The moment fear grips your heart and you realize just how unprepared you are, the first impulse of most people is to go out and BUY. Buy wheat. Buy beans. Buy freeze-dried food. Buy ammo. Buy a Berkey. And so on.
To compound this impulse, one that will almost surely damage your financial status, are countless “survival” websites that exist for the sole purpose of selling fear, because fear is big business. They rake in massive amounts of money each day from people just like you.
But food, water purifiers, firearms, and ammo aren’t all that when it comes to being prepared.
In fact, there are 3 elements of preparedness that are overlooked by these websites. Likely because there’s no much money to be made in promoting them.
Those are saving money, getting your home organized, and learning new skills.
Why these 3 elements are so important
Without having a stable financial foundation and a space that is cleared out of clutter with essentials organized, buying more stuff on top of the stuff you already have will only complicate your preparedness plans.
Pouring money into a problem never really solves the basic problem, and that is true for preparedness. Yes, rich people can stock up on food, gear, and supplies a whole lot faster than someone with a lot less money in the bank. But unless they know how to best utilize the food, have the skills to use the gear and supplies, they are really no better off.
However, there’s no way I can ignore the fact that preparedness does cost money. You can find amazing bargains, and high quality items, at thrift stores and yard sales. By shopping seasonal sales, using coupons, searching for discounts everywhere possible, you can pocket that money in savings and use some of it to buy what is absolutely necessary. But at a discount, naturally!
One close friend has plenty of money and the messiest, most unorganized home I’ve ever seen. Her expansive living room, larger than many people’s homes is so cluttered with toys, animal cages, furniture, and more STUFF than I can even remember. If she ever had to evacuate her home, there’s no way she could quickly find the most essential supplies her family would need. Her time, space, and belongings are completely chaotic, leaving her unprepared for life’s emergencies.
When your time, space, and belongings are all organized and you’ve reduced what you own down to what is most necessary and loved, not only could you be ready for an emergency in a crisis, you are also afforded the time to do other things, like learn new skills and network with people who have the same interests. Organizing and reducing what you own will help create margins, giving you extra time for your top priorities.
Finally, stable finances and tidy surroundings will free you up to learn new skills. You likely won’t need much money to learn many new skills, although there are exceptions, and if your new skill sets require supplies and maybe even a separate work area, your efforts at organizing and reducing will pay off.
We are tackling all 3 of these in 2015 and want you to join with us!
Join our 52 Weeks Savings Challenge. Print out this chart and begin saving dollars each week. You can learn more about it and even join a Facebook group dedicated to encouraging each other and providing tips for saving even more. Here on The Survival Mom blog, you’ll find a post each money with information about sales and other discounts available for that particular month. If you love forums, sign on to my forum at American Preppers Network and join in the discussion there.
To help you make some gains this year in learning new skills, we are super excited about the launch of something brand new here on the blog. It will be an intense Skill of the Month series of articles and other helpful tools, including tutorials, webinars, podcasts, ebooks, and a lot more.
I am dedicated to helping everyone with the task of getting organized and getting rid of stuff that you’ve held on to for too many years, so our first Skill of the Month, “Get Organized and Reduce What You Own“. We have an upcoming webinar with an organizing pro and articles throughout the month. Use our resources to get your own time and space organized and I promise that you will feel more prepared for whatever emergency, big or small, that comes your way.
Incredibly, The Survival Mom blog is nearly 6 years old, and so much has changed since it was first launched. What hasn’t changed, though, is my commitment to help moms worry less and enjoy their families more by providing information, inspiration, tools and strategies.
My team and I wish you the happiest and most blessed of New Years.
Updated on 2/2/15, to reflect postponement of membership site.
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