Table of Contents:
Chapter 2: Debt Reduction
Chapter 3: Currency
Chapter 4: Precious Metals and Minerals
Chapter 5: Post-Collapse Barter and Trade Goods
Chapter 6: Bartering Skills Instead of Stuff
Chapter 7: Safeguarding Valuables
Chapter 8: Investing in Self-Sufficiency
Chapter 9: Putting it All Together- The Home of the Self-Sufficient Investor
So what did I personally take from this book? That I'm right on track but still need to work on diversification into precious metals a little more and continue to build primitive skills which could be used as a barter item in a post collapse society (think of 1800's society where trades were learned and bartered for goods, currency and other services). Chapter six is what I consider the bread and butter of this book, (as a double major in business this book is mostly a refresher for me) but this chapter is where true preparedness begins in my opinion. Truly owning a skill that would be needed or helpful post collapse and that is useful today is without a doubt where I'm trying to focus my efforts these days. Some of the skill sets Mr. Cobb identifies are: Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Animal Husbandry, Soap Making, Sewing, Handyman Skills, Mechanics, Cooking, Baking, Food Preservation, Woodcutting, Tool Sharpening, Power Generation, Ammunition Reloading & Gunsmithing, Security, Wild Food Procurement, Teaching & Child Care, Candle Making, Blacksmithing, Butchering & Tanning, Scavenging and Entertaining.
What skills do you own or are you working on developing? How many of these skills are covered within your circle of friends? I personally have been working on the following skill sets: medical, sewing, cooking/baking from scratch, food preservation, woodcutting/wood work, tool sharpening, gunsmithing,wild food/medicinal procurement, blacksmithing and butchering/tanning. I have future plans to expand my reloading capabilities, alternative power generation and maybe some mechanics type of things (kinda goes hand-in-hand with the power generation for me).
If chapter 6 is the bread and butter then chapter 8 is the meat and potatoes of this book. This chapter digs into how you can invest in self-sufficiency now or as some would call it homestead living. This chapter talks about the essentials of setting up a homestead: off grid power, gardening, raising meat, procuring meat (hunting/fishing), procuring wild edibles/medicinals, beekeeping, preserving food, procuring water and the art of re-purposing. How many of you have off-grid/homesteading aspirations? For me this is one goal that I have not been able to realize as of yet due to the nature of my business but hope to do so as soon as I can get a little further out without it effecting my productivity.
Interview With The Author, Jim Cobb
2) What Piece Of Advice From The Book Would You Want Everyone To Hear? Forget all the get rich quick schemes and other nonsense. The only way you are ever going to save money is by doing one or both of these things- a) earn more income, b) reduce expenses. That's what it all boils down
to, really. How you do those things is the focus of a big part of Prepper's Financial Guide.
3) What Do You Have Planned As Your Next Books Topic? The next book is Prepper Hacks, which will feature dozens of projects just about anyone can accomplish. Nothing too involved, nothing that requires a full machine shop to build, just some really neat ways to re-purpose and reuse stuff most of us have sitting around the house.