excellent point, but also mention the complete lack of SKILLS and TRADES that will be needed. For instance my wife is an accountant and myself a fixed income broker....skills USESLESS to TEOTWAWKI (well accounting is good for quartermastering, etc)....so my wife picked up the following trades:
Her: Tailoring, knitting, spinning, weaving, tanning, wine making, gardening, herbalism.
Me: Gunsmithing, small engine repair, ham radio (just got my amateur extra last week), beekeeping (great for trade and security of buildings on your property), homebrewing, gardening, reloading, etc.
In addition, my wife and I have joined a emergency radio group and local boy scout troop to 1) volunteer and 2) learn new things.
......she still can't get me to go to a craft/quilt show....and I have to force her to a gun show ;(
One more thing: If you haven't found a church to join: Do that ASAP! I think having faith, skills, friends, and a prepper mindset will put everyone at a distinct advantage in the coming hard times.
Good luck out there!
I was being sarcastic, Bryan.
It’s pretty boneheaded to think somebody spends all their resources to buy a house without ever considering what they need to finish and maintain it.
Nevertheless, your post is spot on! The ability to produce necessities apart from modern methods would be absolutely inestimable.
I have already begun assessing people I know for useful skills. Those with skills I need will be permitted to join up with me. Deadwood will be set adrift.
I have tried to get many I know to, at least, save up some for routine emergencies with little luck. I will NOT be their savior. Hard choices will need to be made and I am starting now.
Call me cold, but thats how it is.