"Savings and varied investments, on the other hand, are not something everyone can just "do"."
We all have good times and bad times in our lives, the same with finances.
My in-laws worked very low paid jobs their entire lives, still they managed to save enough money to purchase 2 houses and have enough in the way if savings to enable a reasonable retirement.
Problem these days is most folks think nothing of spending $600 on a phone every year, the same on a tablet, new or newer car every 3 to 5 years, eat out, buy latest fashion stuff, $200 on sports shoes etc etc
The guy in the next office was complaining just last week on "how bad these times are" he has the latest Iphone 1 week after it came out, has a playstation, Xbox AND Wii, he buys a brand new car on finance every 3 years and was feeling bad as he was hungover from a night out in a place that charges €300 for a bottle of whiskey.
Doesn't matter how much money anyone earns it still requires self control and sacrifice to put some money away, but everyone can do it.
"Just back from Greece, a country on the brink of financial disaster where "prepping" may become a necessity."
Eric i have been living in Greece for the past 14 years, the media have been saying it's on the brink long before i got here.
Did you get the chance to visit a bouzoukia while you were here?
If you did then i'm sue you would have noticed that the places are jam pack solid with people, people that are easily paying €300 to €500 for a night out there.
Likewise if you visited any of the malls here in Athens you will see that near on every person there is walking around with carrier bags.
Sure times are rough, unemployment is a ridiculous levels especially for anyone under 25.
People still make ends meet though, if that means working 2 or 3 jobs or even something as dramatic as moving away from the country to work, then people are doing that.
Greece has many many problems, but there is absolutely no chance of the country breaking out into a civil war or anarchy taking over the streets.
Even if there was a chance what use would 20 years worth of MRE's or 600,000 rounds of ammunition do?
Far better to have some money saved and varied investments for you to fall back on.
If civil war did break out here then i'd simply rent out my properties, transfer my saving and move to the UK.
Once things had settled i'd move back.
That's the good thing about having some savings and investments behind you, it buys you time to come up with different solutions.
If on the otherhand someone had a massive stash of MRE's, guns, ammunition and toilet paper it would mean they have more of a reason to sit out any problems that occur.
I could pack up and move out my family within 1 hour, within 2 hours we could be at the airport and probably on a flight within 3 hours.
Failing that we could drive out of the country within say 20 hours.
My house and belongings are meaningless compared to my family, if the house gets looted while we are away then i wouldn't bat and eyelid.
If it gets flattened in a earthquake then as long as my family is safe i can rebuild it.
Most important thing to me is taking care of my family NOTHING else matters to me