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Mostly, this has already been done with a booklet, but let’s touch on preparing for the three stages of collapse. Why not? You got something better going on right now? I know you aren’t keeping the sheets cold on your side of the bed by choice. Remember the three types of collapse? Economic collapse, die-off and PODA ( Post Oil Dark Ages ). Yuppie Scum prepping doesn’t help much for PODA, because once his carbon fuel stockpile depletes he is screwed. It doesn’t help him during the economic collapse because trying to earn more money and being in debt is quite the suboptimal strategy when the economy contracts. For the Redneck White Trash Irregular, prepping for the economic collapse doesn’t help much during the die-off phase as he has few means to defend himself other than hiding. The three types of collapse are usually not compatible. This sucks the hairy one, obviously, because just prepping for one, let alone all three, is hard enough. Hey, what can I say? A preppers job is never done.
Look at your arsenal, just as an example ( I won’t delve too long there ). You, ideally, need semi-autos for the extra fighting you will engage in, IF you can’t run away and stay hidden ( I still maintain two or three folks with bolts are superior to one with a semi, but all of our situations differ and I speak of the ideal ), then you need a bolt action of good power to conserve ammo for a very long time, and lastly you need a Forever Gun so that hopefully if the planets align and the gods favor you, you will never need a black powder gun or a crossbow. This is, again, IDEALLY, prepping for all three types of collapse. The “economic collapse” part is still followed if you do this part frugally, not getting into debt for it ( you can trim the financial pain by reloading rimfire and using an SKS as both semi and bolt, with the bayonet replacing a pistol. $150 rimfire rifle, $400 SKS, $300 rimfire and reloading components [ 10k rounds total, in theory ], 2k SKS ammo semi, 3k bolt, for a needed $1k, $1900 or so total. Not much more than some folks spend just on AR’s and magazines ).
As for eating, the economic collapse food is your standard buying in bulk, on sale, six months to a year ( one chest freezer per person for meat for a year ) everyday grocery store items. Don’t take the figure you eat on now and times it by twelve. That is too high because a lot is convenience foods, junk foods and eating out. Just calculate what 2500 calories a day-3500 if you are engaged in harder labor-is in meat and starch with no frivolous comfort foods beyond the weekly ( NOT daily ) treat. If you do it right that is around $2-$3 a day. So, as hard as you think it is going to be to come up with a grand a person, it isn’t actually hard at all. Easy, in that you just spend a little extra every sale until it is done ( and it can finance itself through savings if you can immediately cut out junk food ). The die-off food doesn’t have to be all MRE’s and freeze dried foods. You want stealth foods and energy prep diminished foods, but it doesn’t have to be just add water foods. Home canned meats, instant rice, flour. Or, instant oats, cup of noodles, peanut butter, factory wet can meats. It isn’t too hard to grocery shop this solution, and it doesn’t have to be a year. We talked about this-weeks for the die off or a small number of months max. Post die-off foods are bulk grains to give you minimum calories so your farming and herding efforts ( or, for a lucky few, trapping ) can be fuelled.
Your job is three collapse type specific. The economic decline sees you earning less and facing layoffs. This is what most of us have adapted to all our adult lives. The economic COLLAPSE sees the end to pretty much every job. Self employment does you no good here. The majority of Americans don’t have $500 savings for an emergency. They have consumer items that can’t be considered an asset, and debt. They certainly don’t have the extra to pay for non-essentials, which is what your self-employment job offers ( most houses are already underwater, and things get tight enough the structure will just be allowed to rot ). Debt bites you on the ass here, as the economy collapses before the government. Your job during the economic collapse is to live as long as possible on your assets, with no income. During the die-off, it is usually going to be that of a combatant. After that, soldier, herder/warrior or farmer.
Clothing needs two collapse types. The first is plentiful clothing, to substitute for trade collapsing. Ideally this would combine quality with quantity, but I don’t think most folks are going to get that lucky. After that you need a plan, besides barter, for making your own clothing and shoes. If you are lucky and can get legal hemp seeds, or whatever-wink, wink, that will go a long way with that problem. As a bonus you get oil for metal preservation, illumination or feed. And it is grown as a weed, NOT on agricultural land. Clothing fiber has traditionally used a lot of farmland. Hit those thrift stores while you can, when you can. Stock up on plastic shoes ( soccer slides, with Shoe Goo for repairs ) for a cheap long lasting supply of footwear, useable for most of the year.
Money/investments has three collapses to prep for. Most people lacking paper currency, paper currency becoming worthless but needed ( precious metal for property tax ), and, besides your personal basics, tools for a trade. Even if trade barter or currency is not needed for lack of trade, you need tools for a craft to replace everything you buy now. So, while true that planning for the worst case scenario should cover MOST other collapse scenarios, you still need to prep for the phases of collapse ( as you can’t gamble on just an overnight collapse event such as Yellowstone or global nuclear war ).
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