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I learned how to can this year. Over 300 jars now line my shelves. I still have more to do. I am also going to be purchasing a pressure canner so I can, can more. I am also stocking up on store bought canned items as well as personal items. I am trying to learn how to sew better. I can darn a sock but straight lines are still a down fall for me. :cutie:
 

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Stocking up on ammunition. While we still have that right...
 

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I thought we were okay until I read this just a while ago:
30 reasons for Great Depression 2 by 2011 :cyikes4:

And when I finished reading this I saw this:
Dow Tumbles To 8000

Now I'm really getting nervous.
We had already started stockpiling, no debt, putting more cash away and keeping an eye on loss leaders at the grocery stores. But I'm getting the feeling we need to pull back even more. Guess I'll go over everything and see what else we can squeeze a little tighter. :csmh:
 

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We are getting rid of all our debts, we need to stockpile more. I stockpiled enough tp and detergent to last us until the end of the year (next month). I need to start over again for 2009 and have a decent stockpile that I maintain on a regular basis. I can't believe how crazy things have gotten! We are starting to put as much money away each month as is possible, it's not a lot though! We could survive (just) if one of remained full time and the other dropped to part time, I can't see how we would survive without each of us working though. We are expecting baby #1 in July 2009 and I really hope the economy starts to look up by then. If Dh had no more funding through his school and the agency I work for closed, we would have to move in with one of our parents and try to work somewhere and live by pooling a few generations worth of income.
 

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We are making sure that we have plenty of property to be used for hunting, fishing and farming.Making sure we keep the timbered parcels. I have been stockpiling, but know that when the goods run out, I will need to be able to provide off the land for ourselves, and our family, if times are very hard. We continue to save, and have cash on hand.Trying to learn skills.Having a plan prepared.Making sure we have water sources- our wells, the ponds, the lake is nearby, the cistern, also stocking up on bottled water.DH is stocking up the ammo, as I feel that may be more difficult to aquire in the future. Just the same old things we have always done to prepare for possible hard times.
 

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Not to be a glooms-dayer- but we're also way over due for an epidemic- will it be bird flu, or something else, I don't know, but I worry about it.
 

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Sigh. It's feeling very scary. I

I stock pile as I can... canned goods, HBA....

Asking for things we need for gifts. Rain boots, rain coats from G'ma, etc...
We are also asking for board games. I would like to have a good selection on hand.

Stay home as much as we can

Eat at home

Save $ as much as we can

Learning.... so I have the knowledge to do more. Gardening, cooking, etc...

Using the library. Tons.

Coupons
 

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Not to be a glooms-dayer- but we're also way over due for an epidemic- will it be bird flu, or something else, I don't know, but I worry about it.
I also worry about epidemic, or if a big volcano like yellowstone goes off the fallout is very hard on the lungs as it has microscopic glass, I also keep the masks with the aeration filter also for like SARS. My husband had to have them when his Mother died in Singapore of pneumonia- because they had to rule out SARS at first. He bought them for travel, but I keep them on hand. Just in case.
 

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Paid an additional $100 on my cc this month. $310 over the minimum. I need it to go away. I keep paying extra on the car and I am almost 4 months in advance on the payments so I know if the bottom falls not having to make 3 months of car payments frees up 1 year minimum payments on the cc.

I nnnnneeeeeddd to redo my EF. I had to dip and I need to get that PUT BACK ASAP!

Buying more stockpile food. The grocery had canned veggies .33 each limit 10, sugar 5lb bag $1.18 limit one and cake mixes .78 each limit 3. I got mine and Mom checked out the limit for me so I could take advantage and get double and then she REFUSED to let me give her the $8 to cover it! I will have to bake her something, she likes that.

I am going back every day for the next 4 days. That would mean 60 canned veggies, 6 sugars, 18 cake mixes for $35.

The generator came in yesterday, so did the 5 battery free crank flashlight/radios.

Looking into adding more insulation in the attic.
 

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I started stockpiling food about a year ago, I also switched to using cloth diapers, I have been making candles and stockpiling lamp oil for my lamps, I have been trying to not keep too much money in the bank either. I keep just the bare minimum that we have to have to keep it open. I also have been gardening and learning to bake and cook stuff from scratch. Using a clothesline. There are some other things that i have been doing but I do not have the time to list them all now. I have my new blog where I have been writing about my trying to get my family prepared. Check out my homepage.
 

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We have all debts paid off. Stockpiled on food and H&B, batteries, solar powered cell phone chargers, warm clothing for mild (Florida) winters and plenty of fans, electric and battery operated. My problem areas are health care and meds.
 

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Here's a few things we did this week:

Continuing to add to our can goods when on sale.
(Waiting patiently on the Can,Can Sale.)
I bought a case of soap off of ebay.
Bought 1 gallon each of shampoo and lotion.
Backed up out toothpaste that was on sale.
Now I'm searching out deodorant to back up.
 

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Awhile back I asked the question " is it possible to make a farm generate money with the economy this way. One of the answers I got was very inspirational to me. Besides good farming advice the person closed with " Last and i'm not a religious person, or a preachy type .. FAR FROM IT .. but I do believe this, and it seems to work for me .. when you are struggling, and everything seems totally hopeless .. that's the time to find somebody else who maybe needs a helping hand even more than you, and give it to them, without expecting a doggone thing in return. That's where the best "dividends" are in farming sometimes, and hell .. we ought to take full advantage of it!:) Thought it was great!
 

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"when you are struggling, and everything seems totally hopeless .. that's the time to find somebody else who maybe needs a helping hand even more than you, and give it to them, without expecting a doggone thing in return. That's where the best "dividends" are in farming sometimes"
That was a great statement. :cthumbup:
 

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Wow, reading this thread has really got me to thinking seriously about some things that we do currently. We only have a small stockpile of goods in our home for various reasons. I am looking to making that larger but finding a place to put it where it is still accessible yet out of the way of every-day workings is becoming a struggle. I do not obsess over things that I can not control. I can not say that my job has complete security but I do know that it does have "some" (beings as I work with homeless men ) so I know that within the next year I want to start changing things around IN CASE something were to happen I would be better prepared for it.
 

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My main objective is to pay off debt. I can always grow food or we could hunt if necessary but having a home that is paid for is the thing that brings me the most peace of mind in an emergency. I don't want to have to worry about making payments if the economy continues to spiral down into the abyss.
 
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I need to start stockpiling and wish my dh would go deer hunting. He has a gun but not a rifle. I've canned before but got away from it. Need to get a pressure canner they are great.
 

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We have no debt and no mortgage. We live on a fixed income which will change drastically next year and the income we live on is small. So for us, whether the economy is good or bad, we keep prepared for all situations.

~we have a stockpile (albeit low right now. We are working on this one)
~we grow our own garden (we have 3 of them at present, we may add another one this year)
~we spend as few $$ as possible
~we make do with things
~we try to learn new things throughout the year

I do believe the economy is going to get worse and if we had debt, it would be the very first thing we would work on to get rid of. Debt during these times brings on way more stress than it normally does. I can't stress enough how important it is to not take on any new debt during this time.
 

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My DH and I have been concerned about the economy and the way that things are looking in the world for a while and we have taken the following precautions to date.

- stockpile 1 years worth
- purchased extra ammunition for our guns (the family hunts deer in the fall, so we had guns already)
- stock of propane for propane cooking stove, lanterns and heaters
- stock of extra warm clothing, blankets, quilts
- stock of extra flashlights, batteries
- large stock of medical supplies
- large stock of firewood
- 72 hour bug out bags supplied (in case we have to move quickly due to natural disaster)
- gold and silver for barter
- alcohol for barter and pain relief (I know what you are thinking! But more for having to get stitches or removing bullets)
- skills on wild edible plants and how to use them effectively

That is all I can think of right now but I know there is alot more.
 

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I have been trying to expand my stockpile and also trying to get bills caught up/paid off. I am also trying to learn new ways to save money.
 
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