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M.D. Creekmore is one of America's foremost experts on survival, emergency preparedness, and self-reliance. He has dedicated his life to learning the skills needed to stay alive in an increasingly dangerous world. Since its inception in 2007, his blog ( ) has grown into one of the most popular preparedness sites on the Web. A few years ago, he got sick of being another rat in the rat race, so he bought two acres of land off the grid for $2,000 and parked a 26-foot travel trailer on it—this is now his full-time home and survival retreat. He is a black belt in Shotokan karate, gunsmith, survivalist, homesteader, and all-around nice guy.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 82 pages
  • Publisher: Paladin Press (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581607474
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581607475
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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MD Creekmore, is a full-time survival author, blog writer, emergency preparedness consultant and author of "31 Days to Survival" and "The Dirt Cheap Survival Retreat" both published by Paladin Press. His free survival blog site "TheSurvivalistBlog.Net" has more than 3,500 articles published on a multitude of survival and self-reliance topics.

Over the years he has studied all facets of survivalism learning what works and, more importantly, what does not work! His goal is to show you how to prepare using his vast resources and personal experience with helpful survival tips, guides and checklists - focusing on prepping with a very modest budget.

You may find other preparedness sites giving the impression that you need fancy Freeze Dried Foods, a massive gun collection, a Hummer equipped with a gun turret and a 50 acre retreat secluded in some remote mountain top of Idaho. Although this may seem attractive on some level, it is not possible for the average Joe & Jane plus, nothing could be further from the truth!

It is M.D. Creekmore's firm belief and conviction, backed with life experience that you can be practical, live efficiently well within your means and take positive, incremental steps towards preparedness success - all with minimal finances. Let M.D. Creekmore show you how you can do it...

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234 of 241 people found the following review helpful By WrethaOffGrid on May 2, 2011
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There are people who have seemingly unlimited funds to purchase whatever goodies they want. This book is not written for them, though they could glean some great ideas from this book. It's really written for the rest of us, those who have limited incomes but still want to go off grid and live comfortably*.

Creekmore writes with a very down to earth style. He gets right to the point. He didn't fill this book with fluff -- this book is written from experience -- he actually lives the life and walks the walk. I live 100% off grid, and have done everything on the cheap, I've lived this way since Dec '07, I can tell you that this book has some useful ideas and info. You can learn more about me and my off grid life by viewing my profile.

This book covers most all of the bases, I say most only because there is always something that could be added no matter how complete a book might be. You will learn about buying land cheaply, how to get shelter, how to power your place, this is something that can get expensive, but Creekmore tells you how to do it on the cheap. He also tells you how to deal with waste and sanitation, about security, food, water and more.

This isn't about being a hermit living in a cave, wearing skins and eating worms, Creekmore does use modern technology, lights, radio, computer... he just does it smarter, and he is sharing this info with the rest of the world in this book, hopefully so that the reader will have a head start on what to do and what not to do.

The part that I found very interesting is the security section, a couple of the ideas are the kind that make you slap yourself in the head and say "Why didn't I think of that???" I also like the section on how to find cheap land.
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112 of 118 people found the following review helpful By sprkymrk on June 7, 2011
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As the title says, this book is good for giving a person a few general ideas. I applaud the author for what he has accomplished on a limited income. However, there are very few details in the book (it's not a step-by-step "How To" book so much as an "idea" book). It's also a LOT smaller/shorter than I thought it would be. I literally finished the book in a couple hours of light reading. It's probably got about the same amount of content as a monthly magazine without ads.
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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful By different_drummer on April 20, 2011
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I was realy excited to get this book. I've been reding Creekmore's blog for awhile now and I really enjoy his writing. He's very down to earth, and I like the way he stays away from the "Doomer" mindset that befalls so many of the other survialist writers out there.

That being said, there is really nothing in this book that I hadn't already read on his blog. In fact, some of the text seemed to be copied and pasted word-for-word from his online articles. I really hoped for a much more in-depth look at his "retreat" and was left wanting.

I give it 4 stars because it was an easy read (I read it cover to cover in one sitting) and it really does cover the basics well. If you are new to prepping, this is a great starting point. If you've been reading up on the subject for awhile, pass on this book - it really doesn't offer anything new.

I'm still a fan of Creekmore and will continue to read his blog regularly, but I will certainly think twice before buying another book from him (if he writes one that is). If you are seriously interested in survival prepping, give his website a look, it really is one of the best out there for "everyday" people that don't have thousands of dollars to spend on "what if's". Keep up the good work M.D.!!
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jason Akers on December 3, 2011
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There are basically two schools of thought when it comes to survival living.

1. If you can't buy the best of every single item don't bother trying. Don't build anything for yourself, just pay others and hope you thought of everything and that it doesn't run out before you realize you didn't do it right.


2. Learn the skills needed and learn how to make do with what you have. Prepare but buy what you can afford and work work work to make your life better.

Of the two, the kind that MD Creekmore preaches is the latter.

MD is the real deal, someone who is walking the walk on his little piece of land. His is one of three blogs on the subject that I rely upon and this book is a continuation of that theme. You won't read about how to bury a $20K underground shelter or why full auto weapons are the choice for survivalists. You'll read about the things you can do today that are practical and you won't get theory because MD can demonstrate these things through his everyday!
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81 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on March 11, 2011
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M.D. writes for the majority of us who will never own the "ultimate survival retreat", but who want to be either more self sufficient or better prepared for hard times. He makes it sound almost easy, too.

Well worth the price of admission.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Dustin Tarditi on March 15, 2011
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This book is a common sense, first-hand account of how the author, MD Creekmore, overcame a lot of obstacles to achieve self-suffiency. He purchased a plot of "junk land" and put a travel trailer on it - he lives off-grid and has found a satisfying, gratifying way of life.

Creekmore accounts the lessons learned to establish his homestead and live a simple life, unfettered by debt, mortgages, even the nuisances associated with being beholden to utility companies.

The author's style of writing is plain and easy-to-understand. The book is chock-full of examples, and the information is all from first-hand experience and practical research.

If you're looking to set up a cabin or retreat off the beaten path, or to unshackle yourself from the chains that come with consumerism and urban/suburban grind, this book can show you how he did it.

As he states very plainly, this may not be ideal for everyone, but just goes to show that it can be done by anyone.
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