I'm a fairly new prepper myself as far as learning goes, but this is centered towards the brand new guys who are interested in beginning their long journey into the world of preparedness. Firstly, I became addicted to purchasing all types of firearms. I would purchase a new gun each week to the point that it became ludicrous. Nothing wrong with buying weapons to defend yourself, but I got caught in the loop of "I need this gun!" and my preps solely became centered around firearms and ammunition. Let me tell ya something, you can have all the firearms and ammunition in the world but if you die from lack of sustenance then you've wasted your time and money. Bushcrafting, foraging, trapping, fishing, hunting, are all skills that are absolutely necessary, and those are skills that I pushed off to the side and forgot about. When I returned home after a year in Washington I realized that I had only three MRE's, some cheap emergency bars and two pouches of drinking water. That's when I took to this forum and reading into Dave Canterbury's Bushcraft 101 book. Plus, if you purchase a lot of weapons then you have to purchase several different calibers of cartidges, and trust me, I can tell you from experience that it's not a fun game to play. Bottom line, firearms are really fun and purchasing a new one gives you that euphoric feeling of holding a pretty woman in your arms, however that cannot be the center of your preps. First aid supplies, food storage, water storage, water filtration and purification, learning survival skills, etc. It all plays a vital role into staying alive when the grid goes down. Like I said though, just make sure you don't get caught in the loop like I did.