Surviving Economic Collapse Even If You’re Not A Doomsday Prepper

Will an economic collapse mean that the “Sewage Hits The Fan” (SHTF) and it is the end of the world as we know it (TEOTWAWKI) or ‘merely’ hyperinflation and civil unrest? Will, it only be the Doomsday Preppers who survive, or will “normal” people be able to make it through also?

Well, considering that I am a Prepping Consultant, my answer may surprise you. Unlike most of the survivalists, I don’t believe that the most likely scenarios to hit this country will result in a “Mad Max” type of societal breakdown.

I believe that the most likely scenario is one where we experience a very brutal economic collapse, as Argentina did in 2001, and the middle class largely disappears. However, I don’t see a total societal breakdown happening.

That being said, I believe that the amount of crime we experience will skyrocket and the prices of food and other necessities will reach levels of hyperinflation so that groceries will go from 10% of the normal monthly budget to over 30%.

The signs of hyperinflation are already here. From 2010 to 2012, look at the price of some typical items at Aldi grocery store:

Bacon rose from $3.19 to $4.59
Canned Mandarin oranges rose from $.49 to $.69
Frozen ground turkey rose from $.99 to $1.69 lb.
These price increases are severe, and all signs point to this being just the beginning.

So how does a normal person get by (or should I say “survive”) without having the money to invest to become a fully equipped survivalist or “Doomsday Prepper”?

The key is to start expanding the food and personal items in your pantry. Every week, double up on your purchases and in two months you will have a two-month emergency supply.

The most important thing is that you will be storing up only the foods that you actually eat on a regular basis. Unlike the survivalists who spend thousands of dollars on freeze-dried emergency rations, you will have food that you like and that you will use up, even if no calamity ever strikes.

Another very important consideration is that an economic collapse usually happens very suddenly. There is a news story that the banks are going to be closed and accounts frozen, and if this happens when you are away from your house, you may have trouble getting home.

The trouble with getting home when it all ‘hits the fan’ is not just due to the fact that there may be large demonstrations in the streets and riots, but if you are low on gas in your car you may find that the gas stations will only accept cash to refill your tank if they are selling gas at all.

For that reason, have a well-thought-out emergency car kit in your trunk with items to last you up to 72 hours in case you are stranded away from your home and supplies. Remember, it’s not that likely that the “TEOTWAWKI” situation will happen, but something else may pull the rug out from under you at the worst possible time: when you are away from your house.

Can “The Walking Dead” Teach You How To Be A Prepper Or Survivalist?

What most guys really like about zombie and disaster shows is that, in addition to being entertaining, sometimes there are things you can learn and put into practice. This gives rise to discussions and makes us feel like real men, just like when a guy in the neighborhood has his hood up on his car and we all go “see what is going on” even if we don’t know anything about car engines.

“The Walking Dead” is a great show for guys because it is a great discussion starter. But how is it for teaching guys how to be a prepper or a survivalist in the real, non-zombie infested world?

Aside from the guns and weapons and perhaps some self-defense techniques, there is not much in “The Walking Dead” for the would-be prepper or survivalist. That is, unless there really will be a zombie apocalypse coming soon.

The fact of the matter is that most of what we need to prepare for in the case of a real, non-zombie disaster is far too boring for the TV show to deal with. Preparing for a “SHTF” (Sewage Hits The Fan) scenario means that preppers and survivalists deal with mundane issues like water purification and sanitation a lot more than which crowbar is better to crush a zombie skull.

Like in most television shows, the characters in The Walking Dead don’t really seem to go to the bathroom or need to find clean drinking water or deal with matters of personal hygiene.

The interesting thing about surviving a major disaster is how rudimentary most of the daily struggles are. For instance, more people die in the world from diarrhea due to unclean drinking water than AIDS or TB.

After a natural disaster or anything that causes a massive power outage, sanitation is always a top concern so that disease doesn’t break out. Cholera, which has as its chief symptom explosive diarrhea, can kill people so quickly that in the morning they seem fine and they are dead by nightfall. This is a lot more serious than a zombie invasion.

The other thing that you can’t really learn about prepping from The Walking Dead is food storage. Learning how to stockpile food and then cook it in adverse conditions is a huge priority for preppers and survivalists, yet these things don’t seem to take much time or energy for the TV characters.

So while The Walking Dead is great entertainment and a very good discussion starter, using it as a way to start preparing for a disaster is a bad idea. It is much better to spend your time and energy planning for how you’d live without electricity for a time or what you’d do to survive if you were stranded away from home.

How To Prepare For Economic Collapse And Hyperinflation

So if you see that hyperinflation and economic collapse are coming, what should you prepare? It’s one thing to see it coming and think about it, but another thing to actually do something about it so that you don’t say “I wish I would have… “

If you want to know how to prepare for an economic collapse and hyperinflation, then the best thing you can do is to look at what happened in similar scenarios in other countries so that you will know what to expect and what people say they wish they would have done ahead of time.

The best lesson for us to learn from is by looking at what happened in Argentina during their collapse of 2001. Though most Americans don’t know it, the situation in Argentina was very much like where we find ourselves today in America, and Argentina had a very well-off, largely middle class.

The lessons from Argentina tell us that to prepare for an economic collapse and hyperinflation, we should have a very well-stocked pantry first and foremost. What happens when it all “hits the fan” is that prices skyrocket and food and necessities can be tough to afford or even find in stores for a few months.

In order to get through the tumultuous first few months when inflation turns to hyperinflation until the economy settles down and the currency ‘resets’ it is invaluable to have enough food and personal items so that you don’t have to fight in lines where high prices and short supplies turn shoppers into crazy people.

The second thing lesson to learn is that civil unrest can happen at any time. You may be at work or shopping or visiting a friend and suddenly people have taken to the streets to protest or perhaps just a bunch of thugs have decided to start trashing things and looting stores.

When civil unrest breaks out into riots and looting, you do NOT want to be in your car. However, if you are away from home, you may choose to make a poor decision and drive home unless you have already had a contingency plan.

For that reason, it is a key component of preparing for economic collapse to have an emergency preparedness kit in your car with you at all times. This way, you can confidently hunker down wherever you may find yourself instead of taking your chances driving the streets to get home.