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About the Author

Jim Cobb is a professional prepping instructor and blogger. The author of Prepper’s Home Defense, Countdown to Preparedness, Prepper’s Long-Term Survival, and The Prepper’s Complete Book of Disaster Readiness, he lives in the Upper Midwest.
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Product Details

  • Series: Preppers
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press (March 17, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612434037
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612434032
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Prepper's Financial Guide begins where most survival manuals leave off - after the storm has passed or in preparation for made-made financial disasters. In this book, Jim Cobb discusses global financial catastrophes that have occurred historically and gives you strategies to cope with similar situations in the future. From debt reduction to building your finances, acquiring precious metals to bartering, this book has it covered. I especially appreciated the chapter on developing skills which may be in demand for bartering now or at some point in the future. Securing your valuables and developing self-sufficiency are also covered with great detail in this book. There is even a list of goods that should be stored for bartering. I found this book to be quite practical, and it will serve as a great reference in the library of anyone who is concerned how about their families financial stability following a natural or man-made disaster. A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for this honest review.
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The Prepper's Financial Guide gives readers the knowledge to take back their finances, with topics and sections that are given like advice received from a good friend.
Cobb starts off with an overview of financial turmoil and gives a brief history lesson in American and foreign pitfalls respectively. We then are given a scenario of if the U.S. experienced conditions similar to The Great Depression. I think most of would be unprepared. It's a little scary how in the past years, society (American) has lost independence and now rely heavily on technology and the outsourcing of skills and services.
Using colloquial phrases and a relaxed writing style, Cobb takes the reader through all the steps needed to financially stay ahead. They are sectioned off with suggestions and tips, but sometime lack the details the reader may need to fully execute. However, overall Cobb does gives the reader enough information to start thinking about preparing not only for a possible financial fall in the country, but how to successfully navigate the here and now.
My take away from the book was that I am not in the position to survive a financial crisis. Yet. With Cobb's lead, I have more knowledge and now have more a desire to learn how to TRULY cook from scratch! It will definitely help me to save money and be more independent. That's preparation, right?
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Lots of information stocked in this book . Everything for what to do and buy both financially and barter/basic necessities. I did know some of the information but there was a good number of things I need to add to my prepper to do list. I highly recommend this for anyone who knows what the future brings!

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Update: I gave this book to my husband,(who reads slower than a snail) 2 days ago and he's over halfway thru it! He LOVES this book! He has found mounds of info even he didnt know and he's very up to date on this subject. He's impressed by the fact that this is CURRENT information as well as NEW information. In his eyes this book should get a 10 star!
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Jim Cobb's approach to finance and finance writing has always been very down to Earth and realistic. The book opens with a definition of Economic Collapse and that sets the tone for the rest of the read. Cobb doesn't promise quick or easy money and has no 'get rich quick' schemes in his book but he does provide lots of useful information and advises on how to avoid personal economic devastation.

The main goal of this book is to make you a smart self-sufficient investor. Coob lays out ways and approaches (i.e. bartering skills, safeguarding valuables, etc.) for one to make the most of what they have. Cobb also gives a plethora of information regarding the fluctuation of value relating to different industries/materials and barter goods. In fact he includes a comprehensive list of items that you may want to stock up on in case of crisis. Overall this was an informative book which any cautious or catastrophe-fearing financier should be aware of.
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I was very disappointed in this book. It's short, with large font, and very little substance/ detail. I mean, there was a whole 6 sentences on the issues with keeping money in a bank....I feel like that deserved at least a chapter! I was expecting a detailed analysis of different investment options for riding out an economic collapse situation...which with a title like "Prepper's Financial Guide" lead to me to believe it would be about. Instead, it was the most basic outline of the subject. Ex) You can invest in gold...silver..platinum, here's how to test if it's real, don't buy from sketchy pawn shops... WOW geez Mr. thanks for the pointers! Kind of a dummy guide for those with GED's or less. If you have ANY common sense, this book is pointless. I was very happy I was able to return via AMAZON. They came through again!
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This book was mostly too basic to be much use. It is only about 150 pages, and I was disappointed by the lack of in-depth information.

The first part of the book gives a history of financial collapse and talks about what could happen in the future. Most people buying a book like this are probably already very aware of these possibilities.

Then the book moves on to a chapter on Debt Reduction and gives some extremely basic advice on financial management. You'd be much better off buying a Dave Ramsey book and following that plan. It will give you a LOT more information.

He includes a long chapter on currency, but I am at a loss after reading it as to why I'd want to bother with any foreign currencies. The author says himself that it is hard to predict which currencies might be used if the dollar fails - and I honestly don't see people accepting any paper money in a serious financial collapse situation. I thought this chapter was confusing and did not make a whole lot of sense.

So, basically, the first 86 pages of the book were a waste of time, in my opinion. Then I got to the chapters that were actually helpful [barter and trade goods, bartering skills instead of stuff, safeguarding valuables, & investing in self sufficiency]. Those chapters were very helpful and well written. I appreciated the information [and they are why this review is getting 3 stars instead of 1or 2]. But when you consider that the entire book is only about 150 pages long - not getting anything helpful till page 87 was a bit frustrating. I was left with the feeling that I would have been better off to google a couple of articles on this topic online for free than to pay the purchase price for this book.
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