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The Care And Feeding Of Pressure Canners

A pressure canner can be a prepper’s best friend, especially if there is access to home grown fruits and veggies, or a local farm community that will sell you “less than pretty” items for a song.  On the other hand, mention the phrase “pressure canning” to someone who has never canned  and they will start ...Read More »

Everything You Need To Know About Raising Baby Chicks On A Budget

Baby chicks…they’re adorable, fluffy, and incredibly delicate!  Despite their fragility, they’re actually pretty simple to raise. If you have some outdoor space and live in an area where it’s allowed, fresh eggs and meat (if you’re interested in that) can easily be yours! This week’s self-reliance strategies are all about getting started with baby chicks. ...Read More »

A Propane Primer For Prepping And Survival

Call it serendipity if you will but a couple of months ago when I was contacted by Chris Newman, developer of the InstaBed Cubic Garden System, I had no idea that I was about to meet and get to know a really smart guy with MacGyver like skills and knowledge in all aspects of prepping ...Read More »

Untethering: 10 Days Without The Internet

So, recently, it probably seemed like I vanished off the face of the earth. Well, it turns out I only vanished from the virtual earth because we were without the internet. No, I didn’t get buried under a mound of moving boxes. We’re alive and well here in the mountains, although we were somewhat disconnected ...Read More »

HUD Wants To Make Living In A Tiny House Or RV Illegal (VIDEO)

The tiny house movement has taken America by storm, in part because our economy is in the toilet. People are striving to reduce their expenses by embracing minimalism. They’re breaking free from the corporate grind because, as I’ve always advised, they are learning to live with less and radically reducing their expenses. But, these days ...Read More »

Lessons In Farming With Limited Space On A Limited Budget (VIDEOS)

Our modern way of life has strayed from the family farm and has moved toward the urban and suburban environment. This change has left many people in a compromised position when it comes to full self-sufficiency. However, there are some fantastic examples of cooperative efforts taking place, as well as independent ingenuity, that should serve ...Read More »

14 Essentials To Help You Fix And Clean Almost Anything

Back in 2011, I wrote a little piece about the importance of having a selection of items on hand to fix and clean almost everything.  Since that time, my views have changed and whereas many of the items on the original list still hold a prominent place in my fix-it kit, some have dropped off ...Read More »

The Self-Reliance Manifesto: More Than 300 Resources To Guide You On The Path To Radical Freedom

Self-Reliance. It’s a revolutionary word these days and I thought it deserved a manifesto. Manifesto: noun man·i·fes·to ˌma-nə-ˈfes-(ˌ)tō A declaration of the intentions, motives, or views of the issuer. ~~~~~ Have you happened to notice that our society is out of balance? The consumers outnumber the producers at such a rapid clip that we can’t possibly ...Read More »

Going Rogue: 15 Ways To Detach From The System

I am inspired by the very definition of self-reliance: to be reliant on one’s own capabilities, judgment, or resources. Ultimately, it is the epitome of independence and lays the groundwork of what we are all striving for – to live a life based on our personal principles and beliefs. It is a concept rooted in the groundwork  that made America ...Read More »

Hobby Homesteading: 3 Backyard Livestock Breeds Every Home Should Have

Given the state of our economy, many suburbanites and rural homeowners are resorting to raising their own small livestock in order to slash their budgets and provide food essentials for their family. Because of this increase in suburban homes keeping livestock, many are taking a stand against HOAs to change their intolerant policies on no livestock in the neighborhood. ...Read More »

Going Off Grid? Here’s What To Do About Water: “Solution With Minimal Effort” (VIDEO)

By: Mac Slavo, SHTFplan | There’s no denying that water is among your most critical assets. But going off grid, you won’t find it automatically ready and on tap unless you’ve set up one kind of system or another. In the most obvious of ways, you cannot survive without water – but did you think ...Read More »

Why Store Food?

  For most in our modern society food is obtained at the nearest grocery store. Not that long ago communities were self-sustaining and could serve the needs of their own. The traditional American value of self-sufficiency now includes Wal-Mart. Just in Time shipping used at Big Box Superstores leaves our food supply vulnerable to interruption. ...Read More »

Preppers, Patriots And Pirates

“Food is not in short supply, it’s brains that are in short supply” – Doomsday Preppers Now that the prospects of a second Obama administration are hitting home, the pace of a rapid deterioration is confronting all thinking Americans. The radical transformation that is centrally planned for the economy and authoritarianism administrated by the statists ...Read More »

10 New Steps For Living A Strategic Life

When it comes to living a preparedness lifestyle, from the get go I have focused on what I like to call “prepping for the rest of us”.  To me, this has always meant embracing survival strategies that transcend the weird, the strange and the off-the-wall. The focus is and has always been prepping for ordinary ...Read More »

The Easy Way To Start A Wood Fire

Fire, and all it represents, is one of the building blocks of survival along with food, water, and shelter.  Fire will cook the food, purify the water, and heat the shelter.  For that reason, it should come as no surprise that fire starting tools and paraphernalia are one of the first things newbie preppers acquire ...Read More »

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