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Are you a closet prepper?
If your answer is yes, then read on. I will explain in this article why you should never have to fear being embarrassed or judged by telling a co-worker, family member, or friend that you’re a prepper. Survivalism and the tools for the trade is some cool stuff. Don’t get caught with Prepper stigma!
You see, I used to be a closet prepper. I always kept my prepping to myself. I found that I hardly ever brought it up to family or friends, except for the one or two friends that I knew who were into the same types of preparing that I was. But lately I’ve been opening up more to people that I know. Actually, it’s been kind of liberating and not as big of a deal as I made it out to be regarding telling others that I want to prepare for unforeseen times or situations.
People that I would have never told about my prepping before have actually become quite open and receptive in our conversations. In fact, some of the people I’ve been more open with about my prepping mindset have even started doing a little prepping themselves. That’s pretty great!
When it’s late summer and the garden’s still producing, it may be the last thing on your mind to consider preparing for next year’s crop. But now is the time to make at least some preparations for your 2016 garden. And, one of those preparations is saving seeds from this year’s crop. There are lots of reasons to do this. You may have been so pleased at the results of a particular packet that you’re hoping for the same results next year. Or, you may have done a little home-grown crossbreeding, and want to see if lightning will strike twice. While store bought seed packets are certainly not expensive, seed companies are under constant pressure to come up with new and better varieties. To make room in their catalogs, they drop older ones. But what if some of those older varieties are your newly discovered favorites or they produce a better yield for your garden?
If you look hard enough you will find some ingenious structures designed to provide affordable, insulating, and cooling storage for your vegetables, fruits, cheeses, or bug out foods or supplies. There are quite a few great designs for these pre-fabricated cellars or shelters popping up each year. And since more people are opting for a more self-sustaining lifestyle, this market will undoubtedly grow even more.
If you’re like me, you probably had a slingshot at some point in your childhood. I had many growing up — from the cheap $5 slingshots with a few up to around $80. Shooting our slingshots as kids made for some fun days outside. Plus, it was a bonus that we were surrounded by woods. That meant we could venture about like ninjas shooting trees, stumps, creeks, and more.
If you’re like most households you probably have more than one bottle of hydrogen peroxide in your kitchen cabinet or under your bathroom sink. Hydrogen peroxide has been around for about 200 years. It’s uses has seemed to expand with more people finding that hydrogen peroxide does some pretty amazing things. We believe that anyone who it thinking of going off the grid or living in a similar “do it yourself” scenario should have access to this awesome and cheap product. A 32oz. bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide will run you about $2.00 – $3.00, while a larger 1 gallon bottle will usually run about $6.00 – $7.00 (prices vary slightly from WalMart versus a grocery store).
This amazing little lamp runs entirely on saltwater! It’s called the SALt Lamp and it was founded by a company located in the Philippines. This nifty invention can run for 8 hours on just 1 glass of water and 2 tablespoons of salt. That’s all you need!
The SALt lamp does not use any complicated technology or harsh toxic chemicals either. Just simply add the water and salt and you’re good to go. The company’s website (at http://www.salt.ph/) states that the SALt Lamp can also run on pure seawater! This would place this new technology in a position to really scale and, perhaps some day soon, power small towns or cities, especially in the coastal regions where saltwater is prominent.