The Original Prep School

When kids were allowed to play outside

I recall playing outside as a youngster until dark, when mom would call me home—usually for the third time. My mother, like her mother before her, could recall the same memory from her youth.

Today’s children will have no such recollection, as childhood has transitioned from outdoors to indoors, and virtual reality has replaced the real world.

Whereas I spent hours each day playing outdoors, a recent study revealed that the typical American child spends only four to seven minutes per day playing outside. By contrast, digital screens hypnotize our children for more than seven hours each day.

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10 Survival Lessons From the Great Depression

Transcript of Self-Sufficient Life, episode 26

So, we all grew up reading and hearing about The Great Depression, right?

That time in American history when times were tough, everyone was thrown out of work, food was scarce.

On top of that we had the Dust Bowl with infertile land and tremendous storms of dust blanketing the heartland of the country.

And, of course, virtually no one had money.

Sounds like a made-for-TV nightmare that’s almost beyond belief.

But—as terrible as that time was, was it really terrible for everyone?

Season 1: Episode 9: Chris Martenson | Crash Course | Economic Collapse | Homesteading [PODCAST]

The Mad Scientist Turned Homesteader Who Discovered We’re on a Crash Course With Economic Collapse

So what would cause a trained scientist and big pharma executive to sell everything he owns and move to the country? Well, find out as I share the story of, not a mad scientist, but a scientist who got mad when he discovered we’re on a Crash Course with economic collapse.

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Season 1: Episode 7: Daisy Luther | The Organic Prepper | Survival Mom | Homesteading [PODCAST]

The gun-toting, homeschooling mother who’s inspiring a nation of Organic Preppers

If you want to change the way people think, sometimes you just gotta get right up in their grill and tell ‘em what you think. Today, I’ll share the story of Daisy Luther. A freedom fighting, gun-toting, homeschooling mother who’s inspiring a nation of Organic Preppers.

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Amazon Recommendations 10:10:16 – Must-Have Items for Self-Sufficient Life

Each Monday and Wednesday, I bring you items from Amazon that I personally use or can recommend based on my experience. I consider them critical for modern homesteading, prepping and living more self-sufficiently. Even if you already have one, these items make great presents for your friends and loved ones who aspire to be better prepared.

bolt-powerThe Bolt Power Portable 600 Amp Jump Starter Pack is an absolute must have! This thing can almost fit in your back pocket and will start your car or truck battery when it’s flat dead.

For that reason alone it’s a great idea to have one in every car you own (I do), but it does much more.

For instance, see that air compressor it comes with? Yep, 80 PSI air compressor can inflate your car tires if you have an emergency.

And see those ports on the back? That’s for charging your phones or laptops. It even comes with 7-in-1 adapters to fit various brands of laptops.

I really like the Bolt Power Pack because, look, you don’t want to be stranded without power. Whether it’s for your vehicle, phone or computer. That’s what preparedness is all about–having a backup plan.

That’s what the Bolt Power Pack provides, so check it out.

 

Amazon Recommendations 10:03:16 – Two Must-Have Items for Self-Sufficient Life

Each Monday and Wednesday, I bring you two items from Amazon that I personally use or can recommend based on my experience. I consider them critical for modern homesteading, prepping and living more self-sufficiently. Even if you already have one, these items make great presents for your friends and loved ones who aspire to be better prepared.

Mr. HeaterThe first item is the Mr. Heater. It’s an indoor safe portable heater fueled by those small propane canisters.

It cranks out up to 9,000 BTU and heats areas up to 200 square feet. That makes it perfect as a prepping item for power outages, or to heat up your tent or camper. Even your deer stand.

This is a handy item to have around…just check out the reviews on Amazon.

 

pluckerThe second item today is a 24 finger chicken plucker that works with a standard drill.

Raising chickens is part of living a self-sufficient life. And, whether you raise them for meat or eggs, ultimately they all need to be processed.

None of us can afford those big pluckers for home processing, but this 24 finger chicken plucker makes the job easy. Just insert it into your drill and you’re ready to pluck.

Of course, I scaled the birds first, but I do that using this propane turkey deep fryer. Get the water temperature to about 150 degrees, scald the birds for 30 seconds or so with an up and down motion. Then you can easily pluck using the 24 finger chicken plucker.

So there you have it. There are lots of tools you need to live a self-sufficient life, but these are the two I recommend today. If you don’t have them, get them.

Season 1: Episode 5: Mark Goodwin | Prepper | Christian Author [PODCAST]

FROM DRUG ADDICT TO BESTSELLING CHRISTIAN AUTHOR

Some men get trapped in the purple haze of life, only to see the light when God himself answers their prayers from the county jail. This week, I share the story of one such man. A man who kicked his drug addiction to become a prepper and bestselling author of post-apocalyptic Christian novels.

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Comfortably Survive Economic Collapse

Survival Tips from the Great Depression

In the years following America’s near economic collapse (Great Recession of 2007-2009), many folks found themselves wondering if far worse times lie ahead. Indeed, an astonishing number of websites, TV shows, books, podcasts and websites (including this one) emerged that focus on preparedness and self-sufficiency.

From zombies to Alaskan homesteaders, the sites and shows are enduring and proving to be very popular. That wouldn’t be the case without a gnawing feeling on the part of the general public that our country may be headed down a troubling path. The polarizing choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump seems to have done nothing to calm these fears.

Even if the doomsday people are correct in their claims that the dollar is about to collapse, the government is about to collapse or an EMP is imminent, it doesn’t mean that times have to be tough for you.

A common misconception is that times in The Great Depression, 80 years ago, were tough for everyone. They weren’t.