I am so glad that I got the wood area cleaned up last week! Off loading the wood and getting it stacked only took about 2 and half hours with Mom and I working. A huge bonus, I did a lot better job stacking the wood correctly this year. Last year Dad chucked in the wood and I had to burn, then I stack the wood as space became available. I might order another cord of wood to finish filling up the wood area since I’m not sure how this wood will burn in my fireplace. I have never started a winter with a neatly stacked wood pile so I’m not sure how much “neatly stacked” wood I will burn over the winter. Over all Mom and I have done most of the winter prep, though we need to caulk the windows in October and will put up plastic to seal the windows and then all winter prep will be done.
I did not have much of a “last minute shopping list” for the Government budget shutdown as I stocked up last week via sales. I added a few items to this week’s shopping list as I had the cash on hand and a bit more motivation to stock up on some trade goods. I had to ration myself as I have sister on EBT and she might need a “care package” if the government shuts down. Luckily I have several types/ levels of care packages on hand. I think the PTBs will pass a CR or Continuing Resolution and we can face this again in December. Just so we know how much we need those “Congress critters” and government workers.
I don’t suggest anyone panic, as I see the point of prepping is to avoid any panic. If you prep you should be ready for not shopping for at least a couple of weeks or more. You have nearly a week to add a few last minute items if the government shuts down and EBT cards are not refilled October 1st. An event that probably won’t happen in October, but some day soon I think if “SHTF” happens and you should be ready to stay home and to protect you and yours. I got a couple of bottle of booze today at the liquor store and I had no idea about prices, because I seldom buy liquor. I got couple of a pints/fifths and saw the prices for stocking up on booze. Whining about the price of stuff is not helpful. Get the stuff stored and then complain about the cost of stuff!
What I recommend is you keep stacking and learning new skills as many of my readers have already built a good stockpile of the basics , before I got a clue about prepping. If you are prone to panic, stash away any credit cards and go to cash or stack more PMs (Precious Metals). Have cash/emergency fund on hand to pay the bills for 1-3 months at a min. Get into a local bank or Credit union for any “direct deposit” money and keep cash on hand for any small bills or basic shopping.
I think you should protect yourself buying goods with no counter-party risk. You will always need food, water, energy and security. Get out of all debt other than your mortgage if you have low interest rate first and do not take an interest only ARM/ HELOC. All credit/debt must evaluated critically if it is the right move for you. Debt can make slaves of us all, but you can use a bit of debt to improve your economic position. By used cars for cash, don’t pay interest on credit cards and pay all bills monthly.
I bought two refurb. laptops on credit and it is so tempting to get stuff now and pay later but I can’t call the economy in 2 weeks little lone in 2 months. I’ll pay off debt as quickly as possible (October) and if the stars align I’ll buy a bit more on “credit if I don’t pay interest.
Overall we have a great setup going into winter.