Yesterday my husband, Bear, felt it was finally safe to change our lawn tractor back over to a mower and take the snow blower off. It’s only late April. In our area, that should have been done a couple weeks ago. But, I’m off topic… Bear discovered that the battery we’d been nursing along these past few months had finally gone to the Great Battery Warehouse in the Sky. Luckily, the battery he’d bought for my Honda Fit last year, but we didn’t need, would work in the lawn tractor. That tells you that Honda Fits need little batteries and our lawn tractor needs a big one!!
Anyway, on to my epiphany. Bear had kept that battery, even though we hadn’t needed it and had sold the car a couple months later. He was kind of laughing about how being a Prepper is why he’d kept it since that mindset is, “you never know when you might need it.” My answer was, “yeah, like a Pack Rat.” That’s when it hit me, Peppers are Pack Rats! We have the same battle cry, “Don’t throw that out! You never know when you might need it again!!!”
So, that’s my big realisation, to be a Prepper you have to have some Pack Rat in you. Now I’m not talking about saving every bit of plastic wrap or paper plate you’ve used. What I am talking about is picking up extra canned food and other things you use (and use up) regularly. To develop the habit of thinking before you throw a damaged item out with the thought you’ll just buy a new one.
It is looking like there’s not much hope of saving the economy here in the United States, we’re going to have to let go of the mindset that we can run over to Wal-Mart and buy new. We’re going to have to learn to make it, fix it or do without it. At this point, when we buy anything that’s not good, we check in with our self to see if it’s a Need or a Want. If its a Want, we don’t buy it. If it is a real Need, we look for good quality at a good price, maybe not a cheap price, but a real good price. We’re buying with an eye on the future and whether or not it will stand the test of time.
Then there’s the consideration that when we have to leave and head to the Bug Out Location, is the thing something we could walk away from and leave behind.
Something to think about.