Fine, you caught me, I am a prepper.
On a true Prepper scale I am probably only about a 6. My wife would argue otherwise. It’s not that I am embarrassed by my particular hobby, it just that I would not want to impugn either of the two subjects I care about i.e. Prepping and FIRE. I suspect there is not much crossover here. Each camp holds certain vaguely distasteful opinions about the other.
TEOTWAWKI = (The End Of The World As We Know It)
I for one find there is a good deal of similarity and overlap between these worlds. How is this for starters;
CHANCE FAVORS THE PREPARED MIND
This applies to preparation (bugout or financial) and the unpredictable nature of disasters (natural or economic). Both groups are also striving to establish a certain degree of safety in the world, be that physical or monetary.
I predict that a psychiatrist would have me pegged inside of 20 minutes.
My insecurities concerning the turmoil and lack of any safety net during my tender adolescent years has led me to seek and obsess about security in all its various forms. The ‘Takers‘ in my subconscious are after me. The only way I won’t feel vulnerable is when I have my FU money and live here;
I suppose I would be better off if I could take a giant chill pill, but then I start to wonder if I am really suffering a consequence from these anxieties? As long as I am not so money tight that I forget to live a little, how could being financially independent be a bad thing? I think it is quite reasonable to live below ones means while accumulating real wealth, commendable even.
And as far as hobbies go, prepping makes me happy.
MOST hobbies are a waste of resources except in the eyes of the hobbyist. And what do you know, if the Zombies do come, getting ready for them will be the best money I have ever spent. (Lasik surgery is a close second). As we sit in the panic room (yes, I have one) happily gnawing on granola bars, my wife will finally have to admit that maybe I am not a complete fool.
If I was really trying to plug it as a crossover lifestyle, Prepping takes both imagination, organization, and meticulous planning. All of which are necessary to properly managing your finances as well.
And, Bonus…. weapons and provisions are not depreciating assets.
The ability to assess a situation, make a plan, and stick to it are all traits common to both prepping and FIRE habits as well. Maybe there should be more crossover. For now I am happy to sit in the middle of this Venn Diagram waiting for others to catch up.
I am already alone in the incredible small world of Pagan Finance, what is one more niche clientele? Because if there is anything this blog could use it is a less broad appeal.
Really thorough outside post on the lighter side of Prepping. “Doomsday planning for less crazy folk“
P.S. I also found this article to be very useful in explaining the prepper mentality.