You must have JavaScript enabled in your browser to utilize the functionality of this website. Broken crayons, candle stubs, and any other form of paraffin wax can be used to make new candles, or along with other items to make fire starting tablets.
Dryer lint can be used as tinder, or when combined with paraffin wax or petroleum jelly, to make fire starting tablets.
Cardboard egg cartons can be used to sprout seeds or as the container for fire starting tablets. Rope—longer pieces can be used for climbing and shorter pieces can be used for lashing gear. Plant waste (fruit and vegetable scraps, yard clippings, etc.) should be added to your compost pile to create natural fertilizer. Certain fruit and vegetables, such as pineapples, carrots, and sweet potatoes can be regrown from scraps. Newspaper can be used as garden mulch or to prevent weeds from growing, to clean windows, and as tinder. Cardboard boxes can be used to store the food you’ve canned, making it easy to grab and go if you have to leave in a hurry. Outgrown clothes can be used as barter items, to give to needy families, as rags, or combined with a stick and flammable liquid, to make torches.
Hair clippings (human or pet) can be used as fertilizer in your garden and to keep deer and other animals away.
Wire of all types and sizes can be used for lashing gear, transmitting power, and building expedient antennas.
Twist-ties have almost unlimited uses, such as fixing eyeglasses, securing plants to stakes, and of course, sealing bags.
I recently read an article entitled The Five Stages of Economic Collapse which was published by the Energy Bulletin in 2008.
I do not have any gold stored up for a major economic collapse quite simply because there are many other things much higher on my priority list than shiny little bars which have a perceived value. If you already live on a property which is capable of supporting life while off of the power grid, have plenty of food storage on site and a way to cultivate more food, have water on site and a way to filter it, have a way to defend your homestead, have no debt and a way to generate income than gold might be for you. 1- The cost of gold is ridiculous right now compared to the immediate benefit it would be able to provide if called upon in an emergency. 2- Gold (or any other precious metal for that matter) simply won’t become relevant until far into a reset period after society has stabilized itself post collapse. Now that you are fully sold on the notion that I am a raving lunatic what I would like to do is examine each of The Five Phases of Collapse and explain just how gold will have very little to no value during any point while the collapse plays out. Gold won’t do you much good here because if you do own some you will most likely continue to sit on it. Commercial collapse is much more obvious, and observing it doesn’t entail opening envelopes and examining columns of figures.
Gold has even less value during this phase no matter what the talking heads say because you surely won’t be taking your gold pieces down to the store to buy food or water.
Political collapse is more painful yet, because it is directly life-threatening to many people. During this phase you are facing a lack of basic life sustaining resources, crime is rampant and martial law has been enacted, and those shiny coins in your safe are going to help you do exactly what? Social and cultural collapse seem to have already occurred in many parts of the country to a large extent. When societies and cultures fully (or even partially) collapse we are full steam into SHTF. Right about now you could be thinking that I’m starting to make sense, that gold might not be a great idea after all and that your efforts and money would be best spent elsewhere. Gold wasn’t used as a means of exchange because gold is not something people need on a day to day basis. If you want to “hedge” against some sort of imagined financial apocalypse based on a very negative view of the future, don’t use gold as that hedge. Having said this, however, certain survival gear is better than others in general, and of course it is always a good plan to have a few key pieces of equipment with you always! Your tools can often mean the difference between life and death if you were ever in a truly disastrous situation. Depending on what area you are in, you may want to bring some kind of animal deterrent, whether it be bear spray, or any kind of pepper spray to ward off dangerous animals.
Knives are great assets to have in the outdoors because they enable you to do so much more than would have been possible without it. If you are genuinely stranded in a foreign location then a signalling device will often be your way to salvation! Depending on where you are heading you will want to bring suitable equipment.?Good ideas are fish hooks and line, rabbit snares and a book?detailing trapping methods. First aid items?– If something bad does happen and you require medical attention then first aid items really can save lives. Did you ever wonder how people who exist on a diet of mainly processed foods can be both overweight and malnourished at the same time?
If you aren’t entirely familiar with the way processed foods can affect your health, read on. When you eat heavily preserved foods, your body can’t break them down to use the nutrients in them (if there are nutrients left in the first place after all that processing).
Do you see how it is impossible for the digestive acids in the body to break down the processed food? This is the reason that North America is full of malnourished fat people – those who rely on processed food must consume far more of it in a vain effort to get the nutrients they need.
Mood disorders and mental illness can also be directly related to the consumption of processed foods.
Changing your eating habits will be one of the most important things your ever do for yourself and your family. Another of the major complaints about a whole foods lifestyle is that it is too time-consuming.


Once you cut the processed foods from the majority of your diet, you will begin to notice how awful you feel when you go off-plan and eat a bag of chips or a fast food meal.
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Daisy Luther is a single mom who lives in a small village in the mountains of Northern California, where she homeschools her youngest daughter and raises veggies, chickens, and a motley assortment of dogs and cats. Daisy is a prolific blogger who has been widely republished throughout alternative media. On her website, The Organic Prepper, Daisy uses her background in alternative journalism to provide a unique perspective on health, self-reliance, personal liberty, and preparedness. And even though you may be starting to think along those lines of what you can and should keep for reusing, recycling, and repurposing, there may be some items you’re leaving out.
The author, Dmitry Orlov, was born in Russia and witnessed first hand the collapse of the Soviet Union.
If you are a new or even moderate prepper the benefits of purchasing gold right now or anytime in the near future are few and far between. I truly believe that at no point in time during any of the aforementioned stages of collapse will gold be beneficial to myself or my family. You could easily spend $20,000 on gold and fit your investment inside that Crown Royal bag you have in the back of your safe.
If you worry too much about gold and don’t have much of anything else in the form of life support preps your chances of even making it to the stabilization period are slim.
Hopefully you will begin to understand that for most of us buying gold now or anytime in the near future just doesn’t make sense especially given the fragile state of our nation and the impending financial disaster that is looming on the horizon. After all you bought it as a hedge against inflation and for financial security, no need to panic and sell it off anytime soon. The breakdown of public order would be particularly dangerous in the US, because of the large number of social problems that have been swept under the carpet over the years. At this point as the economic pain and civil unrest will have only gained momentum since the Commercial Collapse. What social activity remains seems to be anchored to transitory activities like work, shopping, and sports. At this point there will be many desperate people looking to fulfill the basic needs of survival.
Being that we live in the 21st century, there is a good chance we might put more value in other commodities. Without them there is little you can do (without truly expert knowledge at your disposal) because it is likely that you will not be able to maintain a steady direction if traveling, build a sturdy shelter at night or find good sources of nutrition.
Without it is much harder to find your bearing and stick to a specific direction of travel. The variety and range of tools that it comes with from pliers, serrated knife, screw driver, file, scissors all make it extremely valuable, especially for its weight. For example, sharpening sticks for hunting, gutting animals or creating shavings from food for fires. Depending on your environment it might be safe to drink from a local water source, but if you are unsure or know that that’s not the case then chemically purified water will save you from losing precious energy and other resources if you were to get ill. However, there aren’t any newsagents selling lighters in the wilderness meaning you are going to have to bring something similar yourself! It’s as easy as carrying a signalling mirror, but could equally be flares or a smoke device. Without it there is a high likelihood that you will get ill quickly, perhaps due to?hypothermia after getting wet during the night and not being able to get dry.
Our recommended course of action is to inform yourself of common structures that you can build in the setting you will be. You can buy kits, but they tend to be expensive, so instead we recommend buying the individual items. When you consume them, they actually trigger the release of dopamine in your brain, the same hormone that is released when an addict takes a needle full of heroin. The chemicals added to these foods are directly linked with cancer, diabetes, infertility, autoimmune disorders, and heart disease. All I need is an email address, and a link to the newest articles will come right to your inbox. The ideas expressed on this site are solely the opinions of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the opinions of sponsors or firms affiliated with the author(s). According to Dmitry The Five Stages of Collapse which occurred in the former Soviet Union are now slowly manifesting themselves in the United States. I would even go so far to state that gold in general, in a post SHTF environment would be pretty much worthless to the vast majority of the population for a long period of time.
Food with a shelf life of 20-30 years which contains a total of 738,534 calories, easily enough to feed one person over 2,000 calories per day. If we as a country are in the Social Collapse phase and you show up at my doorstep begging for food with $20k in gold bullion to exchange I’d probably give you a can of re-fried beans and send you on your merry way, but I digress.
When store shelves are stripped bare of necessities and remain that way for weeks at a time, panic sets in. If during this phase you are moderately prepared I suspect you will be far better off than most other people around you. Religion is perhaps the largest exception, and many communities are organized around churches.
I’m sure bartering will exist in many forms but mostly utilizing tangible life sustaining items or services. The thing about this question is that there is no one set of equipment that is going to be best in every single situation?because it’s so dependent on the conditions you will be living in and also for how long you intend to spend there. We’ve all heard those stories of people lost in the wilderness without a compass, thinking that they are walking in a straight line only to come back across their own tracks or return to the same place.
Find one you like and take it with you everywhere, you don’t even need to be in the wilderness – these tools come in handy often?for your normal day to day activities!
Our favourite type is a fire striker which allows you to create sparks in pretty much any conditions, even if it’s wet or windy.
Instead we recommend bringing a waterproof tarpaulin with you and then using your surroundings to make a dry and warm environment for sleeping and resting.


Deadly GMO ingredients aside, the sheer amount of chemicals in processed foods can lead to disease, obesity, and malnutrition. Over time, it takes more and more of the same substance to achieve the same feeling, that of pleasure and euphoria. If you go to the health food store and buy packages of organic crackers, fancy breads from the bakery, and other gourmet items, you will spend a fortune. The author may or may not have a financial interest in any company or advertiser referenced.
I will elaborate upon my theory with respect to the stages of collapse shortly, in the meantime take a look at this graphic I came up with. In most places, this requires some sort of emergency response, to make sure that people are not deprived of food, shelter, medicine, and that some measure of security and public order is maintained. There is a slight ray of hope, if during this phase you are still able to cash in your gold for fake (paper) money you could increase your purchasing power. I think that I would prefer martial law over complete and utter mayhem and lawlessness, though I admit that both are very poor choices.
Communities will definitely start to form with the goal of mutual protection and ultimately basic survival.
But in places where society and culture remain intact, I believe that social and cultural collapse is avoidable, and that this is where we must really dig in our heels. An example would be trading some food in exchange for medical treatment, or access to a fresh water well in exchange for some ammunition.
I’ll leave you with a few quotes from other writers who seem to stand on my side of the fence when it comes to gold. Alternatively, commodities like gas, rice, even cattle, would probably have more usefulness (on the consumer level) since you can use them as food, fuel, or other things society would deem more valuable. For example, if you’re going to the Arctic for three months your equipment is going to be wildly different to if you are spending one week in the Amazon rainforest! Just one week will highlight for you the places where you are using “food” instead of “ingredients” to make your meals. Any action taken as a result of information, analysis, or advertisement on this site is ultimately the responsibility of the reader.
You cannot physically eat or drink the gold but you can place it in your safe and hope that the value continues to increase over time. A common theme with respect to gold will continue in that it will be completely irrelevant. Also, I think it is very important that we learn to see our surroundings for what they have become.
Gold owned by the few elites (should we call them Warlords at this point?) might be exchanged as a form of currency, but for the average person gold still remains irrelevant.
China is buying gold unlike any other country, one could easily make the argument they are trying to accumulate enough to put their currency on a gold standard. If either of these values is disregarded it can make your trip hell, from wet clothes to aching back pain, neither are pleasant! But the symptoms can be lessened, if not cured altogether, with excellent nutrition and the avoidance of trigger chemicals.
Remember most people who are not familiar with gold would be very wary of someone presenting them with a shiny coin and stating that it is worth $1800, they would rather do business with someone who carried a roll of one hundred dollar bills. If all the culture we see is commercial culture, and all the society we see is consumer society, then the best we can do is walk away from it, and look for other people who are ready to do the same.
This does mean that you have to keep track of what the best prices are for the food you purchase.
Be sure to check our your local farmers’ market to find a local, nutritious bounty at a great price. We are getting a false positive because investors are fleeing europe and moving their money here. Sometimes I have to buy things at full price as I replenish my pantry or refrigerator, but if I notice the price is hovering around my stock up price, I’ll buy more to make sure I have plenty! Sure your stock prices might be going up but the underlying value of the companies isnt increasing, only the demand due to foreign investors coming into our markets.
Yes, I stock in my freezer and I do know the ramifications if the power is gone, but I have a plan in place on making ghee at that point. If I find a better stock up price, I simply adjust my file, and reprint the page for the next shopping trip. You can edit it to fit what you purchase, or rearrange to make sense for your shopping habits. You may have items you need to add to this list or items you don’t use that you want to remove. 500+ Free Camping & Dutch Oven Recipes 10 Basic Safety Tips for Women Create a Family Ememgency BinderSubscribe Today!No spam ever!
This is very valuable information, given that prepping is not exactly cheap.Reply Melonie Worrall says February 18, 2014 at 7:44 pm Thanks for sharing your wisdom and experience!!! Dropbox had to disable all links due to a vulnerability in their program, but failed to email everyone, so I didn’t know that it had been disabled until someone contacted me.
Thanks for letting me know, and sorry for the inconvenience.Reply Erica says May 23, 2014 at 11:03 pm Great! Having tracked them over time, I know when the lowest prices are, and know that’s when I want to stock up if at all possible. It will be different for different areas of the country because of price fluctuations between regions. And my stock up price is a range for some things, knowing that the absolute lowest price might always be available, and prices are rising all the time, so I do have to be a little flexible, but I pay as little as possibleReply Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.
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