It's interesting to see the amount of backlash right now against preppers but I guess that is to be expected with so many idiots on T.V. representing preppers. With that said I see nothing wrong with being somewhat prepaired for a lot of things including SHTF on an international scale. It's very unlikely but it's still possible. That doesn't mean I'm going to run out and stock pile a lot of stuff, but I will keep it in mind and be somewhat prepared for it. Notice I said "somewhat" prepared. I don't think anyone could ever be totally prepared for SHTF and because it is so unlikely I'm not going to build a replica of a medieval village just in case. Still there are small simple things I can do to be better prepared for anything, and most of those things will help me right now. #1 on my list at the moment is to try and provide as much of my own food as possible by gardening, hunting, and fishing. I'm eating healthier better tasting food and really cutting down on the grocery bill. That's a win win. #2 on my list is to slowly acquire quality material items that will last. I started reloading 2 years ago just so I would be better prepared, be able to get the best accuracy out of my rifles, and not have to keep buying bullets. I stocked up on items like brass and bullets then. I keep hearing about the ammo shortage and crazy prices but I haven't noticed because I was prepared for it! I need to keep thinking like that and going in that direction. This isn't just about bullets though. Inflation is kicking in and it's getting tough to get durable quality items and the prices are crazy if you can even find a quality item. Part of it is because of inflation, part of it's technology, and part of it is we want cheap stuff and so cheap stuff is taking over. A cheap rifle with a flimsy plastic stock is just that, a cheap rifle. If that is what you want or all you need then fine but keep in mind that quality rifles are not getting cheaper and their prices are just going to get higher and higher until all you will find are cheap rifles. This is the time to get a quality rifle if you want one because you might not be able to afford one in the near future. This is the time to get a quality anything if you want it. #3 Get away from disposable items, and this goes along with #2. I've thought before about disposable items but it really hit home on my last trip to the grocery store. I bought 14 simple items and my bill was $75.00, and I didn't buy any meats! The item that stood out the most was a pack of 5 mach 3 replacement blades and they were $16. I just had read a thread in the club house on razors and the old type with the double blades. I happened to notice a pack of double blades right beside the Mach 3 blades and they were $1.80 cents for I forget how many. They are still disposable but just the blade and the price reflects that. I will try them next month. If I don't like the shave then I'll stay with the Mach 3 but it's worth a try (I'm not ready for a straight razor yet). This isn't just about razors though. Plastic wrap, aluminum foil, and paper towels can all easily be replaced with plastic containers and real wash cloths which only have to be washed after use and all last a long time. I will never give up on toilet paper but I can stock up on it while it's on sale for SHTF or just to keep form having to constantly buy it. And all this ties back into #2 because quality items last a really long time and rarely have to be replaced. You can think of this as just being cheap, as prepping, or anything else you want but I figure it's time to make some changes when a trip to the grocery store costs $75.00 for 14 items and I didn't buy a single piece of meat. #4. I want to learn and try more of the old ways for doing things like canning stuff from the garden and having a simple root cellar. The old ways weren't always the best and I'm darn glad I don't have to go hitch up the mules to a plow, but a lot of the old ways worked and worked for hundreds of years. It's time to relearn some of those things. I hate the term "prepper" but I haven't heard of an adequately descriptive term to describe what I am doing so I guess I will call it common sense prepping. Years ago I think they just called it common sense? If you wanted fruit you planted some trees. If you wanted vegetables you planted a garden. And if you wanted meat you raised live stock and/or went hunting. The more of all that you did the less affected you were buy everything else that went on like an economic depression. I want to get back to that way of thinking and I believe it would benefit a lot of others if they did as well.