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Showing posts from August, 2020

Money vs. Skills and Stockpile: How and Why Is One More Important Than The Other?

We live in a society right now that values money over almost anything. Money can buy your way into a multitude of things. Money can buy almost anything tangible and a lot of intangible things. You can pay to have almost anything done.  So it makes sense when preppers talk about acquiring gold and silver when the dollar is no longer valuable. Many people find gold and silver to be valuable in our current times. However, any currency - gold, silver, dollar - is only as valuable as long as they are accepted by people for the payment of goods or services. If our society changes or chooses to go cashless, most of the currently accepted currency will be of very little value. That will be a hard pill to swallow for a lot of people who are banking on gold and silver being the back-up currency. A cashless society will almost always have a black market to get goods that would otherwise a traceable purchase. Even though there is a black market now, this would flourish into goods and services that

Self-Sufficiency 101: Pressure Canning Green Beans

In my garden, one of the easiest things to grow and to preserve is green beans. They grow without much effort. You plant the seeds, either bush or pole green beans, set up a trellis if they are pole beans, and provide adequate water. They germinate pretty well and they will grow even in my black clay soil.  Being self-sufficient means you should be learning new skills all the time. However, I believe that you should pick some easy things to learn first. Canning green beans are one of those easy things to learn. For starters, you will be growing your own food already which is a great skill to learn and practice. Next, you will then be learning how to use your pressure canner which is also a great skill to learn.  Pressure canning can seem intimidating. I will admit that when I first started learning how to can my own food, I stuck to jams and anything that could be water bath canned for a long time. I didn't have a pressure canner until my mom gave me her pressure canner. Even then,

10 Thoughts From A Seasoned Prepper About What Is Coming and What You Can Do

This has been an interesting last six months, hasn't it?  While I have been deemed an essential worker and am living in a state that did not shut down, this pandemic has affected me a little bit. It has affected my kids a lot although some more than others. We went from a household of two as of March 15th to a household of seven as of April 30th.  Schools shut down. Colleges shut down. Jobs were impacted for many whether you were considered an essential worker or not (Sorry, but everyone is an essential worker. The government just thinks differently.). Small businesses struggled with being closed to the public and to continue to do business in other ways. Some businesses closed their doors permanently due to loss of income. Now many businesses are struggling to stay open under the weight of many restrictions and reduced income. States are mandating a lot of things. Schools are struggling with the decision to reopen and how to do run a school. Colleges are placing students under a l