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You Need To Prep For Where You Are Now, Not Where You Want To Be

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While preppers can be some of the most positive people you could ever meet, there are some really hopeful preppers that need a reality check. A lot of people in forums and in groups talk about prepping for their bug out location or when they move to a rural location. While that is all fine and good, the problem is that they are prepping for a place that does not really exist at the moment.

Unless you live in your bug out location, you run a high risk of not making it to your bug out location. If an SHTF event really does happen, you may not be able to make there unless you have a fair amount of advance warning. You may have all the routes mapped out to get there and have many different plans with contingencies built in to get there, but you still run a high risk of not making it to your bug out location.

The same goes for a rural location. A lot of people say they will be ready or prepared once they move to a rural location. While people should move to a rural location if they want to, …

The Penny-Pinching Prepper Book Review

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(I will be reviewing books as I read them this year. I have either purchased these myself or were given them for review. As always, I have affiliate links attached to this post to help make a little extra for my family and support this blog.)

I have been working through my stack of prepping books to be read. The Penny-Pinching Prepper: Save More, Spend Less and Get Prepared For Any Disaster by Bernie Carr has been one of the best comprehensive preparedness books I have read in a long time.

Truth be told, I usually go for specific preparedness topics in my reading because I always need to learn more. However, this caught my eye because it was frugally minded and written by a fellow blogger. We bloggers usually like to support each other whenever possible.

I started this book and could not believe all the information inside this book! She literally covers it all! Every area of prepping is covered in this book with tips, tricks, and ideas for being as frugal as possible. It is like she took…

16 Reusable Practical Items You Should Always Have In Your Home and In Your Preps

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Being a prepper and being way more interested in self-reliance, I have become a lot more interested in items that can be reused time and time again. I would not have bought most of these things fifteen years ago, but now? I couldn't imagine life without them.

These things I think are important for home and possibly your survival. They are things that should stand the test of time, but we all know that can't always be true. You should be able to use these things over and over again. They are the most basic things that I think should be in every home, but I have found out that they are not.

16 Reusable Practical Items You Should Always Have:

1. Hand Tools. While I love my battery powered drill, hand tools can be used anytime and anywhere. If you keep them clean and in good condition, they will last you a very long time. Besides that, can you think a time when you will not be fixing or building something? I can't.

2. Clothespins. Clothespins are just handy to have. Besides hangin…

Does Anyone Really Know What Will Happen After An SHTF Event Happens?

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As preppers and survivalists, we like to think we have an idea of what will happen after an SHTF happens. We all have ideas of what can be and how horrible it will be. However, we cannot really know what will happen after an SHTF event occurs.

Unless you have lived and dealt with the aftermath of a terrible natural disaster, you cannot really understand the magnitude of the damage and rebuilding that needs to take place. Unless you have lived through an extended power outage, you cannot understand just what you will need exactly to survive the situation. Unless you have survived political unrest, military actions, and war, you will not understand what you need to do in order to survive.

For most of us, we like to fantasize about what will take place and what we will need to do to survive and rebuild again. However, we don't understand the scale of the reconstruction that will need to take place. We don't understand the deconstruction that will happen and how rebuilding may be im…

The Case For Why You Need To Become Self-Sufficient & Self-Reliant Now

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I am going to preface this post today for you. I wrote this about four months ago. I have sat on this post since then. I am usually a pretty positive, fairly practical person. Not much really gets me down on a normal day. However, the state of our economy along with the financial situations of a good deal of Americans have gotten me fairly worried with a good dose of being angry.

This is me being angry after receiving my paycheck one day and realizing that between bills and groceries, there would be very little left over for anything else. I don't blame my employer for this. I consider them a fair employer who pays me fairly for my level of work. I actually enjoy my job, but enough is enough.

You have all heard the phrase, "Every day you can get up, go to work, and pay your bills is a good day" (or something like that). I suppose that is true, but wouldn't it be nice if we didn't have to pay bills or work incredibly hard just to pay them?

Most people with a family…

8 Ways To Quickly and Frugally Build Up Your Food Stockpiles and Pantry

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When you first start prepping, you become a little bit obsessed about obtaining your preps. You never know when you will need it, but you think you need to build up your stockpiles rather quickly.

I thought I needed to get my stockpile built as soon as possible and as much as the budget allowed! However, I couldn't just throw money at my stockpile. I didn't have a lot of extra money left over at the end of the paycheck to spend like a lottery winner. I needed to be smart with my money - down to the last penny.

I want to share with you how I built my stockpile quickly and frugally while still paying all my bills. These are still the same techniques I use to maintain and further build up my stockpile. This covers mostly my food stockpiles, but I did use some of these techniques for my non-perishable stockpiles too.

8 Ways To Quickly and Frugally Build Up Your Food Stockpiles and Pantry

1. The Grocery Store. This is the first and best way I have added to my stockpiles. I used to be a…

10 Things You Should Always Have In Your Car Whether You Are A Prepper or Not

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Most people use their vehicles a lot. If you live in a rural area, it is your main transportation to anywhere. If you have kids that drive, you have vehicles going at all times of the day.

That being said, there are certain things you should always have in your vehicle. Whether you are a prepper or not, you should always be prepared for emergencies with your vehicle. You could leave home and run into bad weather. You could be stuck on the side of the road with a broken down car or the weather is so bad you can't see.

The following list of items are things I regularly use, couldn't live without, and have found myself needing when something goes wrong. I am actually surprised that people do not have them in their vehicles and just think that AAA or their paid roadside service can save them. Not every place in this fine country gets cell service...

10 Things You Should Always Have in Your Car

1. Jumper cables. This is an absolute must-have in a vehicle. I have jumped vehicles who own…

Stockpiling Needs vs. Wants: What Do You Need?

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Are you stocking up because you need it or because you want it? Do you really need it? How much of it will you use? How important is this item? Should you be spending your money elsewhere?

So many questions.

Stockpiling can seem so easy and so hard all at the same time. You know you should stock up on the necessities, but what are the necessities?

The necessities really depend on what you are preparing for. You may be worried about just short term events which would make your preparations look differently than your long term events. You may be just preparing for weather events as opposed to job loss. You may be preparing for a long term grid down situation.

If you are preparing for short term events (weather, etc.), your list may look like this:
Water (3 gallons per day per person)Food that can be easily eaten or heated (1500-2000 calories per day per person)Matches and lightersCandlesFlashlights and lanternsCamp stove and fuel (usually propane)Charcoal for the grill or fire pitPropane cyl…

Soap is the Prep You Should Never Be Without

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Soap is a necessary and good thing to have in your preps and stockpiles. You need it to stay clean, hygienic, and safe to be around. Soap gets rid of germs, body odor, and more. You keep your clothes clean, dishes clean, and sanitize counters, floors, and more with it. 

Soap can mean the difference between life or death, literally, in a grid-down and disastrous situation. If you can keep yourself clean and your area clean in this kind of situation, you will not be as susceptible to germs or bacteria that can creep into your system. 

In terms of stockpiling, soap should be after food, water, and light/warmth. You need to have it.

What kinds of soap should you be stockpiling though? That just depends on your preferences and your habits. You know what you use and that is what you should be having on hand. I have ten kinds of soap I like to stockpile at all times. This is what I and my family use all the time or will use if need be.

These are the 10 kinds of soap I like to stockpile for mysel…

When Daily Life (and Life in General) Seems More Important Than Prepping

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Let us sit down and have a chat. Just you all and me. This is a conversation long in coming but needs to be had. Grab your beverage of choice, sit back, and relax.

How has life been lately? Crazy? Busy? Too much to do, not enough time? Can't keep up with the kids, the house, the job, and all the eleventy billion other commitments too?

I get it. I totally get it. I have been there too.

How is your prepping coming? Are you ready for the upcoming weather disasters that can happen? Are you ready to leave the house at a moment's notice? Are you ready to stay home for several days in a row?

No? You haven't been prepping? Too many other things going on and you don't even have the brain power to think about it? I get that too.

Life has a way of making our priorities for us if we don't tell life what our priorities are. However, taking care of ourselves and our families should be the top priority. Prepping is one of those ways we take care of ourselves and our families. We need …

How Prepping Helps With Worry and Anxiety (A Personal Story)

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A fair amount of preparedness sites focus on the how-tos and the reasons you should prepare and rightfully so. They actually help you to know what to do and how to do it. In fact, there are a lot of posts on this site doing the same thing. We just want the world to be prepared and to get the message out to everyone.

One of the facets of prepping I am keen on is the psychological and, to an extent, philosophical reasons people need to prepare. Most people need something to happen or just about to happen in order to be convinced to prepare. However, some people just need to be convinced to prepare. Some people know they should and don't how to start or why they should start prepping.

The "why" of prepping really gets me. Sometimes I am baffled about why people do not prepare. It is such an easy thing to do and get started doing. Prepping isn't hard. Why don't people prepare?

Then I remember. I remember what drove me to preparedness. I remember stumbling into prepping …

What Should A Prepper Do With That Tax Refund? 25 Ideas For Spending Your Tax Refund Like A Prepper

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Ah, the great tax refund. Not really seen outside of America, but a welcome bonus all the same. If you get one, what do you do with it?

I know, I know. If you do your taxes right, you wouldn't get a refund. Yeah, but the government gives credits for kids and putting money away in a 401K. That is 90% of my tax refund. If you do get one and you don't have kids, you should probably examine the reasons why.

Anyway, being a prepper, this little bonus is a welcome sight for knocking out some big prepping goals. What are your prepping goals? Only you know and you should know the priority of what you need to purchase. However, I can give you plenty of ideas in case you need direction!

25 Ideas For Spending Your Tax Refund Like A Prepper

1. Get caught up on your bills. Except for basic preparedness (food, water, shelter, security), nothing is quite as important as financial preparedness. You don't need the stress of bills on top of everything else. Get caught up on your bills.

2. Get ou…