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Behind in the prepper curve
#1
I have recently gotten into prepping after reading "One Second After," and realizing I was very ill prepared for a disaster.

I feel like I have so much to do to be even remotely prepared, and I feel like I need to have it done now. So how do I catch up to where I should be without racking up massive amounts of debt?

I realize that to some extent I need to build my preps over time, but I want to be ready now; being ready next year is going to do me no good in the unlikely event of a disaster occurring tomorrow....

Any practical suggestions are welcomed.
badey, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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#2
Decide what you are prepping for, and be realistic.
Do you have a family? Is it just you or maybe a couple others?

You can never be completely prepared for everything, so don't overwhelm yourself trying to do it all at once.

A little more background will help.
Welcome to ObamaNation part deuxUtg
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#3
It really depends upon what you want to do. You could go online right now and order a years supply of canned food from any number of sources and have it delivered within a week. But you said you don't want go into debt, so I guess it depends upon how much you're willing to spend right now to be prepared immediately.

I'm not saying that's the wise thing to do though. When it comes to preparing on a budget you need to be smart about what you buy. A lot of prep people do the coupon thing, buy canned goods when they're on sale and with coupons.

I believe that many of us here didn't just wake up one day and say let's go out and buy everything that we need to survive, many of us it took years to get to where we are, and did it without going into debt. But if you're trying to be prepared immediately, there isn't much you can do. You can either prepare slow and save money, or prepare immediately and spend a lot.
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#4
Start small. Buy an extra can or two of food when you go shopping to put away.

Rotate your stock, buy what you eat and eat what you buy.

Do the same for other items like medical and hygeine.

It seems overwhelming to think about "OMG! MUST HAVE EVERYTHING NOW!" But when you break it up, it builds up fast and before you know it, you're thinking "fuck! where can I put all this shit?" Big Grin

Justin
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#5
JustinHEMI;19163 Wrote:Start small. Buy an extra can or two of food when you go shopping to put away.

Rotate your stock, buy what you eat and eat what you buy.

Do the same for other items like medical and hygeine.

It seems overwhelming to think about "OMG! MUST HAVE EVERYTHING NOW!" But when you break it up, it builds up fast and before you know it, you're thinking "fuck! where can I put all this shit?" Big Grin
Justin

Isn't that the truth.
Welcome to ObamaNation part deuxUtg
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#6
You can pick up cheap shelving units off of Craigslist. Wink

http://lancaster.craigslist.org/bfs/3310945118.html
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#7
Good advice.

Start small, especially if income is limited.

Start with enough food and water to get your family through a week in the event of a loss of utilities.
A gun rack in a pick-up is not for holding guns. Its a place for women to hold on to. Smile
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#8
Want to feel better fast? Take 100 or 200 and go to your local Aldis. http://aldi.us/index_ENU_HTML.htm

It will stretch a long way for canned goods and staples like rice and beans, and then next month spend another 100 or so on storage for it, or more staples.

Whenever we go there, I always try and buy a bag of rice or canned ham or ANYTHING to build a reserves. Things are tight right now, so those reserves sometimes get used, but I'm doing something and it is helping us now.

Prepping is dangerous if you don't know what you're prepping for, and even if you do you can still feel as though you don't have enough. Make a budget, and stick to it. But that initial 100 or 200 splurge on canned goods will give you some peace of mind.
Vampire pig man since September 2012
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#9
Page through the many different threads here on the subject. This forum hasn't been around very long and there is already a good bit of good knowledge being passed around in this sub-forum. A lot of us that post here are living our posts not talking out of our asses like on some places.
sleeper78, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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#10
go slow. prep now for one week.if things go out it mite only be a week. as in a storm. then work on it one week at a time till you get to where you feel like you should be.

to me being prepaired is a never ending thing. but then to me that life. always try to learn something new.
bob308, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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