on the Down-Low
by Tess Pennington
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Defense: 'If You Canít Protect It, You Donít Own It'
If the world
was a reasonable and informed place, none of us would have to hide
our prepping endeavours. There are many situations that require
us to be secretive about our plans, not the least of which is OPSEC
(Operational Security). However the trickiest situation of all is
when we have to hide our prepping from loved ones, whether they
are friends, family members, or most difficult of all, spouses.
For some folks,
getting their partner on board with prepping may be a long-term
project. Some people simply dont want to hear or think about
the possibility of a SHTF event, others scoff at our paranoia
and still others just cannot grasp the concept that one day the
grocery store shelves may be empty, never to be refilled again.
concept of dont ask, dont tell is wiser
than trying to persuade the reluctant spouse that the world is going
to end, however if youre living in the same home, hiding your
preparedness items could be very difficult.
If this is
the situation you find yourself in, prepping can become very difficult.
Arguments over money are one of the biggest challenges. How can
you satisfactorily explain to an uninterested partner that you just
bought 75 cans of mixed vegetables? A few suggestions:
- Go with
the money saving aspect. Buying 75 cans of mixed vegetables is
generally $75, but today the cans were half price, which saved
you $37.50. (Plus you wont have to buy mixed vegetables
for a year).
- Point out
the current levels of inflation prices are only going up.
What you buy at todays prices may hold you through this
inflationary cycle until costs go back to normal.
to your partner that youve begun buying in bulk so that
you can go to the store less frequently every trip to the
store (at least for me!) involves a few non-anticipated expenditures
shopping only once per month can really help you save money.
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joined the Dallas chapter of the American Red Cross in 1999 Tess
worked as an Armed Forces Emergency Services Center specialist and
is well versed in emergency and disaster management and response.
You can follow her regular updates on Preparedness,
and a host of other topics at ReadyNutrition.com.
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