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Google has banned Cheap-Ass-Living from its search engine. I was starting to get a significant amount of traffic through Google by people looking for info related to frugality and cheap living. In fact the page views to Cheap-Ass-Living were starting to surpass 500 a day. I’m not even counting the time last month when Blogger farted and changed the style of the blog to “mosaic”. Page views then surpassed 1800 but I knew I was only getting more views per individual and not more individuals finding their way here. And since I liked the original style better I changed it back.


Now I think that 500+ page views per day is not too bad considering the fact this is a relatively new blog and considering the fact that I haven’t been posting on a regular basis. All this changed about a week ago. Page views went from more than 500 a day to less than 400 the next and about 200 views the day after that. I knew something was amiss so I checked to see what the problem was. That’s when I realized I was getting absolutely NO TRAFFIC from Google. That seemed rather odd so I went to Google search and typed in Cheap –Ass-Living. And this blog was nowhere to be found.


I have spent the last week trying to rectify the problem but to no avail. Not only did I not receive any notice from Google that I had been banished to the wilderness but numerous emails by me to Google officials have gone unanswered. Google is the 800 pound Gorilla in the room when it comes to the internet and to be excommunicated from their search engine is a serious blow to anyone with a blog or other web site. I was hoping that I could somehow still figure out what the problem was and fix it. This morning however I received this email from Google regarding my Google AdSense account.


Hello,

We continually review all publishers according to our program policies ( 
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WEBMASTER GUIDELINES: Publishers may not place Google ads on pages that violate Google’s webmaster quality guidelines (
http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=35769#quality). While we've included the following excerpts from these guidelines, we recommend that you take the time to review them in their entirety.

* Make pages for users, not for search engines.
* Don't employ cloaking or sneaky redirects.
* Don't load pages with irrelevant words.
* Don't create multiple pages, subdomains, or domains with substantially duplicate content.
* Don't participate in link schemes designed to increase your site's ranking or PageRank.
* Avoid "doorway" pages created just for search engines, or other "cookie cutter" approaches such as affiliate programs with little or no original content.
* Avoid tricks intended to improve search engine rankings. A good rule of thumb is whether you'd feel comfortable explaining what you've done to a website that competes with you. Another useful test is to ask, "Does this help my users? Would I do this if search engines didn't exist?"
* If your site participates in an affiliate program, make sure that your site adds value. Provide unique and relevant content that gives users a reason to visit your site first.

As a result, your AdSense account has been disabled.


Additionally, as stated in our Terms and Conditions, publishers who have breached this agreement may not receive further payment. The earnings on your account will be returned to the affected advertisers. Please note that this step was taken in an effort to protect the interests of our AdWords advertisers, and to maintain the quality of the AdSense program.

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WELL FUCK YOU GOOGLE!!!!


I have gone over the webmasters guidelines to find out if I did something to violate the terms of service and have not been able to figure out what the problem is. I have made repeated attempt to get an explanation from SCROOGLE thugs and have been met with silence. Not only have I been totally removed from Google search results and had my AdSense account revoked but Google will not release any money made from the account to me. It wasn’t much ( about $85.00) but still that pisses me off. This blog wasn’t really making anything but it was nice to get a little pocket change every now and then for my efforts.


Since this blog is hosted by Blogger on Google servers I fully expect it to be completely removed from the internet by Google soon. I will leave it up until that time if anyone wants to save an article. I suggest you do it now however while the getting is still good. I don’t know where I will go from here. I might start another blog using a different platform other that blogger but I haven’t decided yet.


 I have been working on a manuscript about cheap living. In fact it is the reason I started this blog in the first place. I was hoping to have a “built in” audience for it if and when I finish it. Before I started Cheap-Ass-Living I sent a few “sample” chapters of the manuscript along with an outline of the proposed book to a publisher and they sent a letter saying they were “intrigued” by it and wanted to see more. I have been working on it little by little (which is one of the reasons I haven’t posted as much as I have) so now might be a good time to go ahead and finish it. The Manuscript is called “NO MONEY?  NO PROBLEM!”, Subtitled, ‘how to live the good life on little more than pocket change.” Kind of catchy don’t you think?


Anyway it’s been fun and remember, even though SCROOGLES unofficial motto is “Don’t be evil” these bastard ARE pure fucking evil!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Tex Dakota

Author: Tex Dakota
Posted: February 8, 2013, 7:35 pm

Let’s just go ahead and say it right now; Smoking is a filthy habit. It stinks up your clothing, it stinks up your home if you smoke inside the house, and it causes health issues like lung cancer, emphysema, and a host of other issues with long term use. The average lifespan for smokers is about ten years shorter than for those who do not smoke at all!


Also, a pack of name brand smokes, where I live, will cost you in the neighborhood of $7.00 thanks to all of the federal and state tobacco taxes. It’s clear; the best way to save money in this area is to never start smoking in the first place. If you already use tobacco then you should quite now and not only will you improve your overall health but you will save a ton of money in the process.


But this is not an article dedicated to the “anti-tobacco-smokers are bad” movement. You get enough of that crap on television with the “occupy types” who are on a mission to bash the greedy tobacco companies for trying to make a buck. You might be a smoker who has tried numerous times to kick the habit without success. Or maybe you just enjoy a good smoke and don’t have any intention of giving them up.


Either way, if you have limited funds to live on then you need to find ways to keep the government parasites out of your wallet. The same politicians who claim to be champions of the poor and the middle class are the same ones picking your pockets. After all, the majority of money spent on a pack of cigarettes goes directly into government coffers and since smokers are more likely to be in the lower income brackets, the taxes you pay on tobacco are basically just Taxes on the poor!


If you only spend $5.00 a day for a pack of cigarettes you are spending $1825 a year! That’s a hell of a lot of money to be shelling out just to put yourself into an early grave. Surely you can kill yourself much cheaper than this. If you were to switch to a cheaper brand that cost just $3.50 a pack you would be spending $1,277 annually. A savings of $547! I know that most no name cigarettes don’t taste as good as a Marlboro but with so many different generic brands out there today you can probably find one that you enjoy nearly as much.


If you want to cut the cost of your nicotine addiction even further then consider rolling your own. Buy tobacco in bulk and buy the boxes of cigarette “tubes” with filters already attached. You can have a smoke that is nearly as good as any ‘tailor made” cigarette you can buy for about $2.00 a pack or less. About $750 a year if you choose this route but you will still need a Rolling machine to assemble your smokes. This will cost you about $10.00 or so at any tobacco shop. Make sure you buy the kind specifically for the cigarette “tubes”. I’ve had several over the years that were pretty useless but the one made by Bugler works pretty good. Experiment with different types of tobacco and different tubes until you find a combination you like.


To reduce the costs of smoking even further consider growing your own tobacco. If you spent money on nothing but cigarette papers or filtered tubes then you could cut the cost of smoking to less than a $100 a year! Not quite as cheap as giving up the habit entirely but pretty damn close. Of course you would have to have the space available to grow a year’s supply of tobacco but maybe you can do some “gorilla” gardening. Most people probably wouldn’t know a tobacco plant from an eggplant so you wouldn’t have to worry much about Thieves stealing your crops. Grow a few plants in the vacant lot next to your home or on the edge of the creek running through town; use your imagination.


People looking for a good commodity to wheel and deal with after the economic crash should consider growing tobacco as it will be like gold. There’s still going to be nicotine addicts in the world and when hyperinflation kicks in, a pack “Camel mild’s “may sell for more than a hundred dollars! Anyone with a good supply of “gray market “cigs will be someone to know for those who still smoke. For anyone who is interested in growing tobacco for personal use or to use as a barter commodity after "Obama and friends" are through wrecking the economy should check out Howtogrowtobacco.com. I just discovered this forum the other day but there’s a lot of good info related to the subject. Good luck  


Tex Dakota

Author: Tex Dakota
Posted: January 24, 2013, 9:57 pm
I don't know what the hell happened here but the blog has flipped out. Maybe the server had a brain fart or maybe I did something inadvertently. Whatever it was it has completely changed the style of the blog. I tried to create a certain look and style and now that has gone out the window.

But the good news is that the number of page views has shot through the roof! Before the hiccup Cheap-Ass-Living was up to about 450 page views per day. That was just a couple days ago. Yesterday I received 1466 page views. Today page views are already past 1600 and there are a couple hours to go. This all seams pretty crazy but I'm going to leave it like it is for now.

I'm not really sure if I like the Mosaic style or not however, but we'll see how it goes for a few days. Please let me know what you think. Do you like this style better or the old style. I think the old style was a bit hard on the eyes with white fonts on a black background but I really liked it. This one is kind of interesting but I'm not sure it suites my taste. Please give me your feedback before I try and change it back. 

Tex Dakota
Author: Tex Dakota
Posted: January 22, 2013, 9:45 pm

Welcome to the fifth and last installment of the poor man’s survival list. There are fewer items in part five but the things listed here are the “fun” things every person concerned about surviving TEOTWAWKI will want to have. Okay, the machete is one of the fun things and it’s already been listed but anyway let’s get started.


27.    Maps and compass. When the apocalypse finally gets up off it’s lazy ass and decides to come calling you won’t be able to use the GPS function on your smart phone to find your way back home. Learn to navigate the old fashioned way with a map and compass. A compass is pretty damn cheap and you can get maps (right now) off of the internet for just about any area you can think of. Shure you know that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west but that won’t help you when the sun isn’t shining. Spend a few bucks on a compass and practice using it.


 28.      Binoculars. It’s most certainly a good idea to see the zombies and cannibals before they see you. A decent pair of binoculars will allow you to observe the enemy up close without actually being up close. I’ve seen binoculars selling for as little as $13.00 and I’ve seen binoculars costing hundreds. I don’t think you should necessarily get the cheapest pair you can find but don’t go out and spend a week’s paycheck on a pair either. Buy a pair that is rugged and compact, and one that has a decent magnification.


29.      Knives. Of course you need knives around the house to cook and eat with but I’m talking about good solid knives you will need in a survival situation. A sturdy, dependable lock blade knife that is compact and concealable is extremely important and might save your life even before the world descends into complete chaos. I spent $15.00 a few weeks ago and bought a really nice blade that is spring loaded. It’s not a “switch blade “type of knife, which I believe is illegal  in most places, but with just a slight push with my thumb it snaps open and locks into place. A fixed blade survival knife that you can wear on your belt is pretty useful as well. Not just for defensive purposes but for skinning any critters you manage to trap or kill.



30.      Pepper spray. A small can of zombie repellant that you keep on your keychain is a good idea. Having this item on hand may prevent you from having to whip out your blade at all. At least it will buy you a few seconds to do so, which could mean the difference between life or death. Buy the strongest one you can find or you’ll just piss off any zombie attackers you encounter. Sabre red has good reviews on Amazon and is supposedly the brand police use.



31.      First aid kit. If you cut your thumb off while trying to skin an armadillo after TSHTF you won’t be able to run down to the emergency room. So it’s pretty important to have a good first aid kit on hand. You can buy a basic kit for less than ten dollars but one this cheap isn’t likely to be very useful. If you spend about twenty of thirty bucks for one you’ll have a much better kit. Don’t forget to buy a good first aid manual along with your kit so you’ll know basic first aid skills.



32.      Firearms. This is the last item on the list but certainly not the least important. If you do not currently own any firearms I would suggest that you get them nowwhile the getting is still good. The gun grabbers are exploiting the tragedy in Connecticut for all it’s worth, and are trying to take away people’s right to defend themselves. I won’t get into the types of firearms you should own for several reasons. I will say this however.  You might not necessarily need enough guns to supply a militia but you should at least think about acquiring a good shotgun, a hunting rifle, and a decent handgun with some stopping power. And with the current atmosphere in Amerika regarding firearms It might not be a bad idea to purchase “back-ups”, which are not on any Government gun grabbing registration list, and Cache them away in a safe place. Don’t forget Ammunition! Get bullets-lots and lots of bullets. Firearms are worthless if you have no ammo for them. To anyone who is afraid of firearms all I can say is; don’t be such a pussy. Some day you might need a gun for your family’s protection but won’t be able to acquire one because you supported the gun grabbers.



Some final thoughts. This list is certainly not the “be all, end all” list of survival supplies. I could have easily created  one that’s 10 times as long. But in taking inventory of my personal level of preparedness these were some of the most important to me and my situation. Many of the items on my list I already  have and others I still need to acquire or add to. When creating your own survival list keep it as short as you can or else you’ll end up with a whole notebook full of stuff and you won’t know where to begin. Have an A list of the most critical supplies you feel you will need and a B list of things that would be nice but not absolutely essential.  Good luck!



Tex Dakota




Author: Tex Dakota
Posted: January 18, 2013, 9:00 pm


27.Boots/shoes. Most people don’t really put a whole lot of thought into footwear but you will likely be spending a good portion of your time on your feet in a SHTF situation so give some serious thought to it right now! A good pair of boots that are comfortable and durable is highly recommended. They won’t be cheap but a pair of high quality boots should last you several years. Also keep a couple of pairs of good sneakers around for backup. When the economy finally takes a big stinking dump on society you won’t have to worry about footwear for some time.


28.Sewing kit. This little item will set you back about one whole dollar. Let’s face it, the dollar is pretty damn worthless today but having the means to mend your clothing and make it last as long as possible is invaluable. A buck spent on a sewing kit from the dollar store is money well spent. In fact get two or three. When hyperinflation kicks in (and IT WILL kick in sooner or later because we are now past the point of no return) you won’t have to worry much about spending $100 on a shirt or $200 for a pair of pants. At least you won’t for several years. Hopefully by then prices and wages will stabilize.


29.Manuel clothes washing equipment. If you are still able to keep your clothing in good repair come doomsday then you will be ahead of the game but how the hell are you going to keep them reasonably clean and free from offending odors? Without preplanning you will either stink to high heaven or you will be down at the river all day beating your clothing on rocks. Neither is a good option after the hammer falls so consider what the hell you are going to do. A wash tub and a scrub board will do the trick or you can build you a “hillbilly washing machine” out of a five gallon bucket and a (new) toilet plunger. A mop wringer will get most of the water out of your laundry for you. Don’t forget cloths lines and clothes pins.


30.Personal hygiene items. Be sure to stockpile plenty of soap, laundry detergent, toothpaste, and toothbrushes. You won’t be able to visit a doctor or dentist when all hell breaks loose so try to stay as clean as you can and avoid any infections. A bad tooth will either kill you or make you wish you were dead so take care of them. Also think about toilet paper, which brings us to our next item


31.Emergency toilet. If the water is off you might not be able to flush the crapper. A five gallon bucket with a toilet seat attached to it can be used if needed. To eliminate any odors some people suggest covering your waste with sawdust each time you finish your business. Kitty litter will probably to the trick if you can’t locate enough sawdust in your particular area. Of course you should locate your emergency crapper in a shed or other out building if at all possible.


32.  Rain gear. While not an absolute necessity to keep you alive, rain gear (coat, hat, and boots) will keep you dry if you ever need to get the hell out of Dodge during bad weather. I bought a cheap rain “poncho”, and hat a few years ago for less than five bucks. Surely you can find decent rain gear, including boots for 20 or 30 dollars. If you are really poor then stash back a few garbage bags for this purpose.



33.Entertainments items. When the apocalypse finally arrives you may find yourself cooped up in the house waiting for the zombies to cannibalize each other and die off. This will probably be pretty boring. What are you going to do to pass the time? Make sure you have plenty of crap on hand like a deck of cards, your favorite board games, Crayons and coloring books for small kids, etc. Buy used paperback books from flea markets, yard sales, and thrift stores and you will not only have plenty of reading material for the apocalypse but plenty of paper to wipe your ass on once the supply of Toilet paper runs out.


Well that’s it for today boys and girls but I’ll be back soon with “The List” part 5.

Tex Dakota

Author: Tex Dakota
Posted: January 16, 2013, 9:00 pm

18.  Manual can opener. You might have several different ways to cook your food but you are still going to starve to death if you can’t get to it. A good manual can opener is a necessity and is something you may already have in your kitchen. This might seem like a trivial thing to include on this list but I’ve met numerous people over the years that only had an electric model in their home. You can buy a cheapie for a buck or two but in my experience a can opener that cheap is total crap. Spend at least five or six dollars for a decent one and you’ll have something you can actually use. It might also be a good idea to get a backup in case your main one breaks.


19.  Thermos bottle. Get at least one of these for every member of your home. When the power is out and you have no hot water on tap you’ll be glad you did. A good thermos bottle will keep its contents hot or cold for up to 24 hours which means you don’t have to build a fire every time you want a cup of coffee. You can also cook in one of these things saving you precious fuel. I have never done it so I can’t tell you how well it works but Google “thermos cooking method” and you shouldn’t have much trouble finding out the exact procedure.


20.  Pressure cooker. This is an item I don’t really see on a lot of survival supply list. It should be on your list however because It will save you much valuable time and resources. Cooking a pot of beans in the traditional manner will take you 3 to 4 hours. With a pressure cooker you can have them ready to eat in 15 or 20 minutes! Not only great to have around when TSHTF but good to have in the here and now to start saving money on gas/electricity. A small pressure cooker will probably cost between 20 and 30 dollars.


21.  Heat source. A good source of emergency heat in the home is usually near the top of anyone’s survival list. You don’t actually need a source of heat for your home if you have plenty of warm clothing and plenty of blankets/sleeping bags etc. I once lived in a building during the winter with no heat at all and survived the experience by “hibernating” when the temperature dropped below freezing. Having said that I would have killed for a source of heat other than what my body produced. A wood burning stove can be quite expensive but if you build your own it shouldn’t be too much. I’ve seen videos on YouTube of small homemade wood burners made out of ammo cans. If space is limited then something like this could be constructed and put away until needed.


22.  Fire wood. When the “S”actually does “H” the “F” you won’t be able to take a leisurely stroll through the countryside collecting firewood. Having enough wood on hand will see you through the initial stage of Armageddon without you having to burn all of your furniture for heat. Don’t forget a supply of good dry kindling. Cardboard is great and I’ve never had any trouble getting a fire going with little more than a couple pieces of cardboard.


23.  Axe. You might have been able to stockpile enough firewood to last your family a few weeks/months by collecting scrap lumber from alleyways and construction sites but you will run out. A good chainsaw with plenty of gasoline and oil will supply you with more but cannot be counted on to work when needed, so a good axe is a must have item if you want to keep using your wood stove. When the pioneers of yesteryear headed out into the unknown to carve out homesteads in the wilderness the most important tool they took along with them (next to their firearms) was an axe. This should cost you less than $20.00.


24.  Machete. You gotta love the machete. When the French slave masters on the island of Hispaniola started cracking the whip too hard in the early part of the nineteenth century the slaves revolted and let the inner savages come out. With nothing but their blood lust and the machetes they used to harvest sugar cane they were able to free themselves from slavery and take control of the shit hole we know as Haiti. The machete is still a favorite weapon amongst the savages in Africa to this day. Whole communities of rival tribes are hacked to pieces from time to time with machetes. You can use the machete as a weapon in a pinch if you have to, but I put it on the list mainly because of its usefulness in wilderness situations where you might need to hack your way through thick brush or collect fuel for a fire. About $10.00 for a cheapie at Wally’s Wide world of Junk.


25.  Bic lighters.  You have a wood burner for heat and a means to resupply it but unless you are able to build a fire then what’s the point? Very few people have the knowledge, or even the patience to build a fire by rubbing two sticks together. Bic lighters are cheap and you should stockpile a shitload of these marvelous little items. If you’re a cheap bastard like me you might be tempted to save 20 cents and buy the cheapie crack lighters. Don’t do it! Bic lighters are not that much more and they will last you much longer.


26.  Fire extinguisher. A good fire extinguisher is truly a must if you are heating your home with a wood stove. Try and call 911 after TSHTF to put out the fire and see how that goes. Safety is a big concern and you don’t want to be sitting out in the snow wondering where you are going to live when your house burns to the ground. Be smart and invest in a good fire extinguisher.


That’s it for part 3. Please come back for part 4.


Tex Dakota

Author: Tex Dakota
Posted: January 13, 2013, 5:58 pm

 Before I get into part 2 of “the list” let me thank everyone who has taken the time to send an email or comment on a post. I don’t always get around to a reply but please know that I do read every single one. So let’s go ahead and continue.

10.  Radio. Although not as important as food and water, or personal protection against the elements, you need to know what the hell is going on with the outside world. A means of acquiring information about the movement of zombies is pretty damn important. A small AM/FM radio will provide you with news and entertainment, and is certainly better than nothing, but for as little as $30 you can purchase a multi band disaster radio that can be powered either with batteries, solar, or hand cranked. Reasonably cheap and a good investment to have on hand.


11.  Two way radios. Having a couple of hand held “walkie talkies” around will allow you to communicate with members of your family if you need to leave the house in search of supplies. During a natural disaster or true SHTF scenario cell phones will not work, either because everyone is trying to use the network at the same time or because the whole system has become completely inoperable. Keep in mind however that your communications are not private. Also take into consideration the fact that a lot of other people could be using two way radios for the same reasons you are. Lots of traffic to be sure but still useful and worth having.


12.  Batteries. There’s no reason to have L.E.D lanterns and walkie talkies if you can’t use them so take inventory of all your survival gear and get plenty of batteries for everything. Personally I just buy the cheapie dollar store batteries for my everyday use but cheap batteries do not store well, long term. Cheapie batteries will start to discharge and corrode if not used within a short period of time, whereas, brand new, name brand batteries like Duracell have a shelf life of several years.



13.  Solar Battery Charger. If you are serious about long term SHTF situations and not just localized natural disasters it’s probably a good idea to invest in a solar battery charger. I have seen them on eBay and Amazon for less than $30. The reviews I’ve read were mixed but even if it took you a couple of days to get a full charge then you will still have flashlights and radios that work. Don’t forget to buy a couple of sets of rechargeable batteries for each device you need to power. A bit on the expensive side with the charger and batteries but pretty damn useful for extended and wide spread Disasters.


14.  Grill. Unless you have a five year stash of emergency M.R.E’s you will need a means of cooking your food. A small “Hibachi “type of grill can be put away and forgotten about until needed. Small, cheap grills can be had from the dollar store for less than $15.00 and are great to cook with when the power is down. Most people reading this probably have some type of grill on their balcony or in their backyard already, and if so the cost of this survival item is zero.


15.  Camping stove. Cooking out on the grill is relaxing and will get the job done in most cases but using a grill produces smoke, and in certain situations you will not want to alert the zombies of your presence. A small two burner camping stove will not only allow you to cook without producing smoke but it will give you instant fire to heat up water, etc. You can buy one that uses either liquid fuel or propane. Personally I like the propane models. Thirty to forty bucks for this item but well worth it.


16.  Fuel for camping stove. Just like a radio with no batteries, a camping stove will do you no good if you have don’t have any fuel for the thing so stock up on this item. The small bottles of propane seem a bit expensive when you start thinking about a large emergency supply, but you don’t need to run out and purchase a whole years’ worth all at once. A couple of bottles every week or two won’t cost a whole lot and after a few months your emergency supplies will start to really add up.


17.  Solar oven. Another piece of equipment you should think about is a solar cooker. No smoke and free fuel from the sun. In fact you will have free energy to cook with for the next billion years or so- give or take a few centuries. The only problem with a solar cooker is the fact that you can’t use the damn thing unless it’s reasonably warm outside and the sun is shining. It’s still useful however and will help stretch your supplies of propane and/or firewood much further. You can build one that works reasonably well out of little more than cardboard, a sheet of glass, and a bottle of glue. There are numerous plans for solar cookers and other related information floating around the internet. This should cost you very little money.



That’s it for now but please come back for part 3 of the poor man’s survival list.


Tex Dakota

Author: Tex Dakota
Posted: January 11, 2013, 3:52 pm

With the coming “dark ages” which are most certainly to descend upon the United States (and the rest of the world) sometime within the next few years it is imperative to start thinking about basic survival plans before the situation deteriorates much further. 


If at all possible you should secure a warehouse somewhere and stockpile it with every conceivable item you could possibly need for the rest of your entire life. But just who the hell can do that? If you’ve got millions upon millions of dollars it’s feasible, but very few people have that kind of money. Does that mean only the wealthy deserve to live?


Of course not. But what the hell are you to do? Here lately I’ve been looking at a lot of “list” on the internet, which people have posted, of crap you should stockpile for an emergency. There are many lists around and you should have no problem finding them. The only trouble is that most of the crap on these lists is useless! Anyone can make a list (and many people have) but that doesn’t really mean everything on it is worth a rat’s ass when it comes to survival.


I came up with my own list of basic supplies that someone with very little money can put together and weather 95% of the possible SHTF scenarios they might conceivably encounter. Of course this is just a list and you should take that into consideration when putting together your own plan for surviving the coming apocalypse. But anyway, here it is.


1.      Food. You can’t survive without food for very long so you should keep on hand enough grub to survive for at least 30 days. This an absolute minimum but a 30 day supply of food, per person, will at least keep you going through any event like a natural disaster. A thirty day supply will ensure that you don’t have to stand in the FEMA lines with the zombies for free government cheese and other GIBS. This doesn’t really cost you anything at all above and beyond what you normally consume so long as you stockpile foods you already eat, and you rotate your stock. 30 days is great, 90 days’ worth of food is better, and 6 months’ worth of food is more than 99% of people have on hand. The more the better.


2.      Water. You can survive a hell of a lot longer without food than you can water. This is why survivalist seem to overemphasize the storage of this most basic of necessity. Personally I feel it is much better to hone your skills at finding water and rendering it safe for human consumption. In fact if you can only learn one skill that will better your odds at survival then you should learn how to find water and make it safe for human consumption. As far as water “storage” goes you should have a gallon, per day, per person. 30 days minimum will see you through any local disasters but your water procurement skills are what will keep you alive indefinitely.


3.      Water filter. After you’ve consumed your storage water you are still going to need this basic necessity of life or you will die within days. A decent water filter will help you to render water you procure safe to consume. Just finding water in a puddle somewhere and running it through a filter will not make it 100% safe to drink but it will eliminate most pollutants such as heavy metals, etc. You should still boil all water used for drinking and cooking if at all possible. A good filter is still recommended and will save much time in purifying your water.


4.      Multivitamins. A good multi vitamin every day is a very cheap means to ensure you suffer no sickness due to malnutrition. A six month supply, per person, for every member of your family is pretty cheap and will go a long way in securing your health in a true SHTF situation. A year’s supply is much better but remember that vitamins have an expiration date so rotate your stock.


5.      Warm clothing. Next to food and water you must stay warm against the elements. If you have plenty to eat and enough clean water to drink it will do you no good if you freeze to death. You need plenty of warm clothing. Thick and heavy coats, gloves, mittens, head gear, and thermal underwear should all be on your list. A good pair of coveralls is great as well. You more than likely have most of these items already so just take inventory and add to it as soon as you can.


6.      Blankets and sleeping bags. Plenty of warm clothing will keep you alive but to be comfortable when you sleep you should have lots of blankets and/or a good sleeping bag. Blankets and quilts can be quite expensive but if you go with the cheap wool blankets you can buy large quantities for little money and have plenty on hand. A good sleeping bag is even more important than blankets. Buy one for every member of your household and get one rated for the lowest possible temperature you might encounter in your particular region.


7.      Flashlights. Having a good flashlight on hand during emergencies is essential. Personally I love Maglite’s. They are on the expensive side for flashlights but they are nearly indestructible. Whatever you get make sure they are durable and use L.E.D bulbs. Every member of your household should have their own flashlight. A good “Headlamp” type of flashlight is good to have as well and will free up both hands for carrying gear and supplies when needed.


8.      Candles. Plenty of candles on hand will ensure that you always have a low tech means of lighting your humble abode. Candles have no expiration date and can be stashed back for years and years until needed. Candles are relatively cheap as well. I have a five gallon bucket nearly full of candles. For several months I spent two or three dollars a week on those tiny tea light candles. A pack of thirty cost about $2.00 at the dollar store. A pretty cheap means to guarantee that you have at least “some” light during a grid down situation.


9.      L.E.D. lanterns. Candles will provide you with enough light to ensure that you don’t trip over the coffee table in the dark but for things like reading they aren’t very good. A good L.E.D lantern will allow you to have much more light than a candle or two will provide. I had a couple of Coleman L.E.D lanterns that put out 200 lumens each, and were rated at 144 hours of continuous use. I made the mistake of leaving them at my zombie hideout and they were stolen when someone broke in and trashed the place. A couple of good durable lanterns doesn’t cost a whole lot and should be on every ones disaster preparedness list.


NOTE this article is starting to get a bit long so I am breaking it up into two (or maybe three) different parts.


Tex Dakota

Author: Tex Dakota
Posted: January 9, 2013, 8:46 pm

Wouldn’t it be great to suddenly come into a large amount of money and never have to work for anyone else ever again? You would have the freedom you need to travel around the world, visiting all of the famous places you’ve only seen on T.V. or in the movies. The pyramids of Egypt, the Great Wall of China, the Eiffel tower, and a thousand other places on our planet would be your playground. Well you’re not rich so you might as well forget about it, right? Not necessarily.


You might not have the money you need to travel the planet, living in expensive hotels and dining in five star restaurants every night but it is entirely possible to travel around the United States and see all that this country has to offer. And it is entirely possible to do it with very little money.


One way to do this is of course to become a hobo, riding the rails, sleeping in train yards and under bridges, not knowing where your next meal is going to come from. You could do this with almost no money at all! But who the hell wants to be a bum? That’s no kind of life and any enjoyment you had, seeing new places and traveling the country, would be more than offset by the misery you had to endure.


There has to be a comfortable “middle ground” that a person of limited means can utilize to achieve this goal-and there is. The answer “me Amigo” is to become a van dweller. Purchase a good used van and live in it as you travel the land, taking in all of the sights our once glorious nation has to offer. The Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore, all of our beautiful national parks and a thousand other destinations are totally within your budget, even if you’re dirt poor and currently making minimum wage at the local Crusty Crap burger.


The main expense you would need to account for is fuel and insurance. Maintenance and repairs to your little home on wheels would also have to be taken into account.  But you could easily survive on $500 a month. You wouldn’t even have to save up the full amount of money you need beforehand. Once you have a couple thousand bucks in the bank you could live for several months before you would need more funds.


Get a job for a month or two, save up some more cash, and move on down the road to your next adventure. I’ve often thought of doing this and may well do it sometime in the future. That is if the price of gasoline doesn’t go up to levels that would make it too impractical. Right now though it’s possible, even with the ridiculous prices we are paying in this country. Right now you can live cheap as hell and have a life full of fun and excitement kicking around the country.


I did live in a van for three months one time, and I didn’t have a whole lot of fun but I wasn’t really prepared to do so. I just threw an air mattress in the back of the van and blacked out the windows with cardboard. If I ever do it again I would certainly spend a couple hundred bucks converting a van into a mini mobile home. The time and effort would certainly be worth it. Vans are pretty cheap as well. You could easily find one in your local paper or on Craigslist and do a complete conversion for less than $2000 total. The van I stayed in was a 1990 Chevy Astro van and it only set me back $750. I drove that thing for more than a year, spending little more what it cost for gas.


Of course the next biggest expense you would need to budget for would be food. But this is an area where you can really save if you are frugal. Don’t eat out at restaurants but consume only meals you cook yourself in your converted van. Dumpster dive free food whenever possible, Stock up on cheap foods like beans and rice. Hell, eat at the Salvation Army whenever you can! You don’t have to spend a fortune on groceries unless you just have to have steak and lobster every night. But what is the goal here? To die an early death do to heart failure from eating to much red meat or to travel around and see the world on the cheap?


If this is something you’ve ever considered then you should start your journey by checking out the web sites “Cheap RV Living” and “Cheap green RV living”. You can either Google them or go to my links page to find them. These sites are pretty damn cool and will have you daydreaming about leaving the rat race behind and becoming a modern Nomad. They have a lot of great crap about converting a van and how you deal with things like electricity, taking a shower, where to park, etc.


There’s no need to live a miserable life stuck in a dead end job until the day you die. Many options exist in this world and this is only one of them. We make choices every day and if you don’t like the ones you made this morning then make different ones tomorrow. Good luck and have fun!


Tex Dakota


Author: Tex Dakota
Posted: January 4, 2013, 8:27 pm

Now that you have the basics of hypermiling down it’s time to hunt for a Cheap-Ass car that will assist you in pushing the bounds of fuel efficiency to unimaginable levels. No hybrids will be on this list as the technology is just too damn expensive for the dirt poor dude to afford. Believe it or not you can find older model cars that have an EPA Hwy rating of 50 miles per gallon! A car with that kind of fuel economy isn’t going to be a rocket by any means but with the money you save at the pump, who cares! Let’s take a look at a few of these cars and see if they are for you.


Honda Civic CRX HF. This little two seater was manufactured between 1984 and 1991. It has a three cylinder engine that produces a whopping 62 horses. It will only go from 0 to 60 in 12 seconds but with an EPA rating of 51mpg highway and 42 city you can drive this thing for a long time before it starts to put a serious dent in your wallet.


Since it only has two seats it’s not likely to be your go-to family car to take little Timmy and little Suzy out to Chucky Cheese on the weekends. It can be a very economical, all-weather commuter car though. When looking for a Honda civic CRX make sure it is actually the HF model, which stands for “high fuel efficiency”. The regular CRX has a four cylinder engine and doesn’t get the mileage of the HF, though I would imagine you would still get a pretty decent MPG.


Honda VX hatchback. If you just really have to take little Timmy and little Suzy to Chucky Cheese to shut em the hell up then Look for a good VX hatchback from Honda. Not only does this thing get an estimated 50 MPG highway and 39 MPG city, you’ll be able to swing by the local Piggly Wiggly and load up all the food waste from their dumpster after you’ve blown the weeks food budget at Chucky Cheese. I believe this car was produced from 1992 to 1995 which means you may have an easier time finding one (as opposed to the CRX HF) in decent shape.


Geo Metro.  This car was produced from 1989 to 2001. When introduced it had an EPA estimated 43 MPG city and 52 highway! In 1995 they changed the body style and I think the fuel economy dropped a bit but it’s still close enough to call it a 50 MPG car. Since it was manufactured for twelve years there are still plenty of them on the road. They were considered “throw away” cars by many people so be careful when evaluating a used Metro as a lot of folks didn’t bother with proper maintenance. I have actually been thinking about finding and buying one of these little tin cans instead of a motorcycle. With a five speed Metro, practicing hypermile strategies; it should be possible to get close to 70 MPG!


Chevy sprint. This is the predecessor to the Metro. Like the Metro it was designed by Suzuki for GM. And like the Metro it came with a 1.0 liter, three cylinder engine and was able to achieve 44 MPG city and 53 MPG highway. Since it was only produced for two or three years in the 1980’s there aren’t many of them on the road. But if you’ve got a knack for fixing automobiles you may be able to find one for a few hundred bucks and use your skills to bring it back to life.


VW Rabbit. These ugly little metal beast used to be quite common on the roads of the United States. Way back in the 1980’s Volkswagen sold a butt load of these weird little eco boxes on the American shores and you can still see them putting down the street from time to time. Most of them are gone now but if you can find one with a diesel power plant under the hood you can achieve a fuel economy that exceeds 50 MPG. In fact any VW with a diesel engine is a good bet for high fuel efficiency.


Diesel fuel is higher in price than gasoline but it’s entirely possible to run one on waste vegetable oil from your local “Clown Burger” fast food emporium. The only problem with that idea is that now days everyone and his grandmother knows about homemade bio-diesel. As fuel prices shoot up due to peek oil, inflation, President Obutthole limiting exploration, etc., you won’t be able to count on free veggie oil for your diesel powered car. In fact if times get too hard you might see parasitic local governments declaring used fryer grease from restaurants “municipal property”, and anyone caught collecting it will be thrown into jail. Still it might be something worth looking into. Some other cars that might get you high mileage are


Daihatsu Charade. I’ve read comments on other blogs that people were getting 55 MPG with this car but I don’t know if they were getting that using extreme hypermiling strategies or what. I don’t remember the last time I even saw a Daihatsu either so good luck on that one.


Nisson 200 SX. Again, I don’t know what the EPA estimates are or how these people were driving them but I’ve read comments of people who claimed they were getting around 45 miles per gallon.


Ford Fiesta You can probably expect 40 plus miles to the gallon on the highway with one of these, in good condition, with normal driving. Good Hypermiling techniques should push that up into the 50 MPG plus area.


These are just a few of the most fuel efficient autos one can find to help mitigate the financial rape we are subjected to at the gas pump these days. This list is by no means complete, and there are a lot more cars that have been produced over the years that will get you a fuel economy in the mid to upper 40’s, on the Hwy, with standard driving techniques alone. Find yourself one of these autos and practice hypermiling. Not only will you double your current MPG, but you might just triple it!

Author: Tex Dakota
Posted: January 2, 2013, 5:08 am

As most of you probably know by now, my goal is to eventually find a good cheap motorcycle to use as my primary means of transportation. I think that when gasoline climbs to five and six bucks a gallon (and more) then having a way of getting from here to there at 70 MPG will allow me to get around without breaking the bank. A bicycle is the best way to go as far as cheap transportation is concerned but not very practical if you travel more than 10 or 15 miles a day.

And to be honest, most people will not want to use a bicycle or even a small motorcycle or scooter for their transportation needs. If you live in an area that has extended winters with lots of ice and snow, or you have a family with small children still living at home, anything but an automobile just won’t do. So how can you afford to put gas in the car when prices start to skyrocket? The answer is of course to use Hypermiling techniques to stretch every drop of fuel to its limit.


You’ve probably heard the term before but what exactly is Hypermiling? Hypermiling is the act of operating your motor vehicle in the most fuel efficient manner possible. Some of the techniques that hypermilers practice range from common sense strategies like keeping their car properly tuned, to the more eccentric strategies such as keeping the windows rolled up and never using the AC-even in middle of summer! Some of the ideas people use can be downright dangerous. Running stop signs, and tailgating the car in front of you to reduce wind resistance.


There are many different techniques people have come up with over the years to reduce their consumption of gasoline, so let’s take a look at some of them and see if there are any you can use to fight the high prices at the pump. First let’s look at the more practical ideas that just make too much sense not to implement.

    
   Make sure your tires are inflated to the maximum level suggested. Keep a good tire gauge in your car and check tire pressure regularly. Some people inflate tires to levels exceeding the recommended maximum to reduce rolling resistance. Be advised though that this will reduce your breaking ability and give you a more bone jarring ride, so be forewarned.


    Change the oil in your car religiously. Use one with low viscosity for best results. Most hypermilers recommend a good synthetic oil and claim that the increased cost is more than offset by the savings in fuel.


    Make sure tires are aligned and properly balanced. You will burn up much more gas if not because it takes a lot of extra energy to keep a car on the road if its tendency is to pull to the left or right.


    Empty the trunk of useless junk. If it’s not part of your emergency supplies like a spare tire and jack, jumper cables, etc. then get rid of it. The lighter your vehicle is the less fuel you need to propel your ass down the road.


    Reduce drag (and weight) by removing any unneeded, external items attached to your vehicle such as bike racks, cargo carriers, etc. Less weight and less drag equals less fuel consumed.


    Drive at slower speeds. Your vehicle uses much more fuel at 70 Mph than it does at 60. It uses even less gas at 50 or 55 Mph, so use the slow lane whenever possible. You’ll still get where you’re going, only with more money in your pocket!


Now that we’ve covered the more basic, common sense tips you should know let’s look at some of the more “advanced” techniques that will keep you rolling on past the gas pump. Remember to avoid stop and go traffic like the plague. It takes a lot of fuel to get a vehicle moving from a dead stop so always keep it moving, if at all possible, once in motion.


    Don’t drive in rush hour traffic if you don’t have to. A traffic jam is the worse place to be if you want to conserve fuel. With all of the stopping and going and all of the idle time spent you are probably getting fuel economy in the single digit range, even with a fuel efficient auto.

    If rush hour driving can’t be avoided then give the car ahead of you plenty of room and go as slow as you can when the car in front of you stops. With luck the car in front of you will start moving again before you actually have to apply the brakes. This can be a tricky technique to get the hang of because you will likely have people cutting in front of you often. Again, it’s best to avoid times of high traffic.

    Use the cruise control. If you’re like most people you have a tendency to let the speed creep up without even being conscious of it. Get in the slow lane and set the cruise control to the minimum speed that is safe. An exception to this rule is if you are traveling on a roadway with lots of hills. Going up a hill will force the cruise control to kick in and burn more gas to maintain the set speed.

    When going uphill allow your speed to steadily decrease as you ascend.  You’ll still get over the hill and then you can slowly build up your speed to its previous level.


    If not traveling too slow once over a hill shift into neutral (if you are driving a stick shift) and coast down the other side. Your engine will be at idle speed and therefore burn a lot less gas until you actually have to shift it back into gear.


1  When first taking off build speed up as slow as you reasonably can. Just because your car can go from 0 to 60 in nine or ten seconds doesn’t mean you have to. Take at least 25 or 30 seconds to get up to speed. Sometimes this just means waiting on cars to go by. Don’t jump out in front of rapidly moving traffic if you don’t need to.


1  Take the route with the least amount of traffic signals and stop signs between you and your destination. Even if you have to travel an extra mile or two you might still save gas as well as time by not having to stop and go all the time.


1  Use your brakes as little as possible. If you see a red light up ahead of you then take your foot off the gas pedal and coast up to the light. Not only does your gas consumption drop when you take your foot off of the accelerator but you buy a bit of time for the light to change. With luck it will change before you get there and you won’t even have to stop. Drive like you have no brakes at all.


1  Add a Scanguage fuel economy computer to your vehicle (1996 or newer) to track your Mpg in real time. This might well be the best thing you can do to increase overall fuel efficiency. The price is a bit high but it should pay for itself in a matter of months.



These are but a few of the many hypermile techniques you can implement to reduce your overall fuel consumption. If you only practice the ones presented here you should be able to achieve a 25 to 30 percent increase in Mpg-even in your current vehicle. If you practice and learn the many other hypermile strategies that exist you can increase that number even more.
 

But if you really want to double your Mpg you should not only practice these and other Hypermiling techniques you should trade in your current vehicle for the most fuel efficient auto that you can afford.  In the next article I’m going to do a roundup of some of the most fuel stingy cars on the road, and NO I’m not going to be discussing hybrids. This is Cheap- Ass-Living so I’ll only be talking about older fuel efficient autos that you can find for next to nothing.




Thanks everyone    Tex Dakota

Author: Tex Dakota
Posted: December 28, 2012, 7:36 pm


Can you possibly think of anything more boring to discuss than the subject of Beans and Rice? I know that many of you probably think this article is going to be a bit of a snoozer but for anyone that needs to eat at the lowest possible cost a basic “beans and rice” diet just can’t be beat. This does not mean that you have to eat nothing but these two food items day in and day out. What it does mean however is that if you keep plenty of these low cost foods on hand then you will never have to worry about where your next meal is going to come from.

Right now as I type this up you can get a twenty pound bag of Pinto beans at Wally’s Wide World of junk (Aka Wal-Mart) for about $17.00. A twenty pound bag of white rice is about $10.00. That’s forty pounds of food for less than thirty bucks. The caloric value of a pound of dry, uncooked white rice is approximately 1620, whereas a pound of dried pinto beans is about 1575 calories. If you actually go out and buy a twenty pound bag of white rice and a twenty pound bag of pinto beans you will have yourself 64,000 calories worth of food. Based on an average daily diet of 2,000 calories you will have a 32 day supply of grub. That’s less than a dollar a day per person. Pretty damn cheap!

Beans and rice together will provide you all of the essential amino acids your body requires so it is entirely possible to live off of nothing but these two foods for an extended period of time. I know that some will argue that brown rice is much more nutrient dense than white rice, and this is true but in addition to being more costly, brown rice does not have anywhere near the shelf life that white rice does. For those looking for basic emergency/survival foods that are cheap then white rice (with beans) just can’t be beat. You can store white rice for more than a year with little to no degradation in quality. If properly stored then white rice even two or three years old will still be eatable and provide the body with useful energy. Dried beans store as well if not better than white rice.

I think it’s pretty clear that anyone preparing for the hard times ahead should seriously consider adding plenty of these basic foods to their stockpile. If you only have a three month supply of storage foods on hand right now and you feel that this is inadequate then you can literally double your supply overnight for less than a hundred dollars per person. Not a bad deal.

I have been stockpiling beans and rice for a while now and have plenty of these basic survival foods on hand. If for some reason I were not able to leave the house for months and months I would have plenty of food to sustain me. Let me state right now though, I do not advocate an emergency stash of nothing but beans and rice. I know some people suggest buying wheat in large quantities for a “survival stash”, and wheat certainly does have its merits, but you also need a good dependable grinder which adds a bit of complexity to the equation. But you can walk into almost any store and grab a bag of beans and/or rice right now and have them ready to eat in no time.

Since this blog is aimed more at survival in the here and now and not in a future time when a comet strikes the earth like in the novel “Lucifers Hammer”, or a super volcano plunges us into a three year long nuclear winter I would suggest that you rotate your stock. Don’t go out and buy several hundred pounds of food and bury it in the backyard if your goal is to do some Cheap-Ass-Living now. 

Label your supplies with the date it was purchased and store in a cool dry place away from any vermin. Polyurethane buckets (food grade) are perfect containers to store these items in. You can stack em and easily move them around when needed. Most preppers suggest that you add oxygen absorbers to storage foods and gamma lids to the buckets. This is not really necessary however if you store everything in the proper manner and rotate your stock in a timely fashion. Remember, “first in first out.”

I look at a beans and rice based diet like this. When you build a house in the conventional style you first construct a frame. Once that is done you then fill in everything else such as the roof, the walls, etc. Once that is done you finish it out to your personal preferences. The same is true with what we are discussing here. Build your frame-beans and rice. Add the roof and walls-other cheap food items like wheat/flour, corn meal, pasta, sugar, etc. Then finish it out to your liking-fresh veggies, spices, meats, and so on. 

Remember, we are poor so to achieve self-sufficiency on a limited budget we build on a “pay as you go” basis. I’m starting my dietary framework as cheap as I can with plenty of beans and rice, how about you?
Author: Tex Dakota
Posted: December 25, 2012, 6:47 am


Sorry I haven’t posted in a while. I wrote articles three different times only to have them lost when my computer crashed before they were edited and posted. I am using the blogger platform which is not exactly the best, but since it’s free (and since I’m a cheap bastard) it’s what I use. This has all been very discouraging to me and I started to say “screw it” but I am going to continue with this blog as often as I can because this kind of info needs to be widely available. I think a lot of people need ideas that will allow them to live on smaller incomes. From now on I will write everything in Word and then copy and paste it.


Also someone broke into camp 420 stealing all my shit! I went out to my zombie hideout the other day and found out (to my complete disappointment) someone had broken in and ransacked the place. They stole some things I had stashed back for my “declaration of independence” from the man, and trashed the place! The things they took were minor and monetary loss wasn’t that great but that’s not the point. The real issue is that they broke in to my place and violated my personal sanctuary. It’s true I wasn’t living there yet but it still pissed me off. This has also been rather discouraging. I will be giving serious thoughts to security issues in the future.


Well the “election” is now over and the commie, Kenyan, Idiot has retained power. Surprise, surprise. I was never a supporter of the Rockefeller Republican, Mitt Romney but we’ve seen what the “HNIC” has done over the last four years. I’m pretty sure Romney would have been a disaster but with the current dimwit in control it is virtually assured. I think we were (are) headed for collapse no matter who was chosen by the powers that be. But I think it will be much quicker now that “bathhouse Berry” is at the helm for another four years, so time to double up.


So now that our destruction is virtually assured it’s time to start stocking up on the basics if you haven’t already. Get out of debt soon, the sooner the better, and then stockpile/hoard as much food as you possibly can. I know your poor but you can still stash back hundreds of pounds of basic food items for next to nothing-at least for now.


This won’t always be the case so take advantage of the opportunity while it still exists. I have been stockpiling beans and rice for a while and have close to a years supply. Every week I spend a few extra dollars on my emergency supply and it has really built up. Thank goodness I didn’t have it all stored at camp 420!


Are you still going to be able to pay the rent/mortgage when the economy collapses? If you are not sure that you can then what will be your backup plan? Do you have friends and relatives who will take you in when times are tuff? Will they still have a place to live when times are hard? These are questions you need to start asking yourself NOW. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Also remember good warm clothing and blankets, or a good sleeping bag. Basic lighting needs like candles and L.E.D, lighting is essential so build up your supply and don’t forget a couple of good flashlights.


I need guest articles. This blog is about living (and survival) on the cheap. I am certainly no expert on the subject but I think I know a couple of things that would be of use to others. Unfortunately I don’t know everything so I am asking your help in making this blog into a true resource for those who need to live on a small amount of money.


I have learned that I can’t do it alone so I am going to start accepting guest articles.  If you have anything to write about on the subject then please consider contributing to this blog. I think that if we pull our collective knowledge and experience then we can create a treasure trove of cheap living info for anyone who is on the lowest rungs of the economic ladder. I am especially interested in people who are able to live comfortably on as little money as possible. Anyone who wants to share their experience here with others will be a big help.


For those who are interested in submitting an article, please go to the contact page where you will find my email address. Send it to me and more than likely I will post it. All that I ask is that it is an original unpublished article that you have written. I will give you credit for it, or if you choose, I will post it anonymously. Thank you to everyone.



Author: Tex Dakota
Posted: December 20, 2012, 10:24 pm
Sorry for not posting in a while. I have been rather busy working for "the man" and all that. Been doing other work on the side to earn a few bucks as well. I'm trying to pay off a small debt I foolishly took on about six months ago. It will be paid off soon thankfully so I can ease back on the slave labor and start working more for "me". I can start working once again towards my goal of leaving the rat race behind. Hopefully leaving it behind for good.

As most of you know this blog is primarily meant to be a chronicle of my journey in doing just that. A journey to free myself from the Matrix and from being just another cog in the wheel. Not a whole lot has been happening in that regard right now as most funds have been going toward personal debt elimination  

In fact I have not even been out to camp 420 in nearly two months.That is until the other day. Man let me tell you, mother nature sure has a way of reclaiming what is hers! When I pulled my $200 junk trailer out to my land it was so overgrown that I had to spend several days beforehand with a chainsaw a machete hacking out enough space to get it in. I continued to remove brush whenever I was there and even though there was still plenty more to do it actually started to look rather nice. 

Upon visiting the other day I hardly recognized the place. Vines were growing up everywhere-even on the trailer. Grass and thorns were so thick I could barely walk through them. Dead tree branches were scattered all over the place. Still it was really nice to be out there on my own "paid for" piece of land. I highly recommend it to anyone. 

With the summer heat now gone (and hopefully the west Nile mosquitoes along with it) I plan to start really working on the ole Zombie hideout in a serious way. I just purchased a good sleeping bag for the cool nights ahead and will be visiting the place on a regular basis once again. 

Thank you to everyone and stay tuned because this blog has only just begun!




Author: Tex Dakota
Posted: October 11, 2012, 7:46 pm
Today is the eleventh anniversary of the tragic events that changed our nation forever. I think it’s time to ask some hard questions. The rubble was still smoldering at ground zero when everyone in the “mainstream” media began telling us not to hate the people responsible for this carnage. If we hate the rag-heads, they told us, the terrorist will have won! Really?


The truth of the matter is that the terrorist will have won when we let the powers that be turn this country into a virtual police state. A country with video surveillance cameras at nearly every intersection. A country that allows warrantless wiretaps of suspected “terrorist”. A country where any citizen can be detained indefinitely without due process of law.



The terrorist will have won when we have a government that uses aerial drones to spy on its own citizens. If we have TSA agents molesting travelers at every turn then the terrorist will have won. If we allow the government to track the emails, text messages, and internet usage of every single person in this country then the terrorist will have won. So I ask the question again. Did the terrorist win or what?
















Author: Tex Dakota
Posted: September 11, 2012, 3:29 pm

I met somebody once that hit the lottery and won over two million dollars! In less than ten years they were completely broke. I’ve also met a number of other people who came into a large amount of money through either an inheritance or an insurance settlement. Within a few years they burned through their money and were just as poverty stricken as before. I’m sure you’ve heard about such people. Why is this?


Why is it that some people in this world are able to fall into a big steamy pile of dung and come out smelling like roses while others can fall into a rose bush and come out smelling like crap? This is of course a hard question to answer but today I am going to take a shot at it. The short answer is that poverty is a state of mind!


I know that statement will raise the blood pressure of some people who read it. They just can’t fathom the possibility that money alone can’t always solve the problems we face in our world today. Let’s confiscate a few hundred billion dollars from people in the form of taxes and redistribute it to the more “needy” they proclaim and we can eliminate poverty in this country.


Since the so called “war on poverty” began in the 1960’s we’ve thrown trillions upon trillions of dollars at the problem with little to show for it. You’ve heard the parable “give a man a fish and feed him for a day, but teach a man to fish and you feed him for life. With more people than ever before relying on some form of government welfare to survive, this has proven to be remarkably true. Do yourself and your family a favor and teach yourself how to fish.


If you learn to maximize your available resources right now and fix the problems of your most basic needs then you will be in a much better position to weather any economic storms in the future, be they recession, depression, or total collapse. Cut down on the waste in your life and you will probably see the equivalent of a 15 to 20 percent increase (if not more) in your purchasing power with the same amount of money you are spending right now!


Yes, there are poor starving children in third world rat holes who scavenge the local landfill every day collecting paper and cardboard just so they can afford a bowl of rice. This however is due to “mental poverty” on a national scale. Nearly all of the countries where you hear of this kind of behavior have an abundance of available resources. Look at Japan, a country with almost no natural resources at all. You never hear about people in that country resorting to such extremes to survive.


For me to say that “poverty is a state of mind” and leave it at that does not tell the whole story. I know this. But it certainly is one of the main factors in the overall equation. The United States has traditionally been a nation suffering little poverty, relatively speaking. We were a country of self-reliant individuals who knew not only how to survive, but how to survive well.


This is rapidly changing however due to incompetent individuals like Obama, Romney, and the other miscreants who are running this country into the damn ground.


But I believe we still have a little more time before we get to the point of a full blown depression. How much time is anyone’s guess but if you make a conscious effort to prepare for the inevitable right now then you will be ahead of the game.


Eliminate any debt as fast as you reasonably can. Find a place that you can call your own even if it’s just a small piece of land in the country with an old travel trailer on it. Stockpile essentials such as food, warm clothing, and a means to acquire safe drinking water.


Transportation is an area you should put serious thought into. How will you get from here to there? Will you walk, ride a bicycle, small scooter or motorcycle?  If you plan to use a car or truck for your transportation needs do you feel like you will be able to maintain it and put fuel in the tank when times are tuff. What about when fuel prices double? These are all important points to consider.


Don’t forget your heating and lighting needs either. How will you deal with these issues? How about communication? Do you have a cell phone you can afford to keep turned on when you have very little money? Do you have a radio with enough rechargeable batteries (and a way to recharge them) to keep you informed about the latest news and weather and to supply a little entertainment from time to time? And last but not least, do you have a means of defense to protect what’s yours?


Plan now for what’s coming and you’ll be quite well off in when multitudes of people are getting evicted from tent cities and herded into FEMA camps for their “own good”. Take advantage of the relatively good times now and in the future you may not ever have to scavenge all day at the local dump for paper and other crap just to buy a single bowl of rice!

Author: Tex Dakota
Posted: September 9, 2012, 7:31 pm
When considering whether or not you should purchase a cheap “generic” scooter or motorcycle from China be sure you know full well what you are getting into. I’ve been looking into these things for several months and will probably continue to do so for a few more before I decide whether or not to purchase one.


I can tell you this however. The more I read up on these things the more convinced I become that a Chinese motorcycle or scooter is a really good deal. I know some of you will want to throw the ole “you get what you pay for” line at me so I’ll address that right now.


You can spend a thousand bucks (give or take a couple hundred) and buy a 25 to 30 year old Japanese machine or you can spend the same amount of money and have a brand new bike from our good friends over in communist China. There will be certain issues you need to deal with regarding the new Chinese bikes of course but there are also issues you will be dealing with if you buy a Jap bike that’s two or three decades old!


While it’s really hard to predict what sort of troubles you may encounter with something 25 to 30 years old, with a new Chinese piece of crap you can look at all the information available on the internet, study it till your blue in the face, and pretty soon a pattern will begin to emerge. You can see the big picture for what it really is.


90 percent of the bad reviews I’ve read deal mostly with little stuff like cheap plastic panels that don’t exactly fit as they should, Speedometer cables having to be replaced, lights and blinkers that quit working because of a poor quality bulb or a wire that came loose. Most reviewers of these infernal machines suggest that you tighten every single nut and bolt when first purchased. It also seems that the poorest quality batteries and spark plugs are installed before they’re shipped from the factory. All miner stuff that can be easily dealt with.


As far as the other 10 percent of negative crap I’ve read about these bikes; most of it was by people who never owned one but were only parroting all the bad crap they had heard. I haven’t read one thing yet about some cheap-ass P.O.S. Chinese scooter that had the motor blow up a few months after it was purchased. I haven’t read anything about the frame on one of these things snapping in half on some collage punk coming home from a frat party!


Everything I’ve read about these machines suggest that you can have a fairly decent and reliable means of transportation (after the initial break in period) for about 20 percent of what you would pay for a brand new Japanese bike. There is a certain amount of maintenance that is required every so often such as cleaning the carburetor and adjusting the valves but so what? Every motorcycle or scooter will require some maintenance to keep it in good running order. If you aren’t willing to do that then you shouldn’t even consider buying a motorcycle or scooter, be it Chinese, Japanese, or whatever.


Now let’s look at some of the different types of bikes you can buy. You’ll see numerous “name brands” such as Tank, Jonway, TaoTao, Roketa, Lafan and a host of others but generally speaking this doesn’t mean much. These are generic bikes and you should keep that in mind. The individual bike you purchase is more important than the name on it. So if at all possible avoid buying one of these online. Make your purchase from a local dealer so you can inspect it beforehand. Also make sure the dealer carries spare parts or can easily order parts for the model you purchase.


50cc Scooters-Some of these are manufactured for kids and are generally too small for adult riders but you’ll have no trouble finding plenty of scooters in this class that a full grown person can comfortably ride. These things start around $500 and can get upwards of 100 miles to the gallon! Unfortunately you won’t be able to do much more than about 35 miles per hour. You might get one up to 40 if you’re going down a steep hill and you have a strong wind at your back. This might suit your transportation needs, depending on your individual circumstances, but for the most part these are just big toys.


150cc Scooters-Now we’re getting into the “big boy” bikes. These scooters start at around $700 and go up. They get around 80 miles to the gallon and can reach speeds of 55 to 60 miles per hour. Not something you want to take out on the freeway but certainly adequate for most day to day use. The engines in these and the 50cc scooters are often referred to as “Honda clones” but are in fact a Chinese design known as the GY-6. From what I can tell these things are pretty reliable so long as they are properly maintained! There’s a really good article you can read about these engines HERE!


250cc scooters-These are much more expensive than the 150cc scooters starting at about $1500. Many of these come with water cooled engines which adds to the cost and complexity of the bike. These things can go up to 80 miles per hour and get about 70 miles to the gallon. This class of scooter should probably be avoided unless you can find a used one in decent shape for a good price.


200cc to 250cc duel sport bikes-In my opinion these bikes will give you the most bang for the buck. For not much more than $1000 you can have an on/off road bike that will give you 70+ miles to the gallon. These “enduros” to use the old school term will reach Highway speeds and can be ridden on public roadways or on back wood trails. Because of the duel nature of these bikes they are constructed much tougher than a scooter and (from everything I’ve read so far) have much fewer problems than the cheap-ass Chinese scooters. This is the kind of bike I am currently leaning towards.


Having said all of that let state once again that if you can find a good running, used Japanese bike at a reasonable price then you should go that route. In my location however you can’t find anything 10 years old or less for much under $2000. Believe me, I’ve been looking and they are hard to find.


Whether you choose either cheap Chinese crap or old Japanese crap a small scooter or motorcycle makes too much sense. With gasoline prices headed back up towards the four dollar a gallon mark it will take the average SUV owner close to a hundred dollars to fill up. What will you do when it reaches eight dollars a gallon? Don’t think it can’t happen anytime soon. With the Government soon to be more than twenty trillion dollars in debt and no way to pay it other than inflating the money supply and with the possibility of peak oil just on the horizon-well who knows?


If you don’t choose a scooter or small motorcycle as your primary means of transportation then you should still consider one as your “plan B” strategy. And if you’ve done your homework well you can get a lot of bike for a little bit of money. Google Chinese motorcycles and scooters to start you search. Good luck


Author: Tex Dakota
Posted: August 28, 2012, 5:24 pm

My goal over the last year or so has been to work toward leaving the rat race and all the crap that goes along with it. The hardest part in doing this is of course finding a place to live. I bought a small patch of dirt for $400 and found an old junk travel trailer for another $200 and pulled it out to my land. It’s a crappy little shack but it solves the question of where to lay my head for the night. With a little work it should be quite comfortable.

The next “major” problem to be solved is of course transportation. A bicycle would certainly be the best option as far as cheap transportation is concerned. No gas to buy, no insurance needed, and it would provide daily exercise to help maintain good health. If I were going to be living in town (or even a few miles from town) this would definitely be the way to go-no pun intended.


My “zombie hideout” is 18 miles from the nearest population center however and almost 9 miles to the nearest convenience store! It would take two hours to get into town on a bicycle and another two hours to get back. For once a month trips this might work but for day to day needs this is impractical. I need a cheap-ass means of transportation that’ll get me where I need to go in minutes not hours. A small fuel efficient scooter or motorcycle should do the trick and over the last several months I have be looking into this option.


Relying on a motorcycle or scooter as your primary means of transportation does have  its downsides of course. You can’t ride in inclement weather. It’s pretty dangerous in heavy traffic and even in areas where traffic is light you still need to practice defensive driving techniques much more so than you would in a car or truck. But I think the benefits outweigh those negatives. At least they do for me as I will not be living in a major population center and if I’m no longer whoring myself out to “the man” for slave wages then I’ll just stay put when it rains.


Now let’s look at some of the benefits of using a small scooter or motorcycle to get your ass from point A to point B. They’re cheap on gas, getting between 50 and 100 miles to the gallon (or more) depending on several factors like size of the bike, how you ride it, the weight of the rider, etc. Basic liability insurance is much cheaper than an automobile, costing just a few dollars per month depending on your driving record and who you are insured with. Finding a place to park is usually pretty easy and you can go places on a bike that you wouldn’t even dream of with a car or truck.


Clearly a small scooter or motorcycle is one of the best options you can choose for transportation if you are living on a small amount of money. A good used Japanese bike is certainly your best bet but finding one at a reasonable price now days is next to impossible. Time to look at the dreaded cheap-ass generic China bikes. 


These things are produced by the millions every single year at numerous factories in China under a multitude of different brand names. Some factories produce these generic bikes with no "brand" on it at all allowing the importer to put their own stamp on the bike.When I first started looking into the option of buying a motorcycle or motor scooter for transportation it was for the simple reason that I'm a broke bastard who rarely has much money so naturally I began looking at the cheapest crap I could find.


Again let me state that if you are lucky enough to find a good used Japanese bike at a reasonable price then you shouldn't even consider anything else. Especially if a motorcycle or scooter fits into your personal zombie survival strategy. For those who aren't lucky enough to find a good deal on a Jap bike however a china bike could be a good choice if you are willing to do the homework before you purchase one.


Keep in mind that even the best Chinese motorcycle or scooter is going to require more maintenance and repairs than the worst Japanese machines. But at 20 to 25 percent of the cost what do you expect. If you have very little money to live on and you don't mind doing a little work on your bike from time to time then you might be able to make this strategy work for you.


 In part two I will go over some of the different sized bikes that are available and discuss some of the problems you can expect to encounter when you purchase one of these Cheap-Ass machines. I'll discuss in more detail why you should consider buying one even if you don't plan to use it as your primary means of transportation. And as always I'll try to provide you with plenty of food for thought about the subject.


Author: Tex Dakota
Posted: August 25, 2012, 5:11 pm


I ran across this idea a few years ago in a book I found at the public library. I can’t really remember the title of the book or its author but it was a book about foraging for wild eatables. The one section that caught my attention the most didn’t have anything to do with collecting wild food but I thought it was good enough that I took notes.


Cooking from scratch with basic ingredients bought in bulk can save you a ton of money. It is somewhat time consuming and most people usually opt for quick meal ideas over cheap meal ideas for this reason. The idea here however is to make large quantities of a “mix” from scratch and use it as needed. Store it in the freezer in two cup quantities.


Mix 8 cups of flour, 3 cups of skim milk, 5 tbsp. sugar, 5 tbsp. baking powder, 1 tbsp. salt, and 1 lb. (about 2 cups) shortening or 1 ¾ cups vegetable oil. Blend everything together until it is the consistency of cornmeal. Store it in 2 cup quantities in the freezer. Here are just a few things you can do with it.



Biscuits- 2 cups mix, 1/3 cup of water or just enough to hold it together. Knead only a little then pat into ½ inch layer and cut into biscuits. Bake at 400 degrees for ten minutes.



Corn bread-2cups mix, 1 cup corn meal, 2 eggs, and 1 cup of water. Mix thoroughly and bake in a greased skillet or baking pan for about 45 minutes at 375 degrees.



Pancakes-2 cups mix, 1 egg, and ¾ cup of water. Mix well and pour into a preheated and greased skillet, turn over when bottom is brown.



Muffins-2 cups mix, 1 egg, ½ cup of water, a little bit of sugar if you like em sweet. Mix lightly until just blended and bake in greased muffin tins at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes. You can add blueberries or other fruit if you like



Coffee cake-2 cups mix, 1/3 cup of sugar, 1 egg, and ½ cup of water. Beat egg and water together then stir in mix and sugar. Don’t over stir. Pour into buttered square baking pan, and add a topping of your choice before baking.



Sugar cookies-2 cups mix, 1 cup sugar, 2 small eggs, 1/3 cup of water, and 1 tsp. of vanilla extract. Mix well and drop onto greased cookie sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes at 375 degrees. Sprinkle with sugar immediately after you remove from oven.



Brownies-1 cup mix, 1 cup of brown sugar, ½ cup of cocoa, ¼ cup of vegetable oil, 1 tsp. vanilla extract, and 2 eggs. Mix everything together well and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.



Bad banana bread-2 cups mix, 1/3 cup of sugar, 1 egg, 1 or 2 bananas past their prime mashed up, 1 or 2 tsp. vanilla extract and enough water to make a smooth batter. Mix thoroughly and bake in bread pan for about 1 hour at 375 degrees.



Fruit pudding-2 cups mix, 1 cup of sugar, 2 eggs, ¼ cup of water, and two cups of fruit. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a baking pan or casserole dish. Pour fruit onto bottom of pan, mix other ingredients well and pour on top of fruit. Bake for about 35 to 40 minutes at 350 degrees or until done.



Beer and apple bread- 2 cups mix, 2 tbsp. Sugar, 1 cup of apple sauce or finely chopped apples, and enough beer to make a medium batter. Bake in a bread pan for about an hour at 375 degrees.



Cooking from scratch doesn’t have to be time consuming but it does usually require a little planning ahead of time. Collect recipes that use mostly basic ingredients and plan your menu for the week in advance. Use the batch mix cooking technique described here to create your own recipes and you will save a lot of money.

Author: Tex Dakota
Posted: August 19, 2012, 6:09 pm
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When I was finished with the last post I began to wonder if maybe I could find any travel trailers or campers for free. I started looking around and found ads for more than two dozen old campers that people just wanted hauled away. Unfortunately most of the ads were deleted by the person who posted it. I presume it was because it only took a few hours or a couple of days at most before someone responded to the ad.

This is understandable because a mobile home requires professional movers to do the job but anyone with a pick up truck can hitch up a camper or RV and do it themselves. I was however able to find a few ads that were still listed. Here are the ones I found.

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$225 FREE Travel Trailer -Needs to be cleaned up! (4318 Big Bend Rd. #35 Yankee Hill, CA)


Date: 2012-08-14, 12:48PM PDT
Reply to: cdqk9-3180326591@hous.craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]


I have a travel trailer for rent in the Big Bend Mobile Home Park. I own the mobile home park. The last tenant left it dirty so if you clean it up it will be yours, You would just pay the monthy space rent with a 12 month lease. I will even discount the space rent for the 1st 6 months!! It's vacant, just qualify, clean it up, paint it or whatever you like and move in. Regular monthly space rent is $325 and that would be reduced to $225 for the first 6 months. I also require a $500 deposit but willing to work with a qualified tenant and split that in payments if needed. call Simplistic Solutions Real Estate (530) 899-xxxx for an application via email and more info. undefined


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FREE Travel Trailer (Old Forge, NY)


Date: 2012-08-13, 7:17PM EDT
Reply to: q79bd-3203700192@sale.craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]


1969 Concord travel trailer located in Bald Mountain Colony in Old Forge, NY. Good condition. 24 feet in length. It has been there since about 1977. Weight is 3,850 pounds. You are responsible to pull it off the site and it is FREE. Call Dave at 315-725-xxxx. undefined

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FREE Travel Trailer - $1 (Carson City)


Date: 2012-08-01, 5:04PM PDT
Reply to: wmk3z-3178001625@sale.craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]


Free 1973 30 foot self-contained Terry travel trailer. It was used for construction sites and has been sitting for about 4 years on our property. We had put new holding tanks, water heater, plumbing, propane tanks on the unit. Air conditioned. All glass intact. The walls and ceiling are paneled in knotty pine making the trailer very heavy. The ceiling over the shower has come down due to a leak. The step below the door needs repair. It has a five foot refrigerator which runs on electricy. And, it is really dirty inside from having set in a field for years. If cleaned it would be a servicable unit. Person taking the trailer has to haul it away as we have no capacity to do so. It will probably take a F250 or equal truck to move it. The title has been lost and it has no license plates. Tires are still good. Call 775-721-xxxx 

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*FREE* "SIESTA" Camper. You Haul. (Logsden, OR)


Date: 2012-07-24, 10:22AM PDT
Reply to: tpfbp-3160032475@sale.craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]


(i had posted this same Ad before. due to medical issues at That time, i was unable to reach the majority of you who Had called and Were interested about the camper. im back now Though!)

Used and Sitting "Siesta" Camping Camper. Was used for Storage for about a year - Used for camping Before. In picture # '3' you will see a slight Separation. the separation was due from misc. things that were stored up in the bed area. Ripped due to it being to heavy? who knows.

this camper can be sold for scrap metal, used for personal use, etc. - You haul. So bring your straps, rope, whatever it is you'll be using to haul this Bad Boy out of here Once and for all! :)

no paperwork with the camper. didn't come with to Begin with.

my name is JEFF and can be contacted about the camper At; 541-992--xxxx, call on the week days 9-5pm Only, Leave a message and i will get Right back to you ASAP! Thanks! 


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FREE CAMPER TRAILER


Date: 2012-07-17, 2:25PM PDT
Reply to: qqwjx-3145855335@sale.craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]


Free Camper trailer .. u move ... some water damage .. not bad ... Please contact Kaitlyn @ 541-654-xxxx with any questions 

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Author: Tex Dakota
Posted: August 15, 2012, 2:09 am

By far the most viewed post on this blog has been "Free mobile homes" so I thought it would be fun to do a follow up. These are just a few of the free mobile homes I found on Craigslist that are up for grabs right now. Check em out and then go to the Craigslist for your area to see what's available.


$320 FREE fixer-upper mobile home WITH 6 months PAID rent!!!! (Rockford)


Date: 2012-08-13, 12:11AM CDT
Reply to: tjkjb-3179791506@hous.craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]

We currently have a few FIXER-UPPER mobile homes available for no charge with 6 months lot rent paid up front. Non-neg so please don't expect a free trailer unless you can pay the 6 months up front. These are not in great condition, but if you're handy, and willing to fix up yourself, this is a great deal for the right person. Rent is based on # of occupants and pets. Base rent (one person, no pets) is $320/month. $10 additional per person and/or pet. Call 815-988-0925 for more info or to schedule a showing. 


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free mobile home (sophia)


Date: 2012-07-16, 8:52PM EDT
Reply to: bgnpd-3144026587@sale.craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]

12x65 mobile home free includes 16 bulb tanning bed. mobile home has axles and tires in rough condition. must be moved asap. for more information you can call Kenneth @ 336-460-xxxx


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***FREE MOBILE HOME***


Date: 2012-08-09, 10:56AM EDT
Reply to: jmnjx-3194068857@hous.craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]

I have a 16' 70' trailer home I would like to give away. It has to be moved. It is liveable or can be torn down for scrap. I do have paint for the outside, and the inside I have put sub flooring down in the bathroom, kitchen, and livingroom. I do need it gone very soon so I may allow someone to tear it down where it sits if it will be quick. 


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2br - FREE MOBILE HOME 14 X 48 (Logan NM)


Date: 2012-07-04, 12:17PM MDT
Reply to: familyofhale@gmail.com [Errors when replying to ads?]

I have a 14 x 48 2br mobile home to be hauled away.. It has a corrugated steel roof . Free to any one that will haul it.. 


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Free mobile home (Salida)


Date: 2012-07-31, 1:32PM MDT
Reply to: wkgf5-3149703685@sale.craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]

Free 1972 60x12 mobile home!!! 2 bed two bath. Has to be moved of shangrila mobile home park in salida. Might have to stay in the county as well. Please email me for further details
970481xxxx. It needs to be moved on a flatbed trailer, and can't be moved out of the county.
Thanks
Benjamin


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FREE MOBILE HOME (Gunnison)


Date: 2012-08-06, 4:56PM MDT
Reply to: f4mtb-3188437901@sale.craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]

Free, mobile home, 12'x44', in good shape, everything works, most furniture will remain in home. Free, but you must move, Must have out of the park by Oct 1, 2012
Please call Scott @ 970-210-XXXX


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FREE mobile home. Must be removed from park. (Genesee, Ontario, Livingston County)


Date: 2012-08-12, 9:23AM EDT
Reply to: cqm3p-3147294928@hous.craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]

Free mobile homes available in various mobile home parks in Genesee, Livingston, Seneca and Ontario County areas.

Must be properly removed and transported from the mobile home site/park at your expense.

Could possibly be rehabbed for hunting cabin, storage unit etc.

For more information please call Jeff at 585-226-xxxx


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STILL AVAILABLE---FREE MOBILE HOME TO BE MOVED (Aitkin)


Date: 2012-07-26, 8:25PM CDT
Reply to: g6ggz-3128864965@sale.craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]

FREE TO BE MOVED mobile home located 13 miles northeast of Aitkin. 1974 Detroiter, 2 bedroom, 1 bath. Needs some TLC has been sitting vacant for 3 years Would be a good cabin or hunting shack. Wheels and axles are under trailer not sure if tires will hold air for moving. I will be at the property Saturday, July 28th for anyone who is interested in seeing it THIS WOULD BE THE DAY. I WANT IT GONE!!! S E R I O U S I N Q U I R I E S O N L Y P L E A S E !!!!!! 


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2br - free single wide mobile home (fall branch,tn)


Date: 2012-08-11, 7:08PM EDT
Reply to: w87sb-3199605217@hous.craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]

Free. 1970 single wide mobile home 12ft by 50ft. Must move. Kinda rough. But fix able. New vinyl Windows, new front door. Floors 80%. Master bedroom floor is the worse. Need work but it's free. Would make a good hunting lodge. 


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Free Mobile Home (Lake Stevens)


Date: 2012-08-07, 3:10PM PDT
Reply to: wm2xp-3190617789@sale.craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]

I have for free a 10x55ft rex park model mobile home single wide trailer. Brand is REX Park model possible 1960??.Trailer needs some work and some TLC but its more than we want to take on.You will have to come haul it off the lot yourself.It does have tires and wheels 3axle trailer but these have been on there since it was place in the spot.Its a good little trailer someone could put a bit of work into and you could have a nice little rental.I will be posting a few pics later.Like i said you would need to haul it off the lot.Not sure of the year or model but it was there on the lot while i was growing up so its at least 50 years old or older.This is a situation where you should come see what i have and see if its possible to get it removed.The trailer is nose in to a waterfront lot on Lake Stevens with another rental home close.Trailer would need to be spun around so its facing the other way without causing damage to drivewayA concrete patio under the awning i think would need to be removed first before the trailer can be removed...This is a as is deal no warrentee involved .Unknown where title is but we do have a serial number we can write up a bill of sale.this should be ok.a trip permit would be needed for haul off by new owner ..If interested call john at 425-750-xxxx...PLEASE READ THE ADD THIS TRAILER IS TO BE REMOVED FROM THE PROPERTY AND HAULED TO WHEREVER YOU WANT IT.PEOPLE CALLING WANTING TO USE IT FOR FREE ON THE PROPERTY DONT BOTHER CALLING.aGAIN IT MUST BE REMOVED FROM THE PROPERTY YOU WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY PERMITS NEEDED FROM THE CITY OF LAKE STEVENS AND THE COUNTY. FOR HAUL AWAY..ALL UTILITIES HAVE ALREADY BEEN REMOVED AND TRAILER MUST BE REMOVED WITHOUT DAMAGE TO DRIVEWAY OR PROPERTY. 

The picture at the beginning of this post is of the free mobile home listed directly above.





Author: Tex Dakota
Posted: August 14, 2012, 3:39 am

Is it even possible to live on a small amount of money in today’s world?  I was asked this question recently by someone when I told them of my plans to reduce my expenditures to just a few hundred dollars per month. They couldn’t seem to grasp the fact that there are a lot of people in this world who live on very little money already and are not completely miserable.


But what is misery? Is it being unable to drive the newest, shiniest, gas guzzling car on the road? Or is it slaving away at some job you hate 40+ hours a week so you can pay for that new, shiny gas guzzler? All things in life are relative and you have to decide what is important to you


Food, water, clothing, and shelter from the elements are pretty standard items on anyone’s short list of necessities. Once those needs are met though everything else is merely icing on the cake. So do you think you could provide those necessities for under $10,000 a year? Sure you can. If you paid $600 a month for rent that would leave you $2800 for everything else.


Rent a house or apartment (all bills paid) and take in a roommate or two that can help out with the rent and you can easily cut your housing expense to $600 or less. That leaves $233.33 a month for everything else. Purchase a good used bike for a hundred bucks or so and your transportation needs fall to almost nothing. $233 a month is certainly enough money for one person to eat on for a month. If you’re really frugal in this area then you should be able to cut your weekly grocery expense down to $35 a week or less.


If you can do that then you’ll have nearly a hundred bucks left over for other things you want or need. Buy a cheap prepaid cell phone from the dollar store for $20 and purchase minutes when you have the extra money and conserve minutes when you don’t. Buy most of your clothing from thrift shops and yard sales.


Keep track of your expenses so you can see where the money is going and make adjustments as needed. A couple of years ago I was living in a large metropolitan area and I kept track of every cent I spent over the course of a few months. I was able to reduce my monthly expenses to just over $500. I met those expenses by working odd jobs in my spare time.


You probably think that I was miserable but I really enjoyed myself. I worked less than twenty hours a week at times that were mostly convenient for me and the rest of the time I spent exploring the city. It was more like an extended vacation to me than some poverty stricken existence.


Now let’s say that you can find a way to reduce the cost of most of life’s necessities to near zero! Do you think that you can live a pretty decent life on $10,000 a year? Remember, everything else is just icing on the cake and $10,000 can buy a hell of a lot if icing. It might seem impossible to reduce your expenses in this area to almost nothing but it is entirely possible.


If you traded in your car for a good running van and converted it to a “mini” motor home all you would pay for is gas, maintenance, and liability insurance. If you didn’t drive around all day then you could get by on two or three hundred a month-not including food. Check out the web sites, Cheap RV living and Cheap green RV living for plenty of good info about this lifestyle as well as articles about converting a van into a home on wheels. You can find links to these sites on my links page.


Living in a van seems a bit extreme to most people however so if this isn’t for you start your search now for that perfect little place you can call your own. Buy a cheap-ass piece of land somewhere and a cheap-ass crappy trailer. Pull your trailer out to your land and set up camp. If you can pay cash for the land and the trailer your rent dilemma is solved. If you can’t get the money together to pay cash for a chunk of land then pay it out. Don’t go into debt long term however.


In fact if you have a lot of debt right now you should work as hard as you can to eliminate that debt because that’s a disaster waiting to happen. Pay it off as fast as possible and implement a “cash and carry” policy in life. Look for ways to reduce or eliminate monthly bills and you can live pretty damn cheap!

Author: Tex Dakota
Posted: August 10, 2012, 5:24 pm
I realize that most of you would rather die an agonizing death than to put the ole lady on the handlebars of your Huffy bicycle and peddle her ass on over to the homeless shelter soup kitchen to get something to eat, no matter how hungry you are. So bread lines and soup kitchens are definitely not in the cards for you.


Digging in the trash behind the local Piggly-Wiggly will provide a lot of usable food. Most people though feel this is too demeaning. They feel it is beneath them. After all, what would their friends and family say about such behavior? Time to look into more conventional strategies to put grub on the table.


The “respectable” approach to cheap food acquisition is of course to grow as much of the stuff as you possibly can. Growing your own food is one of the best strategies you can implement in your quest to achieve an independent and self-sufficient life. If you can only grow a small portion of the food you consume you will still be able to reduce the amount of money you spend at the grocery store significantly.


While it may be too late in the season for you to start a “survival” garden you should still start thinking about one for next year. With the drought we are currently experiencing, and with inflation on the rise you can only expect food prices to go up. So start planning now and get yourself ahead of the game.


Go to your local public library and read as many books as you can on the subject. Even the smallest public library will have dozens of books about gardening so you’re sure to find much valuable information. The internet is of course a gold mine for such info. Plan now for next year’s food supply and you won’t have much to worry about when the price of groceries gets so high that you have to go to bed hungry every night. The following chart will give you some basic info you can use to start planning your garden for next season.




 Ease of growing

Suitable for freezing

Length of growing season

Yield (lbs. per square foot)

Tolerates frost

Asparagus

medium

yes

52 wks.

3.3

yes

Eggplants

easy

yes

9 wks.

11.0

no

Beet

medium

yes

8 wks.

4.4

yes

Fava beans

medium

yes

20 wks.

8.8

yes

broccoli

medium

yes

8 wks.

4.4

yes

Brussels sprouts

easy

yes

8 wks.

3.3

yes

Cabbages

easy

yes

10 wks.

8.8

yes

Carrots

medium

yes

8-12 wks.

4.4

yes

Cauliflower

difficult

yes

8-10 wks.

10.0

yes

Celery

difficult

yes

14 wks.

8.8

yes

Chicory

difficult

no

12 wks.

0.9

yes

Chinese cabbage

easy

yes

8 wks.

3.3

no

Zucchini

easy

yes

8 wks.

3.3

no

Cucumbers

easy

no

8 wks.

6.6

no

Snap beans

difficult

no

8 wks.

4.4

no

Garlic

medium

no

12 wks.

4.4

yes

Jerusalem artichokes

easy

no

52 wks.

5.5

yes

Kale

easy

yes

10 wks.

3.3

yes

Lettuces

easy

no

7 wks.

2.2

no

Leeks

medium

yes

18-20 wks.

3.3

yes

Snow peas

easy

no

12 wks.

3.3

no

Melons

medium

no

7 wks.

3.3

no

Okra

easy

no

7 wks.

4.4

no

Onions

medium

yes

10-26 wks.

3.3

no

Parsnips

medium

yes

14 wks.

3.3

yes

Peas

easy

yes

12 wks.

6.6

no

Peppers

easy

yes

9 wks.

3.3

no

Potatoes

easy

yes

14-22 wks.

6.6

no

Pumpkins

easy

yes

8 wks.

6.6

no

Radishes

easy

no

3 wks.

0.9

yes

Spinach

easy

yes

6 wks.

3.3

yes

Squashes

easy

no

8 wks.

4.4

no

Sweet corn

easy

yes

10 wks.

1.1

no

Tomatoes

easy

yes

10 wks.

5.5

no

Turnips

easy

yes

6-10 wks.

3.3

no









Author: Tex Dakota
Posted: August 7, 2012, 1:54 am

If you are considering a move off the grid but have little money to invest in a large system to power all your needs right from the start you need to find cheap-ass solutions to such basic necessities as heat, lighting, cooking, washing your laundry, etc.


The projects listed here are pretty easy and will provide simple solutions to some of these problems. Most anyone should be able to construct these with a minimum of time and effort. Oh yeah, did I mention that they are super dirt cheap!


This first project is pretty neat. It’s a wood stove made from an old barrel. There are kits you can buy to turn a barrel into a wood stove of course but they cost money and here at Cheap-ass-Living it’s all about doing things as cheaply as possible. This stove takes up less space than the ones you can build from a kit as well, which is a big plus if you are living in a small area. You can cook on this thing too, so it’s a dual purpose project. Check it out here- 

homemade wood cookstove

During the warmer months of the year you won’t be able use your home brew wood stove to cook with however so you should look into other options such as solar cookers. Use the sun to cook your food for free. Just saying that word (free) gets me all tingly inside. It’s my all-time favorite word in the English language and if it’s yours too then you should check out this dirt cheap solar box cooker that’s made out of cardboard. Check it out here-Solar cooker

Unfortunately your dirt cheap solar box cooker can only be used when the sun is shining. To cook your food on those days when the sun isn’t cooperating you can obviously just build a campfire and cookout “pioneer” style. Campfire cooking consumes a lot of wood however and if you live in an area where firewood is a bit scarce you need a solution that consumes a minimum of resources. Here is a link to a rocket stove made of of a metal bucket-

Rocket stove

If you have no refrigeration just yet you can buy a couple of ice chest to keep food cool Or you can build a root cellar to  keep fruits and vegetable from spoiling too quickly. A conventional root cellar takes a lot of time and labor to construct but you can create one (or two) pretty easily by burying a trash can or other container in the ground. Here's a link of a pretty nifty little root cellar made just that way-trash can root cellar

Here's a link to show you how to make your own "olive oil" lamp. Olive oil is probably too expensive to use as a fuel source for your everyday lighting needs but I thought the idea was pretty interesting. You probably don't have to use olive oil however. You could use regular lamp oil or possibly even vegetable oil in an emergency. I'm not sure that the smell of a "veggie" oil lamp would be very pleasing but if you needed too  it would be an option. Check it out here-homemade olive oil candles

For everyday lighting needs LED's can't be beat. Their power consumption is minimal and the lights themselves will usually last a lifetime. LED lanterns can be purchased that use different sized batteries from AAA all the way up to D cells. Batteries cost money so rechargeables and a good solar battery charger are important to have. Solar powered "lawn lights" are pretty cheap so here's a link that will help you turn em into indoor lanterns. A dozen of these placed strategically around a room will probably light up the place pretty good. In the morning time gather em up in a box and set em out in the sun. Check it out here-cheap diy solar lantern

The last link I have for you here is a pretty neat idea for doing laundry completely off grid. You don't have to beat em against the rocks by a river either. You can build this manual cloths washer for less than ten bucks. Basically the idea is to get a plunger and a five gallon bucket and use the plunger to agitate the clothes. You can buy a plunger like device especially made for this but they are pretty expensive so go the Cheap-Ass rout and Build this instead. Here is the link-Hillbilly washing machine

That's it for now but hopefully these ideas will help you out a bit if you're looking for cheap-ass methods for going off the grid. 



Author: Tex Dakota
Posted: August 1, 2012, 4:56 pm

 
Have you been to the grocery store lately? Food prices are ridiculous and it appears that they are only going to get worse. With inflation and crop failures you can pretty much count on it. If you are a person of little means like me, the poor, the down and out, or a member of the “underclass” you need to do everything you can to reduce your food budget. You can clip a few coupons, which helps a little, but you need to do more than that. A lot more than that! Get hardcore and go “commando” on its ass. I’m talking about your food budget of course so don’t get all medieval with the manager of your local Piggly-Wiggly because of high prices.

Use “alternative” strategies to put food on the table. Things like dumpster diving for food that’s still eatable can have a noticeable difference on your budget. Read my article, “eating garbage” posted earlier this month. Create a weekly (or monthly) menu built around basic food items bought in bulk. Beans, rice, flour, sugar, oatmeal, powdered milk, baking powder, and corn meal are all relatively cheap (for now) and can be stored away for long periods of time without going bad.

Learn to cook from scratch and save a ton. With just the above mentioned food items and little more you can cook a wide variety of things that will keep your menu from becoming too repetitive. Some of the things you can make with these basic dry goods include bread, biscuits-n-gravy, pancakes and waffles, cookies, cakes, muffins and corn bread. Beans and rice together will provide you with all of the essential amino acids that are vital to good health. So if no meat is available to you for whatever reason you could survive in good health for a reasonable length of time on little more. Not that you would want to do that, but you could if need be.

You can also cut cost as well by growing as much of your own food as you can. Raise a few chickens for eggs; keep a few bunnies around for meat. If you have the space think about acquiring a few goats for milk and/or meat. Most people may not be able to raise all of the food they consume due to space limitations and time constraints but even a small garden and a few chickens will go a long way in helping reduce cost. Even if you live in an apartment right now you could still grow a few fresh veggies on your balcony.

People who are unemployed or employed only part time right now might want to think about Food banks and similar organizations that give out food to the needy. I know that some of you will scoff at accepting “charity”, but if you’re worried about where your next meal is going to come from then swallow your pride and take advantage of all the freebie food programs you can find. There have been times in the past when these programs have meant the difference between me eating a decent meal or going to bed hungry at night. By all means don’t let it get you down though because one minute you’re sitting there-boo hoo , woe is me and the next minute you’re lying in a bathtub full of water with your life force slowly fading away after you’ve done slit your wrist! So lighten up and try to get over any complex you might have with this.

Another freebie food idea is to find a local “soup kitchen” If there’s one in your area. Find out what time they start serving lunch and dinner and arrive on time. The Salvation Army serves hundreds of thousands (possibly millions) of meals to people every single day! Check around to see if one is in your area.

I once dated a girl who was always complaining that we never went out and did anything. One day I went over to her house and told her to get ready that I was taking her out to eat. It took a few minutes to convince her I was serious but when I did she got all gussied up, fixing her hair and putting on makeup and changing clothes several times to find the right outfit. When we left the house she was all giddy and smiling from ear to ear. “Where are you taking me”, she asked. “You’ll see” I told her, “it’s a surprise. When I pulled into the Salvation Army parking lot and shut the car off she got totally quiet, which was unusual for her. She got this totally serious look on her face as she said “you’re taking me out to eat at a homeless shelter-You really are the cheapest bastard I ever dated. Needless to say that relationship didn’t work out.

There are other ways to slash your food bill and put grub on the table. As with most everything on this blog this article is not meant to be an A to Z, step by step guide you should follow but merely “food for thought”. Options in life are more abundant than most people realize so be creative and come up with solutions that fit your particular needs. Find ways to adapt to situations that take your personal experiences into account. With a little luck you can stay fat and happy until the apocalypse. 
Author: Tex Dakota
Posted: July 25, 2012, 6:40 pm




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