- If you can, install a wood furnace somewhere in your home.
- If you have the space in your yard, grow a garden. Better yet, get together with family, friends, and love ones, buy a plot of land, and plant together!
- Raise farm animals such as chickens, pigs and cows for food.
- If you are in an area where you can, hunt and fish to help put meat on the table.
- Can your food—remember Grandma’s preserves? Pickle items such as fresh eggs.
Fix things around the house yourself. Lowes and Home Depot offer excellent classes on many home repairs.
Make Your Household Independent
- Produce more of the things you need: paper, candles, soap, bake your own bread, sew your own clothes (many stores carry patterns for making pants and dresses), and make home decor (i.e. curtains, comforters, pillows, chairs, etc.).
- Give up anything unnecessary: vacation cruises, restaurant meals, high-tech toys and electronics (big screen televisions, stereos, DVDs, new clothes), etc.
If you must buy, buy only necessary items and buy them in bulk which is usually cheaper.
Use herbal remedies to treat minor illnesses.
- Do your own home maintenance and repairs.
- Do your own automobile maintenance.
Work With Others in Your Community
- Get to know your neighbors.
- Group related jobs (from several homes) together in order to get a better deal.
- Barter; trade services instead of money.
Make Your Money WORK FOR YOU
- Begin to pay down your debt but save money for a rainy day.
- Save some paper and coin money in a safe place in your house (you might want to invest in a small or medium size safe to store your money and other valuables).
- If it isn’t necessary to support life; you don’t need it. And if you can’t buy it with cash; don’t buy it at all.
Remember, economic survival=self sustained living. By now I'm sure you see that this is a “lifestyle.” It can be as involved as you want—the degree is up to you.
Finally, this isn’t just “a black thang.” People all over the world are struggling in these troubled times. Many were struggling when we in the U.S. were experiencing our highest standard of living. Yet, people all over the world are learning to survive in these troubling times—knowing how; that’s confidence. Knowing you can weather the storm; that’s power.
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