Eddy is one of those guys that the other neighbors have categorized as “the doomsday guy.” He has a large beard, is always working out in the yard, talks to the neighbors about the end days of America. Although I have mixed views on the approaches he takes with his life, I have learned 10 things from him that could be very helpful for the success of a suburban family, should some catastrophic event occur.
Get a Decent Pocket Knife
At the end of the day, there is no reason anybody should not have a pocket knife on hand just like they would have a screwdriver in their tool box. Here are two of the top rated pocket knives on the market today that even the knife experts drool over:
* Sunset Bone Moon Pie Trapper – $85
* Kershaw Leek 1660CKT Knife -$80
The land enables Eddy to succeed in becoming more prepared for the future. Eddy suggests that if you do not own land to purchase some, even if it is somewhat of a drive away from your home. Many towns outside large cities sell 1-acre plots of land for fairly cheap. “If you do not want or decide you don’t need the land later on,” he says, “you can just sell it as if it were an investment.”
Plant a Garden
Instead of going to the store to buy spices and herbs, he uses his own for flavoring in the meals he cooks. If you are interested in some modern ways to perform small farming at home, check out aquaponics (which involves fish farming) and hydroponics.
Since Eddy is on an average budget, he simply picks up a large bag of rice and a large bag of beans when he shops for general groceries. By slowly accumulating food each week, he has developed an enormous supply in just a few years! Between the fruits, vegetables, rice and beans, Eddy can sustain himself for a long period of time.
Buy a Truck
Buying a truck that has a trailer hitch on it sets the average person up to succeed. Two top trucks you can get your hands on today are:
* Ford F-150 – Best all around truck purchase of 2013 due to its wide range of engine choices, long-lasting durability, and well-designed interior.
* GMC Sierra 1500 – Best truck in its class for its range of powerful engines and strong towing and hauling capacity. Although it falls short with its interior design, it compensates with its drivability.
Get out of Debt
By paying off your debt, it not only frees you from the debt that you have accrued, but it enables you to save more money for later on in life when you might really need it. Here are three techniques he applies to conserve money on a monthly basis that has saved him thousands of dollars:
* Get rid of the cable bill – By eliminating the cable bill, Eddy saves $50 per month. He still has his internet bill but does any work or information gathering from his computer.
* Pay an extra payment on the mortgage and pay the payment biweekly.
* Keep your vehicle for 10 years.
It is suggested that you store a gallon of water for every person in your household each day and that you always have a week’s supply in case of emergency. Eddy has purchased 55 gallon water barrels and stores them in his garage with fresh water. 55 gallons of water would sustain a family of four for 2 weeks!
Buy bullets, and lots of them. The bullet market has become increasingly popular because of a tight grip from the US government around the firearms market. Since this is the case, I see an investment opportunity. Bullets are becoming more expensive because there is a current increase in demand and decrease in supply, and the price is not expected to go down.
Buy a Survival Kit for Your Friends
Eddy has over 20 survival kits, not for himself, but for the people that come running to him now that are all of a sudden in need of his help. Instead of saying that he cannot help, he has these survival kits to keep his neighbors sustained until help can reach them.
By teaching yourself, your family and your friends how to take care of themselves if the comforts of daily life were stripped away due to lack of electricity, gas, food or water, you are empowering them to succeed.
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