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Ammunition

Ammo: How Much do You Need?

Natural disasters, civil disobedience, economic collapse, zombies…These are all good reasons to stock pile ammo, but guest writer, Eve Flanigan has a good point. Firearms and ammo have come under attack lately and we predict it will get worse as we close in on the presidential election. How much ammo is enough to stockpile? This post helps you figure out which calibers you need to start hoarding now.

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Camping & Survival

Surviving a Wildfire

As of May 21, 2014, 485,181 acres have already burned due to forest fires. Unfortunately, the U.S. isn’t even in peak wildfire season yet. Learn how to protect your home and your family by reading this guide. It will tell you how to prepare beforehand, how to create a safe zone around you home, what to do if you have to stay and defend, and what to do after the fire.

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Camping & Survival

Throwback Thursday—The Essential Preppers Guide to Packing a Bug-Out Bag

A bug out bag is any bag or container stocked with essential survival items that will see you through any type of emergency or disaster, at least for 24 hours. Usually filled with either water or a way to get safe drinking water, food—like energy bars or MREs—a way to start a fire, copies of important documents and a good knife, but out bag are designed to be a grab and go carry all if you have to evacuate or bug-in at home due to bad weather, power outages or civil unrest. Cheaper Than Dirt! presents its essential guide to packing a bug-out bag. This post highlights the top 10 articles guiding you through prepping for an emergency—earthquakes, storms, flu, zombies, hurricanes and other man-made or natural disasters.

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Camping & Survival

Jade Helm 15—What if Martial Law Was a Reality?

Martial Law would be one way President Obama could actually take our guns. Operation Jade Helm 15 began this week in seven states. This massive military training exercise, of the likes the country has never seen before have many speculating on what it is exactly the military is training for. Is Jade Helm preparing the U.S. Military for nationwide Martial Law? Are Blue Bell and Wal-Mart in on it? Read to find out all you need to know about Jade Helm and how to survive Martial Law.

The true meaning of camping.

Camping & Survival

The Essential Summer Survival Guide

One of our favorite things at Cheaper Than Dirt! is helping people. Be it guiding you in purchasing your first handgun, providing our expert opinion on what optics are best for your AR-15 or prepping you for any form of disaster, we want you to make the best decision for you and your family. Summer is a time many of us look forward to—camping, fishing, hiking, barbecues and all other forms out of outdoor activities. However, being outdoors means more chances of injury and accidents. Read our essential guide to surviving the summer for all you need to know on how to get through the summer unscathed.

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Camping & Survival

Tips for Stockpiling Non-Perishable Food for Novice Preppers, Part 2

Although this article focuses on tips to help you begin stockpiling non-perishable food items the same tips work in regards to perishable items as well as toiletries and other products such as cleaning supplies. The biggest difference between non-perishable and perishable items are the storage needs because most perishable items need refrigeration or freezing in order to properly store them. Read these tips for successful stockpiling.

Buggin' Out with the JIC

Camping & Survival

10 Survival Essentials

There are a number of scenarios where you could find yourself having to fight for your survival. One wrong turn or a simple slip on a rock could end in disaster if you aren’t prepared before heading on an outdoor adventure. Shelter and water are at the top of these ten essential items for survival list.

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Camping & Survival

Survival—Asking the Tough Questions

Would you be able to eat the family pet for survival? Could you choose between letting your brother and sister survive if you could only pick one? These are they type of tough questions preppers have to ponder. To help you and your survival and preppers community work through the hard issues—there’s an app for that. And a game. Conflicted: The Survival Card Game doesn’t just open up a discussion, it helps you find the loose cannons in your tight knit group. Get a taste of the kinds of questions you will find in the game in this post.