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Dollar Collapse Preparation Thread: My Low-Budget Steps + What Steps You Have Taken To Prepare?!

After following the words of Dr. Paul, Peter Schiff, Marc Faber and Jim Rodgers for a few years now, I feel that I am pretty much 100% jaded towards the near-term and medium term outlook for the United States.

I full-heartedly believe that there is going to be some sort major failure of a financial insitution, U.S. state or sovereign that will cause U.S. Treasury Bill and Bond holders to liquidate their U.S. dollar denominated assets and subsequently create a hyperinflationairy environment in the United States. Living in a hyperinflationairy environment is extremely dangerous and can include a laundry list of unthinkable dangers such as: 1) Gangs of Roaming Looters or Marauders 2) Police/Government Confiscation or Personal Removal 3) Sky-Rocketing Food and Water Prices, Shortages 4) Civil Unrest 5) Foreign Powers Sending Troops Over to Collect on Their Debt, and so many more I can't think of and won't know of until it happens to me. It is because of all of thse reason and more that I have begun to prepare myself and family for the worst.

My story is nothing special but I hope it can give someone some help in preparing themselves. I am a 22 year old Finance/Economics Major at Florida State University who works at a grocery store as a bagboy so it should be obvious that my budget is not exactly huge. I come from a somewhat well-to-do family that completely rode the decades of continuously falling interest rates to wealth and prosperity and is now suffering the needed correction for their recklessness. I have begun to turn their minds to the truth but they still cannot see the cliff in front of them (55 years of unwavering faith in Uncle Sam will do that to you). They help with some of the monetary cost of preparing.

SO FAR, I have amassed a good amount of tools, supplies and information that can and will give me the edge against others when the fated day arrives. This is a short laundry list of things I have done and plan to do in the near future. If I have forgotten anything important PLEASE DO NOT hesitate to tell me. Keep in mind I belong to a family of four adults and possibly more if times get super hard. I have no brothers and my dad is old and out of shape so the responsibiliy will be soley on me. Also remember I bought extra supplies for bardering purposes.

- Bought $250-$300 in a very wide variety of canned foods which totals up to around 400+ cans of food with expiration dates around late 2013
- Filled up two 12 gallon emergency water jugs with clean water
- These are stored in inconspicuous blue rubbermaid containers at my parents house back in Jacksonville while I keep about 50 cans of food

- Purchased one 9mm handgun and holster (Glock 26), For personal defense outside the home
*I have around 250 9mm rounds (.5 Hollowpoints, .5 FMJ)
- Purchased one 20 gauge shotgun, For personal defense inside the home and bigger game hunting
*I have around 150 shells, a mix of birdshot, target loads and slugs
- Purchased one SuperMark small game pellet gun. For small game hunting such as birds, rabbits and racoons.
*I have two 6000 lead pellet containers
- Purchased one Romanian AK-47 w/Bayonet. For personal defense outside the home
*No ammuntion yet
- Purchased Level IIIa Body Armor (40 S&W and down resistance)

- I was able to convince my parents to invest in gold- In my apartment in Tallahassee, I have around $200 cash along with around $100 in silver coins

- My parents were the poster children for the housing crisis. They built our current house in Jacksonville for the super inflated price of $700,000 back in 2005 and are now completely underwater. Back in January of this year, I convinced them to put their house up on the market while there still is a housing market. They have gotten few offers and are currently negotiating some counteroffers to the few offers we did get. I am currently trying to get them to walk away from this financial hellhole and give it back to the bank the peddled it to us. I have also got them to embrace the idea of self-sustainability and growing our own foods. They are currently looking at rural houses deeper in the Florida countryside.
- I graduate in December and will be returning back to Jacksonville to hopefully a job a the Deutsche Bank investment firm. I expect the housing market to be in even bigger shambles at that point and plan to buy a small and affordable country house to live in AT A FIXED RATE. With this fixed rate being completely eaten away by inflation, it will be quite a steal.

- 5 bottles of MultiVitamens (500 capsules per bottle)
- 2 First Aid Kits (gause, bandages, etc...)
- 4 Bottles of Medicinal Alcohol
- 10+ bottles of Nyquil/DayQuil/Pepto Bismal/Milanta
- 2 Bottles of Menstral Medicine
- 1 Bottle of Aloe
- 10 toobrushes
- 10 bottles of toothpaste
- 9 bottes of Asprin/Ibuprofen (200 capsules per bottle)

6) MISCELLANEOUS SURVIVAL TOOLS AND BARDER MATERIAL (also stored in Rubbermaid containers at home)
- 5 bottles of preservable wine (white and red)
- 3 Bottles of scotch (Johnny Walker, $25 per bottle)
- 4 Cartons of Cigarettes (2 Newport Menthol, 2 Marlboro)
- 500 batteries (AA,AAA,B,C,DD, 12v, 9v)
- 4 flashlights
- 10 containers of spice mixers ($5 containers of a variety of spices, great trading instruments)
- 100 Nails
- 1 hammer, 1 screwdriver and 2 one gallon gas cans. (This is for extraction of gas from another car's gas tank in times of crisis. Lay under the car and hammer a small hole in the gas tank of a car with the screwdriver and once the gas is flowing from under the car, collect it with the gas cans and your on your way, no siphoning required)
- 1 MapQuest directions home (Tallahassee to Jacksonville) use only back roads and that don't involve major highways
- 1 2000 page book of survival skills and tips called "When Technology Fails" by Matthew Stein. Covers everything from skinning an animal to growing your own crops.
- 2 Gas powered Lanterns
- 1 High Quality Flintstone (The kind used by Man Vs. Wild and SurvivorMan. Good for 10000 lights or 7000 fires.)
- 2 Large Cans of Lubricant/Gun Cleaner
- 30+ BIC liters
- 1 small-ish Axe
- 1 Fire Extinguisher
- 10 packs of seeds (refrigerated, corn, tomato, cucmber)

-My Personal Defense Suit (Mainly for Intimidation):
-- 1 Romanian AK-47 (BOUGHT)
-- 1 Level IIIa Body Armor (BOUGHT)
--- 4 gas masks (One for each family member, For tear gas or biological warfare)
--- 1 Kevlar Riot Helmet (For head protection and identity consealment)(BOUGHT)
--- 1 set of Riot Gear
--- 500 7.62mm x 39mm Rounds (Ak-47 rounds)(BOUGHT)
----300+ more cans of food
---- 1 Police Scanner
---- 1 Battery Powered AM/FM Radio
---- 2 Packs of Antibiotics (1 Ingestable, 1 Injectable)(BOUGHT)
---- 20+ syringes
---- 1 set of Gardening tools (Shovel, trowel, fertilizer, Farmers almanac, etc...)
---- 2 Ounces of Pot (For personal consumption, Everybody has their vice, pot is mine)
---- 8 sets of thermal underwear (4 mens, 4 womens)(BOUGHT)

Thats about all I can remember/find at this point. This list has cost me a lot of hard earned money and time but I do believe it is a good head start towards preparing my family and me for the treacherous future that lies ahead.

I was wondering if anyone else was starting to prepare or if I am just crazy. I also wanna know if I forgot anything so feel free to lemme know what I missed.

By the way things are looking so far in Washingtion, I hope what I wrote gives you a good idea of how much preparation there really is left for us to do.

UPDATE 10/3/10

So I have skrimpted and saved these past couple of months and I have managed to accumulate some more nessecities for our, now obvious, impending dollar crash.

New Additions:
- 2 Story House for Parents in Jacksonville:(60% Surrounded by forest: Quiet white neighborhood 20-25 miles away from downtown Jacksonville, Fl: 360 degree security lights: 4 Windows on the second floor facing in every direction )(perfectly defensible))
- 300 Rounds of 7.62mm x 39mm for the AK47
- 1 Israel Gas Mask with 1 refill canister
- 10 weeks worth of Blood Pressure Medicine (that will be worth way WAY more than gold when everything collapses - "You want a once of gold, or do you want your father to live?"
- 2 types of Two Week Regimens of Super Strong AntiBiotics (Cipro, Bactrim) These will be essential for the sick and dying: A.K.A. Profit city
- 2 Large bottles of 30 strength Colloidal Silver for minor bacterial infections and overall health
- 4 Full pairs of Long Johns thermal underwear, one for each family member

I still need:
- Tons and tons of paper plates, bowls, and utinsels.(BOUGHT)
- Kevlar Ski Mask (Intimidation purposes and they look cool)
- Military Kevlar Helmet
- Multiple Water Filters
- Solar Power Generator
- More Canned Food
- Everything mentioned in the first post that I didn't have

UPDATE 10/11

Just won two more important items off ebay:
-SMITH AND WESSON Riot Helmet with Visor ($15)

NEXT MONTH: I plan on purchasing one or two more filters for the mask and either a Berkey or Katadyn water filter. I have a stagnant creek behind my house that is a perfect source of water as long as it is filtered.

I also need to purchase a ton of paper plates/bowls and utensils.

UPDATE 10/15

- Katadyn Vairo Water Filter Dual Technology Microfilter
- 200 Paper Plates
- 200 Paper Bowls
- 150 Plastic Utensils

- Decoy Safe
- 3 Gas Masks
- 4 Gas mask canister refills
- 2 Replacement water filters
- Solar Cooker
- 1000+ 20 gauge Shotgun Shells/9mm rounds/7.62x39mm Shells
- 7 Window Bar Sets
- 2 Security Doors (Bullet/Smash proof, Front and back door)

I purchased a Katadyn Vairo Water Filter Dual Technology Microfilter off of Ebay. It is good for up to 500 gallons of pure water before it needs filter replacement. I plan to have atleast two replacement filters, giving me a total of 1500 gallons of fresh water before I need to find a new way to get water.

I also picked up some paper plates and utensils. When the water is off, those ceramic plates and bowls will be getting pretty grimey after a while.

Overall this is going to be an expensive quest, but I can assure you it will be even more expensive in the near future.

Anybody got any more suggestions? Lets keep this thread going.

UPDATE: 3/23/11

So I have made a decent amount of progress since I last updated.

- 15 Sets of Plastic Silverware and Paper Plates (100 per set)
- Small Decoy safe is poorly hidden and that will keep only 10% of my familys gold/silver/cash holdings
- Another $2000 in silver (27 an oz) and $1000 in gold (1350 an oz)
- A siphon for extracting gas from abandon or unprotected cars
- Ski masks-1 Green, 1 black
- Katadyn Combi Waterfilter (Good for 15,000 gallons of water)
- Full Camoflage outfit (hat, jacket, shirt, pants boots)
- Additions: 200 rounds of 20 gauge bird shot, 50 Rrounds of 12 gauge slugs, 600 rounds of 7.62x39mm, 200 rounds of .38, 50 rounds of 30-06, 50 rounds of 380, 100 rounds of 9mm FMJ
- A CB radio
- 60 Rolls of Toilet Paper (15 for each family member)

- Potassium Iodine tablets
- Working on getting a new rural house for about 100k.
- Portable toilet/shower
- More TP
- Feminine Products (Gross)

Feel welcome to post your suggestions or your preparations.

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Water & food

Beans and wheat can be stored simply with baked drywall cubes for a long time 30 years. A 55 gal trash bag food grade air sucked out with a cheap bowl of baked cubes with a metal twisty on top will hold about 200 lbs. Throw a square of plywood on it and another on top. 400 lbs of food in a broom closet. Argentina guy said he'd have traded a lot of gold for food. Water and some way to purify it. Life straw $20 water bottle with ceramic filter $9

There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want because you think it would be good for him. – Robert Heinlein


Since you say budget

Some of my relatives were REALLY old fashioned. They realised that most folks forgot some basic things. So they had someone put up a website with a bunch of old time info. For free. No "buy my book for the full info", no registrations, nothing.

Read it like a book from start to finish.


There is nothing strange about having a bar of soap in your right pocket, it's just what's happening.

Your chances

Your chances are 100% with a quarter of this list. Good job. xD

More ideas for Survival and everyday life now.

I have been using the same oregano, parsley, rosemary, mint, Aloha Vera, plants in pots for years, grown indoors in pots even during our northern winter. Beet greens, Swiss chard, spinach, green onions grow really well in pots and are good in a salad.

Sprouting seeds like broccoli, radish, red clover, lettuce, alfalfa, sunflower seeds, and others grow in a few days and provide greens all winter. Stock up on lots of dried beans, peas, lentils, dried corn like pop corn, barley, oats, brown rice, and others for soup. Store root vegetables like carrots, beets, turnip, parsnip, potatoes in Styrofoam cooler containers in a cold dry place.

There are lots of vegetable grain combinations for protein that will keep you healthy. Scroll down for the table with three lists of combinations, which I have used for years for protein, and have perfect health and energy. http://www.sheknows.com/food-and-recipes/articles/802982/get...

If you are growing cherry tomatoes now take some new branches off the plant and place the branch ends in a jar of water. In a while they will have new roots and you have new plants to grow indoors all winter. I place them in a window planter indoors in a sunny place and let them sprawl all over a card table in front of a window.

Dig a well for water if you can. My well is only 12 feet deep and never run out of water. Get a wood stove for the kitchen dining area. If all else fails you will be warm and can boil water to cook food. Have solar lights you can put outside and move in at night. They are so bright you will have to turn them off to sleep. Think about building your own solar heaters to lean against the south side of your house. Try Youtube for ideas. Good luck to us all.

After seeing the recent ammo

After seeing the recent ammo grabs by the government departments, I think this is definitely the right direction.
I am glad my home has varous pistols, rifles, and shotguns as well as the ammo for them already. Out in the detached shop and garage, we have everything from bandsaws to welders and loads of different junk that can be used to build stuff.
One thing we are short on is foodstuffs though. Despite having two pear trees, 4 young blue berry bushes, a blackberrry bush, 2 grapes vines, and an apple tree, that isnt enough to sustain us. We do have a few bags of flour and a cabnet full of cans though(probably about 100) I think I will be making a trip to walmart to clean them out of dried noodles soon.

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

Good for you. I just earned a

Good for you. I just earned a Masters from FSU. Wonder if I ever saw you at the grocery stoers I frequented.

Anyway, do you have any recommmendations for storing silver and gold? I want to buy a lot of silver, but live in an "improving area" in a major Southern urban center. Where should I keep real money? thanks

Dollar Collapse: Your ringside seat to global financial crisis.

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        Ron Paul Links (including DailyPaul)

8/15 Why does Ron Paul insist on a declaration of war? – Washington Times
8/15 Opinion: We live in the age of Ron Paul – The Hill
8/13 Opinion: We live in the age of Ron Paul – The Hill
8/13 Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk 8/13/12 – Liberty Crier
8/10 A complete audit of the secretive banking cartel? – Zero Hedge
8/10 JPMorgan is screwed even if CFTC drops silver investigation – Casey Research
8/09 Ron Paul pushes for full Federal Reserve transparency – Sovereign Investor
8/08 Bruce Fein explains the snub of Ron Paul by the RNC – Liberty Crier
8/07 Paul not given role at republican convention – Liberty Crier
8/06 Led by Rep. Ron Paul, Congress explores sound money – Liberty Crier
8/06 Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk – Liberty Crier
8/06 Ron Paul on compromise and democracy – Daily Paul

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

bumping . . .

for doing a good job of putting it together.

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

Solar Preparations

I read your list quickly so may be duplicating what you already have.

But, I bought a bunch of those mini solar flashlights (on a keychain) on Feebay for .99 cents each. They give a bright light and no need for batteries. Might be a good barter tool, too. The only thing I dont like about them is you have to hold the button down continually to keep the light on. I am already using mine, they make a great light on a keychain.

Also, I have heard that people are buying solar walkway lights (on a stake) to place outside. If your power goes out, you just go outside and bring them in, then take them out next day to be reenergized.

find the lady in your neighborhood

who feeds her dogs the best.

Jackson County Georgia

War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses.
Thomas Jefferson


Keep back as much water as possible. You can never have enough!

Just a thought

You're preparation list looks very good! The only thing that I saw right off hand was that you don't own a .22 caliber rifle. They are so handy, cheap to buy, shells are still cheap, and are the most universal little gun you can have. The pellet gun probably won't take down most furbearers (like a raccoon) but the .22 will and won't cause much damage to the pelt. It'll also give you a longer range. You'll still need the 7.62 for larger animals and those "tough as nails" oppossums (ask me how I know that), but the .22 will save your more expensive bigger caliber rounds for when you really need them.

You might find this of interest

Country Living Reference:

Good for SHTF scenarios.


Should we tahe Ronpaulios post here and begin a survival forum area?

Also, anyone who is into this should try and find the 1 hr +- video from Les Stroud where he takes his family "off the grid" in Canada.

I love Stroud. Watching his shows, reading his books would help us. He is for real.

Jackson County Georgia

War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses.
Thomas Jefferson

You say your dad is old (55) and out of shape.

Unless he's got serious medical issues he can get back in shape. I'm ten years older and do a lot of physical work, construction, trail clearing...

I thinks it's stupid when people say "I'm too old to be doing this anymore," even at 30 sometimes! I think they are programming themselves to be incapacitated. Yes, our bodies lose strength, speed, and stamina with age but there's no need to hurry it along with autosuggestion.

New Hampshire and Ecuador.

He's also lazy

and ignorant.

"A living Constitution is a dead one" -Ron Paul

have his iodine levels checked

either by a doctor or the self test.. I would bet money they are low (or his selenium is low) Most people who have low self will (ie lazy) are actually living w/ a depressed immune system. almost 100% of the time it is lack of sunshine/vitamin D or iodine/selenium.(the thyroid)
If you want him to want to get healthy, get those few items normalized and you will see a new man.

Im doing the smartest thing . . .

to survive.

1. buy bigger guns than ronpaulio
2. find ronpaulio' address :)
3. use the map to find the shortest route from my house

Just teasing of course dude.
THANK YOU!! for this. I'll take your work here and use it.

Jackson County Georgia

War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses.
Thomas Jefferson


I like that. I welcome it. I'd like to see how accurate I've become on a moving target :)

"A living Constitution is a dead one" -Ron Paul

actually ,if the shite DOES hit

you could be the mayor of a survival village with this much stuff.

You would be in a position of power and have your own labor force when the folks who cant think ahead are coming to you to help them.

Jackson County Georgia

War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses.
Thomas Jefferson

That gets me

hard just thinking about it. Can I have concubines?

"A living Constitution is a dead one" -Ron Paul

Yes Glorious Leader Ronpaulio

you can have them.
You can trade your plastic forks for ugly ones.
you can trade some water and protection for the hot ones.
sounds like fun. I'll "run things" for you.
I'll be kind of like your own Dick cheney or don rumsfeld. you dont worry about anything, I'll tell you what to think and say and you can just relax.

THEN, later when folks realize the crimes we committed, I'll just say, "I never heard of that". "I never suggested he have concubines". you can give some of the concubines to law enforcement also and some male ones to barney frank to.

Isnt it weird when Im sitting here just making crap up, BOOM!!! I run into reality??
What banana republic do we live in again?

Jackson County Georgia

War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses.
Thomas Jefferson

I don't know if this has been

I don't know if this has been brought up.. NIGHT VISION. rechargable batteries. I have a night vision scope on one of my m1a's I also have a night vision set up to work with my other m1a usuing my red dot site.

That would

be incredibly awesome to have. Feel like I'm in COD. And its definitely beneficial to have when hungry looters are lurking at night and power is gone for good.

My only problem is that they are so damn expensive from what I've found. Like a grand. I also don't have a prefabricated mount on my AK47 for a scope/night vision. I would have to go with night vision binoculars or goggles.

Got any good places to buy night vision goggles/binoculars?

"A living Constitution is a dead one" -Ron Paul

toilet paper and some good books!

you can both use and barter tp and if it can be stored indefinitely.

Some good entertaining books would be of use to lower stress, as if any bad scenario happens...stress will be high. Keeping your own stress low,and those around you will require good enjoyable distractions. So getting a variety of novels for both your own and for those around you would be like the one of the best/easiest/cheap ways to lower stress. (try used book stores/ebay for complete sets of your favorite book series)

(oh yes, and whole food supplements vs synthetic multivitamins...makes a world of difference!!)

otherwise damn good list!

That reminds me.

I bought 60 rolls of TP.

For each family member (4 total) thats only 15 a piece, and if their asses are anything like mine, that isn't going to last very long...

"A living Constitution is a dead one" -Ron Paul

That reminds me.

I bought 60 rolls of TP.

For each family member (4 total) thats only 15 a piece, and if their asses are anything like mine, that isn't going to last very long...

"A living Constitution is a dead one" -Ron Paul

Same list?

That list is largely for the total SHTF scenario. How about the case where the dollar falls through the floor, but the US limps along?

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"Fully half the quotations found on the internet are either mis-attributed, or outright fabrications." - Abraham Lincoln

Jive, I think you should

I think you should prepare the same way.. remember you may not have stores being restocked for a little while. I hope you are right..

I think I have always been prepared

I grew up that way. While my father did not feel the effects
of the depression my mother dammed near starved as a child and went without.
She wasn't about to do that again, so I grew up in a home that always had enough to live comfortably for many years if SHTF. Several freezers full of food, enough TP to last years, shelves of canned goods etc etc.
My friends in high school use to joke about all the TP in our basement..LOL

So when I settled down I followed her example but took it a step farther in attempts to cut our living expenses and live more naturally. We heat with wood, use some solar, grow most of our own veggies and fruits and preserving them. I have a small greenhouse that we heat with wood
We make allot of our own products like soaps, condiments like ketchup, mayo etc etc.
We buy a grass fed cow every year, freeze some and can some.
I use to think canned meat was gross but OMG it is so tender
and makes the best tasting gravy. Talk about quick easy meals. :o)
I also make my own soups and stews and can them.
So much cheaper than buying organic can goods.

One of the things I have refused to do get into very much is sewing, but I do have an old hand crank sewing machine if for some reason I would be forced to sew and did not have electricity. God forbid that day ever came..
I also have a hand crank washing machine on back up.