100 Preparation Items for Emergency Preparedness
In the near future we may see some serious problems. If you are spending your time on basic items, without a pot to piss in, like the thousands of people after Sandy that had no preparations, then you will be in much worse shape.
There will also be plenty of opportunities for advancement, and if you have your basic needs covered, then you will be able to jump on those opportunities.
With inflation and a worldwide push to competitive devaluation of all paper currencies, anything you buy now will likely just be more expensive later, so this is not wasting money. Turn paper assets in to hard assets. Have a good laugh as you hand someone paper and they hand you back a valuable object. Hilarious!
You can also download the file here, I made it so it can be sorted by long term, medium term, and short term shelf life. And then sorted back into it's "type" categories.