The American people have spoken and I don’t care to much what is being said. It seems Big Nanny Government is what most of the voting public wants and are not so into freedom and self-reliance. Sure didn’t take long for the talk of gun-control, more taxes and regulation to get started. Many layoffs and reduction in work hours to get under the Obamacare mandates are being announced. Investors on Wall St. don’t seem to happy, the Dow lost over 400 points in just 2 days. Even McDonald’s is losing sales! The Dollar menu is getting to costly for people.
I didn’t think voting for Mitt would save this country. I just thought he might slow the collapse down and give a bit more time to prepare. It looks like time to get ready got a lot shorter so it’s time to prioritize and get your most critical needs first. If food is one of you needs it’s a great time to stock up on staples for baking. Meat prices are still okay and I’ve been getting some good deals on cheese and butter. Coffee has come down in price . While gas is still high, I think Sandy has shown us having a couple of gas cans full of fuel on hand at all times is a great idea.
Nothing has changed all that much except all of the progressives pet projects are full steam ahead instead of trying to sneak things by the public. Debt will pile up, inflation will go higher, jobs will get cut or just go away and more people will go on the Dole because working for a living is for chumps or nearly impossible just to break even! Invest in yourself, learn skills, cooking from scratch and growing a garden will help you save money even if you can’t be completely self-sufficient. Start getting the tools to produce something you need or you can trade/barter. Baking, sewing, knitting offer some cheap ways to start. Start thinking on how you can add value to to basic items . A solar battery charger could be a great little money maker and you can buy one for about $30.00. Or preserving food that’s safe without refrigeration. That’s a couple of things that take skill, the right tools, time and add a lot of value.
I’m practicing with my mead and beer on adding value. I can trade some finished mead or beer to someone who provide the barley,wheat or honey. Next year I want to learn how to save yeast from the fermentation process and I can barter that for making more beer and mead or bread. That’s only one example of what I’m going to learn and practice next year. Since I started making all-grain beer I am drying the leftover grains for my Mom’s chickens and I get eggs. I froze some of the grain but Mom says the dried grains work best for her for ease mixing it along with the laying mash.
If you have been preparing or want to start you need to think outside of the box. We have had many storms and disasters and we have seen just how well the Government works in dealing with them. Do a walk-through on how you would deal with not having power for 10 days or all gas pumps are either empty or have no power. Cell phone tower are destroyed or your phone, tablet and laptop run out of juice. Your learning process is Crawl, Walk, Run.
- Crawl: Identify what you need to do and gather all the items and skills you need to accomplish that one task
- Walk: Start practicing and don’t worry about mistakes, that’s how you learn.
- Run: You got this one task and you have practiced so much you almost don’t have to think about it. You know it so well your body and mind simply do it without thinking. Just like your drive to work. I don’t know about you but I often backtrack a bit when I want to change my routine drive to walk with my Mom. My body and mind are so ingrained with I take this street here, I turn left there, that I’m often at the mall where we walk that when I park I remember I wanted to stop at the bank to cash a check and I realize what I have done.
I don’t want you to freak out or think you need to get everything you may need for the next five years. Keep working your plan and accept things will probably cost more next year. I know I still have to prioritize what I spend and I tend to do best when I have 1 or 2 specific goals I want to accomplish each shopping list. Be your own Santa Claus, make your list and check it twice. Do your best and hope I’m completely wrong of the economic collapse while you build the greatest camping/tailgaiting setup you can afford!