Sometimes prepping isn’t about large scale SHTF events, sometimes it’s about preparing for personal doomsdays. Being even just a little prepared can help in a number of disaster scenarios…big and small.
To the average person, prepping is about hoarding food and wearing tactical gear. To preppers it’s about much more than that. It’s about living responsibly, taking care of our families, and preparing for hard times.
Prepping is about separating ourselves from the chaos. That chaos could be anything from paying off our car so the bank can’t repossess it, to storing food and avoiding the grocery store when all hell breaks loose.
SPP203 Preparing for Personal Doomsdays
In this week’s show we did go over some possible personal doomsday scenarios, but we wanted to go over more about the why and how, rather than the what.
Let’s face it, life happens, and it happens more often than we would like. Personal doomsday scenarios like these shouldn’t define us. What should define us is how we react and recover from them.
I consider these personal challenges in life, potholes, and some roads have more of them than others. Unless your car (you) is completely immobilized, you have no choice but to move on to the next pothole or road block. Hopefully along the way you are using the time between potholes to make the next one a little more bearable. This is what prepping is all about, preparing for the “what if”.
All of this can cause you to lose interest in preparedness, or lose our motivation. This is completely natural, and we all go through it at one point or another. The goal should be to to avoid extended periods of stagnation. While we might have a little time to prepare for some disaster scenarios, some can spring on us at a moments notice.
It may be easier said than done depending on the situation, but there are ways to get back into prepping. If it’s the lack of money that is causing you to lose interest in preparedness, there are quite a few things you can do that don’t cost a dime. Prepping is not all about what supplies you have, prepping is about learning new skills, and learning to survive when those supplies aren’t available.
When it comes to the loss of a family member, or personal trauma, prepping can (for good reason) fall down your list of priorities. While it’s important to take the time to grieve, or work through these issues, we can’t afford to let prepping sit on the back burner for too long.
Learning to Live on Less
When you think about it, learning to live on less is a huge part of preparedness. We think about how they lived 100 years ago, and strive to learn the skills they used in their daily lives. As I said earlier, prepping is about more than gas masks and MRE’s, it’s about being financially and physically responsible in preparation for the hard times ahead.
If you think about everything you need to become prepared, or what you have already spent, the number can be staggering. When you break it down into smaller pieces, that number doesn’t seem so large. If you take advantage of sales, using coupons, and buying in bulk, over time prepping will actually save you money.
6 Ways Being a Prepper Can Save You Money
I didn’t want this article to be all about “doom and gloom” so I put a funny (I think so anyway) list together of 6 things that can save you money while prepping. If you can think of any, leave a comment below.
- Most people want a shiny new car, but not preppers. We are proud to own an old beat up 1970 vehicle because it will be EMP proof, and no one will think twice about stealing it.
- Living without modern conveniences isn’t an inconvenience at all, It’s an opportunity to test out our supplies and skills.
- We have figured out alternatives to everything. Window is broken? Grab some plywood. Toilet isn’t working? Grab the bucket. It might not be the answer they want, but we literally have the answer to everything.
- We have so much food laying around, we could grab a few things, mix them together and have a different meal every night.
- God forbid we need to, but we buy so much survival crap, we could always have a garage sale or sell something on eBay if money gets tight. When you think about it this way, prepping supplies are an investment…that’s what I’m telling Lisa anyway!
- When people call us crazy, it’s a compliment. It means we are doing something right. This won’t “save you money”, but I thought I’d put it in here none the less.
In all seriousness, prepping costs a lot, but saves you money over time. Buying in bulk, looking for sales, learning how to cook, learning how to preserve food, learning to live fiscally responsible, will all save you money over time.
Prepping is about taking advantage of the good times, and preparing for the bad…whatever that may be. Prepping is like having life insurance that benefits you while your still alive.
Some Possible Personal Doomsdays
In the show this week we talked briefly about some possible personal dooomsday scenarios. The reason we didn’t go into a lot of detail about these is because I think everyone could make a list of their top 10, and they would all be different.
I wrote this article about 10 personal doomsday scenarios, and here is a list of what we discussed in the show….
Natural Disasters: I consider natural disaster personal doomsdays because of how localized they are. In episode 195 we talked about preparing for natural disasters.
Job Loss: Losing expected monthly income can put a real strain on you and your family. When times are tight, having a little food stored away ease the burden.
Family Structure: Your family structure changing can caused by a number of different things. The loss (or addition) to the family, Divorce, a contributor moving out, or an accident can all change your priorities.
Severe Sickness: At one point or another in life all of us will have to handle situations like these. Injury, disease, or disability could affect us or our family members and loved ones.
Issues at Home: There are many issues around the house that could cause unwanted stress. There are constantly repairs that need to be done around the home, and some are bigger than other. Unless you own your home outright, eviction and foreclosure might need to be considered as well.
Unexpected Expenses: This could fall into all the personal doomsday categories. Injuries at home, job loss, car accidents, and changes in the family could change our ability to pay the bills.
Personal Trauma: Situations like Robbery, assault or mental trauma may or may not change our physical ability to get things done, but they could effect us mentally.
In order to be completely prepared we need to pay attention to the small stuff. These “small” disaster scenarios will become big disaster scenarios when they affect us directly. While these personal doomsdays may not be life threatening, they can and will change how we do things in the future.