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dontknowThere is one thing that the recent Ebola scare has shown the American people. As a result, it should scare the crap out of the general population.

Here it is – They don’t know what to do! By “they,” I mean the government.

The reason I say that it should scare the crap out of the general population, is because “we” already know this. We’ve seen the inability of those in government to do anything of real value. You don’t have to look too far. Just think back to congress trying to pass a budget. Do you remember when the government was going to “shut-down?” Do you remember the “sequestering?” Yeah, right! These idiots couldn’t make a decision if they only had one option available. They would form a committee to come up with a committee to find out why they only have one REAL option! That’s just a quick throw back… Anyone not seeing this is truly not wanting to see it.

The American people have become soft. Things used to not be like this. We were once a people that got things done! We didn’t depend on the government! But now, many couldn’t SURVIVE if it wasn’t for Uncle Sam every month! It makes many of us ask, “What has happened to America?”

I’m a fan of Martin Armstrong. He often says that there is no big conspiracy going on. The truth is that they just don’t know.

“The assumption behind any conspiracy theory lies the idea that people act according to the LONG-TERM expectations. Unfortunately, just as you will one day pray for hyperinflation and the easy way out of this mess without oppression, you will also pray that the conspiracy theories are real for that would mean there is some plan and perhaps we could negotiate reason. If there is no conspiracy and all we are doing is looking at the next trade or what has to be done to win a vote and the hell with implications long-term, then the outcome is far worse. That means we crash and burn and we lose everything. There is no giant conspiracy that will keep the structure intact. We are facing a structural collapse because there is NO plan – just knee jerk reactions.”

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If there was ever a time to be self-reliant, now is that time! You really can’t depend on the government or anything tied to the government for any short or long term purpose! They are not thinking about your specific situation. They are not thinking about your family. Yes, there might be some well-meaning people in government, but the machine is too big and so complex that you can forget them really making a difference.
Am I giving up? No! But I, like so many of you reading this, want to sound the alarm to the unenlightened that they need to start thinking about their future beyond who is going to win the next season of Dances with the Stars! They need to take an active role in the things that their family needs to live and thrive in this uncertain future!

For example, one thing that I’m not planning on is retirement. Who made up retirement? Up until recently, I mean like in the last 100 years, no one retired. You worked until you couldn’t work anymore and then you died. Who made up retirement? It’s a nice thought. It’s kind of soft thinking… You work so hard for so many years, you deserve to spend your golden years sipping tea in Florida somewhere. I’m not planning on Social Security being there for me. It sucks that I have to pay into it. But such is the big government machine right now. But there are many out there who think that when they hit 65 or 67 or whatever age it is now, that they will get the golden watch and play shuffleboard for the rest of their lives. I don’t believe that future is going to be around for me. And, I’m not counting on the government to have it ready for me either!
Many believe that government has had most of the answers all of our lives. So if we can’t depend on the government, what should we do?

Families need to get tight – I’m blessed to have a close family. We all like each other for the most part. You should be able to depend on your family, there is a blood bond there! Families offer support and help in times of need. They are people you can trust. We need to get back to the place where families lived close by and helped one another.

I know that not everyone can do this. Kids have to move away for jobs, etc… But if you can, keep your family close. If you have to, let your aging parents move in with you. Get a big table, learn to eat together again!

There are some families that want to always kill each other when they get together. In that case, build close friendships. Friendships that go beyond co-workers or neighbors. Build friendships with people that you would want to hang out with all the time.

The purpose of family and friendships is to have a web of support that you can really depend on when things are good or bad.

Think about your food – If you can, you should be gardening. Any money and resources you put towards good soil and equipment is worth it and will pay dividends…unlike your savings account! Research gardening now! Try it now! Get some fresh vegetables now! Don’t always count on your neighborhood grocery store.

Think about rabbits and chickens. I know many of you reading this might not live in an area where you can have rabbits and chickens, but if you can, do it! Rabbits don’t actually make a lot of noise. So what you neighbors or Home Owner’s Association doesn’t know won’t hurt you. If you can have chickens, every part of the chicken can be utilized! The saying “a chicken in every pot” should really be a “chicken in every backyard!”

Pay down debt – Many people talk about this. But just let me say it again, this is not the time to get into a whole lot of debt. You should really think about big purchases. The best position if things go south will be to not owe anyone any money! That’s a good feeling to have!
Invest in tangibles – When you purchase anything, buy quality. There is something to say for having tools and necessary materials for when you need them. Also, buy items that you know you are going to need! If you buy items now, you will save money because you won’t have to pay future prices.

Think medically – Learn to treat minor health issues at home. With the cost of doctor visits and medicine, many people are not going to be able to afford to go to the doctor like they were used to. Learn about home and herbal remedies. Better yet, be proactive and live a healthy life, as much as possible. Do what it takes to get healthy: lose weight, eat and sleep right, take vitamins.

Get skills – Learn to swing a hammer. Learn to sew on a button. Learn to make some bread. Learn to can some extra vegetables. Learn to fire and clean a gun. Learn… They can never take away what you know in your head. Skills are valuable!

I feel I’m rambling. Here at 1250 plus words, I know that many of you who read this know all this stuff. The truth is, we need to get it out there to people who don’t know. We need to share this with our family, friends, neighbors, Facebook, etc… anyone who needs to hear about taking an active role in their future! They need to know that the government isn’t coming to rescue them in an emergency. The government isn’t coming to help when they lose their job and don’t have money to feed their family. Even if they are lucky enough to get government assistance, it won’t last long. Americans need to take responsibility for themselves!

I know that OPSEC will play a part in whatever you choose to do. But are there some things you can do to help spread the word? Sure there is!
Talk about personal responsibility. Talk about how you think the government is too big to make good, quick decisions. You can use the Ebola thing. Talk about how you are learning a new skill. Talk about how you are turning off the idiot box to make an effort to spend time with the family, or to exercise and get healthy or whatever. You don’t have to talk about PREPAREDNESS. Just talk about RESPONSIBILITY!

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What ONE thing do you need to FEEL better PREPARED? Feedback from the PREPAREDNESS COMMUNITY!

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Recently, I put out a questionnaire to ask the Preparedness Community a few questions.  The questions were:

  1. What ONE thing do you need help on to FEEL better prepared? Please type your response and feel free to elaborate.
  2. What EMERGENCY is your biggest concern? Feel free to elaborate.
  3. What other type of articles would you like to find/read about in regards to preparedness?
  4. What question have you always wanted to ask but never felt comfortable to ask?

I am grateful for my friends in the Preparedness Community, website and blog owners who made their readers aware of the questionnaire so that we could get a broad range of answers.  I wish I could name them all here, but there are many out there who I know promoted the questionnaire.

The goal of the questionnaire was to get feedback so that those of us who own websites and blogs can target some of the questions that preppers might have.  My hope is that articles, podcasts and videos will bounce off of this data and ultimately help ALL of us become better prepared.

At the time of this post, I have had 74 responses (the questionnaire is still open).  In looking over any data, we know that if someone asks a specific question, that many more will have the same question.  If a topic comes up 3 or 4 times, we know that we definitely need to cover it.   And when we cover that topic or question, we need to tackle it in multiple articles, podcasts and videos AND from different perspectives.

Ultimately, I was hoping to find some major themes of what the Preparedness Community is needing in their quest to be better prepared.  I think I did find some aha’s, but I also came away a little perplexed.  I want to share what I have found and also provide all the answers to the first question so that others can look them over too.

Major Themes

FOOD STORAGE – The biggest topic that popped up was food storage.  Preppers are looking for ways to store food, how to cook it and how to come up with menus.  Specifically, people want to use their own ingredients, but need it a little bit more spelled out in regards to step by step directions.

FINDING GROUPS/PREPPERS – A close second to food storage was that preppers want to find other preppers.  Seeing all the responses in this theme is a little funny since I just wrote an article concerning this.   The fact is that preppers are just like any other human.  We want to socialize with people in our tribe.  I think the current thinking on OPSEC really hurts the preparedness community.  I talk about that in the article, however, this is something that I believe needs to really be thought out.  There are ways to have human interaction with other like-minded preppers without giving away the location to your secret bunker!!!

WILDERNESS/OUTSIDE SKILLS – Another theme was obtaining outside skills.  Most described these as wilderness survival skills.  There wasn’t much specificity here.  I have the feeling that many preppers believe they will eventually find themselves outside living the Grizzly Adam’s life.  Although I don’t think this is as important as other topics, preppers still want to read about how to do stuff in the wilderness.

Themes that came up at least three times were: MEDICAL SUPPLIES beyond a regular first aid kit, GARDENING, PREPPING when you are or someone is DISABLED and finding ways to get WATER from your well without ELECTRICITY.

I felt comfortable categorizing these themes together because they came up at least twice: ALTERNATIVE POWER, IDEAS FOR ORGANIZING SUPPLIES AND FOOD STORAGE, COLD WEATHER SURVIVAL, SAVING MONEY FOR PREPS, WILD EDIBLES, SURVIVING WITHOUT ELECTRICITY AND LIVING MORE SIMPLY.

My Thoughts

I said earlier that I was a little perplexed because I know that a lot of the information that preppers are seeking is already on the internet.  In fact, you can find a lot using the tag cloud on Prepper Website.  But I guess one thing that preparedness websites can do is to put together our content in easy to find locations.  Maybe, we need to give some of these top themes and topics a permanent place at the top of our sites.

It might also be a good idea for preppers to learn how to use search engines like Google and Bing effectively.  You can refine your search by just using a few tricks out there.  Doing so will up the possibility of finding the information you are truly seeking.

Lastly, I think many preppers are very busy.  When they look for information, they want it spelled out and easy step by step instructions.  Pictures and easy to follow directions will always be helpful for those looking for information.  We should always be careful in ASSUMING that others know what we are talking about and instead take the time to explain our thoughts clearly.

Below you will find the individual answers to the first question.  I plan on releasing the data and feedback from the other three questions soon, it is just a lot of information to process and put together.  But be on the lookout!

 

 What ONE thing do you need help on to FEEL better prepared? Please type your response and feel free to elaborate.

• More like minded people in my town.
• Skills outside my home
• To live more simply.
• I would like to get more information on how to survive with no electricity. The Amish would be a good place to start. It needs to include all inclusive life skills to live.
• Product reviews
• Security for non gun owning older woman living alone in suburbs.
• We have food (probably not enough) and some medical supplies. I’m more concerned about the medical supplies above the basic first aid kit. Advice?
• We need to know more about edible wild plants.
• I need help with saving money to use for preps.
• I fill that I deed is to get more training on my wilderness survival skills. It has been over 30 years since I went in the woods and lived off land with my gear.
• Though now I’m look for ways to get off grid and make my life a little more simply. I have a home stead kind of life now but still have a big electric bill and would have to have power to get my water out of the ground.
• i need to learn how to prepare when my parents won’t let me.
• Warning signs, or actions that will occur before mandatory quarantine or chaos.
• I need help on how to get water out of my well without power. I do not have a lot of money to spend on expensive hand pump systems.
• I need to help others understand the importance of being prepared.
• I need help with finding and joining a like-minded group. Searching on the web produces results. But should one join a group that “advertises” on the internet?
• I need help in better growing food for my family
• I live alone on a fixed income so #10 cans are too big to be practical. Most of my food preps have been canned or packaged foods that I rotate regularly. Now my doctor has put me on a low sodium diet and most of the foods I have stored have a lot of salt. I would like to see an article on prepping for those on a salt restricted diet.
• Need help figuring out how to buy land, then clearing it and building a secondary location, all within a small budget.
• Food in the wild… killing/prepping animals, plants to eat.
• I would like to see more articles on long-term survival and urban survival
• I need to quit smoking or find a locally grown tobacco substitute.
• Long term food preps.
• Basic solar power and a way to get water from my well when grid down. Not having enough supplies and pet food
• I’d like to see more info on animal husbandry. In particular more info on raising a variety of livestock for a small self sustaining farm from breeding to the dinner table. Topics could cover not only food production and preservation but also fertilizer, hide tanning, and wool processing. Prepping, homesteading, wilderness survival, bush craft, are all related. Developing the necessary skills to be self reliant should center most for the complete Prepper.
• Info about the coming earth changes.
• What is best for and older adult in homeless shtf conditions town or country ? water, food ,shelter
• To somehow absorb all the information that is available, and to somehow separate the wheat from the chaff.
• I need more info about cold weather survival.
• survival gardening
• Looking for Prepper lessons, ideas, knowledge anything to help me to prepare my 12 and 13 year old grandson’s I am raising. Both are ADHD. The youngest ODD and bipolar. I know Fun Fun Fun.:) I am a beginner. I think the three of us will do great but I have no resources to teach my boys. If you could point me in the right direct I’d be very grateful.
• I need to learn more hand to hand combat skills.
• water how to filter it and how to store it, and what to store it in, when to chuck it or if I need to.
• I need more information in sheltering in place
• is there other things we need other then a standerd first aid kit
• I need to get myself into better physical shape.
• to know which scenario to prep for…natural, economic, governmental, global….
• When and if the SHTF, many people including myself will probably have to rely on Bugging-In. The items we store in our homes will be all we have to survive whether it be a couple of day, a couple of weeks or maybe longer. Food, water and shelter will be paramount for our survival. I need help on knowing how to best use the rolled oats and wheat that I have stored. I would like to have some direction on what and how to prepare acceptable dishes using bulk prepping supplies. Thanks
• I would like to see DIY tutorial segments that are thought out and presented to your readers. Water purification and alternative cooking just to name a couple Have a comment section so the readers can comment on their experiences and give their suggestions on how they could have done better.
• Being disabled, i need help to find a way to work around that. I cannot walk very far or well so I am limited in what physical things I can do.
• Community building
• I can’t seem to get my family-neighbors interested in Preparing. They all say they will come to my house….We have never had an emergency or power outage, so most folks think everything will just be fine in Central Texas.
• First Aid…I haven’t spent the time/money on getting enough preps and education in this category although that is next on my list.
• Organizing items for different problems. Like blizzard vs. hurricane. Ideas for storing supplies in totes, labeling for easy access. What items can be vaccuum stored and which ones shouldn’t be.
• Need help with better understanding of pandemics viral/bacteria related to better prepare my family and how to help them to understand defense postures in the home.
• Help with saving and growing food from a city yard.
• Alternative power sources
• Large scale water filtration (family of 4), Self reliance living
• How to prepare concerning disabilities like for someone in a wheelchair, for diabetics, and for those with eye conditions.
• An example of each likely threat and a separate list of needed items and skills for each one
• I need help on wilderness survival in cold climates
• I need to learn skills so I can live more simply and self-sufficiently.
• prepping on a budget
• Help with food storage.
• I need more information on alternative energy. A lot of information is available already, but I am at the beginning stages of learning about it. I live in a wooded area, so I don’t know how useful solar or wind power would be. Additionally, I am trying to learn about graywater systems.
• More of everything but especially how to keep in touch with others so that information can be openly shared in an educational environment rather than those that don’t prepare at all making fun of those of us who are trying.
• Wilderness survival
• Best foods for storage that will last the longest and last through anything. Best way of protection against looters, without a gun.
• I need to save more money
• I’m finding I’m unable to organize my food storage. I tend to buy single ingredients rather than “just add water” meals, but that makes it harder to put together.
• I need help/suggestions about prepping for those who are handicapped/disabled.
• Although there are many areas I need improvement the one that concerns me most is communication. I need help getting started with radio and understanding why it MUST be ham radio.
• Wilderness survival skills
• a more remote location, I am in a subdivision just north of Atlanta.
• I would like more meal in a jar type receipes that use only home dehydrated foods. NOT purchased freeze dryed. It is truly annoying to find only meals requiring me to send away for some food. UGH. Kind of defeats the purpose of learning to use what is readily available. Thanx
• Organizing food storage with real, whole foods and food sensitivites.
• I think I’m pretty good on most things. But my hubby doesn’t have a lot of skills as far as fire etc.
• His are medical skills etc. infection control skills.
• I think when everything goes weird he will be helping others and I’ll be more or less on my own.
• We live 10 miles out of town. He has done CERT and RED Cross etc. also 30 yrs. in hospitals. Our neighbors call him first for opinions on needing stitches etc. I have the well and whole house generator and dogs to protect. Also have large propane tank, food, all kinds of supplies. But you just never know. Wish our kids and grands lived closer.
• I need help on food storage- how to figure out how many meals I have on hand, ideas for delicious food storage recipes for foodies, how to organize it all.
• I need help on organization of the house so when an emergency hits we won’t be looking everywhere for our supplies.
• I would love to see more reviews on products.
• How do I protect or should I protect my portable Solar Panels from EMP or coming Solar Flares?
• Fortify and protect my home. And when its better to stay in or bug out. I currently do not have a bug out destination decided.
• Communication like morris code the tapping and mirror type

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13 REAL Survival Uses for Altoid Tins - You Can Easily Make One Today!

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I’m a big fan of used Altoids Tins.  I just think that for a few bucks, you get some great mints and a cool little metal container that has a TON of uses.  In the past, I’ve made Urban Survival Kits for family members as Christmas stocking stuffers (I didn’t really put it in their stocking).  And just recently, I started carrying a First Aid or “Boo-Boo” kit in the pack I take to work.  But there are so many other uses for these little metal tins.  Actually the internet is filled with many creative pictures and how-to’s from artwork to USB chargers to games.  But I’m more interested in using the tins for survival uses.  Here are the best 13 survival uses I found for Altoids Tins.

Wilderness Survival Kit – No, it doesn’t replace a well tested pack.  But it is better than nothing!  If you know that you are going off into the woods, for any reason, it is a good idea to put a Wilderness Survival Kit in your pocket.  There are so many variations and ideas out there.  Here is a good one for you to check out!

Urban Survival Kit – A lot different than the Wilderness Survival Kit, you will always find yourself needing something out of this kit.  My favorite kit ever was put together by The Urban Prepper.  He has a nice little video with a PDF to all the items and where he purchased them.  My only concern with his kit is the cost of some of the items.  But, if you have the money, what the heck!  Ultimately, everyone’s Urban Survival Kit is going to look a little different.

 

First Aid – “Boo-Boo” Kit – You are not going to do major surgery with this.  But having some medicine, an anti-itch pad or bandaids in a pinch is a great reason to carry this pocket first aid kit.

Fishing Kit (PIC) – You find yourself by a nice body of water and think to yourself, “Is this a good place to fish?”  You then whip out your pocket fishing kit and “test the waters.”

Fire Kit – You might not run out to the woods with just this kit in your pocket, but having this kit as part of your BOB or 72 hour kit makes for a nice way to keep everything in it’s proper place.

Char-Cloth Maker – Char-cloth is a piece of cloth that has been “charred” and prepared to start up with just a spark.  Having some char-cloth in your Fire Kit is a must.  You can easily make it with an Altoids Tin.

 

Sewing Kit (PIC) – You can pack a lot of sewing items in a little tin.  Needles and thread for sewing on a button, fixing a rip in a tarp or tent, or any other minor repair is a reason to carry some sewing items around.

Miniature Cooking Stove – There are many variations of cooking tins out there.  The one in the link is an alcohol stove.  I made one similar to this one when I was in Boy Scouts.  It uses only cardboard and wax.

Baking Bread – Yes, you can bake bread in an Altoids Tin.  You don’t need a lot of heat to make some survival bread out in the woods.

Solar Emergency Radio – There are a lot of projects you can do with solar and an Altoids Tin.  However a radio might be one of the most useful.  The radio featured in the link was made for $3.

Emergency Candle – This instructable goes step by step on how to make an emergency candle in an Altoids Tin.  I tend not to throw away old candles, even when they’ve burned down and are unsafe to light.  Melting the leftover wax and making an emergency candle might be the way to go!

.22 LR Ammo Can – If you are lucky enough to have some .22 LR bricks around, you can use an Altoids Tin to carry around quite a bit of ammo.

Backpack Seasoning Kit (PIC) – So you’re out in the woods, surviving and stuff.  You snared some rabbits because you’ve been reading Prepper Website and saw some cool tutorials (and were practicing too).  Why not throw some seasoning on that meat from your Altoids Tin Seasoning Kit?  It’s amazing how many seasoning straws you can hold in one tin.  Click here for SouthernPrepper1’s video on using straws in kits.

This last PIC is not included in my overall count  But I think it is a great example of using Altoid Tins to stay organized.

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The above PIC is a small assortment of Altoids Tins.  To be fair, the small red tin is not an Altoids Tin, it is from Starbucks.  For some reason, I get Starbucks gift cards as presents from students at school, probably because they always see me drinking coffee.  But since I don’t normally buy Starbucks coffee, I had to try out this small tin. :-)  I purchased the 5.11 pouch for $5 on clearance at a sporting goods store.  The two tins fit perfectly.

So what did I miss?  How are you using Altoids Tins for survival?

 

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3 Trends in Preparedness and How You Can Get On Board!

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As I read articles to link to on Prepper Website and then see what is popular in the stats, I like to identify patterns and trends.  For example, I know now that any article that discusses “BUGGING OUT” is usually going to do pretty well.  I don’t know why that is since bugging out is one of the low possibility scenarios.  You are more likely to “BUG IN” and “SHELTER IN PLACE.”  Yes, if the zombies come and your city is run over, you will want to “BUG OUT” and live the WALKING DEAD in real life!  But, you are more likely to experience economic troubles or a natural disaster event like a hurricane or tornado than having to go all Grizzly Adams.  A reasonable scenario when you might have to “BUG OUT” with little or no notice might be for a fire.

Another type of article that does really well is when someone writes about “The END” or “What will the end look like” or “What to expect when the SHTF.”  People want to have a head start.  I don’t blame them, the world is crazy and many of us FEEL SOMETHING.  But no one living in America today can really tell you what WILL happen.  When we write those articles, we are basing our ideas and themes on what we have heard or read about in fiction.  Even if we apply what has happened in other collapses around the world, it still might not look like that here in  America.  There are a lot of factors that go into what it would REALLY look like.

But in this article, I would like to focus on three trends that I think are practical and valuable for Preppers today!  They are trends that I have noticed in new articles, websites and what people seem to be buying in the preparedness community, other than the typical food, water, guns and first aid.  After you read about these three trends, I would like to hear your feedback if you agree or if you see other trends that I might have missed.

Homesteading – I’ve seen a WHOLE bunch of Homesteading sites pop up in the last two years.  Homesteading sites range from those living on a homestead, off-grid and living as self-sufficiently as possible to Suburban Homesteaders and homesteaders who want to really homestead someday but are stuck in a job in the city or financially can’t make the jump yet.  They all have a lot to offer and provide insight for those who are starting to feel feed-up with the world around them.

For those who don’t like the term PREPPER or SURVIVALIST, the term HOMESTEADER softens up any KOOK perceptions that the UNPREPARED might have.  The term Homesteader tends to remind people of  a”FARMER” and living out in the country.  But the reality is, a homesteader just wants to live a self-reliant, self-sufficient life and is not usually caught up in the “WORLD IS GOING TO END TOMORROW” scene.

As a result of seeing this trend, I started Totally Homesteading.  It is a website that shows the latest articles from many homesteading websites.  It is a one stop shop for homesteading ideas, projects, recipes and more.  It updates daily and is a great resource.  It has become a popular visit for many internet surfers and homesteaders daily!  I do appreciate those homestead websites that have linked back to Totally Homestead: Homestead Dreamer, Timber Creek Farm, A Prepping Homestead, Living Life in Rural Iowa, Home Ready Home and Common Sense Homesteading.  If you haven’t already, please visit Totally Homestead.  There is something for everyone!

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Frugal Living – The next trend I see is people wanting to live a frugal or simple lifestyle.  I see this more as the economy keeps tanking.  The fact is that the US has lived “high on the hog” for a while and we have become used to just spending and living it up.  A scene from the movie, “The Book of Eli,” always sticks with me when I think about living frugally.  In the scene, Denzel’s character is talking to Solara and says, ” People had more than they needed. We had no idea what was precious and what wasn’t. We threw away things people kill each other for now. ”  I hope that life doesn’t imitate art in this respect because I love life right now.  But the idea of being frugal, spending money on what is truly valuable is always in the back of my mind.

 

 

There is a lot that goes into living frugally.  Living frugally doesn’t mean cheap!  You can find many different definitions online, but I look at it as not wasting resources, making smart purchases, not necessarily inexpensive, but items of value and quality. It is more frugal to buy a pot that will outlast you and can be passed down (think cast iron) than to purchase a cheap Chinese pot that will last one year and then need to be replaced.

As we continue to see our money buy less and less, I think more people will become FRUGAL.  Many of us in the Preparedness Community live like this, but I think it will become more popular as people look for ways to make their money do more.  Things to look for might be Great Depression Era recipes, saving money on household cleaners, gardening and ways to cut costs on EVERYTHING.  As I said, you can find many articles in the Preparedness Community already covering many of these topics.  But I think websites and blogs that focus on these topics will see more traffic as people start to actively search ways to save.

As a result, I started a new page on Prepper Website.  It is very similar to Page 2 News that covers a wide variety of news: collapse, pandemic, war, precious metals, 2 Amendment, Liberty Movement, conspiracy and more.  But this page focuses on FRUGAL websites and even has three Google News feeds at the bottom of the page that cover: DIY, Spend Less and Frugal Eating.  If you haven’t visited Page 2 – Frugal Living, you might want to check it out.  It updates daily, sometimes hourly!

Page 3 - Frugally Living

Page 3 – Frugally Living

Solar – One of the last trends that I see is an increase and renewed interest in solar.  As the Preparedness Community hears about how fragile our electrical grid is, we tend to want to mitigate not having power as much as possible.  But I’m not talking about huge systems that will power your house.  I’m talking more about small portable solar devices that will charge your cellphone, tablet or batteries to run a radio or even something like a BaoFeng Ham Radio.

Again, if the grid collapses permanently, we are screwed.  But if we get to the point where we start experiencing more brown outs and black outs, like many other countries experience, or we go through a short term disaster like a hurricane or tornado, having something to power your small devices will be a great investment.

I personally carry around the Waka Waka Power Lamp.  The Waka Waka Power Lamp is a charger and light rolled into one.  It can be recharged through your computer or AC outlet through a USB connection or it can recharge out in the sun.  You can read my review on Prepper Website here. I’ll have to say that the light is really awesome.   It makes a darkened room look like day.  And, if you want to use it as a charger, it will fully recharge your cellphone with a full charge.   And although it takes a whole day to recharge the battery using the sun, it is well worth it.  I wonder how they would have sold on the streets during Hurricane Sandy or Katrina?  I think everyone should have one, especially women.  It is the size of a cellphone and about $50.  If you do purchase one, be sure you get the Power Lamp and not the less expensive version.  It doesn’t have as strong of a battery.

Waka Waka Power Lamp charging my cellphone

 

Another popular portable solar charger is anything from Goal Zero.  I own one that is similar, but I don’t own a Goal Zero yet.  But because of their popularity and reviews, it is gear that might come in very handy.  Amazon has some good reviews on the small portable panels.  They fold up to the size of a medium text book.  Goal Zero’s Nomad panels come in a variety of watts.  Check out the reviews on the 10 watt, 13 watt and 20 watt Nomad.

The thing I like about both of these companies is that they are active in helping others out.  Here is a video of Goal Zero helping out during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

 

 

If you want to build your own system for your home, a battery bank with an inverter and charger is the way to go.  This system is a fraction of some of the “solar generators” you see advertised for over $1,000.  Having two marine batteries will provide a lot of power to charge your small devices, provide light and maybe even run some small fans.  If you add a solar panel, you can have a way to recharge your batteries during a grid down scenario.

If you do want to build your own system, I recommend purchasing Steven Harris’ Home and Battery Bank Video for $35.  It is an instant download and includes 4 1/2 hours of video with very detailed explanations on how to do it correctly.

In closing, there is always going to be a segment of the preparedness community that focuses on bushcraft, wilderness survival, bugging out, guns and all the other sexy stuff.  There is nothing wrong with these aspects of preparedness, I thoroughly enjoy all of them myself.  But the positive thing about homesteading and frugal living is that they both can easily involve the WHOLE family.

So, what do you think about these trends?  Are there any other trends that you see out there?  I can suspect that different parts of the country will deal with different sub-trends too.  Feel free to leave your comments below.

Peace,
Todd

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How to Find a Prepper Group Near You and Precautions that You Need to Take While You Meet!

Hi Prepper

You Prep.  You Research.  You Plan.  You Interact Online.

At some point you’re going to want to have some human interaction, at least if you’re normal.  I know I did and I still do.

Now, I know that some of you are screaming at your computer screen…. WHAT ABOUT OPSEC???  I’ll talk a little bit about that at the end of this article.

But the fact is, you can really benefit from human interaction with other preppers.

1. You can learn skills – Reading articles online and watching videos are great!  We live in a time where there is a lot of information online and you can find almost everything you want.  But nothing takes the place of being one on one and being hands on when you are learning.  There are many groups that hold free classes that you can find.  See below.

2. You know you are not alone – Like I said, being online is great.  You can interact with people all across the world.  But, they are still 1’s and o’s on the screen.  When you can talk to a human face to face, you are fulfilling a human need for interaction and relationship.

3. You can make some friends – How great would it be if you found someone in your town that has the same values that you have and believes in preparedness like you do? Wouldn’t that be worth it?

But before you can get to the above, you need to find preppers.  Fortunately, you can use online resources to initiate contact.  I’m sure there are more, but here are a few that you can check out.

Prepper Groups . com – From the website… “Prepper Groups is a place to meet, network and discuss prepper topics with other preppers – worldwide. The main site is solely for people looking to find other preppers, start or join a prepper group or to recruit for fellow preppers.  The prepper forum is where general discussion takes place.”

Prepper Link –  Prepper Link puts out some great content.  But the website also hosts a sort of social media page that kind of feels like Facebook or a Ning.

  • Connect and expand your network
  • View profiles and add new friends
  • Share your photos and videos
  • Create your own group or join others

American Preppers Network – APN was one of the first websites that I ever joined.  I’m not active on the forums because I just don’t have time.  But you can still connect and leave messages for people in your state by going to the forum thread for your given state.

Prepper Forums – Prepper Forums is another forum that you can join.  I didn’t notice specific threads dedicated to meeting others, but that doesn’t mean you can start one!

PatriotFB – is another social media site that looks exactly like Facebook.  However, not everyone can join.  You have to register and then they will approve your account.

Meetups – When I first started in preparedness, I found a few groups in the Houston area. Some were not active, but one was just getting started and I was able to meet a few people there.  I didn’t keep up with the group because it met on weeknights on the other side of town.  But I know that they held classes on prepper topics, went to the shooting range and even went camping together.

PrepperMeetup

The picture above is from going to Meetup.com and searching for “survival.”  I chose the “any distance” option to see how many groups there were….and there were a lot!  The pic is just a small sample of what my screen could capture.

Hang-out Where Preppers Hang-out – I’ve heard Jack Spirko talk about this one.  If you hangout where preppers hangout, you will eventually find some.  For instance, if you hangout at a gun range, eventually you are going to find some preppers.

Teach a Class – If you teach a free class on something like “Food Storage,” “Building a Fire,” or “Preparing for a Hurricane” and advertise it on Craigslist, you’ll eventually run into preppers.  The good thing is that you can pick and choose who you want to extend the offer to grab a cup of coffee or some lunch.

Ok, now that you have some possibilities to meet other preppers, here are some things to remember when you meet…

1.  They are watching you watch them – A true prepper is going to be cautious.  So expect your first few meetings with other preppers to be cordial, but not too revealing.  A true relationship takes time and trust.  Eventually, as you build trust over time, your meetings will be more friendly and both parties will be able to trust each other enough to support each other in preparedness.

2.  Don’t give up important info. and preps – When you meet, at least for the first few meetings when you are feeling each other out, make sure you don’t give up any info. about your preps.  Talk shop.  Talk general preparedness for your area.  Talk about the economy.  But don’t talk about what type of guns you own, how much food you have stored, where you keep your precious metals, where your bugout location is, etc…  Be smart!

3.  Meet in a public area – This should be a no brainer.  But meeting at a restaurant or a Starbucks is always a good idea.

4.  Don’t give out your phone number or address – Until you feel secure with your new friend, don’t provide others with your phone number or address.  All your communication should be online.

5.  If it doesn’t feel right, don’t do it – If at any point you get THAT FUNNY FEELING, pull out of your meeting and don’t give it a second thought.

I know that the OPSEC NAZI POLICE won’t think that many of these things are a good idea.  But we aren’t supposed to operate from FEAR.  I hate to think about all the possible friendships that preppers are missing out because of fear of OPSEC.

What do you think?  Leave a comment below.

 

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