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Friday, April 17, 2015

10 More Reasons to be a Prepper


10 Everyday Reasons to be a Prepper

The above article is definitely worth reading. In short, the 10 reasons presented there are:

1.      Job loss or underemployment.  
2.      House fire.  
3.      Cuts and scrapes.  
4.      And speaking of the car kit–how about those
         emergency snacks or diaper changes?  
5.      Not to dwell on vehicles, but mechanical problems
         are not unheard of.  
6.      Natural disasters.  
7.      Evacuation.  
8.      Family unexpectedly comes to town.  
9.      Last minute food.  
10.   Power outage.  

Because there are many reasons to be a prepper, I decided to add 10 more to the list.

1.     Prices change.

The nearest supermarket to my house used to be an Albertsons and Albertsons was expensive relative to WinCo Foods, but the quality of the produce and to a lesser extent the meat was far superior to WinCo Foods. When Haggen took ownership of the Albertsons I went to primarily for produce and meat because prices skyrocketed. 

For example, frozen hash brown patties went from $4.29 for a box of 20 to $5.89. At WinCo Foods 20 hash brown patties cost $2.89. 

Preppers look for bargains and they stock up when the prices are good. Thus, when prices fluctuate upward, the pantry guards against having to shell out more money for no additional benefit.

2.     Reduces frivolous spending.

A corollary to #1 is that if you are a prepper you are constantly thinking about the common sense use of your money. 

Most recently, a driver with an expired license ran a red light and totaled my fully loaded 2005 Mustang GT. Because I still wanted to drive a Mustang, I used to payoff money to buy a bottom-of-the-line Mustang for $25K rather than a fully-optioned GT for $44K. The base Mustang had as much power as I had in the 2005 and loads more options. Thus, I had everything I was used to having and more without shelling out $19K more than I needed to.

3.     Allows you to help others in a crisis.

A well-stocked prepper can help others in a time of crisis. Let’s say someone has their house totally consumed by fire. A prepper could easily provide food and water for a week to the family in need. I am not saying preppers are obligated to do so--or even that they should--but rather they have the option of helping without it being a detriment to their own family.

4.     Gets you back to nature.

Many preppers grow a garden in the backyard because homegrown fruits and vegetables taste much better than produce bought in the store, but more importantly, the cost is radically less. Aside from the cost of water and seeds or plants, there is no cost. I have always found something satisfying about gardening.

5.     Improves your health.

This is a corollary to getting back to nature. If we are growing our own food and making meals from what we grow, it follows that we will be eating better. The basic mindset of being a prepper is to be ready. Therefore, being in good health is essential for being able to withstand the demands of an emergency situation.

6.     Brings organization to your thoughts.

All preppers know that any Tom, Dick, or Harry can accumulate a stockpile of food, but that to be a prepper you have to rotate the food in an eat-the-old-and-replenish-with-new kind of mindset. Organizing the food for access and easy rotation tends to have that attention to logical organization spread to other aspects of your life.

7.     Makes you new friends.

It’s not that a prepper has forsake his non-prepper friends or even that he should, but rather that when a person begins preparing, they tend to come across other like-minded individuals. The has the effect of enlarging one’s circle of friends. And every prepper knows that the larger your circle of friends the better in a time of crisis.

8.     Changes your life strategy.

Many people stumble through life only to wake up as retirement approaches and then they wish they could have years back or they wish they would have appreciated more in the moment. If you believe that a natural disaster could take the life of even one loved one in a random instant, it follows that appreciating and savoring the now of one’s life should become the default. Moreover, great memories made nourish us when the loved one is no longer here to make more memories with.

9.     Motivates you to help others understand how to prep when they get the prepper bug.

When I decided to begin preparing, a good friend suggested I should start with a 72-hour emergency bag. I looked online and found a great list on an LDS site. I used the list to build my bag and one for my daughter as well. When I decided I wanted to stockpile food in my pantry for the two months when I do not receive a paycheck, he guided me with storage ideas--some of which I have passed on to other people I know who are preparing.

10.   Encourages continuing education.


A part of being prepared is knowing how to do things so as not to have to rely on others. While preppers may rely on interdependence in a time of crisis, the success of that interdependence is greater when each person in the group is knowledgeable about skills and strategies. My continuing education allowed me to discover moringa oleifera trees. Soon I will be learning how to can foods and to dry foods. I plan to learn about antibiotics for fish that can be used on humans. The medications are legal to purchase for use on fish, but they are the same drugs that are given to humans. In the event of something like Hurricane Katrina, possession of such medications and the knowledge of how to use them appropriately could be life saving.

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