As we continue building our emergency supplies, a question that comes up frequently in conversations is, “What if nothing happens?” Would this have all been a waste?
Part of this question is rooted in the whole Y2K experience, where a number of people were expecting a big disaster to happen, only to wake up on January 1, 2000 with everything humming along normally, nothing to see here… move along… Then the media publicized stories about the folks who had sold everything to move to a retreat only to abandon their supplies a year or two later. It seemed like one big waste.
I would disagree that this could all be a waste if nothing happens. Actually, it would be preferable for me if nothing happens and I still have all my supplies. I personally hope that things stay “normal” and that the s**t never hits the fan! But I would still continue to prep!
That is because:
- Prepping actually helps save money. Because we are buying necessities in advance, we are able to take advantage of sales and can wait it out when the items are not reasonably priced
- Prepping has helped me save time. Again, having commonly used items in the house eliminates having to run to the store because something ran out. When you go by “Two is one and one is none” you always know you have the item on hand and can go back to the store at your leisure.
- We have become more organized since we started our journey into preparedness. We’ve eliminated clutter in our home and have become more efficient in our storage efforts.
- Prepping and frugality go hand in hand. Though it seems to be a contradiction at first, since you know you have to buy stuff and gear in order to prepare, we have become more frugal in the long run. Because we examine the value of every purchase, we have gotten better at separating “needs” from “wants.”
- We are learning valuable skills that help us in the long run. I picked up some sewing skills and hemmed my son’s “back to school” outfits myself, which saved both time and money. Learning how to process green coffee beans and brew a fine cup of coffee without electricity was a great experience.
- We are teaching our children those same skills and learning to “Be prepared always” is a valuable lesson for them.
Emergency supplies will not get wasted as long as you are vigilant about rotating your stocked items.
I consider emergency supplies the same as having insurance. We have insurance for everything else. Health, car, dwelling and life insurance are all premiums we pay without worrying about “what if nothing happens.” The way I see it, better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.