Brewing beer is actually quite easy and, its a free (as in beer) pastime. Yes the supplies might cost money and time, but the methodology is as old as civilization; thusly public domain. The basics are simple and provide a means of making good beer that you can enjoy, share and trade.
With this information, you can create a secure access area utilizing a keypad, electronic lock and battery backup/Solar Charger for $300.00. With a little knowhow, you can add locks, change from fail secure/locked (as listed below) to fail safe/unlocked or remove the solar charger. This kit also has the ability to be wired into your existing home alarm and trigger if tampered with.
The mobile radio is a tried and true method for communications in the field. Modern technology has increased range and clarity while also allowing for add-ons like voice scrambling. The FCC regulates and licenses some of the more "prime" radio frequencies, but with the demise of UHF Analog Television Broadcast, there are now other frequencies that are available.
Prepping is not just for a SHTF senario when the world comes burning down around our ears, like post Sandy/Katrina, or war reaching our shores. How about making life livable if you lose your job? How much are those bills you pay every month? What can you rapidly remove or reduce from your daily life to make your monthly deficits affordable on an unemployment check and/or with freelance income?