One man who knows about the economical prepper life is Dennis Evers. He was my guest on DestinySurvival Radio. He’s been on before when we talked about his book How to Handle a Crisis.
Dennis has been a small town police chief and has a long list of public service credentials. He also has over 30 years of emergency planning experience.
But what really qualifies him is that, at the time of our discussion, he was head of a household with 11 kids. Some are adopted, and some have grown and “flown the coop.” But you don’t raise such a family without learning how to make wise use of resources.
For Dennis and his family, prepping is a lifestyle. It’s not a big deal to them. While they may be ready for disasters, they’re only doing what our ancestors a couple of generations back had the common sense to do on a regular basis. Taking responsibility for the welfare of the family is important to Dennis.
At the time of this writing, Wednesday nights were family nights at the Evers household. Family and a few friends would partake of a meal together and play games afterward. While the focus wasn’t necessarily on prepping, it’s the kind of thing that surely builds family bonds which is wise for any prepping family to do.
Living in a community with Mormons taught his family much about preparedness. Buying food in bulk is part of Dennis’s way of life and prepping strategy.
Recycling is another part of that lifestyle. Dennis believes in using everything as much as you can, then you use it some more. It’s not just about living frugally, but living responsibly. And it’s not so much about saving the environment as doing what makes sense.
Here’s one example. In our throw-away society, we toss batteries unnecessarily and before we need to. Dennis recommends a battery charger that actually recharges alkaline batteries.
Dennis also recommended buying solar LED lights for use in the home from Wal-Mart’s garden center. LED’s are efficient, effective, and safer than candles when the power’sout.
Naturally, Dennis taught his kids the independent way of living. For example, his daughters probably know more than most of us know about car repair. Not only does this save money, but it empowers them so an unscrupulous mechanic can’t take advantage of them.
So many common sense things can be done with a little forethought. It helps to have a scrounger’s mentality, too.
Dehydrate fruits and vegetables. It isn’t necessary to have an electrically powered dehydrator.
For those who may still be sitting on the fence about prepping, build your food stock and supplies to get you through a couple of weeks. Then try for being a month ahead.
Then take the plunge and go beyond that as you develop a prepping routine. If Dennis could do it with his large family, you can, too.
Whole books have been written about living a simple prepping lifestyle, such as Doctor Prepper’s Making the Best of Basics. And there’s so much more Dennis and I could only touch on briefly.
Therefore, I invite you to listen to my conversation with Dennis Evers on DestinySurvival Radio for April 26, 2012. Check out Dennis’s blogs at The Recycle Ranch and Proficient Prepping for more ideas about prepping on a budget.