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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

frugal survivalist digest 10 of 10


FRUGAL SURVIVALIST DIGEST VERSION 10

 

FINANCES

Who has extra money these days?  Not many of us.  I do, usually investing a fifth to a quarter of my take home pay in preps, and that is on an income of $10k a year ( my writing earnings go directly to reference books, and is not income per se ).  But I also was such a sad and pathetic creature that Evil Extraordinaire Ex-Wife #2 ended up leaving me and even if I spent twenty years in financial servitude to her I still came out ahead of the game money wise ( even at half the take home, I budgeted it so much more intelligently I was able to better myself ) by NOT sharing in her idea of middle class living ( read: debt and always being broke half way to payday ).  But you, you aren’t as good as I am and I’d wager your hair doesn’t look half as nice.  Hey, don’t shoot the messenger. 

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How is it my fault you didn’t pull your head out of your butt in 2008?  We were ALL lied to and we ALL started an adult life brainwashed by the system.  Some of us were, not smarter, but better able to get an idea we were getting screwed after the fact.  If you still believe that voting counts and your retirement will be there for you and that the USS Liberty wasn’t a sacrificial pawn and that a third skyscraper can pancake down without being hit by a jet and that fracking oil will give us at LEAST a century of energy independence and that little green men delivered the secret of room temperature fusion to Donald Trump, well, I guess I can’t convince you that continuing to spend and invest in an Oil Age is a bad idea.  You won’t accept the necessarily of sacrificing and get out of debt and give up your car and downsize a career and etcetera.  The only thing I can do is point out that prepping can be so cheap anyone can do it.

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SPENDING LESS

You don’t need a thousand dollars to prep.  You could do it on half of that, starting with a cheap shotgun and minimal ammo and just a year of wheat.  The one thousand dollar figure is for all the frills and bells and whistles of the Frugal Survivalist plan.  And you can spend a HECK of a lot more.  Which is fine.  Most of us do.  But you secure the bare minimum FIRST.  That way you don’t panic and do something stupid when some major event transpires.  When the stock market took a big squishy in the late 80’s I quickly ordered a mail order year of wheat in buckets.  It wasn’t cheap, and I lost it after I rejoined the service and there was nobody at the old address to pay the shipping due.  If I had been half as smart then as I am now I would have bought the wheat locally and stored it myself ( and, needless to say, I wouldn’t have gone back in the military ).  But I panicked and I wasn’t prepped.  A bare bones $500 prepping stockpile prevents panic. 

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Once you have the basics you can do such things as buy a pistol  or more rifle ammo or scopes or more wheat or better food stores or whatever.  Whenever I hawk the frugal prepper plan, I inevitably get something like “my life is worth more, so I’m going to spend more to protect myself” or “in a collapse, he who spends less does not win”.  Which of course misses the point that since you cannot time the collapse you have to assume it happens tomorrow so you need to prep yesterday.  And with the multitude of issues our entire globe faces, I can’t believe you would play the odds on a slow collapse.  I know most of you are poor, but I also know most of you have cell phones and other pricey luxuries.  Anyone should be able to scare up $500.

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GETTING EXTRA

Most prepping advice goes something like, “cancel the cable.  In a year you have $600”.  “Stop drinking coffee out, and in a year you have an extra $500”.  Dude!  I see you listening but you are NOT hearing what I am saying.  You CANNOT time the collapse.  Just because the odds are it won’t suddenly collapse does not mean spit.  Not when your life is on the line.  Good Gravy, I want to smack the glittery unicorn fart optimism off of people.  Stay paranoid and stay alive.  You need cash, and quicker than a year.  Find a gun store that does layaway to get a gun quick.  Then crash course cutting money.  It is just for a month or three.  Figure out what you can do without for a short time.  Postpone some bills if possible.  Skip a grocery trip if needed ( regular everyday eating food is much more expensive and a small cut there will buy a lot of storage food ).  Can you safely skip one months car payment?  Don’t eat out at all for that period.  Etcetera.

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Sell some of your crap.  Once the economy falls off a cliff, it won’t be worth anything.  If you sell twenty cents on the dollar now, that is better than one cent on the dollar once everyone else is unemployed and also desperate to sell their crap.  Now is the perfect time to sell a semi-auto carbine.  That should cover the whole cost of prepping.  You can still defend yourself with less gun. 

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TOTAL COST

 

$500 PLAN

   $200 shotgun and

   $50 ammo ( birdshot is a quarter a round and BTN )

   $50 wheat grinder and

   $100 in wheat kernels from the feed store with free bottles

   $20 water filter

   $15 knife

   $5 knife sharpener

   $25 vitamins-a years supply of C and multivitamin

   $10 LED lights-garden type

   $25 used wool clothing from thrift store

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FULL BUDGET $1K PLAN

   $350 war surplus rifle with

   $50 bayonet (s)

   $250 ammo-usually about 350 rounds new 30 cal.

   $200 wheat kernels ( 800 pounds )

   $50 wheat grinder

   $20 water filter

   $15 knife

   $5 knife sharpener

   $25 vitamins-a years supply of C and multivitamin

   $10 LED lights-garden type

   $25 used wool clothing from thrift store

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( the above are suggestions and approximations )

It looks a bit lonely and sad and forlorn, but come collapse time it will be a life saver.  Good luck!

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18 comments:

  1. But I like my mini 14....and the three thousand rounds I've got for it. :-)
    After all then I've got a custom Marlin 30/30 and two thousand rounds.
    Hell ya gotta have a get outa dodge gun in Floriduh.
    Then after I'm out in the bush , got a Ruger Alaskan revolver that will shoot the same 45 colt my other Marlin carbine shoots. Got in covered here in the jungle. You really don't need a weapon that will shoot even three hundred yards.
    Gotta remember tho, been at this awhile. Hell had those same guns back when we picked Lake Okeechobee to park our t.hirty foot sailboat. For Y2K. Man that poor boat was stocked to the gunnels, with provisions. Figured that big assed lake was perfect to hide out for the die off. Still is...:-)

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    1. And its a good place for Gore Warming :)

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  2. Jim on the shotgun ammo People should learn how to "cut shells" and make there own buckshot and slugs . It is how our grandparents hunted cheap. In September before dove season shotgun shells in field load are under 20 a hundred.

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    1. Hey, thanks for the previous comment-it was today's writing, next Wednesdays article.

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    2. I've heard of that trick before Gary. I think they call them "ringed shotgun shells"

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    3. Cut shells risk an overpressure situation since the shell has to compress down through the barrel and choke, both of which are smaller in diameter than the chamber (although some have reported success firing cut shells through full chokes). You'd be better off making wax slugs (mixing the shot with melted wax to make a homogenous slug. You can make the slugs ahead of time and store them. You can't make the cut shells in advance because the powder charge is exposed to humidity and can degrade. If you shoot someone in self defense with your wax slug or cut shell while the rule of law is still in effect, you may have trouble in court. You'd be wise with your budget shotgun purchase to buy some buckshot rounds. Birdshot will only penetrate 4-6" max, which is entirely inadequate for self defense except for some small targeted areas (remember your adrenaline will make those small targeted areas harder to hit). Whatever you get, DO NOT get the Winchester bulk shotgun shells sold at Wal Mart and other places. They are the lowest quality brand name shell on the market. The issue is the nickel-flashed steel bases expand upon firing and don't retract to their prior size, jamming themselves in the chamber. If you polish your chamber (you should), they'll only be sticky, not get stuck. The Federal and Remington bulk birdshot aren't anywhere near as bad as the Winchester. Anyhow, it's worth the extra money or time (depending on the technique used) to polish your chamber.
      Peace out

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  3. That wheat from walmart that you have in your links isn't too bad of a price James. 26Lbs, and you know that it's food grade, for $16.00, and it comes in handy storage containers. That's about 4 times the price from the feed store, because you get 50lbs from the feed store for around $10 to $12. But to be honest, I've read a lot of mixed opinions about buying feed store wheat for human consumption, and it somewhat concerns me should I ever have to actually eat this stuff?

    Can you tell me if the $4.97 shipping fee is per bucket, or per order?

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    1. It was my reading that the shipping is per order but I can't guarantee that. After the collapse, believe me, feed store wheat will be yummy. Once you factor in bucket cost, Wally wheat is only twice as expensive, not 4x.

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    2. “After the collapse, believe me, feed store wheat will be yummy.”


      Yeah, I totally get where you're coming from James. I guess I'm looking at this from a slightly different perspective. I feel that even if we don't collapse hard any time soon, we're in for some pretty hard times, and soon; as in 1930's great depression kind of hard times. So in other words, I'm probably going to be eating this wheat whether I want to or not, so I'd prefer that it not have any pesticides or other nasties in it, and I'm not necessarily saying that it does, but my understanding is that it could? On the other hand, $10 at the feed store buys a heck of a lot more wheat, so maybe I will just put my stomach on the roulette table and take a gamble?

      Took a decent sum of money out of the bank today, that came from the proceeds of my previous property sale. Over time I think I'll just take out $500 here and there until I have most of it tucked away somewhere safe and fireproof. As with Chuck, I'm not feeling very trusting of banks anymore. I figured that $2k should pay my property taxes for life on my Elko land. I figured that based on 30 years left of life (I hope? I'm your age so hopefully we'll see that?) and the taxes doubling every decade. Tough to gauge it, but that should be pretty close? I wonder if I should just get the $2k in silver while I'm at it?

      Funny, but there is a distinct possibility that if I live long enough, I might just be considered “a catch” to the fair sex, what with my paid for junk land, shelter, and food stores. But for now I'm still just a broke ass loser ;)

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    3. IF over 50$ its free or have it shipped to nearest store for free they will call when its in.

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    4. Just got this years tax bill. AGAIN up 10%. And these are good times? Put your future tax payments in silver. Inflation will kill your paper ( if you want paper, double the expected amount of tax and only plan ahead five years max-the rest in silver ).

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  4. (Funny, but there is a distinct possibility that if I live long enough, I might just be considered “a catch” to the fair sex, what with my paid for junk land, shelter, and food stores. But for now I'm still just a broke ass loser ;) )

    If a woman won't commit to you in good times, why should you commit to her in bad times?


    At that point (when she is older and her sexual marketplace value has gone to ZERO or even less then-ZERO) what can a woman give a man other then using up all your stored supplies and nagging?

    SHTF a secure home and food could likely be worth more then anything on the planet, gold, silver, guns & ammo, nothing will be worth trading your food for. What can a woman offer at that point that would make a man willing to give up ½ of his food and supplies? Answer: NOTHING.

    Better give this some serious thought ladies because if you are unwilling to change your thinking you are going to be in for a very rough time.

    But for many men it’s too late for you already. All a woman has to do to destroy a man’s life is decide she isn’t happy for some reason. At this point she can (and hundreds of thousands of woman already have) use the court system and have a man thrown out of his own home and take upwards of 80% of everything he owns. Men know this to be true and have decided to not play a loaded game that is stacked against them. They know that woman can’t be trusted so they avoid relationships with them. Even the happily married men reading this know that if she decided to, their wife could destroy their life and have government (men in uniforms with guns at the ready to kill them) help her.

    Few woman think about things long-term and build a relationship for the long-term. They think about what is in it for them now and are throwing guys under the bus and running them over.

    Who do they think is going to be willing to be their partner when they are 70+years old and offer little a guy would want when they have not put the time in building a relationship?

    I suspect at that point they will blame all the scumbag men that won't take care of them instead of looking at the real thing that caused their problem. That being they bought into the feminism BS of “you can do it all, you don't need men, and men are scum”.


    For years woman have been telling men :We don't need you" and men are starting to get the message and living their life without woman.

    Woman need men like a fish needs a bicycle is a famous Gloria Steinem quote.


    But it turns out fish do need bicycles, but the bicycles found they don't need the fish to live a good full life.


    MGTOW for life!


    Chuck Findlay

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    1. Feminism too shall pass and all this will be looked back on as a strange discussion. It is natural for men to provide for women and family. Once we get past the die-off all will return to normal, and with both sides agreeing it is for the best. Oil allowed the abnormalicy of feminism to fester as a wound. Oil is being used up. And aren't you guys glad the Facking Fags were wrong? Otherwise that crap would never have been a passing fad like it will turn out to be. I just wrote an article the last hour on this-I seem to be anticipating comments lately. Posted next Thursday.

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    2. 3:25 here Chuck. Don't know if you've seen it or not, but Turd Flinging Monkey did a great video that addresses the topic of female need. And of course his conclusion is that it will take an economic collapse to reset things back to the natural roles of men and women. I'm starting to become quite a fan of his videos.

      @James; yes, well said. Policies that go against nature can only be forced by oppressive governments such as ours under its current status. Feminism as we know it in the U.S. cannot exist outside of a wealthy economy. That's why it's virtually non-existent outside of the first world countries.


      The Magic of Female Need

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZ2UO_3fzsI


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  5. I watched that TFM video a few days ago. He does a good job on his videos, he has a well thought out argument and presentation.

    James I don’t care if woman go back to the way it use to be post inexpensive oil world.

    For me the woman / relationship ship has sailed. What can a woman my age-range (I’m 55) offer me?

    I went through a divorce including the court taking basically all I had. And as long as the government is still in place and willing to use it’s power to screw men over I will not ever trust a woman again. A relationship can seem OK for years and all the suddenly she goes off the deep end and the hand grenade goes off and your life is really messed up. A woman can do this any time she wants for no reason and the government almost always sides with her. The risk factor is just to high, and giving what is going on in the world there is not enough time to recover from another divorce event. And why would I want to risk it?

    I recovered slowly without a cent of debt, never going to go in debt again. I would live in a tent before I would go into debt again.

    It took years to recover to a level that was even somewhat normal. And by most people’s standards I’m still hardly getting by. I keep my mouth shut as to the PM’s I have and the money I have in the safe. I do not, nor ever again will I trust a bank with my money.


    I look from the outside to not have much money (and in many ways I don’t have a lot.) but I get by (living a simpler but much happier life) ok and have enough reserves to buy what I need. I had a van blow a head gasket; instead of buying a new one (or even one a few years old) I bought a 2001 van that runs and looks great. I paid $1,100.00 cash for it. All my family thinks I should have bought a new one. But this one will fit my needs and I don’t have debt and while to family and associates (people I work for) I look to constantly be down on my luck I actually am building a retirement nest egg that I’m in control of instead of some politician.


    And as far as looking like I have no money, this is the best woman repellent there is as all (99.9999999999999% of) woman don’t want to have anything to do with a man that doesn’t have money to spend on them and allow them a life of leisure they are sure they deserve, but always want a man to pay for. There are Very Few exceptions to this.

    PS: Every man should watch the video linked to above.



    Chuck Findlay

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    1. I liked what he had to say but a few minutes in I was distracted by the game screen and stopped it. I know, shiny glittery distractions.

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  6. I traded an AR10 DPMS semiautocarbine 308 .... for 2 22LR handguns and two 22LR rifles (I have several munchkins who will need to learn/use)... We both think we got the better end of the deal ...

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    1. I hope you got a good deal-that seems like a steep trade not in your favor. Of course, you got rid of an AR, if not semi's, so you can't help but be half right.

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