What if your last trip to the store was the last one forever?

  • What if your last trip to the store was the last one forever?

    Posted by BiggKidd on February 26, 2024 at 2:59 pm

    Just think about that for a minute. If there was no more trips out to buy what you need, would you / your family make it?

    Might want to start thinking along those lines considering the times we are living in.

    It might be time to concentrate on getting the things to make mend fix or repair whatever it is you may need in the future. Expendables are going to be key here. All the tools in the world will not do you a bit of good if you have no nails, screws, saw blades, drill bits, bullets, nuts, bolts ETC.. Oil grease filters and fuel are big ones and so are things like chains for saws, tires, brakes. This could be a nearly endless list………….

    Redcap replied 2 months ago 7 Members · 9 Replies
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  • Jcsc83

    Member
    February 26, 2024 at 3:47 pm

    It is an endless, cause we keep coming up with more stuff to get but we may just have to deal with the shortage

    • MartHale7

      Member
      February 27, 2024 at 6:38 am

      I had a friend that was looking at getting a HUGE amount of $. At that time he was looking at buying an island…. Then it hit him…. When you have an Island you don’t have a dentist, you don’t have police, you don’t have grocery stores, you are building civilization from scratch. Things like roads, telephone lines, electric lines all have to be shipped and built and…… maintained.

      Hearing this from him, I then related how much this was the exact state of affairs with prepping when your primary system you have depended on for so many years might go away, it is hare to adapt and make the changes needed to survive. Cuba did this when they lost relations with the USA, they made the transition but they also lost people in doing that transition.

      It is endless trying to prepare for everything, and I have come to the conclusion you cannot. That said one can prepare for the essentials needed for life, and build a community that shares your values.

  • EvW

    Member
    February 26, 2024 at 5:02 pm

    Good idea. The problem is, the very thing you will need is probably something you have forgotten or can’t find in your stash of supplies!

    • This reply was modified 2 months, 3 weeks ago by  EvW.
  • Momatomic

    Member
    February 26, 2024 at 5:23 pm

    Very thought provoking!

    I agree, an endless list! 2 items I think people forget about is pet/animal food/meds and informational books.

    Plus you could have all the items available to you but if you don’t know what to do with them or how to use them what good are they. I think, we should be focusing on skills. We should all know how to use thread (by hand and machine), seeds, bullets, wood (heating and cooking), bandaids, herbs, preserving water, food and animals, cooking from scratch, maintain our vehicles… Or know someone in your community that could help you out with the skills you have not master yet.

    • This reply was modified 2 months, 3 weeks ago by  Momatomic.
  • BiggKidd

    Member
    February 26, 2024 at 8:19 pm

    I would like to point out it’s also a GREAT WAY to save money. I’m still using stuff I’ve bought / gotten over the last thirty five years. I can tell you for a fact it saves me a ton of money. Especially when it’s other option is the landfill when you get it IE: I have three woodstoves I’m not currently using but they were free and cost nothing but a little space to keep. I have all kinds of stuff like that.

  • MartHale7

    Member
    February 27, 2024 at 2:14 am

    I have been thinking this way for the last 10 years. I have been working on growing food that takes the least amount of effort.

    The USA blew up the Russian pipeline. We have a president who lost lives in Afghanistan and does not care about the Americans that were taken hostage in Gaza, and took a full year to visit Palistine, OH. this puppet president does not care anything for us. So having no border any terrorist that wants to attack us can and has people are now dead with the drug markets going wild. NY has illegals attacking police officers we are now without rule of law.

    That said, the direction forward is building local community and to have plans for what is coming. Destruction of the USA dollar is here, many food items have doubled and tripled in price. Our pay did not double or triple thus we just got a pay cut and our bank accounts are worth 1/2 to 1/3 of what they use to have value.

    So… what can we do? work with those who want to live and walk away from those who want to do nothing and starve. There are people who are preparing work with them. There are people who are preparing to eat nothing, and go on a long lasting fast….. This is by plan and design of our gov.

    So yes, I do believe we are ok while there is food on the shelf, but when the dollars has zero value people historically go nutz. A parent will do ANYTHING to feed their children, there are no rules when that happens.

    • BiggKidd

      Member
      February 27, 2024 at 3:45 am

      Yeah I’ve been at it half again as long as you and I get it… Trying to see who else does!

  • JerseyGiantChick

    Member
    February 27, 2024 at 6:52 am

    Just the thought is paralyzing, but we can not give up and sit around waiting. So we work and prepare, homesteading, gardening, canning, drying, home made cooking and so on.

    Yesterday my husband brought me a coffee out in the garden, and said if the garden fruits this year from all your hard work I will help you out in the garden. If it comes to it or not, I will work like our lives depend on it. I must do all things possible for my family, my believe my faith in God and how my parents raised me. And they tell us to prepare for a amount of time, so that is what we do. #

    We all know what could happen if, but we must keep the faith it will not. That people will get the turn on time and all find their way to God.

    Please dear freesteaders, stand united in communities and help out. Do all possible for our children, our next generations. Teach them the old and new ways, protect and serve our children. Do what God is telling us to do so, keep your bible close.

  • Redcap

    Member
    March 20, 2024 at 3:12 pm

    I really started thinking that way and started getting extra household things and emergency cooking and lighting and such stuff and it just got stupid at some point. Yeah, I’m fine with a good supply of duct tape and OTC meds and homemade medicines and matches and such, but we just don’t have the room to become our own Costco. And it also hit me: and what happens when you run out of what you have back-stocked? How will you live if you’re still relying on manufactured items?

    So now we got rid of and donated a whole lot of extra stuff and went back to my roots of how my family survived the wars and Great Depression and even a great-grandmother who talked about the Hard Winter of 1880!

    We have shelter, a couple of years of wood for heat, water and ways to collect it, simple food to get by for a good year (a hearty stew once a day and another small meal of eggs and grain), and our clothes, soap, rags, and some back up lighting.

    We figured we can go to bed when it gets dark instead of trying to reproduce modern life and light up our house with boxes and boxes of candles we don’t have room to store. We can eat nettles and dandelion every day if we need to along with our eggs and small meat animals or fish. Humans have no “essential” carbohydrate requirements nutritionally although I’m not saying cut out carbs. Just saying plants and meats give us more than breads and pots full of cornmeal. And there is NO nutritional benefit to white flour and white rice at all. The hardest food to get during the wars and Depression was meat. Better put that by now because when the feds start handing out food, it will be empty simple carbs, just like last time.

    So we decided to change our stocking up to learning to live historically without modern needs. Yes, we do need extra screws and nails and such. Can’t have the house falling apart! But I can’t imagine trying to have everything we have now and trying to live a “normal” life if or when the clock turns back to 1930 or 1730 for that matter.

    Now if it’s a zombie apocalypse, then husband and I are done anyway. We’re too old to fight hordes. LOL But live through another Depression? That we can do and with very little stuff.

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