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This is a problem that afflicts both new and experienced preppers. There are so many different categories of needs with prepping, such as food, water, shelter, and self-defense, that we sometimes get wrapped up with one area and neglect another. While there is some prioritization that is necessary (clean water is far more important than, say, board games), all are important to one degree or another.
I see this happening most often with security equipment. A guy or gal invests thousands of dollars into firearms and ammunition, yet has nothing more than perhaps a case of canned stew and a couple of rolls of toilet paper. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not negating the need for firearms, far from it. But there needs to be a balance in your prepping.
You can’t do everything all at once, of course. However, you need to make sure you are giving attention to all areas of your prepping at some point or another.
For example, let’s say you have $100.00 you can devote to prepping this month. You got a bonus check at work, or maybe your deadbeat brother finally paid you back for a loan you gave him a couple of years ago. Whatever the reason, you have some extra funds you can put towards prepping. While you need to consider your individual situation and the needs of your family, generally speaking you’ll be better off splitting up those funds rather than plunking it all down on one thing. Here’s how it might play out:
- 8 cases of bottled water (4/$10) – $20.00
- 2 boxes of ramen noodle, 12 pouches in each box ($2.50/box) – $5.00
- 1 case canned chicken (12 cans) – $24.00
- LifeStraw – $20.00
- Copy of Countdown to Preparedness – $12.00
Then, put the remaining $19.00 into savings. With just the above items, you’re able to provide food and water for your family for at least a week or two, purify additional water, and make a small investment into learning more about preparedness. This, my friends, is called diversification.
The same holds true with how you spend your time, rather than your money. I encourage you to always try and do at least one thing each and every day to move you down the preparedness path, but try and do something different each day, too. If today you sat down and researched ways to create your own cleaning or personal hygiene products, tomorrow maybe work on learning one or two wild edibles in your area.
Be wary of tunnel vision. It happens to all of us, believe me. But, if you watch out for it and are aware that it happens, you’ll be more apt to recognize and snap out of it quicker.