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Coconut Oil: 80 Reasons to Add It to Your Stockpile

Preparedness |  | Coconut oil is a shelf stable product that really does it all. This pantry item can be used (nutritiously) in place of butter, shortening, and cooking oil, and then pressed into duty as a health and beauty aid. One of my favorite things in the stockpile is my big jar of organic virgin coconut oil. And ...Read More »

How to Survive When You Can’t Pay Your Bills

Preparedness |  | Let’s talk about poverty. I don’t mean the kind you’re talking about when your friends invite you to go shopping or for a night out and you say, “No, I can’t. I’m poor right now.” I don’t mean the situation when you’d like to get a nicer car but decide you should just stick to ...Read More »

What If You Prepare for a Disaster and Nothing Happens?

Preparedness |  | For the people of North Carolina and South Carolina, Hurricane Florence was an epic disaster. But for those who were feverishly preparing in nearby states because they were warned to expect torrential rains and high winds in the days following landfall, they were shocked – and some expressed feeling silly – when the much-touted weather ...Read More »

Here’s Why a Ballistic Shield is a Practical Addition to Your Home Defense Plan

Preparedness |  | I don’t tend to write a whole lot about things like body armor and the like. Partly because – and I’m sorry to generalize – that tends to be more of a guy thing and I just never had that much interest in it. But when Hardcore Defense offered to send me a ballistic shield, ...Read More »

3 Ways to Make Food Go Further That Will Help You Now (AND When the SHTF)

Preparedness |  | A lot of folks think those Depression Era techniques for stretching food are only for a worst case, SHTF scenario. But in truth, those ideas are good for every day, because the price of food just keeps going up, up, UP. It’s more important now than ever to make your food go further. The ability ...Read More »

The Psychology of Survival: “He Who Hesitates is Lost”

Preparedness |  | Preparedness isn’t just about the supplies you stockpile and the skills you learn. It’s about psychology too. And an important step toward survival is understanding the psychology behind hesitation. In a worst-case scenario, hesitation kills. He who hesitates is lost. Swift and resolute action leads to success. Self-doubt is a prelude to disaster. ~Joseph Addison It’s ...Read More »

Here’s How You’ll Die When the SHTF (and How to Prevent Your Untimely Demise)

Preparedness |  | When it hits the fan…I mean REALLY hits the fan in a permanent kind of way, the most likely outcome is death. That’s not pretty, and I’m well aware of it. I always try to be positive and optimistic, because, for me, preparedness is the ultimate act of optimism, but sometimes we have to look at ...Read More »

“It Could Never Happen Here”: The Most Dangerous Misconception in Survival

Preparedness |  | I’ve noticed a trend that is both interesting and troubling recently. It’s the prevalence of the philosophy of many Americans who adamantly believe, “It could never happen here.” This is probably the most dangerous misconception that exists in the survival world. There is an attitude that the troubles of countries like Venezuela or Sweden or ...Read More »

Is it Wise to Buy Gold?

Preparedness |  | The Powers-that-Be, who control or manipulate almost all of the media, including “alternative”, are continually running thousands of ads, or “commentaries” (which are ads in disguise), promoting the purchasing of gold as a hedge against the coming economic tribulation.  This is perhaps even more prolific in the “alternative” media, as this is their foundational demographic, who then share their “insights” ...Read More »

The 10 Daily Habits Of Frugal People

Preparedness |  | There’s a big movement towards frugality afoot these days. It probably has something to do with our declining economy, record unemployment levels, and the increasing price of food, but only the wisest families are paying attention to these things. The rest of the folks are blithely going on as they always have, wondering why on ...Read More »

9 Things To Do To Prepare For Hard Times Ahead

Preparedness |  | Most Prepper types that I know appear to have a common trait: they are good at evaluating risks then moving to mitigate those risks in a nimble manner.  What that means, in somewhat plainer English, is they have the ability to evaluate a situations, make a plan, learn from it, and ultimately act in a responsible ...Read More »

Build The Ultimate School Bug Out Kit For Your Kids

Preparedness |  | Is your child prepared to bug out from school?  Mine is. Last year, I posed the question, “Should Your Kids Know How to Bug Out…from School?” and the answers to that question were incredibly varied. Some parents said that the kids shouldn’t be in public schools in the first place. Others said that they absolutely had ...Read More »

Fun: It’s NOT the F-Word for Preppers

Preparedness |  | Lately, it seems like pretty hard to find good news. Folks are judging each other based on who they vote for during the presidential race that occurred two years ago. Battle lines have been drawn and any day now, I expect a bloodbath to erupt between extremistson both sides. People are shooting at other people because of the color ...Read More »

90% of Wildfires Are Caused by People, Not by “Climate Change” – Here’s Why (and How) You Must Prep Your Home for the Inevitable

Preparedness |  | Wildfires have been particularly bad the past few years. It’s part of the reason my family and I moved out of California. (Only part – the laws there are crazy!) And while this year seems worse than ever, the first 6 months are it’s actually not quite as bad as last year, according to the National ...Read More »

How to Still Be Chill Without a Refrigerator

Preparedness |  | Looking for a fun way to spend this hot summer week? I’m just going to go out on a limb here and say that spending it without a working refrigerator is NOT it. A few years ago I was out for the day.  I got home and opened the fridge and grabbed a drink. I ...Read More »

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