What I Wish I Had Done Differently
The Survival Mom
by Lisa Bedford: Rev
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After 4 years
of being The Survival Mom, Ive been reflecting on what I would
do differently if I were starting to prep right now. Maybe my mistakes
will help you avoid a few pitfalls. I wish I would have:
less Survival Blog and watched more how-to videos on YouTube.
Blog gave me a big kick in the pants for getting started in
preparedness, but it also sucked me into near-panic attacks and
bouts of despair. One day my husband came home from work to find
me at my desk, in my pajamas, hypnotically reading article after
article on Survival Blog. Rather than motivate me into action, I
was frozen with fear.
also filled with massive amounts of great information but in smaller
doses and often accompanied by a friendly face and voice. I would
have learned more about waxing cheese, filtering water, and stocking
up on veterinary antibiotics, all of which would have been more
practical than reading tips for buying property safe from rifle
James Rawles is one of my heroes, but for a beginner, YouTube videos
would have been more helpful and encouraging.
less crap and more high-quality products.
is best done in this order: awareness, education, and then action.
I steered clear of education and jumped right into the action phase.
Thats my style, I guess! Early on I bought a lot of cheap
survival products that were recently sent to a thrift
store as a donation. Because I had a stack of awesome
coupons, I bought bottles and bottles of salad dressing weve
never used and has since turned all sorts of weird colors. I dont
think the thrift store will be interested in those, and I cant
learned that buying the best quality we can afford is smart, even
if we have to wait until we have the money. A high-quality pair
of walking shoes
could make the difference between life and death someday. We want
tools, supplies, and even food
that is meant to last for the long haul, not bargain basement specials
that are cheaply produced and quickly fall apart.
less money early on
I imagine that
most preppers start off in a panic mode and begin amassing enormous
quantities of stuff, just for the sake of having stuff.
However, I have learned that doing a fair amount of research first
is the smartest way to go.
know much about food
storage conditions, for example, when I first began buying extra
food and soon found myself with packets and boxes of potato flakes
infested with tiny black bugs.
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