Beginnings

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When you are getting started to be prepared for an emergency, it can be difficult to know what to do first. What’s the highest priority? Should you start with storing water? Or buy pre-packaged foods such as eFoods? What about storing medicines, toilet paper, and diapers? Or perhaps sorting out which investments are good bets for in the case of a national economic disaster? We really need to do all of it. But doing all at once would be way too overwhelming and draining for any of us – budget-wise and emotionally. Luckily there is a good way to start ... Read More »

Top 15 Survival Uses For Duct Tape

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  Survival gear and tools which have more than one purpose are always a big hit with preppers. When only one item has to be placed in the bugout bag or get home bag, both the weight of the bag is reduced, and so are expenses. Duct tape is perhaps the king of all budget preps. It is a cheap yet strong bonding agents that has a plethora of uses during a disaster scenario. Duct tape can typically be picked up at a local discount store for about $5 per big thick roll. Top 15 Survival Uses For Duct Tape ... Read More »

Using Freeze Dried Fruits – in Delicious, Sweet Muffins

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With my last eFoods order, along with several other things I bought several types of freeze dried fruits. I got strawberries, raspberries, and (my favorite) blueberries. I had heard they are good to snack on as well as to add to baked goods. I have decided that taking them along in a snack bag is a nice idea. They are very lightweight and they have a lot of flavor (though they definitely aren’t filling to eat). But that isn’t my favorite way to use them. I wanted to try them in muffins. I didn’t have a blueberry muffin recipe on ... Read More »

What the Quinoa?

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Within the last few years, there seems to be a buzz around a new health food in clean eating, and health fanatic circles.  So, it begs a few questions: What on earth is quinoa?  Is it good for you?    What do you do with it?  Is it hard to use?  Is it a good food storage item?  I will answer all of these questions for you about this mysterious food. What is Quinoa? A common misconception is that quinoa is a whole grain; however, quinoa is actually a seed.  It can be classed similarly to barley and rice and has ... Read More »

Best Places To Barter For Preps

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  Bartering is a useful skill which can be used during both good times and in a teotwawki scenario. Understanding how to dicker will save you cash and help garner new gear, tools, and services, but knowing where to look to find a multitude of inexpensive and gently used items is just as important as being able to talk a resident of Alaska into buying an air conditioner. After making a list of necessary items, the excursion to find the gear, tools, and livestock should be as well planned as a Black Friday shopping trip. Go early, don’t browse until ... Read More »

Essentials for a full day mountain bike ride

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Unexpected bike mechanical failures, unpredictable weather changes, unmarked trails that may make you ride for a number of unplanned miles/hours are just some of the mis-adventures that may require your emergency preparedness planning before you hit the trails. For these reasons, you need to be self sufficient and prepared to fix any problem that you may encounter on your bike ride. Carrying the necessary supplies on your journey to the woods or desert will ensure that your day remains safe and above all fun, no matter what happens. Food No matter the distance you intend to ride, carrying survival food ... Read More »

Get It Before It’s Gone–Your Toilet Paper Is Disappearing

Okay, so maybe that title is a bit misleading. Toilet paper is not currently disappearing from stores, but there is a crisis you should know about. Toilet paper is quickly disappearing right off the toilet paper holder in your bathroom. As I noted in this space three years ago, toilet paper manufacturers have gotten creative in an effort to keep their prices stable in an era of price inflation. Way back in the mists of time, circa 1970, the typical toilet paper roll contained 500 good-sized sheets. No company wanted to be the first to reduce the size of the ... Read More »

What Comfort Items Will You Store?

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We all have a comfort zone. We tend to freak out a little when we are two steps outside of our zone and we all know it. Why stock seven different long-term storage meals if none of them are something we would eat in a non-emergency situation? Part of the reason people prepare for the worst is because of the sudden change. Having a stockpile of the foods and other supplies can make a disaster situation much less of a shock. To help even more, it’s a good idea to do a few things while you are preparing. Let’s take ... Read More »

Top 10 Self-Reliance Courses To Increase Survival Chances And Rebuild Communities

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  Emergency preparedness involves a lot more than simply purchasing survival gear and weapons. When planning to live off the grid or just engage in a more self-reliant existence, ongoing training and hands-on training should become a priority. The “one is none and two is one” philosophy teaches us to have backup for our backup from a supply standpoint. To be completely self-reliant, we must use that same mindset as a guide when considering how to spend funds from our survival budget. A first aid kit and gun with lots of bullets will only protect you and your loved ones ... Read More »