For years I have been lost at how the majority of Americans think. They treated their house like a piggy bank taking out 2nd mortgages and blowing money like it was going out of style. Fancy boats, jet skis, expensive vacations with never a thought for the future. I see things different then the vast majority of Americans I hate debt. If I have Credit card I want a zero balance on it. On my cars I want to pay them off ASAP. Then once paid off I drive them until they fall apart. On my house I told the Real Estate agent my price range the first thing they do is try to get you to buy more. I told them no this is tops price and I want to look at houses in this price range and LOWER. Why do I think this way?
Simple I graduate High School in 1977 in Michigan. At the time Michigan was in a Depression employment ran from 18.6 percent all the way to 25% in some counties. I watch families lose everything. First they sold their toys, then their fancy boats, snowmobiles, RV's etc. Then the yard sales and then the house if they were lucky enough to sell before the bank repossess it. I talked to older man who told me avoid the debt trap. If you can't pay cash for toys then you can't afford them. This greatly effected my life.
Over the years I became more successful and even had rental property. I had 3 bedroom Mobile home I rented to a young single Mom on welfare. I told her put in a garden her boyfriend tilt up the garden and they planted but they were too lazy to weed it. When the raspberry growing wild on the property came into season I suggested she take the children and go pick berries they are free for the taking. With a snotty voice she informed me if she wanted berries she would buy them on her food stamps. She abandon the place and ran off with her new boyfriend in the middle of the night. Next renters the same thing and this young Mother told me the same thing about the berries.With a snotty voice she informed me if she wanted berries she would buy them on her food stamps. We are teaching generation of young adults to be lazy deadbeats.
Since Barack Obama entered the White House, the number of Americans on food stamps has increased from 32 million to 46 million.
From the comment section-“The Food Stamp Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is proud to be distributing the greatest amount of free meals and food stamps ever.
Meanwhile, the National Park Service, administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, asks us to ‘Please Do Not Feed the Animals.’ Their stated reason for the policy is because the animals will grow dependent on handouts and will not learn to take care of themselves.”
I am not saying people are animals but the stated reason is correct we have 46 million Americans collecting food stamps so they can be snotty and lazy. Do I begrudge the people who really needed it? No, of course not, people hurting with children to feed we should help them but it goes back to the old saying. If you give a man a fish he eats for the day if you teach a man how to fish he eats every day.
Anyone with eyes to see and ears to hear understands this country is in trouble. There is no magic fix to create millions of new jobs. So what are people going to do. Change your thinking. Two people I can think of have shown you the way. Bison survival a man paying child support working minimum wage job riding a bike to work yet still is preparing. http://bisonsurvivalblog.blogspot.com His, how do I say this, cranky writing may offend some readers but he has just a ton of common sense. His book The Frugal Survivalist by James Dakin is short to the point book with a way to make it on Minimum wage.
M.D. Creekmore is one of America's foremost experts on survival, emergency preparedness, and self-reliance. He has dedicated his life to learning the skills needed to stay alive in an increasingly dangerous world. Since its inception in 2007, his blog (www.thesurvivalistblog.net) has grown into one of the most popular preparedness sites on the Web. A few years ago, he got sick of being another rat in the rat race, so he bought two acres of land off the grid for $2,000 and parked a 26-foot travel trailer on it—this is now his full-time home and survival retreat. He is a black belt in Shotokan karate, gunsmith, survivalist, homesteader, and all-around nice guy. http://www.amazon.com/Dirt-Cheap-Survival-Retreat-Solution-ebook/dp/B005XKI5M2/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1341680204&sr=1-1-spell&keywords=M.D.+Creedmore
Again another story of man with Child support payments barely surviving that found a way to make it. People have to start thinking about making do with less and growing more independent.
I wrote my Novel Grid Down Reality Bites as a action novel and to give people survival tips and information. http://www.snare-trap-survive.
The book is based on an EMP attack on American soil. What is an EMP? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
So what does bad economy and EMP have to do with each other. Life can be very hard for Americans right now. We have uncertain future with a looming Great Depression 2 hanging over our heads. Who is going to survive is those that prepare and become more independant. What should you do go buy 40 acres in the middle of no where Wyoming and get ready to survive? That would not be a good idea for several reasons. Wyoming water can be very deep to get. If your well depth is 850 feet you need 220 volt water pump no way to convert it to a hand pump. Water is the most important item to have on any property.
Moving to a small town or out in the country close enough to work is good plan. I highly recommend you get out of the Blue States simple because they have the highest taxes, more bureaucrats, regulation and thinking that hates independence. But you can get by on very little if you have a plan and work the plan. Money is a necessary evil. Property tax is a killer. You must have a way to make enough to pay for your taxes at least.
You can become fairy independent on 5 acres. With half in trees. There is way to select harvest your trees for firewood. I own 10 acres out in the country and I am able to harvest enough fur animals off the property each year to pay for my property taxes. That is strictly walking the property checking traps. Enough trees to select harvest for firewood and plenty of room for gardens and orchard. My own well but that also means you have to maintain it when the well pump goes out there is no one to call but yourself.
Being independent means you must learn to fix everything yourself. I would recommend you learn basic electrical work, basic well repair, all kinds of home repair you must become the do it yourself champion. For every dollar you save doing it yourself is equal to $1.35 earn because you pay no taxes on money saved. Avoid mis information too. I watching the new TV show Mountain Men and was laughing my head off where they show the guy in Montana going out to cut firewood in the winter. He filled up a sled and hauled it behind his snowmobile. I looked at the sled and thought 2 days worth of firewood at best. But the TV show said that was a MONTH WORTH of FIREWOOD? I am not knocking the guy it was the producer of the show putting out the misinformation. But if you based your firewood supply on what they said you would be really disappointed on how quickly you ran of firewood.
You must change your thinking and become hungry for information, for ways to make money, to change to becoming a modern homesteading. A homesteader wants to grow their own food from garden, to have an orchard, to be able hunt and trap their own fur and meat. Think about it for a minute if you lose your 50 thousand a year job tomorrow how would you survive? Could you go from not worrying about money to surviving on minimum wage or 1/3 of what you are use to? You can but you have to prepare for it. First is buying your property but before you do make sure you check local building codes and restrictions. You could be like M.D. Creekmore do it all on the crash schedule or you can buy it and slowly prepare the property. A small trailer or Mobile home with it's own well and septic is a great start. Clear a spot for the Garden plant your orchard, learn to trap and hunt, prepare game for the table, learn to fish, also be learning. Then when and if you lose your job your plan B is already set up. Plus you have a vacation home and you are always learning new skills as you get it prepared.
There is Millions of Americans that say it could never happen to them that are living on the street or in Tent cities. I bet those homeless people or people being foreclose on wish to God they would have bought a second piece of property as a plan B. Your plan B should be paid in cash no loans.
If this keeps up in American more and more people are going to lose their jobs. Better to use the luxury of time to prepare now while you still have a job then look back 2-3-4-5- years from now and say I wish I would have listen and got my Plan B set up.
Bruce Buckshot Hemming