I’ve said it time and time again – prepping isn’t easy. Working toward a goal that will never actually be complete (since prepping is a lifestyle choice and not a one-time accomplishment) can be a frustrating task to set yourself.
That being said, you can have success as a prepper, even if the work never ends and you continue to set more and more goals long after you’ve reached your initial ones. But once you get started – even by taking small steps – every little bit will move you toward the ultimate goal of being more prepared. Those tiny steps can carry you a lot farther than you’d expect – all the way toward being actually prepared for most emergency situations.
There’s no need to make excuses when prepping can be done cheaply, quickly, and without much effort, but for those who aren’t aware of just how much easier your life can be as a prepper by simply surrounding yourself with the right resources and having the proper outlet where you can ask any and all questions you might want to, finally making that first step in taking prepping seriously can feel like an insurmountable task.
There’s no short of excuses one can come up with for pushing preparedness aside and putting preps on the back burner, and it’s damn easy to to slide from using one excuse to beginning to use another. My only hope is that by seeing all these excuses laid out there, you’ll realize that that’s all they are – excuses. Excuses that can be put down – no matter how big or small they are – to help you reach your ultimate goal as a prepper to be more prepared.
Excuses to do with: Research
1. I have no idea how to start prepping. I’ll push things off until I have time to figure out what my first step is.
2. While I want to get a good stockpile of survival gear going, I’m not sure what kinds of items to throw into the wishlist. I think I’ll hold off until I do some research; although I’m not sure where to start…
3. I want to invest my money in some really good gear, but I don’t have enough money to splurge and test items, and I don’t want to end up spending on any products I don’t like. I don’t have time to do the research and look up reviews right now, but I’ll get around to working on it eventually.
4. I don’t know the first thing about gardening, and having a prepper garden is number one on my list of plans. I’ll wait until I can get someone to teach me how to get that started and then I’ll begin prepping.
5. Really wish I had a place I could ask others, who are more experienced with regards to prepping, all my survival & preparedness related questions. If I had a place like that to go to, I’m sure I would’ve started prepping by now.
6. I’m not sure what kinds of foods are best to stockpile, but I also don’t have time to do any research right now. I’ll start all my prepping projects later, when I can set aside some time to sort out research and a plan.
7. Researching is hard work and I have no idea where to look for good survival resources. Until I figure that out, I’m not going to start preparing. It just doesn’t seem like I can.
8. I feel it’s important to learn from the experts and so I want to read a bunch of survival books before I get started with prepping. That being said, I have no idea which survival books would be best to read, nor do I have time to check right now (let alone read all those books!). I’ll wait until there’s a better time for me to start this process.
9. Though I feel that reading survival books is the best place to start digging for information, survival books are expensive. I wish I could find some free ones to start off with.
Excuses to do with: Planning
10. Before I get into prepping I’ll want to have a complete plan outlined. I don’t have time to get that worked out right now, so I’ll just wait until I do.
11. Prepping is something I want to take seriously. I don’t want to start working on a plan and then have to stop. So I’m not going to start prepping yet – until I’m in the type of situation where I know I won’t have to stop.
12. I need to figure out whether I’ll be bugging in or bugging out before I get to planning the rest of my preps – otherwise what’s the point of starting?
13. I hate starting projects before I have at least a general plan of what I want to accomplish. I don’t have a plan yet, and it’ll take me a lot of time to complete one to be exactly how I like it, but I’ll start prepping once I work things out.
14. I have a great plan – one where I’ll tackle prepping for the most likely emergency situation first – but I don’t have the funds or the time to prep for that emergency situation the way I want to yet. I’ll wait until I have the money and free time to do tackle that first then continue on with my plan.
Excuses to do with: Money
16. Prepping is way too expensive. I can’t understand how anyone can afford to prep – they must have a lot of money.
17. I’m on a really tight budget right now, I can’t possibly afford to prep at the moment.
18. I’ll have more money later. I’ll prep when I get a raise/promotion.
19. Shouldn’t I have a massive amount of money stashed away before I start any sort of prepping? I’ll start trying to save up for that and worry about any other preps later.
20. How can anyone afford all that expensive survival gear? From what I’ve seen there don’t seem to be any budget options for people like me. I’ll pass until I have more money.
21. Food is expensive enough as it is. I can’t possibly break my budget spending on buying even more food in order to have a stockpile. I’ll start a food stockpile when I have a higher income.
22. How can any family possibly afford to prep on a single income? My spouse is looking for a job now. We’ll start prepping once he/she has found a full-time position.
23. Everything about prepping is expensive, and I don’t have a steady job right now. I don’t want to start spending money on prepping when my income might disappear tomorrow.
24. I just got a new job – I want to enjoy my money. I’ll start prepping when I feel I’ve rewarded myself enough for my accomplishment.
Excuses to do with: Space
25. I live in an apartment – I don’t have the room to prep.
26. My house is too small. Once I up-size, I’ll begin prepping.
27. I don’t have the space right now! I need to make room in the house for any preps before I can finally begin.
28. All the rooms in this house are being used, so I don’t have any space for starting a prepper stockpile. I’ll start prepping once one of the kids has moved out and I can use their old room as a stockpile room.
29. I have a small garden. I need more space outside or there’s no point in prepping.
Excuses to do with: Stress
30. I don’t know where to start when it comes to prepping. It’s way too overwhelming. I can’t deal with the stress right now.
31. I have too much to do at the moment – I can’t possibly think about prepping right now.
32. Took the time to prep seriously for a while, but now I’m completely burned out. I’ll take a break from prepping – as long as I need it to be – and pick back up once I feel less exhausted by the thought of it.
33. I’m too strung out from work issues. I won’t be able to concentrate on any preps right now.
34. The kids are taking way too much of a toll on me. There’s no way I can begin prepping until I’m at the point where I’m not so stressed.
Excuses to do with: Energy
35. I’m way too exhausted from work. I don’t have the energy to prep right now.
36. Too much of my energy is spent on the kids right now – between taking them to school, extracurricular activities, and driving them around in the summer. I’ll wait until things settle down to begin prepping.
37. I have way too many projects going on right now – I can’t possibly start prepping when I’m so exhausted.
Excuses to do with: Time
38. Where am I going to find the time to prep right now? I’ll just do it later.
39. I still have time before the next [insert emergency situation here]. I’ll start prepping seriously in a few [days/months/years].
40. It’s way too early to start prepping for a winter disaster. I’ll wait until the weather starts to get colder and then I’ll begin.
41. I’m moving right now, and there’s really no way to stay prepared while I move. I’ll get back to prepping once I’m done with the move.
42. The kids take up way too much of my time right now. Only a few years until they’re out of the house. I’ll start prepping then.
43. I can’t seem to get my family on the same page as I am with regards to prepping – I’ll wait until I do get them on the same page as me to begin.
44. I do see the point in prepping, but being seen as a crazy prepper by my peers is holding me back from really getting started. It bothers me how much of a stigma is attached to being a prepper.
45. Prepping is hard work, and I don’t see a point to being prepared if the shit doesn’t hit the fan. Things look like they’re fine right now. If it looks like another recession is going to hit or something like that, I’ll start prepping then.
46. If I have no idea when the shit will hit the fan, what’s the point of prepping right now? It will take a long time to be really prepared, and if the SHTF tomorrow, I won’t be ready anyway.
47. I can’t prep to survive everything, so what’s the point of prepping, really? Shouldn’t I be spending time on things I enjoy more?
Can You Think of Any More?
Well there they all are – 47 excuses one can make to avoid prepping. Some of these I’ve actually seen used; others, I can definitely picture someone using to describe their prepper procrastination.
Have you heard someone use any of these excuses? Can you think of any more? Have you yourself used excuses to push off prepping?
Hopefully, by seeing all these laid out there, if you’re the one making the excuses, you’ll begin to realize just how easy it is to get caught up in a frame of mind that will stop you from actively trying to look out for your future. And if you know someone making these kinds of excuses – pass this article on to them, so that they’ll hopefully get the picture. It’s easy to fall into the pattern of making up reason after reason with regards to why you haven’t been working on having a more prepared lifestyle, but unless you break out of that pattern, you’re likely to continue on the slippery slope of prepper procrastination for a good, long time. Hell, you may never get prepared if you don’t try to take prepping more seriously.
Remember – there’s no reset button on life, and if one day an emergency situation does come up, there’s a good chance you’ll look back at moments like these and realize that the excuses you made really all boiled down to nothing.
So stop procrastinating – throw all these excuses out the window and get to working on your preps!