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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.

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?

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.

The following chart shows FRS/GMRS and allowed wattage by channel. The lower frequency ranges from 467.7125 down to 462.5625 are set to lower transmission wattage making them excellent for close range communications. The higher frequency ranges from 462.5500 through 462.6500 and 462.7200 through 462.7250 are open for 50 watt transmission rates allowing for further distance with frequency 462.6750 reserved for emergency transmission. Repeaters triggered by CTCSS tones can be used to greatly increase the range of communication by prefixing the CTCSS tone when transmitting to trigger the repeater to listen and rebroadcast.