By Jess Schiller
Now then, first things first, I am no expert prepper, and I have just recently started prepping in this year. This post is to tell why I decided to become a prepper, what I did, and to help those that are also just beginning to prep. It’s not that hard at all, and this is coming from a person fresh out of high school, tight on money, and looking for a job.
I originally started to prep because of the mentality of better to have it and not need it then need it and not have it. The riots that happened in the UK really pushed me into speeding up my prepping process. Then of course the economy and the chance that my dad might get laid off, it’d be nice to have food for at least a month till another job could be secured.
It’s not all that pricey to start prepping. I just started with buying a few cans and boxes of rice here and there at the nearby grocery store. When at the local Costco, I would sometimes pick up a large box of cup noodles or ramen for about 5 bucks. All in all, that part was pretty cheap. I also bought a pitcher filter from the same store and whenever a jug of milk, juice, or even bottles of water are finished, I fill them up with the filtered water and put them away for emergency use. That has given me several gallons of clean water with about 20-30 bottles of extra water. If you do that before long, you’ll have a nice bit of supplies. You don’t have to start big at all, I’m perfect proof of that.
Now in terms of protecting yourself, your family and getting dinner on the table – that doesn’t have to be expensive either. Last June on my 18th birthday I went to the local gun store and bought myself a great rifle for $125, – the Mosin Nagant. The bullets are quite cheap as well, I bought 80 rounds for $40. You can find the Mosin for even cheaper, I think the lowest I’ve seen it for is $70, and that much for a great 7.62x54r rifle along with a box of 40 rounds for $80? That’s a great deal.
For a BOB I did kind of splurge with money from an odd job and picked myself up a Maxpedition pack. Though anyone could also just go and get a military surplus A.L.I.C.E. for much cheaper than any Maxpedition, and hold up just as well. You would probably be able to find those at a local military surplus store. The local one for me doesn’t have any to my knowledge, but you could find them online for a bit more because of shipping. Still cheaper than a Maxpedition.
Depending on what kind of area you live in, the people you know might think you’re paranoid or very smart and they’ll begin prepping themselves. It also probably depends on the age of the people. Personally, my friends say that it’d be great when the zombies pop up – “ha ha”. I also live in a rural area, so there are already a few preppers around here. What I’m planning to do in the future is to probably get a dehydrator and a vacuum seal food saver to be able to store even more kinds of food and not just relying on what I can find in canned food. Along with another gun and more ammo, what I have now will do for a short while and it should work for anyone else doing the same thing.
I hope this helps others just like me who saw that most the preppers seemed to be experts with years of experience and thought that they would never be able to prep. It’s not hard at all to do, or even expensive. Yeah, you could go out and spend a thousand bucks or so and get a years’ worth of food right then and there, but I’m sure most of you don’t have that kind of money just lying around for a ton of dehydrated food.