Shoestring Survivalism by Andy James

Posted on: April 19, 2010

I would hazard a guess and say most of our readers here are not independently wealthy. Plus, many of us are just cheap bastards. Well, in the interest of full disclosure, if I were wealthy, I’d probably have all manner of gizmos and gadgets. But, since I’m not and have to make do with what I have or can scrounge, I found this book to be extremely interesting and chock full of great information.

James has compiled a wealth of tips and tricks into this slim volume. Many “survival manuals” suggest you go out and purchase a ton of specially dehydrated foods to stockpile. James instead suggests you visit your local grocery store as well as ethnic groceries and take advantage of their sales and bargains. Rather than telling you to spend hundreds of dollars on an armory stocked with the latest and greatest, he explains how and where you can acquire decent and affordable firearms for hunting and protection. Instead of suggesting you go out and drop a ton of money on whiz-bang gadgetry, he discusses all manner of supplies, what you really need, what you can probably do without, and where to find them at bargain prices.

The chapter on currency and barter is excellent as well. I’ve not seen many survival instructional books that address this topic. James does so with common sense, which is refreshing.

There are twenty-odd suggestions for low-cost things you can do right now that will dramatically improve your survival odds in a crisis. Seriously, you could do several of those steps in one day and be immensely better off.

He also gives some great, budget-conscious, solutions to site security and communications. He even has great suggestions for if you have no other choice but to bug out to a government run emergency shelter.

The only downside for me with this book was the first couple chapters on the “whys” of preparation. This will be old news for most of our readers. But, the remainder of the book more than makes up for it in terms of quality information.

Currently, Paladin Press is selling the book for $15.00. In my opinion, it is worth twice that price for both the new and the seasoned survivalist. True to form, given the title and focus of the book, it is quite a bargain!

Clicking on the Paladin Press graphic to the right will take you right to this book and others in the same vein.

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  1. Thank you for the kind words about this book. Paladin Press has this title on sale right now for $15 but the price will go back to $20 on May 1. I just want to let everyone know so you can save $5.

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