Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Confessions of a Prepper

When do you have enough stuff? I have often asked myself this question. I started preparing when I was young so I have had a long time to acquire my stuff. I am to the point now that I have so much stuff I wonder if I have too much. I have multiples of everything. I call them "AIR SPARES", Air Force for having an airborne spare aircraft for any mission. Should I pass up the good deals I see and stop buying?

Can you have too much stuff? You can never have too much food, water, supplements etc. But what about everything else we buy? If you had say 12 sleeping bags for a family of 4 that may be excessive. Guilty!

I think that at a point prepping becomes very obsessive. Am I wrong? I know that we must be obsessive to a point in order to get it right. But when I read that one blogger mentioned he had over 200 mags for a certain firearm. It hit me that maybe there has to be either a point of no return or an end point.

To be honest I think that my buying is a compulsion of sorts. It is like an Adrenalin rush to me. I just keep buying stuff. I can't help it if stuff just keeps showing up that I want or should I say need. Even if I have some already.

How many of you out there have this compulsion? I cannot be alone in this.

Well let me know your thoughts.

Mark

45 comments:

  1. I too have a lot of "Stuff". Some will make good barter items later on, and others are just, well, good stuff! I am trying to focus on mainly food right now but am running out of space to store it conveniently. My 1st Aid supplies and pandemic fighting supplies could use a little help though.

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  2. i have the same disease, although i have some catching up to do in the sleeping bag department. before Y2K i made a list of what i thought i'd need to be self sufficient. it reads like what you'd need if you were exploring the amazon jungle, by way of the south pole. (or colonizing Mars) but i still look at every flea market and garage sale i pass, hoping to find the items i still don't have.

    i should have saved every penny instead, to have gotten up the down-payment on a house. (although i really only spent a couple thousand on this junk, it costs me nearly as much to store it each year, as what i spent on it) i wrecked my pickup truck a few years back, so now if i lost my job, i'd have to really scramble to get it all moved somewhere else before it would be siezed to pay for its storage.

    i'm not buying anything else until i can get some junk land to put up a storage shed on. (it's killing me to not be buying stuff, so i hope i can hold out)

    but like selous said i need more medical supplies, a water filter and more food. and some more ammo. and another shotgun, and an RV, and...

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  3. ...so unless you have a permanent base camp,(that you won't lose to the taxes) you have (we all have) too much stuff. if your children don't appreciate its purpose, they'll probably have to pay someone to haul it all away and dispose of it.

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  4. You have enough stuff when you feel comfortable that you can survive TEOTWAWKI.

    UNFORTUNATELY, I don't know anyone that feels that comfortable. Keep on preppin'.

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  5. Dang- sure am glad I'm not alone in this game! I think it may well be a prepper thing, then I think about sheeple I know who are even more guilty of constantly buying just to buy. My 'litebulb' moment came when I looked at the 'stuff' one day and asked myself the same question: How do I MOVE all this shit? I can't carry it, would need a pickup with enclosed trailer to haul even half of it, then it'd take a week to load it... there has to be a better way. To make it kwik and simple: keep whatcha need and chuck the rest- the only thing you really need is two weapons and ammo per person, a sleeping bag, some sturdy clothing, and all the food you can scrimp, scrounge, beg, borrow, steal, grow or buy. Some tools to maintain the shelter and provide a sort of income-producing lifestyle. Hmmm, I feel a post coming on.
    Thanks, prep on and don't feel guilty for having too much. You'll feel a whole lot MORE guilty if you don't have enough.
    God bless.
    Shy III

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  6. mark, was it something we said? post something so we know you're ok.

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  7. Mark, I am with Irishdutchuncle...Hope that all is well.

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  8. one more wondering if everything is OK. Hope life is good for you Mark.

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  10. Yes, you do! But, it's your hobby and there are worse things you can do with your money. Beside, being able to help your friends, neighbors and strangers is a good thing, for those who didn't prep, will probably really make you happy and will help secure your ability to survive. Good luck and God Bless

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