For beginning preppers, here are more simple ideas for getting started. This is about how basic can you get and still become more prepared, but even experienced preppers may find a few useful reminders!
1. Think outside the box for your stocking up.
Shop ethnic stores for basics like varieties of rice and beans. A grocery store in my area is advertising 5 bags of elbow macaroni for $1 and cans of shelf-stable table cream for just 79 cents!
2. Get an annual physical.
Make an appointment for a physical for everyone in the family over the age of 18. Health care will be more expensive and less accessible in a collapse scenario, so deal with health issues now. It’s better to know now what you may be dealing with rather than down the road when you might not have the money, health insurance coverage, or easy access to doctors and specialists.
3. Get physically prepared.
On a related note, start getting in shape. I’ve taken this advice and lost 40 pounds, and so can you! A physically fit body at a normal weight will be less inclined toward dozens of health issues. It also makes survival and preparedness a whole lot easier.
4. Create a personalized threat analysis to help you focus your prepping.
Identify your top 4 events to prepare for by answering these questions:
A. What are the 3 most likely natural disasters in your area? Examples: earthquake, tornado, hurricane, volcanic eruption.
B. What are the 3 most likely extreme weather events that might affect you? Examples: heat wave, drought, torrential rains.
C. What are the 3 most likely personal crises that would affect you? Examples: long-term unemployment, hyperinflation, civil unrest.
E. Finally, prioritize these in the order they are most likely to happen and you will immediately have a focus for your preparedness. To create a more detailed threat analysis, read this.
5. Test your food storage preparedness.
Set a goal to live off your stored food for 3 days. This exercise will give you an idea of what foods work, what recipes work, and what still needs to be done in order to keep your family happy and nutritiously fed in a crisis.
6. Buy at least 10 pre-1965 quarters each month.
You can purchase these silver coins on eBay and at local coin stores. These quarters are 90% silver and this is an easy way to begin stocking up on silver as a way to preserve your buying power should the dollar and our financial system collapse. I’ve purchased coins from Provident Metals (not an affiliate) and local coin stores.
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