What is Prepared Living?
Prepared living is a concept that my family lives by, and it is constantly evolving. The concept is to be frugal and save everything you can. It is a concept of doing everything for tomorrow, not for today. In the process, you are able to prepare for the future, for both fears and unknowns. It is not a political or religious concept. It is not about where you live or how you were raised. The size of your family is not important. Your family can be prepared for the unknown, whether that is unemployment, earthquakes and tornadoes, or something much worse.
For me, it began several years ago when my wife and I rented our first home together. It was small, but it had a decent sized pantry. One weekend, we got a good deal on a few canned goods at our local Kroger ($0.50 per can of Del Monte canned vegetables). I must have purchased 40 cans (a mere $20), and loved the idea that we had plenty to eat in the pantry. Around the same time, we began clipping a few coupons here and there and doing matchups (Now while I’ll talk about matchups more in another post, know that it is the concept of matching a coupon with a store’s sale to maximize the savings). Our pantry really began to grow. We got hooked, stocking our pantry, getting the best deals, giving to charity…all for a fraction of our normal grocery bill.
Eventually, we realized that our stockpile built by coupons could serve another purpose: settling our fears about tomorrow. Not only did our stress level drop gradually over time, knowing that we could feed our family through some really thin times, but our relationship got better – our family got stronger. Our bank account began to grow, our disconnect notices began to go away, our credit cards always paid down. This all stemmed from a conscious decision to be frugal and provide for our family not just today, but for the future. That is an important point that I cannot stress enough, this is not about providing for today, it is about providing for tomorrow.
So join me on this exploration of prepared living, self sufficient life. A life in which you are no longer the victim, but the change maker. Let’s make a difference for your family, your friends and your community.