Is Prepping a waste of money?

One of the biggest arguments I hear against prepping, as well as one of the most common questions I get, is: Isn’t Prepping just a big waste of time and money?

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The naysayer would say: What if nothing goes wrong? Why would I throw my money away prepping for a disaster that will probably never happen?

The prepper would say: Its better safe than sorry! While the sheeple are fighting over scraps, I’ll be set for whatever comes.

Here are a couple of reasons that we believe prepping is well worth the effort.

  • Prepping is a good financial investment. People who prep tend to actually save a lot of money. If you are buying the necessities, you can wait until those things go on sale and buy them when they are at their cheapest price.
  • Inflation – Buying the necessities now is much smarter than buying them years from now when prices are likely to skyrocket.
  • Prepping makes sense for small-scale disasters. What if you lose your job? Would having a stocked pantry full of food help? Prepping isn’t about preparing for some end of the world situation; it’s about preparing for the very real dangers in life that we will all eventually face.

In our current economic climate prepping just makes sense! If you stock up on products that you are going to use anyways, then prepping will never be a waste of money.

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11 Comments

  1. Prepping will not be a waste of money if you invest the money in something you would also buy if you weren’t prepping.

    For example, if you drink bottled water, storing large amounts of water and rotating it would not be a waste of money. It might even save you some money as you would buy water in large amounts, probably cheaper.

    The same thing goes for buying large amounts of fuels: coal, wood, heating oil, propane. You will be prepared for a time when you won’t be able to buy those fuels, and you may save some money when you buy heating oil in summer and not in the fall, like most people do.

  2. Great points! Living in Utah, there have been more than a few occasions that I’ve used food out of the food storage during our winter storms. Food Storage doesn’t have to be a) massive or b) just for apocalyptic events.

    The Survival Mama

  3. My wife & son used to kid me about stocking extra food. I lived through several blizzards in Idaho and Illinois several years ago. The big snow & ice storm in Georgia has had people stuck for only 4 days and all I had to point out was this is only a small inconvenience. Some of the people around here are beside themselves about it. It seems ironic that there are so many people that are so unprepared for even a few days of bad weather. Maybe it will be a wake-up call for some of them.

  4. How can preparing for any contingency be a waste of money? I suppose paying inflated prices in a black market situation is better?

  5. IF THEY DONT BELIEVE IN PREPPING THEN WHEN SOMETHING HAPENS WHY WOULD WE SHARE, dONT GET ME WRONG i WOULD ONCE , BUT DO NOT RETURN PLEASE

  6. @DERIC, PART OF ME AGREES WITH YOU. COULDA WOULDA SHOULDA, YUOVE ADVISED FRIENDS WHAT THEY SHOULD DO. THEY DO NOTHING, NEXT THING U KNOW KNOCK, KNOCK. AM LIKE R U KIDDING ME? U LAUGHED AT ME, CALLED ME CRAZY AND HERE U R. DUH. GOD LOCKED THE DOORS OF THE ARK, I AM NOT THAT STRONG, I WILL SHARE, BUT IF IT PUTS MY FAMILY AT RISK I WONT.

  7. I don,t share my gas with someone who just can,t be bothered with filling their car up.I don,t share my meal with someone who just won,t order their own.I don,t share my home with someone who can,t be bothered with haveing their own.Why should I share my survival with them? Sound stingy and mean spirited? ok, I can live with that.

  8. People ask “why bother”, ask them, why not. The investment doesn’t have to be tens of thousands of dollars in guns and MREs.

  9. I would think that even the peace of mind in knowing that you’ve got at the very least some security if anything *does* go wrong would be worth the cost. Mental health FTW.

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