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August Survival Sweeps

It seems like there’s always more survival gear to buy and never enough funds. Sweepstakes offer a way to dream big without spending a fortune.

If you’re new to sweeps, you will have to pay taxes on winnings over a certain amount. Also, be sure to review the fine print to make sure you know the rules of entry. Some will disqualify you if you accidentally enter twice, have requirements for certain states, and so forth. Most of the sweeps listed below are for people living in the US and most don’t expire until the end of the month. I’ve tried to note all of those that allow daily entries. I keep a list of those in a Word file and visit back each morning just in case I get lucky. So far, I personally have only won a couple smaller sweeps, but a good friend of mine is a devoted daily sweeper and wins so often that he sells many of the goodies he wins and banks the cash.

Without further ado, here are this month’s finds. I’ll try to post more each month. Feel free to list any more you find in the comments below!

GEAR

augsweepsWin a Rocket Stove or Fire Scout Stove from PrepperBroadcasting.com Ends 8/16.

10-Day Duro Lantern from Ultimate Survival Technologies Ends 9/3.

Ultimate Bass Package from Plano Ends 8/27.

WindBurner Personal Stove System Ends 8/17.

Outfitter XXL Camping Cot from Teton Sports Ends 8/31.

Ryobi 2200 Watt Inverter Generator Ends 8/31.

Win a VSSL Outdoor Utility Tool Ends 8/20.

The Ultimate Western Hunting Package valued at over $7,000 Ends 8/31.

Enter to Win an ATN X-Sight HD 3-12x Night Vision Rifle Scope worth over $800 and more Ends 8/16.

Win A Homemade Gin Kit Ends 8/31.

Win a Custom Multitasker + B5 + Tactical Distributors Multitool Ends 8/17.

21 Dystopian Best-Selling Paperback Books Giveaway Ends 8/31.

Win a 5-day Moab to Rocky Mountains Adventure for Two + $5k in gear (I don’t normally post trips, but the gear in this one is phenomenal.)

Weekly Prizes, each an Adventure Package worth at least $500 Ends 8/30. Enter daily.

Fishing Gear: Ultralight Spinning Reel and Rod Combo with Case Ends 8/17. Weekly prizes, so check back.

GUNS

Springfield Armory® introduced the M1A™ SOCOM 16 Ends 12/31.

Enter to Win a Ruger LCR .38 Special Ends 9/30.

Ruger Precision Rifle in the caliber of your choice: 308 Win, 6.5 Creedmoor or 243 Win Ends 8/28.

Ruger American Rifle – Predator plus weekly prizes Ends 8/30.

Colt 1911 Pistol Ends 8/31.

Enter to Win a T3 Tactical Auto Rescue Tool

TRANSPORTATION

Polar Sport Off-Road ATV Trailer (or 1 of 5 $50 Northern Tool gift cards) Ends 8/28.

Walking Dead Snap to Ride Sweepstakes: customized motorcycle like Daryl’s one year supply of Slim Jim snacks, various Walking Dead weekly prizes. Ends 4/10/16. Enter daily.

Win a 2015 Ford F250 4×4 Crew Cab XLT Truck Ends 8/31.

Enter for a chance to win a 2015 Nitro Z-6 Boat Ends 10/16. Enter daily.

CASH/CARDS for buying gear, guns, or transportation

$500 Amazon gift card Ends 8/31.

$300 Target Gift Card Ends 8/31.

$250 Cabela’s Gift Card Lots of additional prizes including a GoPro Hero and a DeWalt cordless drill. Ends 8/18.

 

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Review: 4 Foot Farm Blueprint Ebook 2014 Edition

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(written by Jackie)

Full Disclosure: After my original review of the 4 Foot Farm Blueprint by Crisis Education, I was contacted by someone from the company. I fully expected them to ask me to soften my review or to take it down, but surprisingly, they did not. They asked me to preview their 2014 version of the 4 Foot Farm eBook before it went live to the public. I agreed. Once I gave them my pre-market notes, they sent me the final product for review. So we did not pay for the 2014 edition of the 4 Foot Farm Blueprint by Crisis Education. We were not compensated for our review and our opinions remain our own, as always.

Crisis Education and I emailed back and forth a bit. I spotted a few simple grammar and spelling issues, but knowing that wasn’t the point of me previewing the product, I tried to focus my attention on the content of the eBook itself. If you recall, the 2013 edition focused on vertical gardening using either garden towers or a wall of recycled plastic bottles used for vertical container gardening. This would work most easily outside, but they suggested you could also bring it indoors if you were able to provide artificial lighting and so forth.

The 2014 version is two-fold, with both an indoor and outdoor system.  The indoor system focuses on a hydroponic wall for growing greens and herbs year-round. The outdoor system focuses on square foot gardening, companion planting, and succession planting for everything else you may want to grow. Continue reading

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Prepping For Injury?

(written by Jackie)

IMG_1657When you first start storing food as a new prepper, it can be overwhelming. Goals differ, but it seems that most aim for around a year’s worth of food for their entire family. That’s a lot of food, a lot of space, and a lot of money to devote to something you may wonder if you’ll ever need.

You’ll hear about how storing food can save you money, even if you never use it. You’ll hear about beating inflation by buying basic staples before food prices increase. You’ll hear that it’s an investment. Continue reading

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Bug Out 1, Phase 2: The Hike

If you missed Phase 1, you can find it HERE.

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The hike started off as all other hikes I have ever done. I stood there with a heavy pack and gobs of motivation. I took another look at my strip map, got my bearings, and mentally noted my initial turn which I called Check Point 1 (CP1). I ensured that I had informed Jackie of my route, and we decided that we would establish check points at all the turns that I had to make or, in the cases of long stretches of roads, notable land features or county roads that intersected; and that I would text which check point I was crossing. We established this for safety reasons and so that progress could be tracked as well as data compiled (speed of movement, rest breaks taken, etc.) to aid in future events. Continue reading

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FIELD STRIPPING MREs

One thing that I learned early on in my adult life is that Yetis hurt people. They are mean and uncaring as they go from village to village destroying igloos and ruining birthday parties and then slip away into the blizzard that conceals their every move. Another thing that I learned is that ounces = pounds. This is something that was beaten into my head on every forced march or military maneuver I have ever had to partake in. That really comes into play when you look at your gear. When you ponder if that particular piece of gear is a “need to have” or a “want to take.” And needs always trump wants. Many times a particular item that is a “need” is bulky, awkward, or heavier than you would like. The question is, at times, can I make a particular “need” lighter? Can I make it more easily manageable? Make it more convenient? Food will always be a need.

When I went on my initial bug out I chose to take MREs as my source of nutrition. They are familiar to me, having spent 21 years in the military; they were a main staple of field life. That and I had them on hand so that was a bonus as I did not have to purchase anything. That was an absolute bonus as after doing some research I discovered that they have gone up in price considerably over the years (going from about $6.00 in 1994 to $17.00 a week ago for a complete MRE). I grabbed 3 days’ worth of MREs off of a shelf (9 total – by today’s prices on MREs I am sitting on a gold mine), sat down, and without thinking about it I immediately started field stripping them, something that I have done numerous times. As I was tearing through them, throwing things to and fro, Jackie asked me to take pause and explain to her what I was doing and why. I looked at her as though she asked me how babies were made.  Continue reading

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Bug Out 1, Phase 1: Preparation

After doing some research on the net of what gear everyone considers the “must haves” or “at a minimums,” I began to gather my supplies.  It was a frustrating endeavor as there were many different opinions of what is needed.  Some sites state that you have to have this particular fire starting tool that is guaranteed to start anything on fire within a few strikes (I chose a lighter instead), while another went nearly so far as to tell me that if I don’t have this booklet of 101 survival skills, I will die cold and lonely, with only the sounds of buzzards being heard as I drift off into eternal damnation…luckily they will provide me the booklet for $20.00…small price to pay for salvation I guess.

I have always been an amateur survivalist, relying on commercials and unrealistic reality shows to guide me in my pursuit of outliving cockroaches after the bombs fall, so gathering the gear took very little time. All I really needed to do was to go out to the garage and dig it all out of boxes, blow the dust off, and do a quick inventory.  Continue reading

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