Feeling darned pleased with how the shopping turned out

September 20, 2012

As you know I’m skipping silver this month to get some additional things like the grinder and the rototiller. I’m happy to say both should be here next week.  I know going electric power is not a perfect solution,  but it’s something that I can work at producing my on my own energy.  So that takes care of the big purchase for prepping this month.

I was out about for my grocery shopping and Albertson’s is doing one day sales and it was coffee on the 19th. Limit 1 big can but it was only $3.99 each. Thankfully I live really close to the store and I stopped by 3 different times for a can.  So that helped me to restock the coffee a lot faster than I had anticipated.  I got all of the pork chops wrapped up and in the freezer and the additional boxes of saran wrap in the pantry.

Talked it over with Mom and she’s going to focus on bulk dry goods and I’ll focus on meat. I got a five pound bag of lentils for her, but C&C was out of the split peas but they have some coming in so I’ll grab the peas when I gas up the Kia.  We each have our favorite stores to shop at based mostly on location so we try and pickup whatever is on sale for each other and then deliver when we go for a walk.

I got the big Binder clips for holding the bag for the all grain beer. It seems it’s important to keep the bag off the bottom of the kettle.  With the clips and an insert I think I have everything I need for the first batch.  Picked up the last of the 15 gallon water storage barrels from the beer lady.  These will be additional water for me or a for the “idiot children” to cover water needs for a week or two.  At 120 pounds per barrel  full, they are heavy but I know we could get them into a vehicle and take them to a house without to much trouble.  I was going to store them in my shop but it’s not insulated and I have no idea how long it would take for a 120 pound chunk of ice to thaw at room temp. So I’ll be storing it in the house and stacking a few item on top of them.  These barrels are a great size for stashing in a closet!

Added another full propane tank for my heater and stove so good for over a month of fuel for cooking and heating.  October I will focus on fuel as the PTBs are trying to hold down the cost on oil.  Yes,  I know it’s probably for the election but I don’t care why they do something  as long as it gives me a better price.

Bills are all paid, quite a bit of prepping hardware is either here at my little house or is on the way.  I got a much better price on all I bought along with some pleasant surprises and a little cash leftover to stuff in the piggy bank.  A new project to try out on all grain brewing, that’s saves money and the grain leftovers can be used productively as animal feed.  All in All a pretty good month!

Somtimes the most important thing to get done, is nothing at all!

June 17, 2012

I just could not get any work done around the house this last week.  I  got lazy after getting the ale bottled and rearranging the living room. I could not seem to get going again or even start doing anything physical. I ‘m not talking about any heavy lifting, even watering my indoor plants seemed impossible to get done. I finally broke out of the feeling yesterday and gave the main bathroom a good cleaning, after the mirrors were done I got started on the windows and some dusting.  Good news is it carried over after getting the Kitchen cleaned up and the dishes done.  I got the backyard mowed, after cleaning some bad gas out of the “fuel bowl” I’d guess you call it. The yard and garden are getting some much needed water.

So how did I break out of this funk? I played some video games.  Actually it’s more accurate to say overdosed on a simple game called “Toy Defense”. It’s kind of silly like Plants vs. Zombies casual game but it got me out of thinking about stuff I had to doing as a chore and got me back into wanting to get stuff done because I wanted to get it done as a goal completed! Now the hard part is for me to keep from over doing it and knock myself down physically so I’ll stop with the yard work, just finish watering the garden.  The work will be there tomorrow unless the world blows up, either way it will cease to be a problem to overcome.

I did get a lot of mental work done while I was being physically lazy. The LDS has an updated “prepper’s manual” and it is awesome!  It’s a free download and 509 pages long.  It has several folks contribute from the survival and preparedness community and is much more comprehensive than the old LDS manual.  I’m not a Mormon but these folks know preparing plus they are willing to share for free. http://www.ldsavow.com/api/getPrep.html

Instead of getting the wood the couple of checks will be finishing up junk silver. I’m getting some Liberty 1/2 dollars and some Mercury dimes.  No particular reason I just happen to like those coins.  Who knows what will happen to the spot price of PM’s when everyone sees the election results in the EU (France goes socialist in the parliament and Greeks split the vote again). So I’ll order at just under  $29.00 per oz.  This is just my hunch that gold and silver will go up next week.  Most of the pro’s I respect see the average of $1630 for gold $29.00 for Silver holding with increased volatility. I keep thinking the worst case scenario is not that Greece leaves the Euro but Germany and the northern core  of Nordic/Scandinavian countries decide to leave. This leaves me a little “cash poor” for a couple of weeks, but I hope I guess right and if not I still have some cool looking coins with intrinsic value.

In a bit of good news my neighbor” L” got a part time job at an organic nursery and gets free starter plants that don’t sell.  Guess who is getting several starters of greens for free that I will put in buckets as my garden bed have reached capacity?  So I’ll have plenty of veggies to start in my bucket plantings that are organic/heirloom quality.  Now I have 2 neighbors that work at nurseries. If you are going to do raised beds for get that plastic ground cloth or newspapers the best weed barrier is flattened cardboard boxes.

Happy Fathers Day to all you real men that stick around and teach the hard lessons by letting your kids watch you do the right thing not because it easy but it’s simply the right thing to do everyday.




The shopping list

May 16, 2012

Kind of a small list this week.  There are a couple of really good buys for Toilet paper at Walgreens and Paul’s market.  I’m rebuilding my stockpile of coffee after letting it go so long and living off the pantry hoping for a drop in price that has not happened yet. But Big Lot’s has a some cans of S&W coffee that’s not to bad for $7.00 a 34.5 oz can so I’ll try and pick up a couple of those and I’ve seen some buys on Yuban and Maxwell house for $7-$7.50 that I can see getting. I waited to long restocking and now I’m going to pay a price for replacing at a much higher cost.  Live and learn, if we are lucky enough.  I picked up some “junk silver”  as it’s on sale right now and stashed away a few green backs. Even though I’m in a credit union I’m leery of leaving any excess dollars in my account and not under my direct control.

I don’t need much of anything but I prefer shopping 3-6 months out. Last year I got some good buys on turkeys in the summer months and I hope I can do the same again this year. It was so nice to have all the basic food already on hand for the Holiday season.  The turkeys were great and not at all harmed spending a few months in the freezer.  I’m looking at Xmas gifts and hope to have those all bought up by July.  I don’t think  most of the family is ready for “Austerity” and they were kind of screwed up on shifting to picking names rather than the “consumer fest” they have grown accustomed too.

It’s funny as I’ve been getting stronger financially because I anticipated either rising costs or a cut in my SSD.  Most of it has to do with mindset and not the total amount of  money we get per month.  I figured I better learn to live on about 2/3rds of what I have coming in last year. I do it and because of my prepping it’s not to hard to do monthly.  Plus it has freed up quite few dollars to get some of those long term goals done a lot quicker than I anticipated.  My cash flow is getting stronger compared to the rest of my family because NUMBER 1 I am out of debt except for my house and Number 2 Almost everything I get is working to reduce my cost of living. The wood stove is a good example of that reducing costs and getting myself more independent.  Debt and compounding interest is an absolute budget buster in my opinion.  I realize that it is terribly difficult to get out of debt,  it takes a lot of work that is slow and tedious and not at all fun. But as someone that has done it I can tell you it is worth the pain.  Okay I don’t go out a lot nor have all the latest toys but I do have peace of mind.  I still have sat TV and an internet connection, a home phone and a cell.  I’m not living like the Amish, I think my life is darn good.  Not at all a struggle, about all I would wish for is gas prices to go down a bit so I could use my RV camping.  But that’s about it and  I can’t control the price of gas.

I’ve been feeling a little bummed out because of all the Greeks are going through. A couple of the sites I visit,  have folks from Greece and the rest of the Europe and it’s very bad and getting worse nearly everyday. Some are lucky that the did get a little prepared but this has been going on nearly 3 years of a slow bleed and now it getting really bad.  Percentage wise the USA and Greece are about equally broken. The only difference is the USA can print as many dollars it wants and Greece can’t print Euros.  With Countries like China, Russia and Brazil getting out of buying dollars as the reserve currency, I don’t see us all that far from having what is happening in Greece happening here in the good old US of A.

So we get ready for any panics and they may come. Don’t discount what the PTBs may do in order to protect the system and their place in it.  WE have seen so many folks in denial that when reality hits home they are going to be angry and it will take time for them to accept the “New Normal” if they can accept it.  Some of the Sheeples may actually be better off in the FEMA camps I’m sorry to say, as they will not be able to handle life after a SHTF event.  At least 20% of the population is on anti-depressants or drugs that keep them functioning and if those drugs are removed suddenly they will have mental and physical breakdowns.  I expect most will simply shutdown but the ones that don’t will be a handful.

Sorry for being so gloomy today cause the news has not been very good lately. I should be bouncing out or it soon and get on with the things I can control.