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  • Save Money with DIY Makeup

    Learning how to make your own makeup not only saves money, it saves your skin from the nasty chemicals so many cosmetics feature. There are numerous organic options available these days; however, learning to make your own foundation, lip gloss and eyeliner is pretty darn nifty. It’s also handy in the event of a zombie apocalypse that includes the total destruction of your mak... Continue Reading →

  • Would You Move into a Tiny House?

    The tiny house movement continues to gain momentum, and it’s not crazy-hard to understand why. While moving into a 200- square- foot home is a huge change if you’re used to living in a 1,000- or 2,000- square- foot residence, there are many benefits to tiny house living. If you are looking to seriously downsize, review why a tiny house might be exactly what you need.

    Save Money

    Tiny homes are unsurprisingly huge money-savers. There’s no expensive mortgage weighing you down ev... Continue Reading →

  • 5 Ways to Save Money on Entertainment

    With the cost of living on the rise, it seems like families are always on the lookout for ways to save money and live more frugally. One of the areas to consider cutting back on is entertainment. The reality is that you don’t have to spend much money to have fun.

    1. Ditch the cable – To save money on at-home entertainment, it makes sense to get rid of your cable TV. Many cable providers offer their services at decent introductory prices ... Continue Reading →
  • 5 Ways to Save on Your Electric Bill this Summer

    For most families, summer is a time of the year when they see their electric bills spike. Of course, the air conditioner is one of the biggest culprits of this increase in energy usage. Just a few degrees higher in temperature outside means that your air conditioner is working harder to keep the indoors comfortable; next thing you know, you get a (not-so) nice surprise in your electric bill.

    There are, however, ways to save money on your electric bill this summer.

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  • 5 Knife Myths and the Truth Behind Them

    Myth |ˈmith| (n) – A widely held but false belief or idea; a misrepresentation of the truth.

    The problem with myths is that they often come from people that seem to know what they’re talking about and are often intermixed with the truth. When talking about knives, it’s all too easy for us to accept myths because it’s often what is offered up to us.

    Knives are an essential part of survival and prepping, so getting your facts straight on them is crucial to proper prepping. Let’s dispel the top five myths about knives and final... Continue Reading →

  • 5 Tips for Having a Successful Garden

    Spring is a popular time to get outside after a long, cold winter. It’s harder to stay inside on a beautiful, sunny day. One of the ways that you can get outside in the nice weather is to plant a garden, and gardening has many benefits. By growing your own food, you can control what you eat, save money, and protect the environment.

    However, many people I know complain that gardening requires too much effort. Between work and family, a lot of people just don’t have the time to p... Continue Reading →

  • How to Collect Rainwater

    If you’re looking to save money on water for your household, consider collecting rainwater. Using rainwater has a lot of benefits, and rainwater collection systems are fairly simple to put together. Collecting rainwater also means that you are practicing more sustainable living.

    There are many reasons why using rainwater is advantageous. First of all, rainwater does not go through the complex filtration and treatment process. Directly collected rainfall typically has lo... Continue Reading →

  • DIY: 5 Common Seasoning Mixes

    For many of us, we want to be independent and have control over what we eat. This desire leads us to hunt, fish and garden — all activities that can be sustainable and environmentally friendly. But have you ever thought about making your own seasoning mixes? Seasoning mixes and spices are used in a wide variety of delicious, everyday recipes. Most of us don’t think twice about picking up seasonings or spices at the grocery store, but there’s an alternative that can save you money.... Continue Reading →

  • Guess How Many Americans Have a Financial Backup Plan?

    It’s a fact of everyday life that the unexpected can, and often does, happen. Gathering emergency supplies and being prepared for the worst helps your chances of survival. But it’s also worth asking yourself if you and your family are prepared financially to survive the unexpected. Do you have a financial backup plan or an emergency fund to help you weather the storm?

    A backup plan or e... Continue Reading →

  • Best Prepping DIY Tips Of 2016

     

    Preppers are huge DIY fans. Most of us are prepping for disaster on a shoestring budget and diligently adding to our survival stockpiles in an organized and money-conscious manner. Some self-reliance and self-defense items simply have to b... Continue Reading →

  • How To Save On Heating Costs

    Did you dread opening your energy bills last winter due to astronomically high heating costs? Rather than weeping every time your bill comes in the mail this year, put a few energy-saving tips into practice. There are plenty of ways to save on heating costs so energy bills stay within reason.

     W... Continue Reading →

  • Alcohol Survival Uses: Drinking And Rubbing Alcohol Might Save Your Life During SHTF Disaster

    Alcohol has earned its place near the top of any survival preparedness list. Both “gotta be 21 to buy” alcohol and rubbing alcohol have a multitude of uses that could help you survive an apocalypse. Nearly any version of b... Continue Reading →

  • Top 26 Vinegar Survival Uses

    Distilled white vinegar and apple cider vinegar are dual-use and inexpensive products, making them a perfect item for preppers to stockpile. The plethora of ways vinegar can be used now in our daily lives and after the

    EMP Attack Threats From Iran Discovered Military Manual Found In Tehran

    The controversial Iran nuclear deal sparked weeks of heated debate. Now, another potentially deadly hidden secret has emerged from the rogue Middle Eastern nation.

    National security experts who claim to have read translated excerpts from an Iranian military manual have stated that an

    Frugal Prepping Beyond Beans

    You've probably read hundreds of articles on how to save money when you prep. Let me ask you, “Have any of them actually saved you money?

    My guess is that you may have saved a few dollars here and there, but nothing has really reached out and grabbed you. Nothing has actually resulted in long term savings for you. By the time you finish this article, you will know how to save money prepping. You will be equipped to make every dollar you spend count, and ... Continue Reading →

  • How To Provide For Your Family And Rebuild The Community After SHTF - Trading Posts

    Taking the lone wolf approach to survival is popular with some in the prepper community, but many others focused on prepping for a SHTF scenario feel a family or mutual assistance group approach boas... Continue Reading →

  • What Happens When Money Becomes Worthless?

    The idea of money is pretty simple. We have pieces of currency, like bills or coins, that the government promises is worth a set amount. We use these pieces of currency to purchase goods and services. We have so much faith in this currency that we often don’t even need to see it to know it’s there. From checks to debit cards to credit cards to direct deposit paychecks we rarely see the money we put so much trust in.

    So what happens when that trust goes away? In the face of a major catastrophe the idea of money can quickly fade away and those tin coins and paper bills qui... Continue Reading →

  • 5 Essential Tips For Your First Bug Out Vehicle

    It’s time you up your survival game. Sure, you probably have a bug out plan and a bug out bag, but why walk when you can drive? Having a car or truck especially prepared for "getting out of Dodge" (GOOD) isn’t only a good idea, it’s vital for any solid bug out plan. Nothing can replace a well-planned bug out bag for mobility and effectiveness, but having a vehicle that’s prepared for the worst can put you quite a few steps ahead of anyone else trying to survive and can give you the advantage you need to survive.

    With this idea in mind, there are a few levels of bug o... Continue Reading →

  • Tips for First-Time Gardeners

    Have you ever thought about starting your own garden? Gardening is a rewarding activity. Many people find joy in growing their own food and discover that the time outside in their gardens is therapeutic. Moreover, gardening can save you some money if you are on a tight budget for food.

    Keep in mind, however, that gardening takes some work and you will probably have to dive right in and learn as you grow. No one is the perfect gardener when they first begin. Here are some ... Continue Reading →

  • How to Decide When to Stay and When to Go by Using The Dip

    “The Dip” is a book by Seth Godin that touts itself as “A little book that teaches you when to quit (and when to stick).” So what exactly does this mean, and what does it have to do with prepping? Well, the main idea of the book is that every new project or major change starts out fun and interesting, but as time goes on, these once fun activities can become difficult, boring, and downright irritating. This is why so many of us have half-finished projects at home, half-read books, and emails that we know we’ll get back to.

    The trick, as taught by the book i... Continue Reading →

  • Food and the Danger of Economic Collapse

    There are a lot of things that can impact your access to food, but one of the scariest and most viable disasters doesn’t come from a volcano or earthquake or even a terrorist. The most possible disaster that could impact your food is an economic collapse. Without the economy to support and regulate business and the nation as a whole, food as we know it will disappear.

    So what can you do to protect yourself from this scary giant looming over your ... Continue Reading →

  • Tips for Finding Financial Independence

    All of us understand the importance of money. We need money to provide for our basic needs, save up for the future, and maybe even splurge on some luxuries. The problem is that, for many of us, our spending habits have gotten us into trouble, and we need help achieving financial independence.

    So what is financial independence? Financial independence can mean different things depending on who you ask. It could refer to managing your finances in such a way that you can cover all your ... Continue Reading →

  • 5 Food Storage Mistakes to Fix Right Now

    One of the most important pieces to the prepping puzzle is making sure you have enough food to get you and your family through an emergency. Whether it’s a snow storm that cuts you off from the grocery store for a few days, an earthquake that can cut you off for weeks, or a true SHTF scenario that cuts you off indefinitely…food storage is vital to survival.

    While food storage is important, many people don’t investigate how to store food properly before getting started. This means there are mistakes in how food is stored, what food is stored, and how much is kept. There ... Continue Reading →

  • Outdated Skills That Could Actually Save You Money

    Modern living means that people have access to convenient ways of getting things done. We buy our food at the nearest grocery store and use appliances electricity appliances to cook and wash our clothes. But what if you could actually save money by learning a few old-fashioned skills?

    Believe it or not, there are some instances where traditional methods could save you money in the long run. Here are a few skills you might consider acquiring:

    Gardening – There is... Continue Reading →

  • ATF Planning For Grid-Down Disaster?

    Guess what? The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (‘ATF’) has their own version of a Disaster Preparedness plan, or as Preppers say; a plan for when the excrement hits the fan (‘SHTF’).

    I don’t intend any disrespect towards the ATF, but, as I read theirplan’ it’s clear that they are trying to catch-up with the rear of the ... Continue Reading →

  • Saving Money on Heating Costs

    As cold temperatures and winter weather sets in, it’s time to start thinking about how to keep your home warm. You might be wondering, though, how to save money on heating costs. Energy bills can be downright scary in the middle of winter and take a heavy toll on your pocketbook. According to the Department of Energy, heating a home accounts for over 50% of energy use in the average American home.

    On... 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 →
  • 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 →

  • 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

  • Does Bulk Buying Really Save Money?

    Everyone loves to save money when shopping, so it’s no surprise that membership at warehouse stores like Costco and Sam’s Club has soared over the last few years. In fact, from 1997-2002 shopping in club stores increased by 231%*!

    Though this type of shopping has become very popular, it’s important to ask, “Is bulk buying really saving money?”

    Here are some things to consider before you begin buying in bulk.

    Consider Price Per Unit

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  • Starting From Scratch

    Have you even dreamed of moving to a remote location and getting set-up to live a life totally off the grid? I’m sure that some people have had that notion, given all of the unsettling developments worldwide and domestically, especially within our own cities. It’s a fact that cities have become more and more dangerous over the past decade. That said, getting out of the city may make more sense now than ever before:
  • How to Make Money in Your Neighborhood

    You may not realize it, but there are plenty of side hustle opportunities all around you every day. You can easily take advantage of a few different ways to make money all without leaving your neighborhood. Or, if you’re looking to put your kid to work on the weekends or over school holidays, they too can use some of these ideas to make some money on the side. After all, it... Continue Reading →

  • Be Prepared When Renting Out a Room

    Renting out an un-used room has become an attractive and popular way to earn a little extra cash each month, especially since the economic downturn. However, don’t be fooled. Renting out a room can be a lot of work and stressful if you’re not prepared. Here are some tips to get it just right:

    Make Sure Everyone is On Board

    Before ... Continue Reading →

  • Self Reliance 101: Learn How to Spot a Bargain

    If you want to become self-reliant, one of the best ways to do so is to become a bargain shopper. In fact, lots of shoppers these days only buy things when they are on sale or marked down. But, when is a “deal” a good one? That is the true question!

    Learn how to spot true bargains and find real deals with these tips:

    Peel Back the Sale Sticker

    Lots of retailers will cover up the original pr... Continue Reading →

  • 5 Survivor Traits That Make a Prepper Successful

    It’s easy to prepare supplies, weapons, and training for impending disaster, but these will only get you so far. While doing more than just storing food in your basement is a great start, if you lack the traits that are inherent for some, and learned by most, all that prepping can be for nothing.

    While nobody wants to try and define what a prepper is specifically, there are some basics that make up someone that is truly prepared, as part of preparing for anything is getting your mental faculties in order to deal with whatever the world can throw a... Continue Reading →

  • Preparing for a Short Term SHTF

    By Lukas Nicholson: I worked my way through college as a fire fighter with the Forest Service. It was a dream job for me, for I worked outdoors and made good money during fire season. I learned a lot about fire behavior and its devastating effects on what is termed the ‘urban interface,’ where human development meets and intermingles with undeveloped wild land. Fires in these areas turned out to be the most dangerous, as they presented dangers from both wild land and structural fire... Continue Reading →

  • Homemade Natural Cleaners Should Be Included In Emergency Preps

    Homemade cleaning products should also important part of your preparedness stores. Growing your own food, self-defense training, survival gear, and long-term food storage products may be at the top of your self-reliance shopping list, but items necessary to keep a garden healthy and the home free f... Continue Reading →

  • Do You Have The Skills Necessary To Survive A Disaster? Prepper Camp 2014 Offers Interactive Training

    Prepper expos abound during the spring and summer months, but few offer the level of hands-on survival training that will be available at Prepper Camp. The North Carolina 3-day prepper expo will be held at the Orchard Lake Campground in the mountain town of Saluda, as previously reported by Survival Based.

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    DIY Soap

    The ability to make your own soap is another strength to add to your growing list of survival skills. As fun as soap projects can be, it's important to remember that soapmaking isn't for children! It can actually be quite dangerous, as you're working with lye a lot of the time. If your chosen recipe calls for lye, wear... Continue Reading →

  • Disaster Preparedness Overload

    If you’re busy ‘living’ your life, it’s impossible to read the thousands of articles about disaster preparedness. And the truth be known, I think we all get weary of reading the constant debates over how many cans or bags of beans we need to stockpile, or which survival knife is best, or which backpack is best, and so forth. The key is simple; have the basics; somethingContinue Reading →

  • DIY Home Cooling Techniques

    Whether your air conditioner went kaput due to a weather disaster or you prefer to "rough it" and not use the appliance, you can still keep your home cool! Referred to as "passive cooling," there's plenty of options for maintaining a comfortable home environment in the summer without an air conditioner. Check it out:

    Window Shades

    As much as half the heat gain in your home comes from unprotected windows! That's right! The ad... Continue Reading →

  • 6 Ways to Prepare for Off Grid Living

    There’s more to moving your life off-grid than preparing for a disaster or apocalypse. As the economy becomes more and more unstable and jobs are less and less secure, the act of moving even a portion of your life off grid can help you stave off the type of disaster that comes in the way of a pink slip or worse yet, economic collapse.

    Check out the six tips below to start moving off grid and see how you can begin to employ all the prepping you’ve been doing for real, well before it’s even necessary.

    Reduce Your Expenses

    How to Save for a Summer Wedding

    If you’re like most brides-to-be, you already have some ideas floating around in your head (or on Pinterest) of what you want for your summer wedding. Now the next step is funding the wedding, of course. Here are some helpful hints for getting what you want without breaking the bank!

    Setting Your Wedding Budget

    Once you set your date, start doing some price shopping. This isn’t actually the planning stage; you a... Continue Reading →

  • The Reluctant Prepper’s Approach

    There are two types of preppers in the world. First, you have the preppers that do what they do because being prepared makes them feel comfortable and the act of prepping is fun and enjoyable to them.

    Second, you have preppers that only prep because they understand the need for prepping and app... Continue Reading →

  • 4 Steps to Get Out of Debt Fast

    Depending on the amount of debt you have, it can take several months to several years to get out of debt. But, there are several things you can to do help speed up the process so let’s get to it!

    Track Every Penny You Spend

    Before making a budget, you should first track your spending for two or three months. You can set up a spreadsheet with categories like food, gas, dining out, etc. Every time you buy something or pay a bill, put the amount into the ca... Continue Reading →

  • REPTILES AND RADIATION

    REPTILES AND RADIATION

    By: Capt. William E. Simpson

    All Rights Reserved © 2014

     

    This Arizona Mountain Rattlesnake is not the ‘reptile’ to which the article title refers

    Photo by: Capt. William E. Simpson II © copyright 2014

     

    This is the secon... Continue Reading →

  • Survival Courses: Education That Can Save Your Life

    Are you new to survival and the outdoors? Perhaps a seasoned explorer and survivalist? Somewhere in between? Whatever your skill level is, you can benefit from taking survival classes. Available in most parts of the country as well as online, through private schools, outdoor sport retailers, and government agencies, paid and free, there are many options when considering enrolling in survival classes. Learning... Continue Reading →

  • Gimmicks, Scams, and Everything Else a Prepper Doesn’t Need

    Preppers are a unique group of people. We see the benefit in spending money now for things that hopefully never get used. From food to weapons to vehicle upgrades, preppers know how to spend some serious money.

    Since we’ve never been through an EOTWAWKI situation, it’s easy to fall for gimmicks and scams if you aren’t careful. Sadly there are more than a few people out there willing to take your want to be safe and prepared and use it as a way to get rich quick, leaving you without your hard earned money and worse yet, leaving you high and dry... Continue Reading →

  • Recipe: How to Make a Sweet & Simple Salsa

    Summer is here – finally! I just moved to New Jersey, and even though I was wearing a light jacket today, I can tell that the weather is getting warmer. It’s definitely not the Caribbean, where I lived for three years, but it’s my new home and I am adjusting to it pretty well considering what a huge change it is from my last adventure.

    Despite taking longer to get warm up here in the north, my neighbors have told me that now is the time for outside barbecues, potlucks, swim... Continue Reading →

  • How to Get Started as a Prepper

    The fact of the matter is that anyone can be a prepper. The word prep is an action verb that simply means to prepare. You might be wondering what you should be preparing for. Well, there are all kinds of natural disasters and emergency situations that could happen in your area. No one is immune to these occurrences, and it is to your advantage to be prepared for when they do by having adequate food, w... Continue Reading →

  • How to Start a Budget 101

    If you've always wanted to start a budget but never knew how to get motivated, we’re sharing tons of tips today that will get you excited and energized about getting financially fit.

    Now, the first thing you have to realize is that budgets are fun. I know you probably don’t believe me, but it’s true! Budgets have gotten a bad name over the past few decades, and many associate them with being boring o... Continue Reading →

  • Alternative Sources of Energy for Your Home

    It is a well-known fact that our homes take energy to order to sustain modern living. We need electricity to complete all sorts of tasks around the house. We use it for powering our televisions, wash machines, kitchen appliances including stoves and dishwashers, vacuums, and computers. Just about everything we do around the house in order to live involves the use of some power source, and the main source of power for most homes in the United States and industrialized countries is electr... Continue Reading →

  • How to Save for Any Goal No Matter How Big It Is

    We all have things that we want to buy in the future. It could be something as small as a new pair of shoes or as big as a college education. Some of these goals might seem daunting or like you could never have enough money to save, but in reality any goal is achievable with enough planning, motivation, and organization.

    1.     Keep the Goal in Check

    Having a goal to buy a multi million dollar mansion... Continue Reading →

  • 10 Government Websites that Every Prepper Should Bookmark

    Disaster can strike at any time, with or without warning. It is important to be prepared by educating yourself on possible disasters in your area and in your country. Preparing ahead can save lives, money, and resources.

    The following websites and documents are provided to the public by the United States Government (or local government) and cover every disaster imaginable. Protect yourself, your family, and your community by learning disaster protocol. Bookmark these websites for... Continue Reading →

  • 7 Easy Things You Can Skip to Save Money

    If you want to save money, it’s amazing how easy it can be! All you need to do is really assess your habits and daily spending to find some things to cut out. Here are some examples below:

    1.     Magazine Subscriptions

    I love flipping through magazines in the grocery check out line, but I never buy them. To me, magazines always seem to have the exact same stories in them cycled over and over again. I’d rather buy a... Continue Reading →

  • Money Saving Tips for Your Summer Vacation

    It’s hard to believe that summer is just around the corner. If you’re anything like my family, you’ve been counting down the days to your summer vacation especially because this past winter was one of the worst and coldest that anyone has had to endure in quite some time!

    Of course, like any vacation, it’s always best to save money ahead of time both for your wallet and for your sanity. Planning a vacation goes much smoother... Continue Reading →

  • Long-Term Food Storage: Grocery Store Preps

    Long-term food storage is an extremely important aspect of prepping and off the grid living. Making sure that your family can survive a disaster, regardless of the duration, is rightfully a top priority. Scoring bargains and understanding what should be stocked on the shelves will help stretch the food prepared... Continue Reading →

  • 5 Survival Lessons to Learn From The Book of Eli

    The Book of Eli takes place in a post-apocalyptic future in which gangs have taken over and the world is a seemingly endless wasteland. The images in The Book of Eli are very much akin to what many of us in the prepper community feel could really happen, so while there’s a lot of incongruities with reality throughout the movie, there are definitely some quality tips that every prepper can use.

    1. Gangs Will Only Get Worse

    Gangs today are a real problem. While they are mostly focused in urban environments, they are still a major issue that... Continue Reading →

  • Edible Plants in Urban Areas

    Foraging is a great, free way to find nutrients and sustenance in the wild. If you live in a city, you probably find it hard to believe that anything that grows in your neighborhood would be safe, even healthy, to consume. Well, there are in fact plenty of plants that grow in urban environments that are nutritious and delicious!

    Being able to identify edible plants in urban areas is your first step to urban foraging. Do your research, and, when in doubt, do not eat something you ... Continue Reading →

  • How to Build an Effective Get Home Bag

    Few would argue that a Bug Out Bag (BOB) is a must for every prepper. Having a bag that you can pick up and live off of for three days makes you more prepared than the majority of the world, but what happens when you’re at work and disaster strikes? You don’t want to bug out necessarily; you want to get home. Even if you keep your BOB in your car or truck, it’s used for a completely different situation and needs, and your car isn’t near you at work. For most people, getting home is a ... Continue Reading →

  • Survival on a Budget: 10 Easy Ways to Earn and Save Extra Cash

    Survival on a budget. No survival kit is truly complete without a supply of cold, hard cash. During natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and other national emergencies, credit card and wireless systems will likely shut down, rendering credit and debit cards temporarily useless. If you need to buy something during that time, cash may be your only option.

    Given the shape the economy has been in recently, many Americans find it difficult to keep... Continue Reading →

  • Outdoor Recreation on a Budget

    As the weather warms up, it is time to think about heading outside and getting all of your gear together for recreational activities. Spring and summer weather provide the perfect opportunities for all kinds of outdoor pursuits like camping, hiking, backpacking, fishing, kayaking, and much more. However, let’s face it. Purchasing gear for outdoor activities can become expensive quickly! This is especially true when you are new to an activity and... Continue Reading →

  • Herbal First Aid Remedies

    Aches, pains, bruises, cuts, and scrapes can be uncomfortable and hindering, especially when they occur at inopportune moments, but mother nature provides many herbal remedies for common first aid problems. By creating, combining, and administering natural salves, tinctures, and essential oils, you can quickly and naturally sooth or heal common ailments that occur in the house or on the trail.

    Incorporating herbal treatments into your first aid kit can save you money and reduce t... Continue Reading →

  • The Best Everyday Carry Setup

    Bug Out Bags and home preps are great, but there will always be a time in which you’re not near your BOB, vehicle, or house. In these situations all you have to survive is what is in your pockets or on your person, which is why having a solid Everyday Carry, or EDC is so important.

    The things you carry with you can do far more than just make opening boxes or telling the time easier, they could very well save your life. Because this is such an important idea, you shouldn’t ... Continue Reading →

  • Freeze-Dried Fruit and Veggie Recipes

    Wherever you live, disaster can strike. It is important to prepare ahead of time so that you are ready for any scenario. Maintaining a well stocked and rotating emergency food storage supply will help you prepare for an emergency as well as save money and time in your daily meal plans.

    The best thing about cooking with freeze-dried fruits, vegetables, and other ingredients is that they can be substituted into almost any recipe seamlessly, and are much more cost efficient than fresh produce. By simply following reconstitution instructions on packaging, you can use most rehydrated ingr... Continue Reading →

  • Home Winterization Tips

    Since that darn groundhog saw his shadow and predicted more winter weather, it's a good idea to do some winterizing of the old homestead if you haven't already. Check out a few home winterization tips:

    1) Seal Those Drafts

    Drafts from windows and doors make a home a lot colder than it should be, and forces the poor furnace work that much harder. Save yourself money and enjoy a more comfortable home by using caulk to seal a... Continue Reading →

  • Who Should I Tell About My Prep?

    One of the biggest mistakes you can make with your prep is to tell the wrong person or people about it. While helping people in a time of need is one of the most selfless things you can do, if you’re the only person prepared in your neighborhood and everyone comes looking to you for help, all your work will be for not as less friendly people take the things you’ve worked so hard to save.

    While you don’t want to tell the world about your plans, it’s expected that you want to share with friends, family, and possibly coworkers. Some of these ar... Continue Reading →

  • The Best Ways To Save Money and Stay Safe in 2014

    One of the best goals you can have for 2014 is finally getting on track with your finances. I know it’s not as fun as some other resolutions we could come up with, but it’s one of the best for long-term success.

    I truly believe that understanding money and becoming a savvy saver are some of the most important qualities that anyone can have. Plus, if you’re young, understanding a little bit about finance will set you up for a really successful future. It doesn't take ... Continue Reading →

  • 12 Common Food Storage Mistakes

    Having an emergency food storage supply is pertinent to preparing for disasters, and you can save a lot of time and money by starting ahead of time. There are, however, many mistakes that are commonly made by both expert preppers and those new to the game, and mistakes can lead to hard times during an emergency. It is important to avoid these mistakes and have a safe, well-stocked supply so you’ll be ready for any situation!

    Whether yo... Continue Reading →

  • Keep your finances well on track in 2014 - 6 Potent ways to do that

    For many people new year is the time to make resolutions. Amongst all the resolutions, financial resolutions are the most popular ones. Almost every individual pledges to take care of finances to begin the new year on a right note. However, not every individual gets to take care of the resolutions successfully throughout the year. After all, just like promises resolutions are also made to be broken. But this... Continue Reading →

  • Home Remedies for Illness and Injury

    It’s always a drag to come down with a mild illness or to suffer a minor injury, at home or in the back country. Fortunately there are an abundance of home remedies to help soothe your scrapes and burns, to settle your pounding headache, and to ward off your colds and sore throats. Below are several helpful home remedies that can be useful in uncomfortable situations. Please note that I am not a doctor. If you need medical attention, please visit a doctor or emergency room.

    The... Continue Reading →

  • 5 Tips To Help You Prepare For an Economic Collapse

    One of the scariest scenarios out there is a full economic collapse. Out of all the possible doomsday scenarios you can think of an economic collapse is one of the most viable, especially since we’re already moving full-steam in that direction.

    With over $16 TRILLION in on-book debt it’s hard to see how our country will ever dig out from that hole. Add in the fact that much of this debt is with China and you have a serious problem brewing. All it take... Continue Reading →

  • Use-by and Sell-by Dates: Decoding the Mystery

    At the supermarket, on a lunch break, or making dinner - every day we are faced with the task of deciphering use-by and sell-by dates on food products. Thousands of dollars are wasted on food that we discard because we think it has gone bad, and this can be very costly in your home, or even more so in your emergency food storage supply. By understanding what thes... Continue Reading →

  • Top 10 Training Courses You Should Take Right Now

    Prepping is more than having a room full of food and supplies, it’s also about skills. All the food, weapons, and supplies in the world will only get you so far if you don’t have the skills for survival. A first-aid kit is great, but if you don’t know how to perform first aid, it loses most of its usefulness.

    There are classes available all around the country that help with learning the ski... Continue Reading →

  • 6 Preps You Can Do For Under $6

    Prepping can be a pretty expensive venture, which is why any time you can prepare on the cheap without sacrificing quality; it’s a good thing. Best of all, most cheap preps are usually pretty small, so they fit perfectly into a bug out bag or other larger kits.

    Save your money for big things like food stores or that cabin in the Rocky Mountains. Here a... Continue Reading →

  • 5 Money Tips for Getting Through the Holiday Season

    The holiday season has officially arrived. Christmas jingles are all over the radio, big box stores have had ornaments out since Halloween, and everyone is taking family photos for their holiday cards.

    Usually, in the season of giving and receiving, it’s so easy for your money to go straight out the window. There is a small group of people who budget and plan for gift giving during the holiday season, but most people charge Christmas gifts for their kids to a credit card and sp... Continue Reading →

  • How Bartering Will Save Your Life

    When things go bad, paper money will ideally not be worth much. It really won’t matter how much you have in your bank account if the banks crash, now will it? What will matter are tangible items; things that either have intrinsic value or can be used for survival. This is why it is crucial to save items that are great for bartering now, so when you need something that your neighbor ... Continue Reading →

  • 5 Awesome Online Tools and Apps That Will Save You Money

    One of the great things about the digital age is that there’s literally an app for everything. You can use apps to help you plan every aspect of your life, but my favorite way to use them is to save money.

    There are several very popular money saving apps currently available but the apps and tools below are some of the best!

    Mint

    Mint is perhaps one of the most... Continue Reading →

  • Home Remedies for Illness and Injury

     

    Home Remedies. It’s always a drag to come down with a mild illness or to suffer a minor injury, at home or in the backcountry. Fortunately there are an abundance of home remedies to help soothe your scrapes and burns, to settle your pounding headache, and to ward off your colds and sore throats. Below are several helpful home remedies that can be useful in uncomfortable situations. Please note that I am not a doctor. ... Continue Reading →

  • Long Camping Trips: What To Do Before You Leave

    Planning on heading out on a long camping trip? Preparedness supplies and survival kits shouldn’t be the only things on your mind! Ensuring you literally take care of business before you leave is essential to avoid robberies and other issues associated with long-term vacations. Check out a few quick tips on what to do before you pitch your tent:

    Mail

    If you’re planning on being gone for a week or more,... Continue Reading →

  • How To Build an Inexpensive Herb Garden

    One of the best ways to save money is to eat at home, but has your grocery bill gotten completely out of control? If so, you might be surprised to find that some of the most expensive things you can buy are dried herbs.  In fact, if you stock up your kitchen with 8 of the most popular herbs used in cooking, it can actually set you back about $40.00!

    Actually, even fresh herbs in the produce department will set you back quite a fe... Continue Reading →

  • 3 Fool Proof Ways To Become Self Sufficient

    Becoming self-sufficient isn't always easy since life tends to throw us curve balls just when we’re getting on track. However, I’m a firm believer that anyone and everyone can become self sufficient with just a little bit of time, effort, and energy.

    Before delving into to how to become self sufficient, it’s important for you to define your own definition of what it means to take care of yourself. For me, ... Continue Reading →

  • How to Raise Chickens in Your Backyard

    Raising Chickens. Believe it or not, many cities and suburban areas allow residents to raise chickens on their property. Chickens provide fresh eggs every day, fresh fertilizer for your garden, and they make great pets! And, best of all, fresh eggs can last up to a month in the refrigerator! The following pointers will help you get your chicken coop up and running in no time.

    Be sure to check your local zo... Continue Reading →

  • Prepping On A Budget: How To Prepare When You Can't Pay Your Bills

    How To Prepare When You Can't Pay Your Bills. 

    Prepping can be overwhelming. Whether you’re stocking up on a few canned goods or keeping three years worth of groceries in an

    The 3 Things You Should Splurge On In Your Emergency Kit

    Emergency Kit Splurges. When it comes to shopping, I am always looking for budget items. Whether it’s the store brand of cereal or a great deal on a new pair of shoes, you can trust that I’m scouring the aisles looking for a product that’s affordable.

    However, despite my frugal ways, there is one aspect of my life where I refuse to cut corners. That, my friends, is the ... Continue Reading →

  • Prepping On a Budget: How to Properly Store Dry Goods

    By: Andy Selby

    Storing Dry Goods. During catastrophes or other situations where food scarcity is prevalent, storing food comes in handy. It is often difficult and/or dangerous to acquire food during a hurricane, so storing goods is a basic element in anyone's

    How Much Emergency Money Should You Save For A Disaster?

    By: Catherine Alford

    Emergency funds are a very individual decision. Financial experts vary in their opinions of just how much money one should save in them. Some suggest $1,000 while others recommend saving 6 months of expenses. I tend to hit somewhere in between the two, trying to keep around $5,000 that is liquid (easily accessed) at all times.

    Of course, when it comes to real emergencies like natural disas... Continue Reading →

  • Do It Yourself: How to Make Homemade Granola

    By Kacey Herlihy

    How to make Homemade Granola. Granola is a great, healthy, energy-providing snack to keep around the house or to bring with you on a trek. The store-bought stuff can come with a hefty price tag and tons of calories and sugar, but making your own granola is a fun and healthy alternative!

    Making homemade granola is incredibly easy and allows you to add all of the things you like and omit anythin... Continue Reading →

  • Over The Top Preppers: Extreme Safehouses

    By: Andy Selby

    Extreme Safehouses. One of the key components of any survival strategy is having a safe place that you and your family can wait out whatever natural disaster, terrorist attack, or financial meltdown may happen. While for some, ... Continue Reading →

  • Financial Survival: Tips to Save Money

    Saving money can be difficult, especially in a down economy or if you have recently suffered the loss of an income. When you want to save money and increase the amount you have available to spend, there are various tips and tricks available to help. Saving money is possible by assessing your own situation and knowing all of the resources that you can utilize to your advantage, regardless of your income and the expenses you have.

    Cheap by Choice: When Frugality Means Freedom

    By Daisy Luther orginally posted on theorganicprepper.ca and shared on survivallife.com

    I suffered some great financial losses back in 2010. I lost my house, my car, and my business.  We had been living frugally in comparison to many people,  but not frugally enough to counteract that personal economic disaster. Looking back, I’m not sure if any amount of frugality could have really made a difference.

    It was a de... Continue Reading →

  • Financial Survival: Feel the Benefit of Your Tax Return All Year Long

    What to do with your tax refund. Sometimes it is hard to save your income tax money or to spend it on things that will really matter. With a little thought and planning, you can use your tax refund to paint a brighter financial picture for your family and also get the things you want. There are several ways to make your tax refund pay off all year.

    ... Continue Reading →
  • Money Saving Tips

    Downsizing. Restructuring. It doesn’t matter the cause, everyone dreads the potential “Pink Slip,” and in today’s economy, it can come in more unexpected ways than ever. Hundreds of thousands of people are still looking for work, and if you could ask them, you can bet almost all of them wished they had put a little more away “for a rainy day.”

    We all have a laundry list of financial obligations: mortgage, car payment, utilities, groceries. And we all know we should be saving, but how? Here are three top money saving tips to help you get on the right track to either start ... Continue Reading →

  • More Than Just Food - Preparing Your Family for Financial Emergencies

    When your family is confronted with a disaster, once life and limb are made safe and basic needs like warmth, shelter, nutrition and hydration secured, reality may start setting in and you realize, “What is this going to cost me?” Not all disasters involve weather catastrophes, but even the ones that do often turn into financial emergencies pretty quickly.

    Is your home underwater or beneath a pile of rubble? Will you have a job to return to once the roads are clear and life returns to normal? Besides the obvious short-term expenses, are there new long-term commitments that will a... Continue Reading →

  • Five Steps To Start and Sustain Your Savings: Preparing for Financial Emergency

    When mistakes happen, foolishness is to pretend they never happened; wisdom is to learn from them. Many people were completely unprepared for the 2008 stock market crash where hundreds of thousands of jobs were eventually lost, and many families faced financial emergency.

    Too many people are living beyond their means. According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, the personal savings rate in 2006 declined to its lowest level since the ... Continue Reading →

  • Realistic Budgeting

    If saving money were easy, everyone would be doing it (and you wouldn’t be reading about how to do it). The truth is, saving money can be difficult ⎯ downright hard if you don’t go about it the right way.

    The only realistic way to save money is by creating a budget. Now, don’t freak out; we said the “B” word, but have faith—if you are diligent, you will be well on your way to getting that nagging voice out of your head: “Save Money! Save Money!”

     

    1.  Track Your Income and Spending for a Month

    Don’t worr... Continue Reading →