If you’re planning for TEOTWAWKI or when SHTF then you’re probably already living a relatively minimalistic lifestyle and taking the time to educate yourself on the best prepping practices to increase the likelihood of you and your family surviving after a worst case scenario. There is a lot of information floating around the internet about how you can prepare now in order to thrive after a world collapse, but in truth, the key to thriving after SHTF is being able to live as minimally as you can now.
More and more people are opening their eyes to the fragile state of our nation and the possibility that even something as unpredicted as a natural disaster could cause a major social and economic collapse but that just means there are more minds focusing on new, creative ways to make preparation for survival easier than ever before.
If you already have an idea of what your game plan is after things go belly up then you’re one step ahead of most, so the best thing you can do for you and your family now is continually practice the philosophy “less is more” in everything you do, including your spending. The less you spend, the less you’re bringing home stuff you probably don’t need, and the more you can spend on the vital items that will make all the difference when you need to G.O.O.D.
The following are a few suggestions for costly prepping investments like off-grid systems, big DIY-projects, and other savvy, yet minimalist, purchases.
Surprise, surprise, the best way to ensure you’re not without food or relying on that garden you didn’t get around to planting this year is to buy in bulk. Prepackaged ready made food kits are the best way to ensure your families sustenance while establishing your homestead, BOL or place of residence after world collapse.
Of course, something of this size and importance will cost you a rather large chunk of change, but with holidays coming up it would be wise to plan ahead and find some of the best deals on food supply kits. If you can diligently shop the various holiday sales and buy from a variety of vendors you’re going to be rewarded with huge savings versus buying one massive food kit at full retail.
Another no brainer, a water collection and purification system will be your best friend in the event of the EOTW. There are so many DIY solutions to gathering, purifying, and storing rain it’s a bit overwhelming. You’d need a little under 100 gallons of water a month for one person to drink, cook and wash with at a reasonable rate, so if you have a family of three, or even six, you need to get your water situation figured out as of yesterday.
Here is a great DIY example for a rainwater collection system that will help you collect hundreds of gallons of water given the amount of rainfall and type of structure you’re building it onto. Check out more of their how-to’s at the bottom for ways to filter water and keep things sanitary over time.
Another costly item that is often overlooked when preparing for survival is firepower. Having a weapon to defend your territory when Martial Law is declared or to provide sustenance for your family. Every weapon has an intended, if not preferred, purpose. We’re not talking military grade firepower, we’re talking a reliable rifle, shotgun and pistol. It’s good to have one, better to have two, best to have three … you get the point. If you want to buy a firearm it will be wise to use holiday sales to your advantage for this purchase as well. Consider checking out the Black Friday and Cyber Week sales and deals at outfitters where you can save big on both weapons and ammunition.
Safety and sustenance can be achieved with knowledge and proper use of a firearm, so if you decide to invest in one, educate yourself, then educate your entire family. Take them to the range, show them how to load, unload, aim, fire, take apart and clean every gun you own. And then take them again for a refresher every couple months after that. If your family knows how to protect themselves against a threat because of your efforts, then you’ve saved their lives without knowing it.
Remember, the less you rely on now, the less you will have to learn to live without later. Minimalism is challenging to achieve in the technology-driven, ease-of-use era we live in. But remember, throughout history people have lived without and were much happier for it … people traveled by foot not by car, they hunted their own food instead of zapping it in the microwave, and yes, women have given birth without an epidural since the dawn of time. It is without a doubt that we can all make do with a little less in our lives, even if that means working a little bit more.
Casea Peterson is a freelance copywriter and content marketing specialist for businesses in the outdoor industry. She has been writing personally and professionally since 2009, but when she doesn’t have her pen in hand she can be found somewhere in the woods hiking, hunting, or exploring the Pacific Northwest.