My faith in the PTBs fixing the economy is sadly lacking. Even if they decided to fix the economy there would still be a lot of pain, sacrifice and misery for a couple of years at least. If you have tried to get out of debt you know what I’m talking about it being a lot of work. Oh it’s great once you start seeing fewer bills and nasty grams from creditors, and then it still sucks because you are just getting started! If you have gone debt free you know you have to cut your costs to the minimum to get by not based on what you want to have as your wants got you into debt in the first place. Well the PTBs don’t want to cut down to basics to get out of debt and since no one has refused them credit yet, they must be doing fine! Like most humans they won’t change until they are forced by getting knocked down to rock bottom and not getting bailed out.
So I figure our elites will continue to play “kick the can” until the run into a wall or over a cliff. This is no longer an issue of if or when it is happening now simply because of math. I know most of the folks that follow this site and others have done at least some prepping and I hope you have worked up to six months or more of the basics on hand and you know how to uses what you have stored and have used it a few times if not daily. If not it is time to get some practice done using your preps. Do it now while you still have time to screw up and replace items. Do you have Heirloom seeds to grow your garden or set up a small container garden if you have limited space? If you can’t do that are you ready to preserve food via drying, salting smoking, pickling and canning what you can by at the local market. Vinegar and salt are cheap right now along with most spices. While sugar has gone up in price it is a great multi-tasker and if bought in bulk is only 50 cents a pound.
Got clean water? Quite a few of us American could afford to miss a few meals but one day of going without clean drinking water would incapacitate us and 3 days without water would kill most people. You will have to force yourself to take the time as well energy to make safe drinking water if you run out of stored “safe” drinking water. Typhus, Cholera and a host of all kinds of waterborne diseases is terrible to think about but they are very real and happen fast in a compromised water situation. I think in an economic collapse water would still flow from the tap but it might be a bit iffy quality wise or need to be sanitized/purified. Think filters, bleach and heat for boiling water at a minimum. Think about adding some drink mixes, coffee, tea and a non electric coffee maker. I like the “French Press” type rather than a Percolator coffee maker as there is no boil over potential with the french press and they are a bit easier to find in most mega marts for under $20.00 and work great for loose leaf teas or herbal tonics.
Energy is a bit tougher to store but I have got a few small power paks as well as a few solar lights and panels that can work along with the car battery and a gas generator for short term. I think we might face a few brown outs or even electricity rationing at odd hours but if the PTBs provide a few hours a day that should keep the fridge and freezers going most of the time and the generators will be a backup for energy intensive appliances. Camp stoves, solar ovens, rocket stoves, and grills should have as much fuel as you can safely store. Clothes pins some strong line/rope for a clothesline should be something you are already doing but if you are behind the power curve the dollar stores offer plenty of thin line/rope and clothes pins so you can catch up for a few dollars spent.
The tough issue, how do you pay your bills if your bank account is shutdown for 10-30 days? Ironically there is usually a physical paper fiat shortage when economies get shaky as all electronic transactions are easy to shut down. It has been reported that the Cypriot banks will not open again until the 26th of March can you imagine your account is locked 11 days without any notice? The PTBs will limit how much people can have of their own money. I think a lot of those Cypriots are still in a state of shock and are trying to convince themselves that soon everything will get back to normal. But deliveries are not getting made to stores because the suppliers are insisting on cash payments and the stores themselves are not accepting credit card payments. This is going to be a very long weekend for Cyprus but until I see what happens on the 26th and the following days I can’t recommend more than trying to keep cash on hand.