Rethinking homesteading, prepping and self-reliance issues – 40 points to consider before the SHTF

Or how reading SHTF fiction could get you killed …

Questions and Answers with The Wolf Pack

Question from Frank M I am pretty new to all the EMP stuff. We live on a ranch in SW NM, the toe of the Rockies as it were. I am planning on buying and installing a 17K Generic Generator for pumping water and running the headquarters in event of power failures. We are the place […]

How to survive interstate driving

This is a guest post by BCtruck and entry for our non-fiction writing contest. Hi folks, I’m going to give writing an article,another try. While reading the rules for the writing contest I noticed where MD was encouraging people to submit articles, the words “we all have something to offer” struck a chord with me. I spent the […]

Self-Employment for Anyone

This is a guest post by Seeuncourt and entry for our non-fiction writing contest. “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas A. Edison Whether you want to leave the rat race, get off the grid, retreat from the city, enjoy a simpler life, or become self-sufficient, whatever […]

Penny Pincher’s Adventures in Decluttering for Preppers

This is a guest post by Penny Pincher and entry for our non-fiction writing contest. I’m like Oscar the Grouch – I love trash! My garden structures, kitchen, bathroom and “entertainment center” are all at least partly made from salvaged stuff from the trash. Also I’m a landlord and I have scrap wood, electric wire, plumbing fixtures, […]

Sew – a needle pulling thread

This is a guest post by Vicki C  and entry for our non-fiction writing contest. When I am cleaning house or doing the laundry my mind roams but eventually comes around to a SHTF scenario. When I consider the most common immediate needs, to me the order of importance would be — water, food, weapons, fuel, tools, medications and […]

Real-Life Ways To Survive The Future Hunger Games

Hunger Games

Guest post by Emily H After watching the movie “Catching Fire,” you are probably  thinking about how you can possibly survive the Hunger Games. If you  are Batman, you don’t really have that much to worry about. But let’s  face it; you are not. Human actions and technological advances are swiftly shifting, causing  some experts to […]

Check out swap meets and flea markets for a truck-load of survival gear

This is a guest post by Tom B and entry for our non-fiction writing contest. I realized I was a tightwad when I walked into a local Goodwill and was outraged by the prices they were charging. I had been spoiled by the local swap meets. Swap meets can be a great place to pick up prepper stuff, […]

Recreation Post SHTF: It’s Not Just for Kid’s

This is a guest post by Julius K  and entry for our non-fiction writing contest. I have been preparing and following this website for just over 9 months now, yet I haven’t commented or written in until now. Since graduating with my Master’s degree in May (and being unable to find work in this economy) I have free […]

Keeping your guns Dry and SAFE on the Cheap

Tip from John in New Hampshire Hello MD , my name is John from the Beautiful state of New Hampshire. I wanted to share a tip for you and your readers that I have been using in my gun safe(or a closet) for years, Quite Cheap and works wonderfully!! Up here we get quite humid summers […]

Money saving tips from Scarecrow1989

Scarecrow1989 Hope you are doing well. I just wanted to pass along a few quick ideas for saving some money based on my experiences over the years. I’ve never wrote up something for a blog like this before, but if you see that it might be of interest to your readers please consider it an […]

3 helpful ideas that will knock your socks off

by Hawkeyes, in the Pacific  North-west After reading a few dozen articles (posts) on thesurvivalistblog website, and the responses to said articles (posts), I have decided to respond with a few items that I have learned over time to be helpful in a out-in-the-boonies situation. Not saying that I am an expert at anything but I […]

How to dispose of your stuff on eBay so you can buy more preps!

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The first thing you need to do is identify what you want to sell and see if it’s worth the bother of dealing with eBay to get rid of it. There are a lot of things that don’t sell well or don’t sell for much on eBay.

The easiest thing to do is to pile up the things you want to get rid of and start looking up the past performance of those items on eBay. Handily, eBay allows you to search for “completed listings”. First, you enter the item, with as much specifics as you can give, in the “search” box at the top.

Say you have a book titled “Hunger Signs in Crops” and it was published in 1949. You want the most information possible, so you would search for “Hunger Signs in Crops 1949″ in the search box. Ebay will return a listing of things that match that. To find the completed listings – you need to look on the left side column – there is a section with a heading “Show only” – click the “completed listings” box there and it will show you the listings for the last month that ended, and what they sold for. You do that for all the items you’re thinking of selling, and any items that are not good sellers or that are not bringing close to the amount you would like to receive you would put aside and not sell.

Okay, so you’ve determined that you can indeed sell the item on eBay for good money. Next, you need to decide if you want to auction it off or sell it for a fixed price.

You need to set up what sort of policies your “store” will have. Will you accept returns? Do you ship internationally? Do you ship to Canada? Will you charge a handling fee? Will you charge shipping or ship for free? All of these will affect your bottom line.

Questions and Answers With The Wolf Pack : Will EMP disable solar panels?

Question from Brenda I have a question that I would like to ask the pack. One of my big goals is to transition over to solar power, however after reading the book “One Second After” I am concerned that an EMP would disable the solar panels. First, would an emp affect solar panels or some […]

Questions and Answers With The Wolf Pack : Where to get survival training?

A question from Victoria I’ve been silently following your blog for three years. Based upon your wisdom, and that of the delightful Pack…there has been a good amount of progress made in my personal preparation. You have many wise people here. Recently I’ve felt the need to break my silence and ask a few questions […]

Planning on Surviving a Nuclear, Large-Scale EMP. Here’s How.

Hello fellow survivalists, this is Seamus Finn, writing to you from the beautiful, French-speaking province of Québec, Canada. Some of you might already have considered the risks of a large-scale EMP attack over North-America. To the few of you who have not, this is but a small amount of information that might help you survive […]

How to Find Bargains and Deals on Survival Preps and Other Stuff at Swap Meets and Flea Markets

This is a guest post by Tom B and entry for our non-fiction writing contest. I realized I was a tightwad when I walked into a local Goodwill and was outraged by the prices they were charging. I had been spoiled by the local swap meets. Swap meets can be a great place to pick up prepper stuff, as […]