Common Sense Prepping

Discussion in 'Survival & Sustenance Living Forum' started by TLuker, Jan 18, 2014.

  1. TLuker

    TLuker New Member

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    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. :)
     
  2. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    BINGO!:) Common sense.
     

  3. eatmydust

    eatmydust New Member

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    Shhhh . . . you're going to give "preppers" a good name.
     
  4. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    Naturally like everything on TV it is all hype. If they really went to many houses of real preppers and toured the place the viewers would see nothing out of the ordinary and that would not make a very good TV show.
     
  5. c3shooter

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    Someone needs to define "Prepping". If I live in tornado alley, having a place to take shelter when cows start flying past the house makes good sense.

    Myself, I tend to think in terms of loss of access to goods and services- and that can be measured in terms of days, weeks, or.... well, a LONG time. It can also be making provision for pulling thru a catastrophic event (see tornado above)

    Now, WHAT event is where people begin looking at you funny, and edging away slowly. If the event is invasion by left handed, red-headed Martians, and you are stockpiling hair dye.....

    However, we live in the country. We lose power. Ice storms in the winter, hurricanes in summer. If we make provision for heat, light, cooking and water during such an outage, makes a lot more sense.

    Can we feed ourselves? Yes. Although there are things we would miss in the long term, and some things (salt) would be needed in the VERY long term. Do I have a garden because the Martians will be here next month? Nope. I enjoy it, I like the food, it does save money, and you get better quality food. You cannot BUY sweet corn in the store that tastes like mine that- 15 minutes ago- was on the cornstalk.

    But if I can create a TV series that pokes fun at the wackos that are prepping for the Martians, I can do a great job of discouraging SELF RELIANCE. And that, along with common sense, is what this was once called.
     
  6. hawkguy

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    like many things.....the word "prepping" has been destroyed by......hmmm....an interesting group of people. maybe a new word is in order for what you are talking about. "common sense" seems to fit well.

    i think rule #4 may be the one that saves anyone in extended dire situations. NOT stockpiling food/items, but the skills to acquire/grow/hunt/fish/store, etc for what you need.

    the most DIRE need in any extreme situation will be WATER. any common sense short term survival scenario should start with access to your own source of clean water. this means personal well, rain collection, or system for water filtration. i hate to "rain" :p on some prepper's parades, but water will be FAR more important than bullets to your immediate survival.

    if i added a #5 to your list it would be: LEARN TO LIVE A NEW LIFESTYLE. it just cracks me up a bit that some of the most "hard core" preppers think generators, computers, and tv's in their bunkers are going to be the way to go. :rolleyes: electricity and other creature comforts will likely be a thing of the past, if even for a short period of time.

    i've only known 1 family that got hurricane hit. they were out electricity and gas for 2 weeks. this is bare minimum anyone with a brain should be prepared for imo.
     
  7. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    most of the programs showcase the idiots and those who go to the extremes. i have watched some of those shows in the past and frankly, some of these people are simply not playing with a full deck to begin with.

    i like others really hate the term "preppers" or "prepping" because of those shows that feature such idiots.

    i like the term, prepared. like a Boy Scout. i actually like the term C3 used, Self Reliance.
     
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  8. therewolf

    therewolf New Member

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    My "common sense" comes pre-prepped daily.

    What's the problem?
     
  9. nosaj

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    My latest common sense prepping experience.....

    I thought it would be a good idea to add a fire starting kit for emergency purposes.
    It arrived today in the mail...
    took it out of the package.....
    attempted to strike the flint...
    And the entire piece broke free from the magnesium bar on the first try.....haha
    That's what you get with some cheap amazon crap
    Fml...lol
     
  10. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    go to the Dollar Store and buy a package of those cheap disposable lighters. i doubt i could get a fire going with good fire starting kit!:eek:
     
  11. therewolf

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    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    It will still work, in a pinch, right?
     
  12. nosaj

    nosaj New Member

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    Yeah....hopefully i can still find some crazy glue in the post-apocalyptic world
     
  13. Winchester94

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    I keep a generator in case of power outages which happens pretty often in the winter here. I like to hunt and fish so I'm able to keep meat that I enjoy more than store bought anyway (not to mention that hunting and fishing are more fun than grocery shopping.) I like to raise my own garden and I can food. But I don't have a vampire slaying kit, tin foil hats for the whole family, EMP proof box for my electronics, or a fully stocked bunker built out in the boonies.
     
  14. txpossum

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    My rationale for prepping is that there are a whole lot of things that could go wrong -- be it natural or man-caused disaster -- which would disrupt the interconnected system by which most Americans depend on for the basics (food, water, relative safety, etc.) these days. It is not far fetched to imagine a winter storm where I now live (western Pennsylvania) that could take out power or shut down the roads for several days; wide spread civil unrest or some catastrophic event is less likely, but not beyond the realm of possibility. So do the best I can to be prepared for life without access to Walmart.

    In the unlikely event of a long term disruption of goods and services, my prepping is intended to give me a little breathing space to adjust to the new circumstances, and come up with a plan for dealing with them. In the short term, if there's a bad storm coming, I don't have to scramble around trying to buy batteries and bottled water. Do I need to do more prep -- yep, still a lot of things on the list, but when it comes to survival -- or even convenience -- even a small amount of effort can make a big difference. I would hate for my family to be hungry or in danger, and have to say "there's nothing I can do". I can't spend a large amount at one time on preps, but a little each week adds up.
     
  15. TLuker

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    I think that's the big one there, but I think that one could benefit everyone?

    A few years ago I realized how messed up our way of thinking has become. My grandfather used to keep his pasture bush hogged and cut so that it almost looked like his yard. He cut it once a week just like his yard. My grandmother loved planting fruit trees but my grandfather would eventually cut them down because he wanted to keep everything cut and cleared because it looked good and he didn't want trees in the way because it took longer to cut around them. I now realize my grandmother was on the right track. My grandfather had grass growing everywhere but grass produces nothing of value. Plus it cost a lot of time and money to cut all that grass. Fruit trees don't cost anything to grow and they produce something of value. They produce food and eventually they can produce some really nice wood.

    So how many fruit trees do you see in people's yards these days? Our thinking in general got off track somewhere along the line. :rolleyes:
     
  16. BigB

    BigB New Member

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    Exactly:thumbup::thumbup::thumbup: we would all do well to adopt this mindset! :)
     
  17. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    I just call it stocking up good !..................
     
  18. therewolf

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    IMHO, the term "preppers" refers to folks who have gone way over the line.

    I have to admit feeling sorry for folks that think somehow having a

    quarter million rounds of ammo is going to help them. If anything,

    it will be a liability to haul or guard that much ammo. These poor

    spazzes buy into that "EOTWAWKI next week!" crap that all the

    supply houses have been making a mint from for FIFTY YEARS.


    There was a time that setting a little extra aside for hard times was

    simply considered sensible planning for the future.
     
  19. mich1377usmc

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    ^^^^ 1+1+ I just buy extra each week or when what I stock is on sale & rotate out / use older products. When Hurricane Hugo blew through here I had enough to help out the neighbors , for a few days too. Expect the best , prepare for the worst Mickey
     
  20. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Between the advertisers, the conspiracy website charlatans,, and the "End Times" preachers, the market for "prepping supplies" is really good.:eek: