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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

When Money loses its value overnight: How to Survive

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In survival situations, money can lose its value overnight: How to Survive

 So can expensive modern comforts and luxury items like electronics, jewelry and accessories. There are a few items that will get more expensive, food being the top one.  In recent issues I’ve addressed the basics of buying gold and silver. Today we’ll cover a few other important ideas…

Seeds are among the most valuable commodities in survival communities. (Clearly, since you can use them to grow food.) I always advise my readers to keep a seed vault and I keep several myself. What can I say, I want to make sure I’m covered even if someone discovers and confiscates or steals one batch of seeds, I can always use a different batch.

It’s best to grow your own garden and store the seeds that you extract from your own produce. Why? Because you know that you are not adding chemicals, synthetic plant food, or other strange compounds. There’s something great about knowing where your seeds came from. When you’re ready to plant your survival garden, if your family doesn’t have one, buy organic heirloom seeds. You will grow real food that tastes great and does not have GMOs in its “genetic code.”

Storing seeds properly does take skill, but with practice you can be a pro. When you extract the seeds, wash all of the fruit or vegetable fibers off the seeds and pat them dry. Then lay them out to dry on a paper towel or on a cotton kitchen towel. If the towel is soaked afterwards, change it. Bottom line is, your seeds need to be 100% dry before you put the away in your “storage vault.” Otherwise, they can spoil and grow mold, or they can even germinate.

Put your seeds in paper bags or wrap them in paper and put in Ziploc bags. Try to get the oxygen out of the bags (in other words, flatten them before you close them.) The ideal condition for storing your survival seeds are as follows:

1.        Keep the seeds out of direct sunlight. One good trick is to put the bags of seeds into an old coffee can or metal kitchen canister.

2.        Keep them cool. Seeds store much better in cooler temperatures. A good rule of thumb is to keep your vault at around 40 degrees F. [I freeze bag lots]

3.        Make sure your seeds stay dry. Moisture destroys the seeds and can even go as far as to germinate them. If you have the proper tools, keep the moisture in your seed vault at or below 5%. You can dry them in a dehydrator or in the sun.

A great alternative to collecting your own seeds is buying survival seeds. You can get a kit with a huge array of fruits, veggies and herbs which are all organic, heirloom, non-GMO seeds. [eBay offers a variety of vendors].

I recommend storing a variety of seeds for survival, both as a food source and as a commodity. Keep them dark, cool, and dry, and when the SHTF you'll have enough nutritious food to last you and your family a lifetime.

Preparedness involves a lot. One of the skills that sets true preppers apart is taking something old and reusing it wisely. Learning a few tricks now, while your computer still turns on, will be a huge plus down the road.

Here are a few environmentally friendly ways to reuse the junk you find.

Newspapers and/or Junk Mail

First, get your newspapers wet and let excess water drip off. (This will allow you to get a tighter roll.) Then roll them very tightly into logs and secure with twine or rope. These make great logs to jump-start your fire and will actually burn longer than you expect.

Plastic Bottles

There's a lot you can do with plastic two liter bottles.

·         You can use them to build an irrigation system for your garden.

·         If you have collected numerous bottles with lids, check them for integrity and if they are intact, use them to build a raft (or at least a life jacket) to help you get mobile on the water. Don't be a fool though - this is not something that can handle rapids.

·         If you have a bunch of lids from 2 liter bottles, connect them to make a mat to sit and sleep on.

·         Use clear PET bottles to clean questionable water via solar disinfection.

Beer Bottle Lid or Glass Soda Bottle Lid

Nail the lid (or otherwise attach it) to a thick stick and use it to scrape the scales off fish.

Empty Pill Bottles

Use them to safely store your mini bug-out kits or first aid kits. They will keep your matches, medications, band-aids and candles from getting wet.

Aluminum Cans

These make great tea pots, cooking pots and dishes. You can also cut the can in half lengthwise, bend or cut off one of the semi-circles on each half and attach a handle to make 2 small shovels to help you dig for roots if you are bugging out. Also, if you are working on building shelter, aluminum cans can be used to strengthen walls or can be cut and flattened to create aluminum roof shingles. Not to mention, they work wonders in scaring critters away from your garden.


Yes, save your lint! It is a great tinder, especially when combined with vaseline.

Soda Cans

Soda cans are incredibly useful. You can use them to start a fire, to create an oil lamp and a wind-resistant candle holder. You can even cut them up to make a solar oven.

Stainless Steel Ruler

Hopefully, you have plenty of survival knives. But if you happen to have a stainless steel ruler, you can sharpen it, wrap some rope or paracord on one side and turn it into a survival knife.

Old Tires

If you happen to find old tires, you are in luck. They are great for building garden beds, compost bins and even shelter.



If you're in a grid down crisis & needed supplies where would you go?


Take 2 seconds to think of an answer…

If you said Walmart, a gas station, a Home Depot, or a local grocery store…you’d be dead wrong.



That’s where everyone will flock to during a crisis because it’s a natural instinct for people to run where they normally get their supplies.


This means those areas would be filled with people desperate for supplies.


Desperate people do desperate things for their families.


You'll land in the midst of riots, theft, fighting, chaos, and the food, medicine and supplies you came for may be long gone.


So if you can’t go to your local Walmart, gas station, a Home Depot, or a local grocery store, where do you go?


You go to a secret place that no one will expect.


You go to the nearest pet store.YES - PET STORE.



Pet stores are filled with everything that you need to survive for extended periods of time during a grid down situation.


They have antibiotics, and medicines that are crucial to your survival, plenty of water and food filled with nutrition. (yes, animal food that will not only keep you alive but some of it has more nutrition than what we eat daily.)


There are also beds, blankets, leashes for rope, crates, fish bait, and plenty more.


You'll be fully equipped, and ready to survive for weeks. 

Most importantly you'd be long gone from the pet store by the time people get there.



In my town we have a Dollar General and a Dollar Tree, so last weekend I went walking around both of them to see how many emergency supplies I could find. I jotted down what I saw and ended up with a list of several dozen items that would be useful during a disaster.

 Here are the top 40 survival items you can find in dollar stores...


Homemade water filters.

The instructions in “Household Discoveries and Mrs. Curtis’s Cookbook” are quite basic as everyone had a rain barrel back then and presumably knew how to clean the water. Now, 104 years later, I am thankful the authors had the foresight to preserve their knowledge for us and pointed out that rainwater collected in barrels from a roof is a necessity in some locations but also is best for laundry and “often more wholesome for drinking purposes than hard water.”

Take a new vinegar barrel or an oak tub that has never been used, either a full cask or half size. Stand it on end raised on brick or stone from the ground. Insert a faucet near the bottom. Make a tight false bottom 3 or 4 inches from the bottom of the cask. Perforate this with small gimlet holes and cover it with a piece of clean white canvas.

Place on this false bottom a layer of clean pebbles 3 or 4 inches in thickness. Next, place a layer of clean washed sand and gravel and then coarsely granulated charcoal about the size of small peas. Charcoal made from hard maple is the best.

Step 3: Add the Final Layer of the Strainer

After putting in a half bushel or so, pound it down firmly. Then put in more until the tub is filled within 1 foot of the top. Add a 3-inch layer of pebbles and throw a piece of canvas over the top to act as a strainer.

Tip: Later, you can remove this canvas strainer and wash it occasionally. When you dump the contents of the cask, you can also clean the pebbles. Then renew the charcoal every spring and fall or once a year.

This also makes a good cider filter for the purpose of making homemade vinegar. The cider should first be passed through cheesecloth to remove all coarser particles. You can also make a small cheap filter from a flower pot. A fine sponge may be inserted in the hole and the pot filled about as directed for the above filter. It may be placed in the top of a jar which will receive the filtered water.

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1 comment:

Eric said...

As usual, lots of excellent ideas and resources. No matter what or where, it the SH_T hits the fan, everyone needs food to survive. Other items can be bartered & people will barter for booze, drugs/tobacco, ammo, medicine, tools, sex and the like - just like they have for thousands of years!