3 Reasons why I’m a “Prepper” and why you should be too!

When people find out that we are homesteaders the first question I get is almost always (99.9% of the time), “Are you one of those Doomsday Preppers?”. I used to answer with, “No, not at all. We aren’t preppers!”.  But then I realized that I was lying to them and myself. Yes we are preppers and yes you should be too.

Why be a Prepper?

1. Sh*t Happens.  No I’m not talking about a zombie apocalypse, the grid going down, or a total economic collapse, but rather more like job loss or loss of income due to illness.  Yes we have insurance and savings, but those would be better used paying the house payment and electric bill. Having food storage that is from the garden, all natural, and free from chemicals as well as meat that was harvested from hunting and fishing sure makes me feel a little better that we wouldn’t starve and could still eat the same way we do.

2. Temporary Emergency. A few years ago there was an ice storm in our area that knocked out power to some homes for up to 2 weeks. Being prepared with fuel, fresh water, food, and other necessities makes it much easier if you are thrust into a weather emergency.

3. Being a good neighbor.  A lot of people who know us say, “If there is an apocalypse I’m coming to your house  and you can take care of me”. Yeah…. no. I’m not. However, a few years ago a sweet family that we love had a job loss in the family and was financially strapped for about 6 months. During this time we were able to give them food from the freezer and canning closet as well as fresh veggies from our garden. We were able to help them in a sustainable way and we were able to show our girls the meaning of being a good neighbor.

Being self sufficient and reliant is awesome and although we are only probably about 60% of where we want to be, it still give us an overwhelming sense of satisfaction that we have plans, food, and the ability to take care of ourselves and possibly others.

Now, I’m not saying that we, or you should go live off the grid in the bush somewhere, but definitely do some small things that will make you more sufficient, less reliant on commercial society, and keep your family safe in possible emergency situations.

What do you think of when someone talks about being a prepper? Are you a prepper? Have any tips?

6 thoughts on “3 Reasons why I’m a “Prepper” and why you should be too!

  1. Mommastinkyface says:

    What is considered being a pepper today was just how people lived every day, not that long ago. We are just starting our homestead and have a long ways to go, but I love not having to rely on someone else to have food for me. I can grow it myself.

  2. Holly says:

    I am too!! For the exact reasons you said. Things happen unexpectedly. My husband’s company quit sending out paychecks for their executives for 4 months (long story) when we finally decided to jump ship and move on. 2 months later he had a new job…yay!! In that time I only had to go to the store for a few parishables, because of all the canning and freezing I do. I don’t have chickens or animals, but I do have a huge garden and lots of fruit trees. I buy chicken on sale and can that too. It was such a blessing to have all of that on hand!

  3. Chelsie K says:

    I really like your blog post about being a prepper. I have never thought of it that way…..only the grid /government going down. It makes sense to be prepared for anything. I guess I never really realized that we were preppers too! Thanks for the other view point on being prepared. 🙂

  4. Mama Shane says:

    I not only wanted to be prepared for the unexpected during this journey but I wanted a healthier lifestyle for my family. We are not all the way there yet but we have a great start on our small homestead with our gardens, broiler and layer chickens, rabbits and great friends who are on the same page.

  5. Debbie says:

    I’m a prepper, just not to the extent you are. However, there are just the two of us now so our requirements aren’t so great. I do like a well-stocked pantry and freezer:)

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