Cheap is cheap for a reason. I cannot always afford to buy the best, but neither can I afford to keep replacing the cheapest junk every time it breaks. There is a difference in a 40 and a 400 dollar grain mill.
This prepper precept is one I still struggle with. I believe it in my head, but sometimes I make choices to buy cheap equipment. I do this knowing I won’t be satisfied with because I can’t wait.
Harbor Freight and Northern Tool gets more money from me than they should, but when I make bargain purchases of cheap equipment I make a calculation to ensure that it is worth it. I believe in the idea of “buy once cry once” and love quality tools and equipment. However, you don’t always have a choice – just make sure that before you buy cheap stuff you really don’t have a choice.
Cheap is Cheap for a reason
These precepts are my creed, and having prepper precepts guides me when I face tough choices. A wise man once told me that when facing a moral problem, the right choice is usually the action you don’t want to take.
I am not a pollyanna person that is wishy washy or blindly follows rules, heck I have a little rebellious streak and love to know the WHY of rules, but I do respect and understand the need for law and know how vital it is for a society to have a moral code.
By knowing what I believe in you can know how I will act. This is very important in times of stress. If you don’t want to read each prepper precept individually, the completed list can be found here: Completed 27 Prepper Precepts.