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What’s hot at the Living Freedom Amazon links

For crass commercial purposes To encourage you to support this blog Because people have been buying some interestingly useful stuff via my Amazon links,* I thought I’d start a semi-regular feature on what’s hot at Amazon for preppers, self-sufficient types, rebels, Freedom Outlaws, libertarians, free-market anarchists, and general hellraisers.

I’ll kick it off by featuring a theme: preparedness items. If you just happen to see something you can’t live without, you’ll be contributing to this blog (and me!) by using these links. (Even if you don’t buy a featured item, everything you do buy at Amazon after entering via one of these links will send a little money winging this way.) The following are all items blog readers have bought recently.

Bungee cords. Seriously. You never see these on preparedness lists, but has there ever been a greater invention? I keep coils of them in every vehicle and toolbox — and I can cite a dozen ways they’ve saved my backside.

Organic Alfalfa Sprouting Seeds. Fresh sprouts on your sandwiches and salads any time. Mmmmm.

Propane-powered outdoor water heater. Can be rigged to use indoors, too. Hot showers for RVs, campouts, and emergencies.

Honey Pepper Beef Jerky. More mmmmmmm.

Prefer to make your own jerky? (Always a very good prep idea.) Don’t forget Hi Mountain seasoning kits. The lovely Wyoming couple behind Hi Mountain are supporters of this blog and dedicated animal rescuers, to boot. They not only make a delicious, easy-to-use product, but they’re the kind of people you want to be neighbors with.

More seeds. But these are Medicinal Herb Garden Seeds. Ten varieties of medicine for your survival garden or general health.

And yes — more seeds. People have really been buying a lot lately. Many are buying heirloom seeds packed for storage, like these 20 Easy-to-grow heirloom varieties, which supposedly can grow up to an acre of veggies.

And don’t you just have to have an EcoQue Portable Stainless Steel Grill? Well, I have to have one, anyhow. And it seems a few readers agree. It’s my very favorite alternative cooking method, which not only cooks on just nine pieces of charcoal — or darned near any other burnable you stick into it, but makes everything delicious and folds flat for carrying and storage.

And surely a CCTV security camera is just the thing for spotting feds zombies before they knock down your door.

Israeli military emergency bandages in several sizes also went into somebody’s (or somebodies’) cart recently. I guess those are for if the zombies get through the door.

Back to food — always a big prepper theme of course — those excellent, American-grown, Utah-packed Augason Farms emergency foods have been selling well. (These are the same foods lucky me can buy at a nearby Walmart.) Recently, the emphasis has been on bulk grains: cornmeal (38 lb. pail), hard white wheat (45-pound pail), and rolled oats (23-lb. pail).

And how about a Hornady reloading manual? Got one of those yet?

Finally, there’s Crafting with Cat Hair. Okay, okay. Probably not an item on most people’s survival lists. But somebody did recently purchase a copy via my links. And you never know …

Just a final word: Your purchases via my Amazon links are anonymous to me. Amazon knows who you are, of course. But no identifying info at all comes to me. I don’t even know which items are ordered together. So if you choose to buy both a Loadhandler Pickup Truck Unloader – Heavy-Duty Full-Size Professional Model, 3000-Lb. Capacity, Model# LH3000 and Knitting With Dog Hair: Better A Sweater From A Dog You Know and Love Than From A Sheep You’ll Never Meet (and yes, people have recently bought both) — I will never, ever know it was you.


* All of the above, actually.


  1. jed
    jed May 26, 2013 4:11 pm

    I have a huge shopping list at Amazon. Lots of prep stuff on it, as well as fun stuff. But I’ve been saying for a while that one of my best purchases for future survival is dental work, and I finally got started on that. Oooph!

    No Star Trek TOS remastered for me.

  2. Bear
    Bear May 26, 2013 4:12 pm

    Organic Alfalfa Sprouting Seeds“- I’ve tried inorganic seeds, but for some reason they don’t sprout. Mix well with cement, though.

    Cat hair- When I still had cats, I tried various things. Using it as stuffing, of course. And felt. I also tried — repeatedly to spin it into yarn, but had little luck there. Very little tensile strength; usually came apart as I tired to use it. (Yes, I know I get into peculiar stuff sometimes… which would account for the jars of plant dyes sitting on the bookcase right now, not to mention the several pounds of acorns I boiled.)

  3. Pat
    Pat May 26, 2013 5:39 pm

    Thanks for the links. I was planning to buy a veggie seed vault in June, and will pick up the bungee cords too, as well as several non-prep items I had on my list.

  4. Richard
    Richard May 26, 2013 6:35 pm

    My damn cat sheds enough hair to produce two extra large sweaters a week. The beast never stops shedding. Even after an hour of brushing with a shedzilla comb. Amazing and goodtwo know I can now use the fur for other projects

  5. Karen
    Karen May 27, 2013 5:34 am

    I’m very glad to see that I’m not the only one buying a few odd items here and there. It’d be a hoot to see the order combinations, like underwear/bungies/alfalfa seeds. That’d make you wonder what someone was up to in their spare time.

  6. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty May 27, 2013 11:51 am

    Just wondering, Claire, if the problems with the gift list thing ever got resolved. I’d hate to think you were not getting credit for all the stuff I buy. I’d also like to know if the “subscription” things show up on your credit list. I buy whole bean coffee, and now a vitamin by “subscription,” but they do not combine with any other orders, so can’t ever use them to boost the total to the “free shipping” threshhold.

    Have also noticed that fewer things are elibible for the free shipping, even if you get $25. worth of stuff. And, of course, just can’t wait for the new taxes to start…

    Amazon isn’t nearly as much fun as it used to be, but still ok. Being able to help you makes it a lot better than it would be otherwise. 🙂

  7. Pat
    Pat May 27, 2013 2:56 pm

    ” And, of course, just can’t wait for the new taxes to start…”

    I’m trying to buy a few things I’ve been needing/wanting before that tax kicks in. I won’t be buying much online after that.

  8. Claire
    Claire May 27, 2013 3:11 pm

    MamaLiberty — I’ve emailed you with more detail. But some things that might interest other folks …

    While the “friends & family” commission problem never got solved, over the months it doesn’t appear to be hurting much. Thanks for asking.

    Also, while Amazon has definitely quit promoting super-saver shipping (and maybe they’re in the process of phasing it out; dunno), if you put $25+ of Amazon-shipped items in your cart, they’ll still offer the super-saver option. They just don’t mention it upfront any more. 🙁

  9. sagebrush dog walker
    sagebrush dog walker May 28, 2013 7:19 am

    Thank you Claire.

  10. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty May 28, 2013 11:56 am

    Good deal! Just got a (for me) bit ticket item and was hoping you got some good out of it.

    Now I’ve got two laser printers. One doesn’t do a very good job, and the new one won’t talk to the computer. I’m doomed. LOL

  11. LarryA
    LarryA May 29, 2013 4:13 pm

    “Organic Alfalfa Sprouting Seeds“- I’ve tried inorganic seeds, but for some reason they don’t sprout.

    There’s a guy at our local Market Days selling skin lotion stuff made of “Organic Sea Salts.”

    Yeah, well, I searched, and “It used to be so simple: Salt was always just, well, salt. But in recent times, things have gotten more complicated. Sea salt, table salt, organic salt, Celtic salt — these and more are available to the average consumer, thanks largely to gourmet and health food stores. Here’s how to distinguish between a few of the most common:”

  12. Bear
    Bear May 29, 2013 5:28 pm


    We live in a world where people carry hand disinfectant to kill germs, insist on pure, unadulterated honey, buy only grass-fed antibiotic free beef, protest fluoridated water and mercury-based vaccine preservatives…

    And demand “sea salt”, contaminants and all.

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