Today we are interviewing Perky Prepping Gramma from Perky Prepping Gramma
How long have you been prepping?
Was there a specific event or reason that lead you to realize that you should begin prepping?
Technically it was a book we read called “Inflation Deception”. We just knew we didn’t trust the current economic situation. Started talking and started to seriously prep. One year was rather haphazard. Once I found out I was a “prepper” (October 2012), it was easier to find information and then it grew exponentially from there.
Are you located in an Urban or country setting? Are you planning on bugging out or bugging in?
We live in the suburbs currently, with both a bug-in plan & a bug-out plan.
How did prepping change your lifestyle?
Once we started preparing, it lead to learning how to dehydrate foods, which lead to learning how to pressure can, which lead to starting our own garden. Non-hybrid, non-GMO.
We are constantly adding to our knowledge base and earning new skills. Ultimately the biggest way prepping change our life style was learning to be self sufficient. There is a great peace knowing that we are as prepared as we are able to be at this point in our life.
Do you have a bunker or underground shelter?
Not at this time. Not out of the question.
In a SHTF situation do you plan on working with a group or independently?
Both. We are very prepared to cut our losses in our current location.
But our overall plan is working with current group of 7-8 adults, with 7 minor children. Ultimately there is a possibility of supporting at least 30-40 people. It’s all in the plan.
Each adult has various skills they contribute to the group.
What are some of the biggest mistakes you made that beginner preppers should avoid?
Not knowing how to store items properly. It took a lot of research to finally figured how to store what. I simply didn’t know how to find the information. I often say that newbies have questions they don’t even know to ask. Therefore, I share everything I know. Successful and not so successful attempts.
Are you married? If so please have your spouse answer this next question
What was your reaction when your spouse stated that they wanted to start prepping? Do you support his/her decision? How do you participate?
We started together.
Do you have children? How do they feel about your preps? Do they participate? If so how? If they were hesitant at first how did you get them to come on-board?
We have grown children who are married and have children. They don’t “prep”. They sort of know that we are setting things aside, and looked at us a little strangely. I am encouraging them based on their current interests. For example: One daughter in law strives have her family eat well. Organic, non-Gmo, etc. We are helping her to grow a garden this year, which she will dehydrate. We are trying to walk them through a step at a time.
Do you tell your friends and family that you are a ‘prepper’? How do they usually react?
We don’t really “tell” people; again we just share information on what we are doing. Canning, gardening. Again, they think it’s interesting, but odd.
What if nothing happens? Would you consider all your prepping a waste of time and money?
Our preparations are absolutely not a waste of time & money. We are near retirement, this is how we are going to survive. This is a very practical way to be prepared for anything.
What advice would you give a newbie prepper?
1) Simply start with a list of what you use everyday. When you go to the store, buy 2 instead of one and store one. You know, “store what you eat, eat what you store”. Set aside a percentage of your salaries each payday and use that for your purchases of food and equipment. Especially when you reach the level of dehydrating or canning.
2) Knowledge is power. The reason I have a Facebook page is that I share my journey as a newbie.
3) Practice your skills. Including practice using your stored items and equipment so that you know how to use them and not have to learn in a crisis situation.
What is one item that you believe most other preppers overlook?
Actually it’s concept. Build “depth” to your storage.
Storing a year of chocolate is good. Learning how to grow cocoa beans gives you sustainability.
Is there anything else you want to share with everyone?
If you haven’t started, for whatever reason; just start the journey.
I want to thank Perky Prepping Gramma for coming over and doing this interview. Go to her Facebook page Perky Prepping Gramma and like it and send her a message thanking her for sharing her story with us!