Prepping Is for Everyone: What to Consider When Preparing

Ways to Beat Stockpiling and Panic Buying

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Prepping is for everyone even though it may look different for each person. Learn what to consider when preparing and what you need for your situation.

Don’t put yourself in a situation where you start reacting and buying just because everyone else is buying.

While it’s not possible to plan for every situation and calamity that could happen, there still is a lot you can do.

For me, it’s a constant balance between possibility vs probability.

What is the likelihood of something happening where you live?

In addition to a food shortage or a society shutdown, it’s prudent to think about what might occur in your geographic area.

That may be a tornado, hurricane, water shortage, wildfire, blizzard, flood, the grid going down, etc.

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Ways to Beat Stockpiling and Panic Buying

Seeing what’s happening now is a good time to take stock.

Think of what you might do differently for the next time.

What did you learn and what should you learn?

What should you do now?

Coming from decades in the military and law enforcement has taught me some things I’d like to share with you.

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Normalcy Bias

When I ask myself why many refuse to look deeper into what is really going on, I remember a condition that is commonly called the “Normalcy Bias.”

Essentially, the normalcy bias is a mental state people have when facing or evaluating a potential disaster or pending danger.

The Normalcy Bias causes a vast underestimation of the likelihood of a catastrophe actually happening and the potential consequences of such an event.

It explains why many people on the Titanic, even while it was sinking, still didn’t believe that it could ever sink.

Passengers were slow to enter life boats, as that itself would be an acknowledgement that indeed the Titanic was going to sink.

It explains why so many in New Orleans stayed in their homes even with the notification that Hurricane Katrina was on its way. Many residents who had the means to do so refused to evacuate.

Flash floods are another example where tragedies happen unexpectedly.

Recent events are an excellent example of the Normalcy Bias.

Many have been late to shutter themselves.

Empty store shelves demonstrate how people were not prepared.

Even as news was spreading across the world, people in the United States were continuing on with their lives as usual not comprehending this would soon impact them as well.

There are still many uncertainties as new information presents itself.

People are now facing new realities and new ways of thinking about what “being ready and prepared” means.

Rule of Threes

In terms of prepping, I think in Rule of Threes.

This is prioritizing so when you take action you know what to prioritize first.

You can go three hours without shelter, three days without water, and three weeks without food.

What does this mean?

Three hours without shelter

Shelter can mean different things depending on the situation.

It can be literal shelter, like your home, shed, vehicle, a tent, a tarp, an emergency blanket.

In addition, it can mean a poncho, rain jacket, umbrella, winter coat, hat, boots, gloves, etc.

Other types of shelter can include your hiking buddy, your partner, your family, neighbors, and community.

Three days without water

When you consider water, this can be having enough water for when you are out hiking, backpacking, or camping.

It can also mean tap water from your faucet, bottled drinking water, and distilled water.

In addition, it can include natural bodies of water such as ponds, rivers, streams, lakes, a water harvesting cistern, a swimming pool, a well.

Three weeks without food

It hard to imagine, but the human body can withstand three weeks without food.

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Planning for three days

For any type of What If scenario, you should have three days of supplies of:

  • Shelter
  • Food
  • Water
  • Medicine, first aid
  • Cash

Depending on the severity, there may be instances in which you have to leave your residence but you may be able to come back.

Making a bug out bag is a necessity. This is a bag that you can quickly grab and go should you need to evacuate your residence quickly.

It should contain an emergency blanket (also known as a survival blanket) as well as food and other essentials to get you through at least three days.

Planning for 30+ days

It’s a good idea to plan for 30 days for a natural disaster… a fire… a hurricane rips through your community.

There can be any type of disruption in your community: a power outage / blackout, etc.

Instances can also include something personal happening to you and your family… if someone was sick and couldn’t leave the home, etc.

You should have enough non-perishable food items as well as medications to last for 30 days.

Planning for 90+ days

However, to be truly self-sufficient and not a burden, you need 90 days… that’s the starting point.

If something is going on for 90 days, it’s likely going on six months to a year.

It’s a whole different world after 90 days.

You can’t plan for everything. You can’t own a Walmart with everything in there.

What you can do is the best you can.

But it doesn’t always work out that way.

You have to be able to have money for the supplies.

Also, you have to be able to find the supplies.

If you are fortunate enough to have money and the ability to acquire the supplies, things still happen.

We learned firsthand that you can have backup supplies and equipment and all that but all it takes is a flood or a fire to wipe it all out.

Even though we were prepared with food, gear, first aid, etc., we lost it all in a flood from a water main break when we were gone for 10 days.

This isn’t to dissuade you from being prepared. It’s to say that sometimes even in the most prepared situations, things can still happen.
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Everyone wants “the list”

Everyone wants the emergency preparedness list:

Give me a list of what I’m supposed to buy.

When you get a list of what you should prep for it’s overwhelming… just literally overwhelming.

It’s not an elephant; it’s a herd of elephants. And it costs as much as a herd of elephants.

It’s expensive and time consuming to get everything you need for an emergency situation.

And as Americans, we want to be able to pull it up on Amazon and Prime it and have it in two days… and have everything we need for the next disaster… but we can’t.

That’s not realistic.

Even Amazon doesn’t have everything right now.

They too are out of toilet paper, hand sanitizer, fever thermometers, diapers, disinfecting wipes, canned foods such as meats and beans, etc.

Being ready for whatever comes your way

The first thing I recommend is breaking things into buckets.

For example:

  • Shelter
  • Medicine and first aid
  • Hygiene
  • Water
  • Food
  • Home security and self defense

Below we discuss each one of these and how you can be prepared for whatever comes your way.


The first thing you should have is sheltering equipment.

As mentioned above, shelter can be different things.

Shelter can be a physical structure, proper clothing, fire or shade, and/or the people you are with.

Most situations are caused by extreme weather conditions.

Therefore, you have to ensure you aren’t in the open with the sun beating down or freezing in a downpour.

You can buy an emergency blanket and a tent or tarp.

The material the shelter is made from should be sturdy and durable.

You might have to use it outdoors for a number of days.

Don’t compromise on quality when it comes to sheltering equipment.

It could make all the difference.

Medicine and first aid

Be sure to assess what OTC medicines and first aid supplies you already have before buying more. Many of these you hopefully will never use but should have.

Prescription medications

Consider what prescriptions you and your family are on.

If permissible, you want to have three months in reserve.

So as an example, you will have your 30 supply now you are using as well as an additional 90 days’ worth.

No matter what, I always try to keep 90 days supply.

This will depend on the type of medicine you take and the insurance plan you have.

It’s okay for blood pressure, heart medicine, thyroid, etc. but not for pain killers.

OTC medications

You will want some over-the-counter medications as well.

Note, these won’t treat the issue but they will alleviate symptoms so you or your family will be more comfortable.

Consider OTC medications for the following:

  • Dehydration
  • Diarrhea
  • Pain relief
  • Cough
  • Cold
  • Sinus

We keep powered electrolytes and Pedialyte on hand.

In addition, we highly recommend a nasal wash system kit to help with nasal and sinus drainage.

First aid

This is one of those elephants. This could be a baby elephant or a herd. You can’t have a hospital. It’s never-ending.

Some first aid supplies you should have:

  • Antiseptic
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Neosporin
  • Band aids, bandages
  • Thermometer
  • Suture kit to give stitches

As you acquire more first aid to address and treat more serious injuries or illnesses, you must have the training to go along with that.

Learn about conditions of who is in your family. Get trained.

You may not be able to call an ambulance.

The hospitals won’t have room for you.

What’s your interest? How far do you want to take it?

Doctors, nurses, EMTs are always learning new skills and training.

It’s endless.

You need to decide: What do you want to have and what do you want to know?

Hygiene and Cleaning

Your first line of defense is staying and being clean, not only personally but your surroundings.

This includes the people around you.

It also includes everything you come in contact with.

If you and or your family need to be separated from others for a period of time, that time starts the day after your last contact.

Coming in contact with people and things

In terms of what’s going on now:

This means if you come in contact with other people OR things that other people touched, (food, packages, a door handle, etc.) your 15 days starts over for you and everyone in your household.

Your deep cleaning time starts immediately after your last contact.

Consider your mail carrier delivering your mail. You have to disinfect the mailbox handle before you open it and after you close it.

You should wear disposable gloves before handling any mail. Discard the envelope. Try to take a picture of the contents if you need to reference them; otherwise, throw them away.

It’s the same for packages. Don’t meet with the delivery person; have him or her leave it at the door.

Put on disposable gloves and wipe the box down. Open up the box and dump the contents out without touching them.

Throw the box away. Then do the same thing with the contents: wipe them down. Remove whatever packaging materials and dispose of them.

Take off the gloves and throw them away. I wash my hands really well.

Then I go back out and re-wipe the products down again before bringing them in the house.

Even better is if you can not touch any of the deliveries for several days.

Deep cleaning

You need to wipe down mailboxes, garbage can lids, backyard gates, every door handle, car keys, garage remotes, steering wheel.

Do not allow shoes inside the house.

Shower as soon as you get home and have cleaned everything.

If you touch something that is contaminated and then you touch something else, then there are three things that are contaminated: you, the original item, and whatever you touch in now contaminated.

When you run out of laundry detergent, dish soap, shampoo, dishwasher detergent don’t throw the container away.

Fill it up with water. There is enough residual soap left to make a makeshift hand washing soap to keep outside before you enter your home. #CampingHack #WashYourHands

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It comes down to having a source of water and having the equipment and knowledge to make that water safe to drink.

Having safe drinkable water really depends on where you live and your situation.

Most people live in an urban or suburban setting where they are on a public water supply.

Some people live in the county and are on their own private well.

Others live in the mountains and have access to runoff.

People live on rivers, ponds, or lakes and are looking at their source of water.

No matter where you live, you need to be able to make your water safe to drink.

If you live in the desert, the water supply will always be a concern. That needs to be a priority.

Natural water sources are non-existent.

You may have a public water supply but if that water was to be contaminated in some way, you need to know how to make it safe to drink… depending on what the contamination and the situation is.

If public water supply shuts down

Now, if the public water supply was shut off, what do you do?

Perhaps you live near a river or stream or you have a swimming pool.

You can purchase water filters and equipment and have the means to make that water drinkable and be safe to drink.

First, you would get as much of the sediment and debris out of the water.

If the time comes that you need to make the water safe to drink, you would filter the water by running it through clean towels, shirts, etc. in order to get as much sediment out of it.

The last step in the process is a Berkey Water Filter and Purifier. We own two Berkey filters.

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Rainwater cistern

No matter where you live, something you may want to consider when things calm down is to get a rainwater harvesting cistern.

Having a plan for your rainwater does two things:

  • It captures water for future use.
  • It diverts water away from your home or garage, helping to protect the foundation.

You can use this water to water plants, trees, a garden, to raise animals, etc.

In addition, you can tap into it during droughts and times of crisis.

In our situation, we have a 2,600 water harvesting cistern.

It doesn’t take too much rain to fill it because we collect rainwater from two roofs.

Oftentimes, our tank is filled. We aren’t able to capture water when it rains.

We used to try to “save the water,” barely using it because we wanted to keep it for an emergency situation.

Now we use it for all of our outside watering: Hosing things off and for gardening.

We are considering getting a second tank, especially now that we’ve set up a drip irrigation system for our garden.

Depending on your situation, it might be wise to consider installing a rainwater harvesting system.

Accessing swimming pool water in a crisis

In a time of crisis, we know we can access our swimming pool water as well.

Again, because of the real potential of a water issue where we live, this gives use some sense of security.

Have the ability to filter water

While it depends on the season and the conditions, there are some basic things you can do.

I already mentioned having a Berkey water filter.

Before treating the water with the Berkey though, you want to be sure you can get as much sediment out. You may need to pre-treat the water with bleach or chlorine as well.

How much water do you need?

Dehydration is a major concern during a disaster.

You cannot count on finding a clean source of drinking water once you leave your home.


The recommended general minimum rule is eight, 8 ounces glasses of water per day (64 oz; 1892 ml).

The Centers for Disease and Prevention recommends storing one gallon of water per person, per day.

The challenge, of course, is you never know how long a water crisis will last.

In addition, you will need room to store the water in a dark, cool location. You should rotate it out every six months as well. 

Anything that you eat or drink that contains water or fluids — like fruits and vegetables — counts toward your overall fluid intake.

The recommendation for the average adult male is 131 oz / 3874 ml of overall fluid intake per day. Of that, 101 oz / 2986 ml should be water.

For the average adult woman, the recommendation is 95 oz / 2779 ml of fluid. Of that, 74 oz / 2188 ml should be water.

Children ages 14+ should generally follow the adult recommendations.

Children under 14 years old should consume between 50 – 60 fluid ounces of water / 1478+ ml per day.

You may need to increase your fluid intake if you live in a hot climate, a dry climate, being physically active, have a fever, diarrhea, or vomiting.

If you are being physically active, or are ill, your body is using — and you must replace — the electrolytes, which water does not have.

Consider using powdered electrolytes or Pedialyte, but not the popular sports drinks, juice, or soda.

Caution: If you consume too much water, you dilute the minerals and electrolytes in your body, causing a depletion.

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Food during a crisis

Even during times of food security, I’m constantly thinking of what we need for this week and next week.

Each week, I check the grocery sales papers.

I start there for our food plan for the rest of the week and the following week.

There’s always a two-week go forward that I’m working on.

I’m always ensuring there are two weeks worth of food and meals in the house.

Of course, I recognize many people are not able to be as food secure due to financial issues.

In these cases, you will need to really consider ways in which whatever you buy will be put to use and not wasted.

You will need to think about non-perishables and other items with a long shelf-life that you can buy in bulk and/or on sale.

Fresh foods

We always have 10 – 14 days of fresh foods.

Note this is because we don’t eat many processed or packaged foods. We rely on fresh foods for the majority of our diet.

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This includes fruits, vegetables, meat, eggs, and milk.

We buy larger quantities of foods like onions, carrots, and potatoes. We freeze them before they go bad to enjoy them for crock pot meals like stews, etc.

In addition, we buy spinach, kale and berries to eat fresh as well as freeze for smoothies.

We don’t waste any produce (or any food). We will clean it, chop it and put it in the freezer if we can’t eat it before it rots.

Pantry staples

In addition, we bake our own bread and make frozen waffles in batches from pantry staples.

We always have containers of oats for oatmeal as well as for desserts. We do the same with rice.

Buying in bulk

I shop at Costco so I always have 1 – 2 months supply ketchup and other things we use regularly like nuts, tuna, beans, rice or quinoa, real butter, dried fruit, cereal, peanut butter, olive oil, etc.

Before making my Costco list, I think, “What do we need if we had to make it through 5 – 6 weeks before coming back?”

How to start a food surplus

Start paying attention to what you buy.

When they are on sale, buy an extra one or two or more, as your budget allows.

If you buy a couple cans of soup or any food, buy an extra.

Put it aside.

Buy a jar of tomato sauce, and buy a second one to put aside.

Do the same with tuna, canned chicken, beans, boxed pasta, peanut butter, bouillon, etc.

Only buy foods that you would eat regularly and will eat.

Think about what you would need for baking. Plan to buy and store an extra flour, sugar, and salt.

There are expiration dates on these foods, including the canned foods.

You can’t just buy it and stick it in the basement for a “just in case” scenario for five years.

You need to be able to rotate your supply and eat the foods that are expiring first.

Again, I try to have 90 days worth of supplies in non-perishable foods.

If there is a natural emergency or something in our society where things have broken down where we have to rely on that food and those supplies we are in a whole new world.

You don’t know what is going to be required of you.

Look for gaps in what you have.

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Planning for anything

You need to think of nutritionally-dense foods but also consider individual tastes and some treats. (A treat can be a bag of hard candy. It can be jelly or fruit preserves to go with the peanut butter.)

We are continually adding to our reserves, putting aside a little more.

However, you never know if what you are buying is enough.

You don’t know how long you will need it to last. But taking action and having something will enable you to build your reserves.

Extra freezer

If I had to give advice for when this is over, I’d suggest getting an additional freezer.

When you have an extra freezer, you can keep buying the fresh foods as well as buying a little extra — meat, fruits, and vegetables — to freeze for future use.

You can raise rabbits for meat, goats for profit, miniature cattle, pigs, backyard chickens, etc. to have a meat source should the need allow.

Then you can fill in the gaps with other foods you have in reserve.

There are no hard and true rules.

We buy foods we like and will eat.

Cleaning supplies

Bleach and disinfectant, baking soda, vinegar, disinfecting wipes are all good to have.

I bought empty foaming dispensers to use for all the sinks. If I run out of the usual liquid soap we use, I can cut up the extra bar soaps I have.

We usually have a pack of 12 soaps from Costco on hand.

In addition, at a minimum, we have an extra laundry detergent, dish soap, and dishwasher detergent. We stock up when they are on sale as our budget allows and when we have the space to store them.

Consider purchasing concentrated detergents. Because you add water to them, they will take up less space.

Self defense in times of society stress

Making priorities with the Rule of Threes in mind, self defense is perhaps one that people neglect to think about.

Depending on how long the crisis or catastrophe has been going on, it may need to be something to act on sooner rather than later.

Prepping in terms of self defense can mean different things depending on where you live and your beliefs.

Different ways to protect your home and family

Some things are very simple to do.

Most every household can do one or more of these things.

Home security


It can be as simple as having working locks on your doors and windows and using them.

Remember to lock your car, even if it’s in your garage.

If you have a garage door opener, remove it from your vehicle.

Blinds and drapes

Be sure to have window coverings for all of your windows.

If you don’t have blinds or drapes on all of your windows, purchase dark bed sheets to hang in the event of a society emergency. It will afford you more privacy.

Also consider how you will hang them should the need arise. Can you thumbtack them to the wall? Do you need extra-strong tape?

Home security systems and deterrents

Home security can mean getting a security system with visible signs.

Perhaps it means having fake home security signs if you can’t afford to pay for a system.

For some families, security and self defense can mean getting a watch dog.

It might mean installing a peephole on your doors.

You may want to consider a Ring Doorbell system.

Staying private

Self defense could be as simple as staying private and not advertising all you are doing to strangers.

Don’t post on neighborhood sites and forums.

It can mean dialing back on your social media usage.

Many people who are prepping don’t advertise all reserves they have and all they’re doing to be ready.

Firearms for security

For some people, home security and personal security could mean getting a firearm.

With my background, I have been trained in owning and using firearms. This isn’t an ideal situation for many people, but if it fits your needs, you should know the following.

You can acquire a handgun and a rifle.

You should have 500 rounds for the handgun and 1,000 rounds for the rifle.

That ammunition requirement would be per firearm you own.

A lot of people make decisions on the gun and the caliber that they choose for self defense based on marketing, ego, or folklore.

For example, people see the latest and greatest handgun but it may not be the right one for them.

It may not fit their hand; it may be too big or too small.

As far as calibers, the absolute best firearm for self-protection and home protection is the gun and caliber that you can consistency place the rounds on the threat while under stress.

What does that mean?

It means that when you are faced with a real threat, we have been told in psychology class, we have two responses, fight or flight.

That’s inaccurate.

People have three reactions: fight, flight, or freeze.

When you are faced with a true threat — and you will know it, you will feel the chill, the terror — you will fight, flee, or freeze.

In all cases, that adrenaline will be surging through your system.

Whatever firearm you choose, you have to be able to use it correctly while under that amount of stress.

All of this is difficult to know before buying a firearm. You will have to educate yourself by going to the dealer and handling them.

You will need to either take a class in order to train to use it or learn through online training.

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Hoarding vs Being Prepared

These are things to consider as you assess your current situation.

There are things you can do now in order to get ready for what may be coming. No one knows how long this will last.

It’s also important to start a list for what you will do differently when this settles down.

There are many benefits of being self-sufficient during uncertain times.

You won’t be a burden on society or on anyone else. In addition, you will be able to experience less stress from knowing you will be able to provide for your family.

While you may not have exactly what you want, you can have what you need.

Preparing for the unknown has now become a real thing in our world.

Everyone is learning from this and will be taking it more seriously as the weeks continue as the restrictions on schools, travel, stores, restaurants, entertainment, etc. continue.

As new cases increase, it will become even more real to people.

Feeling secure during insecure times will help you boost your immune system.

When you have enough of the basics, you won’t have to go to the stores and come into contact with people.

Things to have to be self-sufficient

If storage space and money were not an object, some practical things to have to be self-sufficient include:

Food prep:

  • Extra can opener (hand crank; not electric)
  • Bread maker
  • Vitamix
  • Rocket stove or sun oven
  • Waffle maker (not a necessity but we love ours)

Food storage:

  • Extra freezer bags
  • Extra freezer

Food source:

  • Garden
  • Quality soil including a compost pile or composter
  • Greenhouse
  • Chickens
  • A pig, goat, or cow, or other animal

Water source:

  • Rainwater harvesting system
  • Water purifier

Electricity source:

See more about being prepared:

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Canning, prepping, prepared and canned foods

Prepping and living so you are always prepared

Whether you live in the city, suburbs, or a rural community, there are things you can do to prepare for a crisis.

When something happens, no one knows how long it will last.

What you can do is prepare the best you can and be ready for the next time something happens.

While you may not be a high risk, you may be impacted by supply chain issues.

Even now, we are all experiencing it with the lack of toilet paper, paper towels, hand sanitizer, or disinfecting wipes.

Entire shelves are bare. Things are not what they once were.

Know there are things you can start doing now to prep for a new way of living.

Should something happen again, you can be in a better situation to face it.

Go outside & get Vitamin D

Staying healthy is essential. You can’t be strong for your family if you aren’t at your best.

In addition to eating healthy, if conditions permit and you are safely able, go outside for as long as possible as often as possible.

Get fresh air. Even if you can’t walk around your block or sit on a lounge chair, get outside in some way.

If that’s not possible, sit by a sunny window and enjoy natural light whenever possible.

Rule of Threes when facing a crisis

Keep in mind the Rule of Threes as you start your plan.

Remember, prepping is for everyone, and it means different things to everyone.

What’s important to to consider your unique situation… where you live, your community.

What can you do to be less reliant on outside sources?

Perhaps that’s starting a garden or raising chickens. It might be getting a generator or starting a food surplus.

Prepping means preparing and thinking long-term.

It’s putting yourself in a situation so that when something external happens, you will have security.

You won’t be panicking and reacting to what everyone else does.

Emergency preparedness means always being ready

It’s overwhelming to think of where to start when trying to prepare for future issues.

But it’s important to know that you should always be thinking about the future:

Think about things you can do to further prepare for what’s going on now and for future issues.
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Prepping and being ready for an emergency isn’t a one-time event or shopping trip. It’s about considering your situation and all the categories — shelter, hygiene, medicine / first aid, water, food, security — and how to approach each category.

It’s something that will evolve over time, step by step.

Ultimate Guide to Raising Goats for Profit

Raising Goats for Profit

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Raising Goats for Profit…The fact of the matter is that raising goats can be very profitable.

Most North American farmers tend to focus on cattle, pigs, and chickens.

However, the goat market is becoming increasingly large and popular, with the demand of goat’s milk and goat meat rising on a yearly basis.

Raising goats for profits is very doable, as long as you do it right.

Let’s take a look at everything you need to know about raising goats for profit.

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Is Raising Goats Profitable?

Over the past years, there has been an increasing demand for goat meat in the United States.

The demand for goat meat and milk over the past two decades has risen quite drastically.

According to the N.C. Cooperative Extension, the rise in the demand can be attributed to the increase in the population of various ethnic groups residing in the US.

These ethnic populations are demanding healthier and leaner red meat, which is exactly what goat meat is, especially when compared to other sources of red meat, such as beef and pork.

Raising goats is absolutely profitable, which is one of the main reasons why the raising of goats for both meat and dairy in the US has been on the rise over the past two decades.

Research shows that of the major consumers of goat meat in the United States, the three major groups of consumers include Hispanics, Muslims, and people from the Caribbean.

It has been shown that Hispanic and Caribbean people prefer Cabrito, younger milk-fed goats which weigh between 15 and 25 pounds live, or Chevon, which are goats slightly older than Cabrito, weighing up to 60 pounds live.

On the other hand, Muslims seem to prefer leaner and heavier goats, weighing up to 70 pounds live.

Goat Market Statistics for the United States

Let’s take a look at some goat market statistics for the US for the past three decades.

  • From 1999 to 2011, the consumption of goats in the US increased by 320%, with a 150% increased between 2002 and 2011.
  • In 2002, there were an estimated 2,530,466 goats being raised in the US. Of those, 1,938,924 were meat goats; 290,789 were milk goats; and the rest were used for fiber.
  • The years between 2002 and 2006 saw a sharp increase, with the total number of goats in the US totaling 2,934,000, with a full 2,400,000 being meat goats, and 296,000 being dairy goats.
  • In 1999, there were roughly 463,000 goats slaughtered for meat in the US. Compare this to the nearly 780,000 goats slaughtered for meat in the US in 2010.
  • According to the NASS in 2018, the total number of meat goats being raised in the United States came in at roughly 2.1 million heads. This was actually a slight decrease from 2017, and quite a sharp decrease from 2007, which saw over 3 million goats being raised in the US.
  • According to official statistics, there was a drastic increase in the imports of goat carcasses in the US between 1990 and 2014. In 1990, the US imported 2,994 million pounds of goat meat worth $1.9 million. There were 43,188 million pounds of goat meat imported with a value of $94.7 million in 2014.
  • In 2006 it was shown that the US produces roughly 750,000 less goats for meat than the demand, which therefore leads to massive import. Currently, Australia accounts for well over 95% of the goats being imported to the US.

Prices in the United States

In the US, you will earn a higher price if your goats are 100% grass fed.

The average market price for a pound of 100% grass fed goat meat from a farm is $20 per pound, depending on the cut and your geographic location.

When you sell a whole, grass fed goat, you account for the premium cuts as well.

While there is a discount for buying the whole goat, the price per pound is overall higher, typically about $22 per pound.

Therefore, a 100% grass fed goat that weighs 25 pounds, at $22 a pound is $550 on average.

Although the numbers of goats in the US has risen and fallen several times over the past years, there is an ever-increasing demand for goat meat.

The simple fact of the matter is that the US does not produce enough goats to meet its current demand, which is increasing the quantity of goat meat being imported.

One of the reasons for this appears to be that meat goats are relatively hard to raise.

The increasing demand for goat meat should spur increased goat production numbers in the US.

However, the difficulties associated with raising goats are to blame for the decrease in the number of goats being raised in the US between 2005 and the current day.

With everything said and done, raising goats can still be very profitable, if done the right way.

Best Goats to Raise for Profit

Something which you as a potential goat farmer may be wondering is whether it is more profitable to raise goats for meat or for dairy.

The fact of the matter is that both meat and dairy goats can be very profitable to raise, but is one more profitable than the other?

Let’s take a closer look at the difference between raising meat goats and dairy goats.

Dairy Goats

In terms of body shape and size, dairy goats tend to be quite tall with long legs. These goats are long, and they have barely any body fat.

Perhaps the most profitable type of dairy goat is the Saanen goat.

These goats can produce up to three gallons of goat milk per day. This high yield makes them the most popular dairy goat in the world.

On average, American farmers will price their goat milk between $8 and $12 per gallon. Therefore, with a maximum-yielding Saanen, this would translate up to $36 worth of milk per day.

Dairy goats, in terms of their personalities, tend to be quite easy to raise due to their upbringing.

Feeding goats with a bottle

For the most part, dairy goats will be bottle-fed by their owners, which results in a more tolerant and sociable goat, particularly toward children.

The reason why dairy goats are often bottle fed is to provide them with the maximum amount of the right nutrients, fats, minerals, and vitamins necessary to produce large quantities of high-quality milk.

There is an increased amount of care required to raise dairy goats. The production of milk, high quality and large quantities of it, requires some pretty specific parameters.

Goats for dairy have a high maintenance level and require lots of care.

They need to be fed the highest quality of foods, as well as lots of it.

It is also worth noting that goat milking equipment is quite costly. In addition, the milking process itself very time-consuming.

You will also need to be sure the milking equipment and area are clean.

There is also the fact that the dairy coming from goats needs to be licensed and regulated.

Simply put, raising goats for dairy can be costly, time consuming, and effort-intensive.

Dairy goats are actually very profitable as they can also breed and produce young goats, therefore increasing the herd size.

Also, keep in mind that farmers of dairy goats should milk their goats every 12 hours. 

Keeping with this time schedule can be another difficulty associated with dairy goats.

Meat Goats

There are a few popular meat goats which farmers prefer raising.

One of the most profitable meat goats being the Boer goat, which when fully grown will come in at roughly 40 pounds.

Taking into account that in the US, at the current market value of $22 per pound for an entire goat, a 40 pound goat would therefore sell for around $880.

There are also processing fees (slaughtering, processing, packaging, etc.) to consider.

Australia has relied on the Boer goat to become the No. 1 exporter of goat meat in the world.

Now, one of the reasons why farming meat goats is more popular is because they do not require as much time, effort, or money to raise.

Meat goats are fed normal food.

They often drink their mother’s milk.

Besides basic care and maintenance, there is nothing special required.

If there is no dairy being produced, there are no licensing and dairy regulation issues to deal with.

Farmers do not have to bottle-feed goats expensive nutrients either.

With meat goats, past basic care and feeding, there is not much time or effort required to raise them.

Meat goat farmers typically never actually slaughter their own animals.

Meat vs Dairy Goats: The Verdict

The bottom line is that meat goats are much easier to raise and care for, but generally do not produce quite the same profit as the more time and energy-intensive dairy goats.

You can slaughter a meat goat only once, but a dairy goat will continue producing milk for many years, as well as offspring too, which can then be used for more dairy or meat production.

Raising Meat Goats for Profit

Something you should be aware of is just how profitable it is to raise meat goats, how much it costs to raise them, the profit margin, and everything else related to finances as well.

Let’s take a closer look at everything you need to know about raising meat goats for profit.

Is Meat Goat Farming Profitable?

The fact of the matter is that farming meat goats can be and is very profitable.

In fact, meat goats are far more profitable than either sheep or cattle.

Remembering that goats can be worth up to $20 per pound on average, whereas cattle goes for much less. (Think of your grocery store prices.)

Although the following figure is from Australia, it still provides a good estimate of what an average meat goat farmer can expect to earn in a single fiscal year.

“For the 2015-2016 financial year, 18 female goat farmers reported earning an average of $66,127 — significantly more than their 22 male counterparts, who reported an average earning of $44,495.”

What is the Best Breed of Goat for Meat?

This really depends on who you ask.

Generally speaking, the Boer goat is often considered to be the best type of meat goat out there in terms of quantity and ease of raising.

A Boer buck can weigh between 200 – 340 pounds, therefore producing a lot of meat in pounds.

On the other hand, if you are going for the best taste and the highest quality of meat, the best goat is considered to be the Black Bengal goat.

Below is a list of the 10 best meat goats to raise on a farm based on general consensus and various studies related to ease of raising, the quality of the meat, and the amount of meat produced.

10 best meat goats to raise

  • Black Bengal goat
  • Boer goat
  • Kalahari red goat
  • Kiko goat
  • Fainting goat
  • Nubian goat
  • Rangeland goat
  • Sirohi Goat
  • Spanish Goat
  • Verata Goat

How Much Does it Cost to Raise a Meat Goat?

Raising a meat goat is not overly expensive.

It can definitely lead to some pretty decent profits.

Let’s go through a breakdown of how much money you can expect to spend on raising and maintaining a single meat goat.

Once you have your fixed costs of fencing, shelter, watering systems, etc., the ongoing costs are minimal.

The monthly costs are approximately $20 – $25 per goat, not factoring in medical or veterinarian expenses which you may or may not require.

Keep in mind, meat goats should get most of their nutrients from foraging.

Ongoing monthly costs include:

  • Indoor bedding (hay)
  • Hay, alfalfa, etc. — they can eat up to four pounds a day
  • Periodic supplements

Costs for raising a goat for meat

Therefore, for a single meat goat, expect to spend between $60 – $150 raising it, depending on how the type of goat and how many months it takes to raise.

Labor for raising a goat for meat

Now, these are the pure costs, but what you must also then factor in is how much labor is required to raise those goats.

On average for 10 goats, expect to spend a minimum of two hours a week taking care of the goats.

You will need to change bedding, sweep and clean, provide water, and feed the goats.

Additional benefits to raising goats for profit

If you have pasture in which they can free range, all the better, as this will not cost you anything to feed your goats.

Some people rent their goats out for income to graze weeds, pastures, etc. This can be an additional income source.

In addition, many gardeners use goat waste as compost for their fruit, vegetable, and flower gardens. 

How Long Does it Take to Raise a Goat For Meat?

This depends on the type of goat meat you are planning to produce the market with.

If you are raising goats for the purpose of selling Chevon meat, these goats will generally be slaughtered between 3 and 6 months of age.

Most goats, even the older ones, are slaughtered within the first 12 months of life, sometimes up to 14 or 16 months.

Therefore, you first need to figure out exactly what your goals are and what kind of goat meat you plan to supply the market with.

Paying attention to the demand for specific types and ages of meat is therefore crucial to success.

How Much Do Meat Goats Sell For?

Once again, this depends on the exact market, the demand, the location, and the type of goat.

On average, to the end customer, 100% grass fed goat meat will sell for approximately $20 per pound.

The actual price depends on the cut.

Some examples:

  • Ground goat may sell for $11 per pound
  • Traditional grass fed goat stew bone-in meat can sell for $18.95 per pound
  • Leg of goat at 2.5 pounds sells for approximately $59 ($23.60 per pound)
  • A goat shoulder can sell for $80 for three pounds ($26.66 per pound)

If we are talking about Chevon, which is meat from young goats up to 60 pounds, you may get a premium price.

That being said, if you are going for the popular Boer goat, the most popular goat for farming, a mature Boer buck can between 200 – 340 pounds.

Tips for Raising Meat Goats Profitably

Let’s go over some tips that you need to follow if you plan on successfully raising meat goats for profit.

  • Carefully evaluate your financial resources before beginning to raise meat goats. Calculate what you can expect to spend on them compared to the expected returns.
  • Remember, certain breeds of goats are better for meat farming purposes than others.
  • Do what you can to save money, which could include using the wasted hay which goats have not eaten for bedding.
  • Goats are strong, good jumpers, and escape artists, so one of the most important tips here is to make sure to use a tall and strong fence, or else you will be constantly dealing with escaped goats.
  • Consider predators in your area and be sure to install barriers.
  • The quality of the feed and supplements will make a difference in terms of the growth rate, the final weight, and the quality of the meat. Simply put, you get what you pay for.

Meat Goat Profit Calculator

There are a wide array of factors and costs associated with meat goat farming.

Below is a breakdown of the costs which you can expect to deal with when raising meat goats.

How much does a Goat cost

First you must calculate the total number of goats you have, both male and females.

You must then calculate the total weight of all goats.

You then must do research to figure out the price of a live goat per pound and then multiply this per pound cost by the total poundage of goats.

Cost of Goat Feed

You must now figure out how much the feed for goats is going to cost.

This means figuring out how many baby goats are going to be born and how much feed must be consumed by each baby goat to achieve a target weight within a certain period of time.

Figure out the cost of the feed per pound, and multiply this be the amount of feed you will require.

At the same time, if raising adult goats, you must also calculate the total amount of adult goats you have and how much feed they require.

Add together the feed for raising the baby goats and adult goats, and then factor in the transportation cost for the feed.

This will be your total feed cost.

Other Costs

You must then calculate other costs, which would be shelter + vaccination + labor + green fodder growing costs.

Calculating Returns

Now you need to figure out exactly how much your goats weigh in total poundage, and multiply this by the average cost of goat meat per pound.

You will then subtract the total running costs (feed cost/other costs) from the total poundage value.

Simply put, you need to subtract your total investments and costs from the final sale price, which will provide you with your overall returns.

It’s important to know the exact breakdown of all costs and how to calculate your returns with all necessary factors.

Using a comprehensive meat goat profit calculator will tell you exactly how much profit you can expect to make from your meat goats.

Raising Goats for Profit
Raising Goats for Profit

List of Meat Goat Breeds

Let’s quickly go over some of the most popular and widely farmed breeds of meat goats which you may be interested in.

Raising Spanish Goats

The Spanish goat, also known as the scrub goat, originally came to the US from Spain via Mexico.

This is a goat widely used for meat farming and brush clearing purposes in the US.

However, since the 1980s, Boer goats have become more popular for meat.

Spanish goats have a straight profile with long horns that flare up laterally.

Spanish goat bucks can be up to 25 inches in height and weigh up to 250 pounds.

Does can be up to 17 to 20 inches in height, weighing up to 150 pounds.

Raising Pygmy Goats

Pygmy goats originally come from the Cameroon Valley in West Africa.

These small goats are commonly kept as pets or meat goats.

Male pygmy goats can be up to 20 inches in height and weigh up to 60 pounds. Females often top out at 15 inches in height and 60 pounds.

Pygmy goats are quite small and slender. They can come in a variety of colors, and they are a very hardy breed of goat.

Raising Kiko Goats

The Kiko goat was first developed in the 1980s in New Zealand.

Kiko goats are relatively large goats.

They are not very long, and they have very compact and thick bodies, kind of like a barrel.

Some would call their appearance “fat”. Kiko goats are popular to use for meat farming.

Male Kiko goats can weigh up to 165 pounds. Kilo does weigh up to 115 pounds.

Kiko goats are used for both meat and dairy production.

Raising Fainting (Myotonic) Goats

The origins of fainting goats can be traced back to the early 1800s, when a farmer named John Tinsley brought a few of them to Tennessee.

It is thought that he came from Nova Scotia, Canada, although this has not been confirmed.

Fainting goats are of course known for fainting and going stiff when they feel threatened.

These goats are often used as meat goats, pets, and to protect larger goat herds.

Males can grow up to 25 inches tall and weigh up to 200 pounds.

Female Myotonic goats are decidedly smaller, coming in at around 17 inches in height. The does average of 60 to 80 pounds.

Raising Dairy Goats for Profit

Of course, besides raising meat goats, raising goats for dairy production purposes is another profitable option to consider.

Is Dairy Goat Farming Profitable?

Dairy goat farming is often regarded as being extremely profitable due to the high demand for goat milk across the world.

Worldwide, although North America has a penchant for cow’s milk, across the whole world, goat’s milk is actually more popular.

As an example, Pam Lunn from the United States makes nearly $10,000 per year from her small dairy goat operation.

In the US, farmers can sell goat’s milk for up to $3 per quart, or about $3 per 0.95 liters.

This comes close to $12 per gallon.

Considering that your highest producing dairy goats can make up to three gallons of milk per day, a single dairy goat could produce potentially $36 per day in profits.

What is the Best Breed of Goat for Milk?

There are a few different breeds of goat which are considered to be the best and most profitable milk producers.

Here is a list of the top five breeds of goat for milk production.

  • Saanen goat
  • Nigerian dwarf goat
  • Alpine goat
  • Nubian goat
  • LaMancha goat

Before you choose any one goat for milk production, there are a number of factors you should consider.

These include the following factors:

  • Demand
  • Amount of milk the specific breed can produce
  • Difficulty of raising the breed in question
  • Taste and quality of the milk
  • Milk’s viability to make cheese, soaps, and other related products
  • Cost of raising vs overall profits

How Many Liters Can a Goat Produce in a Day?

Your average dairy goat is going to produce between 1 and 3 gallons of milk per day, or up to around 12 liters.

During a 305-day lactation period, your best dairy goats will produce up to 1,800 liters of milk.

Goat Milk Prices

As stated before, goat milk can be sold for as high as $8 – $12 per gallon.

On average, a pound of goat’s milk cheese is sold for $14.95 per pound in the US.

How to Raise Dairy Goats

  • Choose a breed based on all important factors (costs/production length/ease of maintenance etc.).
  • Dairy goats need a clean and dry environment, which during winter months means needing an enclosed barn.
  • Always ensure that you have large and tough fences, as goats in general are notorious escape artists.
  • For feeding a variety of hay, shrubs, grasses, woods, and supplements should be provided.
  • In order to prevent young goats from consuming all of their mother’s milk, dairy goats should be milked twice per day.

Breeds of Dairy Goats

Let’s quickly take a look at the most popular dairy goat breeds from around the world.

Raising Nigerian Dwarf Goats

As the name implies, these goats originate from Nigeria. Nigerian Dwarf goats have very thick and stocky bodies with short legs.

These goats are not overly large and can grow to about 21 inches tall and 75 pounds.

Raising Nubian Goats

This type of goat has its origins in the Middle East, but was first developed in Britain during the 19th Century.

Nubian goats tend to be larger than other breeds of dairy goats with a good deal of meat on them.

Bucks can grow to 35 inches in height and 310 pounds, with Nubian does growing to 31 inches in height and 240 pounds.

Raising LaMancha Goats

This type of goat has its origins in Spain.

One of the defining characteristics of LaMancha goats is their distinctly small ears or lack of ears.

LaMancha bucks will grow to roughly 30 inches tall and at least 155 pounds. Does will grow to at least 28 inches tall and 130 pounds.

Raising Saanen Goats

The Saanen goat comes from the Saanen Valley in Switzerland.

This is a fairly average looking goat with a white coat. Saanen goats usually have short and glossy hair.

Males can grow to 90 cm and over 200 pounds. Female Saanens grow to around 80 cm and 140 pounds.

Raising Alpine Goats

The Alpine goat has its origins in the French Alps.

These are fairly long and skinny goats with thin builds. They can come in a variety of colors.

Male Alpine goats usually grow to 32 inches tall and 130 pounds. Female Alpine goats average 30 inches tall and 110 pounds.

Raising Oberhasli Goats

The Oberhasli goat was imported to the US in the 1900s and has its origins in Oberhasli, Switzerland.

These goats are known for having the facial shape of a dog.

Oberhasli goats usually grow to around 34 inches and 150 pounds. Female Oberhasli goats grow to 30 inches and 100 – 120 pounds.

Raising Goats for Profit

The bottom line is you can quite easily raise goats for profit.

It’s a continuously growing market with a massive and ever-growing demand.

Whether you want to raise goats for dairy or meat production, if you do it right, you can make a decent yearly profit.

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3 Reasons to Choose Propane for Your Home

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Propane for Your Home – Fun fact: Americans use approximately 9.3 billion gallons of propane every year, and that number is only rising.

Propane is consistently one of the most popular choices for both home and business energy needs.

But why?

What are the reasons for its continued growth?

And why should the average homeowner consider switching to propane instead of using natural gas or electricity?

Reasons to Choose Propane for Your Home

Propane is one of the best ways that you can power up your home efficiently, cost-effectively, and in a way that benefits the environment.

Having propane makes it easier and gives you options for what you want to use it for.

I can use it for a grill, greenhouse heater, propane generator and use for my home.

According to Propane, this liquid is really a compressed gas, that is non-toxic and doesn’t have an odor.

For years, it’s been used to fuel commercial enterprises, and people are finally catching on that it can do just as well in their homes.

Yes, I can use natural gas for all of those things as well, but as a DIY’er having propane makes it easier to install the propane equipment myself and I have more choices in want I want to do and fixtures I want to purchase.

Besides the fact that not all areas have easy access to natural gas pipelines (while residential propane delivery is available virtually everywhere).

What makes propane so alluring?

There are a few fantastic reasons why plenty of people have made the smart switch, and you should consider doing so as well.

Here are three reasons to choose propane for your home:

Propane is cheap

Looking to lower your monthly expenses?

Propane is an excellent way of maximizing energy benefits while minimizing costs.

Don’t be fooled by purchase prices.

While propane can seem more expensive than electricity at first glance, it’s proven to be more than twice as efficient.

For example, a propane-powered clothing dryer uses 50 percent less propane than one using electricity.

Tankless propane water heaters, meanwhile, can easily reach a whopping 94 percent efficiency level.

It’s the difference between buying ten dollars’ worth of healthy food versus five dollars’ worth of junk food; the former lasts a lot longer, makes more meals, and provides more nutrients, making it a better bargain in the long run.

Switching To Propane Can Save You Money

Some people think that propane is more expensive than other alternatives because the price per unit is higher, but these folks simply aren’t looking at the bigger picture.

Propane is way more cost-effective because it works harder than other types of fuels, and it runs more efficiently.

Propane generates more heat per unit than other types of fuels, meaning that you need less of it to run your home.

It also pumps out this heat in bursts, as opposed to a steady stream.

This is a massive feature because it allows you to regulate the heating of your home and waste far less energy.

Propane burns better and runs smarter.

Both of these things will have you a lot of money in the long run.

People generally find that they save a lot of money by merely switching over to propane, and they are always happy that they did!

Propane is reliable

One of the best things about choosing propane is the peace of mind it provides.

As long as your propane tank is well maintained and 80 percent full, you’ll never have to worry about running out of power.

One gallon of propane reliably produces 27 kilowatt hours of electricity and 91,600 BTUs of heat.

That means in the case of an emergency or to survive a blackout, while those hooked into the nearest electrical grid might be left in the dark for hours or even days, having your own on-site propane system ensures your lights, heating, and appliances won’t stop working anytime soon.

Simply put, propane provides independence.

Propane is clean

As Americans become increasingly environmentally conscious, it’s worth noting that propane’s low carbon content makes it one of the cleanest energy sources currently available.

Recognized as a clean-burning fuel by the 1990 Clean Air Act, propane has proven preferable over both gasoline and oil by reducing the amount of greenhouse gases and air pollutants like carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen oxide released into the atmosphere.

Additionally, unlike other fuels, if for some reason a propane tank springs a leak, homeowners can rest easy knowing that propane does not contaminate soil or water, making it one of the safest choices for the environment both locally and worldwide.

Propane Is Environmentally Friendly

According to Sciencing propane has a comparably lower carbon content as opposed to other fuel types, which makes it a much more efficient and clean source of energy.

Propane is one of the cleanest fuels around, and since it’s non-toxic, it puts far less pollution and wastes into the environment than other options.

Unlike diesel and traditional oil, propane doesn’t create greenhouse gases or pose a threat to our lands or oceans.

You can rest assured that you are being a good steward of the environment when you use propane.

You Can Use Propane Anywhere In Your Home

Propane is endlessly versatile, and you can use it just about anywhere in your home.

Many people think that propane is only suitable for use with grills, but this is a tragic misconception.

Propane can seamlessly move indoors and charge up your daily appliances with powerful, clean energy that won’t let you down.

One of the best applications for propane inside of the home is a propane-fueled fireplace.

Unlike traditional fireplaces, you won’t need to deal with messy ash or residue when you make the smart switch to propane.

You’ll also enjoy the calming glow of an indoor fireplace without the smell of chemicals or harm to the air.

When you think outside of the box, you realize that there are dozens of places that propane can be used inside of your home.

With a few simple switches, you can be running all of your appliances on propane, saving a lot in energy costs, and being a friend to the environment.

Propane is an often-overlooked source of energy, but it is a powerful and highly efficient way to run your home.

Consider making the smart swap to propane today.

Best Portable Barbecue Grills For Tailgating and Camping Grills

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Best Portable Barbecue Grills For Tailgating and Camping Grills

Portable barbecue grills come in many fuel types. Gas grills and charcoal grills are the most popular because they can be used anywhere.

Electric grills can be portable, but you have to have a power supply to use them, so they may not be the best choice for camping.

Many people like portable charcoal grills because they are so easy to use.

There are very few moving parts, so there are fewer things to go wrong.

Gas grills are also popular.

While Portable barbecue grills have parts that can break, a lot of people like the ability to just put a gas bottle on their barbecue and start grilling.

Portable Barbecue Styles

There are many styles of portable barbecues, and you can find one to fit into any budget.

If you are just looking for something to go camping for a couple weekends, you can find these anywhere.

If you are looking for a grill that will last a long time, you will pay a little more for it, but you will create many memories around it.

Best Portable Barbecue Grills

Best Portable Barbecue Grills is and will always be the first and last choice of an outdoor grilling and barbecuing enthusiast.

Even though you may be having the best Portable Barbecue Grills at home but when it comes to outdoor cooking nothing can be compared to a portable grill.

These grills are compact, light-weight, easy to set-up and carry.

Moreover, these grills are designed to fit most of the vehicles.

Every brand and manufacturer of grills does carry a line of portable grills which are available in electric, gas and charcoal versions.

The advantages of having a portable grill are plenty and it facilitates in preparing you favorite barbecued and grilled food almost anywhere.

The Best Portable Barbecue Grills are the perfect option for outdoor events like camping, picnic and enjoying the sun on the beach.

Due to the size and design of the grills, it can easily be carried on any vehicle or truck.

Some of the portable grills are so light-weight that it can easily be carried on the back while hiking and camping in remote forests.

Portable Outdoor Grills

Portable Outdoor Grills
Portable Outdoor Grills

Portable outdoor barbecue grills

Are lightweight and can be fueled by electricity, charcoal, wood or propane.

Portable grills often have limited grill space, but they are perfect for picnics, sports events and other outdoor activities and easy cleaning Barbecue Grill Grates

It’s great to consider alternate means of cooking, especially for emergency preparedness and prepping scenarios.

Consider these as well: Best sun oven and Eco stove review

No matter your outdoor space, budget or taste preference, there is an outdoor barbecue grill that will satisfy you.

The right grill will help you create delectable, healthy foods while you cook outside.

Portable Infrared Barbecue Grills

Portable infrared grill will give you all the heat and power of an infrared grill on the go.

These are great if you do a lot of traveling and camping.

They are also fairly inexpensive for an infrared grill.

There are many places where you can use a portable infrared grill.

Many people use them for camping, but they are also great for tailgating.

If you live in a small place such as an apartment, they are a great way to have a good grill without taking up a lot of space with it.

You can do some searching for different types and find the perfect portable infrared grill for your situation.

There are different sizes and options, but they will probably run about $500 dollars.

This may sound like a lot, but compared to full-sized infrared grills, they are a much more affordable option.

Portable Electric Barbecue Grill

Electric barbecue grill is a step further removed than charcoal options from the tradition method of cooking of a fire.

They are also more expensive in general. In spite of this, they have become a significantly more popular choice.

This is for a number of reasons.

The primary reason that people prefer an electric grill barbecue is due to the fact that they are significantly cleaner.

Charcoal styles create ashes which need to be regularly cleared.

They are also much cleaner for the environment.

Just a regular amount of maintenance ensures that the optimal amount of energy efficiency possible will continue to be maintained.

An electric grill barbecue is also much safer than charcoal options.

For that reason, charcoal grills may be banned by certain landlords while Portable electric Barbecue Grills are allowed.

Of course, the electric designs are a bit more complex.

This is why they are more expensive.

Essential Tailgating Accessories

Tailgating accessories are very important when living in a motor vehicle.

It doesn’t matter if you’ll be living in it for a brief period such as in camping and vacations or living in it full-time.

To be able to experience the amenities of a real home, you will need kitchen accessories.

If you’ve had experience with moving, you’ll realize that the most space-taking of all the things is not the appliances or the furniture, it’s the accessories, the little things we never knew we owned.

In a real home, we have the luxury to have random things hidden in drawers or cabinets but while tailgating, you need to have your things at a minimum.

This is why accessories must be well-thought of.

Common among is that the kitchen is small.

You have to keep in mind the little space you have to work with.

When shopping for kitchen accessories that you will be tailgating with, take only those essential to you, things you really need to have to be able to make a meal.

Appliances such as refrigerator and microwave or stove tops are a given, every tailgating must have one.

Cooking accessories for home chefs


You don’t need a professional set of knives.

3 or 4 knives are sufficient, enough to do the slicing, cutting and peeling.

Cutting Board

It’s preferable to have an over-the-sink or a pull-out cutting board.

You only use it once in a while then need a quick way to store it.


In terms of quality, cast iron would be a good choice as it is heavy-duty and can be used on top of grills when worse comes to worst.

pot of cooking something with soup and another for frying would be sufficient.

2 to 4 pieces of cookware is enough since you won’t be cooking for a lot of people anyway.

The following are accessories for storage and organization.

Working in a small space, you’ll have to keep everything organized to make it fit.

Plates and bowls

Living on paper plates is unacceptable.

When buying plates and bowls, find a set that can easily be stacked.

Folding baskets or stackable baskets

For storing fruits or vegetables, bottles, chips or other foods that will be consumed easily.

Folding or stackable ones can easily be kept.

Racks and hooks

These are important to save space.

Add hooks on cabinet doors or additional racks inside cabinets to serve as a divider.

Mentioned above are just a few tailgating kitchen accessories that one must have to enjoy a real kitchen despite the small space.

Best EDC Everyday Carry Knifes Review

Everyday Carry EDC Knives

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Best EDC Everyday Carry Knifes Review are very important.

Many people think that when talking about knives it automatically means self-defense.

But knives are basically utility tools, a must-have in the pocket for emergencies and other daily tasks that makes cutting things necessary.

Our hands are designed effectively to do just about everything, tear things up, carry items, tie ropes, and pushing, pulling, and grabbing things.

However there is one thing we cannot do without a tool – to cut things.

This underlines the need to have a handy tool to cut things made from the softest to toughest materials known to man.

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I mean very very sharp with a durable edge of my choosing?

With this Knife Sharpener.

Best EDC Everyday Carry Knifes Review

This article is a review of the top EDC knives in the market today.

It is important to note that the best choice for an everyday carry knife is dependent on your preference.

Your preference is tied up to your daily knife use.

There is really no right and wrong choice, only that one knife that fits perfectly toy your use.

The ideal EDC knives usually have a maximum of 4 inches of blade length.

You have to check with your local laws though because each state can have a specific regulation that covers fixed blade knives.

This can influence your choice big time and can actually dictate the usability of the knife of your choice.

The following is the top EDC knives today.

Each has unique features that can address your different cutting needs.

Read on and find the best knife for you. Amazon Best Selling Tactical Folding Knives

EDC Credit Card Knife
EDC Credit Card Knife

Credit Card Knife

Credit Card Wallet Knife
Credit Card Wallet Knife
Everyday Carry Credit Card Knife for your wallet
Everyday Carry Credit Card Knife for your wallet

The first knife on this review (and my true EDC wallet, briefcase, carry-on bag, backpack, wife’s purse, car, etc…)  is the credit card knife, known as Cardsharp.

It is designed by Iain Sinclair.

This disguises as a credit card and is as big as a typical card but it transforms easily into a knife.

Made either from aluminum and polypropylene, this knife can be as light as 12 grams.

It can easily be concealed in your wallet.

The material and design of the knife makes it a winner.

It mixes function and aesthetics seamlessly.

It has a reliable surgical grade steel blade 3 inches long, just the right size for an EDC knife.

It also has a well designed locking mechanism that ensures its safety storage and also prevents it from getting blunt from accidental opening.

The handle can withstand use and abuse and should function very well regardless of how many it is folded and unfolded thru its lifetime.

Benchmade Mini Axis

The Benchmade mini axis belongs to the Stryker knife family of this very popular knife manufacturer.

The mini axis comes as an auto, assist, or manual knife.

It has a 2.94-inch blade with a total length of 6.81 inches.

It weighs 80 grams and features a slim tractable handle making it very ideal for tactical and daily duty knife.

It has a deep-carry clip and has a lanyard hole. However it does not come with a sheath.

The G-10 scale on its handles makes for a better grip.

It has a 154 cm tanto style blade that compliments its overall look.

It is a beautiful and very functional knife thanks to its straightforward design.

Benchmade Mini Axis
Benchmade Mini Axis

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Benchmade Pardue Design Axis Mini-Griptilian

Benchmade 531BK Axis Plain Edge BK Coated Blade

SOG Zoom

The SOG Zoom is one of the most respected knife makers today.

Its zoom series is one of the most popular EDC knives today thanks to its practical features, one of which is its assisted opening technology.

The ultimate giveaway of the knife is the design of its handle which boasts four finger grooves for better grip and handling.

The assisted mechanism is good news for people who need to carry a knife where an automatic knife is prohibited.

The action of the opening technology is impressively fast, in some cases better than what automatic knives can give you.

The switch is located where the thumb would be making the knife very handy.

The location of the switch also ensures you are always in control.

The SOG Zoom has a drop point blade with a black finish adding to its good looks.

It also comes in two sizes with the other variant having a tanto blade style.

It has an overall length of 8.3 inches with the drop point variant having a 3.6 inch long blade.

Benchmade 585 Mini Barrage

The Benchmade 585 utilizes the brand’s patented and tried and tested axis lock.

But with the mini barrage, this spring assisted knife is now packaged with better speed and strength.

The Benchmade Mini Barrage boasts the most reliable locking mechanism in the market and it comes with a reversible carry clip.

It also has better safety features including a safer configuration for opened and closed position.

It does have a lanyard hole and boasts an ambidextrous function.

It has a blade length of 2.91 inches with a 154 cm stainless steel blade.

It has a mini drop point blade style with an overall weight of 3.40 oz.

Its overall length is 6.91 inches and is proudly made in the USA.

Its handle material is made of Valox, a proven material that is both durable and offers a strong grip.

Spyderco Tenacious

The Spyderco Tenacious already sounds like a great knife.

In many ways it is one of the most impressive mid-sized EDC knife in the market today.

It has a G-10 laminate handle that allows you to have a better grip of the knife.

But the secret to it strength are the steel liner skeleton that allows the handle take in a lot of stress without adding more weight to the knife.

The skeleton in the handle also steers clear from thickness that only adds bulk but not strength.

The stainless blade of the Tenacious is shaped like a leaf for better cutting performance and handling.

The form of the handle with its textured spine allows you to secure your grip as you open the blade.

It has a 4-way pocket clip that allows you to carry the knife in many configurations – tip-up left hand, tip-up right hand, tip-down left hand, tip-down right hand.

This allows you to have the most ideal position for the knife for fast, hassle-free access.

It is almost 8” in length with its blade at 86mm in length.

It weight is approximately 115 grams and its blade is 3mm thick.

Kershaw Ken Onion Blur Folding Knife

This Kershaw Ken Onion Blur Folding knife is proudly made in the USA and so its quality is unquestionable.

But that is just the tip of the iceberg for this high performance cutting tool.

This knife is for tactical use that is why it looks dangerous and mean.

With its tanto blade style, it offers a lot of use with the partial serration in the length of its blade.

The angled shape of the knife allows it to pierce through a lot of tough materials.

The shape also allows for more steel to support the tip of the knife making it effective for piercing tasks.

The front edge where the angle softens is very ideal for opening boxes.

The partial serrated area of the blade makes it easier to cut through rope and webbing.

Its blade is made of Sandvik stainless steel blade.

It resists corrosion and it is also extra hard.

The blade is also coated in a black coating making it non-reflective.

It has an anodized handle made up from aircraft aluminum.

It has Trac-Tec inserts to provide a better grip.

The black coating on the blade and the black anodized handle completes the matte look of the knife.

The length of its blade is 8.6 cm with an overall length of 20 cm.

Its 4.2 oz weight makes it an impressively portable knife.

Gerber Swagger Assisted Opening

The Gerber Swagger is one of the best looking assisted opening knife in the market today.

Its most impressive feature has to be the assisted opening 2.0 mechanism that is just so quick that only a few knife compares to its agility.

This is a huge advantage especially in urgent situations.

The knife also has tougher and better materials.

It has a black coated, serrated blade that should add to the utility of the knife.

It can slice, saw, and cut easily thanks to its drop point blade.

It is also very easy to sharpen thanks to its almost maintenance-free edge.

The handle is made from a G-10 material that is as strong as the knives used by Bear Grylls.

This material can stand extreme heat and moisture.

It also has a pocket clip included making it very easy to carry around, truly an ideal EDC knife.

Knife junkies love this because of its simple, unassuming look and also its toughness.

It has a one hand opening mechanism and this is coupled with a plunge lock, simply an easy to use utility knife.

The blade of the Gerber Swagger is 3.25 inches long and its overall length is approximately 7.5 inches.

It weighs 2.6 ounces, a very portable knife indeed.

Smith and Wesson MP Linerlock Knife with Assisted Open

The Smith and Wesson M&P Linerlock knife is one intimidating looking knife – not that this is unexpected, after all it is made by a gun maker.

This combat knife is a folding cutting tool that boasts a glass breaker.

It has a tip-up pocket clip that allows it to be carried easily without compromising access.

It has the solid feel of an authentic military and police knife and with its trigger-like opening mechanism, it completes the look and feel of this tactical tool.

This knife has the MAGIC or the multipurpose, assisted, generational, innovative cutlery.

MAGIC is a patented technology from Smith and Wesson that features the easiest single handed opening system in the market today.

The feel of its opening mechanism is just amazingly quick and very responsive making this knife very and pleasurable to use.

MAGIC is a technology shared by many Smith and Wesson knives.

This knife is slightly larger than most EDC knives with a 3.6 inches blade length.

Its overall length is 8.6 inches and it has a 4034 stainless steel, drop point blade.

The handle is made up of aluminum making it light but also strong.

It weighs 7.6 ounces and is made in Taiwan.

If you love military style knives and you adore assisted opening tools, this knife is perfect for you.

Handmade Titanium Self Defence Survival Tool EDC

The handmade titanium survival tool is great for self defense and since it disguises as a keychain, it is an ideal EDC weapon.

One of the most popular products today is the TI-EDC titanium self defense tool, a handmade product made from lightweight, high strength titanium alloy.

This material is resistant to corrosion and is hypo allergenic (titanium is popular in the field of medicine as this metal is non toxic so it can be planted inside the body).

The small size of this tool makes it very handy.

It fits perfectly inside your pocket or can even be worn as a pendant.

But when this is slipped into one’s finger this becomes a very potent weapon.

Its width is 50 mm and the finger hole is 26.5 mm, large enough to be used with a glove. Its net weight is 80 grams.

Titanium has the highest strength-to-density ratio of any metallic element known to man.

It is basically stronger than gold that is also the reason why it is becoming a very popular material for jewelry makers.

Before shopping for everyday carry EDC knives it is best that you list down the most common use of a knife for you.

If you are in a farm a serrated blade is very important.

If you are in law enforcement then you will need a glass breaker for responding to road accidents.

When you figure out your most common knife uses you can better decide which features would be very important to you.

It is simply not enough to read reviews and believe what others have to say to be the “best”.

When you buy into a knife you can really use, then that knife is the best one for you.

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Effective Ways To Improve The Air Quality In Your Rural Home

Improve The Air Quality In Your Rural Home

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Improve The Air Quality In Your Rural Home – One of the reasons you wanted a rural home and move to the country is for the clean air.

About 3 billion people use open fires or traditional stoves fired by biomass, coal, and kerosene according to the World Health Organization.

These careless cooking methods using polluting stoves can cause 4 million people to die prematurely every year due to different illnesses brought by household air pollution.

It also brings several non-communicable diseases like stroke, ischaemic heart disease, lung cancer, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Since these traditional stoves are common in rural areas, most cases happen in these places.

But living in the countryside should be safer and relaxing due to its laid-back lifestyle.

To make sure that life in one of the best rural places will make you healthier, here are several ways to improve the air quality indoors.

Determine The Source

One of the best ways to stop indoor air pollution is to get rid of all the indoor sources or lessen their emissions.

These sources include chemical insecticides, fumes from wood burners and kerosenes, and dust mites.

To get rid of these pollutants, you can use different methods like replacing chemical insecticides with non-toxic pesticide and insecticide methods and using flooring solutions that must use less carpet.

You may also consider changing all the air filters of the house’s heating system regularly.

To further eradicate the air pollution at home, you may also install a kitchen ventilation system to lessen the levels of emissions.

Cut Down Carbon Monoxide Exposure

Using heating equipment in rural areas like wood stoves, gas-powered water heaters, unventilated kerosene heaters, and central heating systems can increase the carbon monoxide levels at home.

The level of this dangerous gas will also rise if you have faulty chimneys and broken furnaces.

You can fix this by making sure that all combustion equipment at home works properly and adjusted to lessen the toxic fume emissions.

It is also important to make sure that all the doors of the wood stoves can shut tightly.

Also, having these fixtures inspected by professional experts regularly will ensure that the carbon monoxide levels at home remain at the lowest level.

Boost Air Ventilation

When homes have proper ventilation, all the dangerous air pollutants and allergen particles circulate outdoors.

Because of this, the exposure of everyone living in a rural household will have limited exposure to harmful air.

Because of this, experts suggested keeping some windows opened even during the cold months of winter.

Keeping the attic fans opened occasionally will also help the fresh air to circulate inside the house.

Improve The Air Quality In Your Home

Cleaning the air inside your home in the countryside can be an easy task.

You just need to determine all the possible sources of pollution at home to find the right methods to get rid of the harmful air particles indoors.

If possible, all homeowners must have their properties inspected by skilled experts regularly to make sure that the air quality at home remains healthy for everyone living in it.

10 Ways to Make Your Garden Look Beautiful

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Make your garden look beautiful and the beauty of your garden is reflection of how a healthy garden is also tidy and polished.

This means that it is essential to ensure that your garden looks clean.

A polished garden also increases the value of your property.

In case your garden is not as clean as you would want it to look, here are 10 ways to make your garden look polished.

Define Garden border

The first step towards having a tidy garden is ensuring that the garden is separated from the rest of the back yard.

In order to do this, you don’t need complicated fencing.

You could just use flowers and smart placement of rocks to define the border of your garden.

A garden with a clearly defined border looks neat and polished.

Therefore, to have a beautiful looking garden, you should consider creating defined borders.

It is also important to note that you should have a clear vision of how the garden will look like.

Build Raised Garden Bed
Build Raised Garden Bed

Get the right Sunlight

You need to ensure that your garden is shining.

In order to have a beautiful garden, you should ensure that the sunlight is particularly emphasized on the features of the garden.

During the day, natural light should easily reach all parts of the garden.

You should also install lights to have a manicured look at night for your garden.

You should place the lighting at strategic places that will ensure that the highlight features are seen even at night.

Plant a variety of plants

A polished and neat garden is definitely the one that is full of life.

You should plant various types of plants with consideration of the color rule.

You should try to balance the colors of the plants especially the flowers that are in your garden for it to look beautiful.

Rake off fallen leaves

With plants on your garden, leaves and twigs will start falling all over the place. In order to maintain a neat looking garden, you should consider regular raking to remove the dry fallen leaves.

Furthermore, it is important to remove the leaves so as to control the spread of pests and diseases in the garden.

A clean and neat garden is that which has been raked to remove dead leaves and twigs.

Ensure to weed the garden

Weeds will always grow on any soil that has been maintained.

The weeds growing in your garden will make the garden look shrubby and untidy.

Furthermore, the weeds will take all the nutrients and compete with the crops and flowers grown there.

To deal with this problem, you need to undertake regular weeding.

You can regularly pull out weeds as they sprout from the ground.

In case the problem is persistent, then you can take further action of using chemicals such as roundup.

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Deal with pests

As you deal with the weeds it is also important to deal with pests.

Pests are known to destroy vegetation and plant parts on any garden making it look bad.

Furthermore, pests also propagate the spread of diseases which makes the garden look more of a zombie land with dead plants.

You should use pesticides and other organic means to deal with pests in your garden if you want to have a polished garden.

Trim and prune the plants

You need to tend your lawn around the garden for it to look tidy.

There are several ways to tend to your lawn including trimming twigs and pruning where possible.

In the case of a bushy lawn, you can try using an electric weed eater from to trim the bushy lawn.

Undertake regular pruning to maintain a polished garden which is beautiful and attractive.

Use containers to Garden

You should use containers like pots in your garden to plant various types of flowers.

This will add a unique and beautiful touch to your garden.

These containers should be made of clay or ceramic.

The containers should be well-positioned and kept clean to improve the image of the garden.

Add a pond

You can also dig a pond in the garden if you want that magnificent and wonderful garden look.

A pond should be filled with clean water and plant water plants such as water lilies in it.

Furthermore, add flowers around the garden to improve its look and have that polished look you have always wanted for your garden.

Ensure to undertake regular maintenance of the pond to make it look beautiful and tidy.

Use Pavers Around Garden

Finally, if you want to add that top-notch beautiful look to your garden, you should consider creating a walkway on the garden to allow movement without damaging the plants.

Ways to Make Your Garden Look Beautiful

Cleanliness is next to godliness, and a beautiful garden is a heavenly embassy on earth.

In short, keep your garden tidy and beautiful by using the above-mentioned tips.

This will ensure that you have a garden that is healthy and everyone admires its beauty.

How to Impressively Renovate a Small Apartment on a Budget

Impressively Renovate a Small Apartment on a Budget

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Impressively Renovate a Small Apartment on a Budget – Renovating an apartment can be a frustrating task. It’s a trial and error method. It requires careful attention to detail to ensure that the result of the renovation is not short of your expectations.

Keeping the countless hassles of renovations aside, it is no wonder that the process requires enough financing.

Many times, people hire contractors to look after the renovation of their houses without realizing that these people keep extremely high-profit margins.

Thus, making it extra expensive for you to restructure your small apartment.

So, how to renovate your apartment in a low budget, ensuring an appealing ambiance?

Let us help you!

In this article, we have gathered a few tips which can help make the whole process a little easy on your wallet.

Clean Out Your Apartment
Clean Out Your Apartment

And giving you full liberty to choose how to go about the renovation.

Clean Out Your Apartment

Cleaning everything out is the first step to start off the renovation.

You can push your furniture out and clean up the apartment completely.

With the house now empty, you can visualize the changes that you want to see in your apartment.

You can pick out the spot where you want to set up new decors or plan out a new and unique set up for the sofa.

The empty space is an opportunity for you to completely redesign the look of your home.

Another advantage of cleaning up first is that you can start discarding unnecessary items.

More often than not, you will avoid having to throw away items that you never use or, sometimes, don’t even like for no reason.

These useless items are the things that are taking up unnecessary space and should be abandoned for newer objects to come in.

Avoiding Excessive Artificial Lighting

One way to avoid compromising on your budget is to remodel your home in such a way that allows natural light to travel in.

Thus, you do not have to spend on installing light sources like lamps and bulbs.

Excessive Artificial Lighting
Excessive Artificial Lighting

With a natural inlet for light, you can avoid having to switch on the lights during day time and bask in the sun in the comfort of your home.

You can even go for something that does not involve making a huge hole in the wall for a window.

Instead, you can install a false ceiling which lets the light enter through the roof.

You can even install a light tube that helps in tapping the light from the roof towards your living room.

For a more glamours look, consider installing salt lamps that not only look beautiful but provide the romantic ambiance at night.

STOP the Obsession with Size

Size is something that every apartment owner is obsessed with.

Everyone wants a bigger house with space to put all those things that you should have discarded long ago.

We suggest going towards efficiency rather than size.

Install transparent glass shelves on your kitchen’s walls to keep some of the utensils.

Cabinet drawers can be made to make a more efficient space.

If you live in a studio apartment and want to cut done on your renovation budget, look for convertible furniture.

Beds turning into sofas, décor items turning into functional items, and more.

These are extremely efficient designs that are perfect for smaller homes and budget-friendly for homeowners.

Install Shower Doors

You can’t ignore your bathroom when renovating your small apartment.

And an easy and efficient way to change the look of your bathroom is by changing the shower curtain.

What we mean is removing the curtains for good and in its place, install a shower door.

Install Shower Doors
Install Shower Doors

Shower doors are the leading trend in modern bathroom designs and they bring out an elegant look to your bathroom.

What is even better is that they add purpose to looks.

The water from the shower door drains out way more quickly, leaving the shower place dry within minutes.

Moreover, frameless shower door is seamless and they allow the natural light to travel through them, making your bathroom appear large.

There are a few different designs which you will find in the market. The most common ones are:

  • The sliding shower door
  • The hinged or swinging doors
  • Fixed glass panels
Shower Door Options for your Bathroom Upgrade
Shower Door Options for your Bathroom Upgrade

It is important to do your research regarding the benefits of each and visualizes which kind of shower doors would suit you best.

You can avoid spending extra cash by looking at tutorials to installing the shower doors to your bathroom yourself.

This option provides you a very budget-friendly way to transform the look of your small bathroom.

Add Flair with Mirrors

Add Flair with Mirrors
Add Flair with Mirrors

Installing a mirror is also a viable option if you are looking to put in more flair without having to increase your budget.

Setting up a mirror is also a simple job that you can do on your own.

All you need is an electric drill and a screw to hang the mirror.

To give an aesthetic touch to the mirror, you can get a wooden border attached to the mirror for a few dollars.

The result would be worth it as the borders increase the beauty as well as keep you away from the sharp edges of the mirror.

DIY Install Mirror Yourself
DIY Install Mirror Yourself

DIY Install Mirror Yourself

Demolishing a house costs way less than renovating it.

However, you can still save some of the cash flows by demolishing it yourself.

When doing this, you need to take proper safety measures in order to avoid any injuries and further prolonging your renovation process.

With a DIY process, you can pick out certain parts of your house that do not need demolition.

Rather, they require a little polishing to work great. It is all about saving wherever you can.

And this is one way you can avoid spending money by completely bringing your house to the ground.

Laminated Kitchen Tiles
Laminated Kitchen Tiles

Go for Laminated Kitchen Tiles

The remodeling of the kitchen takes a good fraction of time.

Because you need to procure the materials with extra care, it takes a bit more time than the other parts of your home.

To limit your options, we advise you to look for laminated tiles.

These are tiles that are significantly easier to install.

But that is not the best part.

These elegant laminated tiles also give your house a very sophisticated look and the impression of a contemporary designed interior, giving off rich vibes.

Make Front Door Impressive

Make Front Door Impressive
Make Front Door Impressive

The first thing anyone notices when coming to your house is the front door.

Hence, it is no surprise that the front door design carries a fair amount of emphasis in the renovation process.

We advise you to look at designer made front doors and then replicate those designs with your local carpenters.

The quality of the wood should be good as it is not only about looks but adding value to the resale value of your home.

The painting of the door is fairly simple.

You can do it yourself or even ask your kids to do it, turning costly work into a fun activity for the family.

Choose Complementary Rugs
Choose Complementary Rugs

Choose Complementary Rugs

Go for a custom-made rug to complement the colors in your apartment.

Choose a color that goes well with the curtains and the paint of the walls.

It would help get a cozy feel to your home.

You can go for a rug that has designs on it, or go for one that has a good texture.

All in all, these small factors affect how the look of your home changes.

Express Yourself with Paint

Painting is not a huge concern for many house owners and they often consider DIY doing it.

They feel that it is a simple process where you just have to get a brush and start coloring the walls.

Express Yourself with Paint
Express Yourself with Paint

It doesn’t work like that.

You need to have a proper catalog of the colors to first try and decide which color tone appeals most to the walls.

You need to contrast between the walls and the wall hangings that you plan on placing on these painted walls.

Hence, you need to do some research on the primary and secondary colors that you plan on applying to the wall.

By doing this, you’ll not regret painting the walls when you are done.

It is also important to understand how to stroke with the brush.

Painting walls isn’t merely an arts and crafts class.

There is a proper way of applying coats on the wall that you need to learn.

Pick Cheap yet Appealing Decors

Buy local traditional decors to cut down on your costs.

These local handmade products do not cost as much as designer decoration pieces do.

Pick Cheap yet Appealing Decors
Pick Cheap yet Appealing Decors

With a little bit of scouting, you can find some extremely decent products that complement the paint of the walls and the rugs that you have placed.

Candles are one such example of these decoration pieces.

Scented candles look very elegant and provide a refreshing scent to your home.

Another great way to upgrade your decoration is by incorporating mirrors on the walls.

It is said that adding mirrors to a room gives an illusion of openness and a large space.

All you have to do is hit a thrift shop and get a mirror.

Get the mirror cut in the kind of shape you want and install it on the walls.

Adding wooden borders to the mirror can enhance the look momentously.

Upgrade Your Garden
Upgrade Your Garden

Upgrade Your Garden

The exterior of your house matters as much as the interior.

An ill-maintained garden outside your home brings about a very bad impression of your home.

Therefore, we advise you to take up a gardening hobby and upgrade your garden by sowing presentable plants and weeding the garden by yourself.

A gardener may not seem costly by the hourly pay but the amount that adds up at the end of the month is a significant amount that you can easily save.

Renovate a small apartment

Renovate a small apartment may seem a daunting task.

It can be challenging financially and the delays that occur sometimes might be frustrating.

However, taking most of the things on your own rather than giving it to a contractor can help you avoid such a delay.

And keep the renovation process lighter in your pocket.

We hope that the list above helps you in your next renovation, no matter where you live.

How Animal Therapy Helps People

How Animal Therapy Helps People

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Animal therapy is an excellent resource for people who need support and connect with four-legged creatures.

You may have heard of emotional support animals.

People use a variety of different critters for this purpose; dogs, cats, horses, or other animals.

Pet assisted therapy can help with PTSD, anxiety, depression, and many other mental health concerns.

Here is some information about animal therapy, how it works, and how it helps people.

What is animal or pet therapy?

Animal therapy is commonly called animal-assisted therapy.

It can improve self-esteem, help an individual with verbal communication, helps children learn empathy, and can be a fun way to help people get exercise or go outside.

Pet therapy can help with so many different conditions.

You may wonder how to get animal assisted therapy if you’re interested in doing so.

It can be done in different kinds of environments, and there are various ways to access it.

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Getting your animal trained

For pet therapy, the animal needs to have had a physical exam and needs to go through training.

It might need a training course or obedience lessons.

There are certifications for animals used for therapeutic purposes, such as pet therapy certifications.

AAT and how it helps humans

AAT or animal assisted therapy can help with relationship building.

When you’re in AAT, you learn to form a connection with your animal, and that can correspond to connecting with other human beings.

Animals have survival skills, and you can observe what they do in reaction to your behavior and model that when you’re interacting with people.

It’s about establishing genuine connections.

AAT is not only done with cats and dogs

You can see an abundance of species in pet assisted therapy.

It could be llamas, chickens, or dolphins.

There are many different kinds of creatures you might be able to see in pet assisted therapy, and it depends on what resonates with you, what’s available to you, and what meets your needs the most.

Some people bond with horses, while others have an affinity to guinea pigs.

It’s crucial to select an animal that you like so that the therapy will be useful for your mental health.

If you’re choosing a creature because you think it will be therapeutic, but it’s not one who you connect with, the treatment won’t work.

Make sure you put thought into the animal you choose for pet therapy.

That way, you will be happy with the level of treatment you receive.

Your pet needs to be one who you bond with, and want to spend time connecting to during the therapeutic process.

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Where do you see animal therapy happening?

Pet therapy isn’t done in one place.

You might imagine it taking place on a farm or in private practice, but those are not the only places it happens.

You might see pet assisted therapy take place in a variety of settings, including nursing homes, residential treatment centers for adolescents, in a private practice setting, and more.

Animal therapy can help with so many different conditions and can be life-changing for many people.

If you’re interested in pet therapy, you can discuss it with your private therapist or talk to an online counselor about this as a possibility in online therapy.

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Best Backyard Greenhouse Solar Gem Backyard Greenhouse

Open the door to better growing with the best backyard greenhouse.

Solar Gem’s world-class greenhouses offer the easiest way to conduct professional-grade growing in virtually any outdoor space.

Our friends have a Solar Gem, see above picture, and I’m impressed by it’s functionality and quality construction.

You’re getting a fully portable experience that provides all the benefits of an established greenhouse.

This spacious, easy-to-implement design is something that both hobbyists and for-profit growers should take notice of!

There has simply never been a better time to look into creating a growing space on your own property.

As the enthusiasts at Fine Gardening point out, the best reason to grow your own vegetables is because you can control what goes into your food.

Are you intrigued by the idea of having a greenhouse on your property because you are interested in growing edible plants or ornamentals?

A modestly sized greenhouse can be a great place to start.

In fact, you may want to focus on an easy-to-manage greenhouse instead of having something built on your property if you are about to try out a crop for the first time.

Finding the Best Backyard Greenhouse

The Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment at the University of Massachusetts Amherst suggests beginning on a small scale when growing a crop in a greenhouse setting for the first time.

This is especially true when it comes to vegetable production.

Of course, it’s important to use a high-quality, carefully insulated greenhouse even if your crop aspirations don’t extend past the hobby level.

Solar Gem Greenhouses provide a nurturing environment for precious crops and plants.

This is the only greenhouse to offer a marine-grade gel coat.

The fact that each greenhouse’s fiberglass interior and coating have been UV stabilized means that your greenhouse will remain beautifully preserved.

Simply hosing off your greenhouse without any special cleaning techniques will ensure that your greenhouse retains its color, repels dirt and stays looking beautiful!

Enjoy a Protected Growing Space Without the Need for a Foundation

The biggest benefit of going with a beautiful Solar Gem backyard greenhouse might just be that there’s no need to dig for a foundation.

This is significant because digging for a foundation often requires a permit.

Additionally, this is just a very expensive and time-consuming endeavor in most cases because it requires equipment rentals and labor costs.

Solar Gem Greenhouses come with a built-in foundation that provides the security and resilience needed to enjoy your new growing space for the long haul.

You will simply need to dig a trench that’s roughly 3 inches deep by 10 inches wide when preparing to place a greenhouse on your property.

Filling in the lip with dirt or gravel after completing placement is all that’s needed to call this project finished!

A Design That Delivers Great Heights for Great Growth

With a Solar Gem backyard greenhouse, there’s always room for ambitious growing.

Ceiling heights reach a minimum of 8 feet across the collection.

This opens up exciting opportunities for lemon trees, tropical trees, scaling tomato plants, orchids and much more.

The Perfect Environment for Beautiful, Protected Growth

Solar Gem backyard greenhouses are designed to prevent heat entrapment through the careful placement of vents at the top of each structure.

Unlike most greenhouses available, Solar Gems do not require you to add any expensive fans or shade clothes.

That’s because these designs do not use clear panels that expose plants to levels of sunlight that researchers at Michigan State University might consider damaging.

The glass fibers used to construct the walls of your new greenhouse have actually been designed to diffuse light.

What you’ll notice is that you get plants and flowers that are uniform in shape instead of results that are full of deviations.

You also won’t see crop “casualties” like so many other greenhouses produce.

Each greenhouse is really its own perfect growing environment.

The design features a storm door, rear window and two strategically placed automatic vents.

The spacious interior leaves room for up to four benches.

Can You Have a Greenhouse Delivered Fully Complete?

Solar Gem Greenhouses are fully complete by default!

You truly don’t have to worry about any type of assembly because these marvels are made with single-piece greenhouse construction.

You’ll notice that your new greenhouse is something of a work of art when it is placed on your property.

That’s because the composition features an arch design with ribbed walls to create stability, sturdiness and durability.

Do Greenhouses Have Seams?

Solar Gem Greenhouses do not have seams.

Unfortunately, greenhouses that are designed with seams actually create problems like heat loss, framework rust and rot.

Panels that are attached can also become loose quiet easily with a strong wind.

Solar Gem designs are seamless to prevent heat loss that can kill fragile plants that were supposed to be protected from the elements.

There’s never any need to worry about rust or rot that could cause your greenhouse to collapse over time.

What’s more, you don’t have to worry about a strong breeze carrying away your panels.

Can a Greenhouse Be Moved?

Solar Gem portable greenhouses can be moved if needed.

This provides the potential to reconfigure your yard or growing spaces to better suit your needs.

Of course, it’s perfectly fine to secure your greenhouse to the ground, a concrete slab or some type of decking if you don’t intend to move it in the future.

How Can I Find a Greenhouse That’s Made in America?

Solar Gem Greenhouses are proudly made in the United States.

Many people from the Seattle/Tacoma area come to see them being produced in the factory.

Of course, you can simply connect with a dealer if a factory visit is a bit too far!

Become a Successful Gardener in Any Weather With the Best Backyard Greenhouse

Are you ready to explore what a Solar Gem Greenhouse can do on your property?

There’s simply no greenhouse that’s easier to install or maintain!

Discover how easy it is to get an attractive, ultra-sturdy piece of green architecture on your property in just one step!