You must get your basic living stuff first! My top 5 of stuff to have in your home. That will get you through any “minor” emergencies. Then you work on skills and sustaining. Most of us can’t have cows or sheep or goats. Our gardens tend to small. It all helps but most of us are at the mercy of JIT deliveries and the supply train.
#1 Don’t be dependent on the supply chain. It’s to fragile, Buy ahead 6 months to a years worth of food. You will at least have a growing season to work with and preserve.
#2 Learn skills: baking bread each loaf costs me about 30 cents. That’s power and ingredients, but I bought when ingredient were low cost. How much are you spending at the store for bread? Artisan breads are about the same price per pound, about 30 cents. different techniques but ingredients tend to be the same, cooking time the same.
#3 Never underestimate the greed and stupidity of people.I bet this year we will see all kinds of down comforters and quilts at yard sales. Cause they aren’t in fashion. I’ll bet that folks hit the local hardware store and got all kinds of “snow clearing” equipment, home heaters, fuel jugs, lanterns and it will be on display at yard sales. Think ahead, get those oil lamps, candles, sleeping bags. As many folks that needed stuff since it didn’t get really into hard times it won’t happen to them.
#4 Learn, get books I’m anywhere from a week to 3 months ahead of the power curve. It’s not cause I’m so brilliant. I’m just an amateur historian and I take in a lot of info.
#5 The American Dream is dead, and we killed it. We allowed it to happen. Admit it and move along. Just stop denying. it. We screwed up, the boomers, us and our kids. Your fault, My fault, No ones fault it doesn’t matter we got to fix it.
I want folks to wake up. Bad things are happening and we are descending into a dictatorship. No president can decide what laws he will enforce. If he disagrees with a law he may fight it/repeal it or submit a new law. But not enforce it? Next is contract law. If I tear up a contract that makes it null and void. If a Mortgage holding bank shreds a note isn’t it null and void? Not according to Washington states new bill.
We bailed out the bankers cause if we didn’t the economy would collapse. Yet those banks got bigger and Frank Dodd bill were good with that.
Go Galt and get local is my answer. Starve the beast and the beast is the feds.Think about a co-op. You can’t fight the Fed or City hall. So I won’t. Co-ops worked great in the 30’s-80’s. It may take some tweaking but it’s doable. Go barter and trade.
Now I’ll have some low level ideas for trade later this week.