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This is a discussion on People Quitting or Slacking off..... within the General Prepper and Survival Talk forums, part of the Survivalist, Prepper, Bushcrafter, Forest Rangers category; Hey, Slippy, how much of a drive does it take to get you to south-central Wisconsin? I got some stuff......

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    Hey, Slippy, how much of a drive does it take to get you to south-central Wisconsin? I got some stuff...
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    I do not know, people do not always need to buy more stuff, sometimes you just have to figure out what to do with the stuff you already have 😅
    Basically I am trying to make my garden better, since the food I can provide for myself is way cheaper than anything I buy.
    As many of you said, it looks like the prepping business was doing very well a few years ago, people have bought a lot of things and now they are not even sure if what they got would actually be of any use.

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    I think this also might be more complicated then a yes people have given up and no they have not.

    I personally am not buying a lot right now for many reasons. I will break them down.

    guns- I have a bunch. Do I really NEED a few more no, are there some I would like to own yes. But in reality I own guns in most the common calibers and really don't need any more. After all guns are not cheap and I could spend my money in other ways that will provide skill or better bang for the buck in a shtf situation. I think many other people have hit this as well. How many AR's do you need? I feel you should be able to own as many as you want but in reality I think a lot of people bought a lot of gun during Obama and in the lead up to the Trump/Clinton election and now they don't feel like they need any more. key word being need.

    ammo - I live in CA, for 2 years I have known this stupid ammo law is coming so I have bought an amount of ammo I feel I can safety store. I then took some time bought some reloading gear and components and have learned to reload. I think just like guns people bought a lot of ammo under Obama and in the months leading up to the election and since most people probably only shoot a few hundred rounds of ammo a year they feel like they have enough or maybe they don't feel they can store as much.

    Freeze dried foods/MRE's/canned food - I have enough to last well over a year, maybe even 2. I can't easily store any more. I have never really bought this stuff in bulk. I will buy a few freeze dried meals at a time here and their. Canned food I buy a few at the time when at the store. However I don't like to eat canned foods and they are high in salt and I don't like the way they tend to make me feel after eating a canned food meal. I do try and eat 1 canned food meal a week to keep my body used to eating them so if shtf my body will not be in shock from going to a very heavy canned food diet. However I also don't buy much canned food as I have been working hard in my garden and bought a pressure caner to can meats and stocks. Its cheap for me to do this then to buy canned foods and I can control what goes into the canned food. I have a feeling a lot of people might also be doing this. As for people getting ride of canned food about to expire, I am not surprised. If you are not rotating your stock you will run out of space at some point. So they will dump the older stuff.

    Camping, survival, hiking gear - This would be stoves, flashlights, backpacks, bug out stuff. I have a lot of this stuff. I have several stoves, too many flashlights to count, a few different sized backpacks, lots of TP, towels, fire starters, ect. Do I have everything ever made or even everything I want no. None of us do. However I am at a point where I feel comfortable with what I have and how to use it. I would rather take to money I would be spending on this and either taking classes to learn new skills or go camping/hunting/fishing/hiking/4x4ing/farming to got more time outside to prefect my outdoors skills. After all it does me no good to own a ton of stuff if I don't have skills to use them or survive if i have to bug out. I i think to many people put high priority on material goods over skill sets. Those goods do me no good if I don't know that I can hike 20 miles a day with a full backpack, or read a map. I should know the capabilities of my bug out vehicle. What do I really need to survive 5 days with just my backpack alone in the woods. Those are things I would never learn if I just bought things. And I think after 6-8 years of people getting into prepping they might be in similar situations. Look at how overlanding has become so popular. May of the people in that group started out as preppers and wanted to learn more about camping and driving off road and now they are doing it a lot.

    Moving more to buying stuff at hardware stores - I know I have been spending more time buying screws, nails, bolts, simpson ties ect now days over things you would buy at a surplus/survival/outdoors store. If I need a box for screws I buy 2. If I am buying some latches for gates I buy extra ect. If I bug in these types of things will do more then many people plan for. boarding up windows, fixing fences, fixing walls, building a tree house, or what ever you suddenly find yourself needing. I have a feeling if something becomes a long term event screws, nails ect will become very valuable, as peoples houses and shelters become run down with age and lack of repairs.

    Reaction to what people see in the news. Being in CA and knowing people who had to escape the Sonoma and Napa fires 2 years ago and a camp fire last year it changed some of my plans. Many of them had just 2-3 minutes to get to their cars before the fires over took their houses. Seeing some of the flooding in the south and midwest people also saw how being mobile was more important they having large preps. So people might have changed their strategies based on what they are prepping for. Some people are prepping for short term problems others are prepping for the end of the world.

    And lastly talk of the economy. We keep hearing how the economy is going to crash. While I don't think there will be a 2008 market crash I do know that the market is over due for an adjustment. I have also noticed that my line of work has become much less consistent then 3 months ago. there are parts of how things are that remind me of how things where before the 08 crash. What does this mean? well it means a lot of people will hold on to there money rather then spend it. It becomes a self for-filling prophecy. People stop spending money the investor see companies making less so the stocks drops which causes people to spend even less which causes the companies to make less and around and around we go. I am in a save money mode and only spend when I have to. I am sure I am not the only one. does this mean I am no longer prepping. No it just means I am finding ways to prep that don't cost as much money.

    I think people are just prepping in new ways. When you 1st start its all about food/ammo/guns ect but at some point you need more. And people have limited amounts of money so at certain points they refocus the spending to what they need. If someone has been prepping for several years they might feel they have all the material stuff they can store and now have moved onto skills and other preps that may be less noticeable if you are working in a survival store.

    Just my 2 cents...
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    When your SHTF plan is to remain mobile...killing, taking and eating your victims stuff...eating your victim too. You don't need to prep that much. That is our liberal friends method...I find it works for me too...I'm just gonna do it to them first. Its not bad....just got a real earrthy smell to them...and taste like mushrooms. You just gotta burn the hair off of em first...specially the female ones.

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    I'm investing heavily in a steel barn to put my camper in. I'm also erecting a CB/Channel master antenna, building a bathroom, installing a septic tank and doing all sorts of other expensive things at my remote farm. I also need solar panels, a charger, batteries and an inverter for the building. We are all just going broke, thats all.
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    @csi-tech, sadly, my guess is that when the time comes, I'll just shoot the people who own all that stuff. Yikes, just making a list drives me to distraction...
    ...No matter where you are it's enemy territory...

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    Russia, China, any country in the middle east, the fat kid in NK. War clouds gathering. Millions of free loading, disease ridden, criminals, and terrorists crossing the border. The ever present terrorist threats, Trillions and trillions in debt, a failing healthcare system, Indoctrination centers churning out brainwashed sheeple thinking socialism is a good idea, crime on the rise, racial tensions and politically correct bull shit at every turn. And to top it off, a gridlocked, dysfunctional, bloated, corrupt, government.

    Yeah, the great Trump is in office, time for me to take a much needed break, smell the unicorn farts and enjoy the rainbows
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prepared One View Post
    smell the unicorn farts
    That's a nice word-picture.

    I think what you actually discern is the libtards making a stink over Trump...
    ...No matter where you are it's enemy territory...

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    Prepping ebbs and flows. A lot of people need a specific thing to prep for. The couple of years leading up to 2000 saw massive amounts of prepping. The year or so leading up to the end of the Mayan calendar saw a big surge in prepping. Then.....nothing happened. People saw nothing happened and deduced that nothing was likely to happen in the future. False logic, perhaps, but that it what happened. Get a few hard rumbles or some unexpected releases out of Yellowstone and you will see prepping ramp up 10 fold again. The real preppers keep prepping for.....life.
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    I also slack off, but not for the obvious reasoning.

    Sometimes an event happens, and the wire service picks it up. A jumbo jet might have crashed, and all souls were lost. After I hear that news blip seventeen times, I start shutting the radio off.

    It's the same with preparation for serious prepping. I don't want to see the USA burn, and I know the libtards and the millennials will just be pesky "eaters" I might have to shag off--or shoot--in the future. My wife need thyroid medicine, how will that effect her? Will she live?

    Then I'll polish a Boker switchblade--and while that's a hobby--it might also be tomorrow's weapon. That sinks me to despair.

    At those times, I flip on the Brewers' game, or go to Cabela's to the find that evasive .22LR SIG Sauer 938.

    That, or I take a nap...
    ...No matter where you are it's enemy territory...

 

 
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