It’s sure been a interesting watching what has happened the last week and 2013 is just getting started and folks are reacting in a less than positive manner! Hey lets just add an additional challenge gas prices are going up! I don’t know about all of you but I know I have a few projects I will have to adjust because things are changing so fast.
I didn’t think so many people would suddenly find such a desire to own an AR-15 type rifle or extra mags. Perhaps it’s because I was in the Army and carried the M-16 and M-4 for over a decade that the bloom is off that rose. Please don’t think I’m bad mouthing the AR platform it’s a good weapon, but I wouldn’t pay a grand or more for the privilege to carry one. The AK types are great for what they were built for and I wouldn’t pay a grand plus to carry one around either!
People have been in panic mode and buying up everything gun related. I suppose they are a few folks that are looking to make few extra bucks speculating that people will pay anything to get….. I think they overbought and this panic reaction will start to die down a bit. I hope it taught a few folks about us preaching get ammo, guns and stuff related to them for the last few years that we have shown how right we were in that message. It’s not about gloating and saying “I told you so”. It’s about you getting self-reliant and if you have been following the blog and doing at least a few of the things I suggest you would have had plenty of guns, ammo, mags and a good start on all those needs before the price spike. I was at the local farm store and picked up another box of shotgun shells and a box of 9mm for about $13.00 for each box. But that’s about the price I always pay for that ammo and I did not need to buy it if it had gone up in price. The store clerks were remarking how crazy the ammo buying was the last few days.
The same kind of thing we have seen over and over again. Back in 2008 it was rice, even Costco was rationing how much rice a person could buy. It may get bad as folks have smaller paychecks and I expect food prices to go up a lot this spring. Add in rising fuel and energy costs and and the new Obamacare taxes and mandates people will get peeved. The PTBs will look for any target besides themselves for focus of that anger. I expect a lot of us that have been warning folks will become targets in the old “blame the messenger” tradition. That is a lot easier than blaming yourself for being a dupe or actually taking responsibility for your life.
There are still plenty of great buys to be had if you stop focusing on what people are panic buying and shift your focus to other parts of your preps. If you are willing to drop a few grand on weapons and ammo just think how much of your future daily needs you could get for a grid down or economic collapse for that same money? If you have some or most the other stuff you will need in the future on hand you can buy/trade for some guns and ammo after the panic buying has subsided!
I have seen the Mr. Buddy Heaters on sale and I think this is just about the best backup heater on the market today! Gas and oil are starting to go up again so it’s a great time to rotate and old stored gas and refill those gas cans. Add an extra full propane tank for cooking and or heating, and or 5 gallons of kerosene and some lamps if you don’t have any on hand. Perhaps add a solar oven or some solar panels for a small solar power set up. Top off your oil stove now instead of waiting for next fall. I think an investment of $200-500.00 could be a heck of a bargain come next fall or winter!
Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink! Look at getting some rain barrels, a good water filter and a few water barrels/jugs to store your potable water for cooking and drinking. I just got a 50 gallon collapsible rain barrel from Amazon for $35.00 and free shipping. My farm store offer a real nice 50 gallon rigid rain barrel with the spigot installed for about $36.00 that was used to transport olives so I think it is food safe but I can’t confirm that! Spring is coming and you could collect a lot of rain water in your barrels for your lawn and garden for the summer. How about a small laundry system made of 5 gallon buckets, or a janitorial mop bucket and wringer or antique wringer washer? Investing $300.00 in water/rain barrels, a good water filter will pay off right away as your water bill should go done or at least stay about even if the cost the utility charges goes up!
Rice, beans, grains and sugar prices have held steady for the last couple of months. Meat and dairy items are still relatively low price along with jars, pressure canners and dehydrators. Put some of that money to work today getting stuff to preserve your food without using a fridge or freezer or buy a freezer if you don’t have one yet! How about a nice smoker and stocking up on charcoal along with some hardwood chips or logs. I’m starting to see some good buys on canned goods and stuff for holiday meals. Get a bin or two and fill them up with all the canned/dry goods you normally buy for Holiday meals. Most items will last 1-2 years and if the go on sale again after the holidays you just rotate via first in/ first out. Figure about $300.00 for whatever is your most critical need be it food or food preservation you can still get a heck of a big bang for your buck!
I have been getting a lot of 1st aid items as well as some stuff for minor surgery. Stethoscopes and and some stuff you see in the Doctor or nurses office/station. With the Medical device tax everything from sterile gloves on up will be going up in cost so best to get them now! I’m fairly knowledgeable on 1st aid from my Combat Life saver course I got in the Army and I’m always learning/keeping up to date for any changes. But let’s say we add a nurse or doctor to the tribe they are going to need supplies. It’s best that you have the supplies on hand for them to use even if you don’t know how to use those items. Same thing about getting 1st aid supplies for all your critters. Spending a hundred dollars at a dollar store can get you a lot of vitamins, OTC meds along with chemical cold/heat packs, bandages, masks, gloves as well as powders, ointments and muscle rubs. You can pickup some nice stuff at your local drug store like BP cuffs, all kinds of scopes the Medical profession uses to look at the “holes in your head”. So another $100.00 invested in the medical devices.
All of that shopping will cost less than $1500.00 which is the less than the going price of most “Assault rifles” if you can find one for sale. It will also give you and your family most of what you will need for the next 3-6 months and get you quite a few tools for becoming more self reliant. I’m betting a few folks put all that gun and ammo buying on the credit card or took out a loan! Once those bills start hitting the mailbox after the panic has gone away, I think we might see some lower prices coming up in the next few months. We got the rest of our lives ahead of us so use your brain and don’t follow the herd!