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  • Writer's pictureAndrea Wenzel

A Special Note of Encouragement to New Preppers, Gardeners and Homesteaders- You Got This!

Welcome to the family!

You've finally decided to embark on a journey of self-reliance. By now, you realize that you might not be able to entirely rely on external resources for help when things go wrong. Your home and your family are YOUR responsibility, and it's time for a plan. Climbing gas prices, food shortages, pandemics, natural disasters, and unexpected events no longer shake you because you have a plan. Your home will be ready, and you'll also be in a position to help a few people as needs arise in your community. After many years as a prepper, I have a few things that I want to share with you to ease your worries and help you navigate this new world.

1. Don't get overwhelmed. Your to-do wish list will be a mile long, and your budget, like many, won't be able to accommodate it. Knowledge, skills, and preparedness take TIME. Keep putting one foot in front of another, and before you know it, you'll feel more prepared than ever. The truth is, you may not ever feel like you have enough. It's important to understand that this is normal, but when these feelings creep in, you must practice contentment so you don't make bad choices.

Don't forget to live life. All your extra money doesn't have to go towards prepping supplies. If you want to get away for the weekend to reset, please do so.

2. Don't go panic buying when you watch the news. Leave things for others and always make sure you won't buy more than you need. Buying a little at a time is better when looking at expiration dates. The last thing you need is seven cases of corn reaching their best buy date next May.

3. A note on best buy dates: they don't mean that food is spoiled. Food is more often than not safe to eat past the best buy date. Please get familiar with this info. Another blog link is below for more details!

4. Stop obsessing over the news. It can be depressing and fills people with fear. If something is important enough to know, someone will call you and let you know.

5. Prep in good times and in bad times. I'm sure for many of you who are new to prepping because the pandemic lit a match under your bottom. You woke up when you saw supply chain issues increase and the death toll rise. While this is a good thing, I want to encourage you to keep prepping even if you think things are stable again. People stop preparing once the storm passes, but disasters don't wait until they're ready. Stay the course and use good times to improve your prepping skills. Stock up on supplies when an abundance of a good is evident.

6. Never under any circumstances go into debt for preparations! NEVER! In fact, getting out of debt should be one of your first preps!

Thank you for reading today! I hope you have a wonderful day! If you have any questions about prepping, please leave them in the comments below. I will answer you as soon as possible!

Below are some additonal links that will be helpful to preppers NEW and OLD!

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