Preppers, Over Extending Yourself

   07.24.17

How many prepping projects do you currently have? When it comes to prepping, the possibilities are almost endless, and therein lies the problem. It is easy to start one project, then something more important happens.

Depending on the prepping plan, it is difficult to say this is more important than that. One person might be planning on bugging out to the wilderness, while another person is building a self-sufficient homestead.

For example, I have a 1999 Toyota Tacoma rebuild project I started. The truck needs new front axles and a complete front and rear end brake rebuild.

Then there is the livestock fence project. I want to fence in several acres for goats and maybe sheep.

Well, between the truck and livestock, livestock is more important. So, the Tacoma was put on the back burner.

After Trump won the 2016 election, guns prices took a nose dive and and parts availability is through the roof.  Rather than dumping money into the livestock fence, I am trying to take advantage of the buyers’ market.

In the past year, the primary project has gone from the truck, to the livestock fence, to guns. I have not even touched pulling up old field fence or the new orchard.

We also have to figure in work and personal time.

Some of my current projects:

  • Fence in a few acres.
  • Toyota Tacoma.
  • New shed.
  • Pole barn.
  • New orchard.

Even something as simple as cutting the grass takes a couple of hours.

We all have to do something to earn money and pay the bills. That alone takes an easy 40 hours a week out of our time. Some people work 50, 60, or 80 hours a week.

As much as I enjoy working around the farm, I go to a movie from time to time, or go hiking. Living in a rural area means going to the movies is an all day event. It is an hour and a half drive to the movies, the movie, maybe visit with family, late lunch, then a hour and a half drive home. Just going to a movie can take up an easy 6 or 7 hours out of a Saturday.

I have not been fishing this year because every weekend is taken up by something.

Final Thoughts

Maybe preppers should make a list from the most important, to the least important?

Then again, what defines “most important”?

It is easy to say food, water and shelter should be first.  Or, the three Bs – beans, bullets and band-aids.

However, once you have your beans, bullets and band-aids, what’s next?

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