The word 'survival' conjures up all sorts of unpleasant images – like surviving a car crash to surviving a heart-attack. It's a conscious thought but we rarely go beyond anything more than just the thought. Yes, some of us get a kick out of watching the Survivor TV show, but that's an altogether different ball-game. The word 'disaster' gets demoted to the disastrous feeling of 'our home team lost the game' – that's a disaster?
It's disaster survival in other parts of the world, like famines or mudslides, refugees seeking safe havens, which make us feel helpless to do anything. Now those are disasters! We need to pay attention to what we can do – in our own backyards.
My first experience of Survival Savvy after hurricanes Frances and Jeanne in 2004, was easy, I'm sure, compared to poor souls who lost everything they own – including their lives – in mudslides, volcano eruptions, and wars. Read my brief story and see photos of how we got through the hurricanes.
When violence happens in your own backyard, you need to be survival savvy too. I can only imagine what the poor person felt like after discovering the Boston Marathon Bomber terrorist survivor hidden in his boat in his back yard. Drop the tarp and call for the police! He did the right thing.
Well, that's the theory. But it doesn't always work that way. The price of oil rose dramatically as you know, then fell down due to middle eastern problems, and it's back on the rise again which is necessary for the US oil-producers to stay in business – but it's also due in part to the rise in commodity prices and the value of the dollar decreasing. It's known as inflation, and the US is headed for hard times.
For the past fifty years, all's been well, we've gone about our daily business. Things don't seem to change on a daily basis. It's only when you do compare things such as the price of oil now to the price of oil 'back then' do you realize just how drastically 'things' have changed!
Food prices ARE still rising, and we need to get prepared NOW to save money by dehydrating foods while we can still afford it! This brings us to Survival Savvy. And Action.
Taking ACTION to save money started by baking my own bread. YES, you CAN do it too. I'm proof of it! I'm no baker, but this bread is 'to die for' ... click the link above for photos and the link to get the recipe!
Check out this great site! Simple Green Living helps families and individuals take steps toward a low-impact, high-efficiency lifestyle! Grow your own food, save money, save on fuel, learn homesteading skills and so much more!
Is It Possible To Save Money? You bet! Save money by cutting out things that aren't absolute necessities, such as:
For years, we've been led to believe that having a credit card was like a status symbol – the more you have, then, obviously, the better off you are! Saving money became an unthinkable (and unnecessary) thing to do for the majority of us.
And it's that kind of thinking that's gotten us into trouble – we're borrowing from the future instead of living in the present – and living within our means! We don't know what 'living within our means' is anymore! It's time to get serious with your household budget and really find out why there's nothing left over at the end of the month. It's FUN to be FRUGAL (but it's not Hip to be Hard-up!!!)
Be Survival Savvy!
It's amazing all the stuff they teach in school. Or is it?
Looking back on my school days, there was a distinct lack of anything money-related being taught. You were pushed to 'get a job' via 'job counseling' ... so where was all the entrepreneurial stuff being taught? I guess it's either something that's inside you – or not. But – it certainly doesn't hurt to be educated about money. This country is experiencing a disastrous record number of home foreclosures, personal and commercial bankruptcies, and high unemployment. So what money we do have needs to be managed (better). So where do you begin?
Try visiting Secrets2Money.com to find out what you can do, starting today. There's answers to lots of questions.
Secrets2Money has many different categories of questions and answers: Debt, Save Money, Negotiating, Real Estate ... these are just some of the categories that are full of easy ways to put more cash in your wallet and bank accounts. Hop on over to Secrets2Money and take a look! Then come on back here to get going with your dehydrated food stocking-up projects!
According to Delwyn Lounsbury, the self-proclaimed Deflation Guru, (I won't argue with that!) – the United States is headed down a deflationary road, which began in 2000 and is likely to last until 2016/18. So we've got quite a few more years to get through before a positive cycle for the United States begins again.
When times are tough, people hold onto their money, and are unwilling to make impulse purchases, and even 'not-so-impulse' purchases either, be it in cash or on their credit cards. When this happens, businesses have no choice but to cut into their profit margins and reduce prices.
If things get bad enough, it then causes businesses to begin losing money on their products, because they need to sell their inventory. Product is then sold below cost to move it out of the warehouse. Credit is tight, so many small businesses cannot get a loan to tide them over until 'better times' arrive.
This now leads to job layoffs because the business cannot afford to 'stay in business' if all product is sold at a loss. There's only the government that can 'stay in business' selling at a loss, because they have access to the tax-payers' pockets, and Ben Bernanke's Quantitative Easing packages.
We still haven't got a balanced budget from the current presidential administration – and yet they expect all taxpayers to stick to a budget! Sadly, most people DON'T have a budget, spend more than they earn, charge everything on their credit cards – and bham! ... hence all the bankruptcies across America.
People are not saving as much as they used to because prices are skyrocketing. Funny thing is, you may not notice it on a day-to- day basis, but when you look back to only a year ago, you'll see a price percentage rise in the double-digits – of many goods! You may also find companies are packaging product differently – i.e. same container but it has an ounce less of product IN IT, but at the same price. All this in the name of stopping us from panicking and putting "two and two together".
Here's a quote from Delwyn: "The Greater Depression will be three times larger and three times longer than the 1930's great depression. The world will experience the pain of the cure for credit inflation – a nasty credit deflation economy and the rest of the Greater Depression which actually started in 2000 with the dot com stock peak – a bubble mania climax. Real estate, stocks and most other assets will drop 90% from peak and bottom in years 2016 to 2018. Even gold may drop in half by then. Unemployment will be 30% plus. Why?
Delwyn's site, www.deflationeconomy.com, gives you a thorough explanation of what deflation means to businesses and to the ordinary guy on the street. It's a must read ... check it out!