September 9, 2019

Mainstay Energy Bars Product Review

By:  Clay Good day fellow preppers. Bernie has been so gracious to allow me to post reviews on products and ideas to help fellow apartment preppers. I myself live in a small apartment in a very populated urban environment and have been prepping for some time. I have been financially prepping longer than with supplies, but all the same, I have been researching and continuously revising several plans for different scenarios. I have learned through my hunting, fishing and outdoor […]

Can One Soap Do It All? Product Review: Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap

I originally picked up the unscented version of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap for backpacking.  It was highly recommended by experienced campers and backpackers because it is organic, bio-degradable, packed in recycled plastic AND not tested on animals.  Mainly, I picked it because I did not want to attract bears. Being the skeptical person that I am, I was  suspicious about how good it really is.  Because the product is a low suds soap, I was not convinced about its cleaning […]

When Reading Gets in the Way of Doing

Years ago when I first got interested in frugality, a friend introduced me to the Tightwad Gazette books.  They are great resources for anyone learning how to pinch pennies.  I also immersed myself further by reading personal finance blogs.  Unfortunately, that’s all I was doing:  reading.  While I was spending all that time reading, I was still living beyond my means.  In other words, reading made me feel productive, but I wasn’t accomplishing anything.  It was just making me feel […]

Be Ready for Anything

Just when the news seemed to be settling down from the recent stock market roller coaster, the ground started rolling in a couple of areas that hardly ever experience earthquakes:  Colorado had a 5.3 magnitude quake on Monday night, then soon after, on Tuesday morning, the East Coast had a 5.9 quake centered around Virginia.  DC Josh of Metro Survival blog experienced the quake and posted about it.  See “Washington D.C. Earthquake” Adding to the worries was the epicenter of […]

My New Hobby

I found a new and relaxing hobby! Several months ago I posted about “Items I Carry Daily” which included a photo of my paracord bracelet that Mr. Apt. Prepper gave me as a stocking stuffer. Paracord is very useful to have around- you can use it as replacement shoelaces, to secure items to your car or backpack; anything you that rope is used for.  Wearing a paracord bracelet is a handy way to carry it.  If you ever need it, […]

A Prepper’s Pocket Guide Project in Action

Just a quick post today as we get ready for “Back to School” activities. Urbivalist Dan made the “hollowed out book safe” project # 60 from my book, The Prepper’s Pocket Guide.  He shows every step from start to finish, including shopping for the materials.  He did a great job with the finished product.  Check out the fun project at Daily Prep Episode 10:  Make a Hollowed Out Book Safe http://www.the-urban-survivalist.com/daily-prep-episode-10-hollowed-out-book-safe/ By the way, since there are lot of Back […]

Threatening Flash Mobs Becoming More Common

When the first stories about flash mobs first came out, they seemed harmless enough, just people suddenly breaking into dance, singing or making a statement.  The latest stories about flash mobs seem to have taken a more sinister angle.  The recent story about the Maryland flash mob that robbed a 7-Eleven store in less than a minute caught my eye. There have also been a few other stories about random beatings and other robberies.  The mayor of Philadelphia recently announced […]

Welcome MSN Money Readers

Welcome to the site!   I noticed some readers from Donna Freedman’s article on MSN Money “Survive a disaster–in your condo” http://money.msn.com/family-money/survive-a-disaster-in-your-condo-freedman.aspx?scptb=t If you are new to preparedness, there is a “quick start” plan under the Getting Started tab.  Under the Recommended Sites tab, you will find a lot of good information on surviving and thriving in any situation.  For specific subjects of interest, you can search by topic under  Categories or Archives on the right side bar. I am delighted you […]

Should You Prep while Deep in Debt?

According to creditcards.com, the average credit card debt per household that hold credit card debt is $15,799 for 2011.  This number does not include households that are credit card debt free, this is only households that hold credit card debt already.  If you are among the debt-free crowd, you have planned well.  However, if you feel you are in a lot of debt, you are not alone.  Many people are in denial about how much they owe, but a whole […]

First Line of Defense against Identity Theft

Identity theft is so widespread these days, almost everyone including me, has been affected at one time or another. When it does happen, it is hard to discover how exactly it happens, but the sooner you discover the better.  This way you can close the affected accounts before too much damage is done. Besides being vigilant about shredding your sensitive documents, there is one important area that I did not mention:  develop strong passwords.  Coming up with good passwords consistently […]

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