Our Guide to Choosing a Chicken Breed

Before you start raising backyard chickens, the first decision that you’ll have to make is which breed to buy.  There are dozens of chicken breeds to choose from, and each one has its own pros and cons.  There’s no single answer to which breed is best for you because it depends on your needs.  Most backyard chicken keepers will have a few different breeds in their flocks. 

Our Guide to Choosing a Chicken Breed

When choosing a breed of backyard chickens, take into account what your goal is.  Do you want to have a lot of eggs?  Are your kids raising chickens for 4-H?  Do you want meat birds?  

Our Guide to Choosing a Chicken Breed

Some chickens are friendly and become pets, while others aren’t as friendly towards humans.  Some breeds are ornamental and lay fewer eggs but are pretty to look at in the backyard.  

Here are some tips to help you choose the right birds for your new or expanding flock.  

Choosing a Chicken Breed to Raise

Generally, you’ll want to take into account your climate and coop area first and then choose what’s most important to you: eggs, meat, or temperament.  From there, look for the breeds that will be suited to your climate and fit your first criteria. 

Guide to Choosing a Chicken Breed: Climate 

Before we get into egg layers or meat birds, the first thing that you need to look at is your climate and how much room your backyard chickens will have.  Some breeds are more heat tolerant or cold tolerant than others.  If you live in an area that gets cold in the winter and choose a cold hardy breed, then you may not have to heat your coop in the winter.

If you live in a cold climate, look for breeds that are well adapted to cold weather.  They will have smaller combs, more feathers to keep warm, and don’t have feathers on their legs that can freeze and cause frostbite in the winter.

guide to choosing a chicken breed

Good ones to try are:

  • Buckeye
  • Ameraucanas
  • Rhode Island Reds
  • Australorps

If you live in a hot climate, look for breeds that do not have a lot of feathers or heavy plumage.  Smaller birds also tend to do better in warm climates.

Good breeds for hot weather are:

  • Leghorn
  • Golden Buff
  • Barred Plymouth Rock

Our Guide to Choosing a Chicken Breed: Backyard Pens

Another thing to consider is whether your flock will be free-range or in a coop.  Will they have a pen to roam in during the day?

Bantams like to fly around a lot, so they are hard to contain in a pen.  Leghorns also like to fly out of their coops, so you may need to clip their wings.  

Smaller breeds like Silkies are good for small spaces.  However, these birds lay small eggs.  

Egg Production

If your main goal is to get a steady supply of eggs, some breeds are better egg layers than others.  These breeds will lay nearly every day for about 5 to 6 eggs per week during the spring and summer.  However, winter egg laying always decreases for any breed.

guide to choosing a chicken breed

For more egg production, try one of the following breeds:

  • Ancona
  • Plymouth Rock
  • Barnevelder
  • Buff Orpington
  • Leghorn
  • Hamburg

Egg Colors

Chickens can lay different colored eggs based on their breed.  They can lay brown, white, blue, green, pink, or olive eggs.  Although the eggs taste the same, it’s fun to have blue eggs in your fridge or to give to friends and family.

  • Brahmas, Cochins, Delawares, and New Hampshire Reds lay brown eggs.  
  • Light Sussex and Australorps lay pink eggs.
  • Ameraucanas, Araucanas, and Cream Legbars lay blue eggs.

You’ll also get some variation between the same breed of chickens.  Some will lay darker or lighter eggs, so you’ll have a nice assortment of colors if you get these breeds.

Our Guide to Choosing a Chicken Breed: Meat Chickens

Some people raise chickens for eggs and then butcher the chicken for meat.  Others raise chickens just for meat.  If you are raising chickens for meat and not for egg production, look for Broilers.  These chickens grow fast: up to 10 pounds in 5 weeks!  

You don’t have to worry about the birds being cold hardy or able to handle the heat because you can simply buy them when the weather is nice and will be nice for the next five weeks.

guide to choosing a chicken breed

The following breeds make good meat birds:

  • Jersey Giant
  • Cornish Cross
  • Freedom Rangers
  • Breese

If you want your chickens to lay eggs and then be used for meat, then you want a dual-purpose breed.  These breeds lay a lot of eggs, and they grow to a decent size for meat.

  • Sussex
  • Marans
  • Wyandotte
  • Turken
  • Chantecler

Our Guide to Choosing a Chicken Breed: Exhibition Breeds

There are several ornamental chicken breeds that are fine birds, but they aren’t exceptional for eggs or meat.  However, they are fun to have in your flock.  Cochins, Marans, and Frizzles are all fun chickens to have.  These birds are fun to watch in your backyard, and they will give you a steady supply of eggs, although they usually lay fewer eggs than other birds.

If your kids are using backyard chickens for 4-H or another club, check with the regulations before placing your order.  Rules and regulations may vary by state or county.

Temperament

If you have children or want your backyard chickens to be pets, then you may want to try breeds that are friendlier.  Buff Orpingtons, Brahmas, and Australorps are all friendly and will become part of the family.  

guide to choosing a chicken breed

Leghorns are good for eggs, but they can be noisy and sometimes aggressive.  Delawares can also get aggressive.  Rhode Island Red roosters also tend to be aggressive.  If you have young children, then you may want to avoid these breeds.  

Choosing the right backyard chicken breed can be difficult.  If you have a large coop, you can get more than one breed to have more variety.  Some backyard chicken keepers get a new kind of breed every few years so they have several different kinds.  

No matter which breed or breeds you end up with, get your eggs or baby chicks from a reputable hatchery.  These chickens will be stronger and healthier, so they are more likely to survive.  If you can only have hens due to zoning restrictions, then a reputable hatchery is less likely to make a mistake during sexing young chicks.

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Extreme Dollar Store Prepping: A Must-Have List

Are you a Dollar Store Prepper? If not, then it is time to get your act together and start building that stockpile! We learned with Covid-19 that the world as we know it can end at any moment, so it is important to be prepared for anything. Whether there’s an emergency, natural disaster or just the momentary shit hitting the proverbial fan- with our Extreme Dollar Store Prepping List you’ll always be ready for what comes next.

Extreme Dollar Store Prepping: A Must-Have List

The worst thing about the early COVID pandemic was the panic buying. While FEMA says to have at least 3 days of emergency supplies like food and water on hand, it really should be 3 months – or more!

Why Dollar Store Prepping Rocks…

What if I told you that for just ten bucks a week, you could have 520 incredibly value-worthy shelf-stable items in your stockpile.

Now, more than ever, this is an important thing to consider. Have no fear – the best thing about our list is that you are shopping at your local Dollar Tree – so even someone with the tightest budget can pull out success with this list and build up their preps!

Is it really a bargain?

The key thing to remember when stocking up on food is that if it is something that you or your family doesn’t like? Don’t buy it. Why make yourself eat stuff you absolutely hate when things are already stressful? It isn’t a bargain if it isn’t something that you would like to actually eat. It just wastes your time, money, and space to add it to your inventory.

Personally, I find that thinking of what you DO like is a great way to start. Do you like spaghetti with red sauce? Tacos? Fritattas? Pancakes? Make a quick list of 7 to 10 meals that you DO like and that can be your “hit list” of items to stock up on.

I roughly did that with this list – these 21 items are bargain-priced for basic items that help build pasta, rice, or bean meals, and even soups. They are all at a better price than the local grocery stores.

But it gets better…

Dollar Tree Takes Coupons!

Dollar Tree does accept manufacturer coupons. They do not accept competitor store coupons, such as those for Walmart, Target, or Dollar General.

  • Coupons used at Dollar Tree must always be originals and cannot be photocopied. They must be completely intact and not altered or modified in any way.
  • Coupons can not be over $1 in value.
  • Dollar Tree accepts one manufacturer coupon per single item purchased and has a maximum of four of the same manufacturer coupons accepted for each customer per day. For printable coupons from the internet, Dollar Tree will accept up to two printed coupons per customer per day.
  • When coupons are used on a purchase, Dollar Tree requires that the item purchased does exactly match the product listed in the coupon’s description including the appropriate brand, size, quantity and etc. in order to be accepted by the cashier.

Whew.

But — some of what I am going to talk about are name-brand items – so you could get them for less than a buck – or possibly FREE – just by adding a coupon to your transaction!

Another thing to consider

You can order online and have items shipped either to your home or your store! Yes, you might have to buy a full case – but most items come in a case of 12. So…that week you spend $12 instead of 10. oops!

On the other hand, you can get as few as 4 items on select items in their “Smaller Quantities” lines!

21 Hot Dollar Store Prepping items

Let’s get started with my list of 21 Amazing Dollar Store Prepper Items to add to your stockpile!

1) Pasta

Take your pick – macaroni noodles, spaghetti noodles, even penne pasta has been spotted at my local Dollar Tree. One-pound boxes for a buck – and with name brands like Barilla? You know there are coupons out there!

barilla pasta coupons

Compare that to my local grocery store that is sliding down into 12-ounce boxes and, if you are lucky, the sale is 4 boxes for $5. (sigh)

2) Dried beans

This was a hard-to-find item in the early COVID days as there is no easier meal than a quick bean or lentil soup. On our Operation $40K site, I whipped up a list of lentil recipes for everything from sloppy Joes to pasta sauce. (see it here). Bean soups – bean burritos – so many options that you can simply toss in the crockpot and leave cooking all day to whip up a great, and simple meal.

dried beans

Dried Northern Beans make a killer soup with a can of diced tomatoes and a can of sliced carrots added – just add onion and a little chicken broth!

Seriously, I could go on and on about how well these keep and how many uses you could get.

3) Rice

This is a 2-pound bag. Keep in mind that In the Egyptian pyramids, they found pasta and rice that we could still eat today. It keeps almost indefinitely in a cool storage location.

Fried rice, rice pudding or custard, even as a filler for a casserole – it is a great way to help keep a belly full.

dollar tree rice

4) Knorr Rice Mixes.

OK – don’t call the health police on me. Knorr is a name brand (coupons!) and it is easy to add that can of chicken or tuna to it to stretch it out to a full meal. When you are comparing this to “disaster prep food” you have about the same portions and are getting it for a lot less than $8-10 a package.

Yes, there is sodium. This is EMERGENCY food – not your average weekly meal.

knorr pasta coupons

5) Shelf-stable boxed milk.

Places like Walmart price gouged in 2020 and we saw gallons of milk top $5 – IF you could actually find it. Boxed milk is shelf-stable, comes in quarts, and will do with cereal or cooking. You have choices of whole milk, 1%, 2%, and even Almond milk quarts!

6) Pasta Sauce

Canned is better than glass for longer storage – again, there are name brands like Prego and Hunts. Red sauce or white sauce, make sure you have enough for each box of dried pasta you stock up on.

pasta sauce coupons

7) Coconut Oil

If you have never used coconut oil before – this is the time to start. Coconut oil can be used for cooking, baking, as a substitute in lotions and hair products, or even as fuel for your emergency stove!

You can use it for cooking – just use it in place of butter or olive oil.

You can add coconut oil to your coffee, cereal, oatmeal, and other foods for a healthy boost!

It’s an effective moisturizer that you can either buy pre-made or make at home with special recipes:

– Coconut Oil + Honey (or sugar) mixed together

– Coconut Oil + Lemon Juice mixture rubbed on the face before bedtime

Don’t forget about using coconut oil as a hair product while SHTF too! It will help keep your scalp from itching when there are no more products left on shelves…

Coconut oil is also great as fuel for emergency stoves because it has such a high smoke point.

OK, I could go on and on but this isn’t an article about coconut oil. Normally it is pretty darned pricey so I was beyond tickled to find coconut oil at the Dollar Tree!

8) Ramen 5-packs.

Ignore all the rumors about the plastic in the noodles, etc. Yes, there is a lot of sodium. You can stretch this into a soup that feeds an entire family by cooking up 2 packs and adding a few cans of veggies along with a can of cooked chicken breast.

Dollar Tree Ramen

9) Canned veggies.

Name brands y’all! With the metal shortage currently driving up prices – canned goods are rapidly jumping in price at the grocery stores. You can get all of your favorites for a buck!

Canned veggie coupons

10) Canned fruit

It is important to have a little balance and fruit adds that nice sweetness we tend to crave after a few days. It can be used as a dessert or topping to dress up oatmeal.

canned fruit coupons

11) Canned soup

Name brands again y’all! Campbell’s and Healthy Choice – perfect for those who like to just heat and eat. I’m a fan of the beef barley! Even cream of mushroom or cream of chicken for those pasta or rice casserole dishes – the Dollar Tree has you covered.

Canned soup coupons

12) Spices.

Talk about expensive – your grocery store can charge up to $15 for the SAME-sized container. Get a nice-sized container for your most common spices for just a buck. Try adding a little ginger to that Ramen soup for an Asian flair or even Cinnamon for that rice pudding.

how to save money on spices

13) Juice boxes.

Name brand, single serving, a variety of flavors. This is good for the kids and also the diabetics – a four-pack for a buck makes a great bargain.

14) 32 oz bottle of Lemon Juice.

You can get a quart of lemon juice for a buck. Add a one-dollar sugar package and you are all set for that refreshing lemonade! All you need is 6 1/2 cups of water, 1 cup lemon juice, and 1 cup sugar in your 2-quart pitcher, and a little ice in your glass to pour it over. It helps that tough time seem a little more normal.

15) Canned pie filling.

Whether it’s apple, cherry, or blueberry pie filling – just one buck. It is good to have on hand for wrapping pancakes around for a fancier breakfast – or even to turn into pudgy pies over your open fire. Musselman’s is a GREAT brand of pie filling and roughly $4 at the grocery store

16) Pancake mix

A box of pancake mix for a dollar? You can’t beat that! And it’s the perfect breakfast on those mornings when you need to hurry back out the door and don’t have time to make them from scratch. I have found the “just add water” version 16.5 oz boxes that literally ANYONE can make without screwing it up.

17) Hungry Jack Hashbrowns.

This dehydrated 3.2-ounce box only needs a little water to come to life. You can play “Waffle House” and add onions, cheese, diced ham, and more to make a meal or use them as a base for a family frittata with some scrambled eggs and a few veggies.

18) Condiments

Ketchup, Mustard, even Salsa, and Hot Sauce! You might not think of these things when you are prepping, but they really come in handy. Your food will need FLAVOR.

19) Pancake syrup

Who cares if Aunt Jemima is on your bottle of pancake syrup or not? For a buck you can save two to three bucks that the grocery store charges! Why not pick up a bottle for the camper AND the house at that price?

This is also a great way to sweeten everything from oatmeal to rice custard.

20) Baking mixes.

Muffins, Cookies, Cake, and even brownies. Baking mixes are a must-have for anyone in your family. Did you know you can even make pancakes from muffin mixes? (more about that later…)

21) Chocolate bars

It is important to have mood elevators too. When things look bleak – you need a pick-me-up. They have name-brand chocolatey goodness like Godiva. Make sure you pamper yourself a bit – even in an emergency. It really can help you with your sanity.

I know there are a lot more great things you can find when just walking around your store or when you are combing over their website. These are just the top 21 items that I found that are a total bargain and PERFECT for anyone who is prepping on a budget.

That makes this is a MUST-HAVE list for any prepper, whether they’re new to the game or have been at it for years. When you start shopping from your local Dollar Tree store, you’ll be amazed by all of the deals!

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How to Make Good Tasting Survival Food: Tips to Know

There is a lot of good food out there. Yes, you can take some with you to survive. Keep reading this to learn how to make good tasting survival food! 

How to Make Good Tasting Survival Food: Tips to Know

Are you trying to build a stockpile of survival food? You probably want to make sure you have plenty of food to eat in case of an emergency that would prevent you from getting more food from the grocery store.

How to Make Good Tasting Survival Food

If you’re fully prepared with a pantry full of items that don’t expire quickly, you won’t have to worry about you or your loved ones starving for food at any point. Before you start prepping any food, follow these tips to learn how to make good tasting survival food that your family can eat and enjoy.

1. Choose the Right Ingredients

The first thing you’ll need to do to make good-tasting survival food is to choose the right ingredients to use. Don’t use bland ingredients that aren’t going to give your food a great taste. If the food doesn’t taste good, you’re not going to enjoy it, even if you need to eat it to survive. The least you can do is make food that will taste good to you and your loved ones during difficult times.

So, which ingredients are the right ones to use? With plenty of ingredients to use to make meals, you might not know which ones are best to buy and use. Consider these important things when buying the ingredients for your survival food:

  • Can you enjoy them at any temperature? Choose ingredients that will taste good at any temperature, whether hot, cold, or room temperature.
  • Do you have to cook them? It’s better to choose ingredients that you don’t necessarily need to cook. While these ingredients may taste better when cooked, it’s not about preference during difficult times. As long as the ingredients will still taste good, that’s all that matters.
  • Will the ingredients last long? Always choose ingredients with an extended shelf life. Don’t choose anything that can spoil quickly. If it can spoil too soon, it’s not good to use for survival food because you might need it weeks, months, or even years later.

You can choose the ingredients after asking yourself these critical questions. Choosing long-lasting ingredients that taste good is more important than anything else.

How to Make Good Tasting Survival Food

2. Add Some Variety to Your Survival Food

Always add some variety to what you’re going to prepare and store as survival food. Even in an emergency, you won’t want to eat the same thing all the time. It gets boring and bland. Try to mix things up by using various ingredients to prepare different meals that you and your family can consume throughout the day. 

Change things up from time to time 

If you’re switching it up with multiple ingredients and different meals made using those ingredients, you won’t get tired of what you’re eating. It’s also good to have a variety for your loved ones. Not everyone has the same taste buds. You want to make sure you have a variety to satisfy each person’s preferences in your household.

3. Seasoning Can Make a Big Difference

Unseasoned foods are bland and boring. You’ll get tired of them fast. If you don’t want to eat unseasoned chicken and other meats all the time during an emergency, use seasonings because they can make such a massive difference. 

Seasoning food will make it more enjoyable 

The seasonings that you decide to use will depend on your preferences. However, garlic powder, onion powder, seasoning salt, lemon pepper, and garlic salt are a few of the seasonings that will give your food more flavor. Look up recipes for different meals that you can prepare, season, and store to eat during emergencies.

How to Make Good Tasting Survival Food

4. Store the Survival Food Properly

If you don’t intend to eat everything you’re making at once, you need to know how to store the food you’re preparing correctly. Sealing and storing food correctly is a must. If it doesn’t get done correctly, dust, dirt, and germs can get into the containers full of food and cause them to spoil, making them unusable. You don’t want to waste your time prepping only to realize that you can’t eat anything you made because it’s gone bad.

Know how to store your food properly 

Use different methods to store and save your survival food. Canning is just one method that most people use. You can follow the simple canning process to begin preserving different foods, including meats, fruits, and vegetables, that will come in handy in an emergency. Once you’ve sealed those foods in their jars with airtight lids, you can place them on shelves or in the pantry and save them until you’re ready to use them.

5. Utilize Some Store Bought Items

While making food from scratch is always a good idea, you don’t need to make everything from scratch. You can still head over to the store and buy different items that will get put to good use in an emergency. You might want to buy canned goods from the grocery store instead of canning vegetables, fruits, and meats. It’s even better to find these items at discounted rates when the stores offer special deals and discounts. 

How to Make Good Tasting Survival Food

Stock up on canned goods

So, if you see a sale, it won’t hurt to stock up on those canned goods. You can get the canned goods and put them on shelving units in your basement to save them. Canned goods tend to have such a long shelf life, making them worth every penny spent on them. Of course, you can still complete the canning process for anything that you’d prefer to make from scratch. Buying canned goods is a simple way to make things even easier for you.

Purchase bags of candy 

One thing you can buy at the store that not a lot of people think of is bagged candy. Those bags of candy will last a long time, even beyond their expiration date. 

Make Survival Food That Tastes Great

If you want to prepare for an emergency by having plenty of survival food available for each person in your household, follow these simple yet practical tips. While you want to have an impressive inventory of food to eat in an emergency, you’re also going to want to make sure that food tastes good. 

If it’s practically inedible, it’ll be hard for you and your loved ones to eat the food, even if it’s all you have available. Now that you know what steps you’ll need to take to make good tasting survival food, what do you plan on doing first?

How to Make Good Tasting Survival Food

What good-tasting survival food would you add to this list? Learning how to make good food, no matter what, it is a great life skill to have. These tips should help get you on the right path! 

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5 Threats You’ll Face When the Economy and Economic Indicators Collapse

Facing an Economy and Economic Indicators collapse is scary, however, there are things you can do. Here are five threats you’ll face in an economic collapse to be aware of. 

Do you know what could happen if an economic collapse occurs? Not everyone is fully aware of the bad things that can develop over time when an economy takes a downturn and is no longer booming and boosting like it was before.

5 Threats You’ll Face When the Economy and Economic Indicators Collapse

If you’re not sure what types of threats you’ll potentially face during an economic collapse, check out this list of the standard five threats that can happen during these difficult times. When you know what can happen, it’s easier to prepare for the worst possible scenario while hoping for the best.

economy and economic indicators

1. Looters

During the first note of an economic collapse, people tend to panic. When they’re worried about the possibility of running out of essentials, such as food and water, it’s common for people to start looting. In the beginning, they’ll loot businesses to grab items that they think they’ll need to have during the economic collapse.

However, looting can take a greater turn for the worse. Unfortunately, in some situations, people start looting the homes of others, creating a dangerous situation for everyone.

Prepare for the Worst 

It’s essential to have a stockpile of items for emergencies. You won’t have to worry about rushing out to the store and dealing with the looters to grab essentials for your family because you’ll already have those items at home. The only worry you’ll need to deal with is the possibility of someone attempting to break into your property to loot it. 

Security Measures 

Take drastic security measures to stop people from accessing your property. It’s beneficial to have strong security locks, surveillance cameras, and multiple means of protection, including firearms with plenty of ammunition. While you may have no intentions of harming anyone, you need to have a way to protect your loved ones when dealing with serious threats from potential intruders and attackers.

2. Inflation

During an economic collapse, it’s not uncommon for inflation to occur. As a result, the currency becomes useless. Even if you have plenty of paper money, it may hold absolutely no value, making it impossible for you to buy things that you truly need during a crisis. Because inflation can occur, causing the currency to become invaluable, collecting other cash alternatives is an excellent idea.

Not everyone understands how Inflation actually works – this is a great video to explain it!

Currency Will Become Worthless 

This is pretty obvious when looking at and Economy and Economic Indicators failure. Investing in gold isn’t a bad idea. If you have the extra money to do so, you can begin collecting gold coins and bullion, both of which hold value in places all around the world. You may also want to think about what you can offer to others in exchange for their services. 

Provide a Service Instead 

If you need something from someone else, you might be able to provide a service that you’re good at doing. It’s a great way to get what you need without necessarily paying cash for those essentials. It’s a traditional form of bartering that existed long before currency ever did.

economy and economic indicators

3. Food Shortage

A food shortage may occur as people begin looting and stores can no longer keep up with the demands of their customers. It’ll become increasingly challenging for stores to keep the shelves stocked as people continue to come to the stores and buy items on impulse because they’re in a panic over the situation.

When people feel that they won’t have access to food or beverages, they often rush out to buy non-perishable items and anything else they can get their hands on. Unfortunately, this leaves the shelves bare more often than not.

Know How to Prepare 

Ways to protect yourself from a food shortage include growing fruits, vegetables, and herbs in a garden on your property and building a stockpile of non-perishable foods over time. You don’t need to rush out each day to buy more items for your family. Grab the items while they’re on sale and save them. 

Store the Items Correctly 

You can store rice, pasta, canned meats, and other items for extended periods without the food going bad. You might even want to think about canning to preserve fruits, vegetables, spreads, and meats for months or years at a time.

4. Government Shutting Down

Although it’s not as common in first-world countries, it’s a real threat for those living in third-world countries. The government shutting down is a big deal. If there isn’t enough money to go around, services that people are used to having access to all the time, such as medical care and policing, may no longer exist.

If there isn’t money to pay these people for their services, those working in different fields may no longer do their jobs, putting many lives at risk.

Prepare Where You Can 

Not having police or emergency responders around is a significant problem. Without the possibility of getting caught for wrongdoing, it could lead to a major increase in crime, ultimately resulting in more lives lost. A lack of medical care could lead to widespread infections causing major health issues and possibly even death. While it’s not the kind of thing anyone wants to think about, a government shutdown could cause massive problems.

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5. Service Shortages

A major economic collapse could lead to severe service shortages. It doesn’t just mean not being able to go to the store, but also many other things. You may no longer have gas to keep your home warm, electricity to keep the lights on, or running water to flush the toilet and take a bath. 

A Turn for the Worst 

When you don’t have water or power, things can take a drastic turn for the worse. So, what can you do to help yourself if service shortages happen? The best thing to do is to buy products that you can use during these emergencies.

For example, you may want to get a portable toilet that you can use in case of an emergency. Along with a portable toilet, you can buy a portable non-electric stovetop and dozens of candles to use if you don’t have electricity to turn on the lights.

Understanding the threats that you’ll face in an economic collapse is important. It’s not about trying to scare you but preparing you for what could potentially happen. If you know of the possible threats, you can take specific steps to protect yourself and your loved ones from experiencing turmoil amid an economic downfall.

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Five Useful Skills to learn 2021 in the Event of War or Terrorism

In the event that war or terrorism strikes, are you prepared? Here are five of the best and most useful skills to learn 2021 in the event of war or terrorism. 

Five Useful Skills to learn 2021 in the Event of War or Terrorism

While no one likes to think about the possibility of experiencing war or terrorism, it’s always a possibility that something so dangerous and severe could occur.

Five Useful Skills to learn 2021 in the Event of War or Terrorism

It’s far better to be prepared for the worst than to not possess specific skills that could help out during such dire situations. You should have several valuable skills in the event of war or terrorism to keep yourself and your loved ones as safe and protected as possible.

1. Basic Navigation

We talked about topographic maps before. If you don’t know this skill, you NEED to make it a top priority as it is the number one of our Five Useful Skills to learn 2021. If your navigation skills aren’t up to par, it’s an excellent time to work on them. Knowing primary navigation could help you during dangerous situations when you need to lead your family to safety. If you don’t know where you’re going or how to get to a safe place, it can put your life and the lives of your loved ones at risk. 

Navigation Skills You’ll Need 

Some of the things you can work on include learning how to use a compass and a printed map. In today’s world, most people rely on technology to get them from one place to the next. However, if you’re unable to access a phone, tablet, or any other type of electronic device, you’ll need to go back to using the old-school method of navigation. 

useful skills to learn 2021

Test Your Navigation Skills 

You can test your navigation skills by going camping and using a compass and printed map to help you get back to your starting point. You can even use the sun as the last resort to provide you with directions to get you back to where you came from. It may not seem like a big deal now, but basic navigation skills can get you further in life during emergencies.

2. Marksmanship

If you’re experiencing war or terrorism, marksmanship is a must. You might not have a weapon to use during these situations. However, the soldiers working against you to complete their attacks will likely have multiple weapons attached to their hips to fight off anyone that isn’t on their side. 

You Need to Know How to Use a Soldier’s Gun 

If you know how to use a gun properly, you’ll be able to use a soldier’s gun against them. You may find the gun lying in the ground with a severely wounded or deceased soldier in the middle of a war. 

If so, you’d need to grab that gun and carry it around with you for protection. However, there is no use in carrying something around if you don’t know how to use it. You can learn the basics of operating different types of guns by going to the shooting range.

3. Physical Fitness

Being physically fit is vital during challenging times when you may have a war going on in front of you. If you’re out of shape, it’s going to put your life at risk. You may have difficulty getting around or running away from potential attackers who could cause harm to you and your family. If you know that you’re out of shape and could use some exercise to build your stamina, it’s a good time to start exercising more often.

Get Moving 

Getting physically fit doesn’t mean you need to exercise all the time without giving yourself breaks. It means that you should do more cardio to improve your running skills and build stamina to get you further in any emergency. 

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30 Minutes a Day (3 Xs a Week) 

If you’re jogging for 30 minutes a day at least three to four times a week, you’ll get used to it, and it’ll eventually become natural for your body to jog for even more extended periods. If you don’t want to jog outside, you can always buy a treadmill and get plenty of practice at home.

4. Foraging Skills

If you don’t have access to fresh food and water because of a dire situation, you’ll need some foraging skills. While people in the United States used to possess these skills, not many do anymore, and that is because food and beverages are typically easily accessible and available to us. 

However, it would help if you prepared for the worst possible scenario by learning how to source water and food from the outdoors. It could mean the difference between surviving and dying out in the wilderness, which is the last thing you’d want to happen.

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Do Your Research 

Start doing some research on bodies of water and how to tell if you can drink from them or not. It would be best to learn more about the different types of plants that you can and can’t eat. If you need to source berries, fruits, and vegetables, you’ll need to make sure you’re grabbing the right things. You wouldn’t want to eat something that could poison you, make you hallucinate, or cause you to become sick.

5. Craftsmanship

Being crafty is another good skill to have if a war or terrorism occurs. Good craftsmanship makes it possible for people to build shelters out of sticks, hay, grass, and other items that they can find in nature. 

Build a Shelter 

You’ll need to learn how to build a shelter without having access to specific tools that you’d regularly be able to use when building a structure. You can learn how to use different plants, trees, and twigs to your advantage when you’re trying to protect yourself and your loved ones out in the wilderness.

Not only does it require craftsmanship, but it’s also helpful to have a creative mind to come up with ways to protect everyone while exposed to the elements and potential predators.

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Five Useful Skills to Learn 2021 in the Event of War or Terrorism

If a war or terrorism occurs, you should possess these five valuable skills that can keep you safe and help you travel when you need to do so. Even if you don’t feel like you currently have these skills, it’s not too late. 

You can learn more about navigation, work on your physical fitness, practice different crafts using all-natural materials, and even learn how to shoot and reload a gun properly. 

Once you’ve learned how to do these different things, you’ll know how to keep everyone safe while getting out of harm’s way as quickly as possible. There may come a time when you need to use these skills to your advantage to stay alive.

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The Top Five Easy to Grow Vegetable Seeds

When you’re thinking about what types of crops to grow, check out these top five easy to grow vegetable seeds!

The Top Five Easy to Grow Vegetable Seeds

If you’re new to gardening, it’s a good idea to grow some of the easier crops to gain more experience over time. Some crops are naturally easier to grow because they require much less maintenance and effort but typically thrive in all different kinds of conditions.

The Top Five Easy to Grow Vegetable Seeds

If you’d like to become a better gardener in no time, check out these five easy crops to grow. It doesn’t matter if you have a lot of gardening space or not because here are the top five easy to grow vegetable seeds. 

1. Green Onions

Green onions are, by far, one of the easiest crops to grow when living in the United States. It’s not uncommon for green onions to sprout out of the ground on their own. You can plant the seeds and have the opportunity to harvest the green onions in as little as 30 days! So, if you’re in a rush to see the fruits of your labor forming, growing green onions is worth it.

Give Them Space! 

If you’re going to plant green onions, be sure to sow the seeds about two inches apart from one another to give these crops space to grow. You’ll need to develop a routine watering schedule to ensure that your green onions get the right amount of water. 

It’s easy to get the green onions to thrive, but you need to keep the soil moist without soaking it too much. You may see results within weeks of planting the onions. Green onions are known as one of the top five easy crops to grow. 

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2. Lettuce

Growing lettuce is a good idea for anyone. Whether you have experience in the garden or not, you can get your lettuce to grow with ease. It’s a forgiving crop that tends to do well in all kinds of weather conditions. It only takes about a month to get lettuce to grow large enough to harvest it and use it. 

Once you grow it, you can use it to make salads and wraps. You might even want to add the lettuce to sandwiches with sliced tomato, deli meat, and cheese on bread or rolls.

Ideal Spot in the Garden 

Choose the ideal spot for your lettuce. You can place it in an area that gets full sun because lettuce thrives under sunlight. However, it’s not bad if the spot that you choose gets some shade. Unlike some crops, lettuce can still thrive when planted in a semi-shaded area.

Place your lettuce seeds deep within the soil and keep them more than 14 inches apart from one another. You’ll need to give the seeds space to grow and transform into large lettuce heads that you can harvest and eat.

3. Bell Peppers

Add bell peppers to your garden for a simple vegetable that doesn’t require much effort to grow. You can get your bell peppers to grow large enough to harvest within a minimum of two months, making them a fantastic crop to grow. 

Harvesting Bell Peppers 

Once you can harvest the bell peppers, you can rinse them with water and eat them raw or cook them. Some people like to eat them with cream cheese or ranch dip.

On the other hand, some people like to add them to a pan with butter or oil and saute them before serving them with rice, sausage, beef, or pasta. Knowing that you can do a lot with them is a good enough reason to grow them!

Choose a Sunny Spot! 

If you’re going to grow bell peppers, choose a sunny spot in the garden. You’ll get these peppers to grow at a faster pace when they’re receiving plenty of sunlight each day. Be sure to use the right soil with a pH level of as low as 5.8 and as high as 6.5. Besides using the right soil, you should add fertilizer to your soil, use mulch, and make sure your bell pepper plants get about two inches of water per week.

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4. Wheat

While it’s a bit tricky in the beginning, wheat is a relatively easy-to-grow crop. Once you can get it growing, you’ll get some significant yields, and that means you’ll have plenty of wheat to use for fermentation and making homemade bread. You can mill the wheat into flour before using it in different recipes to prepare muffins, pasta, homemade biscuits, and other delicious baked goods from scratch.

How Many Seeds Can I Add?

If it sounds like a good idea to you, make sure you know how to plant your wheat seeds correctly to get them to grow. You can add up to 30 seeds for each square foot of land you’re using to grow wheat. As your crops begin sprouting, pay close attention to the area. 

You’ll need to remove any weeds that could get in the way of the wheat growing to its fullest potential. It’s equally as essential to provide your wheat crops with enough water.

5. Tomatoes

It’s common to find tomatoes growing in gardens of all sizes. You don’t need to have the most extensive garden to successfully get tomatoes to grow. It’s one of several reasons why new gardeners enjoy growing tomatoes so much. When your tomatoes reach their full size, you can harvest them and do so much with them. You can make tomato soup, add tomato slices to sandwiches and salads, and even use them in some of your favorite casserole recipes.

Use the Right Soil 

If you’re going to grow tomatoes, use soil with a pH of up to 7.0. Make sure you’re paying attention to possible pests. Tomato hornworms are commonly found in gardens where tomatoes grow, and they can cause major destruction to these plants. You can keep them away by using natural pest control products, including other pests that tend to prey upon the hornworms. Tomatoes are known as one of the top five easy crops to grow. 

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Top Five Easy to Grow Vegetable Seeds

If you’d like to start gardening and enjoy planting crops that aren’t too difficult to grow and maintain, consider planting these five options. If you have a garden full of wheat, tomatoes, lettuce, bell peppers, and green onions, you’ll have access to fresh ingredients that you can eat and use to prepare different meals.

The best part about growing these crops is that most of them don’t take long to reach their full potential for harvesting. What do you think are the top five easy crops to grow?

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