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SPG 010: 6 Common Complaints Preppers Make Before Quitting


6 Common Complaints Preppers Make Before Quitting

I don’t have enough money

    • getting into preparedness preppers typically focus on how much gear and supplies they can buy
    • however, gear and supplies are only substitutes for developing skills
    • knowledge and skills will take your further than gear and supply ever will
    • you can have all the gear and supply in the world but if you don’t have the skills to use them then you have just wasted money
    • for example, i see tons of preppers who brag about how many guns that they have but have never spend a day at the range or tactical shooting drills
    • but money does answer all things, it gives you options
    • first you will need to learn how to live below your means (spending less than you earn)
    • Most Americans are in debt and believe it is necessary in this world
    • your living expenses should be no greater than 80% of what you make
    • That 20% cushion is for saving and emergencies
    • In order to get under that 80% a lot of us will have to downsize our living and pay off debts as quickly as possible using the debt snowball (link in shownotes)
    • Stay out of debt. The borrower is slave to the lender

I have a handicap

  • when it comes to prepping those with handicaps automatically fear bugging out when SHTF
  • However, as I’ve said in many past episodes the likelihood that you ever have to bug out is not very high but of course there is still the possibility
  • Plan A should never be to bug out
  • You want to strategically prep now so that you don’t have to bug out later
  • You will want to get yourself into a position so that you never have to bug out
  • Yes, having a handicap is going to seriously impact your survivability but the likelihood is low
  • However, you can still prep and develop skills depending upon what your condition is
  • remember that 80% of population doesn’t even have 3 days of food and water stored for emergencies
  • So that alone will give you an advantage
  • there are a lot of great stories from other preppers who struggle with a handicap but still maintain their lifestyle
  • You can checkout a great story at The Survivalist Blog using the link in the shownotes (http://www.thesurvivalistblog.net/survive-with-a-disability/)

    My family and spouse are not into prepping

  • your family doesn’t need to be into prepping
  • it would help if they were
  • you have to appeal to their interests and fears
  • for example, if you live in the southeast I’m sure your family is going to be aware of the threat of hurricanes.
  • make them aware of the most immediate threats like that
  • those that are not invovled in preparedness are not going to understand the need to be prepared for a collapse or a fallout
  • those are extreme scenarios that takes a lot to understand

    I’m stuck in the city and will die when SHTF

  • Not every city will be susceptible to a fallout or collapse scenario
  • most SHTF scenarios have a low probability which gives you time
  • you are most likely more prepared than all of your neighbors
  • for a collapse scenario we just want to prep to increase our survivability or the likelihood of surviving
  • the sad truth is that many won’t make it long in a collapse scenario
  • so by developing skills and prepping you are giving yourself an advantage over others
  • ultimately though you should build a plan to strategically relocate that will increase your survivability

    I don’t have time or money to develop and practice skills

  • a lot of things can be learned by watching videos or reading books
  • build relationships with people who have important skillsets hoping they will teach you a thing or two
  • in a collapse scenario it is going to be certain people with skills who really thrive
  • people with medical response skills will really thrive because there will no doubt be a lot of injuries and possible diseases running rampant
  • Those with agricultural, hunting and fishing skills will be valued because we will be set back to pre-industrial times
  • there won’t be mickey dees or taco bell
  • we will return to our roots and forced to be dependent upon the natural resources once again
  • Those with shooting and tactical skills will be valued because there will no doubt be groups fighting among each other during a collapse
  • You should not only be practicing your accuracy at the gun range but will need to practice live fire tactical drills for self defense among others
  • Carpenter skills will be needed in order to build houses and shelters.
  • You can actually learn and develop carpentry skills for free by joining organizations like Habitat for humanity who will teach you for free
  • Mechanics will be in high demand to maintain vehicles among other machinery
  • These are just some skills that will be valued during a collapse scenario
  • many of these things can be learned and developed by using online resources
  • if you have the money then you should spend it on these worthwhile skills

I don’t have any prepper friends or survivor group

  • in many places it is going to be hard trying to find other preppers
  • however, you can still find like-minded individuals who observe an aspective of preparedness
  • this will give you the ability to relate with someone and build a friendship
  • they don’t have to be an all out prepper in order to be helpful
  • you can find like-minded individuals at local gun and rifle clubs, Amateur radio clubs and even groups like Red Cross or CERT
  • You can even join local camping or hiking groups that you can find at websites like meetup.com

Resources Mentioned:

How Much Silver Should a Prepper Have

6 Prepper Skills That You Need to Develop Today

How to Be a Prepper on a Budget

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About Aaron

Aaron is the founder of Smart Prepper Gear and author of The Strategic Prepper. He has been involved with preparedness since 2009 after feeling the effects of the financial crisis that affected most of the country. Aaron also volunteers with CERT (community emergency response team), ARC (Amateur Radio Club), Red Cross and currently studying to be a certified NRA instructor.