Bread Making Options When You Have NO YEAST

By Mac Slavo

Much to the dismay of preppers everywhere, yeast does expire.  It loses the ability to make bread rise, as it’s a living culture.  You can get it to last about a year or more in the freezer, but since it isn’t great for long-term food storage, alternatives to making bread should be made.

It isn’t that difficult to make bread without yeast, but you need to understand your options and prepare your food stash accordingly.  Personally, I like to practice too.  It’ll help you know what method you prefer and which changes can be made to the recipes to be more palatable for your needs.

SOURDOUGH – The first thing I would try to make is sourdough bread. Sourdough is bread with “wild-harvested yeast”, meaning that it’s yeast you can grow naturally at home.  Sourdough bread takes practice, but there are several great guides out there. You can keep your starter going and your yeast alive all the time, so you’ll never run out. You can also buy starter if you don’t feel like making it from scratch.

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Baking Soda ONLY – If all you have on hand is some baking soda, you can make what is often referred to as “salt-rising bread.” This the bread pioneers on the Oregon Trail made often.  The salt was saleratus, or what today, most closely resembles baking soda. Give this one a try! Unfortunately, this isn’t a great option for those with any kind of sensitivity to dairy.  Most recipes call for milk or buttermilk.

Baking Powder ONLY – If you have some baking powder on hand, you can make bread using it as a leavening agent. You can make some pretty good biscuits and cornbread using baking powder. The Augason Farms Biscuit Mix, right, has no leavening, meaning that you will need to add leavening to make your biscuits, but can do so with baking powder. Cornbread mixes also require baking powder. Once you make the batter, you can also make muffins.

Bread With Baking Soda and Baking Powder – These breads will have no yeast, but require both baking powder and baking soda. Try Irish Soda Bread.  Mixes can be purchased at most grocery stores and online and the flavor is not too bad!

Unleavened Bread – unleavened bread, such as tortillas and flatbreads are made without using rising agents at all. Try making hardtack or matzo. Matzo resembles a cracker, much like hardtack. It’s made generally only of flour and water (the flour is barley, oat, rye, spelt, or wheat). Here’s a great recipe showing how to make a homemade Matzo (sometimes also called Matzoh).

These options for bread when you have no yeast should be a great place to start! The important thing is to experiment with making these types of breads so you know what you personally prefer.  While you should probably still store yeast, it is important to realize that it has a fairly short shelf life, so knowing how to make some tasty bread after the SHTF will be beneficial for helping you stay satiated.


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Why NOT To Store Rice In A Used Soda Bottle & Alternatives For Storage

By Mac Slavo

Preppers sometimes make mistakes.  I know I have! It’s a learning experience for certain! For the most part, prepping mistakes are difficult to make, but this one seems popular: storing rice in a used soda bottle.

There are several reasons why this is a bad idea, but there are also alternatives to the problem. Reusing soda bottles for food and water storage is more misinformation than anything, but it is a dangerous concept and one that keeps circulating on the Internet. Here is why you should NOT use a used soda bottle for food storage:

  1. Bacteria – Bacteria can grow in a used soda bottle.  Sure, you could TRY to sterilize the bottle first, but the plastic is likely to melt before all of the bacteria and other organisms can be killed off. Warm soapy water can help, but it also might not be enough.  Canners understand this, as botulism is of the utmost concern.  No one wants to get sick from eating the food you’ve stored for when the SHTF.
  2. Leaching – even if you are successful at completely sterilizing your plastic bottle, said bottle will leach into the food you’ve stored in it. Soda bottles are far from high-quality plastic and the chemicals in the soda have likely already started breaking down the plastic.  This process won’t stop when you put food for consumption in one of these bottles.
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But, the good news is that the solutions are fairly easy and inexpensive. Obviously, it’s better to store your food in a used soda bottle than not store food at all, however, consider attempting to keep your food in something other than BPA-laced plastic. Some options are:

  1. Glass Containers – these can be boiled for long periods of time making complete sterilization possible.  They won’t degrade or break down when scrubbing with soapy water and steel wool. There’s a reason why canners and preppers choose glass, and while it may cost more, it can be sealed off and you can prevent any contamination. Those living in earthquake zones though should consider something else, as glass is easily breakable. 
  2. Mylar Bags – these are perfect for those who live in earthquake zones. Mylar bags are ideal food storage containers because they keep light from reaching your food. With the help of oxygen absorbers and a plastic food-grade bucket, you can keep food stored for upwards of 25-years in mylar bags. The nice thing too is that you can divvy up your supplies into small portions. This has the advantage of keeping vermin segregated if they get into your stores.
  3. Stainless Steel – Stainless steel is the safest alternative for replacing a plastic water bottle. I use them to store leftover food in the refrigerator as opposed to plastic.  Not only does stainless steel resist stains, but it also has antibacterial qualities, making it an excellent option for food storage. It’s also not breakable like glass, but it is likely to cost you more.

Don’t make this common mistake when prepping.  Make sure your food is stored as safely as your budget will allow.  Not much will be worse than getting sick during an emergency.  Save those used soda bottles for mosquito traps!


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4 Inexpensive Items for The Prepper on a Budget

By Mac Slavo

For those of us on a budget, prepping is often relegated to the back burner.  But prepping doesn’t have to be expensive; and if you’re a beginner prepper, having these 4 cheap items in your gear or bug-out bag will give you a leg up in a catastrophic SHTF situation.

If you’re not a beginner prepper, these items are likely already in your supply. But if you’re just getting into preparedness, this is will be a good place to start!

1 – Water Filter

You will want a way to filter water if you’re forced to drink from sources such as a stream or a lake.  Tools such as the Life Straw work well and will be worth a lot more than the $20 they cost if things go bad in a hurry. A personal water filter like the Life Straw will provide at least 1000 gallons of water. The microfiltration membrane removes 99.999999% of waterborne bacteria (including E. coli and salmonella) and 99.999% of waterborne parasites (including giardia and cryptosporidium). It also removes the smallest microplastics found in the environment (down to 1 micron) and reduces turbidity down to 0.2 microns. Drinking clean water will be necessary for survival.

2 – Fire Starter

Starting a fire is a skill that can be made much easier with the use of a tool designed to get one built more efficiently. A traditional Ferro rod works well and is small enough and cheap enough that everyone should consider owning one. You can get a high-quality Ferro rod for about $16 and even find some cheaper ones out there.  Another bonus option to use in conjunction with the Ferro rod is soaking cotton balls in Vaseline. These will also make fire starting easier and are incredibly inexpensive to purchase.  (Put them in a sealed Ziploc bag after soaking in Vaseline to avoid a mess.)

3 – First Aid Kit

Unfortunately, we’ve all needed a first aid kit at some point and the S has not officially hit the fan just yet.  These are readily available at most dollar stores, but for a bit more quality and about the same price with more items, you can get one for around $16 with 299 pieces.  We have first aid kits of this size in all our vehicles, sports bags, and in each bathroom of our home because you never know what life has in store for you.  Just remember to replenish your first aid kit as you use the items, so it’ll be ready when things go south.

4 – Can opener and canned goods

If a grocery store in your area offers a “case lot sale” consider stocking up on canned goods at that store.  Obviously, these are heavy and not meant for a bug out bag but are still useful for situations like a major blizzard or floods where there’s no way to get to a grocery store for food.  But don’t forget a manual can opener! It’s hard to imagine, but I’ve met several people who have thousands of cans of food saved but don’t know where their can opener is located. As cheap as they come, I recommend having several on hand. I also recommend stepping up in quality, because this is a tool you could realistically be using several times a day. For about $12, you can get a pretty decent can opener and it won’t break the bank.

These are the first four items I’d suggest you obtain if you have just begun your prepping journey and are on a budget. This is by no means a complete list of everything you’ll ever need, and only you can decide what’s right for you, but we all started somewhere! And this is meant to frugally help you take the first steps!

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Prepping Tip: How To Start A Fire With Wet Wood

By Mac Slavo

As preppers, we like to share important tips when we come across them.  One trick that could help us all immensely when the SHTF is knowing how to start a fire with wet wood: one of the most frustrating things on Earth.

When it comes to a SHTF situation, one of the most critical survival skills you can learn is how to start a proper fire. With this skill, you can cook your own food, dry wet clothes, warm yourself up, and even signal for help. Anyone who’s gotten a campfire going probably thinks they have it all figured out.

Let’s face it, it is rather simple: when we are wet and cold, we want to be dry and warm and we’ll need a fire to do that in an emergency. But making a fire out of wet wood isn’t the easiest thing to do. Even if you can get your tinder burning, the logs can stubbornly remain unburnt. So I’ve found a few tricks I’d like to share and maybe they’ll help the next time all you’ve got is wet firewood.

First, water usually only penetrates the outer layers of dead wood, so your best bet is to use a knife or hatchet to strip away the damp outer layer. You could also split the wood into smaller pieces exposing the dry inside. Once you’ve got your wood ready, employ one or some of the following and you should have a fire in no time!

Petroleum Jelly (Vaseline)Cotton balls soaked in petroleum jelly burn at extremely high heat and are a great low-cost alternative to commercial fire starters. Each ball will burn for about three minutes which is long enough to dry out the wet tinder and ignite it. If you try this, make sure you pack them in a sealed plastic bag.  They can get messy but are invaluable. Stock up on these! You can make about 200 of these yourself for under $10.

Steel Wool – This one is usually the most surprising and unknown. Steel wool is actually highly flammable and rather inexpensive. A few sparks from a Ferro rod will get a clump of steel wool burning at over 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit in a matter of seconds. Steel wool also has the advantage that it can be lit electrically. If you rub the terminals of a 9-volt battery against the wool, it will heat to its ignition point in a couple of seconds.

Doritos Chips – Say what? Doritos chips are actually flammable. (It kind of makes you wonder what’s in them now, huh?) As it turns out, the chemicals, powdered flavors, and oil in the chips make the perfect combination for combustion. Almost any chip will do, actually, so if you dislike Doritos, don’t worry, experiment with chips you do like as most other chips are flammable as well. And if you get your fire started with steel wool or petroleum jelly soaked balls, you won’t need to light your chips on fire. You will have a crunchy snack to munch on as you warm up.

There are more options if you’re really in a pinch, but I chose to share these with you because of the low cost and effectiveness of them. Also, stocking up on all of these items is a good idea because they have several uses and could come in handy when the SHTF.

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The Benefits Of Manuka Honey And Why You Should Consider Storing Some!

By Mac Slavo

Manuka honey is unique to New Zealand, and to obtain pure Manuka Honey is a specialized task for beekeepers. It’s produced by bees that pollinate the flower Leptospermum scoparium, commonly known as the manuka bush, and its antibacterial properties are what set it apart from traditional honey, and why it might be a good item to store in your prepper pantry.

Manuka honey is more difficult to extract and has a limited harvest period as it is only collected at certain times of the year. The therapeutic applications of manuka honey are well understood by consumers around the world, thereby creating a continually high level of demand.

Honey doesn’t really expire as long as it is stored properly and not exposed to too much heat. If you choose a room temperature, dark spot, then your honey will be good for several years making it a decent food and medicinal product to add to your supply. There is no need to refrigerate honey unless you live in a hot climate. Consume manuka honey at room temperature, as heating it could destroy some of its wonderful properties.

Here are a few good reasons to consider grabbing some manuka honey!

  1. WOUND HEALING – Multiple studies have shown that manuka honey can enhance wound healing, amplify the regeneration of tissue and even decrease pain in patients suffering from burns. Manuka honey helps create an acidic wound environment, which favors healing.  Manuka honey has also been shown to be effective at treating wound infections caused by antibiotic-resistant strains, such as Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). It will also help create a more moist environment aiding in the healing process. Its most notable attribute is its effect on wound management and healing.
  2. SORE THROAT SOOTHING – Its antiviral and antibacterial properties can reduce inflammation and attack the bacteria that cause pain. Not only does manuka honey attack harmful bacteria, but it also coats the inner lining of the throat for a soothing effect.
  3. IMPROVE DIGESTIVE HEALTH – Digestive health is important all the time, but especially when you want the most out of your food, like after something catastrophic occurs. IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) is associated symptoms include constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and irregular bowel movements. Researchers have discovered that regularly consuming manuka honey may help decrease these symptoms by improving antioxidant status in rats.

For most people, manuka honey is safe to consume. However, it is important that some people consult a doctor before using it, including:

  • People with diabetes. All types of honey are high in natural sugar. Therefore, consuming manuka honey may affect blood sugar levels.
  • Those allergic to honey or bees. Those allergic to other types of honey or bees may have an allergic reaction after ingesting or applying manuka honey.
  • Infants. The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend giving honey to babies younger than one year due to the risk of infant botulism, a type of foodborne illness.

All things considered, manuka honey is likely an effective treatment strategy that may accelerate the healing process when used in conjunction with more conventional therapies.

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Prepping: Water Bath Canning With Vinegar

By Mac Slavo

After the post about vinegar went up, there were quite a few questions on some things, and I will attempt to tackle them one at a time.  Many had asked for a more detailed explanation on water bath canning with vinegar to preserve food.

First of all, water bath canning is a bit easier to master than pressure canning, according to most seasoned canners. But keep in mind, water bath canning works well for fruits and pickles, but can’t be used for low-acid vegetables like cucumbers (unless you have a lot of vinegar). Whether food should be processed in a pressure canner or boiling-water canner to control botulinum bacteria depends on the acidity of the food. Acidity may be natural, as in most fruits, or added, as in pickled food. Low-acid canned foods are not acidic enough to prevent the growth of these bacteria. Acid foods, on the other hand, contain enough to block their growth or destroy them more rapidly when heated.

*NOTE: You should NEVER water bath can meats for safety reasons! Invest in a pressure cooker for meat!

The term “pH” is a measure of acidity; the lower its value, the more acid the food. The acidity level in foods can be increased by adding lemon juice, citric acid, or vinegar. Bumping up the acidity helps prevent the growth of dangerous food-borne bacteria.  Cucumbers, for example, contain very limited acidity and typically have a pH of 5.12 to 5.78. Making sure that enough vinegar is added to the cucumbers is important to make safe pickles. Clostridium botulinum can grow in improperly canned, pickled foods with a pH higher than 4.6.  It is critical to use scientifically tested recipes for making pickles to ensure their safety, according to Clemson.

Most mixtures of low-acid and acid foods also have pH values above 4.6 unless their recipes include enough lemon juice, citric acid, or vinegar to make them acid foods. Acid foods have a pH of 4.6 or lower. They include fruits, pickles, sauerkraut, jams, jellies, marmalades, and fruit butters. –National Center for Home Food Preservation

The point is to be safe! No one wants botulism (a deadly form of food poisoning) after the SHTF! But not everyone has a fancy pressure canner and water bath canning could be the only option in a survival scenario.  In this case, again, ensure the pH is below 4.6 before you begin the process. You can use pH test strips, which aren’t too expensive and small enough to add to your prepper gear.

The below video guide is about the most thorough I could find to help you if you’d like to learn more about canning and safety.

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Essentially, to make your low-acid food safe, you’ll be “pickling” it.

NOTE: The only method recommended safe by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for canning vegetables, meats, poultry, and seafood is a pressure canner. There are many on the market, and they won’t break the bank entirely.  You can get one from Amazon for under $70.

A pressure canner will add that extra peace of mind for certain, but a low enough pH should do the trick too. The reason vinegar is suggested to acidify food for preppers, in particular, is because of it’s many other uses. Lemon juice and citric acid could get the pH low enough to make the low-acid food safe to water can too.

*This article is for informational purposes only.  The USDA suggests pressure canning all low acid foods. Please be safe, and don’t risk botulism! **Caution: Never eat food from a jar that has an unsealed or swollen lid or that shows any signs of spoiling! Take all necessary precautions to ensure your food is safe to eat!

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5 Reasons You Should Consider Adding Chia Seeds To Your Food Supply

By Mac Slavo

We’ve all heard of chia seeds, but they are spoken and written about sparingly when it comes to adding them to your prepper supply. But there are several incredibly good reasons to consider storing chia seeds for when the SHTF.

The Mayans loved chia seeds so much that “chia” is the ancient Mayan word for “strength.” So if you’re looking for a food item that will provide you with energy, nutrition, and the strength to make it through a catastrophe, look no further than chia seeds.  Grown in Mexico and South America, chia seeds are said to have been used by both the Mayan and Aztec cultures for supernatural powers.

1.Nutrition

Despite their teeny size, chia seeds pack a punch when it comes to nutritional content. Chia seeds are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, antioxidants, iron, and calcium, according to Medical News Today.

2. Egg Replacement

Although most people use chia seeds soaked in water as an egg replacement in vegan meals, they could be used similarly after the SHTF.  If all of your chickens die off or you’re unable to get to the store for eggs chia seeds could make a decent replacement for foods that need some binding.

3. Digestion and Detox

A diet with adequate fiber prevents constipation and promotes regularity for a healthy digestive tract. Digestive concerns are very real for those who consider themselves to be preppers, and chia seeds will be a huge help! Regular bowel movements are crucial for the daily excretion of toxins through the bile and stool, and we will all need our health to remain stable if we expect to make it through a disaster less dinged up than the average person.

4.Greens via Sprouts

Chia seeds can also be grown into sprouts, which will add a little more green to your SHTF diet. Because they quickly absorb lots of water, traditional sprouting methods using a jar are not advised.  If you put chia seeds directly into the water they will turn into a gooey gelatinous mess. That’s fine when using it as an egg replacement (as suggested in #2) but they just won’t sprout that way giving you nutritious greens. But using a terracotta dish, you’ll be able to effectively sprout delicious and wholesome chia seeds.

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5. Easy Storage

Chia seeds are incredibly easy to store, making them almost perfect for the majority of preppers to add to their stockpile of food. The antioxidants in the chia seeds allow them to be stored for months in a dark, cool place, like your cupboard, but because they will keep for up to 5 years, it is not unreasonable to add them to your SHTF food supply. Preparedness Mama suggests putting your chia seeds in plastic Ziploc baggies and pushing as much air from the bag as you can. Toss your baggies of chia seeds into a 5-gallon bucket and store them in a cool, dry place like most of your other dehydrated foods in storage.

NOTE: Because chia seeds can absorb 27 times their own weight in water, they work well for healthy digestion; however, they should be mixed with other foods or liquids before consuming, especially for people with a history of swallowing problems. Small children should not be given dry chia seeds.


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Prepping Tips: How To Prepare Your Dog (Or Cat) For Survival

By Mac Slavo

Your dog is most likely not going to be forgotten when the SHTF, so why not have a contingency plan for him? Your beloved pet might be able to help you get through a catastrophe, as long as you make plans in advance.

The most important factor to consider is water.  If you have a well, you only need to have a method to get water from it in the event there is a power grid failure or malfunction. If you store your water, make sure you store extra for your four-legged friend. Dogs are often fine drinking water from a stream or a creek, and may not need as much as you think if a water source is readily available, but it is something to keep in mind.

Dog food will probably not be readily available if the country or globe is plunged into a primitive survivalist environment.  So obviously, the basics of food and water should be dealt with first. You should stockpile canned dog food and kibble if you find it on sale.  Oftentimes dollar stores a great place to find bulk, hugely discounted dog food.  It won’t be premium-quality food, by any stretch of the imagination, but it will keep your dog alive when society is crumbling around you.

Thankfully, it’s relatively easy to store kibble for your dog or cat. Try to find a food-safe grain storage bin to keep out the rodents and save about a one year supply.  This is handy for those who may want better quality dog food.  Saving it in advance is the way to go!

But there’s one suggestion that I have found personally helpful.  If you hunt and know how to kill your own food, you’ll have a leg up when the SHTF.  Instead of tossing out that chewy hock (the bottom part of the elk or deer’s leg) save the meat and boil it.  Dogs love this and as it approaches one year of being in the freezer during normal times, (it won’t keep forever) toss it in some boiling water with a little salt. Doing this is a simple way to help keep your dog fed and eliminate waste after a hunt.  Any other part of the animal that is not fit for human consumption, such as some of the organs (dogs particularly like the liver), could be saved and prepared in a similar manner for your dog (or cat, to each their own.)

The Happy Prepper also suggests making your dog its own bug-out bag!  Not only could that be a fun project, but it could help your furry friend and yourself if you wake up to a disaster.

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Try not to overload your dog with too many items, but things like paracord would be excellent additions to a doggie bug out bag.


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3 Things To Consider BEFORE Going Off The Grid

By Mac Slavo

Have you ever wanted to go off the grid? Are you wondering if it’s the right thing to do for you and your family? Many ponder this idea and the implications, so if you’re one of those, here are three things you should take into consideration before making your decision.

1 – Make Sure You Can Meet Your Needs FIRST, Then Evaluate Costs

Before going off the grid, you will need to make sure you can meet your energy needs with alternative sources. If you cannot meet your needs, make sure you cut down on your energy usage so that it will be possible to make the switch to off-grid living. This will also help you make the right decision about which system could be the best choice for your situation.

You will also want to take the cost of these new systems into account. For the most part, the costs will come down to what you’ve decided your energy needs are. Most people can go off the grid for under $20,000 and most homesteads can get away with spending a lot less than that, but that’s still a large chunk of money for the average American. Consider your budget and save up before purchasing your system to avoid debt and interest payments.

You could even try a DIY wind turbine. You can make one for around $32 and it may give you an idea of whether this is the right lifestyle decision.



2 – Understand Your Systems and Know Their Weaknesses

Every system has a potential pitfall when you attempt to go off the grid.  Some of these will include the unexpected maintenance costs and the need for backup energy systems in case your primary system fails. Knowing how to operate and maintain these systems will be vital if you want to take yourself off the grid. Take the time to research and learn everything you can before making the switch so you’re comfortable with the decision about the system you’ve chosen and how to maintain it. Each system has advantages and disadvantages and you’ll need to understand them before making a choice.

You should also keep your energy sources diverse.  Diversification all but ensures you’ll have enough energy for your needs.  For example, don’t rely solely on solar power especially if you live in a place with limited sunny days.  Try using both solar and wind, and maybe add in a backup generator, just in case.

3 – Know Your State’s Laws

Some states have made it illegal to go off the grid.  California, for example, requires single-family homes to be connected to the power grid. Those who would like to take their homestead off the electric grid in Pennsylvania are required to contact their local government for an ordinance, pay some fees, and obtain licensing for them to operate within the law. In contrast, going off the grid in Hawaii is not only legal but often encouraged due to the limitations of the existing grid system.

It is important to consider your location, as some states may not even allow you to live off the grid. Perhaps you could consider a move if you live in California and going off the grid is important.

If you have decided to go off the grid, congratulations! It’s a big decision, but one that will come with freedom and sustainability.

Happy Homesteading!

Helpful hint: you could try a wind turbine kit from Amazon. While there are several options, choosing the right one for your budget and energy needs might be possible. Amazon also offers highly rated solar kits as well if you have decided solar power is right for you!

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Can You Be A Minimalist AND A Prepper?

By Mac Slavo

Minimalism is having a moment, and a quick perusal of YouTube will have you wondering why you haven’t tried it before, other than it seems like it is diametrically opposed to prepping.  But why can’t you be both?

Minimalism and prepping can actually go hand-in-hand. There’s really more overlap in ideas than most will admit. On the surface, minimalists and preppers look very different, but all you have to do is dig a little deeper and you will find that the methodologies both employ are actually very similar.

Serious preppers understand that survivalism is not just about the hoarding of stuff, but about carefully selected items that will give them a leg up during an apocalyptic event.  Minimalists also usually only keep items that are useful to them, making them not only unburdened by the baggage of “stuff”, but capable of distinguishing from wants and needs, overlapping the area into the “prepper’s mindset” quite easily.

Minimalists are used to living with less. They don’t need designer handbags and extravagant body washes to get through. Because of this, they often save a good portion of their income, freeing up more money for those needs (like a water filtration system) by saving on the wants.

Minimalists also often choose smaller homes (the tiny house movement is having a moment) since they have fewer items they need to store. But those small abodes are easier to take off the grid in a SHTF situation too. They require substantially less power than a standard-sized American home.

Just like prepping, minimalism is not for everyone.  Many will have trouble giving up their beloved possessions and the public is often skeptical of both.  Many look down on preppers, too, for taking their survival into their own hands and storing extra food and water while average people hoard things like shoes. Others tend to look down on minimalists for wearing the same few shirts in rotation and never replacing them until they are worn out.

Minimalists and preppers also share another common thread: those who practice one or both are above the rampant consumerism ravaging the lives of and indebting most Americans. Both avoid buying up every sale item in sight just to have it and both really evaluate every purchase made making certain it’s necessary and “the right one.”  The truth is, neither prepping or minimalism is “normal” to the average overspending, deeply indebted American who has no idea why they can’t make ends meet.

Additionally, most preppers and minimalists reject the very idea of waste—food, perishable goods, and money. Both have learned to tailor their lives (whether it’s prepping or minimizing) in a way that allows the use of literally everything (composting, for example, is a great way to eliminate food waste.)   Minimalists often employ this strategy too and eventually grow their own food decreasing their reliance on others.

Minimalists don’t “go without;” rather, they’ve learned to live with less. They simply narrow their focus and really home in on what is truly a necessity just like preppers do.  After all, there’s only so much you can fit in your bug-out bag.

You can be both! The key is to find balance and do what’s right for you. There is no right or wrong way to prep, just like there is no right or wrong way to be a minimalist.

Hang onto the joy and peace you get from not being weighed down by excessive belongings while maintaining the comfort and confidence you get by knowing you are prepared to be self-sufficient in the event that any ordinary support systems break down. –Off Grid News

Another great article on the similarities between preppers and minimalists can be found by clicking here. Off Grid News did an excellent job highlighting how you can be a minimalist and a prepper at the same time.

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