To measure the goodness of life

To measure the goodness of life by its delights and pleasures and safety is to apply a false standard. The abundant life does not consist of a glut of luxury. It does not make itself content with commercially produced pleasure, the nightclub idea of what is a good time, mistaking it for joy and happiness. On the contrary, obedience to law, respect for others, mastery of self, joy in service--these constitute the abundant life.
Thomas S. Monson, "In Quest of the Abundant Life", Ensign, Mar. 1988, 2

The Forgotten Essentials and 72 hr kits

People often (to their great discomfort) forget these in their emergency storage:
  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper towel/napkin
  • Dish soap
  • Bleach
  • Laundry detergent
  • Hand soap/ Liquid Soap
  • Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Lotion
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Floss
  • Feminine hygiene
  • FUEL -- propane and mini grill is an easy option
  • Cotton balls
  • Band aids
  • Alcohol
  • Pain Killer (swelling)
  • Tylenol (fever)
  • Cold/Cough medicine
  • Candles
  • Extra blankets (double-lined fleece or down comforter)
  • Sleeping bags

72-Hour Kits

72 Hour Kits are personal emergency kits that can be taken with an individual in the event of evacuation. They contain essential hygiene, food, and survival supplies to last the person through 3 days (72 hours).  In organizing your kits, please in bear in mind two things:  Weight and Water.  Weight, because you should only pack what you can carry.  Water, because this is the element you're most likely to experience in transit.  I suggest packing your items individually in zip-locks as a preventative measure against water damage, and convenience so you're not having to sort through 10 items for just a single item.

The best site to visit:  with the best kits specialized to the top 10 emergency situations; also an on-line store for masks, self-heating meals, smoke kits, radios, QuikClot, lanterns, heatsheilds, id. bracelets, and more! $7.95 (boxed 1 person kit) - $79.00 (4 person bucket kit)  $19.95 - $104.95 $39.99 - $99.99 (1-4 person kits)
For Children: A laminated card system for identification, dna/fingerprint cards, and contact information. $19.95 However, you can make one of your own for a few dollars and laminate it locally.
The following coupons are courtesy of FREEBIES 2 DEALS, a site composed by a lady named Melea solely dedicated to coupons and freebies.  The site is and includes hundreds and hundreds of on-line coupons for everyday household items, food, and other emergency preparation items. 
Reach Floss $.97
Use the $1.00 off any Reach Floss Coupon
Total Cost FREE!

Right now at Wal-Mart, they have Planter's Snack Size Nut Pouches for $.48 and $.98!  So hurry and print out the $1.00 off 1 Planters Nut Coupon that released this morning.  It should let you print it twice.  So in total, 2 Pouches of nuts for FREE!  **The coupon will go fast!!

2nd Item:  Johnson and Johnson First Aid To-Go Kits $.97 at Wal-Mart (Target is close to that price too)
Use the $3.00 off three Johnson & Johnson Red Cross Products Coupon from the 8-1-10 SS
Total Cost 3 for FREE!
3rd Item: Bumble Bee Premium Tuna Pouch $.64 at Wal-Mart
Use the $.55 off Bumble Bee Premium Tuna Pouch Coupon from the 9-12-10 SS
Total Cost $.14!
4th Item: Maruchan Instant Ramen $.33 each at Macey's (Should be close to same at Wal-Mart)
Smith's and all Kroger Affiliated stores have Flashlights that are priced around $1.19.  Hurry and print out 2 copies of the $1.00 off Energizer Battery or Flashlight Coupon.
We should be able to grab Flashlights for only $.19!  And it is perfect for our 72 Hour Kits!

Rayovac just reset their $1.00 off Coupon on their Facebook Page. And Wal-Mart has the smaller packs of Rayovac batteries for around $.97!  Sometimes you can see them in Target's Dollar spot as well!

The following coupons are courtesy of  Simply type in the address and enter your zip code at the prompt. 

ave 50¢Progressowhen you buy any Progresso® Product (Excluding Soup and Broth)
Save $2.00Aleve®On Any Aleve® 80ct or larger
Save 50¢Nature Valleywhen you buy ONE BOX any flavor/variety
Save $.75GUM®On Any GUM® Flossers
Save $5.00Schick® Xtreme3®Any Schick® Xtreme3® AND Banana Boat® Product
Save $1.50Bayer® Aspirin any Bayer® AM product

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