I've spent thousands over the last few years getting just "somewhat" prepared. I still spend between $400 and $500 a month getting things to use when the "S" hits the "F". I feel that what I have done will get me and my wife to safe haven, if the bottom totally drops out, and keep us going if things just get a little out of kilter. However, I still don't feel absolutely adequately prepared. If I were just beginning, I believe I would be overwhelmed. I'm really glad I got most of the essentials long ago when it was so much easier.
Having said that, it really is never too late. Just getting some food and water put back, and a means of defending yourself, is a good start and keep building on it. Within months you'd be surprised at how much you've done.
that's one of the main reasons i feel overwhelmed sometimes. if i really wanted to i could go out tomorrow and buy everything myself and my family needs to last 6 months. but knowing how/what/why/when to do things is what's taking time.I can't imagine how anyone could get ready in a short period of time. Buying supplies is one thing, but building up your knowledge database takes a while.
Sorry about that, I took my post down to add something and got so busy I forgot to post again. It sounds like you are doing the right thing. In the end there is only so much we all can do. We have to be knowledgeable in guns, ammo, optics, communication, power supplies, solar, food storage, camping, camping supplies, shelter, clothing, lighting, tools, first aid, the list goes on and on.that's one of the main reasons i feel overwhelmed sometimes. if i really wanted to i could go out tomorrow and buy everything myself and my family needs to last 6 months. but knowing how/what/why/when to do things is what's taking time.
i'm doing what i can when i can and that's about all i can do right now. i hope if it gets bad it doesn't happen for a year or two at least. that way i'll have ample supplies, hopefully enough knowledge, and my kids will be older and a little easier to manage.
Water Storage - High Capacity Water Storage | SureWaterLol I hope its not too late to get started. I have been slowly coming to terms with the fact that I am not ready for a SHTF scenario. My wife and I have started getting Bottled Water and storing it in a cool dark area. We are newly weds and don't have a lot of money so we try to get one thing every time we go to the grocery store. Figure it is better than nothing. My biggest concern is water. What kind of portable water filters are worth having?