Monday, October 18, 2021

How to Keep a Positive Mindset While on a Tight Budget


By Jennifer Monroe

It’s not always that we have enough money. Sometimes we have to stretch our finances further to make ends meet.

These are times when we have to think carefully about what we spend our money on, lest we find ourselves deep in debt. You can agree that when there is barely enough to cover bills, frustrations can set in. It is hard to keep your spirits up when you can’t even see the end to the current predicament. You will always be yearning for a breakthrough, which can leave you really depressed.

However, having a negative mindset can only make you feel more stressed. The more you see that the situation is unchangeable, you will not find the inspiration you need to make things better. On the other hand, keeping a positive mind when money is tight can go a long way in making the burden lighter on your mind. It even becomes easier to find creative solutions to your tight budget. If you are finding it hard to stay positive because of a tight budget, here are 5 tips that can help you.

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Post-Collapse Management of Spider Bites

Disclaimer. I am not a licensed health practitioner. This is just another post on an item you might wish to have available if needed so that a physician can treat you and your family as best as possible. No medication, including those available over the counter, should be taken without consulting a physician. Information shared here is for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not medical advice nor a substitute for licensed medical care. A qualified, licensed physician or other medical provider should be consulted before beginning any herbal or conventional treatment.

"Bite Me!"

It's a sign my husband has taped to his back. Of course, only the creepy crawlies can see it, but they all feel obliged to attack. It's kind of nice for me, since whenever he's around they pretty much leave me alone.

Saturday, October 16, 2021

10 Steps to Harden Off Plants

by Adrienne

Whether you're starting your own plants from seed or buying seedlings or transplants from a local greenhouse, you need to prepare your little plants for their new home in your garden. This preparation process is called "hardening off". In this post we'll talk about how to harden off plants including some different ways to do it.

Hardening off seedlings is vital to your tender plants' health. While growing plants indoors from seeds is a great way to get your garden started early and save money, it also teaches your plants that life is easy.

seedlings in a black seedling tray

Friday, October 15, 2021

Survival Essentials: Choosing Terrain Wisely

By By Bill White

Whether setting up a permanent survival retreat or just setting up camp for the night, choosing the suitable terrain can have a significant impact on your chances for survival.

The spots that might seem intuitively like those you’d want to choose often have some fatal flaw or other, making them less than suitable. Yet without thinking the process through, most of us would choose one of those instantly, seeing the advantages while overlooking the disadvantages.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Maintaining And Repairing Your Gear For Wilderness Worry-Free Travel

If you don’t properly care for and maintain your gear, even expensive gear won’t serve you well for long.

Tips on caring for your gear

For any piece of gear you buy, read—and save—the manufacturer’s instructions on how to care for it. It’s frustrating to waste money by damaging gear through improper care, but even worse, improperly functioning gear could put you at risk.

For example, leather hiking boots should be occasionally cleaned and conditioned. Camping equipment stores sell footwear-cleaning gel and leather conditioner.

For soft goods—such as sleeping bags, rain gear, tarps, tents, and backpacks—the most important consideration is making sure they’re stored properly. The fabric needs to be clean and completely dry before being stored away.

When you come home from a trip, it’s tempting to just pull your tent out of your backpack and toss it, still in its storage bag, into the basement. But, if it’s at all damp or if it’s very dirty, it might start to mildew, or the waterproof coatings might get damaged.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Dental Trauma

Tooth decay weakens enamel and can lead to 
dental fractures, but many are due to trauma.

By Joseph Alton MD

Many believe that they can handle any emergency if the grid goes down. For those who are trained to stabilize and transport, that may be true for typical injuries due to trauma. Experienced medical professionals faced with dental trauma, however, are often unsure how to proceed. In a long-term austere setting, the group medic must be ready to deal with as many dental problems as medical.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

These 20 Chicken Coop Must Haves Will Keep Your Birds Happy

By Rebekah Pierce

It doesn’t matter whether you plan on raising five chickens or fifty – it’s essential that you outfit your coop with the right gear.

The ideal chicken coop will not only be safe from predators, but it will also be easy for you to access. It will ensure that your flock can remain happy and healthy throughout all of the four seasons.

Buff Orpington hen and chicks

Sounds pretty simple, right? Well, unfortunately, knowing exactly what it takes to set up a safe, productive chicken coop isn’t as easy as it sounds. Chickens are pretty basic creatures, but you still need to do your due diligence to make sure they have what they need to thrive.

Monday, October 11, 2021

5 Year Survival Food Supply: $7,000 and 2.5 MILLION Calories

SHTF Survival in the Mountains: What You Need to Know

by Tim Makay

Bugging out is a core tenant of prepping, and integral to the concept of bugging out is having in mind one or more bug out locations, places where you and your loved ones can head to in times of trouble so that you can better ride out whatever the problem is in safety, or at least relative safety compared to where you are.

Throughout history, threatened people and populations have fled into the mountains seeking a bastion against dangers big and small.

mountain during winter covered in snow

Sometimes, the mountains served as the backdrop of a valiant last stand and other times it served as a sanctuary, proof against all harm. More often, it turns out that the mountains themselves are an even bigger danger than what the refugees were originally fleeing from.

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Firearms: Pros and Cons for Home Defense

You’ve seen in the news how criminals are getting fearless and how break-ins are becoming a common occurrence. Seeing how things are unfolding and hearing stories from neighbors and friends about unpleasant encounters with the criminal element are probably the main reasons you decide to get a firearm.

You are one step closer to keeping your family safe, but you still have to decide if you should go with a handgun, automatic rifle, or shotgun. You ask around, and you notice that everyone has a strong opinion regarding one of the three weapon systems, and even if the final choice is yours, there are still some questions you need to ask yourself. So before you ask your gun supplier which firearm he recommends, you should do a little bit of research on your own.