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how did you convince your spouse to be a prepper? (and not think you're nuts)
me ^ | 9-1-11 | wobbly bob

Posted on 09/01/2011 2:11:41 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB

how did you convince your spouse to be a prepper? (and not think you're nuts)

Post your interesting , amusing , and/or somber antecdotes here.

IE: I convinced her the money saved on growing food could be used for some killer pedicures.

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KEYWORDS: 2012; canning; eow; food; prepare; prepper; preppers; storage; vanity

1 posted on 09/01/2011 2:11:49 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB
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To: WOBBLY BOB

I found her a place where she could sleep at night without having to the Boom-Boom-Boom of rap blasting cars going by the sirens of police at all hours. And the knowledge that she didn’t have to lock all the doors all of the time.

Everything else just fell into place after that.


2 posted on 09/01/2011 2:18:00 PM PDT by The Working Man
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To: WOBBLY BOB

No way, she likes Diet Sprite.


3 posted on 09/01/2011 2:18:46 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: WOBBLY BOB
Never heard of the link.

Is it safe?

4 posted on 09/01/2011 2:19:50 PM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Didn’t. Doesn’t know what all is in storage.


5 posted on 09/01/2011 2:21:39 PM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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To: WOBBLY BOB
how did you convince your spouse to be a prepper? (and not think you're nuts)

I didn't have to. He didn't trust Oboma either.

Tell her the rest of the country is doing it. People KNOW Oboma has driven the bus over the cliff. No one has to tell them. This nation, or the globe, has never been this broke, angry and divided.

Tell her to use a search engine. The links there for prepping will be endless.

A wise man hears of trouble coming and prepares for it, while the simpleton goes on his merry way and suffers the consequences.

6 posted on 09/01/2011 2:24:57 PM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: WOBBLY BOB

My wife is from Tennessee. She gets it.


7 posted on 09/01/2011 2:26:36 PM PDT by optiguy (Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.----- Ronald Reagan)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

I started printing out some internet articles to read, and would leave them laying around where she would see the titles which pricked her interest, which lead to conversations, which lead to planning, which has lead to implementation......all from leaving articles laying around where she could see them. Now, there’s times she’s telling me we need to do more and do it faster.


8 posted on 09/01/2011 2:28:43 PM PDT by OB1kNOb (To some, George Orwell's story, "1984" is a cautionary tale. To others, it's a "how to" manual.)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Tell her today there at two types of people—preppies and preppers. The preppies will be extinct by 2014.


9 posted on 09/01/2011 2:29:43 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel (Duval Patrick is a coward. Explain yourself on The O'Reilly Factor, you creep!)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

The recent riots and flash mobs, together with the east coast earthquake and Hurricane Irene, with Hurricane Katia in the wings did it for me. Along with an assurance from me that it didn’t need to be full-scale armageddon to justify dipping into the emergency food supplies and that a hurricane would qualify.

Still working on the gun and ammo part, though. She’s got a real issue with that. Funny thing is that she would be willing for me to get a bow and arrow. Why? Because she’s familiar with that from gym class in high school (back when they actually had bows and arrows in gym class in high school).

She’s OK with me going to the range, though, to shoot guns and with me taking NRA courses to learn about them. That’s a step in the right direction.

I made a solumn promise back in my naive days that I wouldn’t get a gun without her buy-in, and I’m going to live up to that promise, but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to try to change her mind.


10 posted on 09/01/2011 2:34:29 PM PDT by StonyMan451 (As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: MIchaelTArchangel

I told my lovely that letting me take the kid away once a month for hockey tournaments gave her the opportunity to rest and not deal with two immature boys.


11 posted on 09/01/2011 2:35:42 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Fish are Meat with no Feet...)
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To: WOBBLY BOB
3.4 quake in Virginia today. 4.2, 4.1 in California today, too.
Economy is stagnant. Jobs just aren't available. Natural disasters need funding.
There's no tax revenue coming into Washington, and the bills are piiling up. What happens when other peoples money runs out? What will the welfare crowd do without their monthly checks? Is she ready?
12 posted on 09/01/2011 2:40:24 PM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: Flycatcher
Never heard of the link.

What link? Only thing I see is "me" and when I click it FreeRepublc forum comes up again.

13 posted on 09/01/2011 2:41:53 PM PDT by mupcat
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To: mupcat

Yeah, suspicious link eh what?

/s


14 posted on 09/01/2011 2:44:28 PM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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To: StonyMan451

you’ll shoot your eye out!


15 posted on 09/01/2011 2:46:24 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (My mind is like a steel trap: rusty and illegal in 37 states.)
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To: WOBBLY BOB
Well, for over 20 years she has trusted my judgment.

That, and she lurks here...

16 posted on 09/01/2011 2:51:48 PM PDT by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

One of the funniest lines in one of the funniest movies ever made!


17 posted on 09/01/2011 2:54:54 PM PDT by StonyMan451 (As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Have her read “One Second After”.


18 posted on 09/01/2011 2:56:03 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

I didn’t. He constantly complains about my small preps taking up room. Here’s hoping I never have to call him on it.


19 posted on 09/01/2011 3:03:02 PM PDT by bgill (just getting tagline ready for 6 months after you vote in Perry - Tried to warn you he's a RINO.)
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To: concerned about politics
Shirley you can't be serious.
20 posted on 09/01/2011 3:13:15 PM PDT by starlifter (Pullum sapit)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Wow! you only have hockey tournaments once a month? We seem to have 2 or 3 some months! We love it though.

BTW, my wife is totally on board about being prepared in all areas of our life.


21 posted on 09/01/2011 3:14:14 PM PDT by MichiganCheese (Racist Honkies For Herman Cain!)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Wow! you only have hockey tournaments once a month? We seem to have 2 or 3 some months! We love it though.

BTW, my wife is totally on board about being prepared in all areas of our life.


22 posted on 09/01/2011 3:14:22 PM PDT by MichiganCheese (Racist Honkies For Herman Cain!)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

I didn’t have to convince her.She is a school teacher who had already observed that some of the parents of her kids were, with their extended families, stocking up family farms in Alabama and Tennessee and Ohio. She would ask them why and they would say their grandpas talked a lot about the Depression and it looks like we have that coming again with violence thrown in. When I started collecting stuff she started thinking of the things I didn’t think of and started collecting stuff, too. We don’t have a family refuge but we do have a lair of sorts that ie defensible and stockable.


23 posted on 09/01/2011 3:24:57 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: StonyMan451

Take HER to the gun range and the NRA course. My wife was once ambivalent about guns but I talked her into the NRA course. I knew it had had the intended effect when, as we were loading up the truck to go look at raw property she told me to don’t forget the gun, “in case of snakes.”


24 posted on 09/01/2011 3:28:16 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Convince? What is this “convince” you speak of?

Our “Federal Family” assisted us, by gently providing incentives to becoming prepared.

First, Our Federal Family magnanamously allowed us to “donate” our jobs to poor, downtrodden minority persons under the War On Poverty portion of Johnson’s Great (for minorities)Society, in order for our employers to fufill their ‘voluntary’ quatoa requirements.

After scrabbling hard, and getting back on our feet, we were then encouraged by Our Federal Family to survive the Carter Disaster any way we could that did not inconvenience the privileged underprivileged.

We survived that by moving to a cheaper, rural, area; and then cooperating & pooling with neighbors in like circumstances, to get by until better (Reagan) times returned.

“NEVER AGAIN” became more than a slogan.

We were ready for Obama.


25 posted on 09/01/2011 3:28:36 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch ("Public service" does NOT mean servicing the people, like a bull among heifers.)
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To: concerned about politics

Uncle will never “run out of money.” It will become worthless but there will be a lot of it.


26 posted on 09/01/2011 3:29:53 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: arthurus

I took my wife to a gun show in Houston.

LOTS of women there. And guys dressed not in camo and jeans, but professional types. She started talking with some of the vendors and the show goers.

She’s a prepper now.


27 posted on 09/01/2011 3:32:30 PM PDT by Texas resident (Hunkered Down)
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To: Texas resident
I just put on some Smokey Robinson, Temptations and Four Lads on the radio.

Oh wait, different times.

28 posted on 09/01/2011 3:40:31 PM PDT by AGreatPer (Obama has NEVER given a speech where he did not lie!!! Amazing.)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Here’s how I did it: “Honey, I swear to you that no matter what happens neither you or our child wil ever suffer because I didn’t make some prudent preparations in case something really bad happens. I couldn’t live with myself if I did.”

Try that one. Not only will she put up with your prepping, you’ll probably get laid that night.


29 posted on 09/01/2011 4:21:22 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: MichiganCheese

Used to be 50 games a season. In south Texas we have to go to Dallas to play. So we play 4 games a weekend.


30 posted on 09/01/2011 5:41:23 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Fish are Meat with no Feet...)
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To: arthurus

Yeah, that’s my plan. It’s just going to take a while to get her there.


31 posted on 09/01/2011 7:04:54 PM PDT by StonyMan451 (As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: arthurus

Yeah, that’s my plan. It’s just going to take a while to get her there.


32 posted on 09/01/2011 7:04:54 PM PDT by StonyMan451 (As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: All

I bought Hubby the book Surviving the Economic Collapse (based on Argentina). He’s not at 110% but moving along very nicely since reading the book.


33 posted on 09/01/2011 8:09:41 PM PDT by betsyross60
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To: WOBBLY BOB

>>> how did you convince your spouse to be a prepper? (and not think you’re nuts)

It’s prudent to be driving down the interstate wearing your seatbelt, carrying a spare tire and jack, some flares and a flashlight, and appropriate maps. It actually is nuts to be driving down that same road pulling a trailer holding a hundred spare tires unless you are in the delivery business.

Nobody can complain once it’s put in the context of reasonable precautions against actual foreseeable hazards. Then again, while overkill may get you called nuts, there is no actual harm in overpreparation if you have the free time and money.


34 posted on 09/01/2011 9:17:43 PM PDT by tlb
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To: bgill
Does he ever do any shopping? My husband was outraged at the price increases when he stopped to do those fill-ins on the way home from work.

The other thing that got him on board (pun intended) was when he realized that much of what we are storing could work well on his sailboat or for camping, mostly because I purchased long-shelf items from cruising sites. He read some of the prepper & SHTF sites and a few of my post-apocalyptic sci-fi books, as well.

Now, he will voluntarily pick up items like propane, extra batteries, various outdoor things. He also is now keeping a Get Home Bag in the car, since he works 45 miles away 3 days a week and one Saturday/month. Calling it a Go Bag elicited the response:"Go where?".

And, w/CC just a couple of months away, he has a reason to buy _another_ hand gun. Whatever works. ;)
35 posted on 09/02/2011 8:49:32 AM PDT by reformedliberal
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Good on you. Brilliant idea with the “get home” named bag. Whatever works.

No, he really doesn’t shop much. Sometimes for his snacks so he justifies that but he does complain about the prices. Even so, he’s not making the connection. I try to come at it from a natural disaster scenerio (btdt) or financial crisis (there now) but it doesn’t fly. And now he’s found out there’s grab n go goodies in the bag so sneaks them, sigh...


36 posted on 09/02/2011 9:53:47 AM PDT by bgill (just getting tagline ready for 6 months after you vote in Perry - Tried to warn you he's a RINO.)
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Oh, well. You could just call that *rotation*.

I know when I was being challenged about the amount I was stashing away, not to mention comments about my organizational skills (admittedly needs improvement), I just ignored them and carried on. When things would look better, economically/politically/weather-wise, I would get snarky comments. I think he just thought this was a Y2K sort of thing or some other extreme conspiracy theory. Then, a totally different sort of thing, a local political issue I had been agitating about, became public knowledge. Suddenly, after over a decade, I had people coming up to me or to my husband on the street or in a store saying: “She was right. How did she know that, then?” I think that helped a lot and prompted him to begin his own analysis.

I know there have been a few politically/economically dicey periods in the past 3 years when he went white with shock over something or other and began his own lists of essentials, mostly tools, energy sources, maintenance supplies. Our income slowed down after major investment losses in 08 and then, he had an accident and was out of work for 7 weeks. We are self-employed and this was a major economic hit. The preps came in handy. I think we rotated through the food stores 3x since 2008. We have even more now and are getting well-stocked on energy sources and tools.

So, hang in there and keep on keeping on. You will be vindicated. If we are super fortunate and nothing really happens, outside of a storm or temporary income loss, you can point out how your various purchases were already made for the next 6 months/year. If we are right, your family is prepared for a major disruption and that is the important thing.

Logical males with a strong normalcy bias really need a lot of evidence. I know that I had more free-floating anxiety than my husband did, originally. Prepping, for me, reduces my anxiety. He tends to be confident he can handle any situation as it arises. That has changed, though, as this slow motion train wreck of an economy and an administration has endured.


37 posted on 09/02/2011 12:00:54 PM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: reformedliberal
Prepping, for me, reduces my anxiety.

Bingo! I was half raised by my grandparents who made it through the Depression so it's like an arm is cut off if I don't have a full pantry and supplies.

38 posted on 09/02/2011 12:26:00 PM PDT by bgill (just getting tagline ready for 6 months after you vote in Perry - Tried to warn you he's a RINO.)
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To: bgill

Yep. In my case, it was my parents who were Depression babies. My one grandmother to whom I was close lived in a village in the Ukraine until she was 18. She could do anything and everything: cook, can, butcher, knit, crochet, tailor,draft patterns, bake, including pastries, grow anything from seed or a cutting, etc, etc. We were so spoiled because she would just automatically do all those things and no one really learned all of her skills, just some.

I always think of her as I rediscover, relearn or learn something new. The skills, IMO, are as important as the goods.


39 posted on 09/02/2011 1:49:57 PM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Lets see. I got him on board with buying the small woodstove by reminding him that in NY we can lose power mid-winter for weeks at a time (worse case), and I found one that was a bargain! While it’s been sitting in the garage for three years, he has committed to having it installed this year.

Guns and ammo? I’d have to kill him dead to stop him from getting those anyway.

Let him hunt up on my camp acreage - after he got a deer in the freezer, he discovered the joy of plenty.

Convinced him to use coupons - first for vitamins and shower gels - which so amazed him at how much he saved, especially the whole buy one get one free thing, that he is fine with buying in multiples now. Like 5 or 6 of the same item at a time. He uses coupons better than I do, and we save around $900.+ a year. Hehehe - but he did have a run in with a woman behind him in line at the Walmart, she got pissed because he had so many coupons & they had an exchange. He saved $65. that trip.

The garden took no convincing.

He picks on me when I bag stuff into mylar, but I don’t care. He jokes about the word prepper, but I don’t care. And he busts me about my incandescent light bulb stash, but I’ll keep adding to that anyway. :)


40 posted on 09/03/2011 10:59:49 AM PDT by Ladysforest
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