2017 Suburban Steader Update – Week 03

2017 Suburban Steader Update – Week 03

Week 3 of 2017 has been a busy one around the Suburban Steader Homestead.  I’ve been gearing up for a trip north next week.  Part of that preparation is getting my vehicle in shape for the trip and also getting the homestead squared away for my ladies in my absence.  Come find out what my

Survival Hax Survival Shovel Review

Survival Hax Survival Shovel Review

I was recently approached by Survival Hax to review a new shovel they had come out with.  The Survival Hax Survival Shovel is filling a void in the marketplace for a budget-friendly, collapsible shovel.  It’s small and lightweight which makes it conceptually ideal for hiking and backpacking.  Likewise, it’s adjustable which promotes ease of use.

2017 Suburban Steader Update – Week 02

2017 Suburban Steader Update – Week 02

Two weeks of 2017 are in the books. Have of January is gone. And what have I done around the Suburban Steader homestead? The simple answer is: not much. But that’s about to change… This Week’s Milestones Much like last week, this week was kind of mild around the old home front. It was mostly

Castle Doctrine: Keep Yourself Out Of Jail

Castle Doctrine: Keep Yourself Out Of Jail

One of the major concerns facing the prepper and homesteader community is self-defense.  Prepper and homesteader sites have articles on how to properly shoot a firearm or how to pick from the various survival knife brands. However, many blogs (my blog Living Dead Prepper is guilty as well) tend to neglect the legal aspects of self-defense.

2017 Suburban Steader Update – Week 01

2017 Suburban Steader Update – Week 01

The first week of 2017 is upon us and it’s time to start updating you on the Suburban Steader Homestead.  I’ve been thinking quite a bit lately about what I was going to write about here and I figured I’d break it down into three things: what I did this week, what I aim to do

Prepper’s Armed Defense (Book Review)

Prepper’s Armed Defense (Book Review)

Armed defense is always an interesting topic when it comes to prepping, survivalism and suburban homesteading.  At the end of the day, I strongly believe in a person’s right to stand their ground and protect themselves.  Jim Cobb shares that belief.  He has used his latest offering, Prepper’s Armed Defense, as a means of explaining

2016 Suburban Steader Recap

2016 Suburban Steader Recap

Suburban Steader had a hell of a 2016.  I want to spend a little time going through what changes the site went through, some of our successes, some of our failures and a bit about what the future holds.  Overall, 2016 was a good year for the site and, more importantly, for the Suburban Steader

Maelstrom Soft Shell Tactical Jacket Product Review

Maelstrom Soft Shell Tactical Jacket Product Review

A jacket is a critical piece of gear for any suburban homesteader.  Rain, wind and cold are all elements that we battle both on the homestead and in our day-to-day suburban adventures.  In today’s post, we see if the Maelstrom Soft Shell Tactical Jacket meets the demands of today’s suburban homesteader. Product Description The three-layer

Bartering After SHTF: A Beginner’s Guide

Bartering After SHTF: A Beginner’s Guide

I love bartering. I’ve been bartering since lunch period in elementary school where I would often trade a chocolate milk for a Lunchable pizza. I’ve bartered everything from CDs to subwoofers to paintball guns to high-end letterpress business cards from Lithuania. Sure, bartering has its downfalls. Situations like… Louis needs a cow and has chickens

Emergency Fund: Your Strongest Financial Asset

Emergency Fund: Your Strongest Financial Asset

Every ounce of critical financial planning can go to waste if you don’t have an emergency fund to back it up.  Emergency funds are a lifesaver when unforeseen expenses crop up. There are emergencies that need immediate attention such as a daily-use home appliance breaking down or car repairs demanding early intervention. Because these emergencies