An important aspect of prepping is to reduce your dependency on big business.
These are usually businesses that employ lobbyists to represent their interests on Capitol Hill, pay little if any taxes and present a monopoly in their industry.
More often than not, the members of their boards represent a who’s who of powerful people in the area of politics and commerce.
Although it’s important to be able to prep and hopefully to save money in the long run, thanks to the internet, Craigslist and flea markets or thrift stores, you have better options.
This is a short list of companies that don’t deserve your business and why.
There are a lot of reasons why you should boycott this store because there seems to be a plethora of issues: low wages that are paid to their employees, reluctance to provide affordable health insurance to the employees, a history of racial and sexual discrimination against its female employees, union busting practices, and contracting with suppliers to purchase items in bulk at greatly reduced prices which forces the suppliers to get their suppliers to come down on their prices.
Despite what the retailer may tell you, they are not good for the economy.
They take over areas and force the closure of smaller businesses. For every five people Walmart hires, four other people lose their jobs because their employer was forced to close down.
They force an economic model of unsustainability for years to come because through their actions of purchasing goods at obscenely low prices that other retailers can’t afford to match which prevents the area from developing a healthy economic production level.
All that being said, Walmart is and will continue to be one of the major players in the oncoming economic collapse.
As if all this wasn’t reason enough to boycott this greedy woolly mammoth, there is one other reason that seriously impacts your efforts to prep if you purchase goods through this retailer.
In order to sell stuff at a discount Walmart’s suppliers had to move production over to China where the products are made more cheaply using materials of lesser quality.
For example, if you get plastic storage bins they will collapse if you stack others on top of it and as preppers you will need to stack bins to conserve space. They also crack and break easy.
No matter how cheap an item is, if it’s not reliable especially when you need it to be, it’s not worth the savings.
It’s better to shell out money on a product that’s made well from a store that has a better reputation because it will still be of value before, during and after the collapse.
2. Cable companies (Comcast, Verizon, DirectTV, Dish, etc).
Okay, so this one’s a slippery slope.
Internet access is a great tool for preppers because they can go to websites and learn how to prep without spending a lot of time or money buying books that may not be exactly what they’re looking for.
Urban preppers do not have the time or patience to buy a book on prepping for $30 and then having to spend an hour or so reading through three or four chapters of someone’s diatribe about the evils of society or their conspiracy theories only just to discover that the book offers you nothing that you need since you don’t live in the middle of the woods.
However, you don’t need to have cable television where you have to pay exorbitant prices for channels you don’t really watch.
The only thing you need is internet access.
Even if you still have shows that you want to watch you can do it online. Network channels like NBC (Law & Order: SVU, Blindspot, The Voice, The Blacklist, and NBCSports) and the CW (Arrow, iZombie, The Flash, and Whose Line Is It) show episodes for free on their website.
A subscription to Hulu will enable you to watch shows on Fox and ABC. They have also added Showtime as an option.
Netflix brought back Longmire from the dead, has all four seasons of The Walking Dead and some amazing original series (House of Cards, Grace and Frankie, Narcos, and Bloodline).
CBS has an all access pass for about $6.00 where you can watch all their shows.
All these are available online and instead of having to pay for programs you don’t watch, you only watch what you want.
In addition, amazon.com has a Prime membership in which not only do you get tons of shows and music for free, but as a Prime member you also get great discounts on anything you purchase. This website has a pretty vast supply of prepper items.
All these internet options purchased separately or together are cheaper than becoming a slave to the major cable companies who love to tack on taxes and other goodies onto your bill.
You don’t even have to pay for internet through a cable company. Many places like McDonald’s, Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks offer free Wi-Fi. KFC is also starting to offer free Wi-Fi in some of their locations. Many urban libraries also have free internet service.
Having internet at home gives you the opportunity to go online whenever you want to without having to venture out.
There are also a lot of dangers with using free Wi-Fi since it’s a favorite activity as well for hackers.
3. Cell phone companies (all of them).
It’s totally understandable that people love their technology especially their cell phones so much so that they’re willing to pay couple hundred dollars for a phone and then get sucked into a contract where they watch the bill skyrocket a little more each month.
It’s funny how the price you’re quoted is never the price you actually pay.
No matter how high tech your phone is, during a collapse it will be useless.
So the question that should be asked is, what’s the point of shelling out all this money every month if it’s not always going to be 100% reliable?
That monthly bill is taking valuable money out of your pocket that could be put into savings or used for prepping supplies.
Once a recovery starts to happen, it is quite possible that these companies will come after you for whatever amount is stated in your contract.
Still, people do need cell phones these days to keep up with their kids or to call someone in case of an emergency, but you certainly don’t need all the conveniences that come with your plan such unlimited internet services.
Pay-as-you-go plans are great for preppers. You decide how much you want to pay for your usage and excessive charges aren’t applied.
Some plans do include limited internet service or you can pay a little extra for more.
Working within this type of budget is good prepper training because you learn not to be so independent on big business and you’ll have more money for yourself.
By switching to a pay-as-you-go plan or getting rid of your cell phone altogether not only will you be saving money, but you also won’t be paying an additional 17.2% in taxes that go to support the government (local, state and federal) as well as school districts.
Every day in America millions of people put all of their cash into their various bank accounts.
These are the same banks that caused the 2008 financial crisis causing people to lose their homes and jobs.
They were the same people who received a bailout from a Democratic controlled Congress using taxpayers’ money to the tune of $700 billion although they only used $350 billion.
Despite having a need for the bailout money, certain bankers still received millions of dollars in bonuses.
So why in the world would you entrust all your money to them?
Unfortunately, banks are still a necessary evil if you want to cash your checks without paying a check cashing agency at least 7% in fees and not having to purchase money orders or travel to local offices in order to pay your bills.
Instead of putting all of your money into your bank accounts, just leave in what you need to pay your bills. If your bank charges you a monthly fee, make sure you put that in as well.
Whatever’s left, keep it well hidden at home putting some aside in savings.
If you keep everything in a bank and are unprepared for any type of collapse, you’ll find yourself with nothing when you really need it. There’s no guarantee that your bank will resurface or survive a collapse.
5. Mondelēz International, Inc.
Mondelēz International is a Chicago-based corporation that is wrecking havoc on food manufacturing plants by buying out those owned by Kraft, Nabisco, Cadbury, Adams, and Christie among others.
They then close the smaller plants claiming that the production is being moved to larger plants in the U.S. which isn’t true.
They began building a large factory in Mexico and have started to move all production there costing hundreds of jobs around the country.
Not only do they get to pay their employees in Mexico less ($3.00 an hour vs. $23.00 an hour of American employees), but they also get to ship ingredients and packing from the U.S. to this new plant and then the finished product back without paying any taxes due to the factory being conveniently built in a free trade zone which eliminates any tariffs (taxes) being paid.
This factory being in a free trade zone also means that Mondelēz International will not have to go through any inspections or quality assurance tests.
So as a prepper why should you boycott this company besides the obvious?
This company does not produce anything healthy that will help sustain you during a collapse.
If anything these products such as Ritz crackers, Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Oreos, Chip Ahoy Cookies, Cadbury Crème Eggs, and Bubbaloo bubble gum contribute to diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity.
As preppers it’s important to be in good physical shape in order to accomplish whatever you need to.
These items are also not cheap nor do they have a long shelf life so they would also eat away at your wallet.
Due to not having to obey any environmental laws the company will be able to contaminate water resources without any repercussions.
These products will also be made with water from Mexico. Do you really want eat a Nabisco Fig Newton that has some water from Mexico added for taste?
Walmart issues: http://www.dailydot.com/opinion/walmart-labor-unions-bad-company/?utm_co…
Walmart suppliers: http://money.howstuffworks.com/wal-mart1.htm
Economic sustainability: http://www.thwink.org/sustain/glossary/EconomicSustainability.htm
Free Wi-Fi: http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2013/07/01/free-wi-fi-risks/2480167/
Cell phone bills: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/31/cell-phone-bill-shock-study_n_6…
Cell phone fees: http://money.cnn.com/2013/07/10/technology/mobile/wireless-taxes/
Financial crisis: http://useconomy.about.com/od/criticalssues/f/What-Is-the-Global-Financi…
Bankers’ bonuses: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/31/business/31pay.html?_r=0
Mondelēz International acquisitions: http://www.mondelezinternational.com/about-us/our-corporate-timelines
Mexico plant: http://mfsaweb.org/?p=7789