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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Survival Tools You Can Use to Prepare for the Economic Collapse


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12 Ways to Prepare for Economic Collapse

Most people think that money will lose its value when SHTF. They may be right, but then again, they may not.

No one can really say what the future will be like when the unthinkable happens. But if there’s one thing we know as preppers, it’s that we should always hope for the best but plan for the worst.

Planning for economic collapse is a different type of disaster preparedness, but it is no less important. Here are a few ways you can set aside resources and prepare for the unthinkable disaster of economic collapse.

Click here to learn more.               


$What to do if the Dollar Collapses$

A very useful free report from the Poor Man




We All Need Asset Protection


Since our nation’s motto has become WHEN IN DOUBT – SUE…

Honest people with assets are at greater risk of incurring a lawsuit than ever before – a consequence of so many of our fellow citizens being infected with a strong sense of entitlement.

That, combined with greedy out-of-control lawyers who make big bucks for suing at the drop of a hat, spells danger to you even if your assets are relatively modest.

Asset protection is going "mainstream" thanks to the wide range of inexpensive new tools and techniques.  Find the tools everyday folks can use to protect themselves here:


3 Survival Tools Hiding in Your Home

·         Tuna-can emergency light:  Stab a small hole in the top of a can of oil-packed tuna, and roll a 2x5 inch piece of newspaper into a wick to absorb the oil, then light with a match – it will burn for about two hours and you can still eat the tuna.

·         Bra-cup debris mask [I wrote a variation of this two years ago in the our bulletin]…useful when confronted with a smoky room.  Cover your face with a bra cup to keep the particles from entering your lungs.  Use the straps to secure it to your face.

·         Lip Balm Space Heater:  Trapped in a snow-bound auto without heat…a burning candle can raise the heat level of your car a few degrees.  Using a cotton string from a tampon or other source and a paper clip place it into a tube of lip balm.  Light the wick and it can burn for hours.  Keep the plastic tube from catching fire by slowly twisting out the balm as the wick burns down.  I tried this with dental floss and it worked well too.

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I just spent $30 on apples at Whole Foods and then I dropped both of them!


USDA launched its FoodKeeper mobile app, which contains specific guidance on more than 400 food and beverage items, including safe cooking recommendations for meat, poultry and seafood products. The app provides information on how to store food and beverages to maximize their freshness and quality.


We Negotiate

There was a time when I never would have questioned a bill from any professional. Whether it was the lawyer doing our wills or a plumber fixing a toilet, whatever they asked for I paid. No more! Recently, we went to have our wills updated with some minor changes. I was surprised at the bill and couldn't help but ask about it. He adjusted it down and didn't seem surprised by my questioning it. Now I feel free to ask about any bill. Sometimes I get a reduction and sometimes I don't. Either way, I've decided it can't hurt to ask!



How to Make an Effective Consumer Complaint
I need to learn how to make an effective consumer complaint. It seems like products always fail shortly after the warranty expires, or the services promised aren't delivered. Is there any way to get companies to do what's right? I'd love to find a way to complain that would get results.

Summer Kitchen Energy Efficiency
Summer is on the way and that means it's time to look around the house to find frugal and creative ways to reduce the cost of staying cool. If you begin your search in the kitchen, you will discover numerous ways to save money on your electric bill and quite possibly on your grocery bill. Read more.


Protect yourself (and your belongings) by completing a full home inventory and updating it annually. You can use this free, home inventory list printable to get the job done.



What to do when you're tired of trying to save money and reduce expenses
read more here




 Yours for a free country,
Bruce 'the Poor Man'

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Make your own Jerky, Camping Hacks & Stuff You'll Love



Poor Man Survival

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…


ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources


Don't live by chance, live by choice.



Start Your Beef Jerky Addiction


I love beef jerky. It's healthy, tasty, portable, and easy to make. I may be addicted to it...No, I most definitely am.

I've been making homemade jerky for years. It all began with my dad, who taught me how to make venison jerky using an old and simple recipe. We made as much as we could, but it never seemed to last very long...hmm?

Our original recipe was solid but, determined to make it even better, I branched out further; adding new flavors and refining the methods further than ever before. These days I pretty much have it down to a science and can whip up a delicious batch in no time.

Eventually my friends found out about my jerky stash. They wanted to try some. Once they tried it they wanted their own bag. I took some to work. My co-workers demanded I supply jerky for all future meetings and business trips. The point is that I've shared my jerky with many people and the vast majority of them have really enjoyed it.  More at:



19 Camping Hacks That Are Too Genius


Camping is a great activity for the whole family, allowing you to escape everyday life and spend quality time together without cell phone reception and the internet…

These 19 camping hacks will help you enjoy the experience that little bit more, from how to start a fire with Dorito’s to making a handy lantern from a bottle of Mountain Dew.

Head across to to see all 19 brilliant ideas!


Stuff You Can Use [and share]


 Why I love my cast iron skillets
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Pool Party

Last year, my niece graduated from high school. My sister wanted to throw a party, but couldn't spend a lot. She decided to do a garden party. On her picnic table, she put a kid's blow up pool and filled it with ice. Salad ingredients were placed in bowls that floated on the ice water. Everything was cold and tasty!


Can you really store enough food? »
There is probably not a single person who knows how long the food supply would actually last following a complete collapse. I know one thing for sure; it will not be long enoughMore »







Yours for better living,
Bruce 'the Poor Man' 


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Thursday, May 14, 2015

DIY Laundry to Landscape Greywater System, Vodka Hacks & More


Poor Man Survival

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…


ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

 "Of all the so-called natural human rights that have ever been invented,
liberty is least likely to be cheap and is never free of cost."

-- Robert A. Heinlein



Laundry to Landscape Greywater System

This design and much of the information contained within are borrowed from Art Ludwig's website: That website has more in-depth information and alternative designs for different systems. I highly recommend that you visit that site and donate via their tip jar so that they can keep designing! Oasis also sells a book and DVD. I'm happy to take down this instructable if they have a problem with it.

Help me make this instructable better by commenting!

What is greywater?

Greywater is wastewater, excluding human waste, from your home that you can reuse, in this case to irrigate landscape. Greywater is wonderful for many reasons, including:

* Reduced freshwater use

* Reduced chemical and energy use from conventional wastewater treatment

* Effective treatment in soil

* Groundwater recharge

* Reclamation of otherwise wasted plant nutrients

A greywater laundry system is an easy and affordable way to implement this technology in your own home. According to the EPA, 21% of the average american home's indoor water use is with a clothes washing machine, so it's a significant amount of the water.

Greywater has been legal in California since 2009. Laundry systems that follow certain requirements of the plumbing code don't require a permit, but your municipality may have additional restrictions.

Before implementing greywater, consider doing easier and cheaper water conservation measures: fixing leaks, installing low flow fixtures, changing habits, etc.

Step 1: Site Analysis and System Design

Spend some time looking at your site and determining what plants you want to irrigate. Matching your greywater system to existing irrigation zones means you'll be able to dial back that area's irrigation or turn it off completely to realize water savings.

The washer pump can handle moving water any reasonable distance downhill, or up to 2' below the top of the washer 100' away. Perennial plants like fruit trees have more established root systems and are more able to find the water easily. Non-root vegetables can be irrigated with greywater if the emitter is close enough to the plant. They usually will need supplemental irrigation during establishment.

Having your washing machine in a room with an exterior wall is ideal.

Don't Get Caught Doing
These Things in Your Yard

Whoa! I'm not talking about planting skunkweed or doing a nude rain dance in your yard! I'm talking about those budget busting habits that can drain your wallet faster than a nest of termites can chew through a woodpile. Here are 10 things you definitely don't want to get caught doing in your yard this summer.




10 Ways to Get a Discount With Your Online Shopping


13 Vodka Hacks That Will Make Your Life So Much Better (And None Involve Drinking!)


Our Weekly Roundup of Goodies to Use & Share

2015 Consumer Action Handbook Now Available

The "bible" of every consumer office in the country is the Consumer Action Handbook because it is a comprehensive consumer directory. It lists both corporate and government consumer offices countrywide, and it provides helpful tips to solve various types of consumer complaints. The 2015 edition is hot off the press (and is free).

DIY Solar Generator Plans – Free


Recycle Egg Cartons into Firestarters


Cheap dates and family activities
read more here               

Reducing the cost of pet care
read more here



Yours for better living,

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’


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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Video: Yard Sale Tips, Beating RFID Chips, Keep Food Safe in a Power Outage





Poor Man Survival

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…


ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources


"The most unresolved problem of the day is precisely
the problem that concerned the founders of this nation:
how to limit the scope and power of government.
Tyranny, restrictions on human freedom,
come primarily from governmental restrictions
that we ourselves have set up."

-- Milton Friedman




Taking control of your own life is the most fundamental freedom you truly have.

The is a heartbreaking story of  a man who spent more than a decade running L&M Convenience Mart, a gas station, restaurant, and convenience store in rural Fairmont, North Carolina. Then, one year ago, without any warning, agents from the IRS seized his entire bank account, which was his entire life savings, totaling more than $107,000.

The reason?  They said he had been depositing money in small amounts (as a convenience store just might do) under the amount that would trigger a reporting requirement for the last decade.

That's all they needed.  No charges, no arrest.  They just deemed that he had been depositing small amounts of money into the bank for years and that was reason enough to impoverish him.

The US government has stolen billions from Americans in just this way. 

RFID Chips
The Government’s Preferred Hidden Tracking Device

A pocket like that may have many other practical uses today than just protecting you from warrantless cell phone tracking.

Radio Frequency ID (RFID) chips are used primarily in commerce to track inventory. Applied in this respect, this technology is actually very efficient. According to the RFID Journal (an industry trade magazine) “Radio frequency identification is the next wave in the evolution of computing. Essentially, it’s a technology that connects objects to the Internet, so they can be tracked.”

The problem: RFID technology is popping up on the items we carry on our own physical bodies. These items are all being impregnated with privacy-sabotaging Radio Frequency ID (RFID) tracking chips.

  • Passports
  • Driver’s licenses
  • Credit cards
  • Sadly, even your child’s school ID

RFID chips send out radio signals that contain all the pertinent information on the credit card, driver's license, or passport, etc. The “readers” for these chips are essentially antennas that are tuned in to read their radio signals.

Unfortunately, this also makes theft fast and easy. Demonstrations by security experts have shown how a pickpocket can hide a touch less credit-card reader (bought cheaply online and connected to a small net book computer or smart phone) inside a handheld organizer, and easily “steal” private information - right through a victim’s purse or pants pocket!

RFID chips can be read between 30 to 300 feet away (even from inside a moving car in some cases), depending on the kind of chip.

  • In some instances, information on an RFID chip can be changed by the reader itself. In one study, researchers rigged RFID readers to write over and change information stored on an RFID chip. This experiment proved that someone with bad intentions could conceivably corrupt the information on your driver’s license or passport - and that could cause you untold grief with the authorities if you’re trying to cross the border and your passport has been compromised, for example.
  • Regarding RFID-equipped passports, each country’s passport sends out its own unique radio signal. This could pose an additional security threat while you’re traveling if you happen to carry a non-politically correct passport – even if it’s safely stored in your luggage or jacket pocket.


What Can You Do About It?

One individual demonstrated how he destroyed the RFID chip in his new credit card by hammering a small nail through it. He reasoned the magnetic strip still worked, and he didn’t need or want his credit card broadcasting his information. (You could go this route, but it’s probably not advisable with your government-issued RFID documents, because it could come with a penalty.)

Your other options are to wrap the document in a metal, like aluminum foil, or buy a protective sleeve or stylish wallet designed to block the radio signals from the RFID chip. In fact, the State Department actually recommends doing this with your passport.

In theory, you may be able to achieve the same result with a simple object that’s already in the glove boxes of millions of motorists who use EZ-Pass or other transponder-based automatic highway toll collection devices. Users typically receive a metallic no-transmit pouch to store their transponder in should they wish to shield their device at toll booths (for example, if there’s no money in their pre-paid toll account). I haven’t tested it, but in theory this same pouch should be able to effectively shield your phone, too.

 Our Weekly Roundup of Goodies to Use & Share
Since we’re hosting our annual community garage sale today, I thought this post appropriate…

Video: Yard Sale Shopping Tips
A great yard sale is a bargain bonanza, an auction and a treasure hunt all rolled into one. This week, The Ultimate Cheapskate teaches us how to be a pro yard sale shopper and get the very best deals for the biggest savings!


How to remove pet urine smells
read more here


Get rid of old clothes, get paid, and maybe get a whole new wardrobe in the process. We show you how.,2817,2483574,00.asp?mailing_id=1243443&mailing=whatsnewnow&mailingID=77EA2FFFDDA75684B6F0D7AAFE84DF57


How to Keep Foods Safe During a Power Outage

Use these steps to keep refrigerated and frozen foods safe during a power outage:

   Finally, I want to let you know about the Noah Foundation…it works hard to press legislatures and utilities to avert EMP disasters by hardening the grid BEFORE disaster strikes.  Learn more about their work at:



Yours for better living,

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’


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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Delete Everything Google Knows About You & Lower Your Bills and More!


Poor Man Survival

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…


ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

"Our job this day is to become part of the answer
to the world's immense and protracted suffering
rather than continuing our ancient task
of being part of the difficulty."

-- Hugh Prather
(1938-2010) Author, minister, and counselor


How to Delete Everything That Google Knows About You


Are you worried about your privacy?  Does the fact that Google collects information about you give you the creeps.  While many members of the global community are angry about how much information the major online and computer companies collect on you, what if there was a way to combat and stop it.  Even if it was a small part of it?

Well, Yahoo! News has the step by step instructions for “How to Download and Delete What Google Search Knows About You”:

The feature, which was spotted by the unofficial Google Operating System Blog — though VentureBeat points out that the function was made available in January — gives you access to everything from what you searched for to the links you clicked on from those searches. It also shows you the addresses you’ve searched for.

I was even able to see the list of images I clicked on while searching for pictures of cats eating spaghetti. Now imagine what you’ve looked for. Oh, and clearing your browser history won’t delete this data.

But there’s no reason to panic, because in addition to being able to download your search history, you can clear it.

First, here’s how to download your history:

- See more at:



As 3 Ways to Erase Private Information from the Internet

Most search engine marketers want to know absolutely everything about people who spend time online. The juicier the demographics data, the more targeted we can be with our marketing approaches. To us, revelation is wonderful.

But, just because they want to know everything about everyone else doesn’t mean we want all of our own data out there. And, there are times when letting it all hang out can be a little dangerous. For example, data collection sites can aggregate all sorts of personal information about you or your clients, including:

  • Dates of birth
  • Addresses
  • Cell phone numbers
  • Land line numbers
  • Email addresses

That’s the sort of data people could use to steal your identity..more ways to stop the snooping [WARNING:  May not work to prevent NSA and other government snoops]:



Practical Pointers to Improve Your Life


Make Your Urban Yard The Envy Of All Creatures With These 5 Edible Hedges

Many urban dwellers wish to utilize every inch of their yards to the fullest extent possible. You may wish to grow food, have space for recreation, room for pets or kids to play, and perhaps some plants for privacy. Hedges and living fences help define spaces, mark your property line, or block unsightly views. Using edible hedges can help combine uses, providing tasty treats and enhancing beauty, particularly when space is tight.

Before selecting edible hedges, decide on their function. There are numerous edible options that can serve a variety of purposes.


A beginner's guide to foraging
read more here


You can negotiate lower bills with your utility company and others…Learn about the wonderful Billcutterz site where they do the negotiating for you and split the savings with you.


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Tammy Frost…Practical Help with Your Web Site Needs!
Website Designer/Developer



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