Both Paul’s Market and Albertson’s are having good sales on meat last week and this week. I have been spending some of mu “mad” money stocking up especially on poultry items. Paul’s had chicken thighs and drumsticks for 79 cents per pound, so I bought a little over 6 pounds for the freezer. I really like chicken thighs as they are very easy to can compared to cutting up a whole chicken. I bought a 14 pound turkey at $1.49 per pound at Albertson’s this week because the “avian flu” is getting very bad in the mid-west. The stories I have been seeing say that over 21 million birds have been destroyed or will be destroyed in the near future to contain this flu outbreak . While chickens grow quickly as a meat animal. Turkeys need at least 7 months to grow to cooking size and some people are forecasting a very limited turkey supply for holiday meals this year. While $1.49 per pound seems like a crazy price to pay for a whole turkey it isn’t a bad price compared to most meats you buy in your local mega mart! If you want turkey deli meat or a big bird for the Holidays I suggest you try and get a turkey or two in the next few weeks even if you pay $1.50-$1.80 per pound and store that bad boy in the freezer. While holiday traditions are very important to your morale you might think about doing a holiday ham now that pork prices are starting to stabilize or drop just a little bit. I am looking at making a “Holiday Food” storage box/container for items that you need to make my holiday meal. Things like spices, stuffing, canned pie fillings or cranberry sauce, divinity, fudge and snacks can all go into the box now and the holiday meals covered no matter what happens to the economy!
I got a fairly good deal on some 85/15 hamburger today at Pauls, though paying $2.99 per pound for hamburger on “sale” still strikes me as odd. A while back I paid that for Sirloin but when things change your price point changes. I have spent a bit more on food because I’m stocking up but I should be okay because I basically only stock-up on sales and with dollar cost averaging my budget should be okay in the long run! Albertson’s is having a sale on Lobster tails for $4.99 for Mother’s day as well as Rib eye steaks for $6.99 per pound. Speaking only for myself having some of those “luxury” food items to cook at home really make me feel good and boost my morale. Mom and I have been living on chicken and pork for a few months and cooking up a small sirloin steak really hit the spot and gave us boost mentally. I think you need a good protein and fats at least once a day and while you can survive on beans and rice I don’t think there is anything wrong with stocking up on the good stuff when you can afford it. You won’t be eating lobster and prime rib every day but you will have some very nice special holiday meals once and awhile.
Last but not least on the meat front Albertsons has it’s butcher block bacon for $2.99 per pound. This is my favorite bacon as it has a a nice smoke flavor and is more salty than sweet. My price point for good bacon is $2.99 and I can afford to get 5 pounds at that price. Don’t get me wrong as I have bought plenty of bacon ends and pieces on the cheap around $2.33 per pound but I will stock up and freeze bacon when I get a good buy!
Building the small solar power system starting with the RV. I got a hub that will make my wiring solar panel very simple for the RV if not the most efficient use of the panel over all. While the solar panels and AGM batteries is not perfect it should power the RV’s fridge on DC power and give me a fridge until I can store the food safely. tinhatranch.com has a great solar power system primer for a small 400 watt system that will power a small chest freezer, a couple of fans and charge up small electronics and some electric odds and ends would make a huge difference in any short term disaster. Any power generator simply buys you time during the reset. You may have generators, an RV and go solar but they really sort of suck compared to big dams or coal fired turbines via cost per kilowatt hour. Independence of the grid is priceless and just being able to store/use a bit of energy, without being dependent on the PTBs is huge.
Personally I think we should go local with small power project similar to the old farm co-op models. One person could provide a simple wifi network , email or chat server with off the shelf components for a small block of neighbors. I could add a charging station for phones and small electronics via my jumper pack charged via a generator or solar. These thin are not easy but they are simple if you can think outside the box the PTBs try and put you in. At harbor freight the have lithiom/ nicad batteries good for 800 charges. Let’s say that is marketing hyperboly and the batteries are only good for 400 charges, that little battery is still good enough for 12 months of charges every other day.
The very worst that can happen is going to pre-electric late 1800’s and not the stone age. Even if an EMP hits like a “Carrington event” the human race can make new turbines as they are relatively simple, if not always easy constructs of magnets and copper wire. The human race will not suddenly lose the ability to create steel, kevlar or how to weld/blacksmithing. Radio/ TV/fax machines are simply eltro-mechanical devices and we know cell phones and computers are possible and can be built easily.
I have no doubt that may get a bit dicey but there is no reason to go “mental” and imagine things will get midevel if you are prepared.