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So the zombie apocalypse happened and now you miss all the stuff you used to have. You miss the 5 Tv´s and the 4 computers and the tons of CD´s and the 3 cars. Why not start to change your “possession obsession” BEFORE you are forced to live with very little. This approach will make the transition considerably more tolerable. Remember that “More” is not necessarily “Better”

It is amazing how many things we have that we never use. It is even more amazing how much that stuff might be worth if we sell it though craigslist or eBay.

Living with less frees your spirit and makes you more flexible. It is also a projection of your self confidence. You start living more in the moment. There is nothing wrong with plans, goals and objectives. But there is a liberating feeling when you know that no matter what life throws at you, you will be able to handle it. So keeping your stock of “just in case” useless items to a minimum, you will make a statement to yourself that no event will be too big to handle. Try to keep things that have more than one use. Get rid of those items that are designed for a single superfluous use (like that exercise machine turned clothes hanger cluttering your room)

A good easy way to start de-cluttering your office or home is to compartmentalize your simplification initiative. Work your way room by room or area by area. Put aside the items that you think you won’t use and put them in a container. If you did not use any of them during the following 3 months, you can safely get rid of them. This includes some of those items that hold “sentimental” value. Be aware that most of them are just JUNK!

Keep in mind that if you are a “Prepper”, this initiative does not apply to your safety food stock. This philosophy relates more to the myriad of useless junk we never use but feel good about keeping. Imagine how much space you will save by ripping your 1,000 CD collection and storing all that music in your mp3 Player. You will find yourself listening to your favorite music more once is readily available electronically.

A fantastic definition of wealth that I heard somewhere goes something like this: “Wealth is the difference between what you have and what you need”. Needing fewer things in your life, will definitely make you wealthier.

Cheers!

Augusten

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I hope I’m not wrong.  But I don’t believe that we will have a “Book of Eli,” “Mad Max,”  “The Walking Dead” type of world anytime soon.  Again, I hope I’m wrong.  I do believe that it is more likely that we would have an economic collapse or even more likely, a disruption of services…all types (transportation, medical, etc…).  But that is a different, longer post.

That belief, along with the reality that food prices are sky rocketing, leads me to believe, like so many others, that it would be a good idea to have some extra food laying around the house.

I’ve been going to the grocery store for my family for many, many years.  Back when we ran the group home (5-7 girls), it was my time to get out of the house for a bit! When we left the group home after 11 1/2 years, I just continued going.  When I go, I like to have a list and I want at least one week planned out.  But I know that there are some people that go every other day, on their way home from work, to buy things to make dinner.

If we have a disruption of services or anything else worse, the store shelves would be empty in no time.  Just visit a grocery store in Houston when a hurricane has been forecasted to hit! 😉

People who don’t have some type of food supply are going to be in deep water!  Now, I believe that most people are good.  I believe that neighbors will help neighbors.  That was the case in my neighborhood when we lost power for multiple days after Hurricane Ike.  My wife and I talked to neighbors that we had never met.

But, do you want to risk it?  Wouldn’t you rather be prepared? Informed?

Freeze dried good companies are so backed up right now.  A lot of it has to do with Glenn Beck talking about it on his show.  Having some super long term food might be a good practice, but most things have a decent shelf life.  For instance, canned goods have almost an indefinite shelf life.  Research has proven that some of the nutritional value, taste and coloring might go, but the food is still free from bacteria and good to eat.  But you might want to have more than Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup in the pantry.  What about rice, beans and flour for bread?

Check out some of these websites that talk about shelf life of some of our staple foods.

http://www.stilltasty.com/ – gives you dates for pantry, refrigerator & freezer
http://www.pdfdownload.org/pdf2html/pdf2html.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.henrycoema.org%2Fforms%2FStorage-Life-of-Groceries.pdf – pdf that you can download
http://standeyo.com/News_Files/Food/Extend_Shelf_Life.html – good info.
http://askville.amazon.com/food-longest-shelf-storage-life/AnswerViewer.do?requestId=8311272 – good posts

Lastly, if you decide to store some food, don’t empty your bank account and go to Costco to load up.  Be a good steward of your resources.  Buy items on sale, use coupons and be smart about it!  Put aside some money each week to go towards your investment…but rotate your stock.  Also, check these sites out for more helpful hints.

http://www.youtube.com/user/apriltx#p/a/u/2/fRtE0ZliwMk – Coupon savings
http://hubpages.com/hub/Food-Hoarding-for-Amateurs-Stocking-up-for-Emergencies-and-to-Save-Money-on-Groceries – Article
http://www.postpeakliving.com/guide-to-post-peak-living/food/stocking-up-a-pantry# – Article on why you should stock-up.
http://preparedchristian.net/food-storage-part-six-tips-on-stocking-up-and-affording-it-all/
– Good Article

I ran across this video from April in Houston. She shows you her beginning stockpile of groceries. It might be a good idea.  Hear me out.

Last time we had a hurricane aiming for us, the store shelves were emptied fast! I remember being willing to pick up anything so that there might be food in the house just in case the hurricane hit us bad. Can you still remember the pics and images from Katrina?  It took a while for supplies and help to get into New Orleans and people were kind of crazy.

We have the possibility of hurricanes hitting us too!  But there are other reasons to stockpile a little extra food.   Like, what if there is a financial meltdown?  A meltdown is very possible (Google it).  I’m not saying things will get like Mad Max or anything.  But there might be a sudden stop to supplies…at least for a few days until food suppliers, trucking companies, banks, etc… get a grip.  What will happen to those people who go to the grocery store every couple of days and haven’t had time to prepare for a time like that?

Another good reason to keep a little stock is that food prices are going up right now.  When you find something at a good deal, you might want to buy a little extra to save some money down the road.  You can check out April’s video on how much money she saved using coupons.  After seeing that, it makes me want to start clipping! Check out the coupon video here.

Lastly, I would think that when there are people hurting out there, because of financial hardships and such, that good people would step up, do the right thing and lend a helping hand.  That’s a good reason to have a little extra on hand!

You probably shouldn’t go crazy and buy out Walmart tomorrow.  You should have a little plan to get your stock up.  You can easily purchase a few extra items of things you know your family will eat and rotate the food in your pantry to create a little stock.  Cans have at least a 2 year shelf life before the food start changing colors (but still safe to eat).  Can you think of other necessities?  What about toilet paper? 😉  Check out this website article on starting a Grocery stockpile.

Anyway, check out her video below and if you want, check out her Youtube Channel.