Why do I do all this crazy stuff? There's a few reasons I spend time and money on preparedness and self reliance. Here's my first 3 reasons:
I never want to have to look my kids in the eye and tell them I have nothing for them to eat or can't do anything to keep them warm or safe. I will do all I can to keep that from happening.
Fourth, my husband and I like to eat also. He gets real ornery if he doesn't eat (as most of us do) and I have no desire to go hungry at any time if I can do anything about it, so I do. I could always hit the store if a disaster comes along, but I really don't like to shop especially if there's crowds, so if there were a disaster and there was a run on the grocery store (there's only one here), I DO NOT want to be involved in it. I want to already have what I need or be able to make do with what I have so I don't need to be around a bunch of panicky people.
Fifth, natural disasters, wars and rumors of wars, calamaties foretold by ancient and modern prophets. In our church, we have been told by our prophets to obtain a 3 month supply and year's supply of food. I believe the prophets. Whether we end up needing it in our lifetime or not, I'm obeying.
Sixth, it's fun. I enjoy the satisfaction of knowing I can fix it, grow it, build it, sew it (and I'm one of those that hates asking for help even when it's obvious I need it).
Seventh, money doesn't grow on trees (too bad or I'd plant some of them out with my baby fruit trees!). Love the pioneer adage: Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without. I grew up that way, and am raising my family that way.
I'm sure there are more reasons, I just can't think of them right now! :) What's your reason?