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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?

 There are many reasons to plant a hedge row instead of building a fence such as:

  • Using thorny plants such as Firethorn (Pyracantha coccinea) can be a security feature
  • In most cases you do not need a building permit like you do with a fence
  • You can leave the public side untrimmed for a more covert appearance
  • With the right plants they attract wildlife like rabbits
  • Plants create oxygen and abate runoff
  • Plants are cheaper to buy and install yourself

In this simple how to we are going to make powdered alcohol using a maltodextrin, high proof (over 125) liquor and a whisk. This is a great addition to your pack and good to start a fire as it is highly flammable. Remember: "We are not responsible for anything you do."

The venerable axe is arguably the most useful tool anyone can own. With proper care an axe head can last for multiple generations. You can routinely pick up axes for around $10 at flea markets, estate sales and the occasional yard sale, but we recommend the estate sales. While you are there look for a decent chainsaw if you don't already have one. In one instance we saw a $450 Husquavarna chainsaw go for $30.