What If The Collapse Never Comes?

Ideology_IconWhat if the collapse never comes?

A reader asked this question in the comments of a recent post . What if we spend all this time and money preparing for a collapse or disaster that never happens. Then what? We’ll have wasted our lives, time and money he says.

One example given was Mel Tappan (1933–1980) – Tappan was a stable fixture of survivalist movement before his death at age 47. The commenter thinks, Mel wasted his life planning for a crash that never came.

I doubt Mel would feel this way, but I guess we’ll never know.

I’m sure a lot of people have abandoned the idea of preparedness when the crash failed to happen within their allotted time frame (the year 2000 millennium bug “Y2K” for example). This is natural and I’ll admit it’s happened to me more than once. Sometimes it’s difficult to stay on target and motivated.

When you think about it, collapse and disasters happen everyday, albeit on a personal or local level. Job loss can cause a personal economic collapse and natural and man-made disasters can be sudden and deadly, tornadoes for example – these types of disasters are becoming more common place.

I see survival planning as an insurance policy for the future, and a way of life (and it can also be a lot of fun if you’re doing it right).

How many home owners have paid insurance premiums for 30 or more years, yet their home has never flooded or burnt? How many have dropped their policy only to have their home destroyed by fire months later?

But what if I spend all that money stocking up on survival food only to throw it out when it passes the expiration date?

What’s that you say? Why would you have to throw it out? You have to eat – don’t you? If you eat and rotate you should never have to throw anything out. Let me say that again – If you eat and rotate you should never have to throw anything out. Got it? Good.

All you’re doing by stocking up is buying in advance and when you consider the fact that you’re eating at last years food prices, stocking up is a no brainer because it’s only going to get more expensive. If you’re throwing food away you’re doing something wrong.

If you learn to prepare food using basic foods, such as beans, rice and whole grains you’ll actually be saving money, eating better and learning new skills.

By learning skills and doing things yourself, you not only save money, you gain independence and a feeling of self-worth and pride in your accomplishments. This is valuable no matter what the economic or surrounding conditions.

Survival planning and self-reliance also has many health benefits, and we all want to be healthy and live longer.

By raising a garden, hunting and foraging, you not only eat healthier, you get off the couch and get some exercise and again you save money.

I don’t think a life including survival planning is a wasted life. There is no need to hide in a bunker or live in fear as some seem to think – it can be a lot of fun, you can save money and probably live longer.

What do you think? Is prepping a waste of life?

Comments

  1. whoisbiggles says:

    What if the collapse never comes?
    Since 2000 I lived through 5 cyclones, 2 floods and numerous black outs due to storms, with only minor inconvenience.
    I have lost weight due to getting more active and eating better, (still a ways to go yet).
    Learnt how to grow food, store excess produce.
    Take care of ongoing self defence training for family.
    Repair finances and get serious about reducing debt. (Still got a mortgage to sort out).
    Got out of the stock market as much as possible.
    Enjoyed building things like chicken coop, storage shelving, chairs etc out of abandoned pallets with the kids.
    Learning how to cook from scratch, again doing this with the kids. Still got aways to go with this.
    Bought a rural block, where we have planted numerous fruit and some nut trees. Which we also use for camping and other things.
    If I die tomorrow, I have lived well, and hope that the seeds I have planted in the kids minds will bear fruit.

  2. k. fields says:

    What if the collapse never comes?
    I think anyone who has been at this a while will ask themselves that question – as I replied jokingly to an earlier article, I’m still awaiting the collapse that I was sure was going to occur in 1973!

    What will keep you going is making it a lifestyle instead of an obsession.

    The folks who are worried by every new revelation about the economy or every rumor of plague or war, will burn out quickly and will indeed have wasted both their time and money. Life has to be more than constantly preparing for catastrophe.

    But those who view “prepping” as simply a road to becoming more self-reliant will learn things about themselves they never thought possible and joys that can never be purchased.

  3. “You live and learn” is a statement that taught me what I need to know,,, we were always stationed on the coast, and I always had a hurricane locker stocked full of non perishables smal propane tanks, cook stove etc. We weathered many days turned to week of no power over the years,
    When DH retired from service we moved close to family–inland,,and I stopped keeping a locker. No hurricanes right!! That first year we had an unexpected ice storm,
    Lost power for a week, no water, no mode to cook everything in my freezer that was spoiling! After we recovered from that, I vowed it would never happen again,, I would have INSURANCE.

    And we started prepping. First a little at a time, adding when we could afford to. We moved from that big house w/little land to 27 acres in the middle of nowhere and built a working farm. We still have to work ‘in town’ about an hour commute for our extras but knowing that we are self sufficient is a wonderful feeling.

    We grow,hunt,store and can,,,my only concern now would be feeding the horses in a crisis (we don’t have a hay field). Each year we learn more, and this site has added to that knowledge.
    We rotate because we eat what we store, I don’t have 100lbs of beef jerky, because we don’t eat it,,,,, but I did get MD’s CD that taught me how to field prep a deer.

    I would rather die and have all this left over than have my family die because I didn’t .

    • Sw't tater says:

      Jerky does not have to be eaten dry, it can be shaved up and put in soup!(If you eat Beef /Venison at all)

  4. riverrider says:

    well i sometimes lament the cash i’ve spent on preps, probly 20-30k by now, but now i know i can go about 3 years before i need to go to the grocery store for anything, and i mean anything.. thats a nice feeling now that my income has been cut hard. and push come, i could sell a few of the gun preps and still have enough to defend. i could eat the food in the freezer, then cut power and survive just fine. jic, i have 100 gallons of gas stored. heat with wood. what else do i need? naw, i didn’t waste a thing. and it kept me occupied for 3 years of retirement so i didn’t get in trouble:)

  5. TN Mommy says:

    If the collapse never happens, then at least I had a good time becoming a better person. For a long while my husband was telling me that I needed to get a hobby. My life was all work and kids and no hobby. For some reason, I can’t really even remember why, I got into reading alternative media, which led me to researching the impending economic collapse of the US, and then preparedness was the natural progression. But now I have a hobby that I have gotten my whole family involved in, and we are also healthier people!

    I’ve learned how to grow my own food which has turned out to be really fun and exciting. My 3 year-old daughter has so much fun going out to the deck and watering the “crops” as I call them (my crops are in 5 gallon buckets on the deck). We harvest fresh vegetables together and she gets so excited watching them grow! It’s an amazing learning experience.

    Grocery shopping is so much easier now! When you grow most of your own vegetables, all you have to buy is the stuff you can’t grow yourself! So when I go grocery shopping, I’m usually just getting bananas, eggs, bread, milk, cheese and then large quantities of bulk items. So instead of having a list of 40 items that I have to pick up from the store, my list has like 10 or less items (just lots of them, lol…)

  6. midnight1st says:

    I view this life style as staving off Alzheimers. I dare it to catch up to me with all that I am learning and practicing these days! And having a good time doing it also.

  7. curtis B says:

    Look around, with all the things happening in the world, PREP!! Prep very well! The Boy Scout Motto “Be Prepared” should be taken to heart. The government scandals are prevalent, financial turmoil is evident–look around and prepare for the worst and pray for the best! Every day!

  8. Tactical G-Ma says:

    M.D. and Pack,
    I am proud to be part of this group cause our interests seem to be more “chicken coop” than “Chicken Little”. And our group acknowledges that the journey is as important as the destination. Our Sun should last another 500 million years, so there are bound to be challenges along the way. Love you guys!

  9. Well hopefully the collapse will never come BUT it never hurts to hope for the best but prepare for the worst. The Mormons have doing it for more than 100 years and as MD says, just rotate your food. Also it’s just plain makes sense to strive for self sufficiency. Talk to anyone who has reached that status (not me) and they have no regrets and actually revel in their current situation.

  10. augustino says:

    I often think about this topic “what if the s never hits the fan?” And I keep an open mind as to this possibility despite what others may feel, think and say. And frankly speaking I have no idea as to whether or not the system is going to collapse. Part of me feels that even if it does all go to heck in a handbasket, then so be it. Sure I have a couple of months worth of canned and freeze dried food stashed away, a few hundred gallons of water in the basement and a berkey water filter with BU black elements stashed away. A generator ready to get us through a prolonged period without electricity and kerosene lanterns, Coleman lanterns and stoves, charcoal and on and on… But the bottom line is I feel far better having these items stashed away as opposed to not having them. I’ve had some fun along the way gathering my supplies and although I wouldn’t bet my paycheck on when a collapse will come, I do feel it will arrive. Just look around at US and world social and economic happenings. The USA is spending money like a drunken sailor that’s arrived in port after 6 months at sea. Wine! Women! Song, spend, spend, spend!!! This is what I see happening. And then our ELECTED officials have the gaul to say there isn’t a spending problem, there’s a revenue problem and that will be corrected with more & higher taxes. Do I love America? DARN RIGHT I DO. Do I feel we’re taxed far tooooooo much already? DARN RIGHT I DO. Can the way we’re living & spending go on forever? I do not think so. To continue on this reckless path of runaway spending is sure to destroy at worst and at best cripple this country. Look at it this way, if a family household brings in 4 thousand dollars a month to support that family BUT spends 7 thousand dollars a month in expenditures, how long before that family goes broke? Not very long. Well the family I’m talking about is America and we’ve been spending far more than we’re taking in for decades and it’s catching up.

    • Winomega says:

      Augustino

      Part of the problem with governmental budgeting is that you have to spend your whole budget each year or else it will be cut.

      Sometimes my monthly grocery and misc spending is $600, but I only get $400 per month. However, there are also months when I spend way less than $200.

      If my account reset to just $400 every month, I wouldn’t have enough for those weird huge purchases. If it was determined I’d only need $200 any given month, I would be in sorry shape.

      The accountants need to figure out what is actually needed on 5-10 year cycles.

  11. Donna in MN says:

    Prepping is for any emergency, not just an economic collapse. I can live in emergency situations because I prep that most people can’t live through who don’t. I will put everything to use and have–my tent, my dehydrated food, my garden, my camp stove, my wild edible plant collecting, and my vehicle ac power, emergency radio, etc, etc.

    No waste of time for me, no waste of money for me.

    Prepare, be vigilent, be wise.

    • Donna,
      When we talk about TEOTWAWKI and beginning to prep, my suggestion on getting started has always been to create the threat matrix, which is essentially a spreadsheet or list of events and the equipment and skills required to mitigate them. In part, this is to help you focus on things important to you. For instance, here in Ohio I’m not really concerned with earthquakes and hurricanes, as much as blizzards and tornados.
      To start the list I always suggest the ubiquitous Asteroid striking the earth at the very end of the list, and Loss of job, short or long term disability, and death in the family as the three items on the top of every list. Like a tornado, loss of income and other events can affect me and leave my neighbor untouched, so prepping at some level is IMO always beneficial. Even a working flashlight and some additional cans of soup can get you through a short term event like loss of power.

  12. grandma bear says:

    I truly hope that I will never need my stores. BUT if that day ever comes I will be prepared!I take great pride in our store and get a good feeling knowing We can shop from the basement.

  13. SurvivorDan says:

    Everyone has made such great points about why prepping is certainly not a waste of time. Kudos! And my new lifestyle saves me money all the time. Instead of blowing money on frivolous things without thinking….. now, I think first.
    Do I really need it? Can I put the money to better use elsewhere? Wouldn’t it be better to pay down my debts? I just made a few calls and found the Nikes I love (discontinued model) cluttering up the backroom of a BIG Five sporting goods store. Reduced and another 30% off for clearance items and I walked out with (normally $59.99 per one pair) two pairs for $58. There was a time I would have just bought one pr for $59.99 without a thought. Stupid me. The same applies to tactical lights, machetes, camping gear, ammo, tomahawks, freeze-drieds, medical supplies, fishing tackle, water purification devices, beans, rice, canned goods, etc. I save so much now ….. so I can stock up on more! No seriously, I was not raised to be frugal but I am learning thanks to the prepper lifestyle and the benefits are very apparent. I get more for my buck and I am somewhat prepared.
    I am grateful to MD and the pack.
    Thank you TEOTWAWKI and all the potential mini-teotwawkis.

    • SurvivorDan,

      It’s good to hear from you again…

    • Survivor Dan! So nice to see you.

    • Tactical G-Ma says:

      SD!
      Thought you were in Tonga or the PI. How are you? Are you stateside?

    • JP in MT says:

      SD:

      Thought maybe you had moved on. Glad to hear your still around!

    • Winomega says:

      SurvivorDan,

      You’re so lucky to find that on clearance. So often, places run out of my size first, and that’s crossdressing. Women’s clothes don’t even come in my size. Then the people who buy out my size are selfish and don’t give their clothes to charity; they either wear them out or throw them out.

      • Winomega,
        “people who buy out my size are selfish “.
        I am assuming that this was tongue in cheek, since our family uses nearly everything until it’s worn out.

        • Winomega says:

          OhioPrepper, I wear my clothes to rags as well. It’s the people that don’t donate serviceable clothes to the thrift stores that really irritate me.

          Actually, I’m keeping my outgrown clothes as well. I know I deserve a new wardrobe if I lose the weight, but that will be expensive and might happen before waistbands start rising again.

    • SD,
      Good to see you back.

  14. Momturtle says:

    Well, the collapse may not come but I know winter and storms will. I know a lot of other things that might and then I also know I won’t worry about it a bit. I may slide into retirement without experiencing the collapse of society and the economy but I will also be able to avoid grocery shopping and worrying about buying supplies for a long time. I will have fruit and nut trees flourishing, a garden growing and a comfy warm house. I do not wish for a true collapse because of the horrors it would bring but here we are and we do the best we can to prepare. Plus I love meat loaf MREs — a special weakness.

  15. Very good point, I like to think of survival preparation as an interest and hobby or anything else i enjoy doing. If we do it strickly from living in fear or paranoia then i would definitely consider that a waste of life.

  16. Considering the week we just endured, I would say my efforts to make sure we are prepared for disasters was well worth it. We live at what is now the southern dividing line between pre-evac and mandatory evac areas in the Black Forest. The other side of our main road is where the mandatory evacuation area begins. All the roads have been closed, so, even though we are not in the mandatory area, we would not be allowed back in if we left. I make prepping a habit, and we have not suffered for lack of supplies this week. Granted, a week isn’t a very long time, but it is when you haven’t made the effort to have adequate supplies. Even so, we found some holes in our program, and will work toward filling those holes very soon. Yes, very well worth it!

  17. Curtiss says:

    Better to be a Boy Scout and “Be Prepared” than not! There is so much turmoil in the world, we pray that nothing happens. But on the other hand at times I wish it would hurry up and get it over with. Please!! Get out and VOTE!!! The only way to make a difference is to vote and continue to prep like crazy!

  18. Nancy V. says:

    What if the collapse never comes… I will rejoice and continue living the way I do now because:

    1. Its financially smart for me to continue to invest in myself, family, environment and supplies. Costs for everything is going up weekly, so the concept of buy now, save later – is my retirement plan.

    2. Its psychologically smart to continue to be prepared because of natural disaster which occur. Since I have enough supplies already, I won’t have to frantically search for them if disaster strikes. Even if I lose everything, I will never lose the education learned from prepping and survival, all which promotes self-confidence and inner peace.

    3. Its entertaining. Yep, even if the collapse does not happen, I will continue to have fun rummaging, growing, planning, canning, drying, and preparing. Its a fun way of life.

    Doesn’t get much better than that… being happy where I am.

  19. Tactical G-Ma says:

    I pray a collapse never happens.
    I prepare for little things and big things. I prepare for after things (Heaven). If I don’t need the food or water then after I leave this world it will feed someone else.
    BUT
    I don’t spend my entire life prepping. Balance is still necessary for a healthy mind and body.

    • Tactical G-Ma says:

      M.D.
      Thanks for the refresher. Reading our comments from 1 year ago is great. But it does remind me of a few who are no longer posting!

      • Tactical G-Ma,

        Yes it does…

      • recoveringidiot says:

        Some still stop by with a different handle. The original post and comments are still good today. Anybody that has lived through a serious personal financial episode will understand the great benefit of a deep pantry. Just the savings of buying bulk on sale is a blessing when dollars are short or nonexistent.

  20. People spend thousands or tens of thousands of dollars every year on insurance to help rebuild after an accident or disaster but they won’t spend a couple hundred dollars or invest a few hours to ensure they live through it.
    Emergencies happen all the time, maybe not the zombie apocalypse but smaller everyday issues, power failure, storms, fires, losing a job, health problems, etc.. Being ready for the ‘big one’ will make you ready for these smaller disasters turning them into minor issues.
    Peace of mind, saving money, self reliance, are all benefits of the prepping lifestyle whether or not aliens invade.
    A coworker, being a self described degenerate, once asked what if I was wrong about it all…I told him then I would have had a good, happy life of gaining knowledge, helping others, teaching my family good values, standing up for freedom, and raising up society not being a burden on it…sounds good to me.

  21. mindful patriot says:

    My eyes were opened in 1999 thanks to the birth of my fourth child, who was a marathon-nurser. With three other small children, it was difficult to sit long periods of time breastfeeding the newborn. My solution was to get internet so that I could keep my mind busy during DS’s marathon.

    I began researching (among other things) the state of the economy and US. It did not take long to realize our country was in deep. All indicators pointed to a major change in the next ten years, at least, that was my personal opinion.

    It did not take that long. The economy started to tank, and the bubble burst. I was glad that I had the foresight to purchase cloth diapers. No pun intended, but cloth diapers and wipes saved our butts.

    That was the beginning of what I call wise living. I questioned every expenditure, and stretched every cent. It has built from there.

    Proverbs 6 contains a warning against foolishness–“Go to the ant, you sluggard, observe her ways and be wise.”

    Luke 21:9 “When you hear about wars and riots, don’t be afraid.”
    10 “Nations will go to war against one another, and kingdoms will attack each other.”
    11 “There will be great earthquakes, and in many places many people will starve to death and suffer terrible diseases. All sorts of frightening things will be seen in the sky.”

    Seems clear to me. Things WILL happen.

    All the indicators are there for the next big change. This time, however, I do not have a time-frame like I had last time. What is generally agreed is that the current state is unsustainable.

    Ephesians 5:15-16 “Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise, but as wise, making the most of every opportunity . . .”

    Wise living does not change, it is the media-promoted gov’t sanctioned propaganda that has lulled the population into a drowsy false sense of security and dependence. So much so, that the population mocks those who live wisely or “prep”. I wonder if my great grandmother would shake her head sadly or laugh in disbelief at what we have become as a nation. She was a pioneer, tough–and a little mean. She lived wisely, her survival depended on it. We should live wisely, our survival depends on it.

  22. When I was growing up….my mother made sure I knew how to sew, clean, cook, garden, put up food, etc. etc. Emergencies happen and bad things do happen to good people. But what she taught me prepared me for life’s emergencies. Have been able to help others/teach others so that they too can be prepared. Very thankful for having this knowledge….as it has defined me as to who I am. People come to me for advice and how-to problems….even been called a Food Hoarder. But this person never knew the struggles I have had to face….nor did they know as to how much food has been given away for others to be able to make it…….the Lord kept replenishing as I would take food from the freezer or larder……..the Lord blessed my garden when others failed. If people will read their Bibles it will tell them to prepare not only our hearts but for life itself. Have become a do-it-yourself-er in many areas and have found enjoyment and peace. My husband about 7 months ago had a double massive stroke…..he lived through it……we are doing fine. But knowing how to make things work and being prepared kept us from losing our home and anything else we may have had. I am very thankful.

  23. Odd Lot says:

    Matthew 24:6-8
    Then Jesus said, ” And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all of these things must come to pass, but the end will not come yet. For Nation will rise against Nation, and Kingdom against Kingdom, and there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All of these things are just the beginning of sorrows”. NKJV

  24. I started prepping back in the mid ’70’s. Back when the “godless commies” were going to attack at any moment. I still have a couple of cases of SamAndy survival food that hasn’t been opened yet. Then it changed to the cities were going to erupt into violence. On to Y2K; and now economic collapse is feared. Am I paranoid or crazy? Well , yes I am, but that has nothing to do with it! It is a way of life and I am responsible to take care of my family. My S-in-Law says that I’m foolish for “wasting” my money and time and nothing has happened. I respond to her, “You have to be right 100% of the time; I only have to be right once!” Wasted time and money? Nope, time and money well spent. So far I haven’t even been in a “small” event such as tornado, flood, or earthquake. Hope I never am. But if it should happen, I am prepared!

  25. Lake Lili says:

    My personal world has imploded a number of times. So for me prepping is, as the author describes it, an insurance policy. Through lean times, it ensures that I can always feed and cloth my child. When explained that way, I get full support from my family, who otherwise think its a waste f time, energy and money.

  26. Big Bear says:

    Better to carry an umbrella than the curse the rain!

  27. All I know is prepping is convenient and practical. Today at lunch I was able to go to the pantry (3 feet from where I sit) grab a Tuna Salad and Cracker snack and a small 1.8 oz can of cheese. The Tuna salad had a BB date of 2012 and had served time in my GHB till I replaced it last year.

    • Ron
      I bet that Tuna Salad was just as tasty as the day they packed it for the shelf in the grocery store.

  28. Fantastic article, MD. I’m relatively new to prepping. As a boy I would listen to my grandparents tell stories of their experiences during the Great Depression. They made due with what they had through hard knocks, common sense and ingenuity.

    They were farmers/ranchers and were incredibly self reliant. Large gardens, fields of wheat with cattle, hogs and chickens. They had smoke houses, would can, preserve, hunt, trap and fish.

    I live in earthquake country and after taking stock of that geological fact put together a bugout/survival bag. I’m starting to stock up on gear & supplies for a bug in scenario. Since I live in a dense urban area which doesn’t appeal to me all I’ve decided buying a piece of property at some high mountain country area is where I want to be. I love nature and being in the city feels stifling and depressing. I should have never left the mountains so live and learn.

    I have no desire to be one of the close minded freaking out during a emergency, disaster, what have you, believing the government will magically appear to help. Or worse yet, have a few million people going at each others throats and I don’t want to be caught in the middle … lol.

  29. Why yes it was Ms. Becky. Yes it was. And the cheese as well.

  30. Chuck Findlay says:

    If nothing bad happens I still have a life with zero debt, a cushion of extra food, extra money, A lot of silver for retirement (or for the kid to burn up when I’m dead), and a mindset of frugal, simple self-sufficient but happy lifestyle that allows me to enjoy life better then those around me that are always pushing the treadmill as fast as they can.

  31. Great article and many great comments so far. My perspective is that the collapse has already begun. One only needs to take step back and look at all the smaller events that are and have happened to see that things are literally going to heck in a basket. People can scoff, laugh and criticize all they like but it is pretty obvious to me that we are a short road to doom. How severe the major event that completes the perfect storm remains to be seen. What that event will be also remains to be seen. I have been prepping for close to 35 years, off and on with varying degrees of intensity and I am glad for the levels of knowledge and experience I have acquired. Now that I am widowed and retired my perspective has changed but I really do believe we are going to see very hard times very soon.

  32. Chuck Findlay says:

    Yep, dark times in the Republic are a coming…

  33. Patriot Farmer says:

    This is a great article and I truly hope that a collapse never occurs. The chaos would be unimaginable and a lot of people would not make it. That being said if a collapse never happens my preps are not wasted. In Michigan tornados are a threat during the spring and summer and horrible winters with deep snow are always a possibility. If we lost power, were snowed in, or a financial set back were to happen I believe we could and would survive quite well. And should family and neighbors run into problems my preps, training and capabilities could be used to get them through hard times.

  34. PrepperLabGirl says:

    MD
    It seems that there is some type of disaster all the time on the news. All bad news is a disaster to someone. It’s only a matter of time before anyone has some type of disaster. I want to be prepared. Everyone should want to. Too many people rely on the insurance polices that cover less and less.
    On a lighter note, my parents came from the depression era. My father considered my mother’s family rich just because they lived on a small farm and actually had food to eat.
    I’ve enjoyed reading last year’s postings as I wasn’t here then. I learn something every time I read your blogs. Thanks!

  35. Deborah says:

    I would never feel that prepping was a waste of time or money. My youngest son has been going through his own economic collapse this past year. I am so glad I could help him. Having all this food available for him has literally been a life saver! If there is something that I’ve stored that we aren’t real fond of I rotate it out to one of the local food pantries. We donate on a regular basis anyway.

  36. Chuck Findlay says:

    I agree that personal and national economic collapse is the most likely thing most of us will have to go through. Job loss is a big one for almost everyone to be worried about in today’s world.

    I went through a motorcycle accident (no work for months) a job loss after shortly going back to work and a wife that left taking 1/2 of the income but leaving me with all the bills & payments. That was a personal SHTF situation that was tough to get through. But after years of living on what would be considered imposible to actually survive on. I learned to do Ok with almost no income. Now I;m self employed, have numerous people I work for and therefore can tolerate the loss of any one employer and not be bothered by it. And I don’t fear unemployment at all, as I don’t fear the economy going south either. I have learned how to have more then I really need and be happy with it and I learned how to support myself without having to use the most evil thing ever invented, the Time Clock…

    I live a happy but frugal life. People seem to think that frugality is a form of deprivation, it’s not at all. I have more money now then I have ever had in my life. Lot’s of it is in the form of silver, preps, tools to continue to make money. and supplies that support my handyman work. I’m busy working as much as I want, but still able to take time to enjoy life. If I had payments for everything like most people I would be on the treadmill running like heck like most people I see.

    Bottom line, economic collapse, no big deal, been there, done that…

    • PrepperLabGirl says:

      Chuck
      You are right about the evil Time Clock, but there is something worse. Its called ‘salary’ so corporate can work you longer than 8 hours a day any time of the day or night! That was recently done to me without any prior discussion so it has only made me more determined to prep.

  37. Hrmm?

    I’m hoping it never happens! But if it does, I won’t be able to prepare then.

    Actually, I have really poor health. As such, I see prepping as not a thing for some possible future, but for a time when I may not be able to get to the store. This week is out, next week may be too. Just having a bite to eat, as is, had meant trying to get help, or trying to get out while I could barely walk. So it’s a combined thing. My end time tomorrow is sometimes every day. I can’t lose this way, and do enjoy it. I sleep much better, and eat better in bad times.

    Oh, and I have had my hot water heater go out, and spent a month, as I could, buying a new one, figuring out how to get it down the steps to the basement, then installed, and making it all work. The water stores made it so that I didn’t have to spend the very little money I have on a plumber, or begging help from neighbors like a bum or something. I have a septic tank, so could continue to use the toilet. Urhm, I did learn that a mix of warm water is better for bathing… I tried to just push through with room temp stuff, but… Never mind. Warm it, trust me, even half of it. *brrrr!*

    Meh… it’s not always just about “what if”, at least for some of us.

  38. I agree that being prepared is survival insurance. I have car, house, health and life insurance. Why not have survival insurance. I sometime buy to much and don’t get the food rotated, but instead of throwing it out I give it to my kids or to the food bank. I have thrown out food but that is ok. It served its purpose. I have thrown a lot of money away on house, car and life insurance that I never used. Its there if I need it.

  39. Don Duncan says:

    Prepping is living responsibly. The alternative is to live without a thought as to protection of any kind, e.g., not locking your doors at night, not locking your car when out. Preppers are taking life as seriously as possible. They are thinkers. It doesn’t make life less fun to be fully aware. Quite the contrary. Prepping is giving yourself the best chance to survive and thrive. We will “live long & prosper”.

  40. Rastus McGee says:

    Hey, if I never need it then that’s great! I am quite fond of all the amenities of modern life. However if I ever do need it I simply have covered my bases to the best of my ability….!

  41. livinglife says:

    Having insurance is prepping for something that may never happen.

    Better to be ready and never have to use it than wish you had.

  42. To those who don’t eat canned food more than 10-15 cans a year, I hear you. So, don’t store that. Even though it’s more expensive at the get go, slowly store freeze dried fruits/veggies. Almost all of them (at least Augason Farms) are GMO-free, extra-item free (most cans are just the actual fruit/veg), and easy to use. I’ve found the fruits particularly nice to just open a can and crunch (or bake) as a way to try them out/use them up. Since they last for eons, I know I can wait a long time to rotate and eat and/or donate. The only “canned” food I store is the protein products (Spam, tuna, etc, the ones I can stomach, even if not really happily), and I stay on the light side of storage, only buying what I will feel happy donating every 2-3 years if I don’t go through it (so, for me, really, only about 1-2 weeks of product at a time, whereas I have enough for 6 months for grains, dairy, bakery items, beans, and fruit/veg – working to get to a year, but space and money still matter:)…

  43. Prepping is FUN! The planning, the hardware, the knowledge, all of it at what ever level you chose the prep for!

  44. Ao longo da minha vida pude presenciar diversas crises; a de alimentos presenciei em várias décadas; crises de energia, seja eletricidade ou combustível; todas tem em comum o colapso econômico. A preparação para crises traz uma paz de espirito, você consegue dormir aproveitando melhor seu sono, fica menos vulnerável. Você se torna mais dono do seu destino. Continuem, é melhor estar preparado e não acontecer do que acontecer e você não está preparado.

    Throughout my life I witnessed several crises; the food witnessed in decades; energy crises, either electricity or fuel; all have in common the economic collapse. The crisis preparedness brings peace of mind, you can sleep better leveraging your sleep is less vulnerable. You become more in control of your destiny. Continue, it is better to be prepared and not happen than to happen and you’re not prepared.

  45. For the US, there is no avoiding economic collapse .

  46. UrbanCityGirl says:

    As others have stated, preparing for the future is my hobby now. I often feel like I’m not prepping but then realize I either just ….

    planted something in my garden, fed my chickens, worked with my Shephard, bought extra food, played outside trying to build a quick fire, hung my clothes to dry, read about solar panels, counted my batteries, bought ammo, made tincture, cut back on my energy consumption, used coupons, took a walk, located a lake, fixed something, rigged something, taught a friend how to garden, made laundry soap, did research….. And hugged my family.

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