Years ago when I first got interested in frugality, a friend introduced me to the Tightwad Gazette books. They are great resources for anyone learning how to pinch pennies. I also immersed myself further by reading personal finance blogs. Unfortunately, that’s all I was doing: reading. While I was spending all that time reading, I was still living beyond my means. In other words, reading made me feel productive, but I wasn’t accomplishing anything. It was just making me feel good. Not until I took concrete steps to improve my finances such as balancing the checking account, making a spending plan and cutting out expenses did I truly get started.
The same thing can happen when learning about preparedness and survival books. I got excited about finding out all this information, and whole new way of thinking opened up. So much to learn! I am not saying you should stop reading about preparedness. Far from it. All I am saying is once you read about something you need to do, you must do something to at least get started. I have a good friend who is really concerned about preparing, reads everything he can about what’s going on in the country, and worries about what’s going on. But when I ask him has he done anything to prepare, he says he knows he should but hasn’t gotten around to it. I worry he will never get around to it.
Even if you can’t run to the store right now to go buy supplies, go do something that you can do right now, like take inventory of what you have, clean out a closet to make room for supplies, fill up clean soda bottles with water, etc. Find one skill you’d like to learn and get started: talk to someone who knows how, and schedule some time to learn the skill. Make a list of what you’d like to accomplish this month, and take action. If and when the emergency comes, you will be glad you did.