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The Prepper's Financial Guide: Strategies to Invest, Stockpile and Build Security for Today and the Post-Collapse Marketplace Paperback – March 17, 2015
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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.
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?