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Once again, you are very welcome. Before, I lived off grid on junk land for pennies on the preferred prepper dollar. Okay, fine, that was completely for my benefit alone. I’m still taking credit. Now, I’m living post-prepping, as I embrace a life outside consumption and survive on a bare bones salary. What is in stores is 99% of everything I’ll have for prepping ( outside the rare added coffee can full of wheat or sugar, another bag of dried fruit that only cost the electric to run the food dryer, etc. ).
I get the occasional e-mail notifying me to a sale, such as surplus 303 ammo for fifty cents a round. Or I talk about the $338 register-less AR-15. Or, I want another five thousand rounds of rimfire. I need to resist all these. Not because I couldn’t get them, not even because I shouldn’t get them, but because consumption is really just gayed up alcohol or opiate addiction. You talk yourself into needing what isn’t a necessity ( “but you need the best to survive the collapse” is just another form of “today was really stressful. One drink can’t hurt”. Note, I’m not dissing you if you self medicate for stress. I, personally, am either 100% sober or an alcoholic, and drinking would impair my work, but I know I’m usually not like most people. I merely use this as a illustrative device ).
Everyone has an excuse to have a car, even though without planning to live without one you really can’t live frugally or free, and prepping is that much harder to do. And everyone has an excuse to consume, but just like a car that lifestyle won’t be an option all that much longer. Now, we all consume. Even poor Turd World Nation peasants buy food and clothes. I speak here of consumption as entertainment or stress relief. And yes, prepping is all about consumption. You can minimize that. I was just as busy buying accessories for my rickety old Enfield’s as the AR fan boys are. They buy FLIR’s and more magazines and CQB sites and all the rest. I bought more bayonets and butt pads and etc. I spent more on the accessories than I did the gun, as do the AR boys.
I just spent far less an amount, to coincide with my income. I was earning half the national average but spending one fifth the amount on preps as compared to the Yuppie Scum Preppers. I’m not saying He Who Enters The Apocalypse Saving The Most is the best strategy, but that if you wish to embrace a strategy for economic collapse, at some point you need to learn how to NOT consume. The economic collapse is NOT a theory. It is national news. The only theory is when it gets far worse. All other survivalist strategies are theory. Even my beloved Malthusian bottleneck die-off. But economic collapse is fact.
You should be prepping for economic collapse FIRST. And even foremost. Far too often, we as survivalists give economic collapse very short shift so as to prep for far worse scenarios. As in, screw my debt, I’m safe from a Soviet nuke attack. Or, screw my retirement in a cheap location, I need to earn more to prep for the EMP or Super volcano. The justification is always “it isn’t the odds, it’s the consequences”. Which is great, in theory. And I’m just as guilty of that. I tell you to prep yesterday, since you can’t time the collapse. That assumes the collapse is 100% guaranteed, yes?
But I also assume you are insuring yourself at the cheapest possible cost. Which really is peanuts. It is such cheap insurance it is silly to NOT have it. So, I’m really speaking of prepping which is too expensive. As usual. Frugal prepping, you do not need to stay in the big city to earn big bucks. If you prep frugal, you can easily prep for all the perceived dangers such as EMP, then hurry up and get busy prepping for the one guaranteed occurrence which is economic collapse. And one very important leg of that stool is not just getting out of debt but getting out of needing to earn much money.
We all consume. You need to get to where you only need to consume the bare minimum. And that is everything, from minimalist transportation, minimally taxed property to minimal monthly entertainment costs. Everything. Get frugal now and beat the rush. I’m not suggesting you all need to get to my point in life of just needing $150 a month for food, energy and entertainment. I could go lower, as that includes a lot of luxuries such as paid for e-mail, the web site nobody looks at, trips to visit family. You can set similar goals, although my case is a bit extreme.
I get “paid” to live like this in mental peace and living a minimalist stress lifestyle. Besides JUST living thus because that is the future, it is also rewarding now, which is the only reason most of us could do it. But I am learning it is no where near as difficult as you are lead to believe. Just like off grid living wasn’t as hard as taught or assumed. I don’t think the journey of learning to delay gratification is ever won, but you can be 90%+ successful quite quickly. Once you stop earning and spending, it is mostly easier to do without most of the extras you always coveted.
Less work to buy stuff means you get off the treadmill of justifying the stress of work by intelligently investing those earnings, our excuse for consuming ( and really difficult as a prepper, as we hurry to spend depreciating fiat currency ). Again, we all consume, even the peasants. You are looking to minimize that. Invest in the collapse and then get out of consumption. As a bonus, you are almost forced to leave the city to live cheap enough to minimize your consumption. You can live cheaply in the city, but it isn’t as easy as if you have some junk land. You also want to avoid the cities, as they will be the FEMA camps of the future, but that is a discussion for another day.
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JIM, Your series and insights are helpful to minions and such. I think of it as winding down operations after a major mission or objective accomplished. Contingent upon a minions station in life or extent of prep accomplishments, it can be thought of as a plateau and then a holding pattern. Shelter, food, clothing, some minimalist gear and it is just replacing perishibles,or worn out items over time (underwear,toothbrush,linens etc) and that can be really extended out long intervals. Having an ability to adapt to very little to zero income coming in,(yuppie pensions,retirement funds,social security all can go to zero fast) and not needing to pile lard asses into s.u.v. to get take out crap food and wander wallymart and malls for pleasure is going to be like weaning an addict off of heroin for most 'mericans.ReplyDelete
Wal-Mart as a addiction is about as bad as crack. As in, it is kind of a sad and pathetic thing to be addicted to.Delete
I recall that there was some frugal survival prepping book, that illustrated how to prep for a fraction of the cost, by replacing more expensive prep items with more common everyday household items. I want to say that you reviewed it, but I also want to say that you said it sucked?ReplyDelete
I’ll be damned if I can remember the title though?
James Ballou, Poor Mans Wilderness Survival Kit?Delete
And it was disappointing.
Yeah, that’s the one I was thinking of. Too bad it sucks, because I really like the concept behind it. It even seems like the sort of publication that you might have put out. I see that you can get the kindle version for $5, but is it “sucks so bad, it’s not even worth $5” sucky?Delete
$87 for a -20 sleeping actually seems pretty good to me. I paid $180 for my Sierra down bag back in the 80’s. A good wool blanket will easily cost more than that.
I don't recall it sucking because of bad ideas, just unoriginal ones. I can't remember enough, however, to judge if its worth the Kindle price. I have no idea where I stashed it, so I can't do a quick recap. My apologies.Delete
I had that book and sold it off.Delete
Don't bother with the Kindle version.
You can find everything he had in it, and more, by going to a few of the bushcraft forums and looking at the DIY sections or YouTube.
That book was really pathetic.
I loved his "Dark Ages" books. He jumped the shark after that. I did appreciate his apocalypse gun book, as it was the direct catalyst for my "gun porn" book, so it was worth it to me ( the loathing I had for its message lit a fire under my ass to oppose everything in it ). But I got nothing out of the rest of them.Delete
$87 for a sleeping bag? My gaw, have ye slipped yer moorings lad?ReplyDelete
Nobody spends less than me, unless you include the stuff I buy because I want it. No shelter bill, no vehicle bill, not even a phone bill. I do eat, so there's that. But seriously, how much does 1000-1500 calories a day cost?
Probably 90% or more of my spending is done in one of three relatively local places (30 miles away), Walmart, Kroger, Rural King. I'm not a shopper, never have been. I'm a buyer. Already know what I want. Men that shop should have labias.
Yeah I'd take 2 big trash bags, stuff em loosely with leaves (no sticks!) tie em shut, lay em down flat and cover em with a cheap tarp. Ahhhh.....just like Lewis and Clark did. And keep that $87 in my ass pocket where it belongs. Never can tell, might need to buy some ammo in the future.
I'm not in the market for a sleeping bag. But plenty of minions seem to be, and they all want that Wiggies or whatever it is. As this was a -20 bag, and cheap in comparison, AND today is "camping" day for the Amazon ads, I thought it would be a cheap alternate to at least consider, IF you were in the market. Almost no one pays to read here unless it is through my Amazon ads. I'm trying to offer up the least evil products ( note that all FLIR scopes are offered in mockery )Delete
Dress real scruffy and go to the next Homeless Standown. I got an Arctic weight sleeping bag twice that way.Socks out the yingwang. Occasionally they have boots.Delete
Do you live in Wyoming, where there is enough of a constant breeze to allow you group together with those stank ass degenerates? Hey, sorry, but even the nicest, most sober ones usual have less than ideal hygene habits. That's why socks are so important. They wear them until they fall off of their feet. Gross bastards.Delete
Yep, like food banks, unemployment offices for computer usage, libraries nowadays,etc. You risk catching a disease like tuberculosis, whooping cough, hepatitus, etc. Or get knifed-shived by a nut job that mistakes you for his step daddy that beat him or a bull cop that arrested him a decade ago. Stay away from crowds if at all possible.Delete
Don't be a hater Ghost Sniper but I've got a flash camping hammock when I had more money than sense. I also wanted to support a mate so there's that https://www.tiergear.com.au/Delete
The fantasy I was entertaining at the time *R was bugging out. One tribesman sleeps whilst the others do their thing. Theoretically that allows for three people.
6:30-I hear Starbucks has nice clean bathrooms now that they are homeless advocates :)Delete
Well Jim, your foresight in taking the thirty caliber bolt gun path instead of the simian's semi auto assault rifle path may be a wise one. The lead democrat for Nevada governor (Sisolak) is now an avowed proposed banner of assault weapons,bump-stocks,silencers. (As is all the legislature) That will be one less felony to worry about next year. Got other things like a collapse, civil-war2, zombie plague, etc to be dealing with than running afoul of new laws!ReplyDelete
I honestly have no clue who is running. Sandovol is a swine molesting RINO, so I imagine whoever we get next is just business as usual.Delete
We live in a matriarchy and must henceforth be emotional rather than logical. Guns are icky and DON'T save the children. They need a nurturing environment, prefereably with a more compassionate homosexual couple. Guns don't nurture.Delete