Doomsday prepper shopping could save money at Coles and Woolworths: Trevor Andrei Ky Furneaux
As Australia braces for another wave of Covid and continues to fight the cost of living, survivors of the crisis have shared their tips for shopping frugally and getting in touch with nature.
Doomsday prepper Trevor Andrei told Daily Mail Australia he was inundated with calls asking for advice on how to save money.
He has spent most of his life preparing “all scenarios” – fearing everything from nuclear war, cyber-attacks and natural disasters to new pandemic and even alien invasions.
Mr Andrei, in his forties, runs The Survival Shop and lives in a rural Victorian estate where he forages and stores canned food and other non-perishable items for many years.
“I’m teaching people to prepare for all case scenarios, but I’m not here to be captain mad. It’s just about self-sufficiency,” said Andrei, who appeared on the ABC documentary series Prepping Australia last year.
“Does it really take a pandemic to figure out that when things are special and available in abundance at half price, you need to stock up?”
Doomsday prepper Trevor Andrei keeps canned food and other non-perishable items for years (pictured)
Doomsday preppers stock up for ‘all scenarios’ fearing everything from World War III, cyber-attacks, natural disasters, another pandemic, or even an alien invasion. Pictured: some of the events preparing for
He claims to have warned of the risk of pandemics long before Covid hit Australia in March 2020, arguing that his strange lifestyle is “nothing new”.
‘Prepping has been around for thousands of years. So putting grain in silos, making aqueducts, salting fish, preserving food – this is nothing new,” said Mr Andrei.
Evidence cost of living is getting WORSE
TRANSPORTATION COSTS: up 13.7 percent
FRUIT AND VEGETABLES: 6.7 percent up
WHOLESALE ELECTRICITY PRICES: up 141 percent
WHOLESALE GAS PRICES: 50-fold up
Sources: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Energy Regulator, Australian Energy Market Operator
‘Most people don’t even have food in their house for a week and they are professionals who earn well.’
The cost of food in Australia has skyrocketed in 2022 and inflation is now at 5.1 percent and is expected to rise even further.
Massive government subsidy programs during the pandemic have fueled the surge, with the problem exacerbated by soaring oil prices after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February.
Fuel prices now average over $2 a gallon across the country.
Record flooding on Australia’s east coast has also exacerbated the cost of living, stifling supplies of many fresh vegetables, including iceberg lettuce, now selling for $11 each in some parts.
Andrei says those concerned about rising prices should live “like our grandparents used to do.”
“Go to farmers markets or supermarkets five minutes before they close and buy boxes full of vegetables at discounted prices and then go home and keep them in jars,” Mr Andrei said.
“I go to Coles like everyone else. But do you know when I go to Coles? When all the specials are gone.’
While the life of a prepper may be a step too far for some, wilderness survival expert Ky Furneaux told Daily Mail Australia that Covid has ‘cemented this idea that the world is unpredictable’ and now people want to shake things up by getting back to nature .
Ky Furneaux (pictured) is no doomsday prepper but said developing skills to live off the land is something everyone should be excited about
The 48-year-old (pictured) once survived 21 days in the US Bayou with nothing but a machete, as part of the Discovery Channel series Naked and Afraid
The Australian TV host and award-winning stuntwoman who doubled up for Hollywood stars Sharon Stone, Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Garner and Camilla Belle is no doomsday prepper, but said becoming more self-sufficient is something everyone should get excited about. .
“People are now more aware that they could be thrown into a really unpredictable situation at some point in the future,” she said.
“And of course so many of us were just indoors at the time, so people are just looking for a way to shake things up and have an adventure.
“The pandemic made people reassess what really matters and I think fitness, family and just getting outside were at the top of most people’s lists.”
The 48-year-old once survived 21 days in the US Bayou with nothing but a machete, as part of the Discovery Channel series Naked and Afraid and has also trekked 100 miles through the blistering hot Sierra Nevada mountains using only a pocket knife.
The Australian TV host and award-winning stuntwoman (pictured) who has doubled down for Hollywood stars Sharon Stone, Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Garner and Camilla Belle
Furneaux said a horrific car accident when she was 19 inspired her to push herself to new limits after doctors told her she would never be physically able after breaking a bone in her back.
“Anyone can do this,” she said. “But my advice would be to take it easy.”
‘You don’t just want to go into the bush for two weeks, because then you will have a miserable experience.
“But if you go out well prepared, it can be a life-changing experience.”
She said a two-hour walk is a good start for someone who lives in a big city.
‘The oxygen, the trees and the view can give you energy and improve your mood and mindset’
“But bring a snack, a basic first aid kit, and a few gallons of water.”
Furneaux said a horrific car accident when she was 19 inspired her to push herself to new limits
The pandemic has caused an exodus of more than 70,000 people to move from major cities to more affordable regional areas — but some are choosing to live off the grid entirely.
It comes as Australian scientists report that the Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 sub-variants will dominate in the coming weeks and be the root of increasing infections.
Recently, the BA.2 subvariant of the Omicron strain dominated the genomic testing, but BA.4 and BA.5 seem to be taking over.
Survivalist expert Dr. Bradley Garrett, of University College Dublin, said Covid in Australia was the start of a ‘doom boom’ and a huge interest in life in an off-grid bunker.
“The bunker mentality is about resilience,” Dr Garrett told news.com.au in 2020.
“So anyone who spends a lot of time thinking about going off-grid, digging their own well, going up the septic tank and disconnecting from the infrastructure so they can become self-sufficient, that’s completely a bunker mentality.
“Social scientists actually have a term for this, it’s called Covid flight.”