Can't say as I blame you for that! I took a detour on the way to Home Depot and hit up the Dollar Tree. Got a shelf full of Gossner shelf stable milk and half and half plus some medicines.
I am relatively new to prepping and am in a living situation that does not lend itself well to prepping. But, a huge part of this game is to do the best you can with what you have, right? So here I am, in far less than awesome conditions, doing the best I can.After the S&P credit downgrade, I have stepped my prepping into overdrive.
3 trips to different stores today buying food and supplies.
When I shop I watch the prices closely and almost every time I go the prices are higher I'm stockpiling like a man possessed now. No holding back.
The throttle is wide open. I have seen the light at the end of the tunnel and it is a freight train.
I am relatively new to prepping and am in a living situation that does not lend itself well to prepping. But, a huge part of this game is to do the best you can with what you have, right? So here I am, in far less than awesome conditions, doing the best I can.
- Last night I ordered a bunch of long term storage food to supplement my pile of standard canned/dry goods. I was planning on doing so anyway; the S&P thing was not a factor.
20lb bags of rice at Costco/Sams/Bjs - a cheap way to add calories to your food store
- Spent a good chunk of my summer upgrading my ham radio gear and reprogramming scanners. This was an easy one for me. I've been a ham since I was a kid and my knowledge of electronics is my strongest skill.
- Paid off all my credit cards. I am debt-free except for my mortgage
- I'm pretty well set for guns but would like to build up my ammo stock more. I can also hand load.
Assuming you have a .22:
Buy a few bulk packs of .22 at Walmart for $20 ea. That should boost your usable ammo quickly and give you barter items.
Areas where I'm still weak: Pretty much everything, but here's the biggies:
- I have a generator but fuel storage is an issue. I need to come up with a way to pump gas out of my truck.
- No alternative heat if natural gas supply fails in winter. I'm toying with the idea of a wood burning stove. Not sure how that can work, but solving this issue is high on my list.
Kerosene heater. You'll have to figure out a way to store fuel, but it could give you a good interim solution.
- Water storage/filtration. All I have is a few cases of pop in the garage and 40 gallons of water in my water heater. I did get a hose to tap the heater if needed. We get a lot of rain here that can be consumed with minimal treatment/filtration. At the very least I need to get some big buckets
Google "sand filter". or spend $300 on a Berkey (well worth it).
- Food. I have a small yard and not nearly enough space to grow everything I need. All I can do is store a lot of food and hope it's enough to last until things settle down. There is no better solution as long as I live here.
Don't even worry about a self sustaining source of food yet. That's an "advanced" area of prepping. I've been toying with it for 2 years, now and I have a bit of rabbit meat and some squash and not much else to show for it.
Worth striving for, but it's a long term project.
So...that's my story, briefly. I do feel far more prepared than I was even a year ago, but still so many holes in my plans!!
Agreed. Frog-in-the-pot.I think we got a way to go before things start gettin real scary. Could happen over night. But I aint feelin it yet. Dont want anyone to suffer but we need to make some serious changes as to how we spend. Only way thats gonna happen is when we hit bottom.
Unfortunately I think folks will just keep adjusting to the new normal. Increasingly lower standards of living.