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*Howdy all i'm new to the forum and to prepping.
*A year ago my wife was dead set against it. Then last week she told me she though we should start buying extra water, and food just in case, I asked what changed? It was what she had seen on the news, and Internet. I was floored!*

I guess I have three questions*

Where do we start?

Is it better to bug out or in?*

How the hell did it get this bad?*
 

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Welcome Bob. I don't have any answers for you. Every situation is different. Look around here, take note of the info that applies to you & make the best of it.
 

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Welcome from Illinois, land of Gun Restrictions. I know your feeling of uncertainty. I started just after Hurricane Katrina. With no one to help, I bought some dumb stuff, stuff too cheap to last in a true SHFT situation. Originally my wife thought I was crazy an humored me but then saw the handwriting on the wall. Right now, I advise buy canned food as you can. Because of costs, it took me over a year to put together supplies that would have lasted but a couple of weeks. Even now, I have a lot less than I want, but I continue to build upon what I have. I don't claim the be an expert, far from it. I've learned there is a lot to learn, I never stop learning. The problem is there are a lot of people out there with info that isn't all that great. Take everything with a big grain of salt. If anything sounds weird, research the subject for yourself, but from multiple sources. If you want more info, contact me.
 

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Welcome Little Bob, I am new to this site myself, just joined last week. I'm no expert by any means, but my views are that prepping is a personal thing depending on where you live, city or country, what you are trying to prep for, and how prepped do you want to be? For me, I'm just starting myself, having enough food that does not need refridged for about 3 months, having some cash on hand (something, a lot of people don't think of) and having personal protection. Right now, I am not storing water (which might be a mistake) I figure I can always go to the river and make it drinkable if I have to.
There is a lot of good info on this site, good info on youtube also (careful of the bad info though). Best of luck to you and again welcome.
-dave-
 

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*Howdy all i'm new to the forum and to prepping.
*A year ago my wife was dead set against it. Then last week she told me she though we should start buying extra water, and food just in case, I asked what changed? It was what she had seen on the news, and Internet. I was floored!*

I guess I have three questions*

Where do we start?

Is it better to bug out or in?*

How the hell did it get this bad?*
Welcome from Florida. You are in the right place.
1. Starting with food - my wife uses coupons, and shops the sales. For example, if canned green beans are on sale this week, she will buy a case or two (12 or 24 cans). Ragu spagetti sauce on sale? Buy a bunch.The dates on canned goods are "best by" dates, not expiration dates. As long as the cans are not rusty, swelled or leaking they are good for a number of years past the date.
Don't forget water. And a NON-ELECTRIC can opener.
Rice stores well, as does pasta.
2. If you have no place to "bug out" to it probably would be better to shelter in place. Unless, of course, you live in a high crime area already.
3. It got this bad due to decades of liberal politicians growing the federal government and wildly spending beyond our means. Lyndon B. Johnson and his Great Society could mark the beginning of America's decline.

And if you do not have a firearm already, it may be good to realize that this whole mess the country is in may lead to you having to violently defend your family and what you have worked hard for. But that's a subject for the proper section of this board.

Remember - a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Don't let the enormity of the situation overwhelm you. Start small, but START.
 
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