Prepper Book Festival 8: Preppers Financial Guide

Gaye Levy Gaye Levy  |  Updated: July 4, 2019
Prepper Book Festival 8: Preppers Financial Guide

A few days ago I read an article about the US stock market and how similar today’s market is to 2008.  The discussion went into a number of indicators that, having been there, done that, made me sit up and feel a sense of relief that I have done everything I can think of to put my financial house in order.

That said, there is always something more to do and I am always interested in learning new ideas for fostering financial preparedness.  With that introduction, today I share the next author interview and book giveaway in the Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival 8.

Preppers Financial Guide by Jim Cobb - Backdoor Survival

Jim Cobb, the author of the Preppers Financial Guide, is back for an encore interview and shares his answers to some new questions.  He is also providing one reader with a free copy of his book.  More about that in a moment, but first, enjoy the interview then be sure to check in below to learn about the giveaway to win your own copy of the Preppers Financial Guide.

An Interview with Jim Cobb, Author of Prepper’s Financial Guide

Since it has been a while since you answered this question, please tell us again what you are personally preparing for

Honestly, at this point I really don’t have a particular disaster in mind with regards to my own preparedness. Used to be, my “pet theory” was EMP. However, we face so many potential events today that I find it nearly impossible to place my bets on any specific one.

Fortunately, the preparedness planning for an EMP isn’t much different than that for, say, economic collapse.

In your opinion, what is the likelihood that the event you are preparing for will really happen?

I think the likelihood of “something” happening within the next 10 years or so is very strong. What it will be, I don’t know.

Here is a related question. Of all the events that are likely to occur, which situation do you feel you are least prepared?

A long-term medical crisis, such as a pandemic. That’s something I feel I personally need to work in on terms of getting better prepared.

What is your own personal #1 prep?


Every single day, I am actively trying to learn new things. Due to a lack of time, that often entails not much more than reading and thinking but I’m trying to reorganize some areas of my life that will then offer me more time to practice skills and such.

If you were just getting started, what would you do differently?

I’d do more research on products rather than buying them just because they were endorsed by this or that person. I’d also try to be much more organized at the outset of my preparedness plans. It is rather difficult to try and organize in reverse.

Do you have some advice or a personal message you would like to pass on to Backdoor Survival readers?

I don’t care why you want to be better prepared. I care much more about the how of being better prepared.

Try to do just one thing every single day that will move you closer to your preparedness goals.

The Giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific next Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winner must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

The Final Word

If the author, Jim Cobb, sounds familiar, it is because this is his fifth Book Festival.  As a matter of fact, he is the only author so far to revisit Backdoor Survival and with good reason: his common sense, every-man (every-woman?) approach is easy to follow and easy to adapt to our unique circumstances.

Whether you are looking for a way to bring in a bit of extra income to fund your preps or determining what skills will help you in a barter economy, you will find solid suggestions in Jim’s latest book.

Note:  Read the article, 2015 Is Starting To Look Remarkably Similar To The Stock Market In 2008.  and you, too, will want to ramp up your path to financial preparedness.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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59 Responses to “Prepper Book Festival 8: Preppers Financial Guide”

  1. A pandemic or an emp…having no power for an indefinite amount of time that might stretch into months or years is pretty frightening.

  2. Not to sound like a broken record but an EMP or pandemic. Both would be extremely disruptive to our current life of easy conveniences and comforts.

  3. Pandemic, EMP, or financial collapse. I wonder how long this self-centered, me, me me, pace can continue? It’s time to wake up and find your way to the coffee with your flashlight America! It can’t continue. Some wimp like IS or N Korea may take us out! Keep Looking UP

  4. EMP–I’m definitely not ready for the lack of power and lawlessness for what would end up being the rest of my life.

  5. I am a new prepper, and am always looking for more information for my family and I. My son is handicapped, so we will have to bug-in…we are trying to cover as many areas as our budget will allow. A little at a time and praying for the time we need. Happy Prepping!

  6. Nuclear war, or other type of invasion, is what I can’t even begin to grasp preparing for. I understand the masks and staying inside until things clear, but the devastation seems like it would be so long term, I don’t know how we could recover. I suppose if other nations have and can, so can we. It just seems like such a colossal task, especially given technology today. It would be a VERY long process. Hope it NEVER happens.

  7. My weakest link is financial. However, I’m working to resolve that by moving to rural area and starting my own line of books (second income stream)

  8. Pandemic,& civil unrest,I’ve concentrated alot on food storage, but those gowns are pretty expensive being that you can only use 1 time. However that African lady used trash bags, duct tape,multiple layers of gloves, so maybe I’m better prepared than I think!

  9. I agree with April.A contaminating nuclear attack is the event for which we are least prepared both materially and psychologically.We have resources dating from the 60’s and sodium iodide to supplement our regular preps but need up to date guidance.

  10. I would say a pandemic first. I have a compromised immune system due to Systemic Lupus and worry that I may succumb and not be there for the family. Believe me, I’ve had the chicken pox 3 times,once as an adult per the doctor because of the Lupus, so I do worry. Then an EMP, I have been working steadily to get alternative sources of power to my home with out making it seem obvious that we have some power. Trying to figure out how to sound deaden the stand-by generator. It’s not really loud like a portable gennie but when everything goes out,sound travels along way. I’d just as soon not advertise I’m prepared.

  11. I feel that my husband and I are not at all prepared for a pandemic. We are already taking Jim’s advice about trying to do at least one thing a day to get us better prepared. My husband also is very good about researching items before purchasing just based on a few people’s random reviews. We are dedicated to a much more self-reliant life style than ever and will continue to read, learn and do what we can to be better prepared for any type of emergency that may come along.

  12. Pandemic seems to be the popular answer and probably one of the hardest things to prepare for. For us, prolonged lack of water, from extended power outage or earthquake, would be the key. We have water stored but can you ever really have enough?

  13. Without a doubt, financial collapse. Time to start stocking up on bartering items and silver. I considered gold, but unless I’m making a large purchase, gold will be like shopping at the dollar store with hundred dollar bills.

  14. Probably the one thing I’m least prepared for is pandemic. I’ve just begun prepping, so I’m not very far along on it, but medical supplies are probably the things I have the least amount of.

  15. My answer to the question would be EMP. Car dealers have selling point of 0 to 60mph in so many seconds. This would be like 120 mph to 0 in a split second. Hard to deal with.

  16. Nuclear attack I guess. Won’t be able to grow my seeds after that and most wild life will be gone so food supplies will only last so long, then what?

  17. We are fairly new to prepping and are probably not completely prepared yet for any disaster. However, I feel the worst right now would be financial collapse. If the economy holds out, we can continue to become prepared as time goes on.

  18. A EMP would take me back to hauling water…could buy a pump before hand and put in in a box in a trash can.

  19. I feel I’m least prepared for an EMP, because that is pretty much permanent. In my lifetime, I doubt that civilization would ever again approach what it is now.

  20. EMP and Nuclear are the ones I am not prepared much since I live in an apartment and no longer where I used to

  21. I feel like I’m least prepared for an emp, because I don’t yet feel like I’m comfortable with the idea of being without electricity, communications, etc.

  22. I feel like I’m least prepared for a pandemic or financial collapse. Really anything that would cause me to have to leave my home.

  23. Grid failure could be a big problem. I’d like to be more solar powered. I’ve had a problem with raffle copter a couple of times including today. It says out of nine entries. I can only access, visit your website, tweet, free entry and comment on blog. Which is correct?

  24. I’m more likely to be in an earthquake so trying to prep for that but feel a nuclear disaster would be hard to survive and prep for.

  25. We would have problems in a financial collapse. Not having the money to stock up silver and not being very swift at bartering.

  26. I definitely need to get my finances in order in the event of a collapse. I have stored many things but there is so much more I need to do. This may help me prioritize.

  27. I think that some sort of medical problem or pandemic is what we are least prepared for. There is no one in my immediate family with health care experience.

  28. I’m curious what article you were reading about in regards to the stock market resembling 2008? Kind of off topic, sorry.

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  29. Honestly, I am least prepared for a tornado and that terrifies me, as we live in tornado alley. I’ve been bugging my husband for years to put in a storm shelter. On the other hand, we have NO protection against a nuke, and although we do have plenty of medical supplies, I doubt we’d be prepared for a pandemic. I’d say we are MOST prepared for an economic collapse, because of where we are located and our land/growing capabilities. We are least prepared for anything else. 🙁

  30. I believe that an EMP and widespread civil unrest are the events that would present us with the greatest problems. I feel they are the most difficult to prepare for.

  31. The ability to assess a situation, make a plan, and stick to it are all traits common to both Prepping and FIRE(Financial Independence/ Early Retirement) habits as well. Maybe there should be more crossover. For now I am happy to sit in the middle of this Venn Diagram waiting for others to catch up.We should work to unite these disparate Clans!

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