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The Frugal Survivalist Disaster Preparations Under $500 [Paperback]

James Dakin
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May 11, 2007 1430318546 978-1430318545
Hard times are ahead and the average person might wish to prepare. Most advice is very expensive on how to prepare for potential disasters. The Frugal Survivalist shows how anyone can easily and very inexpensively give themselves a cache of supplies to see them through disaster.

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: (May 11, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430318546
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430318545
  • Product Dimensions: 0.1 x 7.9 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,643,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes Some Good Points January 7, 2008
This is the first book review/report i have written since probably the third grade so bare with me. i am over 30 now.

A buddy of mine turned me onto James Dakin's website as an alternative to the normal spiel that most spout as the Gospel. While I don't necessarily agree with all his ideas and beliefs/opinions, James has none the less taken a very simple and economical approach to living and survival preps. This approach can and does work, as he proudly illustrates by his lifestyle. I would venture to say that where frugal is concerned, James KNOWS what he is talking about.

I bought my copy from as a .PDF version. Hey I'm cheap sometimes, and if I'm going to evaluate a new (to me) author's works, it IS going to be by the cheapest common denominator.

With that in mind I took the plunge and whipped out the plastic to order James book. What I received was a bit of a pleasant surprise. It is pretty well written, more interesting than an old Military FM/TM and shows you how you CAN do the bare minimum to help your family to survive. It may not be as you would prefer it, but a full belly beats starving with the masses.
For someone new to preparedness and survival interests I think this book is a good place to start. There are more expensive books that i think contain more information and are more complete, but this is not a $50 and up 400 page Yellow Pages telephone directory of a survival book either.

James haws some novel ideas that most simply either don't or likely wouldn't think of. He takes a simple approach that is refreshing. I haven't seen anything earth shattering or ground breaking from any survival authors in a long time, but James does have some good ideas here!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
As a long time reader of James Dakin's I would like to say that the advise given in Jim's book is absolutely outstanding. As a single parent with limited income this book helped me in preparing my household for any unforseen natural or economic disasters (which seem to abound lately). I didn't have the resources to order a ton of prepared dehydrated food (as recommended by many other authors). Jim supplied the ideas for other ways to be able to make sure that my children and I are better able to cope and hopefully survive during hard times.

Unless you've been a female, single parent totally responsible for your family's well being and without many outside resources or support, one can not understand how frightening it is to think of your children not being fed and cared for. The elderly on limited incomes can certainly also benefit from the 'inexpensive' ways to have survival 'insurance' the way that James not only proposes, but that he himself has been living successfully on the past few years. Jim also tells you the failures that he has gone through, so you know these ideas have been tried and tested.

My family and I not only highly recommend this book and information, but I am giving them as gifts to disadvantaged family and friends.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jim Dakin: A Fresh Voice for Frugal Survival January 10, 2008
By J. Judy
I've been a fan of Jim Dakin for a few years & I've been telling him that he ought to write a book. I'm sure I'm not the only one, since he has a few books out now. Thank God for that, since he gives a glimmer of hope to our growing lower class.
One of the most important points for anyone considering following Jim Dakin's survival template, even loosely, is that it is a simple program, a basic program, a CHEAP program. It's not about bomb shelters or paramilitary arsenals. It's not a guarantee of a sustained middle-class lifestyle in a post-apocalyptic scenario.
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Jim Dakin proposed a program of Frugal Survival Preparation. He isn't the first, but he's here, now, and he keeps it "real" the best way he knows how. WW2 surplus rifles, as opposed to state-of-the-art 21st century arms. Barrels of heat and dried beans & simple dietary sustenance, not MREs or cutting edge freeze-dried multi-course meals. Survival preparations that are attainable for those of us not getting six-figure, & even feasible for those barely getting five figure incomes, as is obvious for those that are reading the books title. It won't be comfortable air-conditioned survival, it may not even be three-hots & a cot survival. It may end up looking more like the Great Depression, but it will be survival. Even on a limited income, survival of natural disasters or economic upheaval is possible, even probable. Hell, rats, ants, even cock-a-roaches survive. They're not at the top of the food chain, but they survive! & that's what we're talkin' about.

Perpetuate your DNA. Jump On the Frugal Survivalist Bandwagon!!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Frugal Survivalist June 2, 2008
James Dakin provides sound information about the military rifles, with accurate descriptions and current costs. The reader who harshly criticized the firearms part must have confused this with a different book. The info here seems to be right on - at least in line with the gun shows and stores in my area. Dakin also gives the reader a lot of good ideas about how to save money buying old proven battle rifles or even a single-shot scattergun that will get the job done at a fraction of the cost of some of the more popular weapons. A lot of good ideas about food and tents and other things, too. Overall, this is an intriguing little book. It's too thin, that's my only complaint - that it isn't a lot longer. But I think this is a good piece of writing on preparedness.
Jim Ballou
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Disaster prep under $500
I found the book an entertaining mix of history on why a person should be prepared and a practical approach on what to purchase with minimal cost. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Common Sense Advice
The author makes a clear case for why it is better to get prepared today on the cheap than wait until we can afford all the top dollar preps. Read more
Published on December 29, 2011 by RacerX_Number33
1.0 out of 5 stars Really?
Just complete gibberish. It's a decent idea to assume it can be done on so little, but in reality, it can't. Read more
Published on November 8, 2011 by dabucnut
4.0 out of 5 stars an eccentric but useful perspective
This is not a long book. The PDF is 100 pages. I'd give it 5 stars, but there are so many typos, and no page numbering at the bottom of each page (despite there being page... Read more
Published on October 31, 2011 by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars needs help
no wonder, if this is the way this guy lives, he has been married so much. his disaster prep is inexpensive but boring just about every one i know cannot/willnot eat just beans and... Read more
Published on June 25, 2010 by rw
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Practical Advise
Disasters-- weather natural or man-made-- happen, and it is wise to be prepared for them. Unlike other books that focus on axe craft, this one starts with a consideration of... Read more
Published on May 7, 2008 by Richard Schwartz
4.0 out of 5 stars Surviving without the cost and bs!
I read this book several times. I keep getting new ideas with each reading. The author is allowing the reader to experiance the value of prepping to primitive like conditions,... Read more
Published on January 8, 2008 by Jerry R. Howell
5.0 out of 5 stars How to survive a storm, winter, job loss or whatever
I read this book, I read the authors writings nearly every day. I have to say it is good to see somebody pick up the torch of living within your means, and planning to live through... Read more
Published on January 7, 2008 by A. A. Perry
4.0 out of 5 stars Viewed from a different angle
This book is a great look at survival from the other side.
Anybody can with several million dollars buy the farm or an isolated island and survive. Read more
Published on January 7, 2008 by K. L. Perry
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