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  1. Home Less Increases

    Good post. I agree the reuniting of families is not always a bad thing. As for the economy, we are on a path of no return I'm afraid. Our national debt has reached such a point that I don't think we could turn it around for decades, if even that. Now more than ever, the need for prepping is there. Please do what you can to ring the bell. I am. What's often forgotten on most lists that preppers make, is financial preparations. With a large Emergency fund and no debt, it's easier to withstand a job loss or career change. Not easy...just easier.
  2. More than just bartering, negotiation is a good survival interpersonal skill. At the request of several people, I recorded some thoughts and strategies I've learned over the years on negotiating. It's a survival skill rarely talked about, but think of this...wouldn't it be nice to be able to barter more and pay less for things today? Wouldn't it help you survive today, if you could forge more effective compromises with your personal relationships and your business relationships? There are several "negotiation killers" that happen a lot. Things like emotion, poor choice of language, demands rather than suggestions, poor planning, failure to set goals on the outcome of the negotiation and more. What if you could create a better outcome for you and your family by being able to more effectively enlist the help of other people for some of your needs? With less confrontation and more productive talk, you will find yourself getting more, being happier and most importantly, thriving in today's tough economy. Tune in (www.todayssurvival.com), I think you'll enjoy it.
  3. Cash on Hand?

    I've also found from time to time that you get discounts when paying in cash.
  4. Cash on Hand?

    There's also something psychological about carrying a decent amount of cash. It feels worth more, (even if it isn't) than a debit or credit card.
  5. Cash on Hand?

    Just found a good article written on another blog about carrying cash. I wrote about it and included it in my article. It's a good read and I just experienced a couple instances where cash came in real handy on my recent road trip vacation. Check out the article here, www.todayssurvival.com
  6. Health Care 2010

    Not a bad idea jemarque. I agree completely with the loss of freedom. There is NOTHING our Fed Government should force us to do. It's exactly what this country rebelled against in 1776.
  7. Why I think becoming a Jack of All Trades is the key to survival

    Let me also add that becoming a "master of none" is probably not a good idea either. I've long struggled with tunnel vision when it comes to learning. Putting this together has made me open some eyes. I think naturally, one will master at least a few because those will be the skills that he/she is most interested in.
  8. Become a Jack of All Trades: The Key to Survival. Define what you actually want to achieve – and the skills you will need to achieve it. Figure out a large goal or two that you’d like to achieve, then break this goal down into some basic skills. Create a list of the things you want to learn – a checklist for your near future. Start with just 2 skills, then build up from there. Another good thing to do is to figure out the skills you already have. What do you know how to do that many others do not? Is this something that’s useful to others? Start with the people already around you. The people already in your sphere of influence are the best people to start with in your endeavors. Look for the friends and family you already have that have skills you’d like to learn, and simply ask to learn from them. In exchange, you should offer them something as well – one of your skills might be put to use in their life, or you might be able to simply serve as a helping hand for one of their projects. Keep your ears and eyes open. If you pay attention, almost every day gives us opportunities to share our skills and abilities as well as learn from others. Keep your ears and eyes open and see what’s available around you. Maybe you have a neighbor that is working on a project in the yard. Why not ask if he or she could use a hand? Maybe someone will mention that their brother is good at something you’re want to learn. Step up and ask if you can give that person a ring. It might even be as simple as offering to help someone fix their car in a parking lot – it gives you an opportunity to learn. Just look for every opportunity that life reveals to you to pick up a skill you’d like to have. Those opportunities come more often than you might think. Volunteer. Another great avenue for picking up skills is through volunteer projects. Groups like Habitat for Humanity, your Church, The United Way, etc., are constantly engaged in projects where you can not only learn a useful skill, but you can spend your time in a way that provides for others at no direct cost for yourself. You will be able to practice the skills you already have, learn some new ones and most importantly…give back. Share what you know. Many people often feel that they don’t have something of value to share. (You would be surprised how difficult it is for me to get people to interview on my show, (Today's Survival Show or on my Handgun World Show.) Very rarely is that true – all of us have something valuable to share right in between our ears. Share what you know freely and widely. Often, people have valuable information and insights in areas that they never expect until others ask about it. When learning, master the basics first. Most people find that, when learning a new skill, it’s usually a must… to continually work on the basics as they go along. You need to master fundamentals first, master the basics and the advanced techniques will seem much more attainable. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Read something new every day. Each day, make an effort to read something new related to your interests. Read a chapter in a book, a magazine article, or some blog entries or podcasts on that topic. This helps you in a couple of different ways. First, it keeps your mind focused on the skills you’re trying to learn. If those skills are constantly present in your mind, you’ll find yourself wanting to practice them and grow them naturally. The Second benefit you get is that, it exposes you to new ideas and thoughts related to that specific skill. Reading what others have written on the topic constantly exposes your mind to new angles on what might seem like a familiar area. Whenever I’m interested in a topic or a skill, I usually start by following a few blogs on it. I do some Googling for blogs on what I'm interested in. Then I follow some links and read forum posts too. This is a great, inexpensive way to get my feet wet and my mind working. I’ll subscribe to podcasts and even pay for exclusive downloads containing content on what I want to learn. Try something new at least once a week. There’s no better way to master a new skill than by simply doing it. Dive in and get your hands dirty. For me, this is my best way to learn something. I know some people can read a book, but I have to be shown. Share what you produce. If you begin to learn enough to start making quality stuff -- share the things you produce with others. Example, if you’re good at gardening, Give away some of the vegetables from your garden. What you’ll find is that if you start sharing what you know, they’ll share what they know. That activity can lead to some good bartering. Apply the skills you’re learning in your own life. Best of all, as you acquire these new skills, you can apply them in your own life. The better you become at cooking for example, the better your diet becomes and the less expensive your food becomes. I like to cook and it makes me realize exactly what I'm eating. Sometimes I discover some scary things. The better you become at home repair tasks, the more likely it is that you can handle things that break down in your home without calling the repairman. The better you become at writing, the more likely it is you can sell a piece or you can start a successful blog that can earn you a bit of money. The better speaker you become, maybe you can start a podcast, radio show or start teaching your skill and earn extra money. All of this comes back to two things: building skills and building relationships. The more you do of both, the better off you are. Self-reliance is a vital key to living a healthy, productive life. To be self-reliant you're going to have to master a basic set of skills, more or less making you a jack of all trades. Contrary to what you may have learned in school, a jack of all trades is far more equipped to deal with life than a specialized master of only a few. Some things all survivalists should learn to do….. Build a Fire – Fire produces heat and light, two basic necessities for living. At some point in your life knowing how to start a fire could prove to be lifesaving. Operate a Computer – Fundamental computer knowledge is essential these days. Even in a stink it the fan (SHTF) situation, a computer can be very valuable. Obviously you’ve stored data and survival knowledge. Don’t be so quick to assume it will be useless. You will still be able to open your hard drive, open CD’s and DVD’s and use it as entertainment. All you need to do is figure out a way to keep the battery charged. Use Google and Bing Effectively – Google knows everything. If you’re having trouble finding something with Google, it’s you that needs help. Perform CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver – Someday it may be your wife, husband, son or daughter that needs help. Drive a Manual Transmission Vehicle – There may come a time before or after a bad thing happens where they only vehicle available is one with a manual transmission. Learn how to drive it. Do Basic Cooking – If you can’t cook your own steak and eggs, you probably aren’t going to make it. Tell a Story that Captivates People’s Attention – This is a great skill for keeping kids entertained after a disaster. Win or Avoid a Fistfight – Either way, you win. Deliver Bad News – Somebody has got to do it. Unfortunately, someday that person might be you. Change a Tire – sounds too basic, huh? You would be amazed how many people can't do it. Handle a Job Interview – In today's economy this could prove very valuable. Manage Your Time – You may find yourself the leader of a small group trying to accomplish a goal. Either before or after a disaster hits. You need to know how to manage your time and help your team manage theirs. Speed Read – this really helps when reading instructions. Remember Names – Do you like when someone tries to get your attention by screaming “hey you”? One of the best way's to get someone's attention is to remember their name! Relocate – Are you really organized enough to relocate with short notice? Travel Light – Bring only the necessities. It’s the cheaper, easier, smarter thing to do. Can you travel with just one bag? Handle the Police – Jail is no fun, period. Give Driving Directions – what if you need to direct a family member how to get somewhere and GPS' are down and they didn't prepare well enough to have a map? Perform Basic First Aid – You don’t have to be a doctor, or genius, to properly dress a wound. Swim – 71% of the Earth’s surface is covered by water. Learning to swim might be a good idea. Parallel Park – Even though some Ford Vehicles can do this for you, don't rely on them. Recognize Personal Alcohol Limits - After a SHTF event people get stressed and often turn to alcohol and drugs. Know how to recognize this, it could save you from being a victim. Handle a Hammer, Axe or Handsaw – Carpenters are not the only ones who need tools. Everyone should have a basic understanding of basic hand tools. Make a Simple Budget – Being in debt is not fun. How can you call yourself a survivalist if you are carrying a load of debt? Sorry, but I have a firm conviction about this issue. Speak at Least Two Common Languages – Only about 25% of the world’s population speaks English. It would be nice if you could communicate with at least some of the remaining 75%. Staying in good physical shape – You never know when you will need to carry something heavy for a long distance. Give a Compliment – It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give someone, and it’s free. It's one of the best ways to build rapport. Negotiate – often forgotten, often needed. Listen Carefully to Others – You have two ears and one mouth, use them accordingly.
  9. Health Care 2010

    I'm almost speechless. This story has moved me Swede. I'm sorry to hear it. What a good point about Obama's health care law.
  10. Interview with The Survival Mom

    I just want to let you know that I recently had the opportunity to interview Lisa Bedford, The Survival Mom (www.thesurvivalmom.com) on my show (www.todayssurvival.com)recently. It's good to hear about survival from a woman's perspective, because I have to admit that I tend to forget that they often look at it differently. It was also cool to hear that she's a big believer in concealed carry, personal financial responsibility and the shooting sports as a family activity! We also discussed kids bug out bags and even kids TV shows. Lisa has been interviewed by Newsweek, The Arizona Republic, The Prepper Podcast and now Today's Survival Show. She's also taught classed in the Phoenix are on preparedness. The best point I took away from this interview is about teaching survival to our children and what to teach kids about firearms! Tune in, you'll enjoy the show.
  11. Defensive Driving

    Well, let me help resurrect an old thread. First, glad you posted this and started it back when you did. Automobile accidents seems to be a forgotten prep. I rarely see it discussed, blogged or posted, so I'm glad I came across this. If surviving is about avoiding death or injury, then why don't people spend most of their time preparing for what is most likely to threaten their life? Since car accidents is one of the most likely causes, why isn't this near the top of most survivalists' list? When I read people's summation of their preps I don't see much about, no texting and driving, slowing down 5mph, always looking 3 cars ahead, using turn signals (a lost art) keeping good quality tires on your car, making sure your vehicle is in good working and safe condition, avoiding multi- tasking while driving, no applying makeup or lighting a cigarette while driving, etc. Seatbelts seem to finally be a given, but nothing else about vehicle safety has become as compulsory as seatbelts. Anyway, good post, thanks again.
  12. Some Urban Observations

    By the way, what kind of flashlight is that?
  13. Some Urban Observations

    Incredible pictures! I feel like I was on that journey with you.
  14. Five Word Post

    Where's your sense of humor?
  15. Remember it can happen at any time !

    These are the more common disasters to prepare for. I'm glad you posted this. This is the kind of stuff that can happen and it does happen more often than some people think. I hear so many survival minded people getting into all of the crazy conspiracy theories that MIGHT happen, but fires like this and neighborhood disasters occur far more frequently and can affect a lot of people's lives. A few miles from me a child was abducted (I live in a supposedly good neighborhood) a couple years ago and people haven't really been the same since. It's too bad, but these things do happen. Good post.