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Being Ready for the Second Great Depression

Updated on November 7, 2010

Food Storage

 The most important thing we will struggle with in the coming times will be food shortages. Most people are sitting around watching TV and playing Wii thinking it will never happen, there is a McDonald's or other fast food place down the street. This kind of thinking will lead to people starving. We must prepare now.

This is a basic list of things our family has decided are most important to us in the upcoming years.

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Yeast
  • Baking Soda
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Seasonings we can not grow ourselves
  • Seeds for all the foods we can grow ourselves
  • Cat Litter
  • Cat Food
  • Diapers for the next 2 years
  • Toilet Paper
  • Tooth Paste
  • Tooth Brushes
  • Shampoo and Conditioner
  • First Aid Supplies
  • Bedding for our caged pets
  • Rabbit feeds
  • Fabric
  • Swewing needles, thread and notions
  • Yarn and crochet supplies
  • Buttons & Zippers
  • Dry Beans
  • Corn Meal
  • Canned & Powdered Milk
  • Powdered Eggs
  • Pasta
  • Canning Jars
  • Dry goods containers
  • Cast Iron Cookware
  • Ziplock Bags
  • Dish Soap
  • Body Soap
  • Batteries
  • Water
  • Water Purification supplies
  • Coffee
  • Water flavors
  • Cider Mix
  • Shoes and Laces
  • Alum (for tanning rabbit hides)
  • Rice
  • Canning lids & Rings
  • Replacement Parts for the Pressure Canner
  • Wheat Grinder
  • Raw Grains
  • Oatmeal
  • Dehydrator
  • Meat Grinder
  • Pasta Maker
  • Propagne Stove
  • Propagne
  • Matches
  • Lighters
  • A Grill
  • Briquettes
  • Lighter Fluid
  • Spare coats
  • Socks and under clothes
  • Vinegar
  • Cleaners
  • Sponges
  • Scrubbies
  • Air guns and pellets
  • BB guns and BBs
  • Co2 Cartridges for the air guns
  • Knives
  • Sharpening tools
  • Hatchets
  • Solar battery chargers
  • rechargeble batteries
  • oil lamps
  • wicks
  • oil for the lamps
  • Twine
  • Scissors
  • Hand tools
  • nuts, bolts, screws, nails, etc.
  • Gold &/or Silver
  • Spare dishes for pets
  • cage wire and J-clips
  • building wood
  • craft paint and small containers (easier to store) or indoor and outdoor paints.
  • painting supplies
  • Oxygen Absorbers
  • Batting and Polyfil.

This is in no way a complete list, it is just what we have thought of for the time being. It is also not given in order of importance, just the order in which we thought up the items. Notice computer supplies and video games are not on this list.  These are not necessary for survival so if they get on our list it will be well down the road.

I suggest you and your family sit down and decide what you feel would be most important to have on hand if you could no longer go out and buy them whenever you wanted.  Then make a plan to acquire the amount you all decide is necessary for at least one year. Learn to ration your supplies to make them last longer, but first get the supplies.

In the first Depression Rabbits saved the lives of many who happened to have some as pets. They breed relatively quickly and supply health meat. Any breed will do, even mixed breeds.
In the first Depression Rabbits saved the lives of many who happened to have some as pets. They breed relatively quickly and supply health meat. Any breed will do, even mixed breeds. | Source

Make a Plan and Stick to it.

 The biggest obstacle in surviving what is coming will be yourself. You are used to things as they are now and may be very shocked when the changes begin piling up in a way you can not help but notice. So I encourage you to sit down and make a plan to prepare so the shock is not so severe for you and your family.  Below is our own plan and the first step we are going to take in actually doing it.

We plan to buy our supplies in increments, being sure we have what we need on hand first. Each storage bin of supplies will be labeled with the contents and the date it was put into storage. We will buy the things to fill one bin as we can. The first we will buy and stock will be like this:

Storage Box #1

  • Storage bin with lid
  • 5 lbs flour in containers or Ziploc bags
  • 5 lbs of sugar in containers or Ziploc bags
  • 1 double pack of yeast from Sam's Club
  • 1 pack of Baking soda from Sam's Club
  • 1 pack of Baking Powder from Sam's Club
  • 5 small bottles of water

If there is any room left after putting these inside we will fill it with odds and ends.  Once full it will be labeled with a complete list of the contents and the date it is closed up will be written on it. We mention Sam's Club because they sell in bulk and can be a great help in getting supplies for your family together.  If you do not have a Sam's Club near by look for a place that sells food in bulk and start there.  If there is one near by but you do not have or can not get a membership ask around, someone you know may have one and be willing to take you to shop using their membership. Sam's Club allows this now. Just be sure not to write a check if you do not have the money. This looks bad on you and your friend.  Friendships are going to be very necessary in the near future.


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    • evansrabbitranch profile image

      evansrabbitranch 7 years ago from MO, USA

      I will keep posting as long as what I write is being read :)

    • Leptirela profile image

      Leptirela 7 years ago from I don't know half the time

      heh i find this both funny and scary.

      But great certainly make sense

      Never even though about it

      haha il keep coming back to this :)