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Preparedness

How to Prep for a Summer Power Outage

Sometimes people think that a sumer power outage is easier to deal with than a winter one. After all, in the summer, you don't have to worry about freezing to death, which is a very real threat during a long-lasting winter outage. However, a summer power outage carries its own set of problems. Foremost are heat-related illnesses and the higher potential of spoilage for your [...]

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Health

Truvia's Sweet Scam: Highly Processed, GMO, and Contains Hardly Any Stevia

If you're one of the people who was excited when the "natural" sweetener that was allegedly made from the stevia plant became more commonly available, I'm afraid I have some bad news for you. All of that hype about the "new" zero-calorie Truvia? All the talk about how natural it is? That's just not true. Incidentally, while the FDA has approved this bastardization of stev [...]

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Frugality

The Cheapskate's Guide to Suriviving without Air Conditioning

It's that time of year again. The mercury is climbing...and staying there, way up at the top of the thermometer.  But running an air conditioner at full blast to combat the heat can be very expensive, and for those of us on a budget, the resulting bill can be crippling. So what can you do when the heat is on, while still maintaining a reasonable electric bill? These s [...]

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Resistance

Independence: The Ultimate Act of Insurrection

It's Independence Day! The 4th of July! Burgers! Picnics! Fireworks! That's what it's all about, right? Go, America! Actually, no, there probably weren't any hotdogs cooking on the grill on Independence Day in 1776. When the founding fathers of our nation signed the Declaration of Independence, they probably weren't wondering if the beer was cold yet, if Ben was going to [...]

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Featured Articles

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

When disaster seems imminent, there's one vital decision that preppers have to make: bug in or bug out?  The lyrics from the chorus of a song by The Clash sums it up - you've got trouble either way,  but one way will be worse than the other. Because this song is now stuck in my head, I thought it should be stuck in your head, too. Should I stay or should I go now? Should I [...]

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The Cheapskate's Guide to Making Cleaning Products That Won't Kill You

One of my favorite parts of spring is scrubbing down the entire house, throwing open the windows so the breeze can come through, and hanging rugs and bedding outside.  Maybe it's weird but I just love spring cleaning. However, what I don't love is the expensive, chemical-laden cleaning products from the store.  That's why I spend some time making my own, from simple, non-toxi [...]

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40 Flicks for Prepper Movie Night

I know it isn't just me. Every prepper I know loves a good disaster flick.  Heck, it doesn't even have to be that good for some of us to watch them.  We just enjoy sitting back and watching a fictional disaster unfold so that we can strategize how we would handle it, mock the hero for his or her poor decisions (you know, those dumb moves that a prepper would never make), [...]

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Keep Your Cool with Warm Weather Cooking Methods

As the mercury in the thermometer starts to climb, you may be looking for different ways to keep your home a bit cooler without an exponential increase in your electric bill. That battle starts in the kitchen. The thing that adds the most ambient heat to your home is cooking.  Your choice of cooking methods can greatly increase the warmth that your air conditioner must then o [...]

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Most Popular Posts

Five Reasons Why I'll Never Get a Flu Shot

If you're looking for a deeply scientific treatise on the flu shot, this isn't it. I'm not a chemist, a physician or someone with an advanced degree in biology.  I'm just a mom with an internet connection.  I'm a person who has researched and compiled an assortment of worrisome facts that point in one direction: the flu shot is NOT beneficial. Some of these reasons ar [...]

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The EPA Takes an Ax to Self-Sufficiency: Most Woodburning Stoves Will Soon Be Illegal

When you think of that little dream homestead in the woods, what does it include?  Probably a well and septic system, a little stream bubbling nearby, a chicken coop, a sunroom for winter growing, and a cozy fire to curl up next to. When my daughter and I spent a year living in a cabin in the Northwoods of Canada, our woodstove was our lifeline. It was the only source of [...]

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Brown Bag Ban: Fed Gov Tells Preschool Parents No Lunch From Home Without a Doctor's Note

It looks like the days of trading half of your peanut butter and jelly sandwich for half of your best friend's ham sandwich may soon be over if the federal government has anything to do with it. A Richmond, Virginia mother received the following note, telling her not to pack a lunch for her pre-school age child. (source: Momdot.com) Dear Parents, I have received wor [...]

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Tyler Smith of Doomsday Preppers: Apex Predator or Apex Punk?

If there was ever a case study on why preppers should be prepared to defend their supplies, the upcoming episode of National Geographic's Doomsday Preppers would provide a perfect example. “We’re not in it to stockpile. We’re in it to take what you have and there’s nothing you can do to stop us,” Tyler Smith says. “We are your worst nightmare, and we are coming. [...]

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