Hi everyone! I talked with an old friend yesterday and asked him if he and his wife were preppers. I know this couple from years back, I grew up with the wife and have known her since I was in grade school so knowing their lifestyle I figured that it was a given that they were preppers. He looked at me with a puzzled look and then I explained what prepping was, he looked down and said that they didn't have the money for anything extra like that. I was shocked! These folks come from a very conservative family and have known hardship as well as big time wealth. He also said that she didn't see where they would put all that "stuff". I could tell he felt bad about not being prepared as he looked down or away when talking to me about it.
This is a good time to start asking our friends and distant family (your close family thinks you're loony) if they are putting away for hard times, or even an emergency. Bring up current events like the snow storms that hit the east coast so hard, at one time it was snowing in all 49 continental states this year on the same day! Talk about the recent earthquakes both here in the US and in other countries, earthquakes can happen anywhere. Help people to understand that they can start off simple and that no matter how broke they are, most everyone can buy some canned goods on sale for less than a dollar each. Buying just 4 canned items each week will net you a nice stock within a year. Rice and beans can be bought at Sam's for around $15 per 50 pound bag. Water storage only involves buying a gallon of water each week and rotating out the old when it's due, doesn't cost but pennies each week. Duct tape and plastic sheeting cost a little more so buy them when there is a good paycheck. Do you see how little we've spent here? Prepping doesn't have to be huge or expensive, everyone should be able to prepare and protect their family no matter what the budget says. Here's something most don't know, somewhere in your local grocery store there is probably a discount shelf. Find that area of the store and pick it clean, often you can find slightly dented canned goods, paper products, women's supplies and other good supplies for pennies on the dollar. In some cities you can find stores that sell nothing but damaged food items, all perfectly good but just have damaged packaging. My points here are simple, anyone can prep, it's not for those with big budgets.