Getting Back on Track

My purpose in starting this blog was to introduce women to prepping and show them this is something we can and must do for our families and ourselves. The last few months I’ve gotten away from that and with events seemingly heading for, at least, an economic collapse, I’m now getting back on track. Hopefully. That’s the plan. Wait! Plan?? As the saying goes, “If you want to hear The Gods laugh, tell Them your plans”. Is that laughter I’m hearing…..?…..

  Since I’m writing this for women, I suppose I should focus on “women’s work”. Before you attack, keep in mind that dishes and clothing will still need to be washed. Since there are several men who read this, they’ll be educated and will have no excuse to not help out. 😆

  The smartest item you can stockpile, in my opinion, is Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soap. You can use it to wash your clothing, body, hair, dishes, pets, vehicles and just about anything else. It’s 30x concentrated, so just a few drops is all you need in a bucket of water for a quick washing up at the end of the day. You can use a stronger mix for washing dishes. Dr. Bronner’s is made with all natural and organic ingredients and I’ve never known it to leave a residue on anything I’ve used it on. It cleans so well, in fact, that I can’t use it regularly to wash my butt length hair. It strips my hair and leaves it so dry that I can’t condition it enough so I can even comb it! I can not find the “right” dilution that’ll work on my extra long and super fine hair.Other people claim they don’t have the same problem, everyone’s hair is different and that’s ok. It’s clear to me that post disaster/collapse I’ll have to figure out a way to tie the length of my hair out of the way and just wash the roots. 

  Using the 30:1 dilution, there’s minimal suds which means less rinsing when used to wash clothes. I’m not sure I’d use the Peppermint one for that purpose since the company uses essential oils for the fragrance. If you don’t know what I mean, think about sucking on a piece of peppermint candy and how it leaves your mouth feeling. I don’t think you’ll want that “cooling sensation” in your undies. Actually, I’m just being facetious about that since you use such a small amount of the soap. On second thought, why take the chance?

  I mix sea salt, baking soda and a little powdered myrrh gum resin in a bowl, add a big squirt or three of Peppermint Dr. Bronner’s and stir. Then I add enough water to make a stiff dough. Dump it out on to a piece of parchment paper and flatten the mixture out to about ½ inch thickness, move the paper and the disk on to a wire rack and let it dry for several days. If it isn’t dry after a week I’ll break it up and throw it into my dehydrator for a day. When the mixture is completely dry, I break it up into pieces, put them into a plastic food storage container and liberally sprinkle them with peppermint essential oil. When I brush my teeth, I just break off a piece about the size of a pea and use that instead of commercial tooth paste. Myrrh has been used for centuries to prevent and treat gum disease. My own twist on the old Salt and Soda to brush your teeth. I make enough that the flattened disk is about the size of a standard salad plate and it lasts 6-9 months.

  For dishes, fill your wash tub or bucket with hot water and several drops of Dr. Bronner’s, fill a second tub with hot water for rinsing. Wash your dishes in the soapy water and rinse off in the plain water. You can pick up a plastic dying rack from a dollar store for a couple dollars and use it put your clean dishes in to air dry. 

  One bottle and so many uses! In my area a small bottle runs about $4 or $5, but if you think about what it’ll replace it’s a bargain. Throw one into your Bug Out Bag so you’ll be able to keep yourself, your family and your things clean in the event you have to leave your home and get to a safer location. It may sound frivolous to talk about bathing when you’re literally running for your life, but by staying as clean as you can you’re helping to ward off the diseases that come from the poor sanitation that’s common in times like that.

Something to think about, anyway.

  

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What We Did to Be Ready

In my last blog, I said I’d tell you what we’d stocked up on and how and how it had made the last few months somewhat easier to live through. If you haven’t read it follow this link: A Time to Celebrate!

Backstory- my husband, Bear, is a CPA with a dual Master’s in Business Administration majoring in Finance and International Finance. His ex-wife was a spendthrift who’d put them thousands of dollars in debt at a time when they couldn’t afford it, as a result having a balance on any credit card gives him a major rash. He also hoarded cash while we had the income before I lost my job almost 8 years ago. We had a membership to Sam’s Club and had stocked up on the canned vegetables we use and hygiene items, like shaving cream and razors. I also spent so much at Dollar Tree that Bear banned me from going for a while! A lot of the hygiene items have gone out to our Bug Out Location, because even though the World may be coming down around our ears, Bear thinks I should still have nicely shaved legs 😲.

Six months ago, I discovered coupons.com and have been picking more hygiene items for example, I now have a plastic grocery bag overflowing with disposable razors!

The last few months has been just making sure the canned goods that will expire soonest get used first and those I will replace next trip to the grocery store. The hygiene items I only replace if I use the last one and only if I’ve found a good coupon for it.

We have had to use the credit cards and carry a balance on one, the largest purchase was a ¼ side of beef we’d bought before Bear lost his job. He told me the other day that he’s been making slightly over the minimum required payment every month on that bill. In a depressing side note, we just paid that off and the meat is almost gone. That really sucks!! We have a monthly subscription that shows up on one, but that gets paid right away.

I know to many of you what you’ve just read sounds pretty disappointing, you were probably expecting some great and wonderful information. Well, the truth is that we’ve lived within our means since we met in Feb 2000. At first, we couldn’t afford not to, we lived in a crappy mobile home we’d paid $2,000 cash for. Bear used a tax return he’d just gotten. We were both starting over after bad marriages had ended. We started Prepping, like a lot of people did, after 9/11. Bear was actually into it a little due to the whole Y2K thing that was the current panic being pushed by the mainstream media.

So, to summarize: build a back stock of things you use up regularly, use coupons for what you can and don’t forget the dollar store; buy what you can in bulk; live within your means ALL the time; learn the difference between what you Want and what you really Need, you only Need a new TV if your current one breaks, you don’t Need that monster 4K Ultra HD TV, you Want it; save every stinking damned penny you can while you can and; have as much of your prescription medications on hand that you can and use your state’s resources to help you, I was ashamed to be on Medicaid most of my family doesn’t know, but it filled in that gap.

So, that’s pretty much it! Prepping isn’t just about being prepared for a meteor wiping out half the country or an economic collapse, it’s also being ready to deal with the loss of income or other smaller crisis. Our planning and sacrifices in the past made what could have been devastating, into just a huge hassle. These months took an emotional toll, but we were never in danger of losing our home.

A Time to Celebrate!

I don’t think I’ve said much of anything about what’s been going on with Bear and I these last 4½ months. Bear lost his Manger of Disbursements position when a new Director of Finance was hired by the city where he was working. When they’d hired him it was with the condition he apply for the Director’s job and he was ready to step into it that coming Monday when her resume was sent over at the last minute. They hired her on Friday and within 2 weeks she told him that he “wouldn’t be successful in her vision of the department going forward”. Meaning she was remaking into the only system she knew. That was the first week of June. 

  In this wonderful booming  economy, Bear has made a full-time job of looking for work. A good friend and former boss has even let Bear use his old office to do this. Every job Bear has applied for has had hundreds of other resumes submitted also. A major employer in the area shit out 500+ Accounting Professionals over the last few years, so the competition has been fierce and since those people were taking any job, employers were dropping the wages and snapping up highly qualified people for bargain rates. The jobs that were paying realistic wages were few and far between, companies were wanting Controllers and offering salaries of only $40 or 50k. In our area the starting pay for that position should be double that!  

  Bear got close several times, made it right to the final cut, and every time the employer went with either someone from inside the company or a “different route” ( whatever that means). Bear is an Old School Man, you take care of your wife and family. You’re the provider, you’re the one who goes out every day to kill something and drag it home. Every time that happened his ego and self confidence took a major hit and he’d withdraw further into his shell. There were days when he’d hardly interact with me or the foster dogs. Our newest foster dog bonded to him the first minute she saw him and he’d barely look at her most of the time. He’d just lay on the bed reading, she’d jump up, walk in front of his face and drop her ball on his Kindle and he’d just push her away. It broke my heart, then really piss me off!

  Two weeks ago tomorrow, Bear sent his resume in on another Controller job that popped up on one of the job boards. The guy emailed Bear and sent up a phone interview for the following Monday morning. At the end of the call, the business owner asked Bear to come in for a face to face interview at 2:30 that afternoon. Bear had another interview with the company’s CPA last Friday, during the interview Bear asked the lady what she thought was that company’s biggest problem expecting to hear that the aging Controller was messing up the accounting or something. He did not hear what he was expecting! Instead, the woman told him the biggest problem is too many women working in that office and no strong man to lead them. The current Controller is a micro manager and control freak who won’t delegate and does all the work herself. She’s allowed the women in the office to have nothing more to do than back bite each other and form petty factions! Bear wisely closed his mouth after his jaw dropped hearing that and said Nothing! 

  Two days ago the business owner called Bear and offered him the job!!! 🎆🎉🎉  Bear started this morning at 8:00am. The business owner, Terry, said he’d have to tell the current Controller to make sure and come in early for it. Yeah, this lady needs to retire. Terry actually owns and runs 3 businesses and Bear is overseeing the accounting for all 3, along with running the office and doing HR, too, I think. Nothing he hasn’t done in the past. Terry wants to spend more time out of the office doing sales for the primary business, which manufactures something I’ll keep private since I’m trying to do this as anonymously as possible. If Bear proves to Terry that he really can do what he’s claimed he can do, after the first of the year he’ll revamp the business around Bear, Bear’s job title and salary will change dramatically then.

  I’ve also gotten a part-time seasonal job on the phones taking internet sales and will start training at the end of this month. Not what I wanted to do, I have a degree in Counseling, but thanks to the rule changes in Obamacare, it’s not worth the paper it’s printed on. I’m old enough now that to go back to college to get the additional degrees I’d need, I’ll be paying off Student Loans with my Social Security check. Not a fiscally responsible plan. This job should end about the time Bear’s job and salary will change and I can go back to being at home working full-time with our foster dogs. 

  During these last 4½ months, we’ve also had some other lesser financial and major emotional hits that have drained our limited resources further. I won’t subject to the list! I think it would take this straight into whining crybaby land and I respect you too much to do that to you.

  If you’ve made it this far, thank you for caring enough to read my story. This has been an extremely difficult Summer for us, but due to our Prepping Attitude and the money we spent in the past to stockpile items that get used up regularly, it hasn’t been as devastating as it could have been. This has gotten pretty long already and I’m sure you have better things to do than read a Story of My Summer: Prepper Novel! Next post will be on what I did in the past to stock up and what I stocked up on.

Thank you for caring enough to read this. 💜 The Featured Image I chose was one I’d taken of the yard after the 80+mph straight line winds hit here a couple weeks after Bear lost his job. One of those additional hits we took! 

Take 30 Minutes and Watch This

Deep State Globalists Want to Destroy US Constitution – Catherine Austin Fitts
Greg Hunter 
 

  If you’ve been reading any of my past posts, you’ll know I’m a huge supporter of the American Constitution, to the point I joined an organization working to convene a Convention of the States under Article V. My husband, Bear, and I just listened to this video and it really angered me. To be honest, it depressed me quite a bit, too!

  Ms. Fitts was part of Housing with the Federal Government in her past and also has quite a lengthy resume working in the Financial Industry, so to say she knows what she’s talking about would be a profound understatement. That said, Ms. Fitts is able to discuss these topics in such a way the regular person can understand them, she knows the subject well enough to talk in plain English without all the industry jargon. This study was a collaboration between Ms. Fitts, a university professor and his post graduate class, there was a lot of brain power directed at this study.

  According to this interview, 3 agencies in the Federal Government have basically stolen $21 trillion. Yes, that’s 1 trillion more than the current National Debt. One of those agencies is the military, raise your hand if you’re surprised by that. One of them is Housing and I’ll be honest here, I’ve forgotten the third. I blame it on shock.. 

  This was only a small part of the total number of agencies and departments in our government, the investigation is ongoing and I fear to think how much more they’ll find. I always just thought this government was poorly run by a bunch of idiots who just didn’t know how to handle money, the findings of this investigation shows it is much worse than that. The people in charge of these agencies are criminals helping a small band of elitists steal from the American People. She states several times that our government is being run as a criminal organization for the profit of what most in the alt media call “The Deep State”. I used to think that was just some fringe, out there conspiracy theory, now I’m not so sure. Now, I think it really exists in some form. Why is it that no matter who sits in the Oval Office or what the political make up of Congress, nothing ever seems to change? There must be something else at work who’s goals never change.

  Please, watch the interview and really think about what she says and what you can see with your own eyes. I am no longer actively working with the Convention of States organization, but if this is true, they’re going after the wrong things. There’s never been a greater need for that Constitutional Convention.

More Identity Politics and Whiners

Like a lot of Americans, I’ve watched the behavior of some of the NFL players and owners reacting to President Trump’s remarks on Friday about players who refuse to honor the American flag or the National Anthem. For those who aren’t aware, he said the owners should fire them. I agree. And, I agree the players have a Right to Free Speech. But. Disrespecting the flag and anthem does not fall under the First Amendment. It. Does. Not. “The flag is a symbol of oppression” they whine. Show me one that isn’t. Show me a country that hasn’t oppressed someone, some class, sex, race or whatever. Go ahead, I dare you! Every country, at some point in its history has oppressed people. I’d like to see these idiots go to those countries and disrespect their flag and anthem! I’d love to see that!!

This whole thing is just one more incident of resulting from the identity politics, race baiting and social justice bullshit the Marxists on the Left and their talking heads in the media have been ramming down our throats over the past couple decades.

The Social Justice Warriors started coming into power back in the seventies with the start of the Women’s Movement. Before you raise a stink, I am a woman and I believed in that movement and I was also a very vocal Liberal until a few years ago. So, hush! What I was referring to was Socialists started with a large group who didn’t have as much perceived freedom as men, the women, back in the seventies. What else happened in 1971 in America? August 15, 1971 to be exact. Any guesses? Nixon closed the “gold window” and took America off the Gold Standard. Meaning the dollar was no longer tied to gold and our currency became what’s called a Fiat Currency and only backed by “Full Faith and Credit of the United States”.

To my American readers, in these ensuing decades since Tricky Dicky did that, the buying power of the dollar has decreased by 97%!! Add to that little fact that in the 8 years Obama was president 95% of the wealth of the United States has gone to less than 1% of our population. Is it any wonder there’s a major effort to keep us distracted and fighting each other? It’s really hard for the citizens of the United States to stand up to the Federal Government and the Reserve when we’re too busy hating each other and mistrusting each other. Divide and Conquer.

Something to think about.

Diversify- I Forgot This!!

I’d meant to talk about “Crypto-Currencies” in my post on diversifying your assets and I forgot to. I apologize for that. If you haven’t read that post, you should since this won’t make much sense and it won’t have any complete information on the topic of diversifying. You can read it here: Diversify?? What???

I, again, have to state that I am NOT a Financial Professional in any way, shape or form. This is just to get you thinking about putting your currency and future prosperity into a variety of items to, hopefully, do that. Part of why we prep is to make sure we thrive after a collapse/disaster/emergency/whatever. While I am making disclaimers I have one more to make. I do NOT know that much about “cryptos”! The person whom I look to for information on them is Bix Weir on YouTube. He has a lot videos on the subject. Keeping in mind that he is really in love with them and his info seems, to me, to be very one sided. Do your own research!! 😀

  That said, on to my thoughts on using cryptos to diversify. I’ve thought about putting some of our money into cryptos, but they are still really volatile. Meaning there are huge price swings, you can be up a thousand dollars one day and lose everything the next. A lot of the new offerings are, also, very suspect. Meaning it’s possible that the person or company doing the ICO (Initial Coin Offering) are just trying to raise some quick cash and you’ll be ripped off. Also, they are wholly dependant on technology, if you don’t have electricity or even cell service, you can’t use them during a collapse. The claim is that once the internet or power comes back, your “coins” will still be there. I don’t know how true or valid that claim is, so I can’t speak to that. I do think the technology behind it, called The Block Chain, could be the future of how money works in the future, but that’s just based on what others have said. Again, I don’t know enough about it to say for sure. However, cryptos are on my List of Things to Learn About.

  Do your own research, but be very sceptical about what you read and use multiple sources.

Diversify?? What???

If you are like me, you’re watching video blogs about prepping and reading some articles, too. A lot of these bloggers talk about “Diversifying” your assets in order to prepare for an economic collapse. I’m not going to treat you, my Reader, like you’re an idiot and define the word for you. What I am going to do is give you some suggestions on how you can make it work for you. Keeping in mind I am NOT a financial expert and I am NOT handing out any kind of advice. 

Why we diversify is simple, we want to take care of our family and give them the best possible chance to thrive in the years to come. How we can do it can be just as simple, but like all things in prepping (and life) you need a plan. Don’t run away!! I hate the dreaded “P” word, too!! That’s why this will be simple, pretty easy to do and short. 🙂

For us, our diversity plan is in 3 stages. First stage is now, Building the Diversity. Second stage, During the Crisis. Third stage, Afterward/Rebuilding Phase (more ideas of what that could be later).

Stage 1: Right now is when you need to be thinking, planning and doing. As Americans (and I think everybody in the West), we’ve been fed a steady diet of what Wealth Building should be. Save your money, buy bonds, buy stocks, etc…. More recently, its looked more like, Use credit, buy a house, use credit, go in debt, use credit. Ladies and Gentlemen, that is not Wealth Building. It’s slavery, because you will work your entire life to pay that debt off and build someone else’s wealth. Saving your money is smart, but after this Fiat Currency System crashes and burns, about the only way the U.S. Federal Government can do is to do away with the “Greenback” currency and issue new currency. Since the current money will have been devalued to the point its worth less than toilet paper, you’ll only get “pennies on the dollar” for the old Greenbacks. In order to avoid this, most experts recommend buying gold and silver and then just cashing that in. You will also need silver and some gold post collapse because there will come a point when people who have things to sell will stop taking paper money and will demand either barter items or silver and depending what they’re selling, gold. So, what Now might look like is:

  • Put around $1,000 cash in a safe place (or what you can afford)
  • Gather a supply of barter items like ammo of different calibers, canned food, baby diapers and butt wipes, manual can openers, hard candies, aspirin, cold medicine, allergy meds, etc.
  • Stock up on as much silver and gold as you can afford
  • Learn or develop  a skill that will be needed in a society without the conveniences we’re used to. Learn gardening, woodworking or small engine repair.

Stage 2: During the crisis/collapse

  • Depend on yourselves as much as possible (your food, meds, etc)
  • Use your Fiat Currency to buy items you NEED and either can’t make or repair, have used up and can’t grow or produce yourselves for whatever reason
  • After people stop taking currency you’ll have to start bartering with items you have and others need/want.
  • Barter your services or extra produce from your garden for things you need
  • Be creative and think outside the box after a collapse or during a long term disaster society as we’re used to it will change and those who adapt the fastest and the best will be in a better position to thrive. And. Maybe. Have a hand in what comes after.

Stage 3: The Rebuilding

  • This is even more speculation than even Stage 2. That said:
  • There will have to be some form of monetary system even during the crisis people are just too used to it
  • Providing the crisis hasn’t gone on for years and years, you’ll still have silver and maybe some gold left and you can cash it in on the new currency and hopefully retain as much of your wealth as you can

The idea behind this article is to get you thinking about your current situation, your needs now and going forward.

I do feel I have to define one thing after all. “Need” and “Want”. We, in America and most of the West I think, have been conditioned to confuse those two words. We think our Wants are Needs and that isn’t true. We need Need a house, but we don’t Need that 4,00 sq. ft. 5 bedroom, 3 bath brand new monstrosity that was just built in the “Right” zip code we Want when there’s only 2 of us. You get my point, I hope! Sit down and write a list of what you think you need, the next morning look it over keeping in mind all you really need in the coming crisis is: food, water, shelter, clothing and safety.

Something to think about.

 

Are They Insane?!?

Let me start by apologizing if this post is disjointed or hard to follow. It was a long day, I’m beat, but I can’t get war thoughts out of my head!

Over these last few days we, the Citizens of Earth, have seen some insanity happening like we’ve not had before. We saw Kim Jung-Un(stable) explode a Hydrogen Bomb underground that was big enough to cause the bunker/cavern whatever they used to collapse. We then heard President Trump tell Prime Minister Abe that America will use nukes on North Korea if we have to in order to stop them from using nukes. WTF???!!! How does that even make sense??? We are right the fuck back where we were 50 or 60 years ago during the Cold War, except this time the dude with his finger on the other button is crazy. Yes, I mean both of them. Also, this time, I think we’re actually closer to one of them hitting that button than we were then. It could really happen this time.

What does that mean for us Preppers? It that we have to be more alert and start watching global events more closely. It means if you haven’t started stocking your pantry or doing any of the things I’ve written or others in the community have talked or written about, now’s the time. What you need will be: Food, Shelter, Medicine, Clothing, a Plan and a Way to Defend Yourselves. And don’t forget your pets when you’re planning, chances are they are loyal to you and you can do no less for them. You’ll need food for them, shelter unless they’ll be in yours with you and as much of their medications as you can get if they’re on any. More importantly, you’ll need a way to keep them calm and if your pets are small, like a cat or little dog, you’ll need a way to transport them if you’re going to Bug Out.

Other than me encouraging you all to do as I have and write your leaders and voice your opinions on this, that’s all I wanted to say.

I am Tired of Being Called “Fascist”!

There’s an awesome video on YouTube by my favorite Philosopher, Stefan Molyneux. He’s interviewing Dinesh D’Souza who is a researcher and author, his newest book is The Big Lie.

It’s interesting that the Liberal/Progressive Left, who are in control of public education, have left (no pun intended) out the fact that fascists and national socialists (Nazis) are two different ideologies. That the Nazis modeled their program against the Jews off of the so called “Jim Crow” laws put in place against the blacks post Civil War. They modified those laws because they thought they were too strict!! As a side note about the newest attacks, those “evil” statues of Civil War heroes, Jefferson and Washington, were all DEMOCRATS! Every single slave owner was a Democrat! Not one Republican ever owned a slave. Ever.

Fascism is an offshoot of Socialism; as is Nazism (National Socialist Party); and at Socialism’s extremity you have Communism (Marxism). Those on the Left are the ones calling for socialism here in the United States and have achieved it, pretty much, in Europe. They want to stop those who are speaking Truth by preventing their Right to Free Speech. To do this, the Left has spawned AntiFa, some supposed Anti-Fascist group, who show up to Free Speech rallies, who use violence and intimidation. They end up outnumbering the rally goers, sometimes 2:1 or more as in Charlottesville and Boston. They howl and shout that those who don’t agree with them are fascists and Nazis and call Truth “hate speech”.

The website, Google, has rewritten the definition of the word “Fascist” to make it a Right Wing ideology. <—– That was my observation.

Now, every time anyone who doesn’t agree with the Marxist agenda those on the Left are pushing, we’re called all the names we’ve been taught are connected with hate. If we try to express our point of view, defend ourselves or try and get the truth out, we’re screamed down and attacked. It was said months ago that it is OK to “kill a Nazi” and if you call everyone who doesn’t agree with you a Nazi, then in your mind you’re justified in killing them.

We who don’t want to see our country turned into a socialist nation, who want ourselves to be put first instead of those who aren’t from our country, who want our Rights returned to us, are called Fascists and Nazi. Well, I hate to break it to you, we aren’t. You are. The marginalizing of a group of citizens is a Nazi tactic. Screaming hate, threatening those who oppose you is a Nazi tactic. Dressing in a “uniform” is a Nazi/Fascist tactic. The Nazi Brown Shirts are the same as AntiFa in their all black. At least The Brown Shirts had enough guts to show their faces.

Please, watch or even just listen to the video. We need to start standing up to these bullies and take our countries back.

Leftist Fascism | Dinesh D’Souza and Stefan Molyneux

I am so ASHAMED!!

As the wife of a Certified Public Accountant, I am ashamed that I forgot to add Money to the list of items in my last post Let’s Review! Shall We? I am so ashamed of myself…. And not just cash, either, it’s also wise to add silver and some gold if you can manage it. Why the precious metals? We’ll get to that in a bit.

  First, lets take a look at what is probably going on, at least here in the U.S.

  In 1944, a conference was held in Bretton Woods, NH. The United States, which owned 2/3 of the world’s gold at the time, insisted that the monetary system created during the 21 days (July 1-22) be tied to gold and was redeemable for gold, called The Gold Standard. Out of this also came the International Monetary Fund among other things. For more information I found: http://www.brettonwoods.org/page/about-the-bretton-woods-institutions . The American Government also took control of the gold reserves of all the countries involved. In an interview I heard with Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, he stated the U.S. started doing questionable things with the gold, like “leasing” it to investors. Instead of answering to those countries or letting them see their gold, in 1971 then President Richard Nixon “closed the gold window” and untied the U.S. dollar from gold. With most of the world’s gold in our vaults the countries had no choice but to do the same. This ushered in the current era of “Fiat Currencies” which are backed by nothing but the “Full Faith and Credit of the Government”. The United States government, did find something to back our currency with, though: Oil. Nicknamed The Petro Dollar. Since countries needed dollars to buy oil and any other commodity in the world, they have to own dollars and buy them from the Federal Reserve Bank (not the US government). The dollar is the World Reserve Currency.

Anyway, this brings us to where we are today. This entire system is now breaking down the Fiat money, Petro Dollar and Reserve Currency status. Let’s face Americans, our government has totally abused the privileges we took upon ourselves. Countries are starting to turn away from the dollar and won’t need to hold them any longer and those trillions of dollars floating around the world are going to be flowing back here. They are, in fact, the Fed has been able to buy them back and prevent them from flooding the economy. So far. The current theory is a part of the Fed called The Exchange Stabilization Fund are the ones who’ve been buying the currency, but I don’t believe there’s really any proof of that….

  What that brief summary means is this: those of you who were alive when the Petro Dollar system was started will remember the turmoil, lack of jobs, inflation and general state of misery we went through here. We will look back on that time as the Good Old Days with what’s in store for us in the near future. Don’t believe me? Think about the state of the economy right now, GDP can’t get over 2%, unemployment is actually closer to 25%, retail sales are tanking with stores closing and chains. The loudest and best organized group are Left-wing Marxists who think that all the rest of us are so wrong and so evil that we should be shot. Add into this, all that money coming back which means prices will go up and to start, there will be shortages. If the banking system crashes, even temporarily, your debit cards won’t work and you’ll need cash to buy needed items. If society completely collapses your cash will only be good for so long before people won’t take it any longer. Once they figure out that it’s worthless. This is where having silver and/or gold could come in handy. Better yet, have barter items for this and save the gold for when the new currency is issued. Which will likely happen in the future if the American currency gets hammered too bad. Gold for thousands years has been a store of wealth and money, it is still a way to store your wealth today. Silver is also a way to store your wealth. It doesn’t have to be in coins or bars either, in some countries the women wear gold bracelets and other jewelry as a way to have portable wealth. Go through your jewelry box and see what’s there. Even if you have broken gold or silver chains, you still have stored wealth. It may not be worth anything as jewelry, but if it’s gold (purer the better) or silver the metal is worth something. In a real emergency and as a last resort, grandma’s silver may buy you something. I inherited a set of cutlery that had been a distant aunt’s that I never knew, I can always trade a spoon here or a fork there for needed items. Sentimentality will go right out the window if you are cold and starving.

  So, to review: Have a stash of cash $1,000 or what you can afford to put away and not touch. Convert some of that stash into silver and if you’ve saved enough and can afford it some gold, too. Dig through your jewelry box and find any gold or silver jewelry you have and put it with your “preps” so it’s there with everything else in case you have to leave in a hurry. After the crash/crisis/emergency/disaster/whatever, use you currency first, then barter if you can with what you have, then use the “junk” silver and gold (jewelry or flatware), then break into your silver/gold coins last. Keep as much silver and gold as you can for the future when things settle back down in case the government issues a new currency. Oh, why do that? Because, when a new currency is issued you’ll only get “pennies on the dollar” for the old and that $1,000 in cash could end up only being worth $100 or less. Ouch!

OK, that was all. I guess it was a good thing I forgot about money, it really needed more than just a mention on a list….