Remember when the world went crazy and went out and bought up like, everything?

Toilet paper, paper towels, meat, cans of soup, gas, lumber, rice, heck even ramen noodles were hard to come by.

The rumor on the street is those days may soon return.

Yep, it's a mess out there and with all of the delays in the supply chain, I've read reports that you might want to do your Holiday shopping now, while there is still options.

Here's the other thing, remember back when everyone would make fun of all of the "preppers" and how crazy they were?  Well, who looks crazy now?  Ok, I mean, yea some of them still look crazy, but there is certainly something to be said about being prepared for the worse.

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We're lucky here in Montana. Many of us have years of experience hunting, fishing, and being outdoors.  Many of us are also equipped with generators so that if we lose power, we have heat, or our homes have fireplaces or stoves.

According the thesurvialmom.com, Montana ranks #3 as far as best states for preppers. Utah came in first, and Idaho was second. Montana was followed by Washington at number 4, and Colorado rounded out the Top 5.

The website took a look at the book "Strategic Relocation: North American Guide to Safe Places" written by Joel Skousen. Skousen breaks down each state on a variable of different categories to come up with a ranking.

The reason, Montana came is 3rd?

According to Skousen, Montana is "a classic survivalist state with very low population density. It has a moderate cost of living, excellent water quality, low taxes, and a moderate crime rate. It ranks high in gun liberty and has very low homeschooling regulations."

I'm not saying you should have an underground bunker with all the bells and whistles filled with 100 years of food storage and lots and lots of guns and bullets, (although if I ever win the Powerball, that's exactly what I'm doing) However, having the basics to last a while is a pretty solid plan.

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There are tons of options out there and lots of websites as far as food and supplies go.  Heck, I was in Costco the other day, and they even had some up front.  I will warn you, a lot of the prepackaged stuff can get a bit pricey. If you're on a budget, you can always go the route my wife and I go, we buy a few items every month to add to our food storage.

It's pretty simple, you just add a couple items to your cart each time you go shopping.  Some examples:

  • Oatmeal
  • Peanut Butter
  • Rice
  • Beans
  • Tuna or canned meats
  • Canned Vegetables and Fruits
  • Instant Potatoes
  • Soap Mixes or canned soup
  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Spices
  • Personal Hygiene Items
  • Laundry Detergent

During the whole Covid-19 crisis, when the shelves were bare in all of the stores, we were covered.  Now granted, not every meal was "fine dining", but it was enough for us to get by and who doesn't love rice and beans?

Credit: thesurvivalmom.com

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