THREE PHASES CIVILIZATION COLLAPSE
Prepping For Economic Collapse-Eliminate Expenses
Way back in the day, a casual income could do wonders for your bottom line. You could go give blood. Have a garage sale. Pick up aluminum cans. Get a second part time job. Nowadays, and it’s just getting worse so this is a trend not an aberration, expenses just keep shooting up as your purchasing power erodes ( you ain’t making enough to pay the new prices ) and all the old ways of making extra money are done and over with. Everyone else is trying to do those same things just to survive, and hence even if you succeed the money don’t buy diddly. Welcome to $100 a barrel oil, along with the failing PetroDollar ( about 20% of exportable oil is already out of the dollars control, if not more ). And just look at the employment situation. Everywhere except a minor pocket here or there, all employment fields are in decline. And thanks to King Kenyan Kunt, those jobs that used to be full time are cutting back to part time to avoid extra health care expenses for the company. The days of making extra, meaningful, cash are done and your only option is to eliminate expenses. I know this ruffles most feathers, as our pudgy cubical warrior wraps herself in an American flag ( it used to be “himself”, but the few jobs left not requiring mindless grunt work have all been turned over to females. Mr. Mom used to be cute. Now it is a nightmare as the last pair of testicles has been clipped from the last former breadwinner ) and screams that she is mighty and worthy of living The American Dream. Sure, good luck with that one.
You can all do the obvious. Eliminate three cell phones from the household. Get rid of the third car. Send Mr. Mom up on the roof to install a TV antenna and be content with broadcast TV ( this advice I used to give doubtless caused night sweats in all and sundry, back when you had five channels to pick from. Yet, things have changed and the FedGov mandated the switch to digital. Now you have a lot more. Sure, its quantity over quality, but even with cable it’s the same thing. I get twenty channels 300 miles from the big city ). Only eat out once a month rather than three times a week. And all that is going to put a huge dent in your expenses. But the only way you are going to weather the economic collapse and to give yourself options in the future is to free the 60%-80% of expenses you can’t reduce, your rent/mortgage and your car. Sorry, I don’t make the rules. I just report them. Until you give up your car and your bankers rental you can’t do anything significant. You will be at the mercy of the boss and bank. And in case you’ve missed it ( one assumes if you are reading this you are prepping to survive, but while most will store rice and beans and bullets, no one wants to downgrade so they willfully DON’T pay attention ) the banks and corporations are desperately trying to survive and have been for years. That makes you a target, because screwing those with loans and jobs is par for the course.
I know you will drag in the reluctant wife and kids as a shield against surrendering your luxuries, but families move out to the country off grid all the time. I know two families locally that have done just that. One upper middle class or thereabouts, the other of lesser means. And the move didn’t kill either the kids or the spouse. The family with better job skills used the time before the job market collapsed to build an over-insulated dirt backfilled home and greenhouse. Now THAT is home security, not a thirty year mortgage for an in-town stick built sheetrock and stucco turd. Sure, you must sacrifice for a time, living primitively. Like you’ve never sacrificed to better your life before? You’ve never moved before? You’ve never taken a chance? Now, I understand that giving up a car is an impossible concept to most. All of you would ditch the apartment or house and live in a tent before you gave up your car. Hey, I understand. But eventually you are going to have to take the plunge. Because eventually the choice is going to come down to either rationing or insane prices for gas ( which you can’t afford on part time or no-time ) and you will be living in a location requiring a car with no means of operating it. Best to plan now for no car. Even if you keep it, be in a position where you can give it up. Thirty miles from town only works if you grow all your own food.
An alternate strategy is to just keep hoping no mean man will steal your gasoline, that God given birthright of every American, even those on welfare. Just keep ignoring reality, and if you get real lucky you will die before you have to stop driving. Yes, I know, “those evil oil bitches lied to us before and we have plenty. Drill, baby, drill!”. The Earth is not a hollow sphere filled with a gooey petroleum center. Drilling doesn’t guarantee anything. Oil is a finite resource and fifty years of trend is for finding less and less with more and more exploration. The cheap and easy oil is already gone, and one good drought will take away all our ethanol. Pull your head out. Just embrace reality. Acceptance is the hard part, not living without your car.
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