#37: Become a gunsmith! Building and repairing guns is rewarding if you are a prepper, and it could be a useful side business with which to earn money for more preps. It's exciting because you'll not only know how repair, but you can modify, design and build firearms as well.
#38: Feed the family for an entire week on from scratch food (nothing prepared). Buying whole ingredients and taking time to prepare, instead of buying food in pre-made packages, will bring you closer to your food. It's even more meaningful if everyone can participate in making the food.
#39: Live one week on what's in your food storage. See what you learn from the experience and get creative. Yoders Taco seasoned beef, pictured left, isn't just for tacos. Use this pre-seasoned hamburger meat to make chili, enchiladas, tostadas and more. Yoders has a full line of canned meats to make your food storage more interesting.
#40: Start a new prepper hobby. Fulfilling prepper hobbies may include a wide spectrum of activities.
#41: Read a prepper novel in your reading group and discuss. What's the most popular novel with more than 5,478 customer reviews and a 4.5-star rating? William R. Forsthchen's New York Times Bestseller, "One Second After" with foreword by Newt Gingrich.
#42: Clean the filters for your water filtration system. Commit to cleaning the Big Berkey quarterly if you use it daily.
#44: Set aside old copper pennies, and nickels. Both Jefferson nickels and copper Lincoln head pennies have more value in metal than they do in face value.
Pennies: According to coinflation.com $0.0140245 is the melt value for the 1909-1982 copper cent on December 28, 2015, so they are worth slightly more than a penny which can add up in volume. They are 95% copper, 5% zinc. If a 1943 penny sticks to a magnet, then it's made of steel and valued at .25 cents - $1.
Nickels: Currently old nickels are worth around .02 cents in nickel value; however, the all-time high of Jefferson nickel melt value was in 2007 when the melt value reached 7.5 cents! In 2007 the country was still in financial crisis, so it's wise to stock them now in anticipation of the next opportunity. In any economic condition, be on the lookout for wartime nickels from 1942-1946, which were made of 40% silver, and they are worth as much as a $1 each for their silver content alone.
#46: Throw away the microwave. Microwave ovens aren't healthy and in fact science proves microwave hazards. Better yet, use the microwave for making a Faraday cage. It probably won't work as a Faraday cage, but certainly the idea is better than using it for food.
#47: Get in shape with prepper challenges. On your favorite television night, such as Walking Dead, do sit- ups at commercials.
#48: Make your own fire accelerant. Collecting lint from the dryer regularly and saving it up for tinder may sound like a strange idea, but it's the easiest and cheapest fire accelerant.
#49: Repair a pair of shoes, instead of buying a new ones. Gone are the days of shoe repair at every other corner block of the city. If you want to repair shoes today, you've got to do it yourself. You'll need a few tools, but repairing shoes will be a much needed skill in a total economic collapse. Learn how to become a skilled craftsman as you also save money.
#50: Cook one depression meal a month. There's much to learn about the Great Depression. Make some classic dishes from the Great Depression to have a greater understanding of the tiem and to save money now to buy more preps.
#51: Dump the cleaning chemicals. Toss all the cleaning chemicals in the house and instead use chemical-free options:
#54: Shop one week using ONLY coupons. Jump into couponing whole hog by forcing yourself to shop for a week using coupons exclusively.
#55: Repair the next thing that breaks, instead of buying it new! If you can't fix it, barter the services of someone who can fix it for you. The goal of this resolution and prepper activity is to become more self-sufficient.
#56: Re-create a family favorite take home meal, instead of eating fast food. Not only will you save money by making your own take home meal, but it will be satisfying and healthier. Search "copycat recipe" on Google for almost any of your favorite fast foods or visit Copykat.com
#57: Visit someone in an old folks home and learn about the Great Depression or war rationing. The elders in your community have much to share, but no one to ask them. Make it your New Year's resolution to visit and learn.
#58: Stockpile a luxury non-survival item. You don't need lipstick, hair conditioner or shaving cream to survive, but they will be a luxury in a depressed economy.
#60: Buy a used prepper book on Amazon. Many used books are available on Amazonfor just a penny and you pay only shipping). Here's our list of books for preppers.
#61: Expand your herb garden. Plant basil, chives, cilantro, rosemary, mint, oregano, parsley, scallions, tarragon, thyme - you name it. Herbs will provide nutrition and help spice up your preps. Those are the more common herb to plant, but you could also try:
Caraway. Caraway seeds are excellent for breads.
Lemon verbena. Make a delicious syrup to infuse milk, puddings, ice cream or cocktails. See the recipe in #62.
Lemon grass. A staple of Thai cooking, you will enjoy lemongrass in teas and to enhance sauces and soups. Here's how to grow lemongrass.
#62: Make Lemon verbena syrup. Try something different - forage and make something great. Here's the simple recipe for Lemon Verbena syrup:
Gently heat one cup sugar and one cup water, stirring to dissolve.
Add a third cup of loosely-packed lemon verbena leaves
Simmer mixture at low heat for 15 minutes.
Cool, then strain leaves and pour into a bottle and refrigerate.
#63: Stretch a meal. Turn leftovers into soup. Stretch one chicken into five meals. Get creative with a ham to see how many meals you can make from the main course and sandwiches to a casserole, and down to split pea soup.
#64: Camp in the snow! Winter is a great time to camp.e Camping or backpacking in the snow provides opportunity to learn a whole new set of survival skills.
#65: Secure a door barricade, bar or brace. Get a home defense strategy going for you, starting with the entryway. Next, go after the garage, which is a major point of entry.
#66: Be a souper prepper. Make a hearty soup for dinner with biscuits on the side. Bone broth is healthy and a wonderful way to use up all the chicken, ham or beef.
#67: Start saving all the old nickels in a jar. The nickel content of a nickel is worth more than a nickel. Stock up on them.
#68: Become a blood donor! It's an unusual prepper idea, that will have you feeling good for being healthy to give it.
#69: Try one new prepper food you are curious about. Eat a new meat such as rabbit or squirrel, or try goats milk or sorghum. What's sorghum? It's both a grain that's popular in Africa as well as an Amish staple for sweets.
#70: Do something truly interesting with beans. Likely you have canned beans in your preps and if you do, open up the possibilities. With black beans you can make black bean brownies.
Here's the recipe for Vegan, Gluten-free, black bean brownies. These are highly rated (4.7 stars from more than 325 reviews). The brownies right are made with simple, whole ingredients, including a can of black beans, well rinsed and drained!
#73: Make a convenience jar of pancake or biscuit mix. Dry can your own home recipe for pancake mix, biscuits or muffins. Say goodbye to Aunt Jemima with this famous copycat recipe of the beloved pancake mix.
#74: Make a burn barrel. A burn barrel is a way to burn trash on the homestead. Behrens 20 gallon rubbish burner/composter with lid, pictured left, is ideal for burning rubbish and composting. Made of durable galvanized steel with large handles for easy handling and transport. Four legs keep the can off the ground for increased airflow, burn efficiency and stability.
#75: Unfriend anyone who sends you a Candy Crush invitation. This was just a test to see that you're still reading our list, but unfriending someone on Candy Crush will give you more time! Preppers never have enough time. If you need more things to do, check out or prepper TO DO list.
#76: Test your get home bag. Instead of taking a backpacking trip, strap on your bag and the shoes you've stashed at work to see how you'd fare in getting home. The experience will be memorable and educational to say the least.
#77: Start your own survival seed vault. Saving seed is easier than you may think. Start a seed bank from your own garden pumpkin or tomatoes.
#78: Get a safe deposit box. In the safe deposit box, deposit family photos and important documents on a flash drive.
#74: Test your family's hiking distance with packs and without. You'll find kids may only be able do three miles with their packs on, but easily six miles without. This may change your bugout strategy. How well can the adults do?
#80: Test your gas mask and use the drinking tube. A gas mask is the stereotypical survival item. There are eight things to know about a gas mask before you buy one. If you don't have a drinking tube, perhaps you should consider getting one. If you have a tube, test it!
#83: Build a file cabinet smoker. In economic hard times, a smoker is a tasty way to supplement the food you bring to the table from the hunt. Just beware that using a smoker in times of starvation will bring unwanted and hungry zombies from afar. The smell can drift for miles.
Livestock bedding. Paper shreds are fine for rabbits, horses and more. Replace the straw in your chicken coup! Use it for ducks, too.
Stuff a basket or bag with gift grass. Colored paper makes excellent fill for gift baskets. Remember this for Easter!
Pinata making. Save money at your child's next party by using the shreds for a memorable paper mache project.
#86: Take a family photo that hides a secret. Have a survival cache? A photo can help you secure your wares. How so? The idea garnered from suburbansteader.com is to take a family picture where you hide your survival cache. If you have a large property and need to hide a supplies, then the photos will serve to remind family members of the placement. Clever preppers, indeed!
#87: Knit a poncho or fringe shawl! Knitting is a prepper skill and you can flaunt your new found skill by knitting a simple and fashionable poncho. Try these free poncho patterns.
#89: Make this the year to let go of fear and worry. Life happens. You are a prepper and you are prepared to deal with whatever comes your way. The more preps under your belt, the better you'll feel, even if you're a beginner.
#90: Get a dog to safeguard your family. Adding a dog to the family will improve your health as it simultaneously lowers your blood pressure. Even an ankle biter can provide a measure of protection. Dogs can warn you to danger or outside activity and can deter intruders. They also bring risk of disease and add to the family expenditures, but you can mitigate these risks. Dog owners will attest that they are worth every penny.
#91: Don't hit the gym. Really, don't hit the gym! It may sound counter intuitive, because every other New Year's resolution will have you hitting the gym to stay in shape, but don't do it. Instead bring the gym home or do prepping activities that are more aligned to your goals:
Walk or bike to work as weather permits
Hike five miles with your bugout bag
Run or walk the dog you got in New Year's Resolution #90!
Do lunge jumps, push ups and chin ups
#92: Switch from paper towels to cloth ones. If you're on a budget, use old T-shirts as rags. Want to skip paper and switch to cloth? Bulk cleaning cloths work out to around .56 cents each! #93: #94: Take a five-mile hike with your bugout bags, then work your way up to seven- and ten-miles! #95: Try any of these 15 weird survival tools: http://happypreppers. com/weird-survival-tools
#93: Get a washboard and make some music. Funny thing is that non-preppers are buying the washboard, pictured left as a percussion instrument, so why not have fun with it and try it also? Really, this MAID-RITE is the #1 best selling in Washboards - Hand Percussion!
#94: Lose weight or not! If you're not in shape, then doing #91 on the New Year's resolution list should help. Preppers want to be healthy, but they may not want to lose weight. After all, weight does have a survival advantage in famine. It's your body's natural instinct to add layers of protection. Just make sure it's a healthy weight and there aren't any mobility issues, diabetes or other medical problems associated.
#95: Challenge a prepper spouse, partner or friend to this list. When you confide in someone and even set up a challenge, you will have a better chance at accomplishing your goals. Why not set up a prepper challenge to see who can do the most things from the list.
#99: Get out of debt.... blah, blah, blah! Getting out of debt is a typical New Year's resolution, but for preppers it has much more significance. Just how to do it? Pay off one credit card entirely and vow never to use it again. Start by freezing the credit card with the highest available credit in a plastic baggie. In this way, you will have the card for severe emergencies, but you will have to think about your needs verses your wants as it melts.
#100: Do something for pure satisfaction today that you COULDN'T DO in an off-grid world tomorrow. Whether it's skydiving or just heading to a crowded movie or arcade: do it with the knowledge that at a moment's notice, such privileges may someday not be available. Enjoy the moment and truly live.
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#33: Learn to navigate by compass. Among the survival lessons a boy scout learns is how to navigate by compass.
#22: Sharpen all the blades in the house. Every prepper's crazy about a sharp dressed blade!
#23: Don't get bored, get a board game. When the lights go out, perhaps permanently, you'll need entertainment. Until then, play Armageddon Preppin, Conflicted or Pandemic! Read the full list of board games for preppers to keep your family engaged in prepping and entertained.
#24: Install a fire escape ladder. You could buy a fire escape ladder, but it's more gratifying to make one yourself as part of a New Year's resolution to build and make things from scratch to become more self-sufficient.
#25: Create a safe room in your house. Make this the year to get started on the safe room! A safe room according to FEMA provides protection in extreme weather events, including tornadoes and hurricanes; however, to a prepper a safe room means so much more.
#31: Change the oil on all your vehicles. Knowing how and when to change your oil should be as rote to you as filling up with gas.
#32: Learn how to cut rope (without scissors or a knife) in an emergency. The video tutorial below will have you impressing your friends in no time. Try it at a party!
#9: Be adventurous in sprouting a seed, bean or grain. Try sprouting something new. Make interesting salads and sandwiches from the sprouts. What can you sprout? Just about any seed, bean or grain. If the sprout, bean or grain is raw, you can sprout it. Try sprouting adzuki beans, alfalfa, almonds (raw), amaranth, black beans, buckwheat, chickpeas, fenugreek, lentils, millet, mung beans, mustard seeds, oat groats, pumpkin seeds, quinoa, radish seeds, seasame seeds, sunflower seeds and even rice!
#10: Take combative skills training. Give Krav Magna a go. Krav Magna is the latest in combative skills training, but if that isn't available in your area, take any self-defense course and enroll the kids in a Martial Arts class.
#11: Build something new for the homestead using reclaimed materials. Build a chicken coup, greenhouse or fence from pallet wood or other reclaimed materials. Not sure what to build? Check out 1001pallets.com for pallet ideas and where to get more pallets.
#12: Test the smoke alarm batteries. Prepping is just as much about preparing for an apocalypse as it is for an everyday power failure or fire. Have plenty of batteries on hand and resolve to make a schedule to test the smoke alarms regularly (and to stick to the schedule).
#13: Get a CO detector. Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a threat to preppers especially because of the combustion of fuels we may use in an emergency, such as wood, natural gas, gasoline, diesel, kerosene, coal and charcoal.
Even household appliances are culprits, including the furnace, water heater, stove, space heater, charcoal grill or gas dryer. Carbon monoxide kills. This year, get serious about the threat. Get and use a carbon monoxide alarm.
#14: Make your own seasoning mix. Save money for more preps and make more flavorful chili or taco seasoning, ranch dressing, bouillon at home.
#15: Buy precious metals for bartering, not just investment. Gold is a high value metal for investing; however, the competition to do well in investing in gold is equally high. Preppers may like to start small and invest in silver and copper as the materials are more practical in many ways:
Silver coins are a great place to start investing. Silver is easy to collect and to barter. Remember to buy collectible coins for the silver content (junk silver) and not the collector's value, which is based on whether it's rare, condition and flaws at the mint. Discover the value of junk silver coins to preppers.
Copper is an extremely overlooked prep. Not only does copper have a monetary value in bartering, but copper can help preppers forge tools necessary to live in an off-grid apocalyptic world. Copper also has an array of healthful benefits. Learn more about copper and prepping.
#16: Install solar panels. Not only will you save money, but you may be able to get cash for generating power.
#17: Go beyond the honey bucket and invest in a compostable toilet system. Long term sanitation is something only the serious preppers plan. Get serious about a composting toilet.
#18: Dehydrate whatever is on sale. The beauty of dehydrating is that it can save you money if you do it properly. Buy fruits and vegetables in bulk when they go on sale and preserve them by dehydrating them.
#19: Get some boots that were made for walking. Outfit every member of the family with hiking boots (and we will begin to wear them in slowly).
#20: Be on target with your gun terms! Improve your ability as a shooter for both "accuracy" and "precision" two gun terms often used interchangeably. There is a difference and you can be in the know when you read the article by Gunsandammo.com on the top 9 most misused gun terms.
#21: Go full tang and teach kids how to use a knife. Kids in the 1950s regularly carried a pocket knife around -- even to school. Obviously, that's not permitted today, but that doesn't mean you should shy away from exposing your kids to knives.
The first step to great food is also great knife skills, so don't overlook knife safety and food preparation. Kids knives are a great place to start - they can cut vegetables without cutting the skin. Teach kids bushcraft knife skills or whittling!
Prepper New Year's Resolutions Big list of New Year's Resolutions for Preppers
This year give your New Year's resolution a prepper theme! We're loaded with prepping activities and ideas to get you started. You can feel good as you check whatever items are off your list.
Big List of New Year's Resolutions for Preppers We hope this master list of 100 New Year's Resolutions will help you make 2017 the most prepared year yet...
#1: Read the constitution in its entirety! While the second amendment is your first priority, there is so much preppers hold dear in the constitution. Get a pocket-sized copy of the constitution to carry.
#2: Fly a Gadsen flag. Make this the year to fly with the Gadsen! The historical and uniquely American Gadsen flag, pictured immediate left, is just another way to support buying American made products and to show your self-reliance as you send the clear message: "Don't tread on me!"
#3: Get funky with essential oils. Essential oils are gaining in popularity with preppers as a natural remedy. Be the essential oils family doctor the homestead and start using essential oils this year:
Diffuse lemon or lime essential oils to purify and cleanse the air naturally. At the top right of the page is a color-changing diffuser in a gorgeous honeycomb design. It earns an almost perfect 5-star rating for customer satisfaction.
Use sweet orange essential oils for weight loss
Dab a little tea tree oil on that funky looking nail and get rid of toenail fungus.
Be sure to have thieves essential oils on hand to fight pandemics and everyday colds and fevers.
#4: Have a "no spend day." This year, put down your wallet and make do with what you have for a day (and don't spend a thing). It's easy to do this on the weekend, but at work see how you do. Pack a lunch, walk or bike to work, bring water and snacks to resist the temptation of going out to lunch with colleagues or heading to the vending machine.
#6: Become a CERT. Make it a resolution to finally enroll in a free CERT class. Certified Emergency Response Teams are needed in every community. By volunteering, you also open yourself up to great information and surround yourself by like-minded individuals.
#7: Make water a priority. Water is life and this year resolve to make it a priority.
Get a water filtration system for everyday use. The Big Berkey water filter not only gets rid of chlorine, but can also get rid of arsenic and fluoride. Best of all, your family will be prepared to filter raw water from it.
Store large quantities. Many preppers think they have enough water, but they'll actually need more than they think. For example, they'll need 270 gallons of water for a family of four, which is a one-month supply. The Surewater tank, pictured right, will secure 260 gallons.
Go disposable. Pack a lightweight and disposable water filtration system in your bugout bag, such as Aquamira, Lifestraw or Sawyer. Typically these are good for filtering around 30 gallons of water.
Get serious. Go the long term with a Katadyn water filter (the backpacker's choice because it's sturdy and long lasting)
Pack tablets and purification drops. Store water purification tablets in the car and bugout bag.
Learn several ways to filter and purify water. Water filtration and purification is a life-saving skill.
#8: Smile by making a hygiene product at home. Skip store bought, and make your own toothpaste: