FOR JUST A LITTLE BIT MORE
Before we begin today, let me give a big hand and extend a Extra Appreciation Award to a Super Loyal Minion for a very generous donation. I have Loyal Minions who have given more, by donating a bit here and a bit there until it really adds up and I feel a tear forming because it finally appears that somebody actually does love me all signs to the contrary, but for the biggest single contribution I have to acknowledge Eugene. Thanks a lot. You are a gentleman and a scholar and there are few of us left. Of course, I would never assume he was so generous because he is a fellow Nevadan while the rest of you are living in putrid dens of Socialism.
As I was reading the comments section from my bike article I was a bit disheartened to realize that I have failed to communicate to you the One Great truth of The Bison Way. Allow me to enlighten those of you still dwelling in the darkness. You can't keep saying, "for just a little bit more". This is the path that leads to ruin. The path of plastic shrouded semi-automatic battle rifles, eating 70 cent rounds of ammunition fed from twenty dollar magazines. The path to $6 meals of MRE's. The path to $30 cans of freeze dried mystery meat. The path of quarter million dollar retreats, reachable with fifty thousand dollar SUV's. What you need to be thinking is, "what is the cheapest way to provide the tools I need to survive". I do not teach how to live in comfort after the Apocalypse, how to maintain the Yuppie lifestyle after PODA ( Peak Oil Dark Ages- trademark pending ). I teach how to live as cheap as possible and how to prepare to survive as cheap as possible.
I don't throw caution to the wind, advising a space blanket, a few bags of white flour and a .22 rifle as all you need to survive the collapse. The cheapest POSSIBLE way to survive. I'm not advising the dollar store hammer as the tool you need, but rather the cheapest required size of hammer even if it is made in China. In a lot of cases, the cheapest is the best, such as cast iron grain grinders or bolt action military surplus rifles. In some cases, it doesn't pay to be as cheap as possible. Such as using non food grade buckets to store grains, or using nothing but steel cased ammunition. But I will give you the cheapest way to safely survive ( well, to increase the odds of your survival anyway ). I have trained myself to seek the cheapest way to do everything. Sometimes it is a curse. Most times I have something to contribute to help you out. Let's face it, I don't receive such generous donations and sales because you like me. It is because I am giving you value added advice. You save you a heck of a lot more than you send me. Or, at the very least, I talk trash in an entertaining manner.
When you start saying, "it's much better to do it this way, and it only costs a little bit more" you defeat the whole frugal survive method. I'm not saying I am the final authority. Readers comments help me to be a lot less of an idiot than I normally would be. Your criticisms are essential. I never understood the saying that the best teachers learn from their students until recently. And that is thanks to my loyal minions. You help me be better by your knowledge, since I will be the first to tell you I don't know much of anything. And there are instances where "for just a little bit more" are valid. Such as a french coffee press versus sun brewed coffee. Sun brewed is free, french pressed is a $20 tool. You save some energy doing the sun brewed, but it really does taste like crap. Buying the press gives much better coffee. If you look at it as a luxury, that is fine as an upgrade. Just don't make the mistake of treating it as an essential.
Survival can't be about continuing your present lifestyle and still remain cheap to accomplish. It has to truly be about nothing more than surviving. The cheapest food that will deliver calories and nutrients. The cheapest way to defend yourself ( listening to most authors it is a wonder any white men survived with single shot rifles while the natives had short range rapid fire weapons ). The cheapest shelter situated on the cheapest land. The cheapest tools to do the bare minimum. As soon as you adopt this philosophy you not only quickly accomplish your emergency stockpiling, you can free up funds to buy even more since your everyday living expenses are drastically lowered ( I bought land by only spending half my take home pay during one period ). It is not about luxury or comfort. It is about getting the tools you need. Even on very slim wages. If your spouse or friends don't complain that you squeak when you walk because you are so tight, you are not doing it right. Get out of the trap of looking for the perfect tool. You need to look for the minimally adequate tool.