Zwipes – Awesome Product for Frugal Living Savings

Sunday, July 19, 2015

As a man who is not at all interested in cleaning, doing a video on this one product means it’s pretty damn good and warrants some research for fellow preppers looking to save money. Read More

How to preserve cheese for YEARS!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

This post originally sourced by Margene @ DIYPreparedness.net.  What a great idea and a nice website!

My family loves cheese! We use it in so much food we make and just to snack on.  The thought of only having powdered cheese in our long term food storage just sounds so…. Blah! So when I learned that you can wax cheese and it can last for years, I was totally on board!

I was first inspired to try waxing cheese from the Preparedness Pro. Here are the basics.
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Survival Food Storage – Preventing Food Lethargy

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The bulk core of most long term preparedness supplies are grains and legumes (e.g. – rice, oats, wheat, beans, etc.). Prolonged survival situations where a diet is dependent on these foods will create food lethargy. While most think food lethargy is the least of their problems, it will most definitely add to the overall psychological  long term stress of a situation.  Spice things up…literally.

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DIY Homemade Firewood Storage

Thursday, June 18, 2015

$15 and 20 minutes later, I have an excellent DIY homemade firewood storage structure!  Trust me, I am no carpenter and I’m hesitant to get into building things.  Therefore, I shyed away from building a grand firewood shelter.  However, this super simple structure accomplishes the same purpose and saved me time, money and stress! Read More

DIY Mason Jar Kerosene Heater & Cold Weather Fuel Rationing

Saturday, March 28, 2015

When the electricity goes out in the winter, so does your heat.  Having propane heaters, kerosene heaters, a fireplace or wood stove are all in the cards to help keep your family warm.  However, should we really be relying on heaters that can heat an entire house?  How about if fuel is sparse and we need to ration?  With this cheap $10 DIY mason jar kerosene heater, you can heat an entire room for days with very little kerosene!  After all, there’s no need to waste fuel on heating 90% of the house that you don’t need to heat. Read More

Tree Climbing & Sentry Lookout Positioning

Saturday, March 7, 2015

If SHTF and it ever comes down to defending your property, you need to give yourself advanced warning of threats.  This can be obtained in a variety of ways:

  • Using radio communications, you can network with other homes in your area and get forewarning of threats.
  • You can perform routine scout patrols (also with radio communications) of your area.
  • You can use security cameras with Wifi signaling to transmit into your control station.
  • OR you can set up a tree sentry position!  I hope you don’t have a fear of heights!

In this article, I’ll show you a couple of ways you can set up a high elevation sentry lookout.  Paired up with a good pair of binoculars, you’ve just given yourself an incredible force multiplier against threats in terms of getting early first warning. Read More

Prepping Ain’t Pretty – What to do with #2?

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

People who are preparing in today’s society are making their most valiant attempt at acquiring large volumes of hard assets so that their “normal” habits and practices are not significantly impacted if a SHTF event ever happened.  Some of these resources make sense; food, water, clothing, tools, etc.  However, living in our current world view paradigm, some have the tendency to confuse “luxuries” as “necessities”.  Toilet paper is one such thing.  In this article, we’re going to have a little bit of a laugh at preppers who are storing TP, as well as discussion of practical and better alternatives. Read More

Kerosene or Propane Heater for Preparedness

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Baby, it’s cold outside!  Much of the US over the past two years has seen some pretty extreme cold temperatures.  If you haven’t thought about cold weather preparedness in the home, you need to start considering it.

Whether you have gas or electric generated heat, our HVACs still function on electricity.  If the juice goes out, so does the ability to heat your home unless you have alternatives.  If the heat does go out, it’s not only about keeping you and your family warm.  You could be facing thousands of dollars’ worth of pipe damage if the water in your lines freeze. Read More

Mylar Food Preservation – Don’t make this mistake

Friday, November 7, 2014

Bread – One of the most historically important means of nutrition for humans across the globe.  When you think about preparing and storing food, bread is something that is a given.  However, do you really know what you are doing when it comes to storing ingredients needed to prepare bread? Read More

2015 Polar Vortex Preparedness

Thursday, October 23, 2014

If you haven’t already watched my interview with world renowned climate scientist John L. Casey, please take 20 minutes out of your day to do so.  His insight into sun cycles and their effect on the earth proves that we are headed into a deep cold era starting now and lasting for several decades.  I have not seen much discussion of this topic within the preparedness communities, and I feel strongly that it is our role to get the word out about it.  This will dramatically affect the yearly growing season which will diminish our food supplies like the last time this happened 200 years ago (year without a summer / dalton minimum) Read More

Farm like your life depends on it!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Guest post by Alex K.

When I first moved to the Midwest back in the late 90’s, I used to talk to a lot to the old timers at small livestock shows. One of the things I found interesting was the ways their parents and grandparents farmed.  So much of what they knew was a lost art since almost no one used manual corn planters or tobacco planters in the 1990’s.  You could only find these items at antique stores or auctions. From the stories I was told and what I could research, the corn planter was a major revolution to small farmers. It allowed a single farmer to plant around four acres of corn seed a day in a plowed field. I have had some experience planting trees and other plants when I lived way up North, but I used shovels and planting bars.  Using the right tool can really make a difference.

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Emergency Food Planning – Risk Management

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Guest Article Contribution by Alex K.

Food is a necessity of life that can bring enjoyment in even the worst of times.  It nourishes both the body and the soul. As such, there are many aspects to food besides nutrition.

Risk management for food tends to fall into acute and chronic categories. With acute, it is about securing your next meal.  Natural disasters, social unrest, etc. are examples in which food distribution breaks down and food resources are scarce. A chronic condition is more like the great depression, victory gardens, etc. where food resources are available, but only basic commodities can be obtained. So, how does gardening fit in with risk management? Read More

Shelter Precautions – Insects

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Whether you believe in global warming or global cooling, we must acknowledge that there is a trend of weather change occurring.  With these weather changes come ecological changes spanning bacteria/viruses, to bugs, to larger mammals.  This post will focus on recent changes in mosquitoes and other parasites, the diseases they carry throughout the United States, and how to prepare your bug out bags for them.

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Simple & Cheap Water Storage

Monday, July 14, 2014

Buying containers for water storage should not break the bank and should also not clutter your home.  The key to water storage is laying out a simple plan based on your needs, and then proceed to finding the right container at the right price.  In this article, I’ll explain a simple plan for water storage, and some cheap ways of obtaining containers.  The three categories we’ll be looking at are:

  1. Portable Water Carry (on your person)
  2. Mobile/Vehicle Water Carry
  3. Home storage

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Preparedness for Babies

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Most preparedness sites cover topics specific to adults. If there are any topics about preparing for baby, it is usually centered around medical training for the birth or use of condoms to prevent it all together. But what about when baby is here? I would arguably say that preparing for babies is much more difficult than any other aspect of prepping.

  • Babies depend on their caretakers for everything.
  • Babies are more susceptible to infections.
  • Babies outgrow their clothing FAST.
  • Exposing a baby’s innocence to a disaster/emergency is a major emotional draw on the caretaker.

I can think of so many more examples of why preparing for a baby takes considerably more effort, but let’s start talking about some initial steps you can take to prepare for your baby in the event of an emergency:

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