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14 Common Food Storage Mistakes

Waste is not in my vocabulary.  Even before it was considered environmentally responsible to recycle, I would snatch paper out of the trash and re-use the back side before sending it off to the trash bin.  The same thing applied to food.  I simply hated to waste those bits and scraps of leftovers and eventually


12 Months Of Prepping: Month Three

Regardless of the time of year, the task of successfully preparing our home and families for an unexpected emergency is ongoing and does not end just because the calendar says it’s springtime, a holiday, or some other special day or event. Over and over, we learn of natural disasters that strike out of the blue, putting


60 Emergency Supplies You Can Buy For A Buck

Tax day is right around the corner and after agonizing over the tax preparation process, I have filed my return and don’t have to worry about it for another year.  The bad news is that I had to make a donation to our government to cover the taxes due.  The good news is that the


He Who Hesitates Is Lost: The Psychology Of Survival

In a worst-case scenario, hesitation kills. No one wants to accept that something horrible has happened.  The human brain is configured in a way that it is in our very nature to deny that something outside our normal paradigm has occurred. This is called cognitive dissonance.  “Cognitive dissonance is the feeling of discomfort when simultaneously


11 Steps Toward Being Ordinary

Blending in has a lot going for it, for as nice as it is to be known for your uniqueness, when it comes to prepping, less is more and being ordinary rocks.  Said another way, looking and acting the same as everyone else allows you to go unnoticed as you gather supplies and spend time


How To Build A $50 Greenhouse In Your Yard – Free Plans

It is time that we all became a little more self reliant? I think so. When we look at the fact that the mainstream idea of food production is becoming more and more out of touch with nature, it becomes clear that we need to begin thinking about growing our own food. While we can


Hidden Energy Inside Your Pocket Change (VIDEO)

You never realize how dependent you are to the grid until the lights go out for a long period of time. Although many of us have batteries and flashlights safely stored for a rainy day, there may be a time during an extended emergency where you run out of your battery stash and have to


Venezuela Enforces Fingerprint Registry To Buy Groceries: What To Do Before Rationing Starts In America

What if you were forced to “register” in order to buy groceries?  And what if, through that registration, the food you bought could be tracked and quantities could be limited? That’s exactly the plan in Venezuela right now.  The AP reports that in an effort to crack down on “hoarding” that ID cards will be


Let There Be Light: The Importance Of Illumination In Your Preps

How important is light?  Well, in the Bible, on the first day, the very first thing God created was light. This signifies exactly how vital a role illumination plays in any situation. Any person who has ever moved from the city to the country can agree, there is no darkness quite like that of being


You Can’t Eat Gold And Silver

In the event that a major crisis or emergency strikes the United States, you are not going to be able to eat your gold and silver.  If we get into a situation where supermarkets get cleaned out and food supplies get very tight, you are going to wish that you had stored some things away


Special Report: How To Survive A Mudslide

As some of you know, I live in Washington State, not far as the crow flies from the recent mudslides that have claimed many lives.  Rescue personnel are still digging through the rubble to find victims and as of this moment 125 souls are still unaccounted for. One of the reasons we prepare is so


12 Tips For Coping When Life Gets The Best Of You

Has it ever happened to you?  You put your hands to your head, press hard, and think “it is all too much!” When you think about it, the daily stresses of our 21st century lifestyle places a tremendous burden on our psyche as we cram our busy days with more chores and more tasks in


Forget Doom And Gloom: Preparedness Is The Ultimate Act Of Optimism

Does this sound familiar? You’re talking to a friend or family member who isn’t on board with preparedness.  (And it’s even worse when they think they know what’s going on in the world but garner their so-called “information” from network news sources.)  You try for the millionth time to get them to consider stocking up


Take These Steps Today To Survive An International Crisis

With the Crimea referendum passed and Russia ready to annex the region, the United States and the European Union have threatened sanctions. The full extent of these sanctions is not yet known, and announcements are pending for the end of March. If these measures are concrete, they will of course be followed inevitably by economic


Fast Track Tip #6: Test Your Survival Skills With A Grid-Down Weekend

When it comes to family preparedness, it is easy to take stock of your food, water, gear and skills and be smug in the knowledge that you are ready for whatever Mother Nature throws your way.  But, as a well-prepared Backdoor Survival reader shared in 5 Days with No Power – When the Ice Hits


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