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Rural or Urban Preparedness Part I

Today I’m going to address another issue in the world of preparedness that tends to be quite controversial. This is the matter of where one should live in order to be better prepared. Addressing this issue properly will require more than one article as there are many components to consider. But for today, let’s start with the most obvious one. Can you only be prepared if you live out in a rural area?

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For starters, allow me to answer the question based on the strongest fundamental

My Gratitude for Preparedness

PreparednessIn the spirit of Thanksgiving, I thought I would still write an article today addressing a few of the things I’m grateful for, specifically as they relate to the world of preparedness. Here are just a few. I hope you don’t mind my sentimental indulgence for one day. I’m grateful that I’ve been taught

Mylar the Magnificent

mylarDo Mylar bags have a place in your preparedness efforts? Absolutely. While I store a lot of food and non-food items in four gallon square buckets, #10 cans, Mason jars, and five gallon round buckets, there’s still plenty of tinsel in my pantry in the form of Mylar bags. Why?

Mylar bags make your food access more convenient.

True to the Truth

The truth that makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear. – Herbert Agar

truthI know that the three financial preparedness articles I wrote last week weren’t exactly uplifting or exciting. That’s probably the reason why so few of you responded to them. 🙂 I also am aware that the “Lights Out, Now What” class I taught on Saturday was a bit challenging to hear. Sitting through 90 minutes of what would cause a prolonged electrical outage and who the most vulnerable victims would be could be a bit disheartening.

Recipe Friday

Here are few more of some of my favorite “pantry recipes”, adjusted to be make with freeze-dried products, powdered milk, etc. You can make them with fresh or pre-packaged products. Regardless, they will turn out yummy! Enjoy!

Increasing Your Buying Power with Coupons

I’ve been winding down my Coupons Training Boot Camp classes for this couponsyear. This Saturday will mark the last one I teaching this year before I start charging folks to attend this particular class. As a result, the classes this week have been quite full. (Many, of course, waited until the last minute to register only to have to be told that we were full to capacity—bummer.) In spite of full classes, I’ve still been a bit disappointed in the turn out. Let me expound on why I feel that way.

Gidgets and Gadgets


GadgetsI have to admit, I love gadgets that make my life easier. I’m always on the lookout for preparedness type gadgets that will make my life easier even in a “survival mode.” I figure you might as well make use of the technological advances we have now to survive without traditional technology later. So here’s a list of some of my favorite “gadgets.” You can do an internet search to find any of these items.

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Beans 101

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Having beans in your pantry isn’t appealing to a lot of people. Mostly though it’s because the thought of eating them exclusively long-term causes them to prefer death. So allow me to fill you in on some of the basic information about cooking with beans, storing them, sprouting them, etc.

Believe it or not but beans can be a comfort food.

Financial Preparedness Part III-Wealth Management

The Ultimate Deception

wealth“Making something out of nothing” has often been the American Way to create wealth. We take a simple idea and turn it into a business, providing jobs, tax revenue and overall security. In this instance, creating something out of nothing is in line with the true act of Creation—organizing matter. But it’s important to know that there’s a constant enemy that attempts to portray makes something out of nothing. This particular act isn’t Creation though. It is nothing more than a