The Sunday Survival Buzz – Volume 63

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Sunday Survival BuzzWelcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz – a roundup of preparedness news, tips, articles and recommendations from around the web. But first, an update on my own preps.

My own preps took a serious back seat to writing this week.  As you may have noticed, I posted some extra articles but, in addition to that, I have been working on another writing project to the exclusion of almost anything else.

Even so, I did have time to make up a batch of DIY Laundry Soap, work on getting my garden ready, and sold my outdoor patio dining set so I could install InstaBeds in its place.  The area only gets sun about 4 hours a day but that is fine for greens and cool weather crops.

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BETTER THAN GOOD laundry soap – only three ingredients!

The other thing I did was get through the first two chapters of the Survival Life Home Survival Course.  So that’s it for me this week.  Let’s get on to the Sunday Survival Buzz.


10 Tips to Make Sure Your Activist Group Isn’t Set Up by the Feds: While I firmly believe in community groups, you do need to know who your are dealing with.  Remember, trust needs to be earned.

Legitimate Problem: The City Of Oslo Is Running Out Of Garbage:  I found this interesting.  Two questions came to mind.  If the SHTF, could we generate some energy ourselves by burning our garbage, and two, what do the people in Oslo know about controlling pollution that we don’t?  Okay, a third question.  If this technology is available, why do we still have landfills her in the US of A.

Don’t let Ambien or other insomnia drugs send you to the ER:  Please spread this message – these drugs are bad news. Not once, but twice, the Survival Husband thought he was having a heart attack.  Many thousands of dollars in tests later, turns out it was the Ambien.  Dump it and pursue more natural sleep remedies.

Mosquitos and Diseases They Carry: When Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy give advice, I pay attention.  Be sure to read their suggested list of essential oils for use in repelling these nasty little bugs.

Washington’s Backward Retirement Policy: So Wrong, and Yet So Easy to Fix: The solution that this article suggests is that we eliminate tax breaks on private retirement funds and use the taxes that are generated to bolster Social Security.

21 Blogs with Advice on How to Create an Emergency Plan for Your Family:  If you have kids or grandkids, you will find some useful resources here.

To Silence Discontent, Chinese Officials Alter Calendar: Orwellian, to say the least.  But then again, so was establishing martial law in Boston.


I had lots of tips come in as a result of the article Getting a Bead on Setting Up a Simple Solar Panel Kit.  Here is one:

If your current requirements for what you are going to run off of the battery are fairly low, you can use a car old car battery that will no longer start a car. I made 2 solar set ups using batteries that used to be in my cars but had to be replaced when they would no longer start my car. So I saved about $100 per set up (5 watt panel with battery and 20 watt panel with battery).

Here they are:

And here is one that came from in Dwayne via Facebook regarding the use of a HF coupons (he paid me a nice compliment too!):

“Hello! I wanted to say something finally, as I have been using your information for a couple months now and felt it would be nice to contribute on something that might help, although not survival related.

I work at a Harbor Freight here in Washington, and can say that the information here is better than you will get with 90% of the people that work there because they get no training on this item to help them sell it, but there are rare individuals that actually seek out information to help the customers.

Also, the 20% off coupon actually has a list of things in the fine print that it won’t work on, so read that portion carefully when you are going to make a purchase. It does work on the solar panels, but if you look in magazines (Shotgun News, Hotrod, etc.) you can also find a coupon for the kit down to $139.99, which is pretty good too.”


After fixing some bugs, I was able to get the Google Search feature working again.  If you are interested in finding a Backdoor Survival article on a specific topic, you can use the Search box on the right hand side of your screen or select SEARCH from the menu bar.


This week we announced a new giveaway. Backdoor Survival sponsor Camping Survival is giving away one of my favorite packs, the Rothco Medium Transport bag.  Not only that, they are going to stuff it with a few hanks of paracord.

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A few people asked if I get “credit” or a commission on sales of the Harbor Freight Solar Kit that I wrote about this week.  In a word, no.  Harbor Freight sent me the kit and were interested in “counting clicks” to see how many folks in the prepping community clicked through to their website from the article.

I do, however, also have an affiliate relationship with Harbor Freight so if you are still interested in making a purchase, you can click on the banner below. One of the things I really like about HF is their flat rate shipping charge of $6.99 regardless of the weight or the size of the order.

BTW, when you click on the banner, a 20% coupon should appear at the top of the page.  At least how it appears as I am writing this article.

Harbor Freight Tools


Shelf Reliance has been renamed THRIVE LIFE and I don’t know about you, but I like that a lot better.  I have just updated my Thrive Life Party page with the May Specials.  Here is list for you.

Note that if you choose to purchase in quantities of six #10 cans you will receive an additional 5% savings.

  • #10 can Instant Pinto Beans: $10.89
  • #10 can FD Blueberries: $36.69
  • #10 can FD Celery: $21.59
  • #10 can FD Green Beans: $13.19
  • #10 can Tomato Powder: $28.19  *** One of my favorites ***
  • #10 can Nonfat Powdered Milk: $16.19
  • #10 can Elbow Macaroni: $9.19
  • #10 can Instant Brown Rice: $8.79
  • #10 can Black Beans: $11.99
  • #10 can FD Roast Beef: $43.59

Tropical Fruit Pack (Custom)

But there is more.  I am currently in love with freeze dried tropical fruits.  Think about smoothies, sangrias and just plain snacking right out of the can!  So good and healthy too.  The party price is $118.70 versus $139.99 at Costco.  Here is what you get:

Freeze-Dried Banana Slices
Freeze-Dried Mangoes
Freeze-Dried Pineapple Chunks
Freeze-Dried Peach Slices
Freeze-Dried Apricots
Freeze-Dried Pears

And just so you know, I do earn free product when you place an order making this a great way to support Backdoor Survival while eating deliciously both now and in the long term.  To get to the party page, click on the picture above or go to the Thrive link in the menu bar.


The hummingbirds finally arrived this weekend and I have a robin’s nest with baby robin’s right outside my little home office.  They make me smile and make me think that in spite of the chaos in our world, life can be good.  I will try to get some pictures for you for next week.

Until, next time, remember to make every day a prep day!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!


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Bargain Bin:  Cooking outdoors does not have to be a challenge.  Start with the Solo Stove and add some low cost items that will make cooking and bugging out less of a challenge.

Solo Stove:  I was so impressed that I renamed this the “Amazing Little Solo Stove”.  The price is $69.99 but for a small amount more, you can get a version that also burned alcohol.

Swedish Firesteel: Using this basic pocket fire-starter, you can get a nice fire going under almost any conditions.

Light My Fire Tinder Sticks:  Some people prefer to purchase tinder and this is a good choice.  I like to use cotton balls soaked in petroleum jelly that I make up myself, a couple dozen at a time.  They store well in a small Ziploc baggie or re-purposed mint tin.

Lightweight Anodized Aluminum Outdoor Mess Kit:  This is a well-priced, mess kit that is lightweight and with decent reviews. 

Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets: You will be surprised at how warm these will keep you. Be sure to test one out in advance so that you have the confidence to trust the blanket in an emergency. You will be amazed at how small and portable these are; a packet will easily fit in a back pocket.

Emergency Shelter Tent: The Emergency Tent is a lightweight and compact emergency shelter. It is wind and waterproof and easy to set up and is roomy enough for two people.

Emergency Sleeping Bag: Another low cost item designed to keep you warm in an emergency situation.

Potable Aqua Water Treatment Tablets: Water treatment tabs are a bug out bag essential.

Kershaw OSO Sweet Knife: This “oh so sweet” knife is solidly built, stainless steel knife that comes razor sharp right out of the package. It will pretty much cut through anything the price is amazing.

Rothco Type III Commercial Paracord: You can get 100 feet of  Survival Gear Checklist 15 Items to Get You StartedParacord for very affordably. This is a real bargain but be aware that price can vary substantially depending on the color.

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6 Responses to “The Sunday Survival Buzz – Volume 63”

  1. just wanted to say “Thanks!” your info is useful. you are a believer in common sense, and you are aware of our current situation.

    • Thank you for the kind words!

  2. Your laundry soap recipe is wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

    • YAY! I love it too!

  3. The “make your own laundry soap” … is that for handwashing or washing machines? If machines, will it work with HE machines?

    • For machines although I am also using it with my mobile washer (review pending). This is a low sudsing laundry soap – perfect for HE machines. My washing machine is an apartment sized HE unit and it works great. I use 1/2 cup which is probably more than I need to use but since it does the job and is so cheap, that is what I use.

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