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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.

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1)FOOD AND WATER STORAGE
- 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

2)FIREARMS, AMMUNITION, AND SELF PROTECTION (In order of Purchase)
- 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)

3) FINANCIAL PREPARATIONS
- 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

4) HOME RELOCATION
- 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) MEDICINE AND DENTAL
- 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)

7) THINGS TO BUY
-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.
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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:
-ISRAELI NBC M15 GAS MASK,1 FILTER & 1 DRINKING TUBE ($35)
-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

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

THINGS TO BUY
- 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.

Bought:
- 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)

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

Feel welcome to post your suggestions or your preparations.

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You might consider getting some iodine pills for any possible nuclear scenario. Best protect that thyroid!

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No Way

I'm sure not gonna' publish my info.

One thing to consider: You need a Plan A and a Plan B.

Most of us would rather stay at home if possible, and should make plans to protect and supply home base for extended emergencies.

Plan B should include a reachable alternative site and a plan to get there.

Planning to run with nothing but a bugout bag and no real destination is no plan at all, unless you're taken up with reenacting Logan's Run.

One thing that these discussions usually omit is the need for alternative communications. Ham radio is one possibility. In areas where point to point distances are not too great, a grid of 2.4 or 5.725–5.875 GHz extended wi-fi nodes is a possibility. All of these require advance planning and cooperation.

The lone wolf will be on his own and pretty much cut off from communication. You may romanticize about pioneer days and "say who needs computers or phone communication let alone electricity," but remember that in pioneer days your enemies were similarly limited. Not so today.

How to power your modern essentials? Harbor Freight has a 45 watt solar system that they sell frequently at $149.95. It includes a charge controller with main terminals to charge a 12 volt battery and also outputs for USB charged devices and several other low voltage outputs. Add a deep-cycle 12v battery such as used for trolling motors and a small inverter, and you have lots of options.

You may not think 45 watts is very much power, but you can charge a 12 volt battery at about a 3 amp rate, making periodic use at a couple hundred watts a possibility. The system also comes with 2 12v fluorescent lights and wiring, so you have enough for lights, radios, a laptop and maybe some other stuff.

Hey RonPaulio

Check out and save this thread Jefferson started...tons of great info and links:

Miscellaneous useful OFF-GRID info thread
http://www.dailypaul.com/node/144584

"I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies." ~ Chris Floyd

The most important survival tool

Beer and Wine making tools,Carboy,Bottles,Caps and Capper.I have found the product from these tools has a very positive effect when bargaining for all other survival needs.

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.

What are

Carboys and Cappers? And what would I need bottles and caps for?

No critizing. Just cluess

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

yep

great comment my friend.

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UPDATE: 10/3/2010

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.
- Kevlar Ski Mask (Intimidation purposes and they look cool)
- Military Kevlar Helmet
- Multiple Water Filters
- Solar Power Generator
- More Canned Food

Anybody got any more suggestions?

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

Water is key

Two comments:

1) Water filters should be step #1 in any plan. Why have you left water filters to the last step? You can't survive 3 days without H2O. Water is a pain in the ass to lug around. Good filters are key. Check out Berkey.

2) Only a 20 gauge shotgun? For close up defense don't you want a 12 gauge semi-auto? There are lots of really nice tactical shotguns with 18.5" barrels on the market now. I had my eye on a Benelli M2 Tactical with pistol grip (5+1 magazine) but now I think I'm leaning towards a Mossberg 930 SPX with pistol grip. The 930 SPX has 7+1 magazine capacity. What home invader(s) could withstand 8 blasts from a rapid fire 12 gauge? None. No way no how. The Benellli is a beauty but it's pricey. The Mossberg is cheaper and mean as hell looking.

For my personal plan, I'm just lacking food at this point. I'm working out a big order with my dad. We're going to split it up. Some will go to Plan A location, most goes to Plan B location.

Forgot to Mention

I also got a ton of Asthma inhalers/medicine. Don't ask me how but I do

Could be Valuable in tough times.

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

Ron Paulio .... a word of caution

First of all, great thread and post. A lot of time and effort has gone into your list and shopping.

HOWEVER, a LOT of alarm bells began going off when I read it. Do you realize how much information you have given ... in terms of dollar amounts of precious metals and where it is stored, etc., etc.?? You are a college kid, and where, what high school you went to, you work as a bagger in a grocery store. Not to mention that probably someone could easily determine where you are posting this information from?? I believe it would be fairly easy for someone to pinpoint who you are, where you live, etc.

In my opinion, you have put yourself in a lot of danger, of theft if not bodily harm. I'm afraid for you.

Take care, be aware, be smart with the information you share on the internet!

I agree

Sounds like you've been doing some good preparation, but some of the more specifics are best left -IMHO- on the DL with friends & family (physical people in your community) you trust.

The internet is a great way to find and share information. Just be careful what type of information you are sharing.

your right man

I am gonna take some of this stuff down

thanks

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

OK, good luck.

By the way, is a generator on your list? Also some extra gasoline in cans if there is a good place to store it ... have to treat it with that stuff that stabilizes it to keep it from going bad.

Thanks for the input guys? Got a question tho

Right now I am working to save up my bankroll again so I can buy some more survival stuff but I can't make up my mind on what to buy first. What should be my next purchase?

1) Water filtration system
2) AK ammo (cause I have none at all)
3) Gardening supplies

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

Water filtration could be essential.

.

per the gardening

I'd recommend looking into permaculture, specifically a book like Gaia's Garden by Toby Hemenway to guide the design of your food system.

You don't want to be stuck with a gardening/agricultural discipline that produces great yield but only at the expense of heavy input. Grow your garden like a forest and it will eventually take care of itself (when's the last time you saw someone watering, fertilizing, pesticiding a forest?)

Good luck with the ammo - buy a crate when you find one.

And always remember folks, there are many drugs available as vet supplies without a prescription (for the pets of course).

Great Thread

I didn't see salt on the list. I have bought 80 plus pounds of salt in case the freezer goes out. Also a hand pump for my artesian water well. I figured that for my trapping of game I would use snares since you can carry alot of them. The snares I have been picking up off of ebay. I bought a fire cook stove with an oven for cooking a fire box and chimney for heat, hand crank slicer, butter churn, ice cream maker, flour mill, juicer, all hand crank. We started growing our own food, tobacco, and wine. The learning of canning our own food and making wine has been alot of fun. I really think salt will be a great bartering item, since its needed for drying your meats. Good Luck

Do you have any good links on harvesting tobacco?

I tried growing it last year and it grew, but then I couldn't harvest it correctly. I keep trying to get my husband to start smoking rolled cigarettes from organic tobacco. I told him the addictive chemicals are in the commercial cigarettes, not the natural tobacco.

Also where'd you get your hand cranked ice cream maker? It's hard to find those.

I'm about to learn how to make my own wine as well, sounds like great tasting fun.

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Americana

I will get back to you tomorrow I heading out right now I hopefully can be of help to you.

I appreciate your help and time

I'd love to be able to have a supply of tobacco ready to smoke, have a good weekend!

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I think Lehmans--

(serves the Amish and others)--

has the hand crank ice cream makers--

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

Miss living in the midwest because of that

The Amish and Mennonite community are an invaluable resource for survival necessities.

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I bought a Bible

AND I READ IT.
the only real protection you need is God and his Christ

read the parable of the 10

read the parable of the 10 virgins.. If that is not God himself telling you to prepare for lean times then I don't know what is.. there are also many other passages in the old and new testament that talks about preparing for hard times.. Look at what Joseph did in Egypt...

God gifted you

God gifted you with a brain

and he helps those who help themselves.

ignore common sense preparations, is to reject God's gift to you.

Use your brain.

To prepare like a squirrel anticipating lean times.

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Life straw is only for sale

Life straw is only for sale for humanitarian efforts, must buy atleast 200 straws i think...

Fresh Natural Water... Shake Well... Drink

When hiking in the wilderness, I carry a water container. I hear tell of viruses, bacteria, and such. Knowing those little critters are fragile, I collect water in my container, shake vigorously, then drink.

  • Shaking kills little fragile critters.
  • Drinking water quenches my thirst.
  • Though too small to see, perhaps the fragile critters provide a little nutrition.

Been doing this for years, without problems. Though I am only 175 years old, seems to work for me.

  • No patent pending
  • No license required
  • No trademark
  • Offer void where prohibited

The Fed: Loaning you blind, since 1913.

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