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4 Quick Tips When Learning To Barter

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With our homestead and others around us, we are always bartering different things. Labor for labor or milk for eggs. Farmers and business owners have always participated in bartering throughout history. Some people think that bartering is a really complicated procedure. Come on, it was an economic system that was created without the use of modern technology. How hard can …

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Homesteading: The Ultimate Survival Prep

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There was something amazing that we noticed with the recent collapse and impending Greek exit from the European Union. An article ran in the New York Times about Greek rural residents fairing far better than their countrymen in the cities. Why? They are Homesteaders! Greece doesn’t have a large manufacturing base like other countries in Europe, such as France and …

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Valley Food Storage: Product Review

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I’m always excited to review products for our website. I especially like to review products for the prepper community as I know so many of us use our hard earned dollars to stock up on these items that our family may someday rely on. Food storage products are a hard sell in my opinion. So many of them are packed …

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When The Grid Goes Down: Making Fuel

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There are a lot of concerns for if and/or when the grid goes down and we are unable to acquire some of life’s basic items. It is a given that life as we know it will change forever and any number of scenarios can be entertained that will make it happen. But I’m going to keep things simple for this …

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Connecting Your Own Grid

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Being on the “grid” is generally considered to mean that one is connected to the electrical grid supplied by a local electrical provider. Today, labeling yourself as “off grid” can mean a whole bunch of things. Maybe you don’t have water or sewer. Maybe you don’t shop at the store. Maybe you don’t have any internet and you consider yourself …

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Tips for Choosing a Good Shower Bag

Just off the top of my head, I can think of half a dozen families I know that use camping shower bags on a regular basis in their homes. Knowing this almost makes me feel normal! Until recently, I had thought we were strange in our nightly ritual of filling our bag part way with room temperature water and then …

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When The Grid Goes Down ~ Kerosene

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I recently received a comment from someone who saw our kerosene lantern video on YouTube. They couldn’t see any benefits to burning kerosene lanterns over using battery powered LED lights. I can see lots of benefits and reasons why You Should Be Using Kerosene. Kerosene oil is one of the oldest forms of fuels. It was first discovered in the …

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Prepping For Baby: Staying Warm In Winter

A baby completely changes your life.  I think any parent would agree that it is really difficult to describe how someone so small can turn your world upside down.  And how can that small little life come with so much stuff?  I previously wrote about what I consider to be the true necessities of caring for your baby in my …

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3 Must Haves For a Prepper Homestead

Having lived off grid now for almost two years and on this homestead for just over a year, at least 3 things come to mind that I’m so glad we have. Everyone on our homestead has a preparedness mindset and thinks ahead about long term survival. Consequently, we have developed a number of strategies when it comes to off grid …

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Prepping for an Off Grid Winter

This picture hangs on the wall in my kitchen.  Doesn’t it look quaint and charming?  The reality is that winter can be a difficult time.  We had our first taste of cool weather this last weekend.  I’m reminded that fall is just around the corner and it’s time to think about getting our homestead ready for winter.  I’m putting together …

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