5 Old Wives’ Tales That Are Actually True (Yes, Green Potatoes DO Kill)

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Green Potatoes DO Kill: 5 Old Wives’ Tales That Are Actually True

For centuries, grandmothers everywhere have given us advice on what is good to eat, what isn’t good to eat, when it will rain, and even what sex your baby will be.

In the same way that your grandmother passed on to you the family’s best biscuit recipe ever (and we don’t doubt that it is excellent), some well-meaning advice also gets passed down from generation to generation with no questions asked.

Often, such advice is quickly discounted, but – believe it or not – some of these old “wives’ tales” are true.

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Let’s take a look at five strange, but true, old wives’ tales.

1. Green potatoes kill

This is true; however, you would have to eat two very large potatoes. Of course, this all depends on body size and age, as well as the “dose.” Green potatoes contain the nerve toxin solanine. There are terrible tales of people who have eaten these green little tubers and died. Even just a few bites from a green potato is enough to make most people vomit, but you have to ask yourself: Why would anyone eat a green potato anyway?

2. An apple a day

Everyone knows this old saying. An apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? While apples are super-nutritious, full of vitamin C, pectin and fiber, we can’t go so far as saying that eating an apple each day will prevent things like diabetes, arthritis or cancer. However, a study in 2013 did find that if people over the age of 50 ate just one apple every day, they could help prevent heart attack and stroke.

3. Persimmon seeds and snow

Another old wives’ tale says that you can take a persimmon seed and cut it in half, and the shape you see inside the seed will tell you the kind of winter you are going to have. If you see a spoon shape, then there will be lots of wet, heavy snow. If you see a knife, there will be plenty of cutting, cold wind. A fork means a mild winter with only light, powdery snow.

This sounds a little crazy, but a study done in Jefferson County, Mo., found that this old wives’ tale has been correct 14 out of 18 years.

4. Hair of the dog

So you really went all out at that party and became close friends with Jack Daniels. You are paying for it this morning, however, and would give anything to stop that headache. One old wives’ tale says that “a little hair of the dog” that bit you (a shot or two of the same alcohol you were drinking) is a quick “cure.”

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Although most doctors say this is a bad idea – you’re simply prolonging your hangover – one prominent writer — Adam Rogers, the author of Proof: The Science of Booze — says there is a bit of science behind why it works. Still, he discourages it.

“The people who admit to using hair of the dog as a treatment for their hangovers … turn out to be the ones more likely to have an alcohol dependency later in life,” he told WVTF.

Doctors say the best cure is to sleep.

5. Baby boy or girl?

There are as many old wives’ tales about how to tell if you are carrying a boy or girl as there are blades of grass! One of them, however, appears to be true.

Deliveries that are fairly quick appear to be, more often than not, girls. Long labor times, or hard labor, usually mean it’s a boy.

One study found that, while boys are not necessarily bigger or heavier than girls, their heads are generally larger, resulting in a longer and more difficult labor.

Final Thoughts

Old wives’ tales reminds me of a story I once read where a woman was making her grandmother’s famous pot roast recipe. The recipe started off by saying that you needed to cut the end off one side. The woman began to wonder why this was. Was it meant to make the piece juicier? To allow the sauce to permeate the meat better? She called her mother and asked why she should cut the end off the meat. Her mother didn’t know, so the woman called her grandmother.  “Oh, that,” her grandmother said, “it’s because I used MY grandmother’s roasting pan and it was very small, so we had to cut the end off the roast so it would fit.”

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Advantages of a Flintlock Muzzle-Loader Post TEOTWAWKI.

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Advantages of a Flintlock Muzzle-loader.

1)   Ammo is less expensive than a modern equivalent calibre firearm.

2)  The smoothbore is very versatile, being able to digest round ball, bird shot, & buckshot, or any combination of two of these (can also use minies/conical slugs).

3)  The fusil is lighter to carry than a modern equivalent sized gun.

4)  You can vary the load if needs be.

5)  The smoothbore will digest other projectiles besides lead.

6)  Lead can be retrieved from downed game & remoulded with a simple mould & lead ladle. This means that you can carry less lead, & more of the lighter gunpowder.

7)  You can make your own gunpowder.

8)  You can use the lock to make fire without using gunpowder.

9)  You can use gunpowder for gunpowder tinder fire lighting if needs be.

10)        IF the lock should malfunction (these are very robust & it is not likely) you can easily repair it if you are carrying a few spare springs & a few simple tools.

11)If you do not have any spare parts & the lock malfunctions, you can easily convert it to a tinderlock or matchlock & continue using it.

12)        You do not need a reloader, brass shells, caps, or primers. The latter have been known to break down in damp conditions or if they are stored for too long.

13)         Wadding for ball or shot is available from natural plant materials or homemade leather or rawhide.

14)       Less chance of being affected by future ammunition control legislation.

15)        Gunpowder is easily obtainable providing you have a muzzle-loader registered in your name regardless of calibre (NSW).

16)        A .32 caliber flintlock rifle is more powerful than a .22 rimfire, less expensive to feed, more accurate over a greater distance, able to take small & medium sized game, & other than not being able to use shot (unless it is smoothbore), it has all the attributes of the other flintlocks. For larger game you can load with conical slugs, which of course you can make yourself in the field.

17)        Damage from a .62 calibre or .70 calibre pistol or long arm is in the extreme. Wounded prey is unlikely to escape.

18)         By using buck & ball you are unlikely to miss your target. This load is capable of taking out more than one target.

19)        There is less kick-back to a muzzle-loading gun.

20)       Antique Flintlock muzzle-loading guns do not require a license, registration, or a permit to purchase in NSW Australia.

Children Taken From Christian Parents Because They Didn’t Believe In Easter Bunny

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Children Taken From Christian Parents Because They Didn’t Believe In Easter Bunny

A Christian couple lost custody of their two girls because they did not want to lie and teach them the Easter Bunny was real, a Canadian judge has ruled.

In a ruling for the couple, Justice Andrew Goodman of Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice wrote that the foster children were wrongly taken by Children’s Aid Society from Frances and Derek Baars because of their beliefs about the Easter Bunny and should be returned.

“There is ample evidence to support the fact that the children were removed because the Baars refused to either tell or imply that the Easter Bunny was delivering chocolate to the Baars’ home,” Goodman wrote.

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“It appears that the society would not be satisfied with anything other than confirmation from the Baars that they would lie about the Easter Bunny,” Goodman wrote.

The Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton, Ontario, took the three and four year old girls from the Baars, The National Post reported. The Baars are devout Christians who believe that all lying is a sin — even lies about the Easter Bunny.

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Goodman charged that the actions by the government-approved agency could have traumatized the children.

“By taking the children away on such short notice, the Society took that away from them and contributed to the turmoil these children had already faced in their short lives,” Goodman wrote. “As (a CAS case worker) states in one of her case notes, ‘Is it more important to have the Easter Bunny or permanency?’ The Society very clearly chose the Easter Bunny.”

The Baars were willing to celebrate Easter with the girls but not tell them about the Bunny, the BBC reported.

“I am more than satisfied that the society actions interfered substantially with the Baars’ religious beliefs,” Goodman wrote.

Goodman’s judgement will clear the Baars’ names and let them be foster parents in the future.

The CAS is a non-profit organization that oversees foster homes and child welfare for the province in Ontario. The Baars are members of the Reformed Presbyterian Church.

Even the head of the CAS admits his organization went too far.

“I apologize for what the foster parents went through,” Dominic Verticchio, executive director of the Hamilton CAS, told The National Post.  “We recognize what our mistakes were.”

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Free PDF: Aspirin Poisoning

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Aspirin Poisoning is something I never knew existed, for a long time I thought that the worse you hurt the more pain meds you ate. I’m surprised I still have a liver. However, the more you know the better you are equipped to survive.  I now know to take it easy on the over the counter stuff.Salicylate poisoning, aka aspirin poisoning, is the acute or chronic poisoning with a salicylate such aspirin. The classic symptoms are ringing in the ears, nausea, abdominal pain, and a fast breathing rate. Early on these may be subtle while larger doses may result in fever. Aspirin poisoning signs

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Book Review: Light Infantry Tactics: For Small Teams

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Finally! Step-by-step tactics for teams of three to 30 members. Tired of collecting a library of military manuals just to teach light infantry patrolling tactics? Military manuals are notoriously confusing and boring! Light Infantry Tactics: For Small Teams gives you good advice in easily understood language. If you have never served, or like me, it has been a while, Light Infantry Tactics is a good way to get basic knowledge. While it does not include information on MOUT (Urban Warfare), it has a lot of good info on patrolling, hand signals, and other basic skills. I would not say that this

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9 Ways to Use a Knife for Survival

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I bet you will not miss a knife in any comprehensive list of survival supplies. The reason behind this is the versatility of a survival knife. In so many ways, a knife is the most valuable item in any survival scenario. In fact, expert survivalists now consider it […]

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Best MRE Meals For Emergency Preparedness and Survival

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An MRE meals guide for long-term survival and food storage.

MRE Meals

After water and shelter, food is one of the most fundamental long-term survival necessities.

Food is fuel that keeps your body running like an engine.

It sustains you and keeps you energized. It’s a survival necessity from the day you’re born until your final breath – no exceptions.

Sure, it’s true you can survive weeks without actually eating something. But going even a single day without eating has a discernible effect your energy levels.

And after two days, your cognitive abilities to think clearly will begin to suffer. And we all know, in a real emergency, a clear mind and ample energy are critical for successful survival.

That’s why it is so damned important to keep a stockpile of emergency survival food!

Heck, it may even end up being the best investment you ever make.

Now, ideally, you’ll want stockpile something lightweight, calorie dense, and nutritious. And, most important of all, it must be NON-perishable food.

Lots of non-perishables do not taste very good. In fact, lots of nonperishable survival food tastes like crap.

Foods with extreme shelf lives are usually full of preservatives. Let’s just say these foods don’t make for a great gourmet dining experience.

But, there are some survival rations that DO taste fairly good. Some might even say they taste exceptional (especially relative to other nonperishable foods).

One of the best, nutritious, longest lasting, tastiest survival foods, are MRE meals.

So we’re going to dive into MRE’s and how they can be used for emergency preparations:

  • What Is An MRE Meal
  • What Makes MRE Meals Great
  • Best MRE Meal Deals
  • How To Heat An MRE
  • Maintaining Your MRE Stash
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mre's for food stockpileWhat Is An MRE Meal?


MRE stands for Meal Ready to Eat, as in, it’s ready to eat straight out of the packaging.

They come in sealed airtight packages to prevent them from drying out or going bad.

These survival rations were originally designed by the U.S. military. MRE’s were developed in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. They replaced the MCI rations (Meal, Combat, Individual rations). MCI rations were the ones used throughout WWI and WWII.

MRE’s were lighter weight, cheaper, easier to transport, and more nutritious than MCI’s.

MRE’s were for soldiers who got trapped without food deliveries, or mess halls. MRE’s kept those stranded warriors fed, and living to fight another day.

While MRE’s are still relatively new, the need for portable nonperishable military food goes back thousands of years.

“The generally awful reputation of military food dates to ancient times.” – Rebecca Rupp

Providing a supply of nutritious food for soldiers on the move has been an epic challenge throughout history.

The logistics of keeping an army fed on the move often made the difference between winning a war or losing it!

One of the ancient options was to scavenge the local areas, depleting farmers and small towns of their meager food supplies. This practice was frowned upon back then, and even more so today.

Hence, the modern day armies figured out a new means to feed an army on the move without stealing from civilians. MRE’s are the most recent solution to this ancient problem.

MRE Mass Popularity

However, with the insane utility of MRE’s, they quickly became popular among the civilian world as well, especially with:

  • Hunters
  • Backpackers
  • Campers
  • Hikers
  • Bikers
  • Fishermen
  • Etc.

Basically, anyone and everyone who spends long hours outdoors.

They’re still one of the most popular forms of survival food today.

Even humanitarian and government disaster response groups have adopted MRE’s. They hand them out to victims of natural disasters and national emergencies.

MRE’s are fantastic, and you should take advantage of the fact that they are so readily available today. So stock up because they may not always be as cheap, and as abundant.

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What Makes MRE’s Great?


There are a lot of reasons why MRE meals are great.

First: they have a very long shelf life.

They can last for up to seven years on their own, and if kept in cool conditions they can last even longer. Theoretically, if you freeze them, they can last indefinitely.

This long shelf life makes MRE’s decent choice for emergency preparations.

You can store them with your survival gear, in your food cache, in your car, at your bug out location, anywhere! And you can be sure that they will be good when you come back in a year to eat them.

They’re cheap.

Most of the places online that sell MRE meals do so in packs. Usually, you can get between four and twenty per package. And the more you buy in bulk, the cheaper they are on an individual basis.

A single MRE costs around $6-7, but if you buy that same MRE in a pack of twelve, it will cost closer to $4 or $6.

That’s great incentive to buy a lot of these things. The more you have, the better off you’ll be in the long run.

Transportation and portability are critical when it comes to MRE’s.

These things were designed to be carried by soldiers over long, hard distances. So, weight and packability are significant factors.

MRE’s are engineered to be light, while still packing a big nutritional punch.

And because of the way they’re packaged, they’re easily stored in a backpack, glovebox, or pocket.

No spilling, molding or mess.

They taste pretty damn good for military/survival rations.

These things do not taste like dried cardboard caked in mud, like a lot of non-perishable meals. Many companies offer different meals and flavors, so it’s not difficult to find one you like.

Some offer full MRE meals (with a variety of flavors), including:

  • entrees
  • side dishes
  • sandwiches
  • sandwich bread
  • desserts and snacks
  • sauces and spreads
  • and even drink mixers

MRE’s make survival a tasty experience. Just because you’re in a shit hits the fan scenario, does not mean you have to eat crappy food.

Best MRE Meals Deals


There are a lot of different MRE meal companies out there, and they all make a similar product. So I have put together the following best MRE Meals Deals going on out there.

Western Frontier 12 Meal Case

These genuine US warfighter rations offer about 1250 calories per meal.

These cases also include flavorful spices, matches, toilet paper, and other survival accessories.

The meals are randomly selected from two different menu options, but come with a variety of

  • Asian
  • Mexican
  • Italian
  • Traditional
  • Vegetarian

There’s even an assortment of snacks, dessert, coffee, milkshakes, and beverage powders.

While the packs have an inspection date of 2019, there is no official expiration date. This means that they’ll likely last about 5-7 years on their own.

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Captain Dave’s 12 MRE Meals

This pack comes with 12 entrees (not complete meals, just the main dishes).

There are at least six different meal flavors included with this case. Some are chicken based meals; others are beef based.

This government-approved manufacturer guarantees quality products.

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Western Frontier Ultimate MRE 6 Pack

This case of 6 MRE meals is enough to get anyone through some tough times.

There are approximately 24 different meal flavors that are randomly selected.

They range from chicken and noodles to beef chili, and potato hash browns with bacon.

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Rothco MREs Box A, Genuine U.S. Military Surplus

These MRE’s are genuine US War Fighter Rations with 12 different Meals per Case.

Making this ideal for hunting, camping, hiking, fishing, boating, and emergency food supply.

Each MRE meal contains a flameless ration heater for a hot meal anywhere you go.

The meals also feature an accessory pack with coffee or beverage powder, matches, seasonings, gum, wet wipe, tissue.

Designed for maximum endurance and nutrition with average 1250 calories per meal.

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X MRE Meals 1300XT Single Meal with Heater

If you’re just looking to buy a single MRE this is your best option.

Each meal packs a calories punch per meal of over 1,300 calories.

The shelf life states it’s good for at least 5 years or more depending on storage temperature and conditions from date of pack.

Each MRE meal provides the nutrients & caloric value of a complete meal. XMRE can be eaten anytime at any place.

The food is pre-cooked and can be eaten hot or cold, with a flameless heater included – just add water.

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Genuine U.S. Military Surplus Assorted Flavor (4-Pack)

This MRE claims a long shelf life if stored per manufacturer’s directions. Each MRE has a 2012 or newer pack date.

Again this option (as are all the others) good for hunting, camping, hiking, fishing, boating, and emergency food supply.

Designed for maximum endurance and nutrition with average 1250 calories per meal.

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Modern MRE Taste Test

Here’s a video of a modern MRE review. This video gives a solid overview of what you can expect from your MRE’s nowadays:

How To Heat An MRE


Of course, as the name implies, you can open the packaging and start chomping away at one of your MRE’s right away. But a lot of MRE meals suggest you heat the meal before chowing down.

There is nothing wrong with eating them cold and fresh out of the wrapper they just tend to taste better warm.

Some MRE cases will include a heating system; others leave it up to you. So, I thought it might be useful to list a few different methods for heating an MRE up.

Flameless Retention Heater

These nifty little ovens were explicitly designed for MRE’s. If your MRE includes a method for heating it up, it’s probably going to be a flameless retention heater.

It works without the need for matches tinder or fuel.

Just slip your MRE inside of the flameless retention heater pouch, add a teaspoon of water seal it up. Now step back and let the magic unfold.

The water starts a reaction inside the pack and generates heat to warm your meal in minutes.

Boiling Water

Most MRE’s are packaged in a material that is both water and heat resistant, so boiling them is no issue whatsoever. And it’s an easy, efficient method for quickly heating up your food.

Allow water to come to a boil in a pot, and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Place the MRE inside of the boiling water and allow it to soak in there for 5-8 minutes.

Pull it out carefully so as not to burn yourself, and you’ve got a hot and ready meal!

This method is particularly useful in survival situations. That way you don’t require a fancy chemical heating package or a butane stove.

If you have got fire, water, and a pot, you can get that MRE warmed up, no problem.

The Saucepan

Get your hands on a saucepan and a heat source (a fire will do, a stovetop will do better).

Open up your MRE, pour the contents into the saucepan and allow it to heat to the desired temperature. DONE!

The Oven

If you have access to an oven (rare in an actual survival), you can use it to warm your MRE’s.

Just get an oven-safe pan, open your MRE into it, and cook it in the oven at 350-degrees. It takes about ten minutes (or until it reaches desired heat).

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Maintaining Your MRE Stash


Unfortunately, no survival meal is going to keep indefinitely. Even military designed long-lasting MRE’s come with an expiration date.

Knowing this, it’s vital that you keep a close eye on when your MRE’s go bad.

The last thing you want is to bust into your survival food rations only to get food poisoning via a bad MRE. The food you were counting on to stay fresh. Do not let it happen!

The problem is when you are dealing with foods that last for up to 7 years it can be hard to keep close tabs on it. It’s hard to know the precise date when it goes from edible to poison.

You can’t mark an exact date on your calendar.

So what do you do?

You should keep a running list of what you have, when you got it, and when it’s likely to go bad.

A simple spreadsheet will suffice, and you can keep it in your cache of survival foods.

Mine is on a clipboard that I reference every time I add something new to my survival food supply. Be it canned foods, dehydrated goods, bottled water or MRE’s.

Then, when some of your foods are approaching the expiration date, you can single those out. Eat them before they go bad, and then replace them.

In this way, you cycle through the older food supplies and have fresh survival food at all times via rotation.

Also, keep in mind, where you store your MRE’s makes a big difference in how well they keep.

If you stash them on a windowsill in direct sunlight and leave them there for three years, don’t expect them to last. They won’t be good when you eat them.

Cool, dark, dry areas are best for storing foods like MRE’s – think root cellar. You can help them to last even longer than their usual shelf life just by where you store them. Pantries, garages, basements, and closets all work well for this.

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The Final Word


Adding MRE’s to your survival food stockpile is a major step towards self-reliance.

MRE’s ensure that, no matter what happens, you will have food that you can eat to survive. You can rest easy knowing you have an MRE safety net waiting to catch you in a long-term disaster.

They enable you to story savory, high-calorie meals for long periods of time. That way when the moment finally comes you’ll not be the family that goes hungry.

Will Brendza

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How To Prepare For a Future of Resource Scarcity

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This is an essay I originally published in 2008 on one of my old blogs. It was primarily intended for an audience concerned about peak oil and resource scarcity, but it is valid for most other concerns, too. I am reposting it here with a few minor changes to fix typos and update links.

 How To Prepare For a Future of Resource Scarcity

This is a general summary of the basic advice advice I give anyone concerned with potential disasters such as peak oil, environmental problems, or economic and political collapse.

1. Educate yourself on the potential problems our society is facing. Read Patrick Moore’s essay Environmentalism for the 21st Century (opens as a .pdf) to get an overview of the real environmental and resource challenges faced by our civilization. Read Richard Maybury’s book Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? to gain a better understanding of our economic problems.
 
2. Reduce your home energy usage as much as possible. Turn off lights, TVs and electronics whenever you leave a room. Remember to unplug your various chargers (cell phone, I-Pod, etc.) when not in use. Set your thermostat to conserve energy. Switch from incandescent lighting to LED lighting. Replace old appliances with new, energy-efficient models. Super-insulate your house. Install energy efficient windows. Consider heating with a modern wood stove. Consider a passive solar system for your home.

You may be interested in my article  Reducing home energy use, and costs, by 60%.

 3. Reduce your use of fuel for transportation. Make sure your vehicle’s tires are properly inflated and the engine is well-maintained (tune-ups & oil changes) to maximize mileage. Drive less by walking, car pooling, using public transportation, and planning & combining trips. Replace your old vehicle with a newer one that gets better mileage. If you have a long commute to work, consider moving closer to your job or finding a new job closer to home. 

 
4. Get out of debt.It will not be a good time to owe large amounts of money to a bank. Take a look at your situation, to what extent do you live on credit? If you have a large house could you make do with a smaller one, and reduce your repayments? Make getting out of debt a family priority and use it as an opportunity to simplify your lifestyle.” –Rob Hopkins in Permaculture Magazine.

I consider getting out of debt to  be a very important, yet often overlooked, area of preparedness and survival. My article Prepping 101: Finances – Get Back to Basics is full of tips and information on how to eliminate debt.
 

5. Raise at least some of your own food. We need a modern victory garden movement. Look up articles and books on lasagna gardening, forest gardening and container gardening for ideas on how to grow your own food. Plant fruit & nut trees and berry bushes. Urban dwellers should look into rooftop gardening or joining a community garden or food co-op. Steve Solomon’s book Gardening When It Counts is a good place to start for gardening advice.
 
6. Reduce your personal consumption of everything. Adopt a simpler lifestyle. Live well within your means. Be a saver, not a consumer. If you had to, could you support yourself and your family on half your present income? You may have to some day, so start making the lifestyle changes now.
 
7. Be a life-long learner. Improve your job skills. Learn about personal finance. Study permaculture. Learn about the ecology and natural history of your region. Learn useful skills such as auto mechanics, carpentry and home repair. Learn first aid and CPR. Learn to sew, and to preserve food. Learn how to save seeds. Learn how to hunt, fish and forage for wild foods. Learn the skills your grandparents had.
 
8. Reconnect to the natural world. Spend time in nature. Take up outdoor hobbies such as gardening, hiking, fishing, camping and bird watching. Learn the names of trees, wildflowers and “weeds” native to your area. Learn what kinds of soils are in your region. Learn where your water comes from. Visit nearby parks and wildlife refuges. Visit your local natural history museum or botanical gardens. Learn the names of the birds and butterflies common to your backyard.
 
9. Be a part of your community. Join a local church or synagogue. Meet your neighbors. Participate in a community watch program. Volunteer with a local museum or environmental group. Support your local farmers’ market. Whenever possible, shop at locally-owned businesses instead of the big box stores. Attend the meetings of your city council, zoning boards and other local government organizations. Let your voice be heard!
 
10. Get healthy. If you smoke or abuse drugs or alcohol – stop! Adopt a more plant based diet such as a traditional Mediterranean diet, or even become a vegetarian. Eat a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs. Exercise will help you lose weight, lower your blood pressure & cholesterol, control blood sugar and get fit. Walking, bike riding and swimming are three cheap & easy ways to get more exercise. Getting enough deep sleep is an often overlooked yet very important ingredient to good health.
 
11. Conserve water. Install low-flow showerheads and faucets in your home. Learn about xeriscaping. Mulch your garden and flower beds to help retain moisture. Plant trees. Consider installing dry composting toilets in your home. Use rainwater catchment techniques to provide water for your garden or to wash your car. Learn how to purify rainwater for human consumption.

DON’T EVER THROW GARBAGE OR POUR CHEMICALS INTO A STREAM, RIVER OR LAKE. Report to the authorities anyone you see doing so.
 
12. Consider where you live. Most people end up living near where they or their spouse grew up, or perhaps to be near a particular job. But you might be better off relocating. Actively consider where you live: Is the community you live in really the best place for you and your family? Will it still be the best place for you in ten years? Things to consider: crime, pollution, taxes, educational opportunities, economic opportunities, economic diversity, climate, rainfall, nearby resources, cohesiveness of the community, style of the local government, availability of public transportation and farmers markets.
 
13. Keep stores of food, water & supplies. Today, we run out to the markets whenever we need something. We have a just-in-time supply system, so we don’t need to store things for future use. But the slightest problem can lead to a system-wide disaster. We need to re-learn the art of storing necessities in case of emergencies. Things to store include food, water, medicine, vitamins and personal hygiene products, as well as other useful items such as batteries, sewing supplies, first aid supplies, duct tape, matches, candles, lamp oil, etc. If you were cut off from buying things for several weeks, or even a month or more, what would you run out of? Figure out ways to store those things.
 
14. Restore nature. Plant trees. Clean up local lakes and streams. Rebuild soils through composting and vermiculture. Participate in pollinator conservation efforts. Practice organic gardening and lawn care. Eliminate your lawn entirely. Participate in the National Wildlife Federation’s Backyard Wildlife Habitat program.
 

15. Don’t dwell on the negatives. Be a hopeful realist. It is important to understand the problems we face. Just don’t obsess over them. Instead, start working towards solutions. Acting to make positive changes, even small ones, will increase your confidence and encourage yourself, your family and your friends.

How To Prepare For a Future of Resource Scarcity

This is an essay I originally published in 2008 on one of my old blogs. It was primarily intended for an audience concerned about peak oil and resource scarcity, but it is valid for most other concerns, too. I am reposting it here with a few minor changes to fix typos and update links.

 How To Prepare For a Future of Resource Scarcity

This is a general summary of the basic advice advice I give anyone concerned with potential disasters such as peak oil, environmental problems, or economic and political collapse.

1. Educate yourself on the potential problems our society is facing. Read Patrick Moore’s essay Environmentalism for the 21st Century (opens as a .pdf) to get an overview of the real environmental and resource challenges faced by our civilization. Read Richard Maybury’s book Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? to gain a better understanding of our economic problems.
 
2. Reduce your home energy usage as much as possible. Turn off lights, TVs and electronics whenever you leave a room. Remember to unplug your various chargers (cell phone, I-Pod, etc.) when not in use. Set your thermostat to conserve energy. Switch from incandescent lighting to LED lighting. Replace old appliances with new, energy-efficient models. Super-insulate your house. Install energy efficient windows. Consider heating with a modern wood stove. Consider a passive solar system for your home.

You may be interested in my article  Reducing home energy use, and costs, by 60%.

 3. Reduce your use of fuel for transportation. Make sure your vehicle’s tires are properly inflated and the engine is well-maintained (tune-ups & oil changes) to maximize mileage. Drive less by walking, car pooling, using public transportation, and planning & combining trips. Replace your old vehicle with a newer one that gets better mileage. If you have a long commute to work, consider moving closer to your job or finding a new job closer to home. 

 
4. Get out of debt.It will not be a good time to owe large amounts of money to a bank. Take a look at your situation, to what extent do you live on credit? If you have a large house could you make do with a smaller one, and reduce your repayments? Make getting out of debt a family priority and use it as an opportunity to simplify your lifestyle.” –Rob Hopkins in Permaculture Magazine.

I consider getting out of debt to  be a very important, yet often overlooked, area of preparedness and survival. My article Prepping 101: Finances – Get Back to Basics is full of tips and information on how to eliminate debt.
 

5. Raise at least some of your own food. We need a modern victory garden movement. Look up articles and books on lasagna gardening, forest gardening and container gardening for ideas on how to grow your own food. Plant fruit & nut trees and berry bushes. Urban dwellers should look into rooftop gardening or joining a community garden or food co-op. Steve Solomon’s book Gardening When It Counts is a good place to start for gardening advice.
 
6. Reduce your personal consumption of everything. Adopt a simpler lifestyle. Live well within your means. Be a saver, not a consumer. If you had to, could you support yourself and your family on half your present income? You may have to some day, so start making the lifestyle changes now.
 
7. Be a life-long learner. Improve your job skills. Learn about personal finance. Study permaculture. Learn about the ecology and natural history of your region. Learn useful skills such as auto mechanics, carpentry and home repair. Learn first aid and CPR. Learn to sew, and to preserve food. Learn how to save seeds. Learn how to hunt, fish and forage for wild foods. Learn the skills your grandparents had.
 
8. Reconnect to the natural world. Spend time in nature. Take up outdoor hobbies such as gardening, hiking, fishing, camping and bird watching. Learn the names of trees, wildflowers and “weeds” native to your area. Learn what kinds of soils are in your region. Learn where your water comes from. Visit nearby parks and wildlife refuges. Visit your local natural history museum or botanical gardens. Learn the names of the birds and butterflies common to your backyard.
 
9. Be a part of your community. Join a local church or synagogue. Meet your neighbors. Participate in a community watch program. Volunteer with a local museum or environmental group. Support your local farmers’ market. Whenever possible, shop at locally-owned businesses instead of the big box stores. Attend the meetings of your city council, zoning boards and other local government organizations. Let your voice be heard!
 
10. Get healthy. If you smoke or abuse drugs or alcohol – stop! Adopt a more plant based diet such as a traditional Mediterranean diet, or even become a vegetarian. Eat a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs. Exercise will help you lose weight, lower your blood pressure & cholesterol, control blood sugar and get fit. Walking, bike riding and swimming are three cheap & easy ways to get more exercise. Getting enough deep sleep is an often overlooked yet very important ingredient to good health.
 
11. Conserve water. Install low-flow showerheads and faucets in your home. Learn about xeriscaping. Mulch your garden and flower beds to help retain moisture. Plant trees. Consider installing dry composting toilets in your home. Use rainwater catchment techniques to provide water for your garden or to wash your car. Learn how to purify rainwater for human consumption.

DON’T EVER THROW GARBAGE OR POUR CHEMICALS INTO A STREAM, RIVER OR LAKE. Report to the authorities anyone you see doing so.
 
12. Consider where you live. Most people end up living near where they or their spouse grew up, or perhaps to be near a particular job. But you might be better off relocating. Actively consider where you live: Is the community you live in really the best place for you and your family? Will it still be the best place for you in ten years? Things to consider: crime, pollution, taxes, educational opportunities, economic opportunities, economic diversity, climate, rainfall, nearby resources, cohesiveness of the community, style of the local government, availability of public transportation and farmers markets.
 
13. Keep stores of food, water & supplies. Today, we run out to the markets whenever we need something. We have a just-in-time supply system, so we don’t need to store things for future use. But the slightest problem can lead to a system-wide disaster. We need to re-learn the art of storing necessities in case of emergencies. Things to store include food, water, medicine, vitamins and personal hygiene products, as well as other useful items such as batteries, sewing supplies, first aid supplies, duct tape, matches, candles, lamp oil, etc. If you were cut off from buying things for several weeks, or even a month or more, what would you run out of? Figure out ways to store those things.
 
14. Restore nature. Plant trees. Clean up local lakes and streams. Rebuild soils through composting and vermiculture. Participate in pollinator conservation efforts. Practice organic gardening and lawn care. Eliminate your lawn entirely. Participate in the National Wildlife Federation’s Backyard Wildlife Habitat program.
 

15. Don’t dwell on the negatives. Be a hopeful realist. It is important to understand the problems we face. Just don’t obsess over them. Instead, start working towards solutions. Acting to make positive changes, even small ones, will increase your confidence and encourage yourself, your family and your friends.

Top 10 Uses for Paracord (550 Cord)

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Paracord comes in handy at the oddest times. A couple of years ago my family was vacationing in Iceland, staying at a different campsite almost every night. Pretty soon, laundry became an issue and we found ourselves in need of a clothesline. A length of paracord strung from one side of our camper van to the […]

Staghorn Fern: How To Grow And Care For Platyceriums

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An unusual tropical plant, the staghorn fern is grown often as a houseplant or hanging plant. These fascinating plants often have multiple kinds of leaves which serve different purposes, some of which are antler-like in shape. And the shape gives this unusual type of plant its name, as if there were many green pairs of … Read more

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How to Get Your Finances Under Control So Your Family Is Financially Prepared for An Economic Storm!

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Financial Preparedness

Financial Preparedness Is One of the

Most Important Things You Can Do!

Not having enough financial resources to take care of important necessities when “times” are relatively good and the economy has the appearance of being “strong” is hard. It’s even harder when the financial system is in a contraction and your need and opportunities to feed and shelter your family dry up. One of the most important things that someone wanting to be prepared for the future can do is to plan to get out of debt and manage their money effectively, right now!

Two Scenarios – Which One Are You?

Just imagine for a few moments how differently these two scenarios could play out.

Scenario 1 – Jack lost his job today. Besides being blindsided by his employer who had told him a month earlier that he was an important part of the company and his job was safe, his mind now flooded with the anxiety of what his job loss would mean to his family and the mountain of bills he had accumulated over the years. They were living paycheck to paycheck. He wouldn’t have any time to waste. He would need to find a job right away or risk not having enough money to pay his bills, feed his family and keep the house.

Scenario 2 – Jack lost his job today. As he drove home, he wondered if his boss was telling the truth or buying time when he told him he was an important part of the company a month earlier. He would tell his wife over dinner this evening. She would worry. And, to be honest, he would too! Finding a job to replace his current income would be difficult. But, he was glad that he had the ability to be a little picky as he and his wife had built up an emergency fund through saving and sticking to a strict budget. He would have six months to find something that would meet his and his families financial needs.

These are not zombie, end of the world scenarios. These two scenarios are playing out all over the place right now, every single day! Families are having to deal with the realities of job losses, meager paying jobs and lean times. Those that plan and prepare ahead of time will have many more options, and their sanity, if they have to navigate hard economic times.

To Be Successful Your Finances Need a Budget

To prepare your finances, you have to have a starting place. That starting place is a budget. Creating a budget isn’t hard, but it does take a little bit of time to put it together. Luckily, I have created a resource that will help you. You and your spouse just need to sit down and plug in your specific needs.
Here is a link to a Google Sheet (an Excel file is at the end of this article) that will allow you to plug in the numbers and do the math for you. But if you would like to work it out on paper and pencil, download the PDF at the end of this article.

All of Your Expenses – The key to making your budget a successful tool is that you need to include all of your expenses. This includes things that you might not think of like, going out to eat, individual spending money, that candy bar you bought when you filled up on gas, EVERYTHING! Don’t forget to create a budget category for preparedness.

The reason you need to include everything is that it all adds up! Every cent, every dollar that goes out, is accomplishing something. Is it accomplishing what you want it to do? The second reason you want to account for every cent is that the extra money that you have, that isn’t paying expenses, you want to pay down debt and start building an emergency fund.

So, it is important to account for all expenses and have it down on your budget. At that point, you can see what is coming in and going out very easily. You might be surprised how much actually comes in and that you can’t account for it at the end of the month.

You Need an Emergency Fund and You Need to Pay Down Debt

After creating your budget, the next step is to see how much money is left over. That money needs to be used to first, put away a small emergency fund to get you through any small financial hiccups. After you have $500 – $1,000 saved up, then you can start breaking the chains of indebtedness.

Dave Ramsey has done a great job of promoting his “Debt Snowball” to help people understand paying down debt. If you are serious about getting out of debt and becoming financially healthy, you should read his book, The Total Money Makeover. Here I’ll share this video where Dave explains the Debt Snowball.

How Are You Going to Increase Your Income?

As you are actively working your budget, saving for an emergency fund or paying down debt, you should be looking for ways to increase your income. You should want to bring in more money to pay down debt and build your emergency fund more quickly.

Here’s the thing…. Make this your hobby. Make it fun! Don’t spend your evenings in front of the idiot box watching who knows what!

There are so many things you can do here. You can have a garage sale, put items that you don’t use anymore up on eBay or Craigslist. Pick up a second job. Start a small business selling items you make, being a handyman, babysitting, or providing some other service. One thing that you can ask here is, what do you love to do? How can you turn that in to a way to make money? You would be surprised the things others do to bring in extra money. And you can do it too!

Final Thoughts

When you make a budget, pay down debt and have an emergency fund, you will be better prepared than most people to weather a crisis that involves your finances. Becoming financially prepared is not hard, you just have to be disciplined. But the pay-off, later on, is huge! Just think about the relief you and your family would feel if, no, when, you experience a financial hiccup.

Action Steps
* Download the SAMPLE BUDGET. Google Sheet [Dropbox Links: Excel Sheet and PDF]
* Start Your Emergency Fund
* Prepare Your Debts in a Debt Snowball and Start Paying Down Debt
* Increase Your Income: Sell Stuff and/or Get a Side Hustle.
* Read – Economic Tweaks: Changing Our Behavior on the Spiral Downward!

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Survival for the Common Man is a series of articles for those who are new to prepping or those who never really felt they had a good foundation to start.

Why Survival for the Common Man? I love to gain experiences in wilderness survival, bushcraft, homesteading and “tactical” preparedness. But the truth is, most preppers are regular, everyday people (the common man). We live in the suburbs, go to our day jobs, and attend school and family events. But we also see the world around us and see the need to be prepared, to make sure our family is safe and able to thrive in times of uncertainty. There are more of us than you might realize! This series is for you!

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Irish Shepherd’s Pie Recipe -Traditional Recipe With A Twist

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Irish Shepherd’s Pie is a twist off of the traditional Shepherd’s Pie recipe that was thought to originate in Scotland or Britain. Shepherd’s Pie is a baked meat pie made from lamb meat that is either cut in small chunks

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The Strains of Prepping? Some Tips to Relieve Back Pain

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Written by Guest Contributor on The Prepper Journal.

Editors Note: A guest submission from Dan Chabert to The Prepper Journal. Since I went through the “thrill” of moving this past week this seemed like information worth sharing. As we work to stay in shape for life in general and for a world in turmoil here are some tips for addressing those nagging pains that affect us all.

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Back раіn іѕ a collective nаmе for various bасk соmрlаіntѕ. Mаnу people suffer from back problems. Do you also suffer from your bасk? There are a numbеr of thіngѕ уоu can dо to relieve уоur bасk pain.

Sleep

With bасk раіn уоu саn often find it dіffісult to fаll аѕlеер. Often уоu dо not knоw how tо lіе down. Yоu mау be in a vісіоuѕ circle. Bесаuѕе you are sleeping poorly, your bасk раіn fееlѕ worse, a viscous circle. A bad sleeping position саn also aggravate the раіn. Trу tо lіе down оn your ѕіdе with a ріllоw between your knееѕ to kеер the ѕріnе in a neutral роѕіtіоn. Thіѕ way уоu rеlіеvе the pressure оn your bасk. Do you рrеfеr to sleep оn your bасk? Then slide a pillow under your knееѕ. Alѕо a sturdy and comfortable mattress is a must.

Attitude

Dіd уоur mоthеr аlwауѕ ѕау thаt you hаd to stand up ѕtrаіght аnd not hаvе to ѕіt down lіkе thаt? Shе was rіght! A lanky аttіtudе is bаd fоr уоu. Eѕресіаllу іf уоu hаvе bееn slipping fоr a long time, behind уоur computer fоr еxаmрlе. Sіt up straight, kеер your ѕhоuldеrѕ relaxed and еnѕurе thаt уоur bоdу is ѕuрроrtеd bу the bасk of thе сhаіr. Kеер уоur feet flаt on the flооr. It can work wonders.

Painkillers and Muѕсlе Relaxants

If уоu suffer frоm bасk pain, you mау want tо consider tаking pain killers. In аddіtіоn tо paracetamol, уоu аlѕо hаvе pain kіllеrѕ with an anti-infаmmаtоrу and fеvеr-reducing effect, саllеd NSAIDѕ. These аrе anti-inflammatory раіn-kіllеrѕ. But these аrе not ѕuіtаblе fоr еvеrуоnе. Fіrѕt ask your doctor for advice bеfоrе уоu start this. Do not expect that the  bасk раіn іѕ about іt, it only rеlіеvеѕ the раіn. In ѕоmе саѕеѕ it mау аlѕо bе that a gеnеrаl рrасtіtіоnеr prescribes muѕсlе-relaxing medications.

Strengthen Your Muѕсlеѕ

Phуѕіоthеrаріѕtѕ саn tеасh уоu hоw tо ѕіt, stand аnd move іn a wау that іѕ bеѕt for уоur bасk. They саn also lеаrn your еxеrсіѕеѕ thаt strengthen your back muѕсlеѕ. Sеvеrаl studies ѕhоw thаt improving ѕtrеngth, flexibility аnd еndurаnсе in the long term rеduсеѕ back раіn.

Kеер Moving

In the past, dосtоrѕ often gаvе advice tо kеер bеd rеѕt with bасk pain. But nоw they know that lying down іѕ оnе of the worst things you can dо. It can еvеn aggravate the situation. Dо nоt rеѕt mоrе than a day оr two. It is important to kеер moving, but not tо force anything. Exercise is one of the mоѕt effective ways to quickly recover frоm back раіn. Eѕресіаllу ѕроrtѕ ѕuсh as swimming, hiking and yoga.

Iсе and Hеаt

With a bасk іnjurу оr inflammation it саn help tо рut ісе on thе раіnful аrеаѕ. Trу thіѕ a few tіmеѕ a day fоr uр tо twеntу mіnutеѕ. Alwауѕ рut a сlоth bеtwееn уоur ѕkіn and ісе tо prevent thе ice frоm frееzіng оnto уоur ѕkіn. After a fеw days ѕwіtсh tо hеаt. Thе hеаt rеlаxеѕ your muscles аnd promotes blооd сіrсulаtіоn. A hоt bаth оr a hеаt plaster (they still make these?) саn also hеlр tо rеlieve the pain. Nеvеr sleep wіth a hеаt plaster as thеѕе саn саuѕе burns (see, they should stop making these!)

Massage

It wаѕ already known that mаѕѕаgе оffеrѕ a solution fоr muѕсlе tension and muѕсlе раіn. Recent rеѕеаrсh shows that a daily massage frоm approximately tеn mіnutеѕ еvеn hеlрѕ prevent inflammation іn muscles. Thаt іѕ why it is аlѕо a gооd wау to recover frоm аn injury. Every professional sports team, including all those at the college level ;-), has massage therapists on staff who travel with the teams as this is considered the best physical therapy to keep muscles working at peak performance and to avoid injuries so it makes sense it is also a great treatment for back pain.

Author’s Bio:

Dan Chabert – Writing from Copenhagen, Denmark, Dan is an entrepreneur, husband and ultramarathon distance runner. He spends most of his time co-managing home sites like Contractorculture, That Sweet Gift, Borncute, health sites such as Runnerclick, Nicer Shoes and The Gear Hunt. He has also been featured on runner blogs all over the world.

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How To Declutter Quickly And Stop Buying Stuff

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Well, I’m talking about how to declutter quickly and stop buying stuff today. You know, stuff, we don’t really need. You may remember me talking about my 15-minute timer trick. If you look at your home, whether large or small, it can be overwhelming to know where to start to declutter quickly. There is something about looking at clean horizontal counters, dresser tops, kitchen counters, etc. I LOVE having nothing sitting out on counters. Yes, I have the toaster and my cooking utensil holder, and of course the phone.

Where I live, we must keep our home landlines otherwise I would be sitting on the coffee table to talk to anyone who calls me on my cell phone. We have had this home for 13 years now and nothing has changed as far as the cell service goes. Our daughters come to visit and their service works fine in our home, but if we drive into town we can lose service more than once along the way. I really wonder what cell phone service would really work here in Southern Utah.

Anyway, back to how to declutter quickly. The picture below gives me anxiety, luckily my house doesn’t look like this. Yikes!

Declutter Quickly

Grab some black 33-gallon garbage bags for trash or broken items, and some clear bags to donate stuff or sell at a garage sale. Yes, boxes work great as well. If you haven’t worn something in a year or more, I say get it out of your closet and don’t look back. Donate it while someone else would still buy it at a thrift store. Let it go and you will feel awesome, I promise.

declutter quickly

You can use a timer if that would help you get started decluttering. I have the same kind of timer my mom had growing up. This is like the one I use: Minute Timer  Next, turn on some music or some upbeat audibles you can listen to while you start the process of organizing one room at a time.

This is one of my all-time favorite audible books: You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jan Sincero. I have given the hard copies to several friends, I like it that much. I will caution you about the language, but it’s a very upbeat book. I have listened to the audible book at least 10 times because I love it.

declutter quickly

If you have some music you love, crank up the volume and start decluttering one drawer or closet at a time. It feels awesome, I promise.

Declutter Quickly-Stop Buying Stuff

One thing about decluttering is how great you feel when you see less in a closet or less on horizontal shelves and countertops. Now, this is where we need to be disciplined by not buying more stuff to replace the junk you let go of by selling or donating. Let’s be honest here, how much stuff do we really need? Very little, sometimes I look at stuff and say “why did I buy that?” Good grief!

Now when I shop for anything, I think to myself “Will I be donating this stuff in a year?” First of all, where I live, you can rarely find much of anything at the local stores, so I typically shop online. I spend less gas driving around looking for something. I need only to realize it’s not going to be in the stores here. I’m hopeful I can find it, but odds are against finding stuff I need in our small town.

I buy a lot on Amazon because it saves me time and money 99% of the time. One thing to keep in mind is we need to stop buying stuff we don’t need. Period. It’s so easy to just order online, but I want you to think about what you buy, think hard whether it be at the brick and mortar stores or online. Do I really need this or will I be donating it a year from now? I have laughed with my daughters about this statement as well as with friends.

Things To Think About

Instead of buying stuff, maybe some of these things may work for you and your family to bring simplicity and happiness into your life rather than thinking you need stuff to make you happy.

  1. Gift giving, slow it down, trust me, less is best.
  2. Teach pioneer skills to your family and friends, it may save their life.
  3. Share your love of making bread with everyone you know.
  4. If you sew, teach others.
  5. If you can piece a quilt like my great-grandmother (and myself) teach others the joy of seeing those fabrics that were once a special dress or shirt incorporated into a quilt.
  6. If you can cook in an awesome Dutch Oven, teach others how to do it.
  7. Invite your neighbors to a potluck at your home, it beats shopping and bringing stuff home you will eventually donate to a thrift store.
  8. Share your time, energy, and laughter with friends and neighbors.
  9. Visit the elderly, they love to talk to you, I promise.
  10. Please get to know your neighbors, people need people.
  11. Be kind to one another and listen to your tone of voice when you speak to others.
  12. Send notes of kindness to people you love, you may not get another chance to mail one to them.
  13. Think about what you buy before you buy it, you may not need it.

May God bless you and your family to be prepared for the unexpected. Please be safe and teach others to be self-reliant as soon as possible.

My book is available to help you be self-reliant:

Simplify Your Life by Linda

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Pile of clothes: AdobeStock_65947771 by Luanateuzi

Bedroom picture: AdobeStock_1106456 by Joseph Helfenberger

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DIY Liquid Fertilizer: The Really Stinking Easy Way to Feed a Large Garden

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As shared in my book Compost Everything, this method of feeding plants allows you to stretch fertility a long, long way and re-use “waste:”

Many people have written in to say how much they appreciate this simple method for creating liquid plant fertilizer.

As Gardener Earth Guy commented on the video:

“This is the absolute best garden trick I’ve learned in a long time. My banana have gotten giant, sweet potato have rope vines, and loquats are getting giant. What doesn’t get a chop ‘n’ drop goes in the bin.”

You can throw in weeds, fruit, kitchen scraps, urine, manure … just find organic matter and throw it in. I like a wide mix. This is a pretty simple batch, only containing moringa, compost, cow manure, and urine. I did get some Epsom Salts after making the video and also threw that in. A 55-gallon drum like this can easily feed 10,000 square feet of corn for a growing season. I know — I’ve done it!

It really beats making “normal” compost and having to spread it all around.

 

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Make A Food Storage Inventory To Know What You Have On Hand

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One problem that developed after I began storing extra food for preparedness – was inventory control. Actually knowing what we had in food storage. Whether it be the variety of canned food, home canned foods, dry goods, long term food storage, freezer items, dehydrated, freeze dried food, etc.., the problem was knowing exactly I had on hand. Here’s what I did:   Excel Food Storage Inventory Spreadsheet I inventoried what I had. Sounds simple right? Not everyone wants to get into the detail of inventory. However it’s worth the effort to know what you have, especially when you’ve built up

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Make A Food Storage Inventory To Know What You Have On Hand

One problem that developed after I began storing extra food for preparedness – was inventory control. Actually knowing what we had in food storage. Whether it be the variety of canned food, home canned foods, dry goods, long term food storage, freezer items, dehydrated, freeze dried food, etc.., the problem was knowing exactly I had on hand. Here’s what I did:   Excel Food Storage Inventory Spreadsheet I inventoried what I had. Sounds simple right? Not everyone wants to get into the detail of inventory. However it’s worth the effort to know what you have, especially when you’ve built up

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Make A Food Storage Inventory To Know What You Have On Hand

One problem that developed after I began storing extra food for preparedness – was inventory control. Actually knowing what we had in food storage. Whether it be the variety of canned food, home canned foods, dry goods, long term food storage, freezer items, dehydrated, freeze dried food, etc.., the problem was knowing exactly I had on hand. Here’s what I did:   Excel Food Storage Inventory Spreadsheet I inventoried what I had. Sounds simple right? Not everyone wants to get into the detail of inventory. However it’s worth the effort to know what you have, especially when you’ve built up

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Selecting an Escape Route

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You may have the food storage and you may have the bugout location. If you plan on jumping onto the highway during a disaster and zipping to that location you may find serious resistance on the roads. People will act fast and those main roadways will fill quickly. This article takes all of that into …

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10 things you should know about the sun to survive!

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10 things you should know about the sun to survive!

10 things you should know about the sun to survive!

For an average Earthman, the Sun is the source of life. But if you find yourself stuck in the desert, you will soon start thinking the opposite. Although it takes light from the Sun 8 minutes to reach our planet, it is still powerful enough to cause some serious health issues.According to professional travel guides at Aussie Writings, you have to be extremely careful before you go for the real desert adventure.

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