How to convince those around us that we arent Nuts?
I know I am not alone - All of us have people around us that we love, but think we are absolutely nuts! And not the cute, eccentric Nuts, but the "Im worried about you" Nuts.
If something monumental happens, we have 2 choices - provide for them or not....but if we can convince them to prepare, we have won such a precious battle.
I have tried different approaches and amazingly enough, the one that gets the LEAST enthusiastic response is the one where I explain the Apocalypse is coming ;) Heck, even I think I am nuts using this line. The one that generates the GREATEST discussion is the one where we start talking about the price of food - the price of all things really.
Its a discussion where we talk about how much milk has gone up, how much eggs have gone up, did you know you can make your own bread dirt cheap with your bread maker, have you seen how cheaply I can buy wheat and on and on. Its getting them to realize the FISCAL PRUDENCE of buying now, doing a few things yourself and saving quite a bit of money. Its easy for them to see the prudence of having a little extra on hand "just in case." You dont even have mention the word "Apocalypse."
You can encourage their saving by emailing or phoning them when you find a good deal. Let them know that certain cans are on sale - that one of the providers in your co-op just dropped their price on wheat berries - splitting the cost of a whole cow.
Get several friends together for a "savings club." Women (and men) all over the country save serious cash cutting coupons and using websites like The Grocery Game - http://www.thegrocerygame.com/ - there are a bunch of others....Just Google for info. You could save yourself serious funds as well as increase your pantry while helping your friends to prepare themselves.
Share recipes - share storage tips - share with them how much your grocery bill has gone down.
This isnt getting them entirely prepared. If something catastrophic does happen, they will need your expertise in many ways, but they will not be in such a total panic - you have prepared them without them even knowing it...
The more people that are prepared, the safer everyone will be....
Pray, Praise, Prepare