If Prepping Isn’t Fun Then You’re Doing it Wrong!

Are you a yo-yo prepper?

Do you prep when times are bad and then stop as soon as you think that things just might get a little better? If you do then you’re what is known to us dedicated survivalist’s aka “preppers” as a yo-yo prepper. You’re in and you’re out and then maybe in a few months you’re back in again.

With this sort of back and forth, in and out, it should be no mystery to you why you never really get anything done or really get prepared for whatever is coming.

I think that the main reason for this yo-yo prepping style is that to those would be preppers prepping just isn’t fun. But, prepping should be fun, it should get you excited if not then guess what… you’re doing it wrong!

I mean, you should be having fun with it, you should get excited about what you’re doing because when you look at it correctly you’ll realize that lots of the things that preppers do to prepare and to become more self-reliant other people do for fun as hobbies.

How many gardeners complain about raising a garden? Not many, most do it because it’s fun and they like the challenge of planting, nurturing and harvesting. Same goes for hunters, trappers, target shooters, competition shooters, beekeepers, folks who keep chickens or ducks, people who study martial arts, people who work towards better security for their homes, people who have home workshops that they spend time working and building in and the list could go on but you no doubt get the point.

Prepping is essentially a large group of activities that most people do for fun all rolled into one big bundle of prepping joy! You should look at prepping as a fun hobby (but a serious one), you should be getting excited as you work on different projects and learn new skills… because it’s fun!

I’ve been prepping for over 25 years and have needed to fall back and rely on my preps several times during emergencies and or difficult times in my life. I’ve needed and used my prepping related skills many times over the years and will continue to do so because prepping skills aren’t just for surviving TEOTWAWKI but also useful in day-to-day life when things are “normal”.

Even after 25+ years of prepping I still find it fun and exciting and always have something to do or a goal to reach. I don’t wake up and think well crap I’ve got to get up and go feed the chickens, tend the garden and then go hunting that evening…

No way! I’m like YES! Let’s get this day started!

I love setting goals and completing them because it gives me a sense of accomplishment. I can work on and finish a prepper project or complete a goal and then take a few minutes to look at and reflect on what I’ve done and be proud and able to thank God for giving me the get-up-and-go to get it done.

You should look at prepping as one big hobby that allows you to incorporate a number of other fun hobbies into one big bundle of fun.

That’s what being a prepper is all about… well that and surviving the next major disaster whether it be an EMP, pandemic, war, cyber-attack on the power grid, economic collapse or whatever causes normal day-to-day life as we now know it to end.

Are you a yo-yo prepper? Or are you one of us dedicated preppers that get excited about prepping and think it’s as much fun as trip to vegas?

About M.D. Creekmore

M.D. Creekmore is the owner and editor of TheSurvivalistBlog.net. He is the author of four prepper related books and is regarded as one of the nations top survival and emergency preparedness experts. Read more about him here.

Comments

  1. mom of three says:

    I think that money, comes into play on this yo-yo prepping too. For me if im not doing anything its usually because of money, or dealing with my kids, and room, i have only a small area i have used to put extras.

    • Hi Mom of Three, budget and time available are common and entirely legitimate reasons for not adding to gear, supplies, and skills, but you know what: You are a regular here, and that tells me that you maintain your interest, and probably pick up some information about prepping on a regular basis.

      You are maintaining your prepper mindset even when you may not be able to add to your stuff. You are maintaining your awareness of serious issues which may or may not ever impact you and your family.

      I think that you’re doing just fine. Keep plugging away.

    • Mom of Three,
      I know what you mean. We have been using our preps for a few months because I am out of work right now (looking for a job). I still read as many things as I can about prepping. For instance, last week I went on line and added many ebooks onto my kindle from the early 20th century. I also still try to add some things to my preps when I shop. I look for prepping opportunities all of the time. Oh, and I help my DIL with her ducks and chickens (and reap the benefits of fresh eggs). I am still growing some tomatoes and my other in house gardening. I am still learning to shoot. And I LOVE to read TEOTWAWKI fiction. I think I’ve read most of it.

  2. I must admit that when it is raining, mosquitoes are thick, I have had no sleep, I will think “Ugh, got to feed the chickens!” Some days, I just don’t have the money to do much, plus physical problems keep me from doing things some days. When my knee is collapsing, I am not in the mood or am not capable of doing much.

    • PrepperDoc says:

      Sorry….my mom had her knee replaced when she was 84 and although there IS a recovery period, she was glad she did it….

    • patientmomma says:

      When it is pouring rain or icy outside, I don’t want to go feed the animals either. But, we do it anyway and feel like we’ve accomplished something when we come in!!

      • I’m in a powerchair. With two bullets they can’t remove. My philosophy is when I die just throw my body in a ditch. I’m 66 and not the greatest health, but I have no plans to die. Just as I didn’t in VN or Desert Storm and I’m still here. M.D. I think it was you who was talking about building shelves? I don’t have links for them, but I do for sheds, would that work?

        • Patriot Dave says:

          Rob, If you can build a box, you can build anything. A shed, Book shelf, etc. are all just variations of a box. your options of joints, angles, well you get it. There is a youtube video of a carpenter who works in a wheelchair. God Bless.

    • LindaW,
      Don’t you dare start feeling down!
      I see you all the time either giving information or in thick on any given subject here in the Comment Section.
      I don’t think you’re giving yourself enough credit.

  3. j.r. guerra in south tx. says:

    What is frustrating that in time, technology makes what you purchased obsolete or at least not nearly as effective. In the 90′, I purchased an Aladdin kerosene lamp for $45 (and that the cheap model!) Spare mantles too – bring on the darkness. Now – LED lantern, with solar battery rechargeable will have a much longer life span after kerosene is depeleted.

    Don’t get me started on water filters. That $200 Katadyn pump filter can now be supplanted by a $30 Sawyer mini-filter or Lifestraw with much less bulk. I tell you – sometimes, you just want to beat your head against the wall . . .

    • Chuck Findlay says:

      I have a few of the Sawyer filters, but I will not be selling my Katadyn filter. It’s very well made (The Sawyer filter feels cheap to me) and I think will likely outlast me.

      As far as the Aladdin Kerosene lamp s, I would like one if I find it used as I can’t see $200.00 for one being a good investment.

      I don’t see them as nearly as sustainable like I use to think of them as being. I did a bit of research and the mantels / wicks need replacing more often then I feel they should.

      But still they have a nostalgia that is appealing. In today’s world the LED lanterns are the logical choice. Add a solar charger and rechargeable batteries and you are set for a long time.

    • Almost There says:

      jr,

      It’s good to have the kerosene lamps when the solar lights can’t charge due to extended period of no or little sun. I like having a combo of everything that produce the same results. Different lighting systems as well as multiple ways to store food and filter water

      • I also have a case of large pillow candles for an additional (one is none, etc) light source. I think they were .50 each at a dollar store the year before last. First, conventional lighting, Second, LED lanterns w solar charger & rechargeable batteries, Third, kerosene lamps and hurricane lanterns, Fourth candles. Of course in cooler weather, we can leave the woodstove door open for even more lighting.

        • Almost There says:

          Billy T,
          Agree with having candles and candle holders for them to burn on. I also have some wax to make my own. Still learning about that and also what can be used when the wax is gone. Need sustainable items and knowledge to make things.

    • Axelsteve says:

      Like anything else, If you jump on the bandwagon early .youpay more for it. Then they come out with a improved version then later another improvement that is cheaper. Like electronic do dads.

  4. MD, you are so right. There are times the body is not willing, but the heart is. There is seed to start in a couple of weeks, raised beds to build and fill, bookcases to make in the shop, more veggies to dehydrate and beans to can (oh how I love the sight of shelves full of canned foods!). Then there are my chickens. How I love those girls. Makes the world right when I attend to there needs. The crowing of the two roosters is the sound of the world at peace. It’s an illusion to reality, but it is my illusion and it brings me peace of mind. BTW, I started putting food back for the entire fall, winter, and spring between 1973 1974. AND many times things went south and those supplies were there to bail the family out. It truly is a way of life.

    God Bless, MD and all the Pack. Life is too short to approach it as a chore. Learn something new everyday. Always be ready to learn a new skill. Live life.

    • I echo your sentiment Docj, learning is all part of it too. Not sure I would consider myself a yo-yo, but when I read the news too much I do feel a bit panicy and tend to take a break. But, when I turn that off I am steady ahead with what I want to do and research is part of it, so some weeks I may do more reading and research than buying stuff.

      Of course, space and cost always plays a role in how quickly I move ahead.

  5. Chuck Findlay says:

    As far as prepping being fun I’m not sure how others do it. But I do it by a lifestyle change. I embrace a bit of being frugal, a lot of planning for “what if X happens” and make plans to deal with it. I have hobbies that I enjoy and do them while prepping so I have a good balance.

    I for the most part am a happy person that has a fairly good outlook on the direction I’m taking my life.

    No yo-yo prepper here, just a slow, constant march in improving my life with a lot of fun thrown in as I go forward.

    • Chuck…HEAR HEAR… 🙂
      I came to the prepper life the same way.
      I was always interested in it…(love to read APOC books and stuff)…
      But, before I completely jumped in with both feet I did a lot of reading, hunting for info, looking into topics, etc…so that I could approach it from an open mindset and not a place of fear, or paranoia…
      I took that info and then made a decision that I needed to change the way I do things and live life, so that there will always “be a possible future for me and mine”.

      I do understand that funds can play a role, but only from a purchasing stand point. You can still wake up each day and want to prep…by taking the time to read up on things you may not know, or learn a skill, or create an inventory list, or check obscure current events….or other things that dont cost anything (gardening, storage revamp, cleaning yards, chopping wood etc)….
      So in the end, ya its just deciding to make a life style change wherein you ‘decide’ whats best for you and yours…think to yourself what can you do to lessen an impact such as job loss, or hurricane, or TEOTWAWKI….etc…. 🙂

      In my case, I took time to approach it from that aspect and ever since then everything I do in my day and life now always has that one aspect in it; “what can I do to ensure my family’s survival?”…And then I build my life around it. 🙂

    • Always Forward says:

      Great synopsis. Me too.

  6. I’m prepping all the time. Good times great, but bad ones are just around the corner so I don’t think that way. Mom of three nailed it money is pivotal, but I work around it selling stuff on ebay. I realized being so independent I handled that BLM scenario all wrong. I’d be ready sniping at the front then backlines while my wife was making phone calls to family (cops and military) what’s important is they would be armed. So when they arrived it’s kind of like the cavalry arriving in an old western.
    “sometimes, you just want to beat your head against the wall . . .” Yes J.R. it would be so much easier if my wife was onboard with me, she’s one of those God will provide for me types. I guess she never heard the three rowboats story. A guy was in a flood and stuck on his roof so he asked God for help . Rowboat after rowboat came “No thank you.” When he went up to the pearly gates he asked God why he didn;’t help. “I sent three rowboats, you have to act too.” That is how I see preppers. I can’t have chickens in city limits. This is a city? Well Ohio’s first capital, but it’s really a farming community. My garden is okay. Actually better than okay thanks to M.D. 🙂 Just suggestions he gave everyone.

    • Patriot Dave says:

      Check the code. A friend of mine could not have chickens because the ordinance banned them specifically. But they did not ban ducks. So he has ducks.

  7. nora Greenia says:

    what I am most concerned about is I AM GETTING HOLD and in POOR HEALTH. Because of this I know I will die early on when the SHTF. but I am doing all I can to get stuff in place for my family and gt them at least basically educated in how to stay alive and actually prosper in a bad situation. thank you for all the help you have provided to me over the years.

    • Great attitude Nora. My motto: I’ll live until I die. We can only control what we can control. Lifespan is not always one of those things. God bless you.

  8. Thanks for the pep talk, MD. During this time of year (really any time of year) when we are stuck in the house, sometimes we forget the joy of the work, the daily chores, and excitement when the seeds start to come up, life is good again and things are right with the world. Happy prepping.

  9. “prepping should be fun”

    Yes! Yes! Yes! We have fun camping several times a year. Sometimes it’s real wilderness camping, sometimes it’s campground with running water and hot showers camping.

    It all teaches some useful skills like fire building and cooking over a fire. It also encourages one to get gear, new or used, that is useful in a grid down situation, learn how to use it -which significantly reduces stress in a grid down situation- and encourages one to keep it all in decent condition.

    You also learn what is really useful in your situation, what might be now and then, and what is silly.

    We get blackouts here fairly frequently, mostly quite short. Last year we had a longer one when we were about to make breakfast, so we decided to get out the camp stove to cook, crushed coffee beans in a stone mortar and pestle, and sat back with a nice breakfast on a nice morning and joyfully sneered at the blackout. It was fun to know we were ready for a brief blackout which ended about the time we sat down to eat, and satisfying to know that we could have continued under those conditions for weeks if we had needed to.

    A few years ago we got a Swedish firesteel and learned how to make tinder from cotton balls and petroleum jelly: It was fun. The next time we went wilderness camping in Idaho, we had a three day drizzle, and I’ll tell you, it was fun to easily build a fire with it, pine needles, tiny twigs, and kindling split from small logs by batoning it with a KaBar machete.

    I hope that we never need any of our skills or stuff in a life or death situation, but it is fun to learn and satisfying to practice and know we can if we ever need to.

  10. Anonamo Also says:

    If there is an EMP the LED’s may not work. Having multiples of items needed for each area is key to being prepared for short term and long term “issues. …and will help us to transition from a short term mentality in the event of a long term life change, should one occur. LED lights, Flashlights, battery powered lanterns,candles, oil lamps, or gas lamps , solar powered lights …all cover one issue. Materials and knowledge to make a bio filter are necessary, as well as that life straw or similar product that has a limited life. Multiple use items.. (faucets, food safe containers, food grade( and not)buckets, tubs, valves to prevent back flow, plastic pipe, rope or chain, bolts to go thru that pipe,) can all be used in water(YOU TUBE) both in getting it and getting the most uses from it.
    We need to get out of the MINDSET of: “If you are not buying you are not prepping.” Planning, Learning and utilizing that knowledge are all important preps . Because we did not or were not able to buy for one, two or three weeks…does NOT mean we did not prep.
    It is easy to get discouraged when not able to buy for several weeks. To keep in perspective this site I know of has a weekly posting to encourage me to contemplate the things I did to prep. I look at the amounts some people post they buy, it is more than MY prepping budget for months. ..as a RESULT I have planned a food storage program from basics and mostly from home/local procured foods. As I am able to add commercially prepared things for long term storage, I have some in the want list.

    • Jesse Mathewson says:

      Mindset is everything

      • Hi Jesse, thinking of mindset, check out this video of two restaurant employees going after a knife wielding robber. THEY were armed with fully automatic high capacity assault ladles.

        Mindset: Lets you bring a soup ladle to a knife fight. And WIN!

    • I know if an EMP or a few other things happen (smart bomb for example) the lights will go out. Odds are cars won’t run all the fun stuff. I’ve got about 5 solar lights for flashlights after the batteries die.There is another solar generator that I want to buy so I can live off-grid. There’s something like LifeStraw all I know is use it until it won’t filter anymore,how helpful. This was 12.95 not much cheaper and I think LifeStraw does more.Something another prepper was saying goon google and look for ‘variables.’ Things kind of the same but not a name brand.

  11. Jesse Mathewson says:

    Even if I do not purchase items, I train, teach or gather knowledge. Prepping is not simply preparing for a single event that may never happen. It is being in the mindset to better adjust as needs require. Mindset is everything

  12. I’ve lived this all my life. With grandparents and parents that saw two world wars, the influenza pandemic, the great depression, the dust bowl and a man walk on the moon, they learned to be ready for anything at anytime and drummed it into us. I’ve drummed it into my kids. Whatever name is popular at a particular time, be it survivalism, prepping or whatever, it was taught to me as common sense. Always put something by for the hard times because sooner or later there will be hard times.

    Lately it’s gotten to be a lot more fun with scads of new gear, advances in metallurgy, technology leaps. Oh look a new knife I have to try that out! Oh look a new way to make fire, got to try that out. Information abounds and is readily accessible making learning easier than ever. So yeah, lots of fun to be had with the new while living the same old way.

    • that’s what I find interesting, there really isn’t anything new in prepping. the basic principles are the same,just technology and materials have evolved. I’ve been a survivalist since the early 90s and the technology today is amazing vs back then.

  13. I agree that it brings high spirits and high-fives when we make a good score in this field, but even of the down-time days we’re maintaining and making plans to keep moving forward.
    As a whole, we are having fun at it.
    Sometimes when things are going hard & tough, just making sarcastic wise-cracks will get us laughing.

  14. Pam in ID says:

    I am getting ready to install shelving in my storage room. I know they must be sturdy, but I am not a carpenter. Wood would be my first choice, if I could get a set of plans. If necessary, I could purchase metal shelving. Does anyone have a link for plans or a link for reasonably priced metal shelving that can be assembled to the dimensions that would need?

    • Almost There says:

      Pam in ID,
      To determine what kind of shelving you need, you need to determine if you want to put on a wall and it be stationary (not moveable) or mobile and how much square footage you have for your storage, as in floor space. I prefer the metal, 5 shelf shelving, that has adjustable heights so I can store larger, heavier things on the bottom. I also have my shelving line the exterior walls and then make rows in the middle based upon getting the most shelving with room to move around in front of each shelf. I have been known to put 2 shelves back to back and in “L” shapes. It really depends on what you want to store and how much room you have. You can draw it on paper as well, in pencil, and make adjustments before you start so you will know what your options are. Hope this helps you a little bit.

      • Pam in ID says:

        Thanks, that was a big help. My plan is to put shelving along an interior wall and part of the adjoining exterior wall, giving me an L shaped unit. I also have built in cupboards in the same area so I will use those as well. I will be storing a ton of stove pellets in the opposite corner, so rows would probably not work. I will look at the metal shelving. Should it be attached to the wall? Once it is assembled and up, I won’t be moving it

        • Almost There says:

          Pam,
          If it were me, I would still get freestanding metal shelving that sits on the floor. It doesn’t have to be attached to the wall. Otherwise you be limited on weight for shelving physically attached to a wall with wall brackets. Not sure of the packaging of stove pellets, but you may want to put them on a pallet if you can.

          • Absolutely. I planned on standing the metal shelving on the floor. I just wondered if it needed to be attached to the wall studs for stability. Glad to know that is not necessary. I have saved the pallets from previous deliveries. The two ton I have outside is double wrapped in a heavy tarp that is well tied down and on pallets, even though it is under cover. We do get some brisk wind from time to time and I am determined to keep them dry. I definitely will have then ton in the storeroom on a pallet as well. They come fifty 40#bags to a pallet. If push comes to shove, I can put two bags at a time on my office chair and wheel them to the stove. From outside it would be more difficult, but I will figure out something. At this time I have friends and neighbors that drop in to be sure that I have plenty of pellets close by. I am grateful for the help but it is good to k now that I can manage (so far) if necessary.

  15. Prepping is fun. Growing your own food sure tastes good.
    Shooting guns/bows is fun and living sure beats the alternative. Lol
    Camping is relaxing and working out or kayaking is fun and I always enjoy learning new things.

  16. Reading all the posts about skills and learning as part of prepping made me think of something I read years ago. It was a list of 50 or 100 skills that a homesteader should know how to do to be self-sufficient. I remember printing it out, checking off the things I already knew how to do like raise chickens or build a fence, then learning how to do the ones I couldn’t check off one at a time. It was interesting and fun to see on paper how many skills I actually had that someone else thought were useful.

  17. A lot of times I feel overwhelmed in my job, life and prepping. I can usually bring myself out of it by making lists. My desk is covered with lists. If I can accomplish something on the list, I immediately feel better with a sense of accomplishment. Everything in life is a prep! If one part of your life gets out of control, it can affect everything. So if all you get done in a week is clean a part of your house or yard or cook meals from scratch, that is a prep!

  18. PlantLady says:

    Living a prepared life is a lifestyle, not a hobby. I think some folks might not be having fun because they haven’t fully committed to doing what needs to be done – they are constantly being torn between maintaining “present normal” and living a prepared lifestyle. Doing a little, when you can squeeze it in, is better than nothing…but if you are at this stage, you know to truly be prepared you should be doing more – which causes stress.
    When you truly commit to the prepared living lifestyle…that stress goes away. More stress evaporates when you look at your garden, your orchard, your livestock, your woodlot and your wood cookstove…and you realize you can grow and cook enough food to feed your family and friends no matter what happens in the greater world. And that you can thrive in this lifestyle, not just survive. I think that is one of the main stumbling blocks…folks assume that they are preparing to “just barely survive” during hard times…which is pretty grim. If you are living a more prepared lifestyle, you can then work on how to thrive rather than barely survive! A far more cheery outlook, which will inspire you to do more and more…because who doesn’t want to thrive?

    • Mustang,

      Hitting a moving target is pretty difficult, sometimes a boar will run away even if you do hit it. I’m trying to learn butchering. When it’s raining or snowing I still go feed the animals. 4 are easy because they’re inside, but we never know how many cats will show up outside, those are the friendlies. Then there are raccoons and possums, when possible I scatter them. It’s odd, as long as we feed the outdoor cats, they leave my garden alone. I know I ‘can’ put urine around the perimeter, but to me and my wife especially they are welcome. Wishful thinking, but they may be my tripwire in the back. I couldn’t put one there because our internet provider leases the land. I have a list of things I want to get and one is a wood stove. Gas, okay for now. An EMP or smart bomb, we still won’t be able to cook . Well I found a way to, just dig a hole to start a fire in and have a grill top over it. I’d just prefer the stove so going out would be seldom, unless it was to bug out. Dryer lint makes excellent kindling and just use my Everstryke. So I’m not just sitting here.

  19. there is a guy locally whom I’ve known since 9-11 days who is the poster child for ‘yo yo’ prepping. whenever things start to happen he contacts me about buying this or that, gets involved with local people , asks me to review his plan over a couple beers. then when there’s no longer a threat he sells items to pay off debt accumulated. he just recently sold a bunch of ar and pistol mags he was hoping that h.c. would have won would have cashed in on including several parts kits. he also sold on ebay a bunch of other things that were still new in the box. its like clock and just like clockwork, he only offers the things he cant quickly sell for what he paid for them to me. then a younger couple i was mentoring have just given up on any preparedness soon after the election saying it wasn’t needed anymore and wanted to ‘get on with their life’. people are just weird.

  20. Received all the Salt (50 lbs), Morton Quick Cure (24 lbs), and Sugar Cure (10 lbs), as well as the “Pink Salt (5 lbs) I ordered online. Attempted to bag a wild hog but I guess we’re not the Great White Hunters we hoped. Stalking hogs is heavy brush during the day is not very productive! Finally broke down and picked up 50 lbs of corn feed and some “Hog attractant to add to the corn. Tomorrow morning we’ll be placing a drip bag in one of the active areas and spread a layer of the corn around. Also plan to bury some in a post hole to make them work for the food. We’ll be night hunting for this as hogs are mostly nocturnal. If all goes as hoped, we’ll be smoking some pork loin and trying our hand at both salt and sugar curing some of the pork (Think Hams and Bacon!) before the end of the week.. If the motivation holds, we’ll give sausage making a try as well. Might even try canning some of the lower grade cuts and then trying one to see how tender it comes out. I’ve read canned meat comes out very tender. The Fermentation Crock I ordered through Ace hardware got cancelled so I reordered a German 5 Liter Fermenting Crock from Amazon. Came in within a few days and looks great. Can’t hardly wait to try my hand at sauerkraut.
    Never got around to putting the garlic to bed for the winter, but now that the first snow has melted I’ll have another chance. Just picked up a bail of har for the bedding. Prepping the seed starters and hope to plant the first seeds in a few weeks…on the kitchen table. We have a large kitchen with a bump-out containing five large windows and a southerly exposure. Gets sun from the time it comes over the treetops in the morning until late afternoon. If this works out well, I’ll save my own seeds and try planting them next year. Just don’t like buying plants from Burpee or Home Depot. Not just due to the expense, but if I plan on living somewhat off-grid, I’d like to have the knowledge and skill to remain as self-sufficient as possible.

    • Good luck with your hunting Mustang. If it is any consolation, know that hogs are smarter than any other animal you might be hunting, unless you are hunting wolverines in Alaska_ and the largest are the smartest! Baiting and stand hunting may be your best options, certainly most efficient. Couple with green or red filtered motion sensing lights and your probability of kill goes way up!
      BTW, that’s why it’s called “hunting” and not “getting”!

  21. Not enough money?????? Give me a break!!!!!!!!!!!
    Prepping/Survival is an off-shoot of limited resources. First of all, nobody needs the majority of the Amazon/e-Bay “must have” do-dads pushed/promoted by so many “experts”. Some have real usefulness, but are not the “must have” necessities some would try and make you believe. It does not require a fortune to acquire a few basic hand tools and then using your brain to solve problems that arise around you. You don’t have to pay big bucks to buy “heirloom garden seeds”. Buy hybrid seeds (not GMO) from the feed store for a fraction of the cost. After the second crop from saved seeds, start harvesting seeds from the best specimens (taste, productivity, hardiness) and guess what? You will have your own “heirlooms”. Use your brain. Work out the problems that arise while life is relatively easy. Money is not that important now and won’t be relevant if everything goes south.

    Hope I haven’t stepped on anybody’s toes.

  22. Chuck Findlay says:

    Hope I haven’t stepped on anybody’s toes.

    I seem to do that every so often, it comes with independent thinking and the willingness to voice your opinions.

  23. I do enjoy reading the posts.
    And, I smile. In fact, I may be one of the only person’s here to have been born into prepper conditions. We had no electricity, no running water, no indoor plumbing, no cooling other than a dog trot, and all heat came from fireplaces and a wood burning cook stove. Light was provided by coal oil lamps. We farmed with mules. I’d read a few volumes of the Foxfire series if really serious. I realize that one may not be able to purchase fuels if things really go south. The rechargeable batteries along with with solar recharger sound good to me. I really do like the new fangled LED flashlights and lanterns. My advice is to learn how to make moonshine, too. Convert generators, etc., to run on alcohol. Use to disinfect. Barter to those needing a shot, or three…. I do like the taste of heirloom vegetables. However, they weren’t heirloom when I was a kid…. That is all

    • I was born into prepper conditions, sort of. At home we did have the benefits of modernity…but spent a lot of time with my dad’s parents. They had a couple acres of garden and an orchard and spent a lot of time with them learning how to garden, can, pickle, sew, quilt and cook on a wood cookstove. The rest of my time was mostly spent with my mom’s parents at our camp in far northern Ontario. They chose to spend one day less than 6 months per year (so as not to mess up citizenship) up there…10 hours away from the nearest electricity and homes. When I was little, there was no electricity, no running water, no indoor plumbing. I remember the day we got running water…after spending most of a year hacking a path through the virgin forest up the cliff behind the cabin, then running just over 3/4 mile of black plastic water line from a spring on the cliff down to the cabin. Had to build little aquaduct sections of logs and rocks in the low spots. Wow, what luxury! And what a sense of accomplishment! But that made it a little too tame for Gramps. When we were old enough (me at 5 yrs., my sister at 3 yrs.) he would pick us up after work on Friday and we would make the 12 hr. trek north, and stay a few days to a week or two. We would dump the supplies at the cabin, load up and head out into the bush. Guns, fishing poles, a hatchet, a frying pan, some flour, baking powder, slab of bacon, salt and spices, medical kit, a bar of soap, sleeping bags and a tarp for a tent…had all we needed. A compass was worthless because of the iron deposits in the area. We ate what we found, caught or shot and never went hungry. Quite the opposite…we would smoke the leftover meat and fish and dry extra berries to take back to the cabin and add to the stores. A truly spectacular way to grow up! And to instill a deep sense of self-reliance…because there was no one else around to rely on!
      PlantLady

      • PlantLady

        WOW! What awesome grandparents. What a great memory.

        • PlantLady says:

          Yep, sure was blessed!!! What most folks now consider a bare-bones self-reliant lifestyle is what we chose to do for fun! Sleeping under the stars and auroras being sung to sleep by timber wolves…man, life just doesn’t get any better. And didn’t even realize how much we were learning just by doing “fun things”.

  24. some weeks prepping is just making sure the laundry and dishes are done, the lawn is mowed and the floor mopped. the small things are just as important as the big things and can bring just as much joy. if we keep up on the little things the big things will be easier.

  25. I enjoy learning new skills. I am always thinking about ways to make life more comfortable without power. How we can produce more food and what kind of veggies will my family eat. I am always looking for more ways to add variety to our meals and to have it be more nutritious. I have learned so much from this site. I am truly grateful for MD and all of the pack.

  26. PrepperNanna says:

    I may slow down on preps ,but I have never stopped even though Money is an issue. Being on disability, I have to budget for big items, but continue to shop for bargains . I can a lot of veggies,fruits and meats. I dehydrate veggies when I find them on sale. I download books on my kindle. But wonder if they will be available in a power outage or EMP attack ? I have several ways to cook and heat my home. I buy at least 5 gal water every 2 weeks or so for storage.

  27. Pam in ID says:

    I have some good books on my kindles. I have decided to buy an extra one to hold all of my cooking/prepping/survival/gardening etc books. Then keep it and its charger protected from an EMP. I would only take it out to keep it up to date and charged, then right back in.

    • Hey Pam in ID
      That’s what I did. They had the new Kindles on sale for black Friday and I got one…along with a 64gb ssd card for it. The new ones can take external cards now…so that kindle holds literally thousands of books and items…and it sits in an EMP can, with a solar charger! Can’t be to prepared.
      I feel better knowing I have my info saved… along with survival books and such I put our photos in one card…and took pics of our passports and stored all my important financial info in excel sheets too…now I have all our info in the sdcards I can access via the kindle…and an extra laptop…just in case!

      • Pam in ID says:

        TechQn, what are you using for an EMP can. I have read several recommendations, from an old ammo can to a new double metal garbage can, but I would rather get information from someone who really knows what would most likely work. I have a small solar charger ready to go.

        • Hi PAM!
          Well I am not an expert, but I did look into stuff via PrepperDOC, who is one of the Wolfpack here…and other info.
          Basically I got some good anti static bags (since I’m in IT I have lots on hand)…and bought a good Metal Can–from Home Depot…A small 6 gallon galvanized steel can with a good lid…then lined it with rubber and some foam…
          I know I need to do some grounding on it and haven’t gotten that far on it…but I’m looking at it much like a Microwave…believe it or not Micros keep the stuff in and keeps it out. LOL.
          So that’s my EMP can…but I know you can also use Old AMMO cans too, as long as you have the seals fixed…and something placed in between, or something like that.
          I do know that the important thing is to make sure its completely covered and then have rubber so your devices dont sit directly on the metal..

          I think if you look on the site here they have more info…or just go take your Kindle and look for PrepperDOCs books…he has some awesome books on EMP and Communications…since hes an electrician, etc… 🙂 There are other good ‘read for free’ books in Kindle Unlimited with regards to EMP boxes and such.
          Hope this helps!

          • Pam in ID says:

            Thanks, TechQN. This needs to be further up on my to do list. A trip to Home Depot is in order for galvanized steel cans. There is a spray on/paint on rubber material advertised on TV which would be something I could manage. I also need to be on the lookout for old Microwaves.

            BTW, do you happen to have a link for PrepperDOC books? I found one on Amazon, but it is about EMP Hardened Radio Communications. Is that the one I need? I have a few other prepper books that mention EMP safe containers, but I would feel more comfortable using information from a pack member. Anyone can write a book on what should work, based on what they have read elsewhere.

  28. This may be naive, I’m new to the concept not of canning things, but of putting stuff in a can to protect it from an EMP. Frankly I didn’t think that was possible. Since it seems to be what about this option? On Facebook my town has a buy, sell or trade whatever thing. For some reason,I guess because it’s Facebook weapons are out. Anyway, I was thinking a garbage can would hold more and this is like a flea market (cheap) or is the top something to consider? If it would work search your city or county.

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