Saturday, March 29, 2014

How to make extra money for your prepping supplies



How to make extra money for your prepping supplies


Most preppers I know aren’t made of money. We all wish we had more to devote to our preps. Some of us will have spare time we could devote to a money making project if we could only figure out what.

One thing about your time; some business gurus will tell you not to waste your time at a low paying endeavor because you only clear say $1 an hour doing it. I will advise if you would otherwise make nothing, $1 an hour will add up and allow you to put back preps you normally wouldn’t have been able to afford.

Start a Part-Time Business
People don’t like to work anymore, so a service business of some sort can be worthwhile. Find something to do that people don’t have time or no longer want to do. If you enjoy doing physical work, you should be able to figure out something people in your area will pay for.

If you are in reasonable health and in an area where people have lawns, a mowing business can pay enough over your investment to be considered profitable. Other things to think about are woodcutting, landscaping, painting and general hauling.

Use a SHTF skill
When you are practicing one of your primitive skills (and you are learning one, right?) make something useful and sell it.

Some people carve wooden spoons, chopsticks and other utensils. Others are into primitive pottery, brain tanning of furs, flint knapping and wildcrafting. All of these things create products that many are willing to pay good money for.

I personally like making cordage in my spare time. I can sell natural candle wicks or fine cordage to be used for stringing beads in jewelry. I can turn it into a dream catcher, or I can just list a three foot piece on Ebay and sell it that way. If I get ambitious, I can make some strong fine fishing line and create primitive fishing kits to sell.


Sell online
Selling online is easy with auction sites like Ebay and Etsy, or you can list on Craigslist  or trading posts on Facebook and the like.

To get things to sell, start hitting yard sales, Ebay and Craigslist looking for bargains. Freecycle is a great place to pick up things to sell, but be sure you are honest about getting them for resale.

List your own handicrafts, art or wildcrafted items for sale.


Run a Trapline
Fur trapping is a great way to learn about how animals think. It not only will pay you now with a monetary reward for the fur; it will pay you later with a valuable skill that will produce meat and fur in the event of a collapse.

Fur trapping is a skill that with modern technology can be learned mostly online. Not to say watching videos and reading books will prepare you completely, but they do provide a good tutorial that some of us had to learn through trial and error.


Write
If you have knowledge, you can share it through writing about it. You can start a blog or even do some freelancing on the side.

Start by joining an online forum that caters to the topic you want to write about. Start posting on the forum and work on your writing skills. If you start a blog, you have a perfect place to polish how you write. When you feel you can put together coherent information, start looking for other bloggers to exchange posts with and expand from there.

Don’t worry too much about not being able to write. I almost flunked out of high school English. When I started posting online it was mostly one liners. Gradually, I posted longer and more in-depth information. Now I write feature length articles, ebooks, and am working on a novel (isn’t every writer?).

Writing is a skill that can be learned by anyone, and like any other skill the more you practice, the better you get.

Any or all of these things can be used to earn extra income. If you are diligent in keeping the money separate from your regular income, you will soon find you have quite a bit of extra for building up your preps.


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Short product review Poulan Pro Brush cutter

I picked up a Poulan Pro brush cutter/ trimmer on closeout at wally world last week. It was a 2 stroke model with interchangeable heads. I also picked up the cultivator/mini-tiller head to go with it.

I need a brush cutter in my woods. Since the ash borer killed all the ash trees the light has reached the forest floor and the brush is close to impenetrable. I need to clear away the brambles and other brush for cutting firewood.

Since the Poulan Pro was on sale I figured I would check it out and see how well it did.

I got it home and found the instructions were as easy to follow as any others I have used to assemble equipment. The cutter went together quickly and the premix is the same as I use in my chainsaw so I fired it up to see how it worked.

It fired right up when I followed the instructions for starting, but I noticed I had to feather the throttle quite a bit to get it up to speed. I also noticed it seem to not be running quite right, I figured it may take a bit to warm up and get broken in.

So I walked over to a patch of weeds to see how the cutter blade would work...the mixed weeds and grass were difficult for the blade to get through, not because of lack of power but they were easily pushed out of the way and it didn't cut them well.

So then I walked down to the woods to see how it would work for the reason I bought it. I should at this point mention the kill switch wouldn't work. I had to pull the plug wire to kill it for my trek to the woods.

I got down there and started in on a mixture of brambles and 1/2" saplings. I easily  cut a swath about 15' wide and 30' deep into the woods. At this point I had been running it for 15 minutes total and it still wouldn't smooth out or let me give it full throttle without feathering it open a bit at a time.

So I decided I was going to return it since it was a new machine and while it cut pretty good for what I wanted to use it for it, something was messed up with it.

I got back to the house and dumped the remaining gas back into the can and decided to start it to run the carb empty. When I pulled the starter rope it stayed out and I couldn't get it to go back in...so apart it came and back into the box and back to wally world it went. There were no hassles with the return.

The Poulan Pro brush cutter in my opinion worked well on actually cutting the brush I needed cut, even though it wasn't running right and I had to return it. I would give it 1 1/2 stars out of 5

I will be picking up a Stihl in the next week or so and I will give a review of that brush cutter.

Still clinging to my God and my guns,
Randy

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Looking for a Bunker?

Came across a site called Bunker Network that attempts to match up people looking for bunkers or even space in a common share bunker.

I talked a bit to the owner and he asked me if I would mention it on my blog. I normally don't go in for paid subscription sites but in this case with it being such a specialized site, along with  people looking for bunkers generally being able to afford a nominal fee like this one, I decided it might be of use to some of the folks who come around this blog.

How many of us would like to be able to afford a converted missile silo or have a custom bunker built in our back yard or at a remote property.

Bunker Network can hook you up with pre-made places or people who have room for others in their bunker.

It may or may not be for you but if you can afford it you should check it out.

Still clinging to my God and my guns,
Randy