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Crazy Preppers....

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So has the last 13 months or so turn anyone into a Prepper? I already had one foot in the door under the guise of "Disaster prepardness" with about 4 weeks of food and water in case of a natural disaster.

Today my basement looks more like a freaking bunker, and my home office looks like a freaking TOC.

I have to laugh at myself. Never thought id see the day when I'd turn into a prepper.

Someone once mentioned making a prepper thread. I'm bored, so here's my attempt at starting one. Discuss, or laugh, either way, I get it.
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I don't think being prepared is crazy at all. I do think that the word "prepper" carries a different connotation with it, however. And it generally is not a positive one.

The last year has reminded me of encouragement I've received my entire life to be better prepared in case of an emergency or other life circumstance that requires having supplies on hand. I think I'm about 10% better off today than I was at this time last year. I have not done a ton, but have made some progress in little ways. I don't feel like I'm anywhere near where I would like to be or should be, but I'm getting closer to where I can be. (if that makes sense)
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I think one can be prepared for a doomsday scenario without being a "doomsday prepper." There is a difference in the mentality that I think distinguishes the two, and continues to make the "doomsday prepper" appear batscat crazy, as you put it.

Dallan is a guy I respect the heck out of for his ingenuity and I am always fascinated ready the stuff he does. I have been very appreciative of him sharing some ideas with me and we are slowly building supplies. My #1 issue is simply ability to reasonably store the things I want to do. I think you can get meaningfully prepared and set up without taking out a second mortgage to pay for it all, but for me, where I put it is a logistical issue I don't have an answer for.
Yeah, the whole "bug out" in an RV idea never really made much sense to me. Where you can get an RV is really not all that "bugged out" when you think of it. Just because you are at 10,000 on Skyline Drive doesn't mean you are bugged out.

There could very well be instances where that RV becomes a lifesaver, I'm not discounting that. But if there is a major earthquake where infrastructure is impacted, how is that RV going to get out of town? It may serve it's survival purpose sitting on the side of your house that is no longer in its same state as you are accustomed to today, however.

In 2019 I went in and cleared out a bunch of "food storage" stuff we had been gifted over the years. Reality was that it was not going to do us any good. As mentioned earlier, wheat when we don't own a grinder. Things we would have no interest in eating. I have slowly started to replace that with things that would be of benefit to us. Still have a ways to go, but have to solve my storage capacity and form issues first.
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If you can afford this on your vehicle, then nothing we’re talking about here is impacting you! I know Mark. He’s good people.

The supply chain issues are fascinating to watch just from a logistics standpoint, but maddening to see happening from a consumer standpoint. Everyone keeps predicting “one more year of this or that,” except it’s not just time that’s needed to fix what’s causing it. We may be resetting to a new normal of supplies simply being short all the time.
On the economic side, inflation is running hot. This of course, is no surprise given the trillions of new dollars that were created out of thin air since the last bubble popped in 2008.
The Federal Reserve has pained themselves into a corner. They have 2 choices:
  1. Raise interest rates
  2. Continue the current policy of easy money, infating the currency
If they go with option 1, the housing and stock markets will crash along with a major economic depression. This effectively pops the mother of all bubbles.

Option 2 will continue to feed inflation higher and higher until the dollar is destroyed and becomes worthless. This wipes out the poor and middle class.
I wonder if there is option 3, which is a bit of middle ground? I know raising interest rates quickly and sharply could potentially cause a major recession. If they do it gradually I think it can slow inflation without economic collapse.

But I’m also not an economist. Not that being one would matter. Getting economists to agree on something is harder than getting lawyers to agree on something!
Here is some potential temporary good news in this thread of nothing but negativity:

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