9 Sure fire ways to stay on track with your prepping

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    Read a survival-related book each month.  Alternate fiction with how-to books.  The fiction will remind you of what life might be like post-SHTF (scary!) and the how-to books will provide tips and strategies for being prepared.  Check out my list of 31 books I recommend.

  2. Follow the Skill of the Month and choose your own skill(s) to master each month.
  3. Join a Meetup group or take a class that will help hone your survival and preparedness skills.  Meeting with others will hold you accountable for accomplishing something each month.
  4. Check your daily habits for time-wasters.  If you find yourself too busy to think about preparedness and take action, well, those waking hours are going somewhere!  It’s easy to let time slip through our fingers, especially in the age of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and no, I haven’t been spying on you!  I just know how time flies and how easy it is to get lost in things that are fun but not terribly productive.
  5. Get a Survival Mom buddy to exchange ideas with.  If you’ve told a friend that you’re going to can apples this weekend and you know she’ll be asking about it, you might be less likely to procrastinate.  It’s also nice to have a partner for learning new skills.
  6. If a goal requires make a purchase, make sure you have the money in your budget.  If the bank account is low, set a goal of learning a new skill, reading a book, or taking a free class instead.
  7. Make plans to be prepared for the most likely disaster/scenario first.  You’ll be more motivated when you realize that you’re ready for something that may very well happen rather than focusing on shifting poles or peak oil.
  8. Take baby steps into the world of survival and preparedness if this is new to you.  For example, purchase small amounts of a few freeze dried foods to sample or buy just a pound or two of wheat to try a few wheat berry recipes.
  9. Make it fun.  The topic of preparedness is accompanied with some pretty serious scenarios of economic collapse, bank closures, EMPs, and zombies run amuck.  While it may be fear that initially motivates you to prepare, you don’t have to live in fear 24/7.  Focus on the fun of learning something new and trying new skills and activities as a family.

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  1. MaryB in GA says

    Great ideas! I stay motivated pretty easily, but find that around the holidays I get a little lax. I would also recommend "World Made By Hand" for your fiction books. It is about life after peak oil and is very good. I didn't take long after Christmas to get back on board!

  2. laura m says

    I have been hearing this since the early 80's when books were written about collapse, and people bought gold and silver, food storage, etc. incl me.. However, many people I knew back then now in the cemetery, nursing homes incl. some of the book writers and all preps dumped by their heirs (money and time wasted over the years). Their heirs now close to retirement or in retirement, are doing very little like me, as money/time was wasted by parents, aunts, uncles, etc. At 66 now, I have moderate preps. After all a deadly virus could wipe us all out, or a nuke, etc. Live day to day simply and prep light. I learned from my elders mistakes and fear mongering. I am in a hurricane area, so basic preps (power out, etc) are in order for several weeks. I don't have gold or silver; other things will be more valuable if and when shtf.

    • Linda says

      I also remember the 70's and 80's and the preps my folks made, but even today I don't look at it as a waste. I've read that the situation then WAS truly serious but Reagan's Fed appointee managed to narrowly avert disaster and forestall the crisis.I also remember the Y2K scare and even prepped a litttle bit for that one myself. I'm glad it turned out to be a non-event. Today, I don't think we'll be so fortunate. Our nation is in far too much debt and is too dependent on foreign imports, including oil. I am prepping to the max, expecting an economic collapse of serious proportions. Hopefully, I'm wrong, but if I am, I'll eat up the food I've bought at yesterday's cheaper prices, use up my stockpile of toilet paper, and thank God the crisis never came. I'd rather err on the side of caution than be caught in a painful situation like those in parts of Europe right now. I'm basically just making prepping a lifestyle –growing a garden, canning my produce, learning uselful skills. If nothing happens, well . . . I'm smarter and healthier for all the changes. No harm done!

      • dee says

        You are so right! i don’t consider the prepping as wasted effort. We have taught our now grown kids the basics, some excel more than others. The point is, we try ‘to train up a child” If you make this part of your lifestyle, you don’t find yourself as stressed when emergencies hit, and they alway do, some larger than others. like you said “no harm done”

      • Charley says

        many people look back and laugh at the whole y2k thing. But I had a person that I corresponded with on a regular basis that worked in the computer industry. According to him it WAS a big deal and more than one company had spent years and a lot of money and man power to make sure nothing ever happened. Be prepared……you never know what might be going on behind the scenes that no one is spilling the beans on.

  3. countrygirl says

    Great article as I've been in a bit of a low lately on preps. I would also add watch a survival minded movie, I just watched "Contagion" with my teenage son. Great discussions throughout the movie. Don't see any holes in my preps based on the quarintine scinario.
    Also planning a family backpacking trip which will mean updating and getting a few items. I'm going with adult size gear as much as possible for the kids so that hopefully it will last for years.
    How about passports? I don't know if I've seen this on lists of needed items, but maybe or at least in boarder communities it would be a good thought. Takes money and time to do this.

    • caringincbus says

      Depending on what state you live in, your drivers license may suffice. Currently, four states issue Enhanced Drivers Licenses (EDL New York, Vermont, Michigan, and Washington.) These cards meet the criteria of smart ID's and the passport card. So they are valid proof of citizenship, and can be used at all land and sea boarder crossings for Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Currently they can not be used to fly international though, you still need the traditional passport for that. Other states are looking into this as well, notably Texas, and Arizona.

      One word of caution with the EDLs and the new passports, and passport cards, they do contain an RFID chip, so be sure to keep them in the special sleeve so they can not be skimmed (read remotely by some one else) The chips apparently only have a coded number, but still one more thing to be aware of in the age of Identity theft.

      • Casey says

        Thanks for the heads up about the RFID chip in passports. I had no idea. Apparently, some credit cards have the RFID chip too. I just ordered a sleeve.

  4. Sandy says

    I was a Y2K’er and lived in Missouri on a farm at the time. I can can foods, sew, have grown gardens and no very well how to prepare as far as building up a larder. But I am in a different place, a larger city and my children, now grown with families of their own, are still in MO. Although I can send them info and give them ideas, I wondered if their are any others who have suggestions for helping family when they live far awat.

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