CHECKLIST ! THINGS TO DO TO PREPARE FOR A LONG DEPRE$$ION
(NOT IN ORDER OF THEIR IMPORTANCE, JUST AS THEY OCCUR TO ME.)
1.) HUNTING LESSONS FOR EVERYBODY IN FAMILY. Kids get Hawaiian Slings and hit the surf. All of us get Archery lessons in the countryside. Anyone can hit a bullseye target, but try small moving target practice for a change as Possums move pretty fast. One shotgun in the family for small game, a rifle for bigger game. Fishing poles for all, tackle, hooks. Heavy poles for salt, light for fresh water which also requires learning to tie flies. Unless you know how to grow lentils, wheat, garbanzos, you had better prepare for game, poultry, small domestic animals like goats or HUNTING/ FISHING.
2.) DEAD BOLTS installed on all bedrooms where you plan to have tenants which will be your only source of CASH during a long recession. MAKE certain these people have cash earning capacities and are honest. Family is good but they may tend to coast on paying rent thinking, ah shucks, yer mah auntie! You give them a key, keeping a copy in case you need to evict them or put out a fire in their room. You charge tenants minimum of 500$ a month. GOOD RECESSION PROOF TRADES or JOBS: carpenter, attic cleaner, gardener, maid, massage therapist with a huge client list, must be present. Just the fact that they work now in a law office doesn't cut it. Legal secs are the first to go! And No Smoking, they'd burn the house down. No jobless seniors who didn't get a big SS check after a lifetime of idleness. NO drunks, no hookers, no dumbunnies, no TALKY twits, no idiots, no meth heads as they steal and that lets out your nephew, doesn't it? And No cooking in the room. The lease reads non payment of rent means immediate eviction. They sign that lease and you can gettem out in spite of country regs. Any cigarettes or cooking in room, immediate eviction with no refunds of rent. And any taking food of other tenants, etc.ADIOS.
3.) HOME SECURITY - We use the bolted closets for Collections of CD's, JEWELRY. Small valuable electronics, laptops, cameras, sound equipment all go in your closet when you leave the house. SEE: PREVENT THEFT. You might install a home security system, Rottweilers or perhaps a cheaper, easier-to-feed-yet- just-as-loud poodles, as well as VIDEO equipment around home exterior. READ JERRY'S REFRIGERATOR CONSPIRACY THEORY WEBSITE for HOME SECURITY information.
4.). GET THE LAND READY. CUT DOWN all trees that shade food growing unless they provide food. Stack trunks to dry for fire wood. GATHER YOUR COMPOST WHILE YE MAY. Every Wednesday nite, my suburban neighbors wheel out a barrel of recyclables another of trash and a third of green materials which my city composts and sells. YOU COMPOST it. Wheel their barrels to a place just inside front gate, pile along driveway. READ THE COUNTRY GENTLEMAN GARDENER PAGE.
5.) GET THE HOUSE READY. BUILD A REAL CHIMNEY on back end of the COMMON ROOM. You will not have money for heating, for DWP, for electrical power, for gas fuel for stove for heating FUEL OIL. Get a small generator to run PC.and wear double sweaters in the house. It's going to be a long DEPRESSION. BUY AN AXE!
6.) BUY DVDS or VHS MOVIES at garage sales. You won't have cable or satellite as where do you get 50$ extra a month?
7) BUILD YOUR PANTRY AND STOCK IT well. Try to avoid tins as they poison food over a long period of waiting around for you to eat it. Collect glass jars (WITH LIDS) from your own supermarket food and at garage sales for preserves. BUILD A ROOT CELLAR. Read the SURVIVAL INDEX PAGE.
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