PREPARING FOR A RAINY DAY

WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

Most of us have heard the phrase, “prepare for a rainy day”. Prepping is something people have been doing for centuries. In ancient times there would be years of great harvest. Smart societies would have store houses for the abundance and when there was a drought, flood, or pests that ruined crops for a year or more, they could still feed the people. If they hadn’t done that, not only would people starve, but there would likely be violence because people get desperate when they don’t have their basic needs met.

In the modern era this has mostly come to mean putting money aside for a ‘rainy day’. For instance, your car broke down and you don’t have extra money to repair it. If you had ‘prepared for a rainy day’ you would have the money needed to repair it immediately. Or maybe a family member has financial troubles and you use your ‘rainy day fund’ to help them out.

Here at Rainy Day Prepper, we see “preparing for a rainy day” as putting a buffer between you and the unexpected to minimize the impact on your life and the lives of those you care about. We will prepare you for those times.

Unexpected events that impact your life in small, medium, or big ways:

  • You can’t find your keys or phone and are late for work
  • Forgetting your wallet
  • Getting a flat tire
  • Your flight was delayed or canceled
  • You or your partner get laid-off from your job
  • Someone gets sick and needs to go to the hospital
  • Furnace stops working in winter
  • Power outage for hours, days, or weeks
  • Natural disaster
  • Pandemic

    YOU CAN”T FIND YOUR KEYS AND ARE LATE FOR WORK

    You may be looking at some of these wondering why they are included. Lets create a scenario around the event that you can’t find your keys and are late for work because of it. What you are going to see here is a ripple effect which happens more often than you think in these types of situations.

    The first thing that happens is you are immediately stressed. Your heart beats faster and you start to sweat. You start running around throwing stuff everywhere, making horrific mess. You run into your room to check your nightstand and end up hitting your knee on the footboard of your bed. Wincing in pain and hopping around, you know that is going to bruise! They aren’t there! You continue this rampage for 15 mins and finally find your keys under the entry table in a basket of hats and gloves. They must have fell when you put them down last night. You quickly remind yourself that it’s summer and if you’d put that basket up months ago, you would’ve heard them hit the floor. And you had been meaning to hang a key holder because this isn’t the first time it’s happened!

    You grab your keys and run out the door. You didn’t have time to eat breakfast and forgot to grab your coffee. You can’t function without coffee and are starving. You’ll just have to suck it up and wait until your first break! As you are backing out of the driveway, you notice the neighbors have their trash out. It’s trash day! You don’t have time to put it out so you’ll have to deal with that later.

    You are speeding and looking at your phone trying to call work to tell them you’ll be late to the morning meeting. Just as you hit the call button your face hits the airbag and you hear a loud crash! as you slam into the back of the car in front of you. It was a red light and traffic was stopped. You are going to be really late now….

    BEING PREPARED CHANGES YOUR DAY

    This story may sound like a big exaggeration but you’ve had many days when it seemed like everything went wrong, one thing after another. This day could have gone differently. Had you prepared the night before you could’ve found your keys at a leisurely pace. You’re home wouldn’t become messy because you put stuff back when you moved it. You wouldn’t have hit your knee because you are paying attention and not running. Garbage would’ve been set out already or put by the door to take out. You wouldn’t have been speeding or looking at your phone so you wouldn’t have gotten in an accident.

    PREPARE FOR A RAINY DAY IS A MENTALITY

    ‘Preparing for a rainy day’ is a mentality. It is the understanding that being prepared for even the simplest things like your work day makes huge a difference. And in some cases it allows you to avoid the rainy day all together.

    It is easy for us to relate to this story because we’ve all been unprepared and late as a result. Having this story in your head when you are too tired to ‘prep’ for the next day should motivate you to take a few mins to take action. It usually is the small things that make the biggest impact. You don’t have to have a lot of money or time to start ‘preparing for a rainy day’.

    YOUR FIRST ACTION STEP? – FIND YOUR KEYS!

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