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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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good job; we've only got the wood and the . . .

food and the gardens down--

no greenhouse; haven't bought a grassfed 'cow' yet--

(just parts)

Have canned meat, and you're right; it's more tender--

never were able to get any solar panels; we don't have room--

in town (not a city)

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

I wish

I was able to be that self reliant but truth be told that world is completly foreign to me.

I've grown up being taught little to no survive skills and am just now starting to try and educate myself.

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

That is the beauty of the internet

Much of what I have learned I learned on the internet.
Youtube is awesome for learning survival skills, even how
to build a wind generator.

You would think we have a acreage.
But we live in a trailer park, while granted we have a larger than normal lot we utilize the space well. I just wish I could have a few chickens. The neighbors tried it and the landlords made them get rid of them. :o(

I've prepared by collecting and saving as many dollars as

I can.

Because the dollar isn't collapsing. It is not in crisis.

The solution is not to hunker down and isolate yourself.

The solution is to get out there, be vocal, get to know your neighbors, spread the truth, and show people that using dollars is the solution, not the problem.

There is no dollar crisis.

How could there be? We aren't using them anymore.

Cotton is a poor choice for a currency system.

Dollars are time tested over 500 years.

I say, "Get and use more dollars."

Cool man.

Are you trying to get me to say Federal Reserve Notes instead of Dollars or are you a deflationist?

If you're a deflationist you can head on over to Elliot Wave and stay there.

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

The first one.

Federal Reserve Notes are not dollars.

That's the problem.

People don't get it.

The solution is to use dollars instead of FRNs.

This is an easy case to make.

The hard part is showing people a dollar, and then a FRN and ask them how does putting ink on a piece of cotton with the word "dollar" on it, magically turn it into a silver coin.

Of course, it doesn't.

And once they realize that, the rest is a cake walk.

If we make a stark contrast between bank notes and dollars - between promises to pay and actual official money, people get it much quicker, and the solution is already self evident.

Devil's Advocate

When empires fail, it doesn't always lead straight away into anarchy. Rome started failing long before it was ever sacked by barbarians and much of its traditions survive to this day through the Catholic church (as per Belloc). The average citizen would hardly have noticed it over much of that period.

I'm not saying, "Don't be prepared" nor do I wish to sound naive (especially since my analogy does acknowledge that after a certain point Rome was sacked several times), but there are a lot of ways this could play out that aren't necessarily post-apocalyptic.

On the other hand, I would also add to your preparations: pennies coined on or before 1982 and quarters and dimes coined on or before 1965. The latter are hard to find, but I come across those pennies all the time. (They're currently worth about 3 to 4 cents.) I would consider it ironic if our smallest denomination - the coins that most people look to get rid of - becomes the thing that saves our economy until a gold standard can be re-established.

I forgot

to mention that I have been collecting pre-1982 pennies and nickels (worth about 7 cents). They should be able to buy essentials once the day comes.

We also have a bunch of junk silver like those dimes you mentioned. Pounds actually.

I hope you're right. I am going to prepare like you aren't tho.

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

An Ethanol Stil...

and lot's of sugar! The abilty to create sugar ethanol (rum) will be HUGE! 20 gallons a week for the car (will need metal piston rings or the engine will burn out much quicker) and 20 gallons a week to barter. People will always want to trade for a drink! Back in 2007 "personal ethanol production" was made legal...just remember it's not Rum it's Ethanol! Other wise you are "shining" and that's still illegal. Then again, it might not matter..who will enforce it? Besides, you should be able to find raw cane in the part of Florida you live in. Maybe you should meet a cane farmer and make friends. Alcohol will be one of the most highly tradable things in the world when paper money no longer works!

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If you've got the scotch, you're set! :)

Heck of a list. (I didn't notice wood burning stuff; stove, chainsaw, etc.)

Undo what Wilson did

God it seems

like you can never be fully prepared.

Another good idea.

Once I get in this house I am going to start the home fortification and home alterations. A wood stove sounds like a pretty good idea to me.

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

Just updated

Blow this thread up boys

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

5-qt. container of 37% permethrin

insect repellent/insecticide, enough to make 95 gallons when diluted. This is for treating clothing not skin. It sheds disease-carrying ticks, fleas, and mosquitos.

New Hampshire and Ecuador.

I wonder if you meant bartered and scrimped

instead of bardered and skrimpted.

New Hampshire and Ecuador.

(quiet please)


just keep moving..nothing to see here...

There's a no-fee spring in Londonderry NH on Rt. 111.

Trouble is that it became an infamous clandestine gay sex hot spot and the town capped the spring and blocked off access. I note your find-a-spring site doesn't list it so it could be either up to date or incomplete.

New Hampshire and Ecuador.

Salt, sugar, molasses, gelatin packets, mason jars

Those are a few things I don't know if they were mentioned.

Also I don't know why you want disposable dishes and utensils. What is wrong with good strong plastic plates that last forever and rarely break. There are so many kinds of collapsible dishes and serving bowls for travel as well that don't take up room and are reusable.

I'd get toilet paper too.

Think about a home still for making your own alcohol. A forge for casting and shaping metal. A smoker for preserving food.

Diesel generator that can run on vegetable oil.

Solar oven. You can make one. As well a solar water heater and a solar still/water purifier. Some charcoal/carbon and sand to make your own water filtration if needed.

Silk fabric and nylon pantyhose. Silk is as strong as steel and has applications like being able to make a compass with it and a pin...just as an example. Pantyhose can be used as filter on many things and can be a tourniquet and brace, extra layer of clothing, etc.

Rope. Scissors. Iodine. Hydrocortizone/triple anti-biotic ointment. Hydrogen Peroxide.

Nitric acid to test silver.

Boots good for slogging in mud. Ponchos and good solid rain gear.

A hand saw, axe, pocket hand chain saw, hammer, screwdriver set, ratchet set and sockets wrenches, pliers, wrenches. Household oil, WD40.

Good backpack/knapsack/rucksack.

Hand crank radio/flashlight.

Aluminum baseball bat (wood breaks and splinters). Crowbars (small and large). Bolt cutters (small and large). Thick chain and lock (for anything). Plywood and 2x4s for sealing up windows (roll of chain link fence too can help or corrugated steel).

A good sharp knife with sharpener. Compass. Cyalume light stick (glow sticks). Road flares and/or flare gun. A whistle and air horn.

History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Super job!

I would add wool socks and tabasco sauce to your list of essentials.

*****The Federal Reserve is neither.*****

Growing then dehydrating

also getting all the info I can on making the nice-ities so we don't do without.

Got myself gardened up,

just for practice/learning mainly. I made bulk grain & bean purchases plus other foods (E. G. 120 lbs. honey), got several guns and ammo for them, homemade solar electric panels, first aid supplies, and even a 25-acre plot of mountain rain forest land on the equator where I plan to build. There I plan to grow/raise most of my own food in a year-round growing climate. Hopefully I can make the move before the real collapse hits.

New Hampshire and Ecuador.

I've been trapping and eating

I've been trapping and eating squirrels and stray cats and dogs for the past 4 months. Make sure if you're cooking a small dog that you have a ptivate place to do it. The neighbors could get upset. I also recommend collecting rainwater, but only if you have a way of filtering out the chemtrails. Anyone know of a good chemtrail filter? Maybe a silk handkerchief?

Some protein sources we reject out of hand

are delicacies in other countries. I ate some big beetle grubs on my last visit to Ecuador. They were palm weevil larvae, very nicely seasoned, and a delicacy of indigenous tribes there. Guinea pigs are a big item on the local menu too.

I was amused to see that the wife of one of the rescued Chilean miners was preparing to greet him with his favorite meal, bull penis soup. Yum!

New Hampshire and Ecuador.


Got a laugh out of me anyway.

"The sinews of war are infinite money" ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

that was Rude, ugly

and mean spirited.

I agree,Yet

unfortunately in the end this may become a reality.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

$0.02 worth

OK Maybe $1.29 in Bernanke Bucks.

10 toothbrushes/4+ adults.

Toothbrushes start to wear out and lose effectiveness in a few weeks. Unless there is a dentist in the family or you want to share consider more toothbrushes. Cheap ones can be found for about a dime a piece, don't spoil and take up almost no room.

And unless you already have one, a girlfriend should top the list.

I was born with

A super rare condition named poland syndrome. It's happens in about 1 in 100000 babies And it comes with a deformed hand, missing left chest muscle(pectorals major), and a while host of other problems. Girlfriends have not always come to me easy so I study economics and finance. It true, I am probably a little too invoked in my preparations, but it takes my mind off my shitty life.

So sue me

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


up some important stuff tonight. Got 2 pairs of thermal underwear for each member of my family, lots of paper eating utensils, and a Katadyn Vairo Water Filter Dual Technology Microfilter.

Still have a long way to go but I think after I get the replacement water filters, I will work on fortifying my parent's house with window bars and security doors...

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

Hate to say it folks

But if you are not already doing it,you may not make it through when it happens.One of the main obstacles is "Acclimation" to your weather and local conditions without any A/C or Man assisted utilities.

BigT,BigMike and a few others including myself, have already been living this way for a few years,Myself it has been over 10 years off grid with knowledge of Blacksmithing,Wood working,Trapping,Gardening,Raising Stock of all kinds and my personal best is Making Rain when needed.This was noted to let "Tam" understand where the Native American knowledge comes in with nature and what it can do for you when asked.

The first step is to turn off everything and put on slippers and a house coat for a few years before you can even consider surviving what is to come.

There will come a time when you will have to pull out a good recipe for "Blood Sausage".

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

I live in

Northeast Florida. We have some perfect weather around here for most of the year. It gets pretty cold here for my taste (low of around 40s during the day, 20s at night) when winter hits. What I would be more worried about is the heat dehydrating me. It gets up to 100 degrees with 100% humidity for months at a time.

If that happens i'll just walk around naked

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