The world seems to be moving into an ever-increasingly strange place. From extreme weather events that take us by surprise, testing the limits of our infrastructure and humanity, to near financial and political collapses that threaten our long-term global stability, it seems that the world is becoming more difficult to predict. With all of this in mind, many people are becoming unsettled, unaware of what is to come next, yet worried whether they are prepared for the worst that might come along. For people with this mindset, it might not be all that surprising that they are worried about one particular event: doomsday. If youâ€™re one of these people, you might be asking yourself how youâ€™ll end up surviving the impending apocalypse.
The truth is that it is difficult to determine what to expect of an apocalypse, as none of us can be sure just what it is that will bring about the near, or total, end of humanity. However, there are ways in which you, as a regular person, can begin prepping for doomsday.
Weâ€™ve all heard of the common notions of preparing for doomsday: the fallout shelter stacked with an endless amount of supplies, gear against radiation, gas masks, and an arsenal of weapons that would make Robert McNamara proud. But this is nothing more than an image we often see in filmsâ€”something that would be quite difficult to procure and afford. There are some ways in which you can begin prepping for doomsday, and thatâ€™s by creating a plan ahead of time. Here are six ways you can make sure you have the basic necessary supplies to survive the apocalypse.Â Â
Have a Financial Plan
First off, before you even begin purchasing supplies and storing away weapons to protect you, your family, and your dog, youâ€™ll want to have a financial plan in place. This might sound silly, as you could be asking, â€œWhy do I need to worry about my finances when the world has gone awry?â€ This is an understandable thought, but we must consider the current time so we can prepare for the future. While it is smart to prepare for doomsday, it would be foolish to sink all of your current assets into preparing for it. By having a financial plan in place, you can budget how much youâ€™d like to spend either per-month or per-year on supplies, tools, and training.
Setting Aside Part of Your Paycheck
One idea you might want to implement in your financial plan is the notion of setting aside money. Think of it as an unbanked retirement fund! Each time you are paid by your employer, consider taking a certain percentage off the top and setting it aside. This depends on your current financial situation, but this is money that can be used for dried food, water, clothing, and more. Perhaps you could invest in some gold bullion or gold jewelryâ€”these items can be substituted for paper currency in the event of the USDâ€™s value plummeting.
Clipping Coupons and Shopping for Sales
Looking to accumulate a large collection of dried/canned foods, water, vitamins, health supplies and more? Start off by going through your weekly newspapers and begin clipping coupons. Youâ€™ll be able to target specific items and food you believe youâ€™ll require in the future while saving a pretty penny on purchases, allowing you to save that extra money for other important supplies.
Save Money Where You Can
Just as youâ€™ll want to set aside some money for your doomsday prep, you should also begin to cut back on spending wherever you can. This can be from driving aimlesslyâ€”to reduce spending on gasoline and lessening the number of times you eat out per month to reducing how much you spend on liquor, coffee, and other non-essentials. All of this money can be set aside to invest in other more necessary items for doomsday.
Relying on Thrift Clothing
In the event of Doomsday, youâ€™ll want to be sure you have enough clothes, blankets, and protective gear lying around. Not only will your clothing become damaged over time, especially if it is brought about by an environmental catastrophe, but youâ€™ll want to be sure you have enough layers for harsh winter months if you live in a region with a colder climate. By rummaging through thrift stores, you can find some good-quality, cheap clothing that can be stockpiled to keep both you and your family safe, comfortable, and warm.
Begin Learning Basic Skills
When doomsday comes, it will be difficult to trust others in your community, as youâ€™ll never be truly certain of their intentions when interacting with you. For this reason, it is imperative that you learn basic skills meant for survival. While you might have some of this knowledge already, it is important that you regularly brush up on your skills or go out of your way to learn brand new ones. These can include first aid, basic electronic and/or mechanical repairs, woodworking, cooking, hunting, sewing, and more. If you can do it yourself, it will save you the trouble of having to reach out to others for immediate help when trouble comes around.
But what if you donâ€™t know how to take care of something in particular? Begin bartering. By either offering your skills for similar shared help, food for a favor, or a bit of stored away money, perhaps the likes of gold or silver coins, you can provide your neighbor with an enticing product for their help. Rather than being indebted to someone, you can make sure that the two of you are even from the start.
Preparing yourself for doomsday might seem like a lot of work, but it doesnâ€™t have to be. With some planning and foresight, you can make basic choices to ensure that you and your family are ready for whatever comes at humanity.