Yesterday we went to check out Restaurant Depot. This place has everything a restaurant could need. As I said a couple days ago that means they have a bunch of stuff a prepper might need also. We found great deals on potatoes, rice, meat, flour, beans and more, The prices were, in general much cheaper than Sam's Club. The one drawback to the meat is you will need to know how to cut meat as most of it comes as "prime cuts" meaning it is a large section of a cow that needs to be reduced to its individual cuts. As an example, they had chuck rolls on sale for 99 cents a pound. If you bought one you would need to reduce this 25-30 pound chunk into chuck roasts, chuck steaks, chuck eye steaks and burger trimmings.
They also had handy things like Sterno type fuels and portable cooking devices, knives, bulk silverware, mixing bowls and serving items that would be needed to feed a group of people. If there is one of these distributors in your area it would be worth your while to check them out. One note though, you have to show proof that you are a business. We simply showed them our LLC papers and that was enough to get a membership. Check them out here.
I have been working on this old apartment building. With all the cold weather we have been having, there have been several frozen water lines. Even though this place was re-plumbed 3 years ago they still placed much of the plumbing in or adjacent to the exterior walls. No insulation or heat tapes were installed at that time. So here we are at present time, renters with no water. I had to install 4 heat tapes and run electrical outlets to all locations. They finally have flowing water now but with proper forethought all of this could have been avoided. Are you applying forethought to your decisions? If you are building a house or renovating a house, think about were the water lines are and if they are in a bad location, i.e. a north or west wall or a breezy inaccessible space, take steps to protect them from winter weather. Do you have your survival "water lines" in the right place? Do you need to do anything to make them better? If you are one of the lucky ones to have a bug out home, do you want to be making home repairs instead of getting busy with the business of surviving? Just like a kids Christmas list, check your lists twice. And then do it twice more. If your like me and must make do with the place your living in, make sure all your decisions are right. You can't afford to waste valuable time and money on putting your "water lines" in the wrong place.