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5 Steps to Creating a Culture of Self-Reliance in Your Family

We have all known people who save everything. My grandmother is one of them. If there are four green beans left in the pot, she puts them in the freezer. I remember one specific visit with her, 27 years ago, where she asked me to get her a bowl of ice cream. What I thought was the container of vanilla ice cream was actually a container of saved bacon grease. Fast forward to today. She is now 96 years old, …

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cutting down household expenses

43 Super-Frugal Tips for Cutting Down on Household Expenses

Home is where the heart is, but for too many of us, it’s also where the debt is and where paychecks go to die. It’s also one area in which small savings steps can really add up and where everyday spending decisions can make a big difference.  Here are a few tips that have helped my family get out of debt and stay out for the past 8 years. You can save money on household expenses starting today. Buy used …

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celebrate good times in tight times

15 Ways to Celebrate Good Times in Tight Times

It’s been said that the first casualty of war is truth. That may be true, but right on the heels of truth are holidays and celebrations. In the middle of war or other crisis, who has the time to bake a birthday cake or hang Christmas lights, and yet, nothing else brings a sense of normalcy than celebrating long-standing family holiday traditions. In a post-SHTF world, how can a family continue celebrating special days when the world as they knew …

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home organization

18 Brilliant Home Organization Tips

Yes, it sounds like the title of a National Geographic documentary, delving into the plight of some animal near extinction. Is your dream of home organization near extinction? I understand. There are days you may want to be on the endangered list, hoping that someone will save you. Not only is an orderly home important for your peace of mind, but it’s also a vital component to being prepared for all types of emergencies. Many years ago our family went from …

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Home intruders and keeping your home base safe.

Worst Case Scenario: Taking Back Your Home From Intruders, Part 2

In Part 1 of “Taking Back Your Home From Intruders” I introduced the possibility that your home or other property could be taken over by other people in a scenario such as this one: A catastrophic disaster has occurred, one that destroyed hundreds or thousands of homes and businesses, and destroyed a community’s way of life. After a long journey home you notice an unfamiliar car parked in your driveway. You know your wife and kids aren’t home yet. One …

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Dealing with home intruders in a worst case scenario. www.TheSurvivalMom.com

Worst Case Scenario: Taking Back Your Home From Intruders, Part 1

Those of us in the preparedness game spend lots of hours and lots of dollars preparing for any likely disaster. Food, water, power, communications, and many other topics fill our minds and fuel our plans. We all consider our well-prepared homes as our castles, but what do you do if someone has taken your castle…and your preparedness lifeline? Are you prepared to watch your family go hungry and become vulnerable because home intruders picked you as a victim? This issue has a …

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Strategic Relocation: Ur doin it rong

One of the most popular tenets in the survival/prepper world is the requirement to relocate to an extremely rural location, or, if you must, to a town no larger than population 800, per survival blogger James Rawles. I have no beef with this except that many survival/prepper experts and their followers exert pressure on those of us not living in Prepper Nirvana, aka Idaho, as though this “strategic relocation”, the title of a book authored by Joel Skousen, is the cornerstone …

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Shaking the House: Getting Started With Decluttering

Have you  heard the story about a jar, rocks, and sand? It’s a great life lesson about setting priorities and is a great demonstration of getting started with decluttering. If you put the sand in, then the small rocks, then the medium rocks, you run out of room long before you get to the bigger rocks. But if you start with the bigger rocks, everything will fit in because they slide around each other and fill every last bit of space. …

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Common Sense Strategies for Teaching Gun Safety: Never Underestimate the Stupid Factor

Our 2 kids began learning how to shoot a .22 rifle when they were 7 and 9 years old. Our approach to the shooting skills and gun safety was very casual and low key. You might have thought we were teaching them how to use nail clippers for all the excitement we displayed! They learned and had plenty of time to practice basic safety rules. My son was corrected by a range officer more than once for forgetting the safety …

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