1, $22.95 for 2, $21.95 for 3, $20.95 for 4, and $19.95 for 5.

I usually try not to get too salesy on the blog, but for this item I made an exception due to it being the easiest way to get some water filtration into your Bug Out Bags.  If anyone has any questions about the product, please drop us an email at admin@discountmylarbags.com


June 15-16 at Prairie Market in Harrison, AR

Hey y’all, just to update you.  We will be in Harrison, AR on June 15-16 for our first official DMB Food Storage Seminar and on-site product sale.   It will be taking place at Prairie Market, an awesome natural and organic food store that has been running a series of preparedness-related seminars.  On Friday night we will be doing a seminar on the basics of food storage from 5:00-6:30pm.  On Saturday we’ll be there most of the day as for the sale, which will feature our most popular Mylar Bags and O2 Absorbers at 20% off our website pricing.

Everyone is welcome either day.  A big part of Friday’s event will be allowing time to do a question and answer segment, so if there was ever anything you wanted to know about Mylar, food storage or O2 absorbers, now is the time to ask.

I hope to see you there!


06 2012

Inspiration in a Jar

I sometimes feel I’ve never been made privy to the mysteries of the master bloggers…I often struggle (as folks can tell with my erratic posting schedule) with finding topics I think folks will find interesting.  That’s why those bloggers who constantly have something new going up are always so impressive to me.  I also regularly question the look of a blog, mine and others.  From the very beginning, I’ve tried to find a balance between the blog looking nice and having the site be self-supporting through a couple of small ads.  However, I look at most of the larger preparedness blogs, and I’m astounded by the walls of advertisements there, and wonder if I’m missing out.  To me, those blogs look like a mess.  Even if they provide good information, I find myself asking if they are here for the good of the community, or are they just trying to make a buck?  I would love to link to some of that information, but the reason I haven’t is that I would feel bad sending a reader to a blog like that.  Prepping and survivalism have gotten to be large parts of the popular culture, and there are plenty who are joining the fray just to cash in (and I’m sure some would say I’m doing the same!).

I’d love your opinion.  Am I being a blogging prude?  Would it make you more or less likely to read this blog if I had more advertisements on it, or would it not matter at all?  Do you like the larger survival blogs that have 30 or 40 ads, and think that bringing together a large number of advertisers is useful to the reader?  Do I have too many ads up on the site already?  I’ll be honest, I make about enough for one pizza party a month (for a group smaller than 6 or so!;0), and that’s always been OK with me, as I know I’m not a full-time blogger (and most of that is from folks looking at the FAQ).   Anyhow, please drop a comment or send me an email if you have strong feelings one way or another!

That wasn’t what I was intending when I started this post, but I’ll leave it as I really would like folks input!

Where I was going is that while yes, inspiration for new posts has always been a challenge, something happened in the last few weeks that makes me realize ‘I need to get out more.’  I’ve been working on our food storage presentation and booklet for our seminar in 2 weeks (see the details here!), and just putting the materials together has provided a dozen new posts worth of items I  want to share with y’all, mostly through a group of posts designed for walking a brand new prepper through the steps of building a food storage system.  I am also working on a new post on where to get the best bang for your buck, food storage wise, that I hope to have up before we leave on our trip.  If I don’t completely flub it, I’ll try to put up a recording of the seminar on Youtube, if anyone is interested in an hour and a half of folks talking about food storage.

That said, it should be a good summer of blogging here, so I hope you’ll stay tuned.  And I would like to say thank you to anyone who has clicked on any ad here, or bought something through the Amazon links on the site.  A pizza party every once in a while is pretty cool for doing something I enjoy doing anyway.=)




06 2012