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Blog Of The Week: The Survivalist Blog

As part of this week’s edition of ‘Blog of the Week,’ I wanted to take a minute to introduce you to a blog that I’ve read for quite some time,but haven’t really featured or linked to yet.

MD Creekmore’s survival blog is what he does for a living, along with doing consulting work. He lives off grid in the Appalachian Mountains on a two acre piece of land. The Survivalist Blog comes at survival and preparedness from a different angle, avoiding the high end costly route for a more pragmatic and frugal path.

I think this is a valuable perspective that many of us don’t see. We hear about the people with a years worth of (expensive!) freeze dried food, 10 decked out AR-15s and a huge retreat.

And for some, that is attainable. But for most of it isn’t. Over at The Survivalist Blog you’ll find a practical and rather pragmatic approach to prepping that helps you get ready for the unexpected without breaking the bank.

Rudy’s Note:  As always, make sure you take both viewpoints and make the decisions that are best for you and your family.  I find that there are some things that are worth spending a bit more on, while there are quite a few things that we COULD spend a fortune on, but absolutely don’t need to.  Be prudent!

While The Survivalist Blog is fairly popular, MD Creekmore hasn’t taken the route that some other popular blogs have, leveraging readers for all content and rarely posting himself.  I hope he never does, because I hear from quite a few folks that when the main blogger doesn’t participate as much, they lose interest.  I can personally attest to doing that in my own blog reading.

I’d like to highlight two posts that I enjoyed in particular. I suggest you take the time and go read them, and if you like what you find, definitely add The Survivalist Blog to your regular reading schedule.

The Top 9 Mistakes of Prepping Newbs

This was a good one. While I didn’t learn too much from it myself, its a post that everyone who is relatively new to prepping should read. In particular #4, storing salt, is a critical thing that quite a few people forget about in their preps.

#6 is also a key mistake that lots of people make. The idea of bugging out into the woods is a popular one, but it will get you killed. It’s really one of the worst ideas you can have, despite how ‘romantic’ and common the concept is in survivalist lore.

5 Tips To Get Your Spouse On Board For Your Preparedness Journey

I’m fortunate with my wife being fully on board as far as being prepared for the uncertainty of life goes. That said, even those of us with supportive spouses can learn from the points in this post.

In particular, #3 and #2 were pretty dead on point. You have to make it a ‘together’ thing, even if you don’t both participate to the same extent. It’s quite common for one spouse to be more active in one area, with the other picking up the slack in other areas. Marriage is a partnership, and prepping is no different.

In any case, be sure that you head over to The Survivalist Blog and check it out.

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4 Responses to Blog Of The Week: The Survivalist Blog

  1. I have a question. Both my husband and I have been preparing for *the worst*, and we’re making progress. Just hard to find the money to put into it. But we manage. Our question – flour, pasta, etc are listed under grains in the calculator, but with all others, what would I want with wheat? You can make everything with flour and cornmeal (also listed), so what’s up with wheat, and so much of it?

    • Pasta will last just as long as wheat will, but flour for example will not last longer than a year or two. So having the raw materials, so to speak, to make flour is a valuable thing.

      You can also do more with wheat than just grind it for flour … sprouting and wheat meat (gluten meat) come to mind immediately.

  2. Is it possible to add a hand pump to an existing well? I don’t know how deep it is. Any idea of cost? Thanks