This is “America Saves Week” and I bet you didn’t know that. Preppers are most likely “savers’ too. Why?
Everything that a prepper does is about anticipating and preparing for what’s next. The difference between prepper and non-prepper is a matter of “how much”.
Against the backdrop of government being dysfunctional and not being a very good example, it is up to self-reliant people to restore order and purpose. Suggested here is a better ideal or model.
First, adopt a frugal lifestyle. If one works at providing a good life by achieving a degree of comfort as purposefully and efficiently as possible, that supports the notion of being responsible.
One measure of responsibility is demonstrated by the absence of waste and reusing and recycling wherever possible.
Second, preppers define and describe comfort that they need and want to achieve based on the number of persons involved and what each need at various stages of their lifecycle. Accomplishing planning and implementation is dynamic because people change as does their environment over time.
Third, preppers aim for a small logistical footprint. They need and want to survive and live comfortably at a minimum, however, they also need and want to plan for future events that include things that are expected to happen, and things that are anticipated within the realm of plausible possibility.
Non preppers may be aware of what is expected, however, fail to save and end up falling short. The shortcomings result in disappointment and deficiency with real consequences that may undermine the goal of living comfortably.
The best preppers diminish the shortcoming by optimizing at the minimum and saving at the maximum. In that way, there are sufficient savings to serve expected and anticipated needs.
Hedging further, preppers invest in logistic resources and systems that may be invoked in event of disaster such that their “good life” is protected under extreme threats and conditions.
Many people have a difficult time saving. One thing to do to make it easier is to shrink your logistics footprint, and the other thing is to stop shopping except for necessities as precisely defined and determined. Precision makes good preppers.