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11 Forgotten ‘Antique’ Appliances Your Great-Grandparents Used Every Day

The modern, industrialized world revolves around a myriad of electrical and electronic gadgets. Little is done anymore which doesn’t require electrical power. We’ve harnessed this power for tasks to make our lives easier, as well as more interesting. The electric motor is at the core of many of these devices. By using …

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5 Forgotten Ways Your Ancestors Stayed Warm During Winter

Your home’s heating is an essential part of your survival in cold weather. Even if your house is insulated well, it will eventually get dangerously cold if your heating system is off or the power grid goes down. Many homesteaders have fireplaces or wood-burning stoves in their homes, an idea …

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16 Vital Items The Pioneers Stockpiled For Hard Times

We tend to think that stockpiling food and supplies for an emergency is a modern invention. But it’s not. It actually started thousands of years ago, with people stockpiling food for a snowy day. Those ancestors of ours knew something that most of us today have forgotten: the fact that …

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Off-Grid Food Preservation Methods – How Did People Preserve Food 500 Years Ago ?

For centuries before the medieval period, and for centuries afterward, human beings in all parts of the world used a variety of methods to preserve foods for later consumption. Europeans in the Middle Ages were no exception. A society that was largely agrarian would be keenly aware of the need to store up …

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War Is Very Costly, In Terms Of Human Lives And Suffering, Certainly, It Is Also Very Costly to The Economy: 7 Ways the Economy Could Quickly Unravel

There must be more than seven ways, but these are the ones that seem most likely to my mind. 1. Agriculture: Drought You don’t need that new car or that new pair of shoes. Most people can put off until tomorrow, or until next year, most of the purchases that …

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8 Frugal And Forgotten Ways Your Great-Grandparents Made It Through Hard Times

As I’ve grown older, I’ve noticed that life has gotten more expensive. I’m not talking about the almost-natural increase of inflation; that’s to be expected. No, what I’m talking about is the way that lifestyle choices make things more expensive. Things that are considered the “norm” today were considered luxury …

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The Best Winter Survival Items Everyone Should Store In Their Vehicle

I live in a warm part of the country now, so winter isn’t a big deal. Actually, it’s my favorite time of year, because it’s not hot. But it wasn’t always that way. I grew up and learned to drive in Colorado, where the mountains make it so that a …

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The First 35 Foods You Should Stockpile For Disaster

Modern life has led people away from their backyard gardens and well-stocked root cellars. These once farmhouse staples helped ensure that families could feed themselves no matter how long the road to town was, what the weather was like, or their economic situation. While access to grocery stores makes it …

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The 5 Forgotten Survival Lessons Learned From Amish

There are dozens of potential SHTF scenarios that we face these days.  One of the scariest is a loss of our power grid. Whether this happens due to hackers, an EMP blast, or some other factor, a complete lack of power is a scary scenario in our modern times.  Estimates have shown …

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The 5 Forgotten Survival Lessons Learned From Amish

There are dozens of potential SHTF scenarios that we face these days.  One of the scariest is a loss of our power grid. Whether this happens due to hackers, an EMP blast, or some other factor, a complete lack of power is a scary scenario in our modern times.  Estimates have shown …