Jun22012

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What I Wish I Had Done Differently

This is a re-print from a recent newsletter article.  I received so many emails and so many comments in person from people around the country that I knew I had struck a nerve.  
After 4 years of being The Survival Mom, I’ve been reflecting on what I would do differently if I were starting to prep right now.  Maybe my mistakes will help you avoid a few pitfalls.  I wish I would have:
1) Read less Survival Blog and watched more how-to videos on YouTube.
Survival Blog gave me a big kick in the pants for getting started in preparedness, but it also sucked me into near-panic attacks and bouts of despair.  One day my husband came home from work to find me at my desk, in my pajamas, hypnotically reading article after article on Survival Blog.  Rather than motivate me into action, I was frozen with fear.
YouTube is also filled with massive amounts of great information but in smaller doses and often accompanied by a friendly face and voice.  I would have learned more about waxing cheese, filtering water, and stocking up on veterinary antibiotics, all of which would have been more practical than reading tips for buying property safe from rifle fire.
James Rawles is one of my heroes, but for a beginner, YouTube videos would have been more helpful and encouraging.
2) Bought less crap and more high-quality products.
 
Preparedness is best done in this order: awareness, education, and then action.  I steered clear of education and jumped right into the action phase.  That’s my style, I guess! Early on I bought a lot of cheap “survival” products that were recently sent to a thrift store as a donation. Because I had a stack of “awesome” coupons, I bought bottles and bottles of salad dressing we’ve never used and has since turned all sorts of weird colors.  I don’t think the thrift store will be interested in those, and I can’t blame them.
I’ve since learned that buying the best quality we can afford is smart, even if we have to wait until we have the money.  A high-quality pair of walking shoes could make the difference between life and death someday.  We want tools, supplies, and even food that is meant to last for the long haul, not bargain basement specials that are cheaply produced and quickly fall apart.
3) Spent less money early on
 
I imagine that most preppers start off in a panic mode and begin amassing enormous quantities of stuff, just for the sake of having stuff.  However, I have learned that doing a fair amount of research first is the smartest way to go.
I didn’t know much about food storage conditions, for example, when I first began buying extra food and soon found myself with packets and boxes of potato flakes infested with tiny black bugs.
3) Networked with others sooner
 
It’s always hard feeling as though you’re the, “only one”.  The, “only one,” with a certain health condition or the, “only one,” going through a personal crisis.  Feeling as though you’re the only prepper in town is just as hard.  You feel isolated, a little paranoid, and yet there’s a deep need to talk with others who are on the same wavelength.
I felt very alone, year after year.  A couple of fledgling prepper MeetUp groups began around that same time, but I didn’t take advantage of their meetings, and I should have. Joining in on forum discussions is a good option but it can’t take the place of face to face conversations. It would have helped me identify more quickly what my priorities should have been, and it would have been comforting to know that I wasn’t the, “only one.”
4) Kept my mouth shut around family and close friends
 
To this day, no one in my family or my husband’s family is on board with preparedness. In short, I could have saved myself a lot of awkward explanations and times of feeling defensive if I would have stayed quiet.

Eventually, preppers self-identify when they’re around people they know and trust.  They are suddenly familiar with names like Gerald Celente and Alex Jones. City-dwellers develop an odd interest in raising chickens and turning their backyard pools into tilapia ponds. It’s not hard to figure out who’s prepping if you pay attention, and keep your mouth shut until you’re pretty darn sure they’re on the same page as you.
 
5) Focused on financial survival first instead of third, or fourth
 
In the beginning I felt a mad rush of urgency to buy, to stock up, to preserve, to read.  I wish I had felt that same urgency when it came to money. I should have doubled down on paying off debt, saving money, learning about and buying precious metals. We did these things eventually, but it would have made life easier if we had taken financial survival a little more seriously from the get-go.
If you’ve been in the survival/preparedness mode for a while, what would you do differently?  Join in the discussion on Facebook.

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  1. Thank you for posting this. I am new to prepping and really freaked out by the news and whats going on in our country (what with the possible economic collapse, nuclear war, alien invasion and now the latest talk about zombie apocalypse!) It became so overwhelming! This article reminded me to stop and reflect on my actions about prepping.

  2. I am new to prepping but feel that I have learned so much from this site! I read all the posts from others and spend time checking out all the other sites mentioned.Thank you for all your hard work it’s leading the way for all us newbies

  3. This is a great post. I am the kind of person who does a ton of reading and research first, and I’m generally not unhappy with the progression our preparedness journey has taken. The one thing I wish I’d put more emphasis on earlier is physical fitness. It really is a crucial element of being able to hold one’s own (and stay healthy when access to medical care is precarious), and it can be done for free – just a little time and effort consistently invested. Wish I’d paid more attention to that sooner.

  4. Do you have ’how to’ videos you would recommend or at least a search topic.

    Thanks for the great article. I too was reading many different survival blogs but it just got way too deep. I don’t live in a rose colored world but living in fear all the time overwhelms me. I think we need to be smart, have food storage, camp, cook over a fire, have skills; but not live in fear. The old saying be prepared, not scared is one that I think fits well.

  5. I just do not understand the psychology of prepping.

    For a regional disaster some prepping is fine.

    But for apocalyp
    tic catastrophic collapse? Really do you want to survive that?

    Well I am prepped for that in a sense…

    I plan to opt out permanently. While peopple are scurrying away from Ground Zero I will be heading toward it.

    Who wants a life of destitution and suffering? Not me. I will opt out.

    Your supplies will not bbe sustainable or replaceable.

    Enjoy your nightmare World…your apocalypse.

    • tom; gotto agree with you and as retirees, we have had an abundance like many, of all the good things in life. People prepped for y2k bought then sold retreats, and then tossed food out, sold their other stuff later. Some have died since then and the heirs threw it out..I prep for disasters like hurricanes in moderation. If things collapse, many of the preps won’t be replaced if everything shuts down. I really don’t want the house all cluttered up and money wasted like me and many before y2k when some bought extensive “prep stuff” only to have it dumped by their kids after they died or went to a nursing home. Most of my long term food went to the local food bank.

    • Thanks for your realistic attitude. We need more people like you. It would make life a lot simpler for preppers.

    • Tom, don’t be a sheeple…
      If you cannot handle the situation, take yourself out now and let those who can survive.

    • I grew up LDS so my perspective on prepping is a little different from most. We’re not prepping for an apocalypse so much as we’re managing risks. The policy of food storage came about during the depression. Bug out bags came about after the dam break in idaho forced emergency relocations, if memory serves. The idea is to treat that buffer zone in the financial, food, etc sectors of your life as an investment for any hard times you might come across. You can’t prepare for every eventuality. For anything beyond the year supply aspect of prepping (bug out locations, sufficiency communities of like minded people, etc) your best bet is to apply some true risk analysis. What are the true likelihoods of various scenarios? Which ones are feasible to prepare for? If you live in New Orleans, or Florida – suddenly a bug out property or location outside of a hurricane zone sounds pretty prudent as does a base bug out bag with copies of keys, credit cards, changes of clothes, a few days of water and long term snackable nutrient bars, some cash and some copies of needed documents stashed in a front closet. Preparing for reasonable emergencies gives you flexibility in the face of unreasonable, unexpected emergencies. It’s fine to run apocalyptic scenarios to determine how you’d face them with the plans you have in place. But don’t live there. Visit for fun. Role play it like D&D, with or without the dice rolls. One of my favorites is “If I could homestead today, how would I do it and what would I face? Or, if I was a pioneer in the 1800’s how would I have lived?” Through all these things, what I found is that I wound up with a bunch of physical books on how to do a lot of things, a great love of old world skills and techniques – building outdoor ovens, storing food, gardening, finding water, learning flora, woodworking, etc. Things I use a lot more than I ever imagined simply because the creation and experimentation is fun and the confidence it instills is calming in the face of what we see in the news every day.

    • prepping is what I’ve been doing my whole life….buying when things are on sale….my prep pantry is not well rounded…not thought out….not numbered…..its just “there”……I have enough to get by for a few months if that need arose….so that is satisfying….its satisfying that I can give adult children some supplies……..I hope and pray that we have no horrible collapses…..I don’t know who can prepare for that…..but for more reality problems…banks close for a holiday….hard to get fuel….electricity skyrockets…snow covered roads….fires….trucking strikes……well, we’ll have enough for a while….

      but I do wish we were more financially prepped up…keep thinking I need some cash at home and it keeps getting spent….lol

  6. Great Blog! found you on Lew Rockwell- where else? FYI Thomas Jefferson considered the producers essential to Liberty.
    “”Producers are the most important citizens, as Thomas Jefferson put
    it. Actually, the word he used was farmers—specifically, “tillers of the soil.” By producing food, farmers obviously had an important role in successful society. But Jefferson meant more than this. Because
    farmers lived close to the land they were self-reliant with respect to their own survival and received an income from providing indispensable basic needs for others. This made them more independent than
    people of other occupations. If hard times came, they tightened their belts and lived off their farms. In contrast, during the same challenges, most city dwellers and even shop owners were more likely to turn
    to the government or upper classes for help.

    “ How long can you stay independent, or survive without the major/official supply sources? Read Freedom Shift from Oliver DeMille. The DeMille- Thomas Jefferson Education materials are great for home school families. As Forbes says, “With all your getting, get understanding.”

  7. I’m a semi-prepper and retired Special Forces soldier and have been to several survival schools. I know I can not grow food and unless I buy a place in the boonies I can’t have a ranch with chickens, goats cattle, or sheep.
    What I do know is we will be killing each other for a few scraps of food so I have more ammo than food. I do have some can goods and have eaten dog before in the far east and cat makes a cheap meal since there are so many of them. Squirrels, rabbits, and possums are everywhere.
    At the very end we will be eating each other. EMP and lack of oil will destroy our world in a few weeks so all the prep in the wiorld won’t help unless you and your family are well armed and trained.
    My wife has her own personal pistol and shotgun as I have my weapons. If you ahave qa large amount of food let me have your name and address and I’ll defend you for half!

  8. As I reflect on my life there are many things I wished I had done differently but as they say, hindsight is 20/20. We move forward and chalk it up to life’s lessons. Especially the financial aspect. :-)

  9. All you need is about 200 rolls of tin foil and you’re set! Blocks the infrared and such….

  10. Thank you for your words of wisdom. Being relatively new to the prepping movement, I was a little afraid by doing more of my research up front and then making changes slowly I was loosing out on something. Now I know better.

    One of the things that I have started to do is to begin with things that do not cost anything. Look at what I have, how it can be used and then try it out. For example, I have a great fire pit in the back yard and I need to make dinner. Well kids let’s figure out if we can make something with what we have on hand (yeah, staying away from the usual hot dogs, etc.) over the backyard fire. It is amazing what you can come up with and learn. For example, it takes a heck of a lot longer to try to light a fire with only matches, than with the handy dandy ligher fluid.

    Thanks again!

  11. Why do you want to pay off debts if you think the economy is going to collapse? Why not get in debt because you will not have to pay it back if the world economy collapses?

    • Seriously Bill. With the advent of this here World WIDE Web, ignorance is NO EXCUSE.

      http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704396504576204553811636610.html

      You miss a court appearance on a collection case, and the judge can and WILL issue a bench warrant. You can do time in jail. Just think of the court fees and fines that can fill the coffers of the cash-strapped counties!! Some places make you pay for your jail time.

      http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2011/12/13/388303/the-return-of-debtors-prisons-thousands-of-americans-jailed-for-not-paying-their-bills/?mobile=nc

      Unless you are an illegal alien who can skip across the border after a default, it will not work. There could be a repeal of fair collection laws for private debt (just like the current exemptions for the Student Loan industry).

      Remember TARP? They paid out their bonuses, laid off thousands of lower paid workers and then proceeded to foreclose at a rapid rate. They will have enough lawyers to garnish, place liens and make life even more of a living hell.

      You could become an expat in Ecuador, or a sewer rat under Las Vegas, but

      • Vincent is right. It’s a fantasy to think that consumer debt will just drift away. It’s far better to face an uncertain future debt free, if at all possible. And, the IRS and tax collectors at all levels of government will be desperate for every dollar they can collect. Already a bill is in place that would allow the IRS to confiscate passports of anyone owing more than 50K in taxes.

    • Bill, just because we may be facing a severe economic downturn, a police state, WW III or even TEOTWAWKI, there is still no excuse for any individual to engage in immoral and dishonest behavior. Even the fact that the modern banking system itself is a fraudulent counterfeiting operation doesn’t give you the right to engage in theft (which is what fraud actually is). When you borrowed to buy your car, your house, your tee-vee, it was with the understanding that you owed the lender and would pay it back. It put you essentially in a position of servitude to that lender and the sooner you pay them off, the sooner you regain some of your Liberty. Preparing for a period of crisis by paying off debt says a lot about one’s character. When times get harder and the belt tightening begins in earnest, those that are known for their honesty, integrity and dependability will find support in their communities. Those that are known as dead-beats because they didn’t honor their obligations may find themselves figuratively outside the gate with the wolves nipping at their heels.

    • Bill,

      Planning to not pay debt is fraud and, if proven, is a crime. Of course proving intent is difficult unless your real name is “Bill”. Don’t leave a trail. :)

      But your observation is correct …

      If TEOTWAWKI does happen, there is no guarantee that lenders will be able to pursue debtors. If you wisely choose which people you are indebted to, you stand a very good chance of never having a problem. Many debts never get collected. Many collectors will never go near a court.

      Beware of savvy landlords and local retailers. We talk to each other and know many of the tricks to get our pound of flesh. The Petite court judge sees us enough to know us by name.

      Avoid owing money to a government entity. Governments and their government officials are exempt from many laws we common folk must follow.

      Read your state laws. They are in English and you’re suppose to know them anyway.

    • Any collapse or decent into chaos will not happen overnight. During the Weimar Republic those who were in debt did not do well. Those who thought ahead did better. Those who have capital have investment opportunities. During hyperinflation, it is possible that you can wipe out your debt, but using all your capital leads to more ruin. In addition, developing debt on purpose is irresponsible.

  12. GARDEN NOW!!! I started prepping in 1998 for Y2K and I bought tons of seeds and gardening books. I finally started gardening many years later and found that the $1,000 worth of seeds wouldn’t sprout (they had lost their vitality over the years) and much of the gardening advice didn’t work in practice. I have been gardening every year since and I can tell you for certain that it takes a lot of practice and trial-and-error. There are way too many variables that you won’t know about until you’re staring at your plants wondering why it looks all wilted, funny colored, and full of holes (different bugs, soil conditions, weather conditions, etc.)

    So, bottom line, garden immediately and don’t get discouraged. It takes a number of years to garden pretty well and a lifetime of learning to ever get very well at it. This is NOT something that you want to start mid crisis!

  13. We believe it is better to owe no man but to love him. Getting out of debt first will give you the confidence to accomplish great things. There is no reason you can’t add a few extra cans of veggies, beans, soup, etc. to your grocery basket to build up your pantry while you are getting out of debt. Just remember, you can’t eat an elephant but one bite at a time. Don’t panic, just get up and put one foot in front of the other every day. You’ll be surprised how much you can accomplish just one day at a time! If you need a list of priorities, make one! I did and it helps me stay focused. Blessings to all – love your web site!

    • Amen to that! Right now, my priority is getting out of debt! I’m a couple of months away from being out of credit card debt, and I’m a couple of years away from getting out of Student Loan debt.

      It took me a while, but I’ve accumulated just over a month’s worth of food, and almost a week’s worth of water, a decent First Aid kit, and some basic tools. This is in addition to my First Aid, camping, and navigation skills, which I acquired in that sexist, bigoted, homophobic, paramilitary organization aka The Boy Scouts.

      And, yeah, granted, at this point in time I’m not likely going to survive anything major, like a nuclear war, or a zombie apocalypse. But I’m at least much better prepared than most people in my apartment complex, and I’m working on getting prepared for a zombie apocalypse, etc, it’s just that I’ve got other priorities right now, like, oh, I don’t know, getting out of debt, perhaps?

  14. Wow I never made any of these mistakes (sarcasm). I think this is the start of a new blog, evolution of a prepper. I have been thinking along these lines lately. My jumpstart was I NEED MORE STUFF! I went on a buying spree. It was fun but not very practical. My biggest aha was food. There are alot of options out there and some very confusing. Although my family was from the hills of KY, I grew up on fast food. I witnessed my grandparents “put up” food but thought why? Again it was easy to buy in stores. Once I read (a little) I again went to the stores (online) and bought food. MREs, canned meat, canned butter – Wow this is easy! Then it happend, my mancave shelf were full. I realized I only had about a 3-4 months of food. I realized I needed more basics. I then bought grains, sugar, salt, beans. Now I had buckets and I was a real prepper. But I was still eating frozen meals and buying meat at the grocery store. I started reading more and the prepper universe opened my eyes. Prepping is about self reliance not stores. I paid off all of my debts, switched to knowlege instead of stuff. I even ground my own flower and made bread. I felt like Tom Hanks on Cast Away when he made fire. That was 6 months ago. Now I can (put up) monthly. I started with Jam, pickles and hamburger. Then my wife stepped in and said – lets can stuff we are actually going to eat now. She is so smart. Now I have hamburger, meatloaf. Sauces, oatmeal and pasta. My garden (on an upstairs porch) is in full swing. After all of this, I now feel I am ready to get started:) Your stories in this blog are right on. I hope everyone takes the points to heart and saves the 1-2 years I spent on the wrong road. Thanks for everything you do.

  15. Excellent advice. Spend more time taking action than you spend reading about what actions you should take. Research is good, but it can also be an endless cycle if you let it.

  16. To those who think they would just end their lives, if TEOTWAWKI should take place, need to step back and seriously rethink that plan. In the end, when faced with something along these lines, Life and Living would become precious. How could a parent think they could look at their children knowing they would have to kill them first, or watch them being killed. I am a grandmother and I am taking survival seriously. If for no other reason so that my grandchildren have a chance at life. I’m not ready to just stand up and say “shoot me”. Water, food, ammo, guns, garden seeds-whatever it takes. I may not make it, but it won’t be because I didn’t try. It’s an overwhelming task but something that I think is very worthwhile.

  17. For myself, just being new to this on an awake awareness if you will. I first spent hours and hours on the web looking for information. I have it now narrowed down to a few places like this blog and 2 others. I did make the mistake of asking a few of my family members if they had a 72 hour plan. They did not react like I had thought. So I just don’t talk about it to them anymore. I would have just said nothing looking back. But, as humans, you want your family to be ready and with you right? So at the very least I planted a seed. Living in AZ I know I have to learn to garden ASAP and in a hostile enviorment for sure. B/c if the power goes out, well, we are pretty much in the can with any preps that demand a controled climate. The financial part of being prepared could not be more important. So say you have a ton of debt now. As inflation climbs, your debt will only grow and grow and grow. You better get some skills. By those I mean “old fashion” ones. People will need services, but, not the ones we are use to now. So think back to, and research how life was before and during WWII. Some of those same skill sets are going to be most needed. I remember my grandfather telling me often how he and his brother had to hunt squariels for dinner. How their Mom use to clean them and sell the pelts. Now think about that. It was not really all that long ago. Education is key, but the right kind is more key. I agree with The Survial MOM, watch Youtube for skills. Research what is going to work for you in a practicle way. I was faced to learn a lot more b/c my job was phased out in 2009. My biggest fear is my husbands business that has been providing for us will become harder for him to do. So I am constantly thinking of plan B, C and D.

    I agree with Kathy as well. I have kids and I will do all I can to make sure they learn at school what school can teach and at home, what school does not. I want them all to go to college if they can but I want them to know how to survive w/out having a college debt over their heads. These are uncertain times and change is the only constant in life. Being ready and able to roll with a change makes it more livable. Not easy, but less stressful for sure. And, that is all I have to say about that.

  18. Yeah, #4 – keeping mouth shut around family and friends – THAT one is a mistake that will sink a lot of people’s hopes come crunch time. That particular point should have an article all its own, and updated semi-regularly. Well, maybe not on its own, but it does play a part in soooo many prep situations, doesn’t it? I suppose we could all cover that topic on our blogs in an effort to help newcomers avoid the worst and most embarrassing moments associated with it. The veterans already have plenty to say about it. Good on you for including it in your list.

  19. I’m not terribly deep into prepping … but I lived through the 1971 Northridge/Sylmar earthquake where the National Guard came through the neighborhood ordering immediate evacuation. I was 13 years old at the time. This was pre- cell phone and pre- debit card era. But for the mercy of kind folk we would have been in a world of hurt. We and thousands of others were refugees in a local park about 10 miles away. We returned home in 24 hours. But it reminds you that life is fragile. I’d love to have a bunker in Idaho like Rawles, but that’s not on the schedule. I’ll do what I can, with what I can. Being debt free is one of the very first things to do – and I’m talking mortgage and all. Own some silver and gold. Have cash. Have long term food stores, a 72 hour bug out bag for each person, firearms and the training to use them effectively, ammo, ham radios, etc. All according to what your budget will allow. Ultimately, by collectively being prepared we can bounce back faster and easier, and be a blessing to others who may have done nothing to prepare. If you can’t even help your family or friends, why bother?

  20. I don’t think you did much wrong. If you don’t know when the desaster will hit it is better to have something rather than nothing. Poor shoes are better than no shoes. A simple knife is better than none. It is a good idea to cover all bases at least a little before disaster.

    We now know that there was no disaster in 2009,2010,2011, or the first half of 2012. If we had been wrong the simple supplies would have been better than nothing. It is easy to look back and say, gee why did I spend money on insurance when I didn’t have an accident.

    I have seen people spend $1000 for a rifle and not have a saw or shovel. I have seen $100 knives when the person doesn’t have a pair of gloves. An MRE is good but a dozen cans of chile are much less.

  21. You mention YouTube videos. Do you recommend any specific ones?

  22. The biggest mistake is buying into some of the worst phantasies (aka. zombies).

    More realistic is that SHTF is very often a personal experience, such as a job loss, medical emergency or the death of a loved one. For our regular life we have house insurance, car insurance, medical etc.

    So why NOT have food insurance? food prices keep going up, so buy what you use and get some extra. Pretty soon you will have a week’s worth, then a month, then three.

    An emergecny requiring evacuation can happen at any time and everywhere. So have a bug out bag ready to get you thru a few days. One for every person in your family and don’t forget about your pets.

  23. I’ve never heard of ‘prepping’ nor of anything else itemized within the above comments……and I consider myself up to date with current world/local affairs. Would some of those posting comments list books I should read, web sites I should search, etc.? I found this web site totally by mistake. Am I not watching/reading the same news reports?

  24. prepping doesn’t mean you think we will be over run by zombies……although those recent stories are some pretty scary s***. At one point in Walking Dead Shane tells Rick that “it all started with a few weird news stories”.But I digress. Prepping just means being more prepared for whatever life might throw at you. It means that you are less likely to need help from others. Less likely to be living in a tent in a refugee camp. Less likely to be standing in line waiting for government cheese. Less likely to be part of the problem and more likely to be part of the solution. IF s*** or any thing else hits a fan and people choose to opt out when things get tough, so be it. Less unprepared people to have to care for. I on the other hand will be more ready than most, less ready than many. But I for damn sure wont be an albatross because I refused to believe that bad things can and do happen every day. ( I lost nearly everything to a flood just over a year ago. ) P.S. Love this site

  25. I look at it like this: if what I am trying to prepare for never happens, then I have taught myself valuable skills that I can pass along. If something does happen, and I survive TEOTWAWKI, then I have an ample supply of things to make the transition to pre-industrial life far easier. And if I somehow don’t survive, then I am helping my neighbor or a stranger by providing them a cache of goods that might see them to a better tomorrow.

  26. You buy insurance don’t you; hopefully Life and accidental death, Homeowners or rental insurance. Do buy disability insurance through work or on your own. If through work; make sure that it is paid after taxes or you will pay taxes on the payout. Learned that one from Brian Bozworth and his disability while playing for the Seattle Seahawks. My wife and I both have had to use disability insurance, she had to pay taxes on her payout. I did not because they offered me the chance to pay it after taxes my wife didn’t have that option if she took it. Prepping is a form of food insurance.

  27. My prepping came to a near standstill when I actually sat and thought it out. Why am I buying all this when I live in the middle of the desert? Water will be my #1 need, I could NEVER store enough water needed for an extended period of time for my family. Walking to Lake Mead to get water won’t be a choice for a few reasons, it may be summer, the government will be protecting it because it will become gold, and walking 30+ miles even armed would be dangerous. After an EMP bugging out on foot won’t be an option either, 100+ miles in any direction across desert…..So now what?

  28. Found you looking on Amazon. I have prepped in the past, not for apocalypse but prior to surgery. With 2 small kids at the time I knew it was in my family’s best interest to have what they might need on hand. Even the pet’s were prepped for. It worked beautifully, didn’t have to buy anything but milk, bread and eggs for almost a year and a half late. Currently doubling up and paying off debt. Always a good idea. Kids are now out of the house on their own. Hubby and I have built a pantry room and working on an addition where I am placing my grandmother’s old wood stove. I, too have been paying close attention to the world news lately and feel that something may happen in the future that will effect us all. I don’t see why learning to be self sufficient and ready for whateve, be it surgery, which I am facing in the summer, job loss or catastrophe of any type would not be prudent. I haven’t said anything to my family about prepping, they would not understand, I do however have an idea that a lady I work with is prepping. I also plan on being able to protect those I love. Great info, plan to frequent your blog for learning more.

  29. It did not occur to me that we were preppers. Yes I am blond but not dumb. Someone called me a prepper the other day. ( and not in the nice way.) We have five children and I lost my job a while ago and it was difficult to find a comparable one. My husband is self employed in a field that has tremendous work availability swings. So anyway, we paid off all credit card debt, actually went to a savings account only and paid cash on hand for everything. You won’t believe how your spending slows when you have to drive twenty minutes to the bank to get a few dollars out. We purchased manual everything, and turned most of the yards into gardens. For us the SHTF several years ago, we are surviving the economic downturn now. So I suppose the point is start living prepared now. Don’t just add it to your to do list, live it. We are surviving on between 12,500, and 17,500 a year for a family of seven on an acre of land. For the last five years we have been fixing an older camper. You would be surprised what people throw out when they feel the economy is not really so bad. The camper will be used as a bug out is we loose the house. The kids have learned a whole new appreciation for earn it or do without. Family gives us odd jobs to help with money. At first it was embarrassing, but they need work done and we need money. In a SHTF situation you would do it, try doing it now. Also we learned to raise and eat chickens and rabbit. When your living more frugal, self sustaining, survival mode, you learn quickly what is waste and what is need. Finally what people get rid of for free now they won’t later. Crumbs I was done but I have to say this too. A bible or something for your religion is very important. If you are gone and your children are left what will they carry on? Everyone thought Noah and the Ark was crazy, they mocked him and hated him. We might not be on a mission ordained by God, but living prepared isn’t foolish either. ( You already knew that though, right?)

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