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Top 6 Things You Need To Help Get You Through This Recession

Updated on February 24, 2009

1) Food: Supermarkets may no longer have fruit and veggies and meat and cans and cereal. They might have cereal only one day and canned beans only the next. That's if the supermarket is still functioning and it has managed to not get looted. Therefore the first and most important aspect is food food food. If you are lucky enough to live in a climate that allows for year round agriculture and you have a private plot of land that you can adequately protect, you should dedicate considerable efforts to growing a wide variety of edibles, along with chickens, goats, rabbits, or any other protein source that you can manage. If you are in a not so temperate climate, concentrate on storing foods at harvest time and quickly become an expert in hunting and fishing. If you are in a high rise apartment in the middle of a large city... er... well... I'm very sorry for you. You are going to go through a very nasty few years. I hope you make it out the other side.

2) Self-Protection: Sorry, this is not a time to rail for pacifism and disarmament. Arm yourself to the teeth and make sure that you know how to use it. Furthermore, make sure that you are not afraid to take the actions necessary to protect yourself and your family. There may come a time when the only thing between your loved ones and some really hungry and mean people is your gunsight. If it never happens, then at least you'll know that you were duly prepared for the most extreme circumstance.

3) Fuel: If you're in a cold climate, fuel will be the difference between living out the winters in relative comfort or turning into a popsicle. However, even if you are in a warm clime, you will still need to cook your food, and the last thing you can rely on is those mystical electrons to keep coming out of the plug in your wall or all that endless flow of gas in your pipes. You will very likely have to come up with other, organic methods of creating fire. I hope you've been paying attention to the “Make Fire Tiebreakers” on Survivor!

4) Clothing: Watch any Les Stroud Survivorman type of reality show and you will quickly become aware of the importance of clothing. No, not to show off your figure, or to brag about a designer label, but to provide the utmost in longevity, warmth, protection and water-resistance. Natural fibers are the best and layering is the key to being comfortable in almost any weather.

5) Barter: Cash is just paper and there may come a time in the very near future when you will be made painfully aware of that fact. At that time you will find that the only things of value are... surprisingly enough “things of value!”: Edibles, pharmaceuticals, warm clothing, shelter. Cash, baubles, toys, bling... all of that may very well be completely without any trading value whatsoever.

6) Your Wits: Don't be deluded into false hopes by a momentary stock market profit taking spike, or some three card monte now you see it now you don't governmental largesse. The bottom line is that we are going down down down and it is not completely unthinkable that in the very near future, these elements will become of primary importance to your life and that of your loved ones. Therefore, don't take these precautions lightly as you continue to dance on the Titanic. Also don't despair and believe that everything that is worth anything in your life is lost forever, as it is also important to note that we are currently entering a period of momentous change in human civilization. Especially to the younger generation which has known nothing but prosperity and didn't pay attention in history class, it may be surprising to learn that humanity has existed through the vast majority of its millennia on Earth undergoing severe challenges, overcoming insurmountable odds, and scraping a living from whatever meager resources can be found. And still, people were happy. In many ways much happier than in today's media-soaked graceless age. We didn't evolve pushing buttons to get instant gratification on virtually anything we wanted, and it certainly won't extinguish us to go back to a far more real, sustainable, natural, and stable style of life. The bling and the toys will be gone, but perhaps, in its place will arise a new society based on truer and better ideals and values.


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    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      9 years ago from Toronto

      Chef Jeff: Do you wanna get together and establish a survivalist group? New Caledonia calls! Check my new series of disaster preparedness Hubs:

      Tom Cornett: Thanks! Much appreciated!

      quicksand: Wealth is completely illusory. And I feel truly sorry for young people who have known nothing but outrageous prosperity when it comes times to have to live off their own means.

      earnestshub: I fully agree and I would find it very difficult to pull the trigger on a fellow human being. However, if it came down to him or me, you had better believe that he's going to be the one with the bullet hole!

      retirementhelp: Yes, I do pray that nothing like this ever happens!

      Amanda Severn: Haven't heard about TT, but i'll check it out. It sounds fascinating.

      Netters: Crime is exploding and if public law and order begins to break down, that will be the first sign that we've reached the point of no return, unfortunately!

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      9 years ago from Land of Enchantment - NM

      I'm with Chef Jeff. No one should be surprised to see the world come to this. It's happening now. More people robbing banks, stores, anyplace so they can feed their family.

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      Amanda Severn 

      9 years ago from UK

      Barter power, and alternative currencies will come into their own. Have you come across the Transition Towns network Hal? They're making good in-roads into the States with their community based action plans. We have a few here in Sussex (UK) and some of them have already issued local currency.

    • retirementhelp profile image


      9 years ago

      Timely info!! These are things that while we all hope don't happen, we need to be prepared. Great Hub!!

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      9 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Good advice I should think, not too keen on the guns tho. I could not shoot someone so it would not be much good to me to have one and have it taken off me by an invader. I guess I will have to find a safe haven somewhere......

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      9 years ago

      It certainly is frightening. Generating wealth would not be a solution at all I guess. Although the economists look at the exploding population as assets and not as mouths to feed.

      Hal, it certainly is awful. However, many will not understand these warnings as the attitude of the younger generation would be "it has not happened, so it will not happen."


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      Tom Cornett 

      9 years ago from Ohio

      Good hub! Thanks!

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      Chef Jeff 

      9 years ago from Universe, Milky Way, Outer Arm, Sol, Earth, Western Hemisphere, North America, Illinois, Chicago.

      Yup, got me a shotgun, canned food filling the spare basement and a wind up radio, flashlights and a spare hand-cranked spring-powered generator.


      Chef Jeff

    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      9 years ago from Toronto

      pgrundy: I don't think that stockpiling food is in any way crazy. First of all it could easily save your life in case of economic or even natural disaster. Then, if you end up not needing it within a couple of years, you can always just serve it as part of your regular meals. Since I live several degrees north of Michigan, I can certainly agree with you on the options for keeping warm. This winter we had a few nights at around -25 F, and that's mighty chilly unless you're very well insulated and have a very efficient heating system. A big shout out to all the Michiganers who seem to be first among the 50 states to reach the edge of the economic abyss! Best of luck to you all!

      AEvans: I am quite certain that the barter economy is going to absolutely flourish in the upcoming months. Cash may be King, but when worst comes to worst, I can eat a dozen eggs or a couple of ears of corn or a chicken. I can't eat $100 bills.

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      9 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Great info and if you go to Craig's List so many are already trying to barter , sad very sad. I will certainly keep all of these things in mind as this economy doesn't appear that it is getting better. It is like Cancer , it keeps spreading and the Chemo and Radiation has not placed it in remission yet.:)_

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      9 years ago

      Good ideas. One thing I have been thinking about, and so have my daughters, is stockpiling dry goods and canned food. On the one hand, it feels kind of crazy--on the other, if it isn't needed it's not like it won't get eaten. We planted a big garden last year and are planting a bigger on this year. We replaced our oil furnace with a pellet stove and are looking for a way to generate our own elecricity. We may install a wood stove in the other end of the house (living in the North, you can't have too many options for staying warm). Our electric already goes out all the time. The grid is shot.

      Some of these precautions are just good ones in any case. You never know when a big storm or disaster will make 'normal' life disappear. We already lose power on a regular basis so we got used to contingency plans before it looked like we were approaching economic apocalypse.


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