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Monday, November 16, 2009

How to get others into the Prepping Mindset



Prepping is great! You can be self-sufficient, grow or stock food, secure your residence, and save a bunch of money in the long run, what's the downside? Everyone should be excited about this or at least consider it, right? WRONG!
Friends and family might be looking into the nearest home or the one thing they might consider to save money is building you your own padded room. Your spouse or significant other might have that eyes glazed over look when you tell them you bought yet another case of beans or ammo was on sale. And what do you mean you want to have a bug out drill and it doesn't include a hotel with a shower?
If you are there, I'm right there with you! Trust me on this. I daydream on the computer looking at pictures of other people's food supplies while my husband says "o.k. whatever we forgot at the store, I'll just pick up on my way home from work". Or a neighbor asks, "why grow it when you can just go buy it on the store?". Statements like this are just like finger nails on a chalkboard, they have the same effect.
Start slow and be prepared, it could take a long while before the light bulb goes off. You can go quicker with things that won't be in the other person's area of your shared life. For example: If your wife has nothing to do with your guns and ammo, there is your big starting point where you can almost go full throttle prepping in that area. If your husband leaves the kitchen entirely up to you..food is where you want to begin.
I leave ideas laying around. Books and articles on things I would like to try to do that I would need his help with. Usually, in the um....library, that's it! Where he will have some undivided attention and doesn't have to listen to my voice. (just so you know why I used the picture above lol). It's pretty effective. I still have a long way to go. He sees overstocking on things as an illness, which is fine but soon he will have to come to terms of why I really had to have more shelves in the storeroom.
Friends and family are different. Most of them are just under the impression that there will always be "more" so why bother. I did have a friend who going through a tough economic crisis with her family, got it, ran with it and it helped her through the rough spots. I had another friend, who just nods when I talk about it, doesn't get it and continues to complain and struggle. Most fall some where inbetween. Again, another slow process.
When it dawns on them that this could be worth the effort one or two things usually happens, they want to learn more and are a bit cautious or they panic because they feel they are far behind and just want to spend, spend, spend, to keep up. This is where they need your help! Reign in the ones who feel the end of the race is here and they are still at the starting gate! Talk them out of cases of freeze dried food they haven't tried yet and super expensive gear they may or may not need, use or can get cheaper. Show them how much they can produce in a garden and can, or save money in other ways so they can stock up on food if they don't have access to a garden. Pawn shops are great for some guns and ammo and some places online are better. People who are slow and cautious will soak up information like a sponge and decide what is best for their situation and will come prepared with questions, give an ear be supportive and offer advice.
Above all else, remember, you are not alone. We are here for you!

1 comment:

Marica said...

Excellent post, Aggie. Got me thinking about something. Everyone (except the lamest dimwads) prepares for something. Thanksgiving's coming up, then Christmas. No one is going to leave home to go over the river and through the woods without a full tank of gas, and a stock pile of snacks for the kiddies, and a map to Grandma's house. No one is going to wait until 12/25 to Christmas shop. Normal people look into the future, and ask, "what do I need to do to get ready?"

More seriously, having life insurance, an inflated spare tire, an up to date AAA membership, an extra 4-pack of TP on hand for visitors to your out house... these are things ordinary people do. "Prepping" is no different, except that preppers are more aware that they are doing them.

So if you're having trouble convincing the loved ones you haven't gone 'round the bend-- think about all the prepping activities *they* are engaged in. You're not doing anything different.

Your husband's life insurance policy isn't ensuring his life. It's his attempt to ensure that you and the kids will be able to carry on if he gets hit by a bus. He's taking responsibility. Similarly, by putting in a garden, or stocking up on canned goods, you are taking responsibility.

Hope this helps.

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