• Saving your life – Saving your money


Video: How to Heat a Room With Tealights

So, who knew you could heat a room with tealights in an emergency? Given the Polar Vortex that is coming next week, I thought it would be fun to post this as a joke...sort of. Anyway, click on the link below … [Read More...]


Video: How to Open a Bottle of Wine With a Shoe

How to Open a Bottle of Wine With a Shoe So last week I posted a video about a very clever way to open a can without a can opener. Nevertheless, I highly recommend acquiring an extra can opener to keep with … [Read More...]

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Video: How to Open a Can Without a Can Opener

How to Open a Can Without a Can Opener I'm always preaching redundancy. You know: Two is one, and one is none. For essential equipment, you always want to have an extra or a spare on hand "just in case" … [Read More...]


Home Self Defense Firearms for Women: Interview with Janet Swahn

I had the pleasure of interviewing Janet Swahn of BestGunBroker.com about home defense firearms for women. Janet is a licensed Federal Firearms Dealer, and also an art broker. Talk about a versatile … [Read More...]

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10 Survival Knife Reviews

A knife can be an important survival tool, and many people carry one with them always, clipped into their pocket with the clip on the outside of the pants. But how to choose the right one? 10 Survival Knife … [Read More...]

Medical disaster preparedness

Medical training for disaster preparedness: Interview with Dr. Cynthia Koelker of ArmageddonMedicine.net

Medical training for disaster preparedness Medical training is a very important part of disaster preparedness, and one that is often overlooked. When medical services are overwhelmed, or you can't get to the … [Read More...]

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20 Uses for Paracord

Paracord is kind of like duct tape: So many uses in one simple package. Many people make it into bracelets and keychains to always have a length of it handy should a need arise. I'm amazed at the many uses for … [Read More...]

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How to Start Storing Food: 3 Tips for Beginners

Maybe you're just now starting your food storage plans, and wonder what things you should be considering. The first thing you need to do is have a plan. If you just go about buying things willy-nilly, you'll … [Read More...]

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20 Uses For Duct Tape

Duct tape: My lab partner in college chemistry lab used to say of duct tape, "It has a light side, and a dark side, and it holds the universe together." Actually, being a starving student, I seem to recall that … [Read More...]


23 Common Spices That Should Be In Your Pantry Now

My good friend Above Average Joe over at Survival Life gave me permission to spread this post far and wide. As you know, I'm big on food self-sufficiency, and part of making your food storage yummy is storing … [Read More...]


Raising Chickens: An Interview With Chicken Expert Gail Damerow

Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Gail Damerow, an expert in breeding and raising chickens. Raising chickens has become very popular with city folk -- some have dubbed the trend the “Urban Chicken … [Read More...]

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Make Your Own Refried Beans

Make Your Own Refried Beans I'm always amazed at the ingenuity of my fellow bloggers. I ran across a recipe for how to make your own refried beans today. Now, I never really gave refried beans a second … [Read More...]

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Skills: Growing Your Own Food

I can remember as a child picking vegetables from our backyard garden along with my mom. At the time, the garden seemed enormous -- and never more so than when it needed weeding! Now, though, I realize just how … [Read More...]


How to Get Money for Food Storage

I know that many of you haven't started storing food because you don't have the money to do it. But buying in bulk actually saves you money, even if you spend a little more all at once. With a little … [Read More...]

Training Your Dog to Help You Survive

Training Your Dog to Help You Survive

For many of us, our dogs are beloved members of the family, and we wouldn't dream of leaving them behind or forgetting about them in a survival situation. Indeed, during a crisis, a well-trained dog can be a … [Read More...]

Wilderness Survival Lessons

Wilderness Survival Lessons

Over at The Art of Manliness, I found an engaging post about some survival skills to be gleaned from the novel Hatchet by Gary Paulsen.  What is Hatchet? For those of you who haven’t read Hatchet, the basic … [Read More...]

Outdoor survival for kids

Outdoor Survival for Kids

If your kids are old enough to accompany you on your outdoor adventures, then they are likely old enough to be taught what to do in an emergency.  For example, what if they get separated from you when hiking, … [Read More...]

How to Start Storing Emergency Food

How to Start Storing Emergency Food

I know that many of you want to start storing emergency food and supplies, but have been putting it off because you just don't know where to start. I know the feeling, because I've been there. After … [Read More...]


Another Economic Crash Coming

Buckle up, ladies and gentlemen. There is another economic crash coming, and we all need to be ready for it. Image by Tangent~Artifact,  via Flickr Another Economic Crash Coming I know, I know...You all … [Read More...]


Prepare for a Disaster Together: Getting Your Spouse Involved

Image by audiovisualjunkie via Flickr In many -- or even most -- prepping families, there is at least a period of time where both spouses don't agree on the need to prepare for a disaster, or don't agree on … [Read More...]