Becoming a prepper doesn't mean that you have to spend every penny you earn to build an underground shelter, have enough food to last five years or hoard an armory load of guns and ammo. Most preppers don't have the money for all of these trappings, and if they did have more money they would refrain from spending it in that manner.
There are many reasons to become a prepper; most will fit into one of the following categories.
- Wanting to be self sufficient - Many people know they can't depend on the government or other people to take care of them in any situation. Because of this they desire to become self sufficient. Becoming a prepper is often a result of working towards attaining self sufficiency.
- Fear - Fear is a big motivating factor for convincing individuals to begin prepping. When a person lives through a situation that leaves them feeling helpless, it will often lead them to becoming a prepper.
- Religious reasons - Other people feel their religions guide them to become preppers. Many believe that the act of becoming prepared for unforeseen circumstances is something God would have them do.
- Caring about others - Believe it or not, some people actually begin their lives as preppers out of genuine concern for others. These people feel that by prepping, they will be able to help others if and when the need arises.
Whatever the motivating factor is for becoming a prepper, the reasons are legitimate in the eyes of the people who live this way.