Eight Words to Guide Your Survival Strategy

The writer of a financial newsletter shared eight words that changed her life, particularly regarding financial matters and lifestyle. I think they’re relevant for those of us into preparing for emergencies and survival.

“Buy what you need. Want what you have.”

The newsletter writer put those words in the framework of living below our means, practicing contentment and not yielding to the commercialized culture that bombards us constantly.

I wholeheartedly concur with the advice to take control of our thoughts and actions to avoid being manipulated into buying things we don’t need. Furthermore, don’t apologize for living differently than everyone else.

With the economy like it’s been the past few years, many of us have been learning to do these things out of necessity. And the economic roller coaster ride isn’t over yet.

How does this relate to preparedness? Let’s start with buying what you need. That’s going to be different to some extent for each of us. Your needs are different than mine. But there are basics we each must have, namely food, water, clothing and shelter. Do you at least have the means to secure those basic needs?

The most challenging thing about preparedness is knowing what to prepare for. Will we experience a colossal meltdown from a solar storm, electromagnetic pulse, or political anarchy? Or will we face events that bring us down excruciatingly and painfully, like the oil spew in the Gulf of Mexico, an Icelandic volcano, and crippling earthquakes?

What if it’s a combination of those things?

Should you prepare to shelter in place or “get out of Dodge?” Could you be ready to do either one?

These considerations illustrate why survival has a great deal to do with attitude and mindset.

If you were given $500 to do as you pleased, how would you spend it? Remember, buy what you need. Do you really need the latest HD TV set? Or do you need a water filter and long term storage food?

What about wanting what you have? When things get really tough—worse than they are now—can you be content with what you have? Are you prepared for shortages of food, gasoline, batteries or toilet paper?

Can you live below your means? Will you be able to look back and say you can live below what your means once were? Can you live on less—a lot less? We may be forced to do just that.

Be ready for the unthinkable. Think survival.

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Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.