Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Book Review: The Penny-Pinching Prepper & Interview With The Author!

Yesterday I had the pleasure of having Bernie Carr on my live show over at to talk about her new book The Penny-Pinching Prepper (Buy It Here-LINK) along with a few tips and tricks shared from the book.You can listen to the full show by clicking on the player below and be sure to keep scrolling to see my personal review of the book.

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The Penny-Pinching Prepper: Save More, Spend Less And Get Prepared For Any Disaster
This book to me reads much like a beginners guide to prepping/preparedness on a budget. The book offers projects on everything from basic woodcraft/survival to making a preppers pantry to making lye soap.  So first off the "Jacket Test" i.e. does the book live up to the promises it makes on the jacket?  So lets compare the jacket to the contents:

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1) Packed with inexpensive DIY Projects: There are easily fifty or more DIY projects contained in this book like I said above ranging from water filtration, navigation, alternative water purification, DIY rocket stove, diy lamps and much more.

2) Stock A Prepper Pantry for $10 a week: This book offers several weekly purchasing plans at a local grocery store and also offers helpful tips such as buying from the LDS Cannery (their beginner kits provide you with a ton of food for a very low price and also come with several reference materials and recipes for cooking with food storage).

3) Build A Stove From Used Tin Cans: This book has a three page spread showing how to build a diy rocket stove from a #10 can and two large soup cans which will allow you to burn twigs or whatever you might pick up. My only word of caution is to find a means to make a riser or increase airflow at the top as you will have issues when trying to cook with a frying pan or a large pot. I highly recommend that you check out my DIY HOBO Stove as a potential alternative using alcohol as fuel (Learn How To Build One Here- LINK)

4) Create A Water Filter Using Two 5 Gallon Buckets: The book offers up the gravity bucket filtration system that was featured on "The Colony" TV show, which if you haven't seen the two seasons of the show from a from a few years ago it was a great post grid-down rebuild society with your skills kind of show. If you haven't came across my DIY tripod water filtration system for woods based camping you can find  it here (LINK).

5) Craft a Lamp That Burns Inexpensive Vegetable Oil: There are four or five DIY oil lamps which can be made in nearly any metal container including an Altoids tin. I personally haven't made any oil lamps using that method but did make one in the last year using an orange peel and olive oil  (See it here- LINK) and I have to say it made the entire house smell amazing!

6) Devise A Storm Shelter Using Trash Bags: This one quasi disappointing me as it only talked about using a 55 gallon drum liner as a diy poncho by simply cutting a hole into the bottom of the drum liner. I would have liked to see the book cover using the drum liners as a mattress, as a holder for a debris bed, as a tarp shelter, ground cover, makeshift tepee (no it doesn't cover the whole thing but gives you rain protection and allows you to cover it in debris) or even as a make shift water proofing for boots. A 55 gallon drum liner is one of the most versatile survival items you can keep in your pocket and I highly recommend that you don't leave home without one.

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About the author:
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Bernie runs the popular website, where she writes about family preparedness for the city dweller living in a home that is different from the usual prepper retreat. In her bio, she writes, “Many preparedness sites that I have read gave me good information but much of it is geared toward people who own their homes or have a retreat. While this is one of our goals towards which we are working, we are currently not there yet. So I needed to do something in order to feel more productive. There are some steps we can take now to become better prepared and self sufficient, while living in an apartment in a large city. I am writing this blog to help not only myself but others who are in the same situation and want to have more control.”


This book to me reads as a beginners preppper guide for someone on a budget. If you have a high level of outdoor skills, a knack for DIY projects or a wealth of food storage then this book might not be for you. I personally have tried about everything in this book over the last decade except for a few of the recipes and household type of things near the end of the book. It made me realize I really need to try my had hat making a little lye soap instead of taking the easy way out and just using lye water for cleaning. If you are just starting out on your preparedness journey or are more one dimensional (just a woodcrafter or just a prepper) this might be the book that helps round you out your skill set. If that sounds like you then I highly recommend this book be added to your preparedness bookshelf.

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