Know how to use and fix what you buy. Spending a lot of money on necessary survival items will not provide the expected benefits if the family does not learn how to use them, continually practicing with them, and keeping them in perfect working order. When the lights go out is not the time to open a box and begin reading the directions by candlelight.
Developing a more self- reliant existence will most likely improve your overall physical and mental health. Teaching children how to prep offers a multitude of fun family excursions and quality time outdoors.
Do not approach the creation of a self-reliance lifestyle on a rigid time frame, but as a long-term goal with many adaptations required along the way. Develop realistic goals and celebrate those successes as a family.
It is unwise to focus too narrowly on a particular disaster scenario, the basics of preparedness are the same regardless of the type of emergency envisioned. Learn how to master the skills needed to survive the basics on your own and then expand upon your stores, skills, and knowledge in a reasonable manner.
Self-Reliant Lifestyle Tips
- The first step in this process is discovering how much food the members of your family will need to survive. Although you may not be able to purchase of grow enough food to feed everyone for an entire year all at once, do not get discouraged. Adding a little extra food to your shopping cart each week, growing (canning and dehydrating too) another row of crops, and purchasing a #10 of long-term storage food every payday will get you started on the road to self-sufficiency. Purchase, raise, or grow food items from that pyramid chart we all colored during elementary school many years ago. A balanced diet will become even more important during a survival situation.
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