Was Y2K A Practice Run?
How Could Y2K Be a Practice Run
How could Y2K be considered a practice run? How many of us stored up extra food, water, and survival supplies? Was it all in vain?
I had a couple of experiences lately that made me think about this very subject. One day, I let my vehicle get too low on fuel. I was 30 miles away from home, and by myself. So I drove to a fuel station that had diesel, and found that that had closed down to do some updates. The nearest diesel station was several miles away. I did make it, but I had to endure a few minutes of panic before I arrived safely.
Just a few weeks ago, I went to the grocery store and found that the truck had not arrived that day. The entire produce department was picked over. And it happened in just one day.
It Just Makes Good Cents
Why store extra food? It just makes good cents! If you find a pantry item on sale, it is a good opportunity to save some money and buy a few at that price. Not only does it give you a better price, it saves you gas money in the long run.
Besides, who likes to run to the store in the middle of cooking, just to pick up the soy sauce you needed for your recipe? That is not a good use of your time or money!
Ok, so what if that truck doesn't make it to your grocery store that day? Do we really want to be that dependent on the weather or the trucking company? What if you have to go several days, or even several weeks before supplies can get to your area because of snow storms? How will that impact how your family eats?
If you have extra food on hand, you will go on feeding your family with hardly a hiccup (no pun intended). Not only will your family be grateful, but there may be an elderly neighbor that could benefit from your great planning as well.
We all know how important water is to life. Most of us know how quickly life can be affected by not having water. Yet, how many of us have a back up plan if our power goes out, and we cannot get water? For those of us on a well that uses electricity, things can get dry in a moment. Then what? What about water purity? It doesn't take much to affect water sources. In this day and age, with terrorism threats almost a daily occurrence, it would seem to me that making sure we have access to pure water a top priority. There are several good water purification systems on the market that are affordable. I have one sitting on my counter right now. And I have lost power due to an electric company who decided to take my meter one day based on something a previous tenant did. What a wake up call!
Make A Plan
Start by making a plan. Make a list of items you normally use from your pantry, as well as items you would need if there was a power outage, such as canned or packaged goods. Begin to watch for sales. Instead of buying one or two, buy three or four. This is a great way to start chipping away at your plan.
Begin shopping for water filter systems. Consider it an investment in your future. You will always be thankful for clean water. I have a Big Berkey (www.bigberkeyfilters.com). I have had two of them in my lifetime. I like the fact that they hold water and my kids can just come along, flip the spigot and fill their cups.
Just the Beginning
This is just the beginning of your life of living smart. We cannot foresee the future. You will never be sorry for planning ahead. Make the decision to live wiser so that you can live better.
Stay tuned for part II, where we will discuss more in depth the things you can do to plan for your future!