Self Reliance 101: Learn How to Spot a Bargain

Self Reliance 101: Learn How to Spot a Bargain

By Catherine Alford If you want to become self-reliant, one of the best ways to do so is to become a bargain shopper. In fact, lots of shoppers these days only buy things when they are on sale or marked down. But, when is a “deal” a good one? That is the true...
Preppernomics:  The Heat is (Not) On

Preppernomics: The Heat is (Not) On

One way to cut your dependency on utilities is to figure out non-tech ways to stay warm in the winter.  From a prepping point of view, using less heat allows you to extend your fuel supply. (If you are totally without heat, greater measures would need to be taken than...
Preppernomics: What to Eat When You’re Broke

Preppernomics: What to Eat When You’re Broke

The lower your income is, the more difficult it is to be particular about what you feed your family. This probably isn’t an earth-shattering revelation to anyone, but if you feel like experimenting, try to buy a week’s worth of healthy food for a family on a budget...
Back to School on a Budget

Back to School on a Budget

 Back to school time means there won’t be any more daily cries of, “I’m booooooored!”  It means the end of those impromptu trips to the beach or the pool. It means that your house will be a little tidier, you will get a little more done, and...

Preppernomics: Chill Out on the Cheap

Lots of people worry about keeping warm without electricity – but what about keeping cool?  Last summer, the Washington DC area lost power for over a week due to a derecho storm system.  Millions suffered through the record breaking heat wave, with temperatures...
Preppernomics:  Let There Be Light

Preppernomics: Let There Be Light

A very pertinent issue to a down-grid situation is lighting.  Not only is lighting necessary to perform tasks at night, it is very important psychologically.  After Hurricane Sandy, many people mentioned how frightening the dark night was.  Things are always scarier...
Preppernomics: What Will You Do When the Lights Go Out?

Preppernomics: What Will You Do When the Lights Go Out?

Some people believe that we are hurtling towards physical disaster with our delicate electrical grid.  Just how that disaster might occur is open for debate, but we need only look at major power outages over the last few years to see how precarious our grasp on...
Preppernomics: Investing in Your Food Supply

Preppernomics: Investing in Your Food Supply

The first step is to take inventory of what you have – you may be surprised to realize that you already have a week or a month of supplies in your pantry.  Read “If You Don’t Know What You Have, You Don’t Know What You Need!” for more detailed...
Preppernomics: Shop ‘Til You Drop (Your Grocery Bill)

Preppernomics: Shop ‘Til You Drop (Your Grocery Bill)

One of the  most common reasons that people give for not prepping is the cost involved.  People seem to have this mental image of a  bedroom or basement dedicated to being filled to the rafters with cans of Chef-Boy-Ardee.  They imagine someone going out and spending...
Preppernomics:  How to Finance this Prepping Gig

Preppernomics: How to Finance this Prepping Gig

At a time when most people shudder each time they pull out their wallet at the grocery store cashier, it’s hard to imagine putting back a year’s supply of food and goods.  It’s intimidating to even considering buying enough to make it through to the next paycheck, and...