What Is The Prepping Lifestyle?

Are You Already Prepping?

I am willing to bet real money that you’re already prepping and do not realize it. Let’s see if you pass the test.

  1. When you go to the grocery store do you buy more than you need for just the next meal? If you do, you are a prepper. You are preparing for more than a single meal. You are buying for future meals too and you are going to store those supplies until needed. You are a prepper.
  2. When you buy supplies for meals do you buy things that are on “sale” like buy one, get one specials? If you do, you are a prepper.
  3. When you buy supplies like toilet paper, bottled water, trash bags and other items that come in bulk quantities like cases or boxes you are buying more than your immediate need. You are a prepper.
  4. Do you have food in your freezer? Then you are a prepper.
  5. Do you have food in a pantry? Then you are a prepper.

Granted, in each of these scenarios you are not buying huge quantities that will last a year, but you are buying more than your immediate need and preparing for your future needs. That is all prepping is.

It is not the quantity of food or supplies that you have put back that makes you a prepper. It isn’t like you get to a certain amount and instantly turn into one. In reality, we all are preppers to some degree.

Now that we have that settled, let’s get into what some call “The Prepper Lifestyle”.

Take Prepping To The Next Level

Let’s take what you are already doing to the next level without breaking the bank. Here are some examples of prepping on a budget to get you started.

The grocery stores in our area are really good about running BOGOs or “Buy One, Get One” free promotions. This promotion allows you to buy an item at regular price and the get a 2nd one free. In reality, this is a 50% discount on both. For the benefit of prepping this allows you to buy 1 to eat now and the 2nd to go into your food storage. Easy and in some way this seems like you are building your preps for free.

Another promotion in our local stores is 10 for $10. That is you buy 10 of an item for $1 each. I love to use this promotion to buy packaged or boxed dinners, cans of soup, beef stew and chili.

The package and boxed dinners feed 2 people each. Add a protein like chicken, beef or pork and you can stretch these to feed 3 or more. Add a canned vegetable and you now feed a family of 4 easily.

For $30 you can buy enough to feed a couple or small family for a month. Do this for 3 months and you now have enough food storage for 90 days worth of meals. You are really making progress now.

Careful. You are starting to live the prepping lifestyle.

Living Like Our Forefathers

Looking at our pioneer heritage we see that these people spent every day struggling to feed themselves that day and still have enough to put back. They would put food back for themselves and their livestock. I am not suggesting that we all go back to this lifestyle. I am saying that we can learn from the way they lived their lives.

The prepping lifestyle is thinking about more than your immediate needs. Think about your needs for those times when you can’t simply run to the store for something to eat. Think about the needs of your family if the water coming out of the faucet is not fit to drink.

The prepping lifestyle is gathering for your family’s needs for when life’s emergencies happen. Weather, economic and unemployment disasters that happen all too often.


What are you doing today to prepare? How can you live the prepping lifestyle better?

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What Are Auto Auctions?

Auctions are set up so that individuals can bid a dollar amount on a certain item and the person who bids the highest amount wins that item. There are various types of auctions including estate, farm, livestock and even auto auctions. Many people have the misconception that only car dealers can attend auto auctions. This is very untrue as there are thousands of auto auctions all across the United States that are open to the public. Read the frequently asked questions below to learn more about public auto auctions and how they work.

Where Do Auto Auction Vehicles Come From?

Many auto auctions are known as government auctions and the vehicles come from a variety of sources. Some of the cars have been driven by local, state and federal government employees. When these employees get a new vehicle to drive, the used cars are auctioned off to the highest bidder. Law enforcement agencies often have to take possession of vehicles for searches and other reasons. If these cars aren’t returned to the owner, they are eventually sold at a government auction. Another source of many of the auction cars, trucks and SUV’s is repossession. People who stop making payments on their vehicle will have it repossessed by the lending institution that owns the vehicle. Many of these vehicles have been barely driven and they have low mileage.

Are Auto Auction Vehicles Reliable?

Cars and trucks that are sold to the highest bidder at an auction are generally very reliable. Government employee driven vehicles seldom have over 40,000 actual miles. Since many of the repo cars are not very old, they’re also a very trustworthy ride.

How Does The Auto Auction Process Work?

When you first arrive at the auction, you can look at all the vehicles that are on the lot. You won’t be able to take a test drive, but you can look under the hood and start the vehicle. You should also take this time to inspect the interior of the car and check out its features. Make a note of every car that you’re interested in buying so that you can bid on it when it’s being auctioned off by the auctioneer. If the auctioneer starts the vehicle out at a price you can afford, you can make a bid on the vehicle. If no one is bidding against you, you’ll pay the starting price for the car. If others are also bidding on the vehicle, the price will raise in increments and you can continue bidding until the price gets too high for your budget or until the other people stop bidding. When everyone drops out of the bidding except you, your last bid will win the car.