Quick Ways to Prep for an Economic Collapse

By Dan Sullivan

Guest Writer

I think we can all agree that, regardless of who’s in the White House, an economic collapse is more than likely. The US as well as the entire world are more divided than ever, which means any law that would be good for the economy could be blocked, repealed and so on.

Whether the almost $20 trillion debt, Russia or some other factor will trigger an economic collapse, you have to be prepared. Keep in mind that Venezuela collapsed recently because of the drop in oil prices coupled with their Government’s socialist agenda, of course. This is proof that the drop that fills the glass can fall at any time.

In this article, I’m not looking to point fingers. Instead, I want to give you sure ways to prepare and make sure that, no matter what happens, your basic necessities will be met.

#1. Pay Your Debt

I’m sure you’ve heard this advice before, but let me ask you this: are you really sacrificing things in order to do this? Are you eating out less, using less fuel and reducing your carbon footprint? Getting out of your comfort zone can be challenging when you’re used to a certain lifestyle, but how else are you going to pay off your debt?

I know it’s hard… The trick is to do it gradually. Make it a weekly goal to use less, say only twice a week. This way you’ll be forced to ride a bike or a bus to work, or even to walk to the grocery store. It’s good for your health too.

You can make an entire list of things to slowly give up and save. Don’t give up on them completely, that’s only going to cause you to bounce back to where you were initially. Instead, let your body get used to the idea of eating out less or always buying the latest iPhone. YOU DON’T NEED IT!

#2. Get Financially Smart

It doesn’t matter where you live, you’re sure to find laws that will help you save or earn money, even in small amounts. While those laws may not amount to much in case of an economic collapse, they’ll fit perfectly into your new financial disciplinary program.

The perfect example are those laws that give you tax cuts if you pay your taxes early, but you’re sure to find more. Some call them loopholes, and many are controversial, but you don’t know until you research.

#3. Start a Stockpile

If you looked at what’s happening in Venezuela, you probably read about people eating their pets to avoid starvation. It’s important to look at other countries to see what items are going to become valuable in times of crisis, as well as to notice the behavior of those who become desperate.

Food should be at the top of the list so, instead of blocking large amounts of money in gold and silver, why not start a stockpile? I’m not saying you should disregard precious metals, just to set your priorities straight.

#4. Buy Property in a Secluded Place

Not just to live there if things get bad at your current location, but to be able to live off the land when your food stockpiles will diminish. You can start a garden and set up a rainwater harvesting system, but make sure it’s legal to gather that much water. Some states forbid it, which is why doing your due diligence is important.

Another problem you need to solve from the start is security. Since you won’t be there most of the time, it’s possible that someone will eventually steal your crops or your harvest. The obvious thing you can do is pick a place that’s away from the main road and to make sure the entire place looks deserted form the outside.

Another thing you can do is start a permaculture garden, which is a self-running ecosystem that works with a lot less human interaction. The big benefit is that from a distance it looks like bush, meaning the veggies are hidden under a layer of weeds and herbs. Permaculture principles are definitely something to look into, particularly since some people report higher yields compared to traditional gardening techniques.

#5. Don’t Forget the Other Basic Necessities

Once you’ve taken care of food, don’t forget water (which is actually more important because, if your water supply is contaminated, you’ll quickly dehydrate), clothes, home protection (from thugs, looters etc.), self-defense (firearms), as well as knives, tools to fix your home and ways to communicate.

Although prepping still has a bad stigma attached to it, I think we can all agree it is now mainstream, and for good reason: people are starting to realize that, just because things seem ok today, that might not be the case tomorrow.

#6. Avoid the Shiny Object Syndrome

There are many financial presentations out there, convincing us to invest in this or that stock, or to buy this or that precious metal.

See, what happens is that most people fall for these presentations and, I’m not trying to say they’re wrong, just that they’re OPINIONS. These opinions may be right or wrong, and the guys who formulate them don’t necessarily put a lot of thought into. Once they have something marketable, they then focus on how to make the presentations more appealing.

If you want to make money as an investor, the surest way to do it is to specialize on one thing and not give up until you figure it out. For example, if you want to invest in tech companies, forget everything else and start reading all the tech news you can. Not for a week or a month, but for years on end. Become an expert on that financial aspect and you’ll surely see long term profits.

This applies to business as well. Don’t try to start 3 businesses at once in 3 different niches, and don’t give up on them after a couple of months. Start one and stick to it. I started my website at www.SurvivalSullivan.com 2 years ago and the first 12 months were horrible. But I knew I had a mission and I didn’t quit, and now things are working much better.

So long as you see people in that niche that are successful, it means you can be too, you just have to put in the work and, if need be, some money (maybe from a partner, so you don’t go into debt).

Of course, if you want a business that will also work in case of an economic collapse, anything related to food, water and basic services is probably a good idea: organic food production, rainwater harvesting installments, personal security systems, clothing stores and outdoor stores. Basically anything that could provide things people will be interested in post-collapse (whether they’ll pay in cash or barter for).

All of This Sounds Easy, but How Should You Go About It?

Easy. Sort of. Start with #1 and make plans to pay off mortgage and other outstanding debt. After a week of nothing but focus on this one thing, start focusing on having a basic food and water stockpile. Again, make a plan, use an online spreadsheet to estimate costs and only purchase things you’ve thoroughly researched.

Once this is taken care of, you should look into buying some land, as well as to improve your stockpile. Now, I realize that you may not have the money since you’re still in debt, but this should only motivate you to pay it all off faster.

Dan Sullivan

2012: If All Hell Breaks Loose – Could You Survive?

By Dr. John Reizer

Editor at NoFakeNews.net

Imagine, for a moment, that all hell breaks loose and you are forced to survive, for several months, without any of the comforts associated with modern technology. Think about how different your life would be without electricity, fresh water, grocery stores, banks, ATM machines, hospitals, prescription drugs, television, computers, and a whole list of other items I’m probably overlooking. Let’s address the large, pink elephant standing in the middle of the room that no one wants to discuss. Most of us Americans would find it extremely difficult to exist, for any significant amount of time, without the modern comforts that are firmly embedded within our culture and a major part of our lives.

The average U.S. citizen has about a 5-7 day’s supply of food stored in a refrigerator. Without electricity, most of that food would spoil in a day or two. It wouldn’t take very long for people to grow hungry and thirsty if their access to food and water was suddenly withdrawn. Upon closer inspection of this situation, it would be fair for me to write that most folks just don’t have the necessary skills to successfully live off the land.

If an incident, causing all hell to break loose, was catastrophic enough that it permanently altered our way of living so that we were prevented from ever having access to modern technology and subsequently forced to function in a new and foreign environment, many of us would, unfortunately, die. Within a relatively short period of time, supermarkets and food stores would be raided and picked to the bone. Gasoline and other fuels would, instantly, become unavailable or, at best, scarce. Whatever gas you had in your car’s tank would probably be the only fuel you’d be able to come by. After that, you would have to pedal a bicycle or walk to get around.

There are too many products and services to count, that we depend upon each and every day, currently available to us through the industrial – retail grid. Living outside that grid is such a tough deal when you have been raised your entire life in a society that is so dependent on various technologies.

The point of this article is to highlight the fact that a large majority of Americans are extremely unprepared to sustain themselves and family members in the event that “something big” happens.

If you are silly enough to believe that natural catastrophes cannot happen on a local, regional or even global level – think again!  The people in Fukushima, Japan were probably not thinking about having to permanently leave their homes several hours before the earthquake and tsunami destroyed their lives.

There has been a steady increase in global earth changes in the past few years. We have all read about the up-tick in major earthquakes, erupting volcanoes, abnormal flooding and animal die-offs. These natural disasters are more prevalent than ever before. The skeptics are always quick to put subjects like 2012 into conventional order telling everybody that life will go on as it always has. And maybe it will!

My feeling on 2012, and anything that might bring catastrophic consequences to our planet, country, or local community, is that it’s always better to be  a little over prepared for “something big” than a little under prepared. My advice to anyone willing to listen is to take the time to get ready for “something really big.” The signs and symptoms coming from the bowels of mother earth are everywhere. I would have at least a six-month supply of food and water to keep every member of my family healthy. A year’s supply would be even better. The more survival supplies you can get your hands on, the better your chances of survival will be. Realistically, it may take several months, or longer, before any form of normalcy returns to society, if it ever returns. Until you are able to produce your own crops and secure regular access to clean drinking water, you will have to rely on prepackaged foods and a lot of stored water.

Of course there are many other considerations to think about when it comes to surviving a catastrophic incident. Food and water are certainly very important, but clothing, shelter, medicines, and first aid supplies shouldn’t be forgotten. In addition to these items, a first-class survival manual is a must have.

If you are like most people I know, you won’t last long if and when all hell breaks loose unless you take the time and effort to prepare in advance. This is your opportunity to organize and get ready for “something really big” that might be coming our way. Use your time wisely; your life might depend on it.