Apr 23

(VIDEO) The Budget Bug Out Gear Challenge, Part 1

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Well, you asked for a series, here is part one of the Budget Bug Out Gear Challenge: STAY TUNED!  You voted, so the challenge will be doled out in parts.  If you don’t know what the Challenge is, click here. Here is a complete (well, almost complete..I think) list of what is included: Backpack: http://goo.gl/k4WFfh …

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Apr 23

The American Middle Class No Longer the World’s Richest

Photo: NY Times

A feeling of dread washed over me as sat on my front porch in the fall of 2008.  Everyone who considers themselves a prepper expects a single “event” to take place that launches all of their preps into action.  I was no different.  But the realization I had that evening was something different, a new …

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Apr 23

Drone/Thermal Evasion Cloak Update

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A short while ago I posted a teaser photo from a project we are working here at the Tin Hat Ranch, the Drone/Thermal Evasion Cloak.  As you may or may not know, drones use thermal imaging to “see”.  Thermal imaging works in much the same way you can feel heat radiating off of a camp …

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Apr 21

Couch to Bug Out in 12 Weeks

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  I don’t recommend going from couch surfing to picking up 50 pounds and walking with it for 60 miles, unless you are insane or have an emergency preparedness blog. If you haven’t heard, that is what I did for the Budget Bug Out Gear Challenge a week and a half ago.  I made it, …

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Apr 21

The Unglamorous Side of Homesteading/Prepping

Homestead Dreamer, one of the contributors at the Ranch has a great article on the dark side of homesteading and prepping.  She does a great job in uncovering some of the “hidden costs” in money, blood, sweat, and tears when it comes to prepping.  Don’t worry, we always like to one up, if you stick …

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Apr 17

60 Emergency Supplies for a Buck

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  In keeping with the theme on our “Budget Bug Out Gear Challenge” we ran across this article from Back Door Survival.  In tough times like these it helps to have a list of the things  for which you don’t have to spend a ton of dough.  Check out this list of $60 dollar store …

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Apr 17

6 Survival Uses for Salt

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At the Tin Hat Ranch, we have an affinity for salt, it’s usually on french fries, but we love it nonetheless.  Salt is necessary for life, it is so important that Roman soldiers were paid their wages in salt.  In fact, the word “salary” is derived from salt.  We wrote an article on the importance …

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Apr 16

21 Projects to Become More Self-Sufficient

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  Being Self-Sufficient is a journey.  You don’t go to bed one day dependent and wake up the next at the destination.  Self-sufficiency involves many steps, just like said journey.  Here are 21 great do-it-yourself projects that can help you become self-sufficient one step at a time: 21 Projects to Become More Self-Sufficient     …

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Apr 16

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Bugging Out

Well, the “challenge” portion of our Budget Bug Out Gear Challenge is over.  Here are some things that you might never experience if you haven’t strapped your gear on your back (more properly, your hips) and traced your planned route:   You are not going to walk as far as you might think.  Maybe you …

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Apr 14

Budget Bug Out Challenge Update

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Thanks to all who followed the progress of the challenge over the weekend, it was fun!  It’s over now, it turned out to be just as much of a challenge to me as it did the gear.  The good news is, everything survived.  Yesterday was in a sense the roughest day.  It started out great, …

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