How to Prepare for – and Survive – an Economic Collapse

Here at 4Patriots, we place much of our focus on how to survive a variety of problems that could and do occur on a regular basis. 

Of course, I'm talking about keeping some lights on when the power goes out. Having nutritious food available when shortages occur. Drinking clean water when contaminations happen. And much more.

In most emergencies, we only have to deal with one of those issues at a time. And we provide our customers with the resources to do just that. Including backup power, survival food and water purification products.

But if an economic collapse were to occur – and I think we can all agree it's a distinct possibility based on what's happening with our economy these days – all of those problems and more will hit us at the same time. 

From the obvious to the obscure

Today I want to take a look at some of the things we should be doing now to put ourselves in the best possible position to survive an economic collapse. 

Some are pretty obvious. Such as stockpiling survival items including emergency food with a long shelf life, backup power sources such as generators and water purifying devices. As well as having ways to cook food without electricity.

Others are ones you might not have given much thought to. Including keeping a supply of cash on hand and investing in precious metals.

This list will get you going in the right direction. You might not want to do everything on the list. But whatever you decide to do will help you prepare for and survive an economic crisis.

A dozen ways to prepare

Stockpile food and water. This is something we should all be doing regardless of the economy. But when shortages occur due to an economic meltdown, those who have long-lasting food and water stored at home will be in better shape.

Grow your own food. No matter how much food you stockpile, you'll want a never-ending supply of fresh vegetables and fruits, and this is the best way to do it.

Stockpile tools. This includes kitchen tools such as can openers, garden tools such as shovels, and handyman tools such as cordless drills, screwdrivers, hammers, pliers, a rachet set, socket set, etc.

Learn some basic skills. Teach yourself – or get someone else to teach you – how to make car and home repairs, fence work, food preparation, etc.  

Build relationships. Get to know as many neighbors as possible, learning what their strengths are. When the time comes, you'll be able to help them and vice versa. 

Get out of debt. Of course, this is a lot easier said than done, depending on how deep that debt is. But making the minimum payment each month isn't going to get it done. Whenever possible, pay something extra to whittle it down more quickly.

Lower your monthly bills. Use less electricity, eat more leftovers, dine out less often, replace costly entertainment with free… whatever it takes to spend less money each month. Create a strict budget and stick with it. 

Hide cash. A collapse will negatively affect financial institutions, so cash could be more valuable than checks and credit cards. But make sure to keep it well hidden. 

Invest in precious metals. Gold and silver will keep their value when the economy tanks. Smaller coins will be more tradeable for goods and services than bars.

Store up barter items. The day may come when trading one item for another is the only way to do business. Be prepared with a stockpile of items people will want in a crisis. Including alcohol, cigarettes, toilet paper, aluminum foil, first-aid kits and a slew of other items.

Improve your home security. When an economic collapse occurs, most people won't be ready for it. Some will see stealing as their only alternative to starving, and they won't hesitate to break into your home to get what they want. Get ready for them.     

Exercise more and eat healthy. How will that help survive an economic crisis? Staying healthy is good for your body and your mindset, and exercise and a good diet will go a long way to accomplishing that.    

A berry welcome surprise 

Fruit will be tough to come by in a collapse, but you can enjoy plenty of strawberries and blueberries if you secure the Freeze-Dried Berry Super Pack from 4Patriots. 

Good for up to 25 years under proper storage conditions, this nutritious and easy-to-prepare pack will provide you with 96 servings of just-picked flavor.

Here's how to get yours…


  • Marilyn Harris - December 18, 2022

    I have bought several food kits, nothing over 3 months. I like the food but it would be nice to have some variety (like the things in your pictures).I would purchase more if there were some different things . I have the power cells, sun kettles,Starfire stoves,blenders, flashlights,lanterns,fan,water purification containers,lanterns and bug outs. I still want a generator so am trying to save up for one. In the meantime how about some different food kits. Thank you for all you do to help me prepare.❤️😀

  • Priscilla Simpson - December 16, 2022

    Frankly I’m tired of all the rice & pastas . Why not bring back mashed potatoes ? About 4 or 5 years ago I bought a supply of food that included them & they were delicious.
    I’m no longer interested in 3mo totes as too much white rice & milk , if I had children at home perhaps but isn’t it time to put some focus on adults living alone or just couples ?

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