Survival Scout Tips

Declare Your Food Independence in 3 Easy Steps

Declare Your Food Independence in 3 Easy Steps Spring is finally here. In the Idaho panhandle, the snows have turned to rain, preparing the soil for this year's planting. Yesterday, as I checked in on my tomato seedlings I have in a sunny, south-facing window, I got that feeling again. You know what I'm talking about? Let me explain - because it's my hope to inspire the same feeling in you. Excitement doesn't come close to describing it. For me, growing your own food represents a tremendous opportunity. To get your hands dirty. To get back to the traditions of...

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Financial Myth-Busting from a Survivalist

Financial Myth-Busting from a Survivalist Last night, I received a call from an old friend. For the sake of his privacy, let's call him Dan. Back in school, Dan was always the life of the party. His energy always made me feel like the future was bright - it was contagious. When I heard his voice on the phone, that energy had changed. He tried his best to be cheerful as we caught up, but I could tell he was stressed and nervous. "Everything OK, Dan?" I asked. Finally, he told me the real reason he was calling. Dan wanted...

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Disturbing Things People Do with Their Tax Refunds

Disturbing Things People Do with Their Tax Refunds   Did you receive your tax refund yet? It's somewhat amusing to see what people say they'll do with their tax refunds. After working hard all year, many are impatient, awaiting delivery of the check from the government. Finally, the big day comes with average bank account adding $3,120 with the refund. People proudly plan to do things like pay down credit cards, put the money away for a rainy day or get their financial house in order. Yet, there's the temptation too to spend it on something fun. It turns out...

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Survival Lessons From a Hollywood Movie?

Survival Lessons From a Hollywood Movie? As many of you know, I live off the grid in the snowy mountains of the Idaho panhandle. Since we live 45 minutes from the nearest town, my family doesn't "go out" much. We're not shutting ourselves off from the world, it's just a big trip to make. However, that's not to say we don't treat ourselves every so often. Well, my wife knows I love movies - especially if they involve history. Last weekend, she got us tickets to see The Revenant. After watching the film, I discovered another powerful lesson about preparedness....

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The Lesson That Transformed My Approach to Preparedness

The Lesson That Transformed My Approach to Preparedness Let me tell you a story. Like other stories I've shared recently, this one contains a powerful lesson about preparedness, which is why I bring you this one today. Sometimes the simplest, strangest things teach you a lot about preparedness. For example, recently I've told you about the lessons I learned from fallen trees and toilet paper! However, unlike those stories, this didn't happen recently. In fact, this may be the first preparedness lesson I ever learned. When I was 9-years-old, I didn't have a clue about preparedness. I had no way...

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Preparedness Planning Advice - 3 Tips

Preparedness Planning Advice - 3 Tips Dear Friends, Recently, I received a letter from a new customer, Tammy from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She told me she got my address from a longtime loyal customer after she had caught "the preparedness bug," as she put it. Tammy went on to say that her family had put off preparedness for years - despite knowing it was something they wanted and needed to do. Now, they felt overwhelmed because they wanted to make up for lost time, and fast. Tammy said they were committed, but there was one problem - money. In this...

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3 Reasons to Grow a Preparedness Garden

3 Reasons to Grow a Preparedness Garden A few days ago, as we turned over a new month, my mind turned to gardening.   I know it's only February and many of us - including myself - can barely see the ground through the snow. But when I look out on my property, I only see potential.   In fact, I'm already planning to set up some cold-frames and another greenhouse to increase my food production during next winter. Yes, even in the mountains of northern Idaho, it's possible to grow food year round.   So, how's your garden coming...

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3 Preparedness Lessons I Learned from Snow Storms

3 Preparedness Lessons I Learned from Snow Storms If you've been following the news lately, what was once a mild winter has turned into a string of storms spread across the country.   I could repeat the scary facts and figures or dwell on the damage caused, but that's not why I'm writing you today. I've learned better than that - there's a better way to react and I encourage you to follow my lead.   You see, every year, when the first winter storm hits the headlines, I'm reminded of everything I've learned about preparedness and why I founded...

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Food Prices on The Rise Again (Pt. 2)

Food Prices on The Rise Again Last week, I updated you on my on-going battle with our food suppliers over cost increases for 2016. They're afraid of rising food costs just like everyone else and told me they need to up their prices. Since then, I've spent hours on the phone trying to change their minds. Unfortunately, our growers and other suppliers simply aren't budging. They have their own reasons, and I have to respect that.The droughts that have plagued this country over the past couple years have increased everyone's food prices across the board. So I had a tough...

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Food Prices on The Rise Again (Pt. 1)

Food Prices on The Rise Again I'm sure you've seen similar headlines a lot lately. I decided to do some digging and get to the bottom of it all. Depending on where you look, the "experts" might tell you we're experiencing average food price inflation, others might say we're seeing extreme inflation. Since I don't have a degree in economics, it's hard to tell who's telling the truth. Of course, I have my own theory, which I'll share little later. However, I don't need a theory to know how we're all feeling. Our food bills keep growing and I hear...

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