Being Prepared

It’s time.

It’s time to realize our country, heck, our world, is not going back to normal. Not anytime soon, anyway.

So, what’s a girl to do?

Get your house in order.

What do I mean by that?

Turn off Netflix for a minute and pay attention.

Get your house in order.

The list below is not comprehensive, but just intended to help you start thinking about what your family will need just in case we have another shutdown, or God forbid someone in your family is sick and you need to quarantine, or for some reason shelves empty out again. We’ve seen it happen before. It’s not outside the realm of possibility.

1. Spend less where you can and pay off as much debt as you can afford each month. Cancel unnecessary subscriptions. Eat at home! Don’t take that vacation you can’t afford! Sell the items in your home you never use. Get off-brand Cheerios! Whatever you need to do! Our economy is not stable right now. Inflation is inflating. You need to owe as little as possible on credit cards and student loans. Get serious about being as close to debt-free as possible, and be wise with your money!

2. Have an emergency fund (some in cash). This could be anywhere from a thousand dollars to six months worth of living expenses. The thousand dollar emergency fund is crucial. Even if you do have debt, try to save up to that first thousand. Then, once debt is paid off, save more. Check out Dave Ramsey for all the financial advice. What I share comes from reading his books and following him online.

3. Build up a supply of shelf-stable food. Canned goods, rice, dried beans, pastas, tomato sauce, dried fruit, nuts, etc. Again, inflation. Also, supply lines are not nearly as reliable these days so it doesn’t hurt to be prepared. Don’t go crazy, and don’t buy things you don’t like and won’t eat. Shop sales for things your family likes and get a little more than you usually would if it is shelf stable or will freeze well. Some extra water isn’t a bad idea, either.

4. Build a good supply of medical items. Bandages, gauze, vitamins, Neosporin, burn cream, ibuprofen, cold medicine, cough drops, Benadryl, antacids, anti-nausea/diarrhea meds, etc. With a shortage of truck drivers and even people to unload cargo, you just never know what may be off the shelves next time you need it. Plus, when your family is sick, it’s nice not to have to run to the store. You can stay snuggled on the couch with your off-brand ice cream watching Gilmore Girls (if you haven’t canceled Netflix).

5. Stock up on toiletries. Shop sales. Only get what you will actually use, just get extra. It’s nice to grab a tube of toothpaste from the closet when you run out instead of having to actually run out because you ran out. See what I’m saying?

6. Ditto for housecleaning supplies. And batteries.

We’ve all seen the panic empty shelves create. It is a great feeling to know your family is covered if that happens again. It’s just plain smart to be prepared because you never know what tomorrow holds. Job loss, illness, whatever! There is peace of mind in knowing your basic needs will be covered for awhile because you planned ahead. And if everything is fine, hey, you will still use what you bought!

Get your house in order.

And make sure you belong to the Lord.

Winter is coming.

Too dramatic? Ok, ok, sorry. Life is unpredictable these days! But just be wise and make sure you have what you need!


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