Doomsday 2012 Didn't Happen, But Doomsday Preppers Offer 5 Tips for Saving Money in Interview

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As the hype over Doomsday 2012 subsides, leading personal finance site investigates whether there are any lessons to be learned from the doomsday preppers who gained notoriety in the weeks leading up to 12/21/12. Go Banking Rates interviewed to doomsday prepper authors Bernie Carr and Julie Languille to learn their five biggest tips for saving money in a post-2012 world.

Doomsday 2012

Doomsday 2012

Preppers are, by nature, planners. With great planning, you can purchase food and other items in-season and on sale at great personal savings.

According to some modern interpretations of the Mayan calendar, yesterday was supposed to mark Doomsday 2012. Of course, the world did not end and everyone must carry on life as usual – that is, except for maybe a special subculture known as "doomsday preppers," who are always getting ready for the end of the world, whether it’s related to the Mayan Calendar or not. Personal finance site Go Banking Rates found that these preppers have plenty to teach us about avoiding a financial apocalypse.

In an interview with Bernie Carr, author of The Prepper’s Pocket Guide and Julie Languille, author of Prepper’s Pantry and Meals in a Jar (due out February 2013), Go Banking Rates identified the best ways to save money from a prepper's perspective.

“Preppers are, by nature, planners,” Languille told Go Banking Rates. This allows them to save money year round. They know when things are in season and when they are going on sale. This allows them to purchase just about everything they need at the maximum possible discount. “With great planning, you can purchase food and other items in-season and on sale at great personal savings,” she said.

Even with Doomsday 2012 behind us, the planning and saving habits of doomsday preppers are beneficial skills for all to have. Though the world may not be coming to an end any time soon, it doesn't hurt to pretend like it is when it comes to saving money.

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