Self Reliance

  • Going Off-Grid ‘Starting From Scratch’ PART 3 Energizing Your Off-Grid Homestead

    Going Off-Grid

     ‘Starting From Scratch’

      PART 3

    Energizing Your Off-Grid Homestead

    A solar array is the heart of your off-grid power system

    In this series, we are considering the very basic steps t... Continue Reading →

  • 5 Reasons You Need an Emergency Fund

    Before getting serious about my finances, I’d never even heard of an emergency fund, let alone why it’s important to have one. However, in today’s economy, it is even more important than ever to be prepared with an emergency fund.

    Here are 5 reasons why:

    1. Cover a Job Loss: No matter if you are laid off or fired, having some sort of emergency money saved up can be a stress-reliever when you no longer have a steady income coming in. It ge... Continue Reading →
  • Stocking Up on Supplies for Winter

    With winter weather approaching, it’s time to start thinking about how ready for the winter you are. Prepping for winter could mean a lot of different things from winterizing your house to getting your vehicle winter ready. Another critical part of preparing for winter is stocking up on basic supplies.

    Depending on the weather patterns of your local area, winter could mean months of severe storms that bring ice and large amounts of snow. Consequently, you could find ... Continue Reading →

  • How Did You Prep This Week?


    Some people think of prepping as something that has an end point, an act that can be mapped out with a completion at the end. In actuality however prepping is not an act or even a group of acts; it is a lifestyle. Prepping is a mindset that you get into and use to guide your actions in every day life and as such, some act of prepping should be taken every day.

    You can do something every day to prep, all it takes is a little focus and with small daily steps you c... Continue Reading →

  • Buy Local and Help Your Community Survive

    Over the past few years, buying local has become a hot topic. A largely grassroots movement, the trend of buying local has reached nearly every area of the United States.

    When people hear “buying local” most automatically think of things like produce and meat, and while these are great examples of things you can and should buy locally, there are also lots of other things that you have to option to buy locally every day. Here are just a few reasons why you should buy as many locally grown and produced products as possible:

    Support Local Economy

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  • Gold & Silver: Should I Buy Some?

    I get a fair amount of email from readers on various subjects related to economic collapse leading to hard-times, social unrest and a lack of monetary exchange. And one particular question that keeps coming-up is: Should I buy some golf or silver?

    We are barraged with commercial ads saying one expert or another is forecasting that gold and silver will be going up and that, gold and silver will be an important form of monetary exchange should there be a collaps... Continue Reading →

  • 5 Home Defense Gun Safety Tips

    Having a handgun for home security and defense is a solid idea that many consider a necessity. It takes more than just purchasing a gun and ammunition to keep your home safe however. Even if you’re a great shot and know how to handle a handgun safely and effectively, using one for home defense takes some additional skills and safety steps to make sure the only person that sees the business end deserves it.

    Using a firearm in an environment where friendly people can be only a wall away from you means you need to focus on not only accuracy, but the very real possibility of im... Continue Reading →

  • Tried and True Ways to Make Income on the Side



    It’s a fact of life that most things you want require money, and money usually takes more effort to earn than to spend. Relying on income from a 9-5 full time job may not be enough to help you accomplish your life’s goals whatever they may be, or at least not in as timely a manner as you would like.

    So, it’s important to develop a way to earn income on the side so that you can achieve your goals faster no matter if your goal is to travel the world or save a lot of money and retire at an early age.

    Here are some ways to make an income on the si... Continue Reading →

  • Going Off-Grid ‘Starting From Scratch’ PART 2 – First Steps

    Going Off-Grid

     ‘Starting From Scratch’

    PART 2 – First Steps

    In the previous article of this series, we considered the ‘overview’ and possible reasons for getting out of the city now, and relocating your home and family to a remote location and getting set-up to live a life totally off the grid. Some movies (Jeremiah Johnson, Robinson Crusoe, etc.) touch on this tantalizing concept, and what may be mere fantasy to most people. But the reality is that many of us have forefathers who actually did just that; relocated here in the American wilderness from Europe. And those early settlers faced many of the same ‘off-grid challenges’ that any of us would face today, except that, we have much more technology. Continue reading HERE

  • Weather Prediction in a World Without Power

    Believe it or not, people were actually able to predict the weather before we had satellites to look down on moving weather patterns, and iPhones to get severe weather alerts. There was a time where farmers were the best meteorologists and grandpa was who you asked about the weather later today, not the guy on TV.

    These people of a time forgotten didn’t have super powers, and they didn’t go to school to predict the weather. Instead, they paid attention to the world around them and understood that most things in the world are connected, and ... Continue Reading →

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