When I first started Backdoor Survival, we were in the middle of what is now referred to as “The Great Recession”. At the time, unemployment was putting pressure on families of all ages, jobs for young people completing their educations were scarce, and many workers over the age of 55 were simply giving up the job search.
Four years later, and almost 900 articles later, I have become a cynic of the highest order. Like many of you, I carry the burden of truth and knowledge mostly in silence while trying to live an abundant and strategic life.
From where I sit, the Great Recession continues to put pressure on not only the unemployed but also on those who are working. Many are underemployed and underpaid, working far below their capacity to contribute in a meaningful way.
Today, on Labor Day, as we celebrate the end of summer with picnics, backyard barbecues, fun, and games, I once again ask you to take a moment to say a silent prayer for the unemployed whose loss of income and dignity may take decades to recover.
The Final Word
I recently wrote about the Myth of Retirement. Today I am saddened because many will never know true retirement. More frightening, many will be forcibly retired because there is no room for them in the job market. What happens when savings run out and homes are lost? Will the government step in and create refugee camps for these poor souls? Will that truly be the beginning of the end of life as we know it?
I don’t have any answers, just my cynical speculation. For myself, I keep prepping and keep on doing my best to forge relationships with others that can help me learn those things I will need to know if the worse should happen. Most of all, I try to be optimistic that things we be better for future generations.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Now only 99 cents! The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage eBook!
A few days ago I quietly changed the price of the eBook version of Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage to 99 cents. It was $3.99. Why did I do this? Let me explain.
Facebook fans know that I share a lot of free eBooks on the Backdoor Survival Facebook page. By free, I means books where the authors have temporarily lowered the price to nothing. This is something that Amazon allows once every 90 days under a program called KDP select.
Each morning, over coffee, I attempt to find a worthwhile book for you. Alas, there is a ton or garbage out there. By that I mean books that are a copy and paste from Wikipedia or worse. Many appear to be written by off-shore sweat shops and are fluff pieces with little or no information of value covering two or three dozen pages. The sad thing is by offering them for free, they build traction in Amazon rankings and later, are sold to unsuspecting buyers for $2.99 or more.
It is my feeling that responsible authors need to move to the forefront, even if that means sacrificing some royalties along the way. Bringing the price down to 99 cents is my way of ensuring that everyone can afford a copy of a book on food storage that is credible and grounded in first hand, practical experience.
One other thing. I have set things up so that purchasers of the print book (list price $5.99 but Amazon frequently lowers the price) get the eBook for free.
Bargain Bin: Here are some items to consider as additions to your preps. Off course the rule of thumb is always this: first purchase what you need to get by and later, as budget allows, add the extra items that will enhance and add dimension and depth to your existing survival gear.
Chemical Light Sticks: Pick your size (length) and pick your color. Just be aware that if color does not matter, some colors are cheaper than others. Be sure to read Lighting Your Way With Chemical Lighting.
Bicycle Canasta Games Playing Cards: This timeless classic will keep the entire family occupied when the power it out. Playing cards or board games should be in everyone’s preparedness pantry.
Quikclot Sport Brand Advanced Clotting Sponge: A must for any first aid or emergency kit, Quikclot Sport stops moderate to severe bleeding until further medical help is available.
Israeli Battle Dressing, 6-inch Compression Bandage: This is another inexpensive, yet critical item for your first aid kit. Combat medics, trauma doctors, and emergency responders all recommend this Israeli Battle Dressing (IBD) for the treatment of gunshot wounds, puncture wounds, deep cuts, and other traumatic hemorrhagic injuries.
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