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  • wakosama

    Collapse now - Avoid the rush
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    Got robbed a few years back. Lost alot of stuff. Moved for work, Little kids are grown up, rent in the burbs now, no bugout place, etc. Starting over as an oldster, "retired". Any recommendations for 'senior' prepper sites, local eqpt sources, share gardens, the usual stuff. Not very affluent. No bunker in the backyard. Fast traffic and no real sidewalks or bike paths to the store either. Fairly heat tolerant. Things seem different now. Tks.
     

    no2gates

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    For food preps, what we did was to add just a few cans each week to our grocery shopping. After a few years, we made enough of a stockpile for nearly a years worth of food. Just do things slowly so you don't feel it in your wallet.
    Make sure to get a way to filter water. You can live for weeks with no food, but only 3 days without water.
     

    pronstar

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    For food preps, what we did was to add just a few cans each week to our grocery shopping. After a few years, we made enough of a stockpile for nearly a years worth of food. Just do things slowly so you don't feel it in your wallet.
    Make sure to get a way to filter water. You can live for weeks with no food, but only 3 days without water.
    That’s exactly what we do.

    When we go to the store to buy ingredients for the stuff we eat often, we buy a few extra of it.

    To your point, it’s easier to build this way without shocking your wallet.

    And it also ensures the stuff we’re stockpiling is stuff we actually eat.
     

    OutlawStar

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    That’s exactly what we do.

    When we go to the store to buy ingredients for the stuff we eat often, we buy a few extra of it.

    To your point, it’s easier to build this way without shocking your wallet.

    And it also ensures the stuff we’re stockpiling is stuff we actually eat.
    My (ex) girlfriend made fun of me for having like 20 cans of beans in my pantry, pickled beets, corn, and other stuff I sometimes eat. During snowmageddon she stopped making fun of it because I had plenty of pasta, spaghetti sauce, and random stuff to nibble on despite most roads being closed. I started doing this shopping many years ago; just buy an extra can of beans, an extra jar of sauce, an extra pound of dry pasta, you end up spending $1-5 extra per grocery store run, but after a few months you have a decent stockpile that could sustain you if theres a storm, flood, aliens landing, anything. If you continue this for years you end up with more food than you could eat in a month, and still be able to help neighbors if necessary. It also doesn't have to be expensive and realistically everyone should be doing it. A can of veggies, pasta, or a can of spam is a couple dollars. Hell, even a case of water is a couple dollars and helps fill up the fridge and can be frozen for using as an ice pack. If you eat it regularly or eat it camping there is no harm in being ready and I encourage OP to start.

    @wakosama Its very overwhelming trying to start over anything: just start slow but don't make it a weird addiction of accumulating crap you're not likely to use ever. Start with food security, a few alternatives to stay comfortable in the heat or cold. Have a case or 2 of water bottles in the house, then start branching out into the other prepper items. No sense in getting a camp stove and mess kit only for it to collect dust.
     

    1911'S 4 Me

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    For those that don't think it is beneath them go to food pantries, or Food Bank senior boxes.
    I have been to some, and your stockpile will add up VERY quickly. I don't go now because I have enough can goods (and freezer meats and canned meats that I have bought) to last probably a year or more.
     
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