2016 was quite a difficult year and I really don’t think my family was any different from anyone else’s. Everyone seemed to have an impossible time getting ahead. As a result, I ended up picking through most of my preps and we really didn’t have the funds this year to replace what I had gone through. I have to say though, I am ridiculously thankful that I had stocked up what I had, otherwise, I don’t know what we would have done.
After a year of struggling through, I realize there are many changes I could make to ensure something like this doesn’t happen again. Living a more self-sufficient lifestyle would help tremendously with being prepared and in 2017, that’s one of my primary goals.
If you haven’t looked at what your preparedness goals are for 2017, there is still a few days left to start jotting down what you’d like to accomplish and then start putting a plan in place to make it happen!
Creating Your Preparedness 2017 Bucket List
To be more self-sufficient
There is so much more that we can be doing to live a more self-sufficient lifestyle. Depending on outside resources isn’t exactly the best way to be living a prepared lifestyle. So many different things fall under this category!
Live more frugally
This is a lot harder than you think it is. I’ve always had the idea that it was better to buy brand new because you knew what you’d be getting. It was better to buy more expensive because it was most likely better quality. It was better to just throw it away than to re-use it for something or to fix it up because all of that isn’t a guarantee. But, I’ve learned that none of that is true. Brand new tends to break as well, more expensive just means it was probably made in a different country and most of the time if I or Dan fix it up, it’s better than if I bought another one. Shopping more at yard sales, garage sales and the dollar store are great places to start!
Get back in the habit of meal-planning
Meal planning has a lot more to do with preparedness than you think. It’ll help us keep better inventory of our food preps and know exactly what we need to replace. It’ll also help to keep a better idea on portion sizes and keep food waste down.
Take firearms training classes
I may know how to defend myself with a firearm, I’ve been taught well by my father, but….I don’t think it would hurt to sign up and get some formal/professional training.
Spend more time at the range
A firearm will do you know good if all it does is sit in your gun safe. Practicing with your firearm on at least a weekly basis will keep your skills fresh!
Sign-up for first-aid and CPR classes
I took one when I was 16 and although I know the basics, it’s been a really long time, longer than I care to admit, hahahaha. Everyone should know how to perform at least basic first aid and CPR, you never know when you may be the reason someone is alive.
Re-stock water/food/medical/protection preps
I don’t think it’s feasible to re-stock a full year all at once. Can you imagine what would happen if you didn’t go through everything and they all expired at the same time? That would be a hefty cost to be putting forward every time that happened. Creating a better budgeting system with more funds going towards preps and then spacing it out throughout the year is a better option.
Spend more time camping/hunting/fishing
This doesn’t just give us a chance to practice our survival skills, but it’s refreshing and relaxing to get away from the daily grind of living in a life surrounded by chaos, noise and technology.
Create a Family Emergency Preparedness Plan
At the very least, get this taken care of right away. Everyone in your family needs to know who to call, where to go, where to meet, what to do in the event of an emergency.
Get more organized
I am wonderful at getting organized, it’s staying organized that is the problem, but it can be done! Sorting through and putting all my preps where they belong, moving what needs to be moved to the garage, and weeding out and pairing down to a more minimalist lifestyle would be perfect!
Involve my children more
This is probably the single handed most important thing on my bucket list for this year! Our children are the next generation to carry on the lifestyle of being more prepared and more self-sufficient. Our children can’t do those things if we don’t teach them how and teach them to enjoy doing it. Little people and big people love to learn new things and this is a great way for your family to spend quality time together, learn new things, carry on traditions and to ensure that everyone is prepared for any emergency.
The New Year is right around the corner and is the perfect time to start getting more prepared!