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Budget Planning- Part 4, by Sarah Latimer

Flexible Expenses This is the list of all expenses that are generally short-term commitments and flexible in their amount. Initially, try to get a handle on where you are spending your money right now. Once you have that written down and can get the picture of how your income is being used, you can begin to make adjustments based upon your goals. So, be realistic and honest in this step! I will write more about how to cut some of these costs down in the next section, but for now get a handle on your spending. You will be able to make better decisions if you plan spending ahead of time, together with your spouse. Remember that accountability is very helpful! During a month, try to keep track of the normal expenses within this category. However, it may be that you only make a sizable purchase to restock your reloading supplies or soap making supplies or other prepping materials, which can often be obtain at greater discount when purchased in larger bulk. Do your best to figure out what is a realistic amount you need to spend over the course of the year for these items that you only buy … Continue reading

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Letter Re: Sawyer Water Filter Additional Information

Hello, I would like to add some information about the Sawyer water filter. One of the readers mentioned that the Sawyer filter use to be 1,000,000 gallons, and now it’s 100,000. Those are two separate filters. The 1-million gallon filter is the larger version. The 100,000 gallon is the mini version, which I personally have used since it came on the market. I do a lot of hiking, backpacking, and exploring in the outdoors. I like to carry my Camelback for ease of drinking and carrying my water. What I recommend is to buy the Mini Sawyer filter, cut the Camelback tube in the middle, and install the filter there. Just fill the Camelback and go back to hiking. It makes the suction a little tougher to get the water, but it’s not hard whatsoever. I have never had any issues, and I have found this is has been the easiest way to get clean water in the back country. It’s also lighter than a lot of hand-operated filters. Most filters are susceptible to freezing temperatures, including the ceramic ones. I like to take a zip lock baggie with me and put the Mini Sawyer filter in it at night, … Continue reading

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Economics and Investing:

Wednesday Report…A Potential Life Changing Market – S.B. o o o Credit Suisse to create U.S. banking business for billionaires o o o Deutsche Bank Said to Revive Trading of Credit Options in Europe o o o A Bull Market For The Ages As The Price Of Gold Heads To A Jaw-Dropping $20,000 o o o SurvivalBlog and its editors are not paid investment counselors or advisers. Please see our Provisos page for details.

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Odds ‘n Sods:

Turkey cancels 50,000 passports as President Erdogan tightens noose around suspected dissidents after failed coup o o o This unusual new listing in Texas posted over at SurvivalRealty.com caught my eye: Former Military Base – Nike Missile Site. Note: It is just one of more than 275 retreat properties available, through the site. Take a look. You will be amazed by many of these properties! o o o Hillary Is a Menshevik. The Bolshevik/Menshevik crisis we saw in the first stages of the Russian Revolution is bubbling to the surface in our country through the Democratic Party. – H.L. o o o President Obama Just Signed The DARK Act Into Law – B.B. o o o The Treason of the Congressional Central America Caucus – B.B.

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Hugh’s Quote of the Day:

“And the Jews’ passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem, and found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: and when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables; and said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise. And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.” John 2:13-17 (KJV)

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SurvivalBlog’s Orwell Awards – 2016

As promised (but after a delay) we are announcing our first set of Orwell Awards. These are awarded to individuals and organizations who have abused the English language with Newspeak distortions in ways that degrade our liberty, our dignity, our heritage, and the truth, in the past year. Our thanks to the many readers who e-mailed us their nominations. We plan to issue these awards annually. The winners are: First Place: Barack Hussein Obama, for his “Gender Identity Mandate“. Under Obama’s twisted logic, any school, organization, agency, or business will be denied Federal funds or contracts if they don’t allow boys to use the girls bathrooms and vice versa. The guidelines, announced in May, 2016, are designed to ensure that “transgender students enjoy a supportive and nondiscriminatory school environment” (regardless of how the chromosomes of every cell in their bodies identify them). Second Place: On July 5, 2016, FBI Director James Comey, for exonerating Hillary Clinton’s repeated gross national security violations, claiming that she and her staff were merely “…extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.” In effect, he exonerated her (declining to refer her for prosecution) by detailing her guilt in these crimes. Third Place: … Continue reading

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Letter Re: Keeping Children Safe

Hugh, The author did not explain that during emergencies, public schools will sometime remove children from the school and relocate all the children to a safe location. The local school should have the predetermined safe location address. (Obviously, if there is a big fire at the school or other emergencies, the school does not leave the children in the school or school yard.) You might want to mention this fact in some added on information by the SurvivalBlog editors. During Red Cross training at work, the Red Cross representative asked everyone in the room (100 people) if they know the address or location of, the predetermined safe location for their children`s school. Everyone sat there like dumb turkeys. During these dire times, children should be homeschooled (or attend a religious school). It is not just the possible emergencies that could cause problems but the dire times involve we face, what is being taught in the schools, and what the children are learning from the other children too. – S.A.

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Economics and Investing:

The Gold Price Correction Is Over…And A Trader’s Tale o o o Gas Taxes Keep Rising to Quell a Different Kind of Road Rage o o o Get ready for America’s new $29 trillion debt o o o Yellen Searches for U.S. Wage Gains With Georgia On Her Mind o o o The Abbot and Costello version of unemployment numbers: Absolutely Brilliant – B.B. o o o SurvivalBlog and its editors are not paid investment counselors or advisers. Please see our Provisos page for details.

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Odds ‘n Sods:

A bit technical in reading, but ShepherdFarmerGeek sent in this link to a study analyzing fatal wounding patterns of civilian active shooter events vs military fatal wounding patterns. The conclusion: “We found that the overall wounding pattern and the fatal wounding pattern following civilian active shooter events differ from combat injuries. There were no deaths from exsanguinating extremity wounds. As such, we discourage the current myopic focus on hemorrhage control for civilians. Instead, we urge that the tenets of civilian-based TECC be implemented across the entire prehospital trauma spectrum, and we further recommend studying this strategy to affirm its benefit.” – In other words, we may be training and prepping wrong for the type of potentially fatal wounding that the average civilian may encounter. Time to reevaluate the preps and training. o o o Why Civil Defense Still Matters – T.Z. o o o From Socialist Utopia To Slave-Nation – Venezuela Unveils Shocking “Forced Labor” Law – C.S. o o o So much for gunsmithing: Obama regime targets gunsmiths with new executive order – T.Z. o o o The Average Full-Time College Student Spends 2.76 Hours Per Day On Education-Related Activity

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Hugh’s Quote of the Day:

“And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat. And he looked, and, behold, there was a cake baken on the coals, and a cruse of water at his head. And he did eat and drink, and laid him down again. And the angel of the Lord came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee. And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.“ I Kings 19:5-8 (KJV)

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