Self Reliance

Raise Your Hand if You’ve Ever Used Your Fish Mox

by suburban March 11, 2014 Health
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Two weeks ago I traveled for work.  Over the weekend, I felt myself starting to feel like crap.  By Monday I felt like I had strep throat and bronchitis.  having both of them in the past I basically self diagnosed.  I was going to dive into my stash of Amoxicillin, however, as a prepper, I […]

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2012 Urban Garden in Review, by an Anonymous Contibutor

by suburban February 22, 2013 Gardening
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It was a great year! By comparison to last year and before our urban garden did very well. I credit a lot of our success to trial&error over the last several years, learning as we go, reading and researching why this or that happened etc. Before going into details some background is needed: We live […]

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Survival Heater for Your Car, My Test

by suburban February 13, 2012 Fire
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I know. Everyone has done a YouTube lesson on how to build one of these inexpensive emergency heaters for your car. Honestly, I had to try it for myself to be sure that it “worked.” Many people use empty steel coffee cans, some people improvise and use what they might have in the garage as […]

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Test Cooking with Preps, Breakfast for Dinner, Part One

by suburban February 10, 2012 Bug In
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I like breakfast for dinner.  I do.  I have James Bond’s fetish for scrambled eggs.  Give me scrambled eggs, an omelet, or frittata any day of the week and I am a happy guy.  So, tonight, we make breakfast for dinner.  I have picked up some tester / samples from various vendors and I am going […]

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Look Who’s Coming to Dinner

by ST January 31, 2012 Civil Unrest
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(Note: This article is both a stand-alone piece as well as a response to the article “Who would you bug out with?” that appeared recently on this site.) ”If I am not for myself, who will be for me? And if not now, when?” – Rabbi Hillel (Jewish scholar & theologian, 30 BCE – 9 […]

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Of Leadership, Reliability, Responsibility – and Preparedness

by ST December 20, 2011 General
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Reality check: Some people are just more prepared for events of life than others. “Events” can be anything from a personal emergency to an unexpected home expense to a family emergency to a natural disaster to something good like a great job or investment or trip opportunity when it presents itself. “Prepared” can be anything […]

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2011 Urban Farming in Review

by ST December 13, 2011 Gardening
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2011 was a pretty good year farming wise at home. For an urban (I do consider myself urban) backyard container farm we did pretty good. And more importantly, we learned a lot to apply for next year. Starting out we added several new containers to our farm. I was surprised my wife went along with […]

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Coupons for Preparation, by ShaneTheNurse

by suburban November 23, 2011 Preparedness
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My kids will tell you if it is not on sale and we do not have a coupon we do not need it. Having this mentality will help you to save money and build your stockpile of life sustaining goods. I am sure by now many of us have seen shows on television with people […]

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And Then There Was a Dinner Meeting

by suburban October 31, 2011 Bug In
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Last week, I had dinner with three other preppers.  One was new, and the two others I have been in touch with for some time.  We all live in Northern NJ, and are concerned with the economy, job growth, Bugging In, Bugging Out, etc.  The conversation twisted and turned in many directions.  We talked about […]

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Who Will Help me Eat My Bread?

by ST October 4, 2011 Barter
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There is an old children’s story about someone who asks “Who will help me make my bread?” No one helps. No one helps plant the wheat, harvest the wheat, mill the wheat, make the dough, or bake it. But at the end when it is asked who will help eat the bread everyone comes running […]

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