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The Practical Prepper
In a previous Farm Dreams post (Financial preparedness: six tips on reducing debt) and in a number of debt reduction posts on Self-Reliant Info, I've mentioned that eliminating debt is a very important part of our preparedness planning.
However, I've lost track of how many people I've encountered who believe that they can't improve their preparedness and reduce their debt at the same time. As far as I can tell, such thinking is typically caused by equating "preparedness" with "buying supplies."
Instead, preparedness is largely a state of mind, which is why I frequently relate it to self-reliance. Quite often, our self-reliance (or preparedness) involves our knowing how to get by without many things.
What's more, being able to solve the problems we encounter (or those we believe we may encounter) on our own is relying on ourselves, a.k.a. "being prepared." (In those terms, we are being prepared when we don't let our gas tank get below half full, for example.)
As I've thought about it, I've realized that we can (and do) lots of preparedness-related things that don't actually require money, or at least not more money than we generally spend. Using no extra money, we can:
This list is not nearly all-inclusive, of course. As we look around and consider things, we continue to find more places where we can be better prepared for life's emergencies — big or small — without spending more money.
The main point is that, since these activities are free, we can become more prepared at the same time we finish paying off the little remaining debt we have. That's definitely a win-win proposition!
So, what preparedness tips do you have that don't cost anything? Please share below!
Believing that preparedness and self-reliance are key to individual freedom, Atticus Freeman is the founder of the Self-Reliant Info blog, in addition to authoring The Practical Prepper weekly blog here on Farm Dreams. Thanks for reading!
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