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.
If you have a rechargeable battery that has been fully discharged and does not want to take a charge don't give up on it! it just needs some science love. Here are a few things that you can do to rejuvenate the battery and get that charger to charge it.
Using this calendar to schedule budget reviews, progress, prepping chores etc. is not just smart - but essential. I have listed out some of the major things to attend to in their respective time periods. A separate calendar with these milestones and other tasks can be very handy. iCal, Mozilla Lightning, and Google Calendar all give you the ability to add "event calendars" to your views and sync them with your local devices and remote accounts, place these milestones there and you can see them with your daily life.
Imagine this, it's two weeks after the SHTF and you running low on AAs and there isn't a D cell around for 200 miles without a paranoid trigger finger between you and it. Your Maglite is dead, your comms radios are about to be done, and smoke signals draw too much attention. If you haven't thought about this before, then how about now?