If you’ve ever wondered if all the prepping supplies you buy, and all the time you invest in preparedness is a waste of time you’re not alone. It’s only natural to question whether something your doing is worth it or not.
You’ve probably heard it a hundred times, but prepping is just like paying your auto insurance every month. You hope you never need to use it, but your glad it’s there when you need to.
In fact, I think if you do second guess yourself from time to time, it means your doing something right. People who invest little money and time into preparedness don’t worry much about how much they are wasting.
So if you second guess yourself it only means you’re becoming better prepared and investing in your future.
SPP297 What if Nothing Happens
This week we have a replay that Lisa and I first did a couple of years ago about why prepping isn’t just a waste of time. We went over some ways to ensure that the money you put into preparedness isn’t just wasted if nothing happens.
The Genesis of Prepping
We all get interested in preparedness for different reasons. Some of us have been through something that changed our view on being prepared when a disaster strikes, and some of us are naturally skeptical of government and where the world is heading.
Unfortunately, a large number of people who start prepping tend to step off the gas pedal within a year or so. This is because their fears subside, or because they can’t justify investing time and money into disaster preparedness when life is good.
To me this is very dangerous. It’s worse to know better and do nothing, than to be ignorant all together. If you know the oil is low on your car, and you choose to do nothing about it, it falls squarely on your shoulders when your car breaks down.
Is Prepping a Waste of Money?
If you go out and fill your pantry with canned food and let it sit there, then yes, prepping is a waste of money. If you use that food, and store food that your family eats, your not spending any more money than you would have if you went to the store once a week.
As far as prepping gear and supplies go, there are some things that are strictly for prepping (like gas masks) but most items can be used on a daily basis. Solar equipment, 2-way radios, flashlights, and medical supplies are all important to have whether or not you are a prepper.
A little while back Lisa and I did a show about battling complacency and prepper burnout. Because we never know when disaster will strike, it’s very easy to become complacent and drop the ball.
Using the car insurance analogy, we can go years without being involved in an accident. All it takes is one poor decision or bad weather conditions to turn everything upside down.
The Big Picture and Prepping
To the average person prepping probably seems like what they see on shows like Doomsday Preppers. People with too much money and too much time preparing for the world to end next week.
The truth is, most preppers are nothing like this. Most preppers are to boring and average to be on TV. For people like us, prepping helps in more ways than just preparing for a disaster or SHTF event.
Prepping teaches us to live more responsibly, become more self-reliant, and not to take life for granted. Prepping isn’t just about doomsday, prepping is about being ready for anything that might come our way.
Teaching the Next Generation
Maybe it’s just me trying to justify the time and money I spend on prepping, but even if nothing happens, it’s not a complete waste of time. Prepping teaches your children and family about self-reliance.
Life has been so good in the U.S. recently that people have forgotten how hard life would be without these modern conveniences.
If nothing else, it teaches that life isn’t always easy. Prepping teaches why having extra food in the pantry is important, how to manage your money, and teaches us to think critically about different situations.
If we can teach our children and family to not take life for granted because bad things happen all the time, our prepping was well worth it…even if nothing happens.