So many ideas are popping up I’m having some difficulty deciding what I want to write about. You all know that I’m a news junky and have been doing a lot of work trying to learn the markets and anticipate what they will do and how can I make the most intelligent daily buys to stretch those green piece of paper. I’m surprised how often I’m ahead of the curve. Perhaps it’s because I didn’t have many perceptions to unlearn that makes me a little better than average of seeing what is coming.
I have been seeing a little good news on the coffee prices finally coming back down and if you are a big coffee drinker that is good news. Chocolate seems to recovering and while still high the prices seemed to have stabilized. I think the biggest advantage of having six months or more of what you want and need stored is it gives the ability to shift your spending on basics and have a buffer as commodity prices rise and fall. I’m very happy I got my 25 pound bag of grits/polenta, I have plenty of masa and my popcorn is in great shape. So I’m feeling positive I’ve gotten all corn needs fairly well covered, though I think I may add another five pound bag for the RV.
Whatever you may save on buying meat you may want to grab extra grains and flour if you are not good on your basic grains. I know I’m good on grains and even have a few extra food safe buckets in case I see a sale. I’m adding more varieties of beans and I want to get a 25 pound bag of 16 bean mix, and start adding in some oils. I’ve just about used up all the canola oil I got when I thought it was a healthy choice. I like olive oil for most of my cooking but if you are doing deep frying or high temp stuff there are better oils than olive. Might try out peanut oil as I’ve read some good things about it for High temp. cooking.
Dug out a few of my cookbooks and going to try some new recipes out now. I like doing my food experiments in fall as it is not to hot to cook inside. Found a neat little recipe for using canned sardines in an Italian cookbook I’ll try out.
I’m not on Facebook or twitter but I have been watching some twitter feeds via Twitchy.com and I have to say the anger and vitriol that people express is staggering. Quite a lot of folks are saying they will riot if Obama loses and they seem quite ready to commit violence if they don’t get their way. I’m reminded of what the holocaust survivor said after being liberated from a Concentration camp “If people say they want to kill you, believe them!” I’m not trying to scare folks but prepare them and make sure you have your security measures in place. Perhaps they are only playing an “Internet tough guy” but always better to be prepared if they really mean it!
You need to touch finish up the last of the basics if you haven’t already this month. Make sure your BOB is ready for fall and winter and the same goes for your BOV’s kit and maintenance. Get out those kitchen knives and give them a good sharpening and take that lawnmower and give it a good check up. How are your saws and saw blades looking? and your axe have you sharpened it up?
How’s the snow shovel and or blower doing and is it ready to go? Do you have sand and Ice melt for your walk and weight/traction for your vehicle. Have you got oil, kerosene or propane for your back up lights and heat and have tested them out? Extra wicks or mantles?
This is a great time to get those items as camping season is winding down. So you could see some great sales on camping equipment. Get extra mantles and wicks as they will need to be replaced, figure a mantle per 3 months of daily use, Kerosene lamps have at least one replacement wick per lamp. Use up older gas and get new gas in all gas cans with a storage treatment. If you have a gas station that sell no ethanol gas, spend extra for it and store it as it will last much longer and better fuel mileage should make up some of the extra cost.
I do think things are going to get tougher and they have already been darned unpleasant. Don’t panic! keep your goal in mind but be flexible and adapt your plan to what is! Not what you wish things to be!