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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Surviving tough times, emergencies AND wearing hand-me-downs!

Poor Man Survival

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…


ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

Wealthy is the man who can live on what he has.
- Nathan L Tanner


Hand Me Downs-What are Those?


   When I was a young lad few of us knew what designer labels were…other than owning a pair of Levis, we never heard of so-called designer labels, Nike’s or other nonsensical $100 and up articles of clothing, toys or much of anything else in our neighborhood.


I’m not sure when society became so affluent that kids were spoiled with designer duds and over priced toys which frequently substituted as babysitters.


Some kids became so obsessed certain name brands that they killed each other over shoes named after some athlete…talk about a shallow life!


All the kids in my area wore hand-me-downs which were often mended by mothers who knew who how to sew and/or even make clothing from scratch from patterns.


As our Middle Class continues to decline and folks look for ways to stretch a buck in light of rising prices and shrinking product sizes here’s a peek at the ancient art of hand-me-downs.


How to make hand-me-downs new to kid #2…More at:

Essential Outdoor Survival Skills

Learn outdoor survival skills and you won’t be caught unprepared.


Regardless of your physical state, knowing a few basic outdoor survival skills gives you an edge if a survival situation were to ever arise. It is far better to know such skills and not need them, rather than the other way around.

Our greatest tool

More than anything else, survival in the outdoors is directly linked to common sense and awareness of self, others, and the surrounding environment — train your brain to help you out. Add to that the following seven skills, and the chances of a positive outcome increase.

Key outdoor survival skills include: (1) building a fire; (2) sheltering yourself in extreme heat and cold; (3) staying hydrated; (4) signaling and increasing your visibility; (5) taking care of injuries and wounds well enough to help yourself return to safety; (6) knowing where you are and knowing how to get where you’re going; and (7) knowing your skill level and when to back off, retreat, etc.


Find more from the editors of GRIT here:

Surviving in Tough Times

“Long-Term Survival in the Coming Dark Age” by James Ballou is more than a blueprint for bad times — this informative guide may inspire you to a new level of self-sufficiency.


Help! A Survival Guide to Life's Emergencies

Emergencies happen to all of us, in all areas of life. But you can and will make it through, especially if you follow this one simple rule: Don’t panic.




9 Ways to Get Cheap or Free Vet Care for Your Pet

Office visits for your four-legged friends can be expensive. But you don't have to roll over. Here are some tips to take a bite out of vet bills.


  • 50 Things You Really Don’t Need to Buy (Cheapism): "Useless purchases come in many forms. There's stuff that's used only a few times before being consigned to the basement or attic; stuff that's pricey to buy but could be rented instead; stuff that's outdated or soon-to-be obsolete; and stuff that you just don't need to begin with. Here's a list of 50 things to avoid buying now or ever again."


·         Escaping Duct Tape

·         The original clip from Dateline was taken off YouTube. It showed how to escape duct tape in a hostage situation. To escape, the journalist simply raised her hands, tied together with duct tape, over her head and brought them down quickly in front of her and used the extra force to break free. I’ve also include another video below that shows an alternative method. I hope you never need to use these tips but you can definitely break free from duct tape if the need arises.




Spirits and Beer: The Secret of Happiness?

When Agnes F. was a young woman, a doctor recommended she drink three cans of Miller High Life a day for her health. She followed this advice for 70 years - often adding a shot of whiskey for good measure. Last month Agnes celebrated her 110th birthday. Is an ingredient in these drinks truly the secret to longevity? The answer may surprise you...



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1 comment:

DAR said...

We missed you lad! Good issue too by the way.