Six months ago when I was watching YouTube videos, YouTube began showing in my list of recommended videos, a channel called “Prepper Princess”. The “Prepper Princess” channel was owned by a woman in California, who was about 38 years old. She had a little over 100K subscribers to her channel.
In her videos, Prepper Princess usually talked about emergency preparedness supplies, food storage, emergency equipment, preparing for emergencies, things to be aware of, and things to think about regarding different types of disasters.
Another topic that Prepper Princess discussed in her videos was how to live cheaply, how to not spend money, how to save money, and examples of things that she did in her own personal life to save money.
Prepper Princess also made videos where she talked about what was going on in her personal life, her current job, jobs that she had had in the past, her childhood, some of her experiences as an adult, her current relationship, her personal finances, and the dilemma with the house she was living in and California.
When Prepper Princess was talking about food storage, emergency supplies, generators, and solar panels, I was not very interested. One of the reasons for my lack of interest, was that in my opinion, if you don’t live on a large defensible property, your biggest problem in a prolonged emergency will be preventing people from stealing all of your supplies, which is hard to do if you live in an apartment, or you have to leave your home to go somewhere.
When Prepper Princess showed some of the things that she did in her personal life to save money or not spend money, sometimes I cringed. She took walks looking for aluminum cans to collect, which led her beside the railroad tracks, and into the woods where the homeless people camped. She would look through what the homeless people had left behind, clothing, utensils, hygiene products, and she would take some of these items home to use.
In Prepper Princess’s personal life, I was sorry to hear what she talked about. She and her younger brother were raised by a single mother. Prepper Princess never once mentioned her father, or any male figure being in her life at all. She and her brother had very little growing up, very few clothes, very few toys, hardly anything for Christmas or birthdays, very little food in the house, going hungry, not being able to ever invite friends over for parties or cookouts.
Growing up, sometimes they had a rent paying boarder in their single family home for extra income. Prepper Princess did not go to college after high school, she went to work at low paying jobs, sometimes working seven days a week. Up until she was in her early thirties, she never made more than $14 per hour, which is very low pay for California.
When Prepper Princess was about 30 years old, her mother died, and she left the family home to Prepper Princess and her brother. Prepper Princess said that she had to pay off about $40,000 remaining on the home mortgage.
Because of the ever increasing price of real estate in California, by 2019 the home that Prepper Princess had inherited with her brother, where Prepper Princess was living, the home became worth about $700K. With the property taxes on the home being about $5,000 per year, California having a high State Income Tax, and other high costs and problems in California, Prepper Princess made up her mind to sell the house and move to Arizona where the cost of living was lower.
For the past several months, it seemed like Prepper Princess abandoned the ideas that she had had about prepping, and instead focused primarily on money, selling her house, and leaving California. She gave away her chickens, she gave away many of her supplies, she spoke about home gardening not being cost effective, and she said that she was going to buy a home in Arizona that had no yard for chickens or a garden.
Prepper Princess sold her house in February 2020, and after splitting the “profit” with her brother, she said that she had $250K from the sale of her home. She had another $150K that she had somehow managed to save, and she was going to invest this $400K. In the video below, Prepper Princess explains that if you invest money at 10% rate of return, every seven years, the money doubles.
Seven years from now, at age 45, she would have $800K. Seven years later at age 52, she would have $1.6 million. And at age 59, she would have $3.2 million.
I started out liking Prepper Princess, I thought that she was attractive. At first, when she was talking about $1 or $2 meals for lunch or dinner, collecting aluminum cans, searching through garbage for things that she might like to keep, not spending money on clothes, I thought that she was a little extreme on trying to save money. The more that I watched her constantly doing things like this, it became tiring and irritating to me.
Myself and other YouTube viewers, we started leaving comments to Prepper Princess’s videos, saying will you please indulge in buying some new clothes, going out to eat, doing something fun, instead of working and trying to not spend money all the time, you are going to miss out on life, grow old, and die without living.
What good is it to pinch pennies and sacrifice for fifty years to become a millionaire, and then get hit by a car or get cancer and die at the age of 51, without having enjoyed life and having done things?
For the past month, all of my comments to Prepper Princess’s videos are deleted. This makes me angry for a number of reasons. Prepper Princess wanted to get her ideas out to the public about prepping, to share her ideas, and she also began talking about politics, economics, her personal life, her childhood, her life as an adult, her relationship, her activities, her personal finances, what she was doing with her money, and where she was moving. She invited and encouraged people like me to watch her YouTube videos where she expresses her views, yet I am not allowed to say anything in response?
One of the things that I would like to tell Prepper Princess, is to be wary of investing so much of your money. Besides companies like Enron, which appeared to be a good company to invest in, but later turned out to be a fraud, look at the failure of once stable companies like Sears, JC Penny, and Kmart. Whiting Petroleum shares went from $370 per share in 2014, to $1.30 per share currently, who would have thought that this would happen?
In one of her most recent videos, Prepper Princess was showing the interior of the home that she had just bought and moved to in Arizona. She is not telling anyone where she moved to, but she was showing her house and talking about the neighborhood that she had just moved into. I left a comment about her house, and offered some advice, but my comment was deleted. I left a reply to some other woman’s comment, who was chastising Prepper Princess, and my comment was deleted. This made me angry. So I wanted to find out exactly where this home was.
To my shock and horror, Prepper Princess had bought about the cheapest house on the market in a small Arizona town. It is a 2-bedroom, 1.75-bath house, in not very good condition, a tiny house, with a completely flat roof, on a very small lot, with no trees and no vegetation. It is very bleak, and depressing. Why, why did she do this to herself? She had plenty of money to not have to do this.
I had to look through more than one hundred real estate listings to find this house, and during this search, I saw some very nice houses in the $110K-$140K price range, with landscaped yards, attractive exteriors, clean modern interiors, sun rooms, decks, spacious living rooms and kitchens, and new looking bathrooms. There are some very nice, affordable homes in this county, I was very pleasantly surprised to see. I wish that Prepper Princess would stop with the self-torture and self-deprivation, she could have just as easily bought a lovely, inviting, well cared for home.
Update: On March 29, 2020, I received an email from Prepper Princess complaining about this blog post, wanting me to delete it.
If you make a couple of videos per week, every week for several years, showing where you live, what you are doing where you live, talking about your personal life, relationships, and finances, inviting as many people as possible to watch your videos and subscribe to your video channel which is about how you live, how can you then complain about your privacy being violated?
My inclusion of the link to Prepper Princess’ new home photographs on a real estate listing site was perhaps something that she never thought of when she began showing videos of her new house.
Women want things both ways. Prepper Princess has made three videos showing her new house on YouTube, to whoever wants to see it. However, if I provide a link to the real estate listing photographs of her new house, she is outraged, and doesn’t want anyone looking at her new house.
Prepper Princess wants to show everyone what she is doing in her videos, then complain that people are watching what she is doing.
Because I don’t want Prepper Princess to be able to make any kind of legal complaint that I had no right to show where she lived, today I removed the link to the real estate listing of her new house.