Lessons Learned From Unemployment Pt. 2

I am so glad to share this list with you. Reading through it, I can plainly see that we have learned a lot! (So much in fact, I could do a fireside on it! J) Most of all, the greatest thing to know, is that we will be trading goods and services. I know this because I have been doing A LOT of this. Have you always been a consumer, or do you have something to give back in form of services? I for one really want to learn how to cut hair, and to do it well. (I have done some serious damage on my poor families heads!)

Questions to ask yourself:

  1. You will loose weight when your diet changes. What will you wear when your clothes are too big?
  2. Do you have clothes and shoes for your growing kids to grow into?
  3. Do you have sufficient warm clothing, boots, hats, gloves etc. for your family? (Including to grow into- I recommend having one of every size to be safe, then you can also share if needs be.)
  4. What are you going to blow your nose into? Consider old-fashioned hankies.
  5. Do you have sufficient toiletries for 2 years including TP, and diapers and wipes, ointments etc. if necessary?
  6. What about deodorant, toothpaste and brushes and floss?
  7. Do you have seeds for the next two years of gardens?
  8. Do you know how to harvest your own seeds?
  9. Do you have something/remedies for bug control? If there are plagues, there will also be pestilence- Yikes! Frogs, Mormon crickets, bugs, rats etc.
  10. Do you know how to garden, and can you actually grow something worth eating?
  11. Will your family eat what you grow and  can you prepare it so that your family will eat it? (Sometimes, my kids ate dog food instead of the dinner I prepared- really.)
  12. Do you have the seasonings and spices to make your food taste good? Buy in bulk whatever you use regularly today.
  13. Can you sustain your lives on what you grow, and for how long? All winter?
  14. What vegetables can we store for the winter that will last? I have really missed carrots and chewing them. Consider pressure canning a vegetable stock. You can use it in a soup, or the veggies in a stir fry, and use the broth to make rice. Squashes from the garden (butternut, banana etc.) will last about 6 months. Potatoes will last until they are all gone if stored in a cool dark place. (20#’s of planted potatoes should last a family of 4, for a 1-year supply.)
  15. Do I have enough canning supplies for 2 years? (Lids, jars, pectin, sugar etc.)
  16. What will you do when you get sick?
  17. Do you have a supply of non and prescription medicines that your family needs?
  18. Do you have herbs and alternative medicines that you can use, and do you know how to use them? If not, take some classes while you can.)
  19. There is no such thing as fast food when you are living on your food storage. What meals can be considered as fast food in your storage? (Our fast foods are the soups, spaghetti sauces etc. and things that I have canned during the summer that just need to be heated up.) Consider pressure canning 7 quarts of beans at a time instead of 1 batch of beans when you cook for dinner. This will save on fuel and time.
  20. What about eye glasses and contacts, and contact solution? Any spares on hand?
  21. Do you have solutions for dysentery and gas? You might be eating a lot of beans.
  22. When there is a quarantine, are you ready and prepared for that? Do you have any education therein?
  23. If you have animals, do you also have a 2-year supply of feed/food, straw and water barrels for them too?
  24. Other than a conventional oven, how can I effectively bake/cook my food/bread? (Dutch ovens w/ coals, solar, slow cooker, beanbag oven, apple box etc.)
  25. If that secondary device breaks, what can I use next. (You should have 2 or more ways to do many things, don’t rely on just one device.)
  26. How will you wash and dry your clothes?
  27. Do you have a supply of laundry soap?
  28. How will you dry your clothes it in the winter months?
  29. Can I stay warm without heat? How will I do that? You should have many different sources. Kerosene, propane, gas, etc. If you have a generator, how much gas can you really afford to store and for how long?
  30. What skills/talents/ things do I have that I could barter with if necessary?
  31. Who will cut your families hair?
  32. If you color your hair you might want to store some of that- as long as there is water, you might as well look gorgeous. (Especially because everyone else will be gray, and have to ear a hat! J )
  33. Do I need to start working on a skill/talent to have bartering power?
  34. What other items do I want to get simply to barter with?

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