Taxes are done and sent off. I was able to use the 1040 EZ form which saved a little bit of money on my tax software so that was nice. I don’t pay income tax and I don’t get or take the EIC that a lot of folks get this time of year. I’m “below poverty level ” just barely as a single person but that’s okay I’m getting along and have all I really need with a little left over. On the Idaho state form they give out a standard credit of $80.00 for grocery sales tax but that’s it for me.
I have to rework the budget again for increases for my home owners insurance and my internet bill. Not a lot of change but it’s additional $20.00 every month along with water is going up or at least mine did. I wonder if it’s all those water barrels I filled? LOL Hopefully I’ll make up the costs on my irrigation bill this summer. I think I’ll be able to swing both rain barrels this upcoming check and add one five gallon Igloo insulated water jug as my my modified hot water tank. That will take me to 500 gallons total water on hand when I add the RV’s tank. I’m feeling confident that I should be able to handle all my water needs for at least 6 months and I can stay at home rather than venturing out among the barbarian hordes for water.
I got another 5 pack of Brita water filters. I even scrounged my change jar of a couple of dollars in quarters to get enough to pay for them. Down on my saved cash for the house but I’m good on filters for over a year now. I’m saving a few of them as I saw a way to re use them on the internet by adding fresh activated charcoal. I figure it’s worth the effort to see if I can use them. Got a couple of ideas kicking around in my brain of using stacked buckets some sand, activated charcoal and cheese cloth. I already have everything on hand so It’s just needs to be put together and tested.
That should finish up all the water needs I have to take care of and the next mission will be getting wood and all of the parts for the wood stove. That will be the big project for this year, but if I figured everything correctly the wood stove should pay for itself within 3 years and I’ll have a solid backup to my electric furnace, oven and water heater.
I am not sure how long we may have to prepare for a full blown collapse that I expect to happen. I hope that I’m totally off-base and everything will work out just fine. I’d sure like some more time and want to be totally wrong on my prediction for the USA. I’ll keep puttering along planning for the worst and hoping for the best and if I am wrong and everything recovers in the economy I’ll go to work on paying off my house and then I’ll be debt free.