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How to Be a Good Refugee

August 4, 2011

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Can you be a good refugee?

You’ve been reading this site (and others) and you’ve heard the alarming reports in the news, but you’ve been busy and just couldn’t seem to get started in your preparedness.  Or, you’ve taken some concrete steps (you have a rain barrel to collect water and you’ve started buying extra non-perishables each month) but you live […]

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Stock Up On Staple Items Without The Tax

August 2, 2011

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Many states offer a “tax-free weekend” in early August to encourage people to get out and spend money.  In our state, it usually covers all things associated with “back to school.”  In addition, stores are vying with each other for our dollars so there are many big sales to accompany the tax holiday. I take […]

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What Is Prepping?

June 10, 2011

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When some people think of prepping, it conjures images of strange people wearing tinfoil hats huddled in a shelter while they wait for the mothership to return. For others, thoughts of a recluse living in a one room shack in the middle of rural Montana comes to mind. But neither of those thoughts capture the […]

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Morale Boosters

May 25, 2011

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Adversity can definitely teach us about our own strength and resiliency, but it can also take its toll on our morale.  The loss of the breadwinner’s job usually means a large scale-back in expenses, a lot of that in the “entertainment” portion of the budget. In a “grid-down” situation, the adjustments would be even more […]

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Depending On The Government

May 24, 2011

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Americans depend more on Federal aid than ever. This was the title of a recent article in USAToday by Dennis Cauchon. In it, Cauchon shared some enlightening, even shocking, information about just how much Americans depend on the largess of the government. Increased Federal Assistance There have been sharp increases to the amount of federal money given […]

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Preparing for Babies During Bad Times

May 18, 2011

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This topic really has two facets.  There is the pregnancy and delivery of babies and then there is caring for them afterward.  I’ve given birth to 6 babies almost entirely without drugs or medical intervention, so on the one hand, I have a little experience.  On the other hand, I’ve never delivered anyone else’s baby. […]

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Knowing What Food To Buy

May 11, 2011

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I was quite overwhelmed when I first began trying to store a large supply of food.  Some of the things that were most difficult for me to figure out initially in my food stocking was what to buy, how much of it, and how long it would last? Enough For One Year? If I wanted […]

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How Do I Know What I Need?

April 14, 2011

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In our modern lives of convenience foods and disposable everything, we give little thought to the long term.  We get the cheap plastic gizmo and when it wears out, we get another.  That kind of thinking is foolhardy because it assumes an endless supply of gizmos whenever we need them.  We should not make that […]

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Stocking the Pantry

April 11, 2011

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One of the most reassuring things in this time of future uncertainty is a fully-stocked pantry.  There is something so comforting in knowing that we could go for months without a trip to the grocery store if we had to. If a trucker’s strike disrupts the supply chain and restocking of food, we’ll be okay.  […]

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Buying Food Insurance

April 8, 2011

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We were inclined toward “prepping” long before we knew there was a term for it. I have always liked having a well-stocked pantry, a first aid kit in my car, and extra diapers and a change of clothes for my children no matter where I go. Where To Start? When our awareness of the need to […]

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