If you become an avid prepper, you will most likely have friends and family convinced that you are off your rocker and may need to be locked up. While some of them grocery shop for what they're going to have for dinner tonight, you have 3 pantries full of the basics: canned goods, water, beans and rice, and sugar and flour.
You may even get jokes about the apocalypse- as if that is the only scenario in which you would need supplies. But everyone can have their own personal apocalypses (apocalypsi?). Prepping ensures that you can survive any kind of personal emergency such as sudden job loss or electrical outages. Here in Georgia, we have frequent summer storms that can be violent and can take down the electrical grid for a day or more. Most of my neighbors scramble to get to the local Kroger while they still had backup power but we were comfy and safe in our house with oil lanterns. I wasn't even worried about my freezers because I knew they were full and would stay frozen for two or three days. Even if the power outage lasted longer, I had the ability to cook and can everything in the freezer.
Being prepared means prepping for unknown as well as known emergencies. It doesn't mean you will always have what you need when you need it, but you will be a lot better off than those who might have to put themselves in danger during an emergency to get supplies. And, it always means that no matter what your financial situation is in the future, you can put food on the table while you are getting through it.
Angie Mohr is a Chartered Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, and financial consultant. She has worked with thousands of clients over the years from mom and pop startups to rock bands and celebrity chefs. She is the author of the best-selling Numbers 101 for Small Business series of books and writes for Forbes, MSNBC, the Globe & Mail, Yahoo! Finance, Investopedia, and Motley Fool, among other financial publications. Her new book, Piggy Banks to Paychecks, helps parents teach their children how to be money smart. She splits her time between Canada and the United States and currently lives by the ocean with her husband and two children, who have finally learned that money doesn’t grow on trees.