Inside the Mind of a Prepper – Saving as a mental tool for prepping

Inside The Mind Of A Prepper

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Prepping is a mindset. It’s about having a belief system to govern each of your actions. It’s about carefully analyzing each decision and understanding the potential ramifications, and committing to those ideals fully. While the American economy has improved, many are still wary that a sudden destabilization is on the horizon, and the societal pillars of today will soon be wiped out and leave a world in which every man (and woman) must fight for themselves. So what can we do to prepare for that? Stocking up valuable supplies like food and water, yes, but how do we prepare mentally for the upcoming times? It’s something you can practice right now and it deals with, strangely enough, paper currency.

Imagine a world in which you’re unable to drive your car to the supermarket to pick up each item on your shopping list. Imagine a world in which your neighbors become thieves and lurch around at night, looking to steal your cans of beets or reserve gallons of fresh water. Imagine a world not ruled by local, state, or national governments and instead an anarchic free-for-all. How will you ensure your family survives during these trying times? It’ll come down to who can conserve and use available resources most effectively. It’s this concept called saving.

Saving is prepping. Setting aside a chunk of cash each paycheck you roll in allows you to have a fund in case you run into an emergency. Why do this, especially if paper currency won’t hold any value when SHTF? Because it isn’t about the money, it’s about getting you in the mindset of only using what is necessary for your survival. Right now I only buy food, pay for home utilities (water + electricity), rent, and other absolute essentials. No phone, no internet, Netflix, no subscription-based entertainment services whatsoever. In addition, biking to work is a much cheaper form of transportation and it provides exercise.

I save 65% of my income with zero debt to pay off, and prepping my mind to do as much with as little as possible. If you haven’t already, pay off any and all outstanding debts. High interest should be paid first. Focus on putting most effort towards one debt at a time, while still making minimum payments on remaining debt accounts with lower interest rates. Saving will help contribute to this, and if you need to consolidate smaller debts into one lump sum, a strategy called debt consolidation. Debt is a chain around your ankle, hindering any forward progress you make. Break these chains and become a free man or woman once again.

One may ask – how can you prep saving a majority of your paycheck? It is true that prepping can be an expensive lifestyle, but as is customary in prepping, takes careful thinking and attentive analysis. I buy food items that are on sale or that I find coupons for. I buy enough of these items so that I have enough food for today with surplus carried over for tomorrow. Dried and reconstituted goods are essential. Canned vegetables, ration bars, and dehydrated noodles are staples of many diets and these items last well into the future; a win-win for prepping. Take up a new hobby – canning your own food items, hereis how. It’s a way to save additional money now while also giving you a prepping activity.

When SHTF, having a saver’s mindset will be essential to survival. Those who can stretch their resources and possessions as far as possible will be the most successful. Those that live on the least will stay on this earth the longest. The actions you take now will have lasting effects well into the future. Will you continue to wait for the end, or do something about it now?

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Interesting New Prepper Novel

TheBlackoutThe Blackout [Kindle Edition], by Stephanie Erickson is available today and tomorrow (May 28-29) for free download from Amazon. I just learned about it myself, so have not yet read it. I decided to go ahead and post a short notice about it anyway, since 1) it is well-reviewed, 2) it’s free, and 3) time is short for the free download. If you miss the free download time, the e-book is $2.99. From the reviews, it appears that is still a good deal.

I’ll update this post (in the comments) after I’ve had a chance to read it.

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Video Interview: Chris Downs

ChrisDownsInterviewThumbnailI first learned about Chris Downs in an e-book titled “Leap Into Your New Life” which covers some of the health benefits of raising your own food in a sustainable manner. Chris’ story tells about how he had come to the conclusion that he was about to die while waiting for a heart transplant, and even got his affairs in order before he discovered a better way to live and eat.

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Minute Man Rx at Self-Reliance Expo in Mesquite, TX

MinuteManRxOn April 4th and 5th (Friday 11am – 7pm & Saturday 9am – 7pm) at the Mesquite Convention Center, there will be a Self-Reliance Expo featuring products and services related to prepping. One of the corporate sponsors of Self Reliance Expo is Minute Man Rx, an Idaho-based manufacturer of Trauma and First Aid kits, along with a comprehensive line of state-of-the-art products for First Responders.

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Doomsday, The End of The World as we Know It, or Without Rule of Law

Tin Foil Hat

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There is a definite tendency on the part of the general public to consider preppers to be… well, strange. Members of the “tinfoil hat brigade”. Etc.

There is a sense in which this derision is at least partially deserved. If you look at a lot of prepper websites, you see terms like Doomsday, TEOTWAWKI and WROL tossed about as if those scenarios were imminent.

I get a newsletter that warns of an impending US currency collapse and a coming declaration of martial law in nearly every issue — and wants me to send them a substantial amount of that currency to them in return for a subscription to a pricey print publication –with a discount for a 3-year term.

Wait… What?

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