As you can tell I’m not really happy about what I have read so far about this great compromise of the D’s and R’s. It looks like this budget is going to be more of the same sort of can kicking and does nothing to to address the deficit or debt levels of the government. The PTBs have all but declared war on the TEA party and conservatives so I guess we will get to see just how high a debt a government can run up before it implodes on itself. It should be interesting from a historical stand point, but I suppose watching a bomb countdown is interesting while it lasts.
There are a few advantages with having a budget in place before the next shutdown in that government checks probably will get paid and can’t be used as a threat against citizens. If you were saving up your cash just in case you were not to sure if you would get paid next month you can probably relax a little. We should start seeing some great bargains after Xmas as most inventory levels are very high and business will need to sell quickly in order to reduce their tax burden. Let’s not forget that many people that bought stuff for this cold snap may have the payments come due next month and might be getting rid of some winter preps on the cheap along with paying for gift bought for Xmas and maybe cash poor. I think that selling those items is foolish but if I can get a good deal I’m not going to pass it up!
I am looking at the goals I want to accomplish next year and some items I want for the yard sale list. I am doing the lists a little differently by splitting them up between Need to have and Want to have on hand. My need list has become pretty small and my want list has gotten quite a bit longer compared to the last few years. I hope to focus on skills and new projects rather than trying to build up my equipment and goods as those items are in good shape overall.
Don’t get complacent and keep working your plan. You don’t have to get everything at once because the PTBs are going to do all they can to keep the system going if only to protect themselves! I think eventually they will lose control of this monster they have created but I try to setup myself up that I’m always gaining in self-reliance so if they hold it together I’m still better off. If they do lose control I will be somewhat in charge of my own destiny. I certainly saw a huge savings on my summer electric bills going to the small window A/C unit and even with the cost of wood and the stove I am seeing a savings on winter energy costs. I try to get things now that will payoff in the near future and will save money in the years ahead.