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Dirt-Cheap Survival Retreat: One Man's Solution Paperback – March 1, 2011
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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 Amazon.com 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.Read more ›
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.!!
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!
Well worth the price of admission.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
While the writer presents some interesting information, its application is very narrow. This certainly would not be a survival retreat that is defensible or that would provide... Read morePublished 23 days ago by HMW
This is an inexpensive book. One might think the expectations for something so humble might be pretty low and in most cases they'd be right. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I saw this book as more of an outline and instructional booklet on planning where to find and buy land--town ordinances and such--and not so much on where to find good land. Read morePublished 2 months ago by natrlgrl
Not tons of info, geared more towards end of the world survivalist types than the rest of us, could have used more input from an editor (but that's every book these days).Published 3 months ago by EDW
I enjoyed reading about one resourceful person's creative approach. Although his situation might not be the same as mine, I can see plenty of applicable tips and ideas.Published 3 months ago by Cat n Hat
As a new prepper I was definitely interested in finding out how to prep on the cheap. I found some very useful information in this book. The take away is that this is M.D. Read morePublished 4 months ago by SC Vang