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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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4 Basic Tools to Protect Yourself from Ebola

The world is in the midst of it’s largest ever Ebola outbreak. The first ever transmisson of Ebola within the United States was just confirmed this week. Two days later there was another confirmed transmission within the US and who knows how many people were infected before they sought treatment for symptoms. As of this writing, the CDC is saying two airline flights were potentially at risk, as would be anyone who came in contact with either nurse in the early symptomatic stages of the disease.

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So what do we do? How do we prepare in case the worst happens? Continue reading

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Review: Growing Up – The Ins and Outs of Up and Down Gardening by Survival Life

growing-up-250When I was looking for other reviews of the 4 Foot Farm Blueprint by Crisis Education (I found none by the way), I stumbled upon what looked like a similar eBook called Growing Up: The Ins and Outs of Up and Down Gardening from Survival Life. It’s advertised in much the same way, with a PowerPoint online infomercial, also touts the ability to grow enough food to “feed a family of 4 in just 4 square feet of space,” and is also $7. The pitch was so similar that for awhile I actually thought they might be the same product.

So, as with the 4 Foot Farm Blueprint, we went online and purchased the eBook. Continue reading

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Couponing For Preps

(written by Jackie)

IMG_2076You’ve probably caught an episode of Extreme Couponers and seen the beautiful stockpiles some of these couponers accrue and wondered if you could do the same.

I’ve been couponing for a while, and while it’s becoming more and more difficult (especially thanks to this show), you can still get something for nothing…or nearly nothing. But it’ll be more difficult than Extreme Couponers portrays.

Why? Well, from what I’ve read online, the show is at least partially fake. The show calls stores ahead of time and makes sure that they’ll be allowed to tweak store policy to allow for bigger, grander purchases. You won’t have this advantage. This couponing style also doesn’t work in every store in every town. Some stores double coupons, some don’t. Some stores have a 4 coupon per item limit, some don’t. And now, some coupons themselves are setting limits. The rules list grows with each passing season, so couponers have to keep on top of these rules.

So then the question is: Is it worth it? That’s up to you. I coupon, but not to an extreme, and still manage to get free items every now and then. I’ll share the easiest ways to do it that don’t require the full-time hours some devoted couponers claim to spend on research and prep. But, of course, you can then extend these methods to more intensive couponing if you choose. 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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Review: 4 Foot Farm Blueprint eBook

4ft-farm-blueprint-smaller(article by Jackie)

Note: This review covers the 2013 version of Crisis Education’s 4 Foot Farm Blueprint. Crisis Education has released a new version for 2014. Click here to read my review of the 2014 edition. The 2014 edition is very different from the version reviewed below.

One of our Colony members posted this link to our Facebook wall last week:

Crisis Education’s 4 Foot Farm Blueprint eBook

Gotta say, we knew just from the first viewing of this video that it was a scam, but we looked at each other, shrugged, and said, “It’s for the Colony,” and pulled out the credit card. $7 with a double-your-money-back guarantee? What could go wrong? 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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