Dirt Cheap Valuable Prepping, Interview with Author Cal Wilson
Doctor Prepper™ interviews a new author in the preparedness non-fiction genre, Cal Wilson.
Cal is a Christian, a patriot, a gun-owner, and a prepper. He is also a practicing attorney and has been involved in law enforcement for more than 20 years. He lives in an undisclosed location west of the Mississippi River with his wife and various family members.
Wilson’s first book is entitled Dirt Cheap Valuable Prepping, which has been a very successful seller in paperback and in Kindle formats. The complete title is: Dirt Cheap Valuable Prepping: Cheap Stuff You Can Stockpile Now That Will Be Extremely Valuable When SHTF.
Dirt Cheap Valuable Prepping has been called “an entirely different kind of prepper book that should be a part of every prepper’s library.” There are indeed some very good prepper non-fiction books with “lists” and mandates and opinions—many of them just repeated trends of other repeats, ad nauseam. There are also some very good prepper fiction books with story lines that utilize items from stockpiles or inventory as examples of how to use them judiciously to advance the story.
Dirt Cheap Valuable Prepping is neither of these types! Dirt Cheap… assumes the average family will not be able to stockpile everything needed for enduring a worst-case scenario. Rather, it suggests increasing the amounts of certain items for barter for other needed items when the need arises.
In other words––don’t count on having everything you need for a SHTF situation, but be able to trade for it. Stockpile what you can, but barter for what you don’t have. That’s what Dirt Cheap… is about!
The author also teaches that prepping need not be expensive, but that by knowing some of the tricks of the prepping “trade,” you can save lots of money by just being aware of some of these tips:
- Dryer lint––makes an easy fire starter component so you can cook, purify water, or take a bath
- Salt––one of the most common kitchen products, but is worth its weight in gold in making food tasty and preserving meats when there is no refrigeration
- Bottled water––essential for short-term disasters when there is no tap water
- Used milk containers––use for non-potable water storage, such as flushing toilets or watering plants
- Used bottle drink containers––use for potable water storage, or for storing dried foods
- Addiction items––what items (tobacco, liquor, etc.) to store for barter in case of a longer-term disaster
There are many other tips and advice in the 30 chapters of the book.
Cal also has recorded some unusual testimonials from travelers, military, and just average Americans who have survived different SHTF situations by having stockpiled the items listed above and other prepper items he discusses in his book.
You’ll want to get a copy of Cal’s book––Click on the image below to go to Amazon.
James Talmage Stevens, Author
James Talmage Stevens (aka Doctor Prepper™) began his career in the preparedness industry from the days of his youth. His family lived with his Grandparents immediately following the end of WWII. He learned the basics on the Pace farm in rural Guilford County (NC). Farm chores and gardening were standard fare––plowing the back 40 behind a stubborn mule was substandard! In 1974, upon finishing graduate school with 4 young children and no prospects for a job due to economic conditions during a national economic slump, James reverted to his past experiences on the farm and chronicled in his notebook, along with some hand-me-down recipes from his mother and grandmother. Noting there were no viable books that dealt with all the basics, i.e.: a broad range of food products, he began to utilize his analytical skills, organizing handwritten notes, recipes, and food lore into one volume of information. He spent his spare time while job-hunting, and Making the Best of Basics was created. Before going to press, the subtitle Family Preparedness Handbook was added to distinguish Basics… from the emergency preparedness genre of the existing Civil Defense and governmental agency information.