Become More Self-Sufficient; Do It Yourself (DIY)

A lot of emphasis is put on survival products and building a storehouse of stuff for an emergency. But, what happens when our funds are used up and the storehouse is bare? What's left?

This posting is focused on what you can't get in the store - Experience! When skills are learned, self-reliance is the byproduct. Instead of picking up the phone and pay someone else to fix that leaky faucet, get some tools and a book and learn how to do it yourself. Instead of buying food, learn how to grow it at home. Instead of doing what we all take for granted, begin to realize that you can do it yourself. Little by little, self-sufficiency will emerge and expand to every area of life.

Massive power outages and data systems failures are a result of an aged grid in the US. Additionally, it is very susceptible to terrorism. Unfortunately, most citizens are too reliant on technology. Getting back to basics once in a while will help prepare for the inevitable.
Online Book: When Technology Fails

Learn to be self-reliant; the alternative is being one of the hoards of victims/users/takers that will exist, and may be knocking on your door, when an emergency happens. If you are browsing this and similar blogs, you have the potential and interest to be self-reliant BEFORE that day comes. Here are some suggestions to start the journey:

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Home Schooling:
When sending our children to school is against our beliefs or not feasible, home or on-line schooling are alternatives to consider. You can do a much better job with selecting your child's curriculum and content than public school teachers, regardless of your level of education. As long as you can read, you can do homeschooling. Just do what teachers do – buy books that have a year's curriculum (program), and do what it says. On-line schooling can free-up parents for employment while the child is taught by educators the parents choose. Don't let our children's education be stunted and brain-washed with public school indoctrination agendas. When the opportunity arises, take advantage of homeschooling. There are lots of helpful resources and support groups:
55 Reasons to homeschool
How to Start Homeschooling Your Kids
Homeschooling vs. Online Education: Which is Better for You?

Survival Tools Crafted From Ordinary Items:
With every emergency or natural disaster that comes, the know-how and tactics of survival are improved, based upon ideas and knowledge handed down from survivors. Imagination is your best tool. Here are some examples:

[Craft Safety Videos]    [Video of Survival Tools Crafted From Ordinary Items]

[Prepper Tools]    [Everyday Items You Can Repurpose in a Survival Scenario]

Creative Re-Uses of Wooden Pallets:
From sheds to furniture, the re-use of the simple Wooden Pallet is limited only by one's imagination. Generally, they are free and come with the nails needed to reshape its next life. Pick your project then search the web for designs or come up with your. The possibilities are endless.

Self-Sufficiency Standard:
The Self-Sufficiency Standard determines the amount of income required for working families to meet basic needs (including taxes) without public subsidies (e.g., public housing, food stamps, Medicaid or child care) and without private/informal assistance (e.g., free babysitting by a relative or friend, food provided by churches or local food banks, or shared housing) at a minimally adequate level, taking into account family composition, ages of children, and geographic differences in costs. Most U.S. states have designated resources to help its citizens reach a level of self-sufficiency.

Suggested Readings:
Your Road Map To Self Sufficiency
41 Ways to Become More Self-Sufficient
5 Myths About Being Self-Sufficient
25 Native American Survival skills
31 Survival Skills for the True Outdoorsman
Bad Habits that WILL NOT Help You During an Emergency
5 Bad Habits That Will Kill You