Can Prepping Be Your Retirement Plan?
I recently saw an article on American Retirees moving to other countries to stretch their retirement dollars. Eastern Europe and Central / South America are popular based on the strength of the dollar. I am also thinking about retirement – in a few years I would like to check out of the rat race and in fact, I hope to not need much cash during retirement because I have prepped my way into near if not complete sustainability. You might want to consider how establishing your prepper safe haven or homestead can actually be a retirement plan.
As you move through the stages of a novice prepper and initial steps in getting ready for short term emergencies / crisises and advance from being prepared for longer duration events or with longer recovery time – you will get closer and closer to being completely sustainable at your safe haven / homestead.
It doesn’t take a lot of land: While owning a home is the American Dream – you don’t need a huge house or a lot of land to be prepped for retirement. But consider where you are going to retire and you might want to do some prepping upgrades to your home (see our article on Site Selection https://www.americansocietyofpreppers.com/blogs/Site_Selection ).
When you buy equipment for your prep – don’t skimp on quality. You want items that will last: wheat mill, sausage grinder, cold press, canning equipment, dutch oven or cookware – get quality items that will last a long time. That way once you are ready to retire, you don’t have any large purchases left to make.
Food: While initially you might only have food and water for a few days or a couple of weeks, eventually you should be growing your own food and supplementing your diet with meat, eggs, milk, cheese, and honey (among other things) from sources you tend on your own property. I have seen some farmers making six figure incomes on things they grow on two acres of less. And if your space if very confined hydroponics can save you space or increase your productivity. As you refine your processes, you might find you have surplus that can be sold if you need money for other purchases.
Check out Rick Austin’s Secret Garden of Survival Series, it is a great resource for sustainable living with a low profile (move along… nothing to see here.)
Water: Whether you have water on your property or a well or use rain catchment – eventually you want to be in a position where you don’t have to buy municipal water. A monthly bill you might be able to avoid. You should also look at our article on What I Wouldn’t Give for a Warm Shower (https://www.americansocietyofpreppers.com/blogs/Hot_Water_Without_Power_-_What_I_Wouldn%27t_Give_for_a_Warm_Shower) and find you can build a Jean Pain Pile to get hot water from the materials as they biodegrade. Heating water is a large percentage of your energy bill.
Power: The other large part of nearly everyone’s power bill is heating and cooling the home. Check out our article on Heat without Power to review passive solar and net zero design to get off the grid (https://www.prepper-skills.com/blogs/Heat_Without_Power). If you have invested in some renewable energy such as wind or solar and have battery banks to cover hours of darkness or no wind, you might find that again, you can avoid a monthly bill. Having several systems that provide redundancy (a ground heat exchanger or a wood stove in case a winter storm blocks out the sun for an extended period) could mean that you never need to tap into the grid (or pay a power bill). Remember being off the grid does not mean you are living without modern conveniences – but you might have to budget your energy use.
Defense: If you properly maintain your weapons, they will function indefinitely. You might need to keep a few spare parts on hand. While you might not need a lot of ammo while walking around, you probably want to stockpile ammo for the future. Don’t forget to disperse your ammo in several hidden caches, don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Again, plan your weapon mix so you streamline the logistics – while you might have a pistol, a shotgun, and a rifle, you might want to limit the calibers of each type so you don’t have to keep a lot of different ammunition around. Guns or ammo can be a barter item although in a crisis you might not want to part with them.
If you have learned a few handy man skills you might find that you can maintain your home without calling a tradesman. But this might be an area you wish to barter some of your home grown produce or animals in return for needed materials or repairs. Check out our article on Barter for more non-cash transactions (my favorite is making wine) (https://www.americansocietyofpreppers.com/blogs/Barter_%283_year%29 ). In fact, being able to sell surplus food or some specialized service from your safe haven / homestead might be the thing that makes your prepping retirement sustainable.
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